Before Central New Jersey became so populated, it played a big part in the Revolutionary War because of its advantageous location between Philadelphia and New York. In fact, many consider the Battle of Trenton to be the turning point of the war, and NJ was the first state that signed the Bill of Rights.
Since then, Central Jersey continued to grow; between 1900 and 1930 its population increased and expanded into its more rural areas. As its transportation infrastructure expanded so did its suburbs and cities like Tinton Falls, Freehold, and Jackson.
There are now over 100 active adult communities in this region, so choosing the right one takes time. One way to start is by looking at some that have a highly sought-after amenity: a community transit bus. We've put together a list of Central New Jersey 55+ neighborhoods with homes for sale that offer this convenience. Read on to learn all about them.
High $300s - High $400s
Here's an inviting retirement community with a gated entrance, 168 single-family homes, and some very appealing amenities. The Villas at Jumping Brook was completed in 2003, with a variety of elegant models sized from 1,695 to 2,727 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. Features like eat-in kitchens, covered back patios and dens make these homes modern and comfortable. The monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers lawn care, snow removal, and common area maintenance.
Neptune City is in Monmouth County near Shark River Park, Meridian Health Systems, and beach towns like Asbury Park. It’s also good to know that there's a Walmart, Walgreens, and Home Depot just around the corner from the entrance. On-site amenities include an exercise room, a crafts room, an outdoor pool, bocce ball and tennis courts, and community gardening plots. Well-attended clubs and events include garden club, a women’s group, and holiday parties.
Mid $100s - Mid $200s
Freehold Township is known for the Freehold Raceway, the Freehold Mall, Bruce Springsteen (he grew up here), and the 55+ neighborhood of Surrey Downs. The latter is an established, friendly community of 443 resale single-family homes one mile from Route 9 and close to a grocery store, a pharmacy, and a coffee shop. It's also located in Monmouth County.
The 12 floor plans are sized from 760 to 1,383 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Most of the models have garages, and some have upgrades like Florida rooms, lofts, enclosed porches, gourmet kitchens, and decks.
The monthly HOA fee provides for trash and snow removal, lawn maintenance, landscaping, and that community bus. Inside the clubhouse, you can find a ballroom, a catering kitchen, a fitness center with an indoor Jacuzzi, and additional activity rooms. Outdoor amenities include tennis, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts as well as a welcoming outdoor pool and patio area.
Mid $100s - High $100s
Middlesex County’s Cheesequake Village is geared for downsizing, with 713 resale condo and attached homes. This established retirement community is perfectly situated near a Walmart, clothing stores, and a Home Depot. Close by landmarks include beautiful Cheesequake State Park, the Thomas Edison Center, and Glenwood Country Club.
Cheesequake Village’s ranch-style condo units range from 708 to 976 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two baths, and parking in front of the condo buildings. The attached models range from 700 to 1,000 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two baths, and parking in front of each unit. Options may include wood floors, updated kitchens or bathrooms, and patios. The reasonable HOA fee covers lawn and exterior maintenance as well as trash and snow removal.
In addition to the community bus, there are other amenities for homeowners to enjoy, including the private clubhouse. Here, you'll find an outdoor pool, a bocce ball court, an exercise room, and a ballroom. Also good to know: The entrance to Cheesequake State Park is less than a mile away, and it has more than 1,200 acres that are perfect for biking, hiking, dog walking, and picnicking.
Low $100s - High $200s
Also in Monmouth County, The Villages NJ is another established active adult community with 670 resale attached homes. Its six ranch-style floor plans are grouped together in two to four units in 165 different buildings. These homes range from 952 to 1,545 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, large yards, and optional garages. Options include granite kitchen countertops, pendant lighting, and stainless steel appliances. The HOA fee provides for the community bus, trash and snow removal, and termite and pest control.
Inside the clubhouse, there's a fitness center, a ballroom, and activity rooms. Outside on the grounds, there are walking trails, bocce ball courts, scenic ponds, and a swimming pool. Also, groups and events like the Howell Senior Friendship Club, movie nights, day trips, and aerobics classes are great opportunities to make new friends.
The Villages NJ is also close to Sandy Hook Gateway Recreation Area and Monmouth Battlefield State Park, which both make for great excursions. Nearby shops and services include CentraState Hospital, ACME, PNC Bank, and Starbucks.