Bridge leading to homes on a hillside in Easton, Pa

Want to live near history, a big city, and nature? Try Easton, Pennsylvania.

The town of Easton has a rich legacy that dates back to the 18th century when it was established by Thomas Penn (son of William). Its Centre Square was the site of the only three Declaration of Independence public readings, which took place July 8, 1776. History buffs also appreciate Easton’s other landmarks, like The First United Church of Christ (built in 1775), Lafayette College, and the Jacob Nicholas House. Easton’s Centre Square has also had a farmers market since 1791.

This Colonial-era history is just one reason to consider Easton for retirement. Additionally, Its charming downtown is full of local shops, restaurants, bakeries, galleries, markets, salons, and services. Residents and visitors also have a diverse selection of recreational opportunities nearby. The Easton Waterfront has a boat launch for the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers, trails, fishing, and playgrounds, and the Hugh Moore Park has a museum and a 520-acre park. There are also amphitheaters, several dog parks, and the fascinating Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

Easton is in Northampton County, about 90 miles north of Philadelphia. It's considered part of the Lehigh Valley, and the closest big cities are Bethlehem and Allentown. The Lehigh Valley Airport is just 13 miles away. St. Luke’s Hospital Easton Campus is right in town, and there are many others in the nearby cities.

There are five 55+ neighborhoods in Easton, and they offer a relaxed pace that's near all of life’s conveniences and picturesque scenery.

Legacy at Morgan Hill

High $300s - High $500s

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Easton, Pennsylvania

Legacy at Morgan Hill offers five townhome models sized from 2,425 to 2,850 square feet.

This gated community of 127 new and resale attached homes is situated atop a hill, allowing residents to look down at the Delaware River. Constructed by Country Classics, Legacy at Morgan Hill offers five townhome models sized from 2,425 to 2,850 square feet. These feature two bedrooms, dens, two-and-a-half bathrooms, first-floor master suites, lofts, studies, and natural gas heat.

The private clubhouse has several gathering rooms, a fitness center, a media room, and a heated outdoor pool. Some of the high-energy clubs and activities include holiday dinners, Doo-Wop dances, potlucks, poker nights, and theme parties.

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High $200s - Low $300s

This gated neighborhood was built between 2004 and 2008 by Traditions of America, and it has 182 resale attached and single-family homes. Glenmoor’s attached models offer 1,542 to 2,308 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, lofts, sunrooms, fireplaces, and attached two-car garages. The single-family homes range from 1,807 to 2,792 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include hardwood floors, dens, and granite countertops.

Glenmoor’s clubhouse is a hub of activity, with its popular activity rooms, catering kitchen and bar, exercise room with lockers, and the welcoming heated outdoor pool area. There's a cluster of shops and services just minutes away along Routes 33 and 248, and the highly-rated Green Pond Country Club and Northampton Country Club are both about five miles away.

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The Highlands at Glenmoor

Low $300s - Low $400s

Greenery surrounding a gazebo at The Highlands at Glenmoor in Easton, Pennsylvania

The Highlands at Glenmoor is Glenmoor’s sister community.

Glenmoor’s sister community, The Highlands at Glenmoor, was also built by Traditions of America around the same time, and it's just minutes away. Here, you can find 251 resale attached and single-family homes, with some additional amenities.

There are 95 attached units on the property, ranging from 1,542 to 2,500 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include granite counters and vaulted ceilings. The single-family floor plans range from 1,807 to 2,783 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. Some feature first-floor master suites and screened-in patios.

There's a business center, a great room, a fitness center, and an aerobics studio in the modern clubhouse, along with activity rooms, tennis, bocce, and a heated outdoor pool. Some of the residents drive over to Bethlehem to take continuing education courses at Lehigh University or to take in the city’s many other offerings.

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The Village at Upstream Farm

Mid $100s - High $100s

The most affordable active adult community on this list is The Village at Upstream Farm, a small, private neighborhood of 124 resale attached homes. Built from 2002 to 2009, the ranch-style floor plans are sized from 991 to 1,180 square feet with one bedroom, one or one-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage.

The community clubhouse has an exercise room and several multipurpose rooms, and the homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal. Nearby Mill Race Park offers walking and biking trails, and homeowners also drive over to Riverview Country Club or cross the Jersey border to visit the scenic Marble Hill Natural Resource Area.

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The Village at Fox Crossing

High $100s - Mid $200s

Wildflowers growing along the Lehigh River near Easton, Pennsylvania

The Village at Fox Crossing is an intimate, 55+ community.

The Village at Fox Crossing is an intimate, 55+ community that will have 135 new and resale single-family homes upon completion. Builder Ritz-Craft Homes offers buyers seven ranch models sized from 1,100 to 1,831 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. They feature oak kitchen cabinets, thick carpeting, Energy Star efficiency certifications, and an HOA fee for exterior home maintenance.

Residents have access to all the clubhouse amenities and recreational courts. There's also a Weis grocery store just outside of the neighborhood, and nearby landmarks include the Crayola Experience, Easton Farmers Market, and Two Rivers Brewing.

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