Despite having less than 200 homes, Horizons at Barnegat has all the amenities of a larger community.

New Jersey may be a densely populated state, but it has many charming and elegant smaller 55+ communities for active adults. These provide residents with the benefits of a high standard of living enhanced by a small-town feel. Here are five that have been chosen for their great value, location, and livability. All have fewer than 200 homes.

The Village at Chapel Hill 

The Village at Chapel Hill is an upscale, active adult community of 120 large condominiums in Northvale. Floor plans range in size from 1,896 to 2,615 square feet, and price points are in the low $300s to high $400s. This prominent New Jersey community offers homeowners carefree living, with low-maintenance condos in a peaceful setting. It is close to beautiful New York beaches, the Palisades Park area, shopping, and much more.

Reserve at Hawk Pointe

With 120 single-family and attached homes, Reserve at Hawk Pointe in Washington Township (Warren County) has superb features, plus a close-knit feel that makes for highly desirable living conditions. It is next to the Hawk Pointe Golf Club and is a short drive to Merrill Creek Reservoir and numerous shopping opportunities. The large residences range from 2,163 to 2,946 square feet and include garages, master suites, and basements. Reserve at Hawk Pointe also has a clubhouse, outdoor pool, and ponds on the property. Prices range from the low $300s to high $400s

Legacy at Cape May

New Jersey’s southernmost point is home to Legacy at Cape May. This active adult community consists of 141 attached homes in Rio Grande. Residents enjoy all that the nearby beaches have to offer, plus nearby shopping, wineries, and museums. Prices range from the high $200s to the low $300s with four models sized from 1,983 to 2,600 square feet. Active adults here enjoy spending time at the fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor pool, social activities, and taking classes. 

Horizons at Barnegat  

Horizons at Barnegat has 164 lovely single-family, generously sized, affordable homes. Model sizes start at 2,170 square feet and go up to 3,000 square feet. Priced from the mid $200s to the low $300s, these homes all have at least two bedrooms plus garages. Its proximity to the Jersey Shore offers endless opportunities for fishing, beach going, biking, boating, and more. On-site amenities include a clubhouse, outdoor pool and patio, and an exercise room. 

The Essex and Sussex

With its wide range of lifestyle options, The Essex and Sussex in Spring Lake has something for everyone. This unique 55+ community is a luxurious, 165-condominium community that is actually a refurbished hotel. Active adults love its location because it is across the street from the beach, close to two golf clubs, and has all of their shopping needs. Unit sizes range from 420 to 700 square feet and are priced from the high $100s to the high $500s. There is a fitness center, cocktail lounge, bistro, a media theater, game room, library and much more inside. This prestigious community features a low-maintenance, elegant lifestyle for the discerning homebuyer.