Pennsylvania is a diverse state known for its rich history, cultural attractions, beautiful parks, farmlands, and rivers. The eastern portion of Pennsylvania can be divided into three regions: Allentown, Philadelphia, and Reading. Eastern Pennsylvania currently has 116 active adult communities. Between them, you can find serene, peaceful communities as well as those geared more towards residents who want to be near a big city. Let's take a look at some of the top picks that don't top out at too many homes.
The Village at Maidencreek - Blandon, PA
If you are looking to get a lot for the price in a private setting, The Village at Maidencreek may be for you. This affordable, intimate community of 110 new and resale attached homes is less than a half hour from Reading. Built by Larken Associates starting in 2005, these townhomes feature 1,494 to 2,367 square feet of living space, two or three bedrooms, two or 2.5 baths, and attached one-car garages.
These include a clubhouse with a spa, massage rooms, sauna and steam rooms, a lounge with an inviting fireplace; and a catering kitchen and bar. Its Berks County location gives homeowners easy access to area golf courses, parks, shopping, restaurants, and outdoor fun along the Schuylkill River.
Briarwood Commons - Whitehall, PA
If you think smaller is better, consider Briarwood Commons, an intimate active adult community of 63 attached homes just outside of Allentown. This gated community is being built by Spectrum Homes and has plenty of stores close by, farmers markets, golf courses, parks, and more. There are five floor plans ranging from 1,382 to 2,650 square feet with one to three beds, two to three baths, and attached two car garages. All come with first-floor master suites and walk-in closets. And even though Briarwood is on the small side, it has a lovely clubhouse with an exercise room, game room, billiards, covered deck, and a gazebo where homeowners enjoy parties and other social activities.
Traditions of America at Hanover - Bethlehem, PA
Active adults who call Traditions of America at Hanover home enjoy resort-style living in desirable Lehigh Valley. It’s in Bethlehem, one of the largest and most charming cities in the area. Built from 2008 to 2014 by Traditions of America, this gated community has 241 single-family and attached new as well as resale homes. The attached garden homes come in six models from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet with two beds and baths, plus attached two-car garages. A community homeowners' fee provides for lawn care and snow removal. Residents enjoy the two-story clubhouse, which has a movie theater, dance studio, fitness room, and activity rooms. There’s also a heated outdoor pool and spa, a putting green, and walking and biking trail on the property.
Traditions at Washington Crossing
The exclusive active adult community of Traditions at Washington Crossing offers upscale amenities and a stylish lifestyle for its residents. Built from 2003 to 2010 by Del Webb, it has 299 attached and single-family resale homes. The attached carriage homes range from 1,845 to 2,350 square feet with two beds, two or two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. The single families range from 1,743 and 2,647 square feet with two or three beds and baths and attached two-car garages. The luxuriously appointed interiors feature oversized master suites, walk-in closets, abasements, and gourmet kitchens.
A 10,000 square-foot clubhouse keeps residents busy with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, bocce, a putting green, and a fantastic, state-of-the-art clubhouse. There are also over 30 social groups, with planned activities and trips year-round.