Exterior view of a home at Legacy at Waterford Pines in Atco, New Jersey on a sunny day

Camden County has a lot to offer active adults, including some excellent 55+ communities.

Camden County is perfectly situated in New Jersey’s Delaware River Region, placing its residents within easy driving distance of the Jersey shore and Philadelphia. As the eighth-largest county in the state, this South Jersey region is also considered part of the Philadelphia metro area, and it has a diverse population is well over 500,000.

Education is big here with Rutgers University and Rowan University (the latter is home to Cooper Medical School) both having campuses in Camden. Camden County College has affordable courses for county residents, and all three offer continuing education programs for adults. Top area hospitals include Cooper Health and the Lourdes Health System, and if you prefer the large university hospitals, you can cross one of the bridges over into Philly.

The City of Camden is the county seat, and it has attractions for all ages. Grandchildren will love the Adventure AquariumCamden Children’s Garden, and the historic Battleship New Jersey. The county is also known for its many farms, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, breweries, and destination-worthy small towns like Collingswood and Haddonfield.

Living in Camden County can be more affordable than Central or North Jersey, and you can find a good selection of active adult communities with homes for sale that are located near major highways, public transportation, and airports. Here are three to consider.

Centennial Mill - Voorhees, NJ

Mid $200s - High $400s

This Del Webb gated 55+ neighborhood is in prestigious Voorhees, and it has 401 resale attached and single-family homes built from 2004 through 2007. The downsizing-friendly townhomes offer four models ranging from 1,643 to 1,823 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. The eight single-family models range from 1,927 to 3,065 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, and two-car garages. Some of these upscale homes have features like fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, and hardwood flooring, and the monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for certain community services.

Centennial Mill has standout amenities including two clubhouses, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center with a sauna, sports courts, a putting green, and plenty of gathering rooms. There’s even a full-time activities director, who keeps the social calendar full of events and group meetings like the Frisbee Golf Club, movie nights, parties, and group trips.

You won’t need to drive far to get where you’re going when you live here since there's a nearby shopping center with a movie theater, shops, and restaurants, plus there are local roads packed with even more to choose from. The closest golf course is Woodcrest Country Club, which also has a nice little restaurant, and the Voorhees Town Center has a trendy restaurant row, salons, shops, and services.

Learn more information about Centennial Mill here.

Four Seasons at Forest Meadows - Sicklerville, NJ

Low $200s - High $200s

About two miles from the Atlantic City Expressway, this mid-sized 55+ community was completed in 2007 with 197 single-family homes. From here, it’s a straight shot down to Atlantic City, and it takes about 45 minutes to get there.

Four Seasons at Forest Meadows is a K. Hovnanian property, and it offers six ranch-style floor plans that range from 1,872 to 2,021 square feet. These gracious homes have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, nine-foot ceilings, eat-in kitchens, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include full basements, hardwood flooring, and fireplaces. The HOA fee covers lawn care, common area maintenance, and snow removal.

The private clubhouse is a hub of activity with its arts and crafts studio, fitness center, cozy social room, and game rooms. Outside, there's a swimming pool, a putting green, bocce and tennis courts, plus walking and biking trails. Also, there are over 30 clubs and activities to participate in, like a veterans’ group, dinner parties, day trips, a men’s singing group, and ladies’ luncheons.

A popular attraction near Sicklerville is the Berlin Farmers’ Market, which is open year-round and has indoor and outdoor shopping plus special events. And when the grandkids visit, you can take them to Diggerland, a unique construction-themed amusement center where you and the little ones can ride real machinery.

Learn more information about Four Seasons at Forest Meadows here.

Legacy at Waterford Pines - Atco, NJ

High $100s - Mid $200s

If you’re in the market for a small retirement community that offers good-sized single-family homes, have a look at Legacy at Waterford Pines. Completed in 2014 by Ryan Homes, this community is minutes away from the White Horse Pike (Route 30), which is dotted with gas stations, pharmacies, medical offices, grocery stores, and everything else you might need.

The four floor plans range from 1,407 to 2,074 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, first-floor master suites, G.E. appliances, and attached two-car garages. Options include dens, basements, and tray ceilings. The monthly HOA fee includes trash and snow removal.

Legacy’s community clubhouse has indoor and outdoor amenities, like a catering kitchen, a multi-purpose room, a fitness center, bocce courts, and a putting green. Legacy is also close to Wharton State Forest where you can enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife observation, and canoeing. The town of Atco is also known for the lovely Amalthea Cellars winery and the Atco Dragway; both are open year-round.

Learn more information about Legacy at Waterford Pines here.