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 neighborhoods.

The Pointe at Turnbury - Monmouth Junction, NJ

Mid $300s - High $300s

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 here from 2008 to 2014, and it 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 outside terraces.

The Pointe’s modern clubhouse has 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.

Learn more information about The Pointe at Turnbury here.

Encore Monroe - Monroe, NJ

Mid $300s - High $400s

Here's a large, established 55+ community that's perfect for those seeking upscale, single-family homes. Completed in 2006, Encore Monroe has 394 resale residences near the NJ Turnpike and the exclusive Forsgate Country Club. There are eight floor plans ranging from 1,597 to 2,810 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. You can expect to find features like hardwood floors, alarm systems, and gourmet kitchens in these luxury homes.

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

Learn more information about Encore Monroe here.

Princeton Manor - Kendall Park, NJ

High $400s - Mid $600s

Princeton Manor has 349 resale single-family homes in 11 floor plans, ranging from 1,814 to 2,821 square feet. Features like open floor plans, breakfast bars, and 10-foot ceilings make these homes elegant and comfortable.

Well-attended group activities include the International Travel Group, Gourmet Club, Mah Jongg, and Zumba. Many 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 about 10 miles outside of Princeton.

Learn more information about Princeton Manor here.

Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing - Monroe, NJ

Mid $300s - Mid $400s

Monroe is one of Jersey’s best-loved areas for retirees, with 13 active adult communities including Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing. Built from 2004 to 2011, it has 182 resale single-family homes with eight models ranging from 1,517 to 2,230 square feet. They offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one- or two-car garages, and features like deluxe master bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, lofts, sunrooms, and brick or stone front elevations.

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 men’s and women’s clubs, an arts and crafts group, and a club for computer aficionados. Nearby attractions include Freehold Raceway Mall and Thompson Park.

Learn more information about Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing here.

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 resale condo homes. The six models range from 1,212 to 1,870 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths. Each of the five elevator-access buildings has an underground garage, and homeowners receive an assigned parking spot.

The Club at Cedar Village is a 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. Homeowners gather at The Club for holiday parties, theater group, and pizza and movie nights. Nearby landmarks include Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Learn more information about Cedar Village at East Brunswick here.

Stonebridge - Monroe, NJ

Mid $300s - High $500s

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 3,310 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, you’ll 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, a movie theatre, and The Spa at Stonebridge. Outdoor amenities include tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and a fabulous resort-style swimming pool. Also, with over 25 clubs and events, rest assured that your social calendar will be as full as you want it to be.

Learn more information about Stonebridge here.

Four Seasons at Monroe - Monroe, NJ

Low $400s - Mid $500s

New construction can also be found in Monroe at the Four Seasons 55+ neighborhood in town. Upon completion, it will have 149 new single-family homes 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; features include patios, lofts, porches, dens, and granite countertops.

When finished, the community clubhouse will have 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 historic Cranbury, a lovely village with charming shops and restaurants.

Learn more information about Four Seasons at Monroe here.