Finding the optimal place to retire is a matter of achieving the right balance, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a well-balanced area. It regularly tops U.S. News & World Report’s annual 100 Best Places to Retire, with its blend of tranquil outdoor landscapes, large and small cities, and active adult neighborhoods.
Homes for sale in Lancaster County can be very affordable, with some in more established 55+ communities priced in the mid $100s. If you're looking for new construction, you’ll find prices ranging from the low $200s to the mid $600s. So what else makes this area so desirable?
- The Susquehanna River Valley - The western portion of the county, called the Riverlands, is where you’ll find the banks of the Susquehanna River. You can enjoy hiking and biking through its rolling hills or go boating or camping.
- PA Dutch Country - Also called the Amish Country, Lancaster is home to the country’s largest Amish population. The slower pace of life, farmers markets, farms, and lush landscapes are a real draw for active adults and their families.
- Antiques and Unique Towns - "Antiques Capital, USA" is located in northeastern Lancaster County, and it's a year-round destination. Also in the north, there are quaint towns like Ephrata and Wolmsdorf that are worth exploring.
- Lancaster City - The county’s seat is seven square miles, and it has many restaurants, theatres, historic attractions, medical organizations, shops, and museums.
Ready for another list of four? Here are our top choices for Lancaster area active adult communities that offer new construction homes.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Retirees who appreciate the benefits of living in small neighborhoods will love Heritage Strasburg, which will have 106 new and resale single-family homes when completed by builder Charter Home. There are eight floor plans ranging from 1,194 to 2,209 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, eat-in kitchens, first-floor master suites, and attached two-car garages. The two larger models also have second stories with additional bedrooms, and the monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers lawn care, snow removal, and exterior maintenance.
Heritage Strasburg doesn't have a community clubhouse, but it's only a mile from the downtown area. This historic hamlet has landmarks like The Amish Village, the Strasburg Railroad, the Sight and Sound Theater, and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. When you need to run errands, there are grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, and a YMCA only minutes away.
Learn more information about Heritage Strasburg here.
High $200s - High $300s
Also part of Amish Country, Watson Run is a peaceful active adult neighborhood constructed by Berks Homes. They broke ground in 2007, and upon completion, the property will have 190 new and resale single-family homes. The seven thoughtfully-designed models are sized from 1,348 to 2,471 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and attached two-car garages. Options include covered porches, dens, fireplaces, and cathedral ceilings. The HOA fee provides for snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance.
The community clubhouse has a cozy fireplace lounge, a game and hobby room, a catering kitchen, and a multi-purpose room, while the outside area has an outdoor pool and walking trails. The next town over is Intercourse, which has a library as well as plenty of shopping outlets, salons, coffee shops, and medical offices. The city of Lancaster is about 12 miles west, and it's home to Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster Country Club, and a host of shops and services.
Learn more information about Watson Run here.
Mid $300s - Mid $600s
Located about 30 minutes north of Lancaster, Home Town Square is a prestigious 55+ community that will have 300 new and resale single-family homes when work is completed by Landmark Homes. The 16 ranch and two-story floor plans range from 1,807 to 3,245 square feet with first-floor master suites, two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, and two-car attached garages. Options include porches, quartz kitchen countertops, cathedral ceilings, and gas fireplaces. A monthly HOA fee covers community services.
Home Towne’s elegant clubhouse is being built with a lounge, multi-purpose and meeting rooms, an exercise room, a catering kitchen, and an outdoor pool and patio. Nearby outdoor attractions include the Wolf Sanctuary of PA and Ephrata Community Park. Ephrata is a vibrant area with a community pool, parks and playgrounds, restaurants, grocery stores, specialty shops, and houses of worship. If you’re a golfer, one of the closest courses is Fox Chase. (They have Ladies Putts & Pours every other Tuesday.)
Learn more information about Home Towne Square here.
Low $200s - High $200s
Also a Landmark-built 55+ community, Stonecroft Village will have 214 well-appointed single-family homes when completed. The 14 floor plans are sized from 1,380 to 2,495 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages. Upgrades may include gas fireplaces, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, and flex space rooms. The reasonable HOA fee covers trash removal and common area maintenance.
The community center offers homeowners a place to relax and socialize, and the expansive property has its own pond and pier, walking trails, and 23 acres of preserved open space. The town of Womelsdorf is just south of the historic Union Canal, about 12 miles east of Lebanon. Wolmesdorf has an animal hospital, a fitness center, a library, shops, and restaurants. Homeowners can also pop over to Lebanon to visit a Walmart Supercenter and other businesses.
Learn more information about Stonecroft Village here.