What is the difference between a busybody and a busy body? The former could be a nosy neighbor, while the latter is an active adult who makes the most out of their life. Staying engaged socially, participating in activity clubs, exercising, playing golf, and enjoying other pursuits all add up to a more rewarding, fulfilling lifestyle.
Here are some 55+ communities in South Jersey that provide their homeowners with all this and more.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
With several models priced under $200k, Four Seasons at Smithville is an affordable community for active adults who want to stay active. This large, 55+ neighborhood was built from 1998 to 2006 in Atlantic County by K. Hovnanian and has 1,215 attached single-family homes.
The 23,000-square-foot clubhouse has a state-of-the-art fitness center featuring an aerobics studio and an indoor pool. There's a second pool outside, along with tennis and bocce courts, shuffleboard, and a putting green. Clubs, activities, and classes include bingo, fashion shows, gambling nights, holiday parties, water aerobics, and planned trips.
Four Seasons is also an easy drive from Historic Smithville and Atlantic City. The attached townhomes are sized from 1,281 to 1,412 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. A homeowners' association (HOA) fee provides for landscape maintenance and snow removal.
Low $200s - High $500s
Heritage Point is a newer active adult community with just over 900 single-family homes. Built by Mignatti from 2003 to 2016, it's located in desirable Ocean County.
Heritage Point actually has two clubhouses, giving residents endless choices for interesting activities and camaraderie with their neighbors. Breakers Spa houses the community’s health and fitness center, an Olympic length indoor pool, an upscale spa and sauna, locker rooms, and a dance studio. It also has a sports lounge, tennis courts, and a chipping and putting green. The Point Resort Club also boasts resort-like activities, with an outdoor pool, a cabana, and a ballroom.
Residents participate in over 50 clubs and activities, and Forked River Wildlife Management Area and Ocean Acres Country Club are minutes away. Heritage Point has 16 floor plans that range from 1,428 to 3,075 square feet. They feature two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and an attached two-car garage.
Mid $300s - High $400s
This expansive, gated golf and country club community in Ocean County runs over 950 acres, with 1,431 single-family homes. The hub for activity in Greenbriar Oceanaire is its 38,000-square-foot clubhouse, which has a modern fitness center, an aerobics studio, and an indoor pool with a retractable roof. There are also two restaurants as well as activity and games rooms.
Outdoors, residents hit the links at Greenbriar’s 18-hole golf course, or spend quality time at the outdoor pool, patio, tennis courts, bocce courts, or walking the nature trails. There are countless activity clubs and social groups, including painting, a book club, bowling, bunco, a car club, a boats and fish group, exercise groups, knitting, dancing, pets, and even softball. Nearby attractions include Long Beach Island and downtown Toms River, while the Garden State Parkway is minutes away.
There are 14 models; most are ranch-style, but some have lofts. Floor plans range from 1,532 to 3,124 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some homes feature luxurious master bathrooms and stainless-steel appliances.
High $200s - Mid $400s
River Pointe’s construction began in 2007, and upon completion, it will have 504 new and resale single-family homes. The Retreat clubhouse beckons homeowners with its modern fitness center, aerobics studio, indoor pool, arts and crafts studio, computer room, and a relaxing cafe and coffee bar.
Outdoor amenities include two tennis courts, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a putting green, walking trails, and a sparkling pool. Groups gather at the clubhouse for aquacise, Zumba, bridge, bunco, and game nights. Other activities center around the outdoor pool, dinner and movie nights, and an active single’s club.
River Pointe’s Ocean County locale puts it near Point Pleasant, Atlantic City, and Philadelphia. The 10 floor plans are sized from 1,269 to 2,020 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include porches, patios, and basements.