Early morning fog on rolling meadows on a farm with dark silos in the background

Affordable, quaint, and still near plenty of fun, Lebanon is a great option for active adults.

Thanks to its average median home value of under $100,000, Lebanon, Pennsylvania has been named by Livability.com as one of the most affordable cities in the entire state. Located within Lebanon County, the city is about the same distance from Reading, Lancaster, and Harrisburg.

Lebanon is also off the main grid with a more tranquil way of life. Its pastoral landscapes are rich in natural beauty, with 10 parks in the area. Residents can head to Coleman Memorial Park, Stoever's Dam Park, and other spots to enjoy fishing, boating, bicycling, hiking, and hunting.

The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail is also ideal for all ages. This region is also known for its historic farmers market, the annual August car show, and the Snitz Creek Brewery and Restaurant.

And even though it is a quiet town, you will find all of the modern conveniences needed for daily living. Local hospitals include WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and there are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants, churches, a YMCA, and shops nearby. 

Approximately 25,000 residents live in the area and enjoy a high-quality lifestyle. All of this makes Lebanon, PA real estate a budget-friendly and accessible choice for active adult homebuyers. Retirees who seek a more peaceful way of living will do themselves well to look at some of the affordable homes for sale in Lebanon.

Briar Lake - Lebanon

High $100s - High $200s

The newer 55+ neighborhood Briar Lake was built from 2005 to 2013 and has 113 resale single-family and attached homes. The 78 single-families come in six models sized from 1,296 to 2,178 square feet. They include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, first-floor master suites, porches, and attached two-car garages.

The 35 townhomes range from 1,218 to 2,078 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and attached garages. Some homes may include full basements. A quarterly homeowners’ association fee provides for trash pickup and common area maintenance.

There is a private clubhouse on the grounds, along with a fishing lake, BBQ area, and picnic grove, plus walking and biking trails. Residents spend time together with activities such as breakfast club, community picnics, golf club, book club, and card games.

Briar Lake is minutes from Stoever's Dam Park and the Lebanon Community Theatre, which puts on shows like “Beauty and The Beast,” “Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical,” and holiday productions.

The Crossings at Sweet Briar - Lebanon

Low $200s - Mid $200s

Active adult homebuyers can find affordable new construction in Lebanon at The Crossings at Sweet Briar. Construction started on this scenic property in 2012 and it will have 198 new single-family homes upon completion.

There are nine models that range from 1,047 to 1,826 square feet with two bedrooms, one bathroom, first-floor master suites, and an attached garage. Some floor plans include porches, dens, and lofted second floors.

Plans are in the works for a private clubhouse, which will be the perfect place for community gatherings and activities. There will also be biking and walking paths throughout the community. Landmarks close to this lovely community include St. Jacobs Kimmerslings Church, Seyfert Orchards, and Lenni Lenape Park Disc Golf Course.

If you’re not familiar with disc golf, it is quite popular in Pennsylvania and can be a lot of fun. Players use discs or Frisbees instead of clubs and golf balls.

Alden Place - Lebanon

Low $200s - High $400s

If you can’t decide between new or resale or attached or single-family, have a look at Alden Place. Upon completion, this 55+ community will have 505 new and resale single-family and attached homes built by Alden Homes.

There are two single-family subdivisions, Cornwell and Northgate. The Cornwell Estates includes six single-family models that range from 1,545 to 2,353 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

The Cornwall Villas feature seven attached home models that range from 1,449 to 2,505 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some include decks, porches, dens, and breakfast nooks.

Northgate will have seven single-family models that range from 1,702 to 2,473 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some homes feature porches, master bedroom suites, dens, and great rooms.

Alden Club is the spacious community clubhouse that boasts an indoor pool, exercise room, cafe, and a salon. The scenic property offers residents easy access to The Lebanon Valley Rail Trail, while an on-site lake offers opportunities for canoeing and fishing.

Golfers can appreciate the fact that Alden Place is two miles from Fairview Golf Course. The area also has a Walmart Supercenter, a VA Medical Center, farms, and restaurants.

Arbor Gate - Myerstown

Low $100s - High $100s

Myerstown is just seven miles east of Lebanon, and here you will find Arbor Gate, an established and affordable 55+ community with 378 resale attached and single-family homes. It is a land-lease community that offers 10 floor plans ranging from 1,234 to 2,058 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-or two-car garages. Options may include decks, sunrooms, great rooms, fireplaces, and patios.

The Lakeview Center clubhouse has its own ballroom, catering kitchen, beauty salon, coffee shop, and activity rooms. There is also a three-acre fishing lake and gazebo for homeowners to enjoy. Activities and events include organized golf outings, potlucks, dances, and trips.

Myerstown is a unique hamlet, with a history dating back to the 1730s. There are several recreation areas nearby, including a community pool and tennis courts. It is also near Route 422, which is dotted with restaurants, banks, grocery stores, and anything else you might need.