If the idea of living out your retirement in a cookie-cutter house within an overdeveloped suburb doesn't sound exciting, fear not. There are many other options worth considering, especially new construction.
After all, resale homes may not have the features that today’s active adults desire, like first-floor master suites, low-maintenance exteriors, and gourmet kitchens. Well-established neighborhoods in some areas can also make you feel as though you're competing with others for space and services.
Many 55+ adults are searching for new construction homes to meet their lifestyle needs, and an up-and-coming area like Allentown in Pennsylvania has homes for sale that just might fit your bill. Allentown has nine active adult communities that offer new constructions, and here are a few top picks.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Small in size and big on amenities, Briarwood Commons appeals to active adults that seek privacy and a variety of floor plan options with well-appointed interiors. There will be 63 attached residences in this active adult community, which is being finished by Spectrum Homes.
The five available floor plans range from 1,382 to 2,650 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached garages. These pristine homes include first-floor master suites with his and hers walk-in closets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and cathedral ceilings.
The 2,800-square-foot clubhouse features a game room, a multipurpose room and catering kitchen for parties, and a covered deck and gazebo. The town of Whitehall has an active recreation department and manages 30 parks, including the unique Ironton Rail-Trail. There are many township groups, including Historical Preservation, Garden and Beautification, aerobics, swimming, Zumba, and hiking. Much of the local shopping can be found minutes away down Route 145.
High $300s - Mid $400s
Homebuyers looking for new single-family homes for sale in Lehigh County will want to consider Hamilton Walk. Started in 2020, Hamilton Walk will consist of 269 single-family homes in five floor plans when construction is complete.
Residents of Hamilton Walk will have access to a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool and patio, and pickleball and bocce ball courts. Also, residents will enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to a homeowners’ association (HOA) that will take care of common area maintenance.
Because Hamilton Walk is in Breinigsville, residents will have easy access to any conveniences they may need, including grocery stores as well as Target and Dollar Tree. Hamilton Walk will be 20 minutes from Allentown, and for longer trips, Lehigh Valley International Airport will be 25 minutes away.
Low $300s - Mid $300s
The Fields at Indian Creek is a gated property on 79 acres dotted with walking and biking trails, ponds, its own fishing lake, and natural space. Plans call for 218 new and resale, single-family homes.
There are 11 models to choose from, sized from 1,493 to 2,332 square feet. They come with one to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garages. The flexible floor plans feature porches, breakfast nooks, large master bedrooms, courtyards, great rooms, and top-of-the-line kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
A community clubhouse is also in the works, and it will have an outdoor pool, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, plus a fitness center and activity rooms. The Fields at Indian Creek’s convenient locale puts it close to Emmaus Community Park and the Route 29 corridor, where you can find Weis Markets, dozens of restaurants, and bakeries. It's about 10 minutes from Lehigh Valley Hospital and even closer to the Lehigh Valley Country Club.
Current plans for Traditions of America at Green Pond call for 229 single-family homes and a resort-style clubhouse. Outdoors, there will be a heated pool and patio as well as pickleball and bocce courts for a little friendly competition among neighbors. Also, the community's walking trails will make it easy for residents to enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Located just north of Traditions of America at Green Pond is the popular Green Pond Country Club with its 18 holes of golf, pro-shop, and banquet facilities. For daily necessities, there's a Giant Food Store, a Walmart, a Home Depot, and much more at the nearby Bethlehem Commons shopping center. Also, Allentown is 13 miles away, making it easy to enjoy the city's theaters and performing arts centers.