The popularity of pickleball has skyrocketed to unprecedented heights this decade, and it's especially well-liked by retirees. According to NBC News, it's one of the fastest-growing sports in America, and the U.S. Pickleball Association (USAPA) claims that the sport has seen an increase of 650 percent these past six years. USAPA Executive Director Justin Maloof says that when pickleball first caught on it was mostly in 55+ communities, but it “snowballed from there” and courts are popping up everywhere.
Many active adult neighborhoods have had pickleball courts for years, while others have recently jumped on the bandwagon. Either way, it’s a healthy sport that provides friendly competition and plenty of good-natured fun for retirees. If you enjoy playing pickleball (or want to start), and you're considering a move to Eastern Pennsylvania, Allentown real estate can be a good option.
There are 23 active adult communities in the Allentown area, and four offer pickleball courts. Read on to learn more about them.
Mid $300s - Mid $400s
One of this area’s newest 55+ neighborhoods is Regency at Creekside Meadows, a Toll Brothers development with new attached and single-family homes. The gated property is located about 10 miles northeast of Allentown and just five from the town of Bethlehem.
Homebuyers can choose from three Carriages Collection townhome floor plans ranging from 1,630 to 1,880 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Some also include dens. The Villas Collection offers six single-family models sized from 1,688 to 2,578 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to four baths, and attached two-car garages. Features like first-floor master suites, dens, and open floor plans make these luxury homes feel contemporary and comfortable.
Plans are underway for an exclusive clubhouse that will have an outdoor pool, bocce ball and pickleball courts, a fitness center, and activity rooms. This new community is right near Route 512, and there are several grocery stores, banks, and other shops just minutes away. St. Luke’s North Medical Center is also in this area as is Crawford Park and the Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Mid $300s - High $400s
With prices in the same range, this second Toll Brothers 55+ community has similar offerings to Regency at Creekside Meadows. It's a few miles from the center of Allentown, near landmarks like Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom (a terrific place to take your grandchildren), the Allentown Golf Course, and the Allentown Fairgrounds.
The builders broke ground for Regency at South Whitehall in 2017, and it will have 206 new attached and single-family homes when work is completed. Its Carriages townhomes are offered in two 1,657 square foot floor plans with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. Both feature spacious master suites, great rooms, and second-story lofts. The 1,688 to 2,578 square foot single-family models have two to five bedrooms, two to four baths, and attached two-car garages. You can expect to find flexible interior and outside spaces, gourmet kitchens, and luxury master bathrooms in these thoughtfully-designed homes.
Once the private clubhouse is finished, it will have an outdoor pool and patio, a fitness center, activity rooms, and a catering kitchen. Outside perks will include bocce ball and pickleball courts, plus winding walking and biking trails.
Low $300s - Mid $300s
About five miles southwest of Allentown, we find The Fields at Indian Creek, a small 55+ community with 218 new single-family homes designed by Kay Builders. This gated neighborhood is in the Lehigh Valley, close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Brookside Country Club, and a shopping center that has a Weis Markets, medical offices, restaurants, and other services.
The 11 models are sized from 1,493 to 2,332 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Homebuyers can look for well-appointed master bathrooms, flexible interior and exterior spaces, and options like sunrooms and sitting rooms.
In addition to the pickleball courts, there are also bocce ball courts, an outdoor pool, natural space, walking trails, and a fishing lake on this scenic property. The impressive clubhouse will also have a finished fitness center and activity rooms for homeowners to enjoy.
Low $300s - Low $400s
Traditions of America also has a new 55+ community in this area, Traditions of America at Green Pond. Construction began this year, and upon completion, it will have 229 new homes and a private clubhouse for residents. It's less than a mile from Green Pond Country Club and next door to Louise Moore County Park. It’s also about eight minutes from Downtown Bethlehem, and on the way, you'll pass a few small towns, grocery stores, and other shops.
Plans call for a community clubhouse with a heated outdoor pool and patio area, plus activity and gathering rooms. There will also be pickleball and bocce ball courts, plus walking and biking trails on the grounds.