The Columbus Farmer’s Market, Wharton State Forest, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, and the Burlington Riverfront Promenade are all located in Burlington County, an affordable place to retire and enjoy low-maintenance living. Burlco is New Jersey’s largest county, and its history dates back to 1694. Its extensive network of highways and byways like the NJ Turnpike (Exits 4, 5, 6), Interstate 295, and Routes 38, 70, and 73 make getting around easy, and there’s public transportation provided by BurLINK plus nearby train stops in Camden County. Major landmarks like Philadelphia; New York City; Wilmington, Delaware; and Atlantic City are all doable day trips, and the closest airport is Philadelphia International.
There are many more reasons to consider living here, including access to top healthcare from Virtua Health System, continuing education courses at Rowan College, and pristine golf courses at Burlington Country Club (private) and Springfield Golf Center (public). And if you’re a shopaholic, you’re in luck because those roads we mentioned earlier are jam-packed with shopping centers and traditional NJ strip malls.
Out of the 22 active adult neighborhoods in the county, around half have homes with prices at $200k and under. Finding ones with current homes for sale may not always be easy since it’s a highly desirable area, but we’ve narrowed it down to three choices, and they all have a variety of floor plans, homeowners’ associations, and indoor/outdoor amenities.
Below $100k – High $200s
This gated, established active adult community of 963 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes is in the upscale suburb of Mt. Laurel near Ramblewood Country Club and Laurel Acres Park. Between these two, there’s a public, 27-hole golf course, a swim club, a children’s playground, and a dog park. Holiday Village East is also close to a ShopRite grocery store (walking distance), banks, pharmacies, restaurants, bakeries, and fitness centers.
The three condo floor plans range from 950 to 1,364 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and full kitchens. Upgrades include fireplaces and sunrooms. The attached patio homes have three floor plans ranging from 1,282 to 1,537 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, large walk-in closets, eat-in kitchens, and options like private patios and fireplaces.
The single-family carriage homes range from 1,200 to 1,828 square feet with large master suites, second bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one- to two-car attached garages. Options include dens and hardwood floors, and the homeowners’ association (HOA) fees provide for lawn care, snow removal, and common area maintenance.
The welcoming clubhouse has its own outdoor pool and patio as well as shuffleboard, tennis, and bocce ball courts. Inside, amenities include an exercise room, a library, a craft room, and a ballroom. Favorite clubs and activities include line dancing, holiday parties, casino trips, aerobics, and painting classes. Holiday Village’s property is especially attractive, with 12 scenic ponds and abundant natural space on the grounds.
Mid $100s – High $200s
Located in the northwest part of the county, Homestead at Mansfield is in Columbus, part of rural Mansfield Township. It’s easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which takes you over the Delaware River and up into Bucks County, PA. Columbus is home to that well-known flea market we mentioned earlier, and nearby shops and services include ShopRite, Target, ACME, and Walgreens.
Homestead at Mansfield is a gated, established retirement community of 1,092 resale single-family homes, with nine floor plans offering two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The HOA provides for certain community services, and home upgrades include vaulted ceilings, private patios, Jacuzzi tubs, and three-season rooms.
Residents enjoy exploring the property’s walking trails and playing on the bocce ball, shuffleboard, and tennis courts. During the warmer seasons, folks can also be found relaxing at the outdoor pool. In the community clubhouse, you’ll find a fitness center, a sauna, a crafts room, a library, and a ballroom. Some of the vibrant activities that take place here include computer club, oil painting class, line dancing, and aquatics. Atlantic City trips, garden club, and the choral groups are also well-attended.
Below $100k – High $200s
As one of New Jersey’s largest active adult communities, Leisuretowne has a lot of everything: 2,255 resale attached and single-family homes, desirable amenities (including a community transit bus), and a great selection of lifestyle activities. This gated, established neighborhood’s property has its own fishing lakes, a driving range, and two community halls. Homeowners also enjoy working out at the fitness center, swimming at the outdoor pool, and participating in community events like craft club, bible study, Military Veterans, exercise class, and the Joy Luck Club.
The single-story, open floor-plan townhomes range from 1,000 to over 2,300 square feet with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and garages. All townhomes are single-story and offer open floor plans. The 11 single-family models range from 867 to over 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and one- or two-car garages. Upgrades may include crown molding, hardwood floors, and granite countertops. The HOA fees cover certain community services.
Leisuretown’s woodsy property is on Route 70, about 30 miles from beach towns like Toms River and Seaside Park. Closer to home, you’ll find several Walmarts, farmers markets, and an ACME grocery store.