Pennsylvania is fast becoming a top retirement destination and it’s easy to see why. Temperate summers, striking fall foliage, snowy winters, and flowery springs are all part of what draws active adults here. Other states may be more popular but they don’t all experience the four seasons like Pennsylvania does. we've compiled a list of the the best-sellers of 2019 in this region.
1. Alden Place - Lebanon
The best-selling community in Pennsylvania is Alden Place, a 55+ community of 505 new and resale single-family and attached homes. It is divided into three sections, with an impressive variety of floor plans. Both Cornwall Estates and Northgate Estate feature single-family homes across six unique floor plans. The Cornwall Villas offer seven different attached villa floor plans.
The Alden Club is the neighborhood’s private clubhouse and has an indoor pool, and exercise room, a cafe, a salon, and several activity rooms. There are also walking & biking trails and a fishing lake on the property. Popular clubs and groups include boating, arts & crafts, exercise, and fishing.
Lebanon is the kind of town that active adults relocate to when they want to get away from big city living. It is the county seat for Lebanon County in the heart of idyllic South Central Pennsylvania. Found between Harrisburg and Reading, it offers miles of wide open spaces and rolling hills beckon to a more relaxed pace of life.
2. Arbor Gate - Myerstown
Arbor Gate is an established active adult neighborhood with 378 resale single-family and attached homes. This land-lease community has 10 models, ranging from 1,234 to 2,058 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and attached one- or two-car garages.
Arbor Gate’s clubhouse is Lakeview Center, which is adjacent to a stocked, three-acre fishing lake. Inside, residents can enjoy the exercise room, activity rooms, beauty salon, and coffee shop. Some of this community’s most popular events take place at Lakeview Center, including potluck dinners and ‘50s & ‘60s dances.
Popular attractions close to both Alden Place and Arbor Gate include Hershey Park, the historic landmark Cornwall Iron Furnace, Lebanon Farmers Market, Lebanon Community Theatre, and Iron Valley Golf Club.
3. Foxfield - Garnet Valley
Just 25 miles from Philadelphia, Foxfield gets bonus points for being close to the Delaware border (tax-free shopping!). With 520 resale single-family, attached, and condo homes, this 55+ neighborhood has floor plans to suit all kinds of buyers.
Single-family homes come in four models ranging from 1,586 to 1,831 square feet, with two to four bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. Attached homes offer four models ranging from 1,708 to 1,836 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. Meanwhile, the multi-level condos come in five models ranging from 1,114 to 1,400 square feet, with one to two bedrooms, and two baths.
Many of Foxfield’s amenities are included in the 9,200 square-foot clubhouse. Here you will find a grand room and catering kitchen, indoor and outdoor pools, and a whirlpool. Additional fun can be had at the tennis courts, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, and the six-hole golf course and putting green.
4. Hershey's Mill - West Chester
This sprawling, gated active adult community offers a multitude of choices for housing and leisure time. Hershey’s Mill offers 1,720 resale attached homes, with nine different floor plans ranging from 1,158 up to 3,153 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached garages. Features include terraces, lofts, decks, and first-floor master suites.
You will find plenty to keep busy at Hershey’s Mill, as it has banquet facilities, a community center with meeting rooms, a pet park, an outdoor pool, tennis and pickleball, gardening plots, trails, lakes, and even its own TV station. One of its best amenities is Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, which is located right on the property.
5. Country Manor - Shippensburg
Located in Cumberland County, Country Manor is a lowkey, gated 55+ neighborhood with 130 single-family resale homes. The nine models range from 1,230 to 1,876 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two baths, and an attached garage. These homes have oversized master suites and porches while larger models include dens, flex rooms, and breakfast nooks.
Country Manor’s private clubhouse has an exercise room, a library, a catering kitchen, and a multipurpose room. Outdoors, homeowners enjoy walking & biking trails, a fishing lake, and shuffleboard.