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Camden County has a few good 55+ communities if you want to live near Philadelphia.

Camden County, New Jersey is a study in contrasts: Its towns that are closest to Philadelphia are busy suburbs, while its southernmost areas are quiet and rural. Active adults seeking homes for sale in Camden County tend towards the northernmost part since these towns offer more services and are closer to the big city.

The good news is that even though they are considered to be Philly suburbs, these 55+ neighborhoods are still private, low-maintenance, and affordable. 

Location

Naturally, being near Philadelphia provides Camden County residents with access to some of the region’s best medical facilities. It’s good to know that there are many excellent hospitals in the county also, like Cooper University Hospital and Lourdes Health System.

This region is also big on arts, culture, and recreation, with attractions like the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts and Adventure Aquarium at the Camden Waterfront. 

Opportunities for all kinds of shopping can be found almost everywhere, from the famous Berlin Farmers Market to the fabulous Cherry Hill Mall. The highways and byways are packed with every type of restaurant you can think of, convenience stores, coffee shops, fitness centers, and specialty shops. It does become more spread out as you head south and for some active adults, this is just what they are looking for.

Here’s a sampling of what you can find for $250K and under in Camden County.

Four Seasons at Forest Meadows

Low $200s - High $200s

Builder K. Hovnanian has a reputation for building impressive active adult communities, and Four Seasons at Forest Meadows does not disappoint. Construction was completed in 2007 at this vibrant neighborhood of 197 resale single-family homes, located just minutes from the intersection of Route 42 and the Atlantic City Expressway.

Sicklerville is part of Winslow Township, which is strategically located just 45 miles from Atlantic City and 20 miles from Philly. The scenic Winslow Fish and Wildlife Management Area offers trails for nature lovers, and golfers head to Scotland Run or the Washington Township Golf Course to play the links.

There is a variety of single-family models sized from 1,872 to 2,021 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two bedrooms, and attached one or two-car garages. Options like dens, basements, eat-in kitchens, and central air conditioning make these homes roomy and comfortable, and the monthly community fees provide for snow removal and lawn care.

Like all Four Seasons 55+ neighborhoods, Forest Meadows excels at community amenities. The modern clubhouse features a wonderful fitness center, a catering kitchen, a social room, and an arts & crafts studio. Outside, there is a swimming pool, putting green, walking trails, bocce, and tennis. There are dozens of clubs and activities to participate in, like singing groups, a veterans’ group, pool parties, dinner parties, and day trips.

Braddock Preserve at Winslow

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

Just four miles from Four Seasons at Forest Meadows, Braddock Preserve at Winslow was built from 2005 to 2014 by two different builders, Beazer Homes and DeLuca Homes. This 55+ community offers 222 resale single-family homes set on 154 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

Braddock Preserve is off of Berlin-Cross Keys Road, which can be followed down into Glassboro, home of Rowan University and a recently redeveloped downtown area. Close by landmarks include the Trump National Golf Club, Clementon Park & Splash World, and the BB&T Pavilion concert venue.

The Beazer-built homes come in six floor plans ranging from 1,600 to over 2,000 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two baths, and attached two-car garages. DeLuca’s models range from 1,402 to over 2,350 square feet, with one or two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. Homebuyers may find homes with included options like dens, patios, tray ceilings, covered porches, and eat-in kitchens. 

Popular activities here include ladies’ and men’s nights, euchre, bus trips, bike club, and fun holiday parties. Some events take place at the community clubhouse, which has several activity rooms and a catering kitchen. Outside, there is a pool and patio, pretty ponds, walking & biking trails, a putting green, and a greenhouse. A monthly homeowner’s association fee provides for snow removal and lawn care.

Hearthstone at Wedgewood

Mid $200s - High $200s

Here is another mid-sized 55+ community of resale single-family homes, built by Ryan Homes from 2006 to 2010 on a gated property by the intersection of Routes 30 and 73 in Berlin. Like the other entries on this list, Hearthstone at Wedgewood is right near the thick of things, like the Berlin Farmers Market and Diggerland. It is also down the road from a ShopRite, Home Depot, Walmart Supercenter, and popular restaurants and diners.

The 104 resale single-families models range from 1,116 to 3,200 square feet, with two to four bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some include features like whirlpool tubs, hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen countertops, built-in microwaves, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and gas fireplaces.

Residents like to hang out at the private clubhouse, where they can be found relaxing in the lounge area, attending group meetings, playing cards, or working out in the fitness center. There are also shuffleboard and bocce courts plus a putting green on the property, and the community association fee covers lawn care, snow removal, and amenities.