View of the outdoor pool at Encore Monroe in Monroe, New Jersey

Middlesex County in New Jersey is very popular among active adults, especially these 55+ communities.

Maybe it’s the proximity to New York City and Philadelphia or the impressive selection of championship golf courses and outdoor recreation areas. Or perhaps it’s the presence of so many top-tier hospitals and universities. Whatever the reasons may be, New Jersey’s Middlesex County is perfectly poised to meet the needs of today’s active adult homebuyers.

The seven gated communities we've listed below are especially appealing since they offer added security and peace of mind. Read on to learn more about Middlesex County real estate and these tasteful gated neighborhoods.

1. The Pointe at Turnbury - Monmouth Junction, NJ

Mid $300s - Low $400s

Aerial view of sunrise over Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

The Princeton suburb of Monmouth Junction is part of South Brunswick and close to scenic spots.

The Princeton suburb of Monmouth Junction is part of South Brunswick and close to scenic spots like Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park and the Plainsboro Preserve. The Pointe at Turnbury was built from 2008 to 2014 and has 190 resale attached homes and sought-after amenities.

The seven low-maintenance townhome models range from 1,844 to 2,508 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three baths, first-floor master suites, gourmet kitchens, and attached two-car garages. Options include basements, lofts, and terraces.

The Pointe’s modern clubhouse features a fireplace, a library, a fitness center, a catering kitchen, an outdoor pool, and the upscale Grand Club Salon. There’s also a bocce ball court and community activities like movie nights, fitness classes, game nights, and day trips.

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2. Encore Monroe - Monroe, NJ

High $300s - Mid $500s

Monroe is one of Jersey’s best-loved areas for retirees, with 13 active adult communities including this one. Completed in 2006, Encore Monroe has 394 resale residences located near the NJ Turnpike and the exclusive Forsgate Country Club. The community's eight floor plans range from 1,597 to 2,810 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. Interested buyers can expect to find hardwood flooring, security systems, and gourmet kitchens in these luxury homes.

Encore Monroe’s resort-style amenities can be found at the private clubhouse, where homeowners have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool, and pickleball court. Group events and activities include jewelry-making classes, painting, and a singles’ club.

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3. Princeton Manor - Kendall Park, NJ

High $400s - High $700s

View of a gazebo and pier in front of a wooded area in Princeton Manor, located in Kendall Park, New Jersey

Princeton Manor is less than 10 miles from Princeton University.

Princeton Manor has 349 resale single-family homes available in 11 designs. Floor plans range from 1,814 to 2,821 square feet. Features like open-concept kitchens, breakfast bars, and 10-foot ceilings make these homes expansive and comfortable.

Well-attended group activities include the International Travel Group, the Gourmet Club, games of Mahjong, and Zumba classes. Many residents meet at the community clubhouse, which offers an aerobics studio, an arts and crafts room, an indoor spa, and an outdoor pool. There’s also a fishing pond and a pier on the property, which is located less than 10 miles from historic Princeton University.

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4. Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing - Monroe, NJ

Mid $300s - High $500s

Aerial view of Thompson Park in Monroe, New Jersey

Attractions near Renaissance at Cranbury include Thompson Park and Freehold Raceway Mall.

Renaissance at Cranbury crossing is an established 55+ community that's perfect for those seeking upscale, single-family homes for sale. Built from 2004 to 2011, the community has 182 residences in eight models ranging from 1,517 to 2,230 square feet. Floor plans offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one- or two-car garages, and modern features such as deluxe master bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, lofts, and sunrooms.

The private clubhouse provides an outdoor pool, an exercise room, and a computer room as well as tennis and bocce ball courts. There are also a variety of clubs, including an arts and crafts group and a club for computer aficionados. Nearby attractions include Freehold Raceway Mall and Thompson Park.

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5. Cedar Village at East Brunswick - East Brunswick, NJ

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

Ready to downsize? Cedar Village at East Brunswick is a great choice; it’s an affordable, mid-sized 55+ community with 184 condo homes available on a resale basis. The six models range from 1,212 to 1,870 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The five elevator-access buildings each have an underground garage with assigned parking.

The Club at Cedar Village is the hub for activities, with its entertainment center, ballroom, fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, and hobby rooms. There’s also a putting green and a community bus. Residents gather at The Club for holiday parties, theater performancse, and movie nights. Members of the community are also a short trip from Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

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6. Stonebridge - Monroe, NJ

High $400s - Low $700s

Stonebridge features single-family homes about 45 minutes from New York City.

Our third Monroe entry is Stonebridge, a large and friendly 55+ community with 946 resale attached and single-family homes about 45 minutes from New York City. It has a total of 18 floor plans sized from 1,659 to 3,130 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached garages. Some models feature dens, lofts, and patios.

Inside the impressive clubhouse, homeowners can find a state-of-the-art fitness center complete with an aerobics studio and an indoor lap pool. There’s also a computer lab, a ballroom, a restaurant, and a movie theatre. Members of the community also benefit from The Spa at Stonebridge, a full-service day spa. Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and a resort-style swimming pool. Also, with over 25 clubs and events, rest assured the social calendar will surely stay full.

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7. Four Seasons at Monroe - Monroe, NJ

Low $400s - Mid $500s

Aerial shot of downtown Plainsboro New Jersey near Cadbury

Four Seasons at Monroe is less than five miles from Cranbury.

Single-family homes for sale can also be found in Four Seasons at Monroe, another 55+ neighborhood in town. This community features 149 residences in five models sized from 1,540 to 2,110 square feet. They offer two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and attached two- to three-car garages. Additional features include patios, lofts, porches, dens, and granite countertops.

The community clubhouse includes an outdoor pool and spa, a fitness center, and gathering rooms. Homeowners will also have use of its outdoor bocce ball, tennis, and pickleball courts. This extraordinary community is also less than five miles from Cranbury, a lovely village rich with history, charming shops, and restaurants.

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