Looking for a quaint community in Southern New Jersey? There are plenty of options.

Imagine coming home to the perfect house located in a small active adult community that values peace, privacy, and a high standard of living. While it is true that many 55+ adults like to stay busy, there is much to be said for the quiet life. Just because a community is on the small side, it doesn’t mean that the residents are lacking in social opportunities, recreation, and adventure. Knowing who your neighbors are and valuing time spent together are both very good priorities to have.

Since smaller communities have fewer homes available, it makes sense to decide quickly once one comes to market. One of these communities might be just what you’re looking for.

Legacy at Hidden Lake Village - Burlington Township

Low $200s - High $200s

This new 55+ community built by Ryan Homes has 47 attached homes perfect for homebuyers hoping to downsize. These appealing homes surround a lovely pond and have upgrades throughout. The floor plan is 2,186 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The open layout, first-floor master suites, and second-story bedrooms are very amenable for low-maintenance living.  Each residence comes with an exterior home maintenance package for lawn care and snow removal.

Legacy at Hidden Lake Village is close to Route 130 and Interstate 295, two of the county’s major highways. Even though all of the everyday conveniences are close by, blissful Rancocas State Park is only 10 miles away. Historic Smithville Mansion also makes for a nice day trip. This community is also close to the Delaware River, which provides plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, and waterfront town visits.

Gateway Shores - Cape May Court House

Mid $100s - Low $200s

Lucky are those who can grab a spot at Gateway Shores in Cape May County. Just minutes from beaches like Stone Harbor, the Wildwoods, and Cape May, this intimate community of 66 attached homes was built from 2000 to 2002. Homes range in size from 850 to 1,040 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. The models have either paved parking spots or one-car garages.

There is a clubhouse with its own catering kitchen, outdoor pool, and patio. One of the region’s most stunning nature preserves is Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, where active adults can fish, hunt, view wildlife, and volunteer. Other local attractions include the Cape May County Park and Zoo and the Stone Harbor Golf Club.

Legacy at Waterford Pines - Atco

High $100s - Mid $200s

This newer active adult neighborhood has 88 single-family, resale homes constructed by Ryan Homes from 2010 to 2014. There are four models sized from 1,407 to 2,074 square feet. Homes feature three or four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, attached two-car garages, first-floor master suites, and extended warranties. Upgrades may include dens and basements.

There is a private clubhouse with a fitness room, activity rooms, bocce, shuffleboard, and a putting green. Legacy at Waterford Pines is near two major roads, Route 73 and the White Horse Pike, giving homeowners easy access to all of the necessities of modern living, like groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, and shopping centers. The Berlin Farmers Market, an indoor/outdoor flea market and shopping center, is just minutes away. Wharton State Forest is six miles away and Atlantic City is about an hour’s drive.

Wildflowers at Medford

Mid $200s - High $300s

Wildflowers at Medford is especially appealing to nature lovers, as the community sits in the woodsy hamlet of Medford, located in Burlington County. With just 96 single-family resale homes, this 55+ neighborhood was built by Orleans Homes from 2013 to 2016. There are six models ranging from 1,448 to 2,363 square feet. These feature two or three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two-car garages. Each residence has luxurious master bathrooms. Some homes may have porches, family rooms, and eat-in kitchens.

Homeowners have the option of joining the Medford Village Country Club where, for a yearly fee, members can enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course, Olympic-sized swimming pool, and fine dining. The charming downtown area has additional restaurants, antique shops, and boutiques. Medford is also near Wharton State Forest and close to excellent hospitals like Virtua Marlton and Jefferson Health Cherry Hill.