Also referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the Lancaster, PA area is a tourist’s dream and an appealing retirement destination for 55+ adults. Lancaster is poised in Southeast Pennsylvania about 70 miles west of Philadelphia, and it is known far and wide for its Amish Country, as it is home to the country’s second-largest Amish settlement. Visitors learn about Amish life while enjoying their buggy rides, markets, and farms.
Another epic attraction is Refreshing Mountain, which offers hiking and other outdoor adventures. And since the area dates back to the 1700s, it is populated with a myriad of historical attractions, like the Strasburg Rail Road and 28 covered bridges.
What else draws active adults to explore Lancaster, PA real estate? Farmers markets, outstanding golf courses, and top medical centers like Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital and Lancaster Regional Medical Centers are just the beginning. Also a big plus: Pennsylvania taxes are retirement friendly.
Where better to enjoy an active, leisurely-paced, rewarding lifestyle than the pristine countryside of Lancaster County? If you’re looking to retire around here, then you'll want to explore some of the best lowest-priced active adult communities in this region.
Clearview Gardens North - Ephrata
If living out in the country with plenty of privacy sounds wonderful to you, Clearview Gardens North offers all that and more. This intimate 55+ neighborhood has 51 resale single-family homes built from 2006 to 2013. It is part of Clearview Gardens, which has an additional 66 residences.
Clearview Gardens North has eight floor plans sized from 1,779 to 2,891 square feet, with three or four bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some models have first-floor master suites, lofts, and finished walk-out basements.
Although there is no community clubhouse, the surrounding area provides ample opportunities for recreation. The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area has trails, hunting, and wildlife observation. Fox Chase Golf Club is a public course about 10 minutes away.
There are also shopping complexes three miles down the road, with a Walmart, auto shops, grocery stores, and restaurants. And when the grandchildren come to visit, they will love a trip to Dutch Wonderland or the Turkey Hill Experience.
Village Grande at Millers Run - Lancaster
The D.R. Horton 55+ community Village Grande at Millers Run has 241 resale single-family homes developed between 2006 and 2014. Its location about four miles from the city presents many advantages and puts residents just a short drive from the Wolf Museum of Music and Art, the historic Lancaster Central Market, and the Lancaster County Convention Center.
Village Grande at Millers Run offers four home models ranging from 1,558 to 2,261 square feet. These homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Standard features include first-floor master suites and living room/dining room combinations. Some models have dens, patios, decks, and bay windows.
A private clubhouse offers residents a modern fitness center, a library, activity rooms, bocce, tennis, a putting green, and an outdoor pool. Friends stay busy with clubs and activities like Zumba, yoga, book club, and cards.
Four Seasons at Elm Tree - Mount Joy
The quiet borough of Mount Joy is a small hamlet about five miles from the banks of the Susquehanna River, putting residents of Four Seasons at Elm Tree in close proximity to many waterfront attractions, like Chickie’s Rock County Park and the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. It is also about 10 miles west of Lancaster, and there are more than enough shops and services right in Mount Joy and in the surrounding towns.
The 245 resale single-family homes at Four Seasons at Elm Tree were built by Traditions of America and K. Hovnanian from 2006 to 2013. There are five different models sized from 1,237 to 1,949 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The thoughtfully designed floor plans feature first-floor master suites, great rooms, covered porches, and patios.
A modern clubhouse with abundant amenities also serves as a meeting area, with its comfortable gathering room, catering kitchen, and bar. Homeowners also make good use of the fitness center and saunas, game rooms, and outdoor pool. There is a long list of clubs and activities, including exercise classes, volunteer groups, holiday parties, dances, wine tours, and potluck dinners.
Timber Villa - Elizabethtown
If the thought of a quaint, close-knit community on a wooded property just 10 minutes from a big city (Hershey), then Timber Villa could be right for you. It is located in Elizabethtown, which is mainly known for its small college and the Elizabethtown Fair held every August.
Like Mount Joy, Elizabethtown is also close to the Susquehanna and has ample shopping spots, recreation, and services nearby, including several farmers markets, Par Line Golf Course, and Elizabethtown Family Health Center.
With just 102 resale attached homes that feature large back yards, Timber Villas offers homeowners plenty of privacy. Built from 1983 to 1999, the property offers different floor plans that range from 744 to 2,882 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages.
Upgrades may include decks, finished walk-out basements, skylights, and vaulted ceilings. A monthly homeowners' association fee covers trash pickup, snow removal, exterior maintenance, and lawn care.