The clubhouse at Four Seasons at Smithville in Galloway, New Jersey

Atlantic County has a variety of 55+ communities for active adults looking to downsize.

Being an international tourist destination, Atlantic City, New Jersey is 60 miles from Philadelphia, and it's easily the best-known city in Atlantic County. Its many casinos, restaurants, nightclubs, and beaches draw in visitors from around the world, but there's much more to this county. It's blessed with an abundance of recreational opportunities, historical landmarks, shopping destinations, and good medical facilities.

As you drive further west from the coastline, the countryside becomes more rural with friendly suburbs and points of interest like Downtown Hammonton, the Blueberry Capital of the World. More fun can be had at the historic Batsto Village and Estell Manor Park.

Top area hospitals include AtlantiCare Regional Medical Centers and Shore Medical Center. Getting around is also easy, with major highways like the AC Expressway, and Routes 30, 40, and 322. Best of all, 55+ homeowners can live it up in Atlantic City and other beach towns, and then return to their peaceful, low-maintenance home to take a break from all the excitement.

Atlantic County real estate is surprisingly affordable, making it attractive for active adults looking to downsize. Here are five active adult neighborhoods in Atlantic County that offer excellent options.

Woodland Village - Absecon

Below $100k - Mid $100s

Located seven miles outside of AC, Absecon is known for the Absecon Lighthouse (the tallest in NJ), and the impressive fishing that can be found throughout the Absecon Bay area.

Woodland Village is a short drive away from the Bay, with 108 resale condos built from 1991 to 2007. This tight-knit community offers seven models with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, master suites, porches or balconies, and garages or parking spots.

Homeowners enjoy spending time at the private clubhouse, which has a banquet room, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, and a sparkling outdoor pool. A reasonable homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers certain community maintenance. There are several activity clubs, plus holiday parties that residents love. Woodland Village is also minutes from a ShopRite, banks, churches, restaurants, a pet hospital, pharmacies, and more.

Gatherings at Bel Aire Lakes - Absecon

Mid $100s - Low $200s

Also in Absecon, Gatherings at Bel Aire Lakes is about six miles from Woodland Village and across the road from the Atlantic City Reservoir. This lovely 55+ neighborhood is also near the Garden State Parkway, and it's close to the same conveniences as Woodland Village.

Built from 2006 to 2008, this property has 125 resale attached homes with two models at 1,900 or 1,982 square feet. These offer two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, dens that can be used as third bedrooms, and attached one-car garages. Options include water views, breakfast nooks, patios, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors.

The community clubhouse is a center for activities, with a fitness room, game room, lounge, and outdoor patio.

Tavistock at Mays Landing - Mays Landing

Mid $100s - Low $200s

This newer retirement community of 208 resale attached and single-family homes was completed in 2017, less than 20 miles west of AC. It's also a stone’s throw from Hamilton Mall and the beautiful Lake Lenape Park.

Tavistock at Mays Landing has one attached model with 1,300 square feet, two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Upgrades may include screened-in patios, lofts, or a Florida room.

The comfortable single-family floor plans come in four models, sized from 1,391 to 1,990 square feet. These feature two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. These have options like lofts, covered patios, fireplaces, and sunrooms. The HOA fee covers lawn care, sprinkler systems, and trash and snow removal.

Tavistock’s vibrant clubhouse has an expansive great room with its own dance floor, plus a catering kitchen, exercise room, and game room.

Traditions at Blueberry Ridge - Hammonton

Low $100s - High $200s

Even if you don’t like blueberries, Traditions at Blueberry Ridge is geared for downsizing, and at about 35 miles from AC, it's in an excellent location. The community is nicely sandwiched between Wharton State Forest and the Winslow Fish and Wildlife Management Area. It's also close to highly-rated wineries and breweries, Hammonton’s trendy downtown, and Frog Rock Golf Club.

Traditions was built from 2005 to 2007 and has 134 resale single-family homes. They come in three models, ranging from 1,610 to 2,013 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and two-car garages. Upgrades may include kitchen islands, lofts, walk-in attics, and customized patios.

The HOA fee provides for lawn and common area maintenance and snow removal, and the private clubhouse is the perfect place for group meetings, card games, and socializing.

Four Seasons at Smithville - Galloway

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

Living in a large 55+ community like Four Seasons at Smithville has distinct benefits, like having plenty of neighbors to spend time with, a wide variety of amenities, and many models to choose from. Poised about 13 miles north of AC, this development has 1,215 resale attached and single-family homes. Also, it's close to two bays, Nacote Creek Preservation Area, and the charming Historic Smithville

There's a select number of townhomes, sized from 1,281 to 1,412 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The single-family homes come in 15 models, from about 1,490 to 2,400 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages. Options include spacious master suites, appliances, and sunrooms. The monthly HOA fee provides for snow removal and lawn care.

Four Seasons’ long list of amenities is highlighted by a modern fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and a putting green. Homeowners can also spend quality time attending fashion shows, art group, gambling nights, water aerobics, and the veterans’ club.