Imagine a less stressful existence, either in a smaller or less cluttered home. Not having to worry about cutting the lawn or shoveling the driveway after a snowstorm sounds pretty good.
Yes, the pursuit of downsizing can be challenging, but it is worth all the effort in the long run. Cleaning out your house and ridding it of things you no longer need can actually be therapeutic. Moving into an active adult community can help if you look for one with low-maintenance homes, on-site amenities, and other options that cater to a low-key lifestyle.
Burlington County, New Jersey is an excellent option for 55+ home seekers looking to downsize. It is the second-largest county in New Jersey and some of its most appealing features are its proximity to the Jersey Shore, Philadelphia, and New York City, mild climate, charming farmers markets, and excellent public transportation. Major landmarks include the Pine Barrens, Bass River State Forest, and Smithville Mansion.
55places.com lists 21 retirement communities within Burlington County, with many different sizes, builders, and price ranges. Whether you prefer a small house, townhome, or condo, you’ll be able to find something here that meets your needs and ups the chill factor.
Legacy at Hidden Lake Village - Burlington Township
Smaller is better at Legacy at Hidden Lake Village. This intimate community of just 47 attached homes broke ground in 2008 and is being completed by Ryan Homes. The well-appointed units are located around a scenic lake, and have approximately 2,186 square feet, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Desirable features include first-floor master suites, second-floor lofts, and upgraded fixtures. Each home also comes with a desirable exterior maintenance package, which covers your snow removal and lawn care.
Burlington Township is horseshoe-shaped, surrounding Burlington City and butting up to the Delaware River. There is a delightful promenade area that includes a park and several historic sites. The city sponsors year-round free events here, like summer concerts, craft shows, fireworks, and holiday tree lightings.
Legacy residents also enjoy the convenience of the neighborhood’s bus stop, which is right outside its entrance. There are coffee shops, gas stations, liquor stores, a Walmart Superstore, and anything else you might need just minutes away.
Legacy at Meadowcroft - Florence
Legacy at Meadowcroft is a sister community to Legacy at Hidden Lake Village, located about five miles away. Also built by Ryan Homes, it was completed in 2014, with 112 attached and single-family homes. The comfortable townhomes have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. The single-family homes have three to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. All single-family plans feature first-floor master suites and options may include fireplaces, double patio doors, and tray ceilings.
Residents spend the warmer months enjoying the outdoor pool and patio, located at the community clubhouse. Inside, you can find activity rooms, an exercise room and aerobics studio, a catering kitchen, and a library.
Getting to Pennsylvania is a piece of cake since this active adult community is minutes from the Burlington Bristol Bridge. Nearby golf courses include Old York Country Club (private) and Springfield Golf Center (public).
Holiday Village East - Mt. Laurel
There are plenty of floor plans to choose from at Holiday Village East. It has 963 condo, attached, and single-family homes, totaling 14 different floor plans. The condos range from 950 to 1,364 square feet, with one to two bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as lot parking. Attached patio homes are sized from 1,282 to 1,537 square feet, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The charming single-family homes range from 1,260 to 1,828 square feet, with two to three bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garage. Options include cathedral ceilings and porches.
Staying healthy is a priority for most of the residents here, who can be found at the tennis or bocce ball courts, playing shuffleboard, or swimming laps at the outdoor pool. For top medical care, they turn to Virtua Health System, Cooper University Hospital, or make the short drive to visit the university hospitals in Philadelphia.
Holiday Village’s clubhouse also has an exercise room, card and craft rooms, and a ballroom. Well-attended groups and activities include aerobics, book club, holiday parties, movie nights, and line dancing. There is a ShopRite shopping center just outside of this neighborhood, and two shopping malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and dozens of other shops and services on nearby Route 38.
Homestead at Mansfield - Columbus
The Homestead at Mansfield 55+ community is located in a tranquil area of Burlington County not far from Route 295. There are 1,092 single-family homes available for resale, featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options include porches, patios, lofts, and expansive master suites.
One of this community’s best features is its long list of amenities, highlighted by a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center with strength-training and cardiovascular equipment, walking paths, and sports courts. The large clubhouse has several activity rooms, plus a ballroom with a stage. There are over 40 clubs and activities, including a singles’ group, pinochle, golf, and shopping excursions.
Columbus is part of Mansfield Township, which has an active historical society that sponsors yearly activities like parades and holiday events. The famous Columbus Farmers Market is a frequent destination for residents who enjoy making the short drive to scout for bargains.