U.S. News surveyed a large group of people age 45 and up to learn about how and where they wanted to retire. The study focused on the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. and considered topics like taxes, health care, housing prices, and basic happiness. The data obtained resulted in three Pennsylvania metro areas: Lancaster, Pittsburgh, and Allentown.
Ranked No. 8 on our list because of its affordable homes and its location in the heart of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country, With Amish markets, historic landmarks, and outstanding medical facilities like Penn Medicine at Lancaster General Health, it's no wonder active adults enjoy the area. Here are two of the top active adult communities in and around Lancaster.
Village Grande at Millers Run - Lancaster
Village Grande at Millers Run is a newer active adult community of 241 single-family resale homes built by D.R. Horton between 2006 and 2014. The neighborhood features a modern clubhouse with a fitness center, an outdoor pool, putting green, tennis and bocce ball courts, and nature trails. It has a slew of activity groups and frequent special events, there is even a full-time activities director who keeps the social calendar full. There are four home models ranging from 1,558 to 2,261 square feet with two bedrooms, two or more bathrooms, and attached two car garages. One model also has a den.
Watson Run - Gordonville
Gordonville is about 10 miles east of Lancaster and is home to Watson Run. Berks Homes broke ground on this property in 2007, upon completion it will have 190 new and resale, single-family homes. Homeowners can enjoy a large clubhouse with an activity room, billiards, a cozy lounge, and outdoor walking and biking trails, plus an outdoor pool. Watson Run has seven floor plans ranging from 1,348 to 2,471 square feet, and include one to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Every home has a first-floor master suite.
Pittsburgh's affordable cost of living also attracts the active adults, and it also has top schools for continuing education like The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, as well as excellent health care. The city is known for popular sports teams and loyal fans as the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates all call Pittsburgh home. Here’s another bonus for Pittsburgh residents, adults ages 65 and over can get free transport on public rail and bus systems. Read about one of our favorite Pittsburgh area 55+ communities:
The Villas at Isleworth - Cranberry Township
This 55+ neighborhood sits about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. It was built from 2009 to 2013 by Epcon Communities as part of the larger, master-planned community of BelleVue Park. There are 104 dwellings with two models from 1,716 to 1,816 square feet. These have either two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The Villas at Isleworth is surrounded by a variety of shopping centers, lovely North Boundary Park, and Cranberry Highlands Golf Course. On-site amenities feature a clubhouse, exercise room, and an outdoor pool. Residents also have access to additional amenities at BelleVue Park, including their clubhouse, pool, trails, and retail shops.
Lehigh Valley's Allentown is redeveloping its downtown area and has a low cost of living. It is situated in the beautiful Lehigh Valley, between the South Mountain and the Blue Mountains. Local attractions include the Allentown Art Museum, Liberty Bell Museum, a thriving farmers market, and trendy shops and restaurants. Area residents are served by the Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital system. Below are two of the top active adult communities near Allentown:
Briarwood Commons - Whitehall Township
$200s - Mid $300s
Briarwood Commons has the best of both worlds: A quiet, private setting that is just five miles outside of desirable Allentown. With just 63 attached new and resale homes, this newer active adult community offers five floor plans ranging from 1,382 to 2,650 square feet. They include one to three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These homes have special upgrades throughout, like granite countertops, cathedral ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and first-floor master suites. Homeowners enjoy a private clubhouse, exercise room, and an outdoor deck and a gazebo.
The Vineyards - Pennsburg
The Vineyards is about a 30-minute drive south of Allentown, right near Macoby Creek and Macoby Run Golf Course. Built from 2004 to 2007, it has 200 attached, resale homes. Floor plans are sized from 1,761 to 2,130 square feet with one or two bedrooms, dens, one-and-a-half to two baths, and attached garages. There are myriads of social opportunities here, the popular Vineyards clubhouse has a library, activity rooms, a sunroom, and an exercise room. Outdoors, residents spend time together on the patio, a chip-n-putt golf course and putting green, and nature trails. Special events like bingo, Nights at the Races, picnics, and holiday parties are also very popular here.