Scenic landscapes, metropolitan areas and an affordable cost of living attract many active adults to Pennsylvania. It can be seasonally cold during the winter months though, and this is when snowbirds prepare to migrate south.
Having two homes is not as scary as you might think as long as you keep in mind a few important things. That includes finding affordable, low-maintenance homes a short distance away from transportation options.
There are plenty of airports in Pennsylvania, but three of the largest are Harrisburg International Airport, PHL Philadelphia International Airport, and Pittsburgh International Airport. Each of these areas has plenty of 55+ communities to choose from if you're looking to spend your winters somewhere a little warmer.
Village of Willow Run - Royersford
This tight-knit neighborhood of 150 single-family homes was built from 1999 to 2003 about 30 miles from Philly Airport. Homes in the Village of Willow Run are priced right and feature two or three bedrooms, two to three baths, and an attached garage. These low-maintenance residences are about 1,100 to 1,900 square feet in size.
Amenities include a community clubhouse and an outdoor pool on the grounds. A homeowner’s association fee covers landscaping, trash pickup, and pool maintenance. Royersford is part of Limerick Township, a quaint town with a rich, historical past.
Bent Creek Crossing - Mechanicsburg
Bent Creek Crossing is another small active adult community with affordable price points. Just 20 minutes from Harrisburg International Airport, it was built from 1998 to 2004 with 110 attached homes.
The ranch styles come in five floor plans, from 1,250 to 1,650 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage. The Cape Cod floor plans range from 2,000 to 2,325 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, attached garages, lofted second floors, and first-floor master suites. A homeowners' association fee provides for snow and trash cleanup, and landscaping. This friendly community is conveniently located near grocery stores, restaurants, and lovely McCormick Park.
Avenrowe - Fairless Hills
Active adult homeowners need not pay a premium for their privacy at Avenrowe. With just 80 attached homes, this development is just 34 miles from Philly International and 11 miles from Trenton-Mercer Airport in NJ. Avenrowe was built from 1999 to 2000 by McGrath Homes with 80 single-level townhomes sized from 988 to 1,700 square feet. They have two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached one or two-car garages.
There is a private clubhouse with an exercise room, plus walking and bicycling trails. This 55+ community is near Route 1, several houses of worship, a myriad of shopping opportunities, and Fallsington County Park.
Foxfield - Garnet Valley
Foxfield has a variety of low maintenance living options for active adults. It has 520 condos, attached, and single-family homes built by McKee Builders from 2004 to 2013. The smallest villa condo is 1,114 square feet with one bedroom, a den, and two baths. The largest ranch model is around 1,830 square feet with two to three beds and baths. All homes at Foxfield have garages.
Foxfield’s shining star is its 9,200 square-foot clubhouse, which is managed by the community homeowners' association. It features an indoor pool and whirlpool, activity rooms, and a catering kitchen. Outside, there is a second pool, tennis, horseshoes, nature trails, plus a 6-hole golf course and a putting green. Snowbirds appreciate the fact that Foxfield is an easy drive to both Philly International and Wilmington Airport in Delaware.
Stuart's Keep - Norristown
This established, 55+ community of 153 attached homes is about a half-hour drive from Philadelphia airport. It was built from 1999 to 2003 by Moulton Builders with four models ranging from 1,060 to 2,188 square feet. Homes in Stuart's Keep have two or more bedrooms and bathrooms as well as attached garages.
A homeowners' association fee covers trash pickup and snow removal. This welcoming neighborhood has a private clubhouse with an exercise room, library, and activity rooms. It is in close proximity to King of Prussia Mall and Valley Forge National Historic Park.