As Pennsylvania’s third-largest city, Allentown has a population of around 832,000, an average home value of $174,858, and a low unemployment rate of about 4.5 percent. But what’s really interesting about this historic city is its recent architectural renaissance that has transformed so many of its manufacturing buildings and closed mills into new residential hot spots. As this area has gained popularity, there’s been a corresponding increase in home values, but active adults can still find homes in Allentown for under $300k.
The city has several diverse sections (like the 7th Street Business District and Hamilton District), a fabulous Artswalk, the new PPL Center, and modern museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Allentown is also part of the Lehigh Valley, beloved by hikers and skiers for its South Mountain recreation area and the Blue Mountain Resort.
Allentown’s suburbs are well-tailored for retirement living, and some of the best-known ones include Bethlehem, Easton, and Quakertown; all are worthy of a day-trip. U.S. News ranks Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Luke’s in Bethlehem as the region’s two best medical organizations, and there are numerous other specialty hospitals, urgent care centers, and other practices in the region.
Other reasons for settling down in the Lehigh Valley and the Allentown area include retirement-friendly Pennsylvania taxes, weekly farmers markets, and annual events like the PA BaconFest and First Fridays in Allentown. If you still need to be persuaded to move to this region, have a look at these four 55+ communities with homes priced at $300k and under.
High $200s - Mid $300s
Just seven miles north of Allentown, the mid-sized borough of Northampton is a friendly suburb with a population of around 10,000. Here, you'll find Willow Green, an established, gated community with 188 resale attached and single-family homes.
Willow Green’s vibrant clubhouse has a modern fitness center, an indoor spa with locker rooms, a great room, game and activity rooms, a catering kitchen and bar, a computer center, sports courts, and an outdoor pool. Homeowners spend time together swimming, playing golf at nearby Willow Brook Golf Course, enjoying bocce ball, and making crafts. Northampton also has five community parks and plenty of shops and services in the downtown area.
There are multiple attached home floor plans sized from 1,595 to 2,684 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades may include spacious master suites with walk-in closets, updated kitchens, vaulted ceilings, and screened-in porches. The single-family homes range from 1,748 to 2,821 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options may include sunrooms, enclosed patios, luxury master suites, granite countertops, and fireplaces. A reasonable homeowners' association (HOA) fee provides for lawn maintenance and landscaping, common area maintenance, roof and siding upkeep, and driveway repairs.
High $200s - Low $300s
Travel 18 miles east of Allentown to find the town of Easton, home to the inviting active adult neighborhood of Glenmoor. This gated Traditions of America-built property was completed in 2008 with 182 resale attached and single-family homes. Homeowners have exclusive access to the community clubhouse, which offers game and craft rooms, social rooms, a catering kitchen, a bar, an exercise room, lockers, and a heated outdoor pool (with a heated patio).
Friends and neighbors often get together at the clubhouse to enjoy social events, card games, tennis, and bocce ball. There are also several golf courses in the area, including the ones at Green Pond Country Club and Hackett Disc Golf Course. You can also take your grandkids to the Crayola Experience or visit the shops and restaurants at Palmer Park Mall. There’s even a large retail complex just minutes away with a Walmart Supercenter, a Wegman’s, and a Target.
In regards to Glenmoor’s floor plans, most of the residences here are single-family homes sized from 1,807 to 2,792 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some include options like dens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and hardwood floors. The attached homes are offered in 23 twin units, 3 triplet units, and 6 quads. These homes range from 1,542 to 2,308 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. They come with loft areas, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, and sunrooms. The HOA fee covers snow and trash removal, lawn care, and common grounds and exterior maintenance.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
If you’re ready to downsize, you might like Briarwood Commons, an intimate 55+ community that will have 63 new and resale attached homes upon completion. It’s only about six miles north of Allentown, so you get the best of both worlds: an easy commute downtown and a peaceful, low-maintenance home in a tight-knit community.
For a small development, Briarwood has a nicely-appointed clubhouse that includes a covered deck, a catering kitchen, a multi-purpose room, an exercise facility, and game and computer rooms. Homeowners gather here for meetings, social clubs, and holiday parties.
Whitehall Township also provides additional options for outdoor activities, including the Ironton Rail-Trail, parks, playgrounds, and swimming pools. Willow Brook Golf Course is also close, and nearby shopping outlets include the Lehigh Valley Mall, a Walmart Supercenter, Redners, Ross, Kohl's, and the list goes on and on.