Mercer County is called the “Capital County” of New Jersey since the state capital of Trenton is located here. However, this county is not all about the politics, it also is a hub for culture, historic districts, rolling hills, and majestic wooded acres. It reaps the benefits of being close to both Philadelphia and New York and has outstanding transportation infrastructure to get you there. Major highways include US Route 1, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Interstates 95, 195, and 295. There is also a light rail system and a commuter rail system.
Some of the nation’s top colleges and universities are in Mercer County, including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The College of New Jersey. But playtime is just as important, there are four public golf courses, wildlife habitats like Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, and Washington Crossing State Park, which crosses over the Jersey border into Pennsylvania. There are endless opportunities for high-end or discount shopping, too. Some of this area’s best hospitals include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton, Princeton Medical Center, and Capital Health Medical Center.
Here are some of the best active adult communities in Mercer County.
Lawrenceville Point – Lawrence Township
With just 88 attached homes, this charming neighborhood offers privacy, affordable home prices, and a strong sense of community. Its close neighbors include Rider University, the Lawrenceville School and Golf Club, and Cobblestone Creek Country Club. All of this plus a 15-minute drive to Princeton make Lawrenceville Point a standout 55+ community.
These townhomes were developed from 2000 to 2003 and are sized from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. Housed in four-unit quad buildings, each home has two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage. There is a private clubhouse with an exercise room, an outdoor patio, and walking and biking trails.
Villages at Hamilton – Hamilton Township
Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Villages at Hamilton because it is, literally, a walk to the park. Active adult homeowners here can stroll down to 300-acre Veterans Park or enjoy any other of Hamilton’s dozens of parks. With just 120 attached resale homes on this property, residents can enjoy the peace and quiet with friends and neighbors.
There are three models ranging from 1,196 to 2,084 square feet and including two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Some models include a den, first-floor master suites, and back patios. There is an outdoor pool and patio, plus a cozy clubhouse with a lounge and exercise room.
Locust Hill – Hamilton Township
Hamilton Township butts right up to the Delaware River and is just 10 minutes from Mercer County Park, a 2,500-acre natural wonder with year-round activities for all ages. Locust Hill is a 55+ neighborhood in Hamilton Township with 247 attached and single-family homes built from 2002 to 2006.
Its four attached models range from 1,239 to 1,670 square feet with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and attached one-car garages. The single families range from 1,349 to 1,900 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and an attached one-car garage. Upgrades include first-floor master bedrooms and elevated ceilings. The community clubhouse has a fitness center, activity rooms, an outdoor pool, tennis, bocce, a putting green, and nature trails.
Enchantment at Hightstown – Hightstown
Enchantment at Hightstown is designed for active adults who appreciate smaller neighborhoods, access to the finer things in life, and the ability to hop right onto Interstate 95 when they are in the mood to travel.
This intimate community of 73 single-family homes was built from 2007 to 2010 by Robertson Douglas Group with five spacious floor plans ranging from 2,412 to 2,700 square feet. They have two or three bedrooms and bathrooms as well as attached two-car garages. Some homes have dens, gourmet kitchens, hardwood floors, fireplaces, and first-floor master suites. The exclusive clubhouse has a business center, a fitness center, a library, and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include a tennis court, bocce, a pond, and nature trails.
Riviera at East Windsor – East Windsor
Riviera at East Windsor is a gated, active adult community of 375 single-family homes built from 2004 to 2010 about eight miles from Princeton University. These upscale residences are generously sized among eight floor plans ranging from 1,684 to 2,572 square feet.
They feature two to three bedrooms and baths as well as attached two-car garages. Some models include dens, gourmet kitchens, libraries, sunrooms, and master suites with Jacuzzis. The clubhouse is a 12,000 square-foot facility that has a modern fitness center, an indoor pool, a steam room, a library, activity rooms, and an arts & crafts studio. Outdoors, there is a second pool, tennis, bocce, and nature trails.