Barnegat, NJ is becoming quite the paradise for active adults looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle.

New Jersey has long been the premier destination for active adults in the Northern United States. Barnegat has been one of the most popular cities in the state for 55+ communities and that’s showing no signs of slowing down. The Ocean County city already had five age-restricted communities, while two more began construction in 2017.

As the baby boomer generation enters retirement age, home purchases from those aged 50 or above are integral to the national real estate market. Barnegat is embracing that aspect of that market, not only with 55-plus communities but also apartment buildings available for rent. Two complexes are currently under construction in the city and two more are set to be voted on soon.   

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Due to New Jersey’s relatively high taxes, municipalities across the state are looking for ways to trim the burden on their residents. One recent statewide tactic is to allow homeowners to claim property taxes as donations. Barnegat’s arc towards active adult communities and senior housing will mean a large increase in population will keep public school taxes at bay.

The active adult home market is expected to remain solid for decades to come and Barnegat is setting itself to be a haven for 55-plus residents. According to James W. Hughes, the former dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University a baby boomer turns 55 every seven and a half seconds. That equals 11,000 people a day, a trend expected to continue for another 17 years. 

With so many highly-regarded active adult communities, it’s expected that demand in the city will only increase. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance home in New Jersey and hope to retire among your peers, Barnegat will be a great place to consider. Here are the seven age-restricted communities that call the city home. 

Pheasant Run at Barnegat

Known for its affordability, Pheasant Run at Barnegat includes 379 single-family homes ranging in price from the low $100s to the low $200s. Homeowners have a variety of private amenities to choose from, including an exercise room, craft room, billiards, outdoor saltwater pool, and several sports courts. Residents use these amenities well with an extensive list of clubs and community events. 

Heritage Bay at Barnegat

Built between 1997 and 2003, Heritage Bay at Barnegat holds 292 resale home that runs from the mid $100s to low $200s. Amenities include a clubhouse with exercise room, great room, catering kitchen, sunroom, billiards, and a library. Outdoors, residents enjoy the summer months at the outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, and walking trails. If they tire of the pool there are many beaches just a short drive east of the community. 

Four Seasons at Mirage

One of the largest communities in Barnegat, Four Seasons at Mirage includes 1,203 single-family homes in a gated setting. Homes come in 21 different floor plans with prices running from the low $200s into the mid $400s. With such a large number of residents, you will also find a wealth of amenities, including a 23,000 square-foot clubhouse. Inside, homeowners will find a fitness center, indoor lap pool, saunas, ballroom, game room, billiards room, woodworking shop, ceramics shop, and computers. Outside, there are many ways to stay active with a pool, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and putting green. 

Heritage Point

One of several resale communities in the city, Heritage Point includes 921 single-family homes. The community features two clubhouses, Breakers Spa and The Point Resort Club. Breakers Spa is the place to stay active with an Olympic-size indoor pool, health and fitness center, aerobics studio, tennis courts, and a putting green. The social center of Heritage Point is The Point Resort Club. It’s home to a ballroom, craft and game room, library, club rooms, catering kitchen, outdoor pool, and cabana. 

Horizons at Barnegat

Horizons at Barnegat is a quaint community with 164 single-family homes ranging in price from the mid $200s to the low $300s. Amenities include an exercise room, catering kitchen, card room, billiards, outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, picnic area, and walking trails. The community is known for its tight-knit neighbors, which is represented in a long list of clubs, activities, and events. 

Seacrest Pines

One of two new 55-plus communities in the city, Seacrest Pines includes 340 single-family homes running from high $200s to the mid $300s. Construction began last year, but active adults can expect well-crafted, modern homes and resort-style amenities from D.R. Horton. Homeowners can choose between six different floor plans ranging from 1,664 to 2,181 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, two-to-three bathrooms, and two-car garages. Amenities will include a clubhouse, billiards, outdoor pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and bocce ball courts. 

Venue at Lighthouse Station

Lennar Homes started construction on the community in 2017 with plans to include 247 single-family homes. There are four different floor plans with prices starting the high $200s going up to the low $400s. Amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, gathering rooms, outdoor pool and patio, and sports courts. Like every community in the city, homeowners in the community are always a short drive away from a day at the beach.