Princeton is the highlight of historic Mercer County, NJ.

The sheer variety of cultural opportunities and historical treasures makes Mercer County an excellent choice for active adult homebuyers. It is one of the country’s most vibrant metropolitan areas and one of its oldest counties. Mercer County has a rich historical past, many Revolutionary War battles took place here, and Princeton actually served as the U.S. capital for a short period of time. There are an incredible number of historical landmarks, like the Drumthwacket property in Princeton and the Trenton War Memorial.

There are also over 10,000 acres of beautiful parkland, 16,000 acres of meadows, forests, and farms, as well as a thriving farm-to-table movement. Theaters like the McCarter Theatre in Princeton put on stellar performances, while sports fans can take in games at CURE Insurance Arena or Arm & Hammer Park. The County also boasts superb antique shops, upscale shopping malls, and is in close proximity to New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. It’s also a short drive to the New Jersey beach resorts.

There are 19 active adult communities in Mercer County. Here are some of the best.

Traditions at Federal Point - Lawrence Township

High $100s - Mid $200s

Traditions at Federal Point is an affordable community located just outside of Princeton. With just 140 attached resale homes on the property, it has the makings of a close-knit, friendly neighborhood. These charming, single-level homes are sized from 880 to 1,598 square feet with one to three bedrooms and bathrooms, and an attached garage.

There is a private clubhouse on site with an exercise room, while there are also walking trails outdoors. A homeowners’ association fee provides lawn and exterior maintenance. Traditions’ Lawrence Township zip code makes it close to excellent shopping like Princeton MarketFair, restaurants, highways, train stations, and Trenton-Mercer Airport.

Evergreen at Hamilton - Hamilton

Low $200s - High $200s

Mid-sized and mid-priced, Evergreen at Hamilton was built between 1999 and 2005 with 416 single family and attached homes. Townhome and single-family floorplans are sized from 1,300 to 3,000 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garages. Most of the homes also have basements and patios.

Evergreen’s clubhouse features an indoor pool, exercise room, a ballroom, library, and activity rooms. Outdoor activities include tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, a putting green, and a greenhouse. Social clubs for bingo, gardening, line dancing, mahjong, poker, and water aerobics keep active adult homeowners here busy and happy. 

Village Grande at Bear Creek - West Windsor

Low $300s - Low $400s

Active adult homeowners at Village Grande at Bear Creek enjoy low-maintenance living, plus very busy social calendars. Built from 1999 to 2004 by D.R. Horton, the community's homes come in five models ranging in size from 1,372 to 2,261 square feet They include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages.

With 540 single family homes, this gated community provides residents with a slate of exclusive amenities, like a 15,000 square-foot clubhouse. It features a fitness center and indoor pool, sauna and activity rooms. Outdoors, residences find another pool, tennis courts, horseshoes pits, a putting green, trails, and a community garden. There are also over 15 social and activity clubs and the property is very close to Princeton, the spectacular Forsgate Country Club, and local parks and recreation areas.

Enchantment at Hightstown - Hightstown

Mid $300s - Low $400s

Enchantment at Hightstown is an intimate, newer active adult community of 73 resale single-family homes. It was built by Robertson Douglas Group from 2007 to 2010 and was designed with a resort-style ambiance in mind. The spacious homes range from 2,412 to 2,700 square feet with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as an attached two-car garage. Some include a den, gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and first-floor master suites.

It is located near pristine Assunpink Wildlife Management Area and other parks, major highways, golf courses, and plenty of shopping. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis, trails, a pond, a community clubhouse, and a fitness center. 

Wellington Manor - Pennington

Low $400s - Low $500s

Wellington Manor is a prestigious 55+ neighborhood of 115 single-family resale homes built from 2003 to 2006 by Beazer Homes. These homes have different floor plans, usually with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and attached two-car garages.

It is just 11 miles east of Washington Crossing State Park and the Pennsylvania border and is also just minutes from other scenic parks and golf courses. Major highways like Interstate 95 and Route 1 give residents easy access to all of the modern conveniences. Residents also enjoy the community clubhouse with its exercise room, an outdoor pool, tennis, shuffleboard, and walking trails.