Renaissance at Manchester is just one great community in New Jersey for residents looking to stay active.

These days the majority of active adults are interested in maintaining and improving their health and fitness routines. As priorities have shifted from tea time to tee time, more active adult communities in New Jersey are designed to support the lifestyles that these homebuyers desire.  

Community clubhouses are often focal points for these developments and residents use their exercise rooms, state-of-the-art fitness centers, dance studios, indoor pools, and other rooms to keep their heart rates up.

Outdoors the properties have sprawling outdoor pools, multiple sports courts, walking, hiking and biking trails, and gardening plots for use in warmer months. Best of all, fitness groups and classes keep members healthier in the company of good friends.

Active adults who choose one of these fitness-minded communities won’t have to travel elsewhere to stay fit which makes healthy living easier than ever before. Here are a few of the top choices:

Renaissance at Manchester

Low $200s - High $300s

This large active adult community of 1,904 single-family homes has a 30,000 square-foot clubhouse at its core. Inside residents take advantage of a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, saunas, locker rooms, game rooms, and more. There is even a café for a post-workout snack! Outside there is a fabulous outdoor pool and spa, tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and pickleball courts which are busy during the warmer months. There are also horseshoe pits, a basketball course, and a J. Christopher Cummins designed 18-hole, par 63 golf course on this property.

Those who like to work out in the company of others can join one of Renaissance at Manchester’s many clubs, including pickleball, ping pong, softball, and tennis. There are 10 different model types in this gated community built by Carlton Homes and Centex Homes, ranging from 1,522 to 2,256 square feet. Most have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Four Seasons at Lakewood

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

Slightly smaller than Renaissance, Four Seasons at Lakewood has 1,319 single-family and attached homes built by K. Hovnanian. Its large clubhouse has everything homeowners need to keep in shape including a fitness center, sauna, and indoor pool. Exercise and wellness classes and clubs like billiards, bocce, bowling, meditation, tennis, water aerobics, and yoga are very popular at Four Seasons. An outdoor pool and patio, a 9-hole golf course, and sports courts are just a few of the outside amenities available here.  

The Villas are priced from the mid $100s to low $200s and these low-maintenance attached homes range from 1,176 to 1,200 square feet, with one-to-two bedrooms and one-and-a-half to two bathrooms. These Villas do not have garages but have designated parking spots.

The 1,308 to 1,512 square-foot condos range from the mid $100s to low $200s, with one car garages, one or two bedrooms, and two baths. Single-family homes at Renaissance are larger at 1,306 to 2,134 square feet with one-to-three beds, two baths, and attached one or two-car garages.

Bald Eagle Commons - West Milford, NJ

Below $100k - High $200s

Located in the Northwest part of New Jersey, Bald Eagle Commons is a gated active adult community of 463 affordable attached and condo homes. Its two-story clubhouse boasts a well-equipped exercise room where aerobics, Tai Chi, Zumba, and yoga classes take place. Outdoors it is easy to stay in shape with bocce ball, shuffleboard, and tennis courts. There are also horseshoe pits, walking and biking trails, and a delightful pool, patio, and spa.

Most of the residences at Bald Eagle Commons are low-maintenance condos, but there were a limited number of attached homes built. These are priced from the mid to high $200s and are offered in one model that is 2,372 square feet with two beds, three baths, and a one-car garage.

The condos range from below $100k to the high $100s and come in four different floor plans sized from 655 to 1,581 square feet. These units have one or two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms with assigned parking.

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