Bridge leading to homes on a hillside in Easton, Pa

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

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 consciously operating farmers market since 1791.

This Colonial-era history is but one reason to consider Easton, PA real estate. 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.

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 is considered to be part of the Lehigh Valley, and the closest big cities are Bethlehem and Allentown. The Lehigh Valley Airport is just 13 miles away. The Easton Hospital is right in town, and there are many others in the nearby cities.

There are five mid-sized 55+ neighborhoods in Easton, and they offer an attainable, more relaxed pace of life that is near all of life’s conveniences and the beautiful outdoors. Here’s the lowdown on these communities.

Legacy at Morgan Hill

High $300s - High $500s

This gated community of 127 new and resale attached homes is situated atop a hill, allowing residents to look down at the Delaware River. Construction is being completed by Country Classics, who designed the Legacy at Morgan Hill property with 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.

Glenmoor

High $200s - Low $300s

This Traditions of America-built, gated active adult neighborhood was built between 2004 and 2008, and has 182 resale attached and single-family homes.

Glenmoor’s attached models are sized from 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 is 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.

The Highlands at Glenmoor

Low $200s - Low $400s

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

There are 95 attached units on the property, ranging from 1,542 to 2,500 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and 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 is 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.

The Village at Upstream Farm

Mid $100s - High $100s

The most affordable active adult community in this list is The Village at Upstream Farm, a small, private neighborhood of 124 resale attached homes. Built from 2002 to 2009, the cozy 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 multi-purpose rooms, and the homeowners’ association 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.

The Village at Fox Crossing

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Last and not least is The Village at Fox Crossing, 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 a homeowners’ association fee for exterior home maintenance.

Plans are underway for a brand-new clubhouse with sports courts and activity rooms. There is a Weis grocery store just outside of the neighborhood, and nearby landmarks include the Crayola Experience, Easton Farmers Market, and Two Rivers Brewing.