View from a deck of water and trees in Somerset County, NJ

Scenic Somerset County has plenty for active adults to enjoy.

Of all the New Jersey counties in the New York metropolitan area, Somerset has some of the most diverse landscapes, interesting eco-tourism venues, and historic sites. Leisurely pursuits like visiting Sourland Mountain Preserve and Duke Farms go hand-in-hand with upscale shops, restaurants, and services that can be found in the suburbs and busy corridors of Interstate 278 and Interstate 78.

As it is considered part of Central New Jersey, Somerset County, NJ real estate often comes with prices commensurate with its New York metro area location. Still, even with its top hospitals like Robert Wood Johnson, world-class golf courses like New Jersey National, and that desirable central location, active adults can still find homes here starting in the low $200s.

We’ve picked a few of our favorites for you to consider.

Hearthstone at Hillsborough - Hillsborough Township

Low $200s - High $400s

Built from 2006 to 2013 by Ryan Homes, Hearthstone at Hillsborough  is a welcoming 55+ neighborhood with 185 resale single-family, attached, and condominium homes. The condo floor plans are sized at 1,390 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They are located in secure elevator-equipped buildings.

The attached villas have 1,888 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and one-car garages. The spacious single-family homes range from 1,749 to 2,490 square feet with up to five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two-car garages.

When it comes to amenities, the private community clubhouse has fitness and activity rooms, along with tennis and bocce courts, plus an outdoor pool.

Originally settled around 1685, the town of Hillsborough is made up of five villages: Flagtown, Neshanic, Blackwells Mills, South Branch, and Belle Mead. It is a vibrant community with a community garden and an active seniors club.

Hearthstone at Hillsborough is also located in between Route 206 and Colonial Park, so residents have easy access to modern conveniences plus outdoor recreation. Colonial Park is also home to Spooky Brook Golf Course.

Four Seasons at Bridgewater - Bridgewater

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

The K. Hovnanian-built retirement community Four Seasons at Bridgewater was completed in 2010 with 154 resale condominiums that are right on target for downsizing. The community is located just off of Route 202 near the intersection of I-278 and I-78, which puts residents near the action, but far enough to enjoy much-deserved peace and quiet.

In-town attractions include the Bridgewater Commons upscale shopping mall, Middlebrook Trail, and TD Bank Ballpark, where the Somerset Patriots play baseball.

Four Seasons at Bridgewater’s well-appointed floor plans range from 1,060 to 1,963 square feet and come with one to three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and designated underground parking. Standard features include nine-foot ceilings, decks or balconies, and expansive master suites. Additional options include dens and kitchen nooks.

These units are housed in four secure elevator buildings, and homeowners’ association fees provide for snow removal and common area maintenance. Homeowners enjoy spending time at the exclusive clubhouse, which has an outdoor pool, bocce, a fitness center, and gathering rooms.

Somerset Run - Somerset

Low $300s - Low $600s

Somerset Run is a gated 55+ Del Webb community with 755 resale single-family and condominium homes built from 2004 to 2007. The two condo models, available with 1,763 or 1,781 square feet, include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, luxury master suites, balconies, and garage parking.

The three single-family models range from 2,029 to over 3,100 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Options include screened-in porches and master suites with sitting rooms.

Like all Del Webb 55+ neighborhoods, Somerset Run has enviable amenities, with most located at its 25,000 square-foot Stone Manor clubhouse. Inside, there is a modern fitness center with an aerobics room and an indoor pool as well as a wellness center, saunas, and a massage room.

There is also a catering kitchen, sports lounge, honor bar, computer room, an education center, and table tennis.  Outside, residents enjoy walking trails, a putting green, bocce, tennis, and an outdoor pool.

Somerset is a city as well as a county, and the former is part of Franklin Township. Mostly residential, it is the next town over from New Brunswick, home to Rutgers University and Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

Canal Walk - Somerset

Mid $300s - Low $600s

At Canal Walk, you have the option to be picky, as this gated active adult community will have 1,200 new and resale single-family, attached, and condominium homes upon completion. There are four subdivisions at Canal Walk.

Condos at the Enclave features condo units in three-story elevator buildings. The condo floor plans range from 1,503 to 1,838 feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and underground parking.

The Garden Homes resale townhomes are offered in 1,889 or 1,959 square-foot floor plans with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. 

The Premier Homes resale townhomes are available in either 2,115 or 2,168 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and one-car garages. First-floor master suites and gourmet eat-in kitchens are standard in the Premier Homes models.

There are also single-family homes by Garden Homes, ranging from 1,499 to 1,640 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Premier Home’s Reserve Collection offers 10 single-family floor plans, ranging from 1,826 to 2,975 square feet, with two to three-and-a-half bedrooms, three or three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.

Built by Premier Homes and Garden Homes, the community is located near Colonial Park and the Raritan River. It’s also a quick drive into New Brunswick, where residents can catch a show at the George Street Playhouse or indulge your inner foodie at top restaurants like The Frog and The Peach and Sophie’s Bistro.

There are two clubhouses on this property, offering a wealth of amenities like two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a cafe, sports courts, a wellness center, a beauty salon, activity rooms, and a business center. Energetic homeowners can choose from dozens of clubs and events, with everything from a genealogy club to Aquacize class.