Most of the active adult communities in Central Pennsylvania are in its southern region, which includes the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley and cities like Harrisburg, Reading, and Lititz. Central PA is home to Lancaster County, which has the largest Amish and Mennonite population in the country. It's also where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought, now memorialized as Gettysburg National Military Park. Other fun facts: The first Hershey chocolate bar was created here (in Hershey, PA) and the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike was the very first paved highway in this country.
It sure is beautiful in these parts, with miles upon miles of rolling hills and valleys, forests, and mountains. The Appalachian Mountains runs past Harrisburg and Lebanon, affording ample opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and boating; the Poconos Mountains are designed for romantic weekend jaunts and skiing. There are also enough small towns and more developed areas to ensure that active adults have everything they need.
This part of the state is really an extraordinary place to retire, and those who are looking for attached homes for sale in Central PA will be pleased to learn that there are 18 active adult neighborhoods that offer them. Whether you prefer to live closer to a larger city or farther away, there's plenty to choose from, and we’re happy to provide the details.
Low $200s - High $400s
Our largest active community on this list is Alden Place, located in the Lebanon area about 30 miles east of Harrisburg. Upon completion, this must-see 55+ neighborhood will have 505 new and resale attached and single-family homes.
The attached home section, Cornwall Villas, has seven floor plans ranging from 1,449 to 2,505 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and an attached two-car garage. Options include dens, patios, decks, and lofts. There are two single-family subdivisions, Cornwall Estates and Northgate Estates. These have a total of 13 floor plans ranging from 1,545 to 2,473 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and an attached two-car garage. Options liked covered porches, dens, and eat-in kitchens make these homes comfortable and roomy.
The Alden Club is the community’s hotspot for activities. It offers a beauty salon and café, an exercise room and indoor pool, activity rooms, and a catering kitchen and ballroom. There are also walking trails and a fishing and canoeing lake on the grounds. The closest golf course is the highly-rated Fairview, and Lebanon’s Rails to Trails is a historic recreation trail that offers hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The downtown area has several grocery stores, farmers markets, banks, a YMCA, restaurants, houses of worship, and pharmacies.
Mid $100s - High $200s
Located about eight miles south of York, The Paddock at Equine Meadows is a welcoming active adult community that will have 174 new and resale attached homes upon completion. Its seven well-designed floor plans are sized from 1,310 to 3,000 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and an attached two-car garage. Sought-after features include fireplaces, hardwood floors, upgraded kitchen appliances, and maintenance-free vinyl siding.
The beautiful clubhouse includes a hot tub, a heated indoor pool, a fitness center, a cozy lounge area with a kitchen, a covered patio with shuffleboard courts, bocce, and an outdoor deck. On the grounds, you'll find a koi pond, walking trails, small waterfalls, and a stocked fishing pond. Additional perks include community bus trips and an RV and boat storage area.
The town of Red Lion is only about 10 miles from the Susquehanna River Water Trail, which offers even more opportunities for outdoor fun. Its town center is home to Fairmount Park, the historic Original Red Lion Tavern, and a wealth of shops, services, and restaurants.
High $100s - Mid $200s
A suburb of Lancaster, Brookshire is a newer 55+ community completed in 2014 with 230 resale attached and single-family homes. There are four models ranging from 1,520 to 2,050 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two- or two-and-a-half baths, and an attached two-car garage.
Brookshire has a vibrant community center where homeowners can work out in the exercise room and aerobics studio, play bocce or shuffleboard, or relax at the coffee shop. There's also a banquet room, library, and game room, plus a fishing lake and walking trails on the property.
There's a CVS pharmacy and a Weis Markets grocery store on the way to Downtown Manheim, which has additional shops, restaurants, and services. Lancaster is about 30 minutes away, and it has many more shops, plus landmarks like Lancaster County Park and Franklin & Marshall College. Penn State Health also has plans to build a new hospital here.
Mid $100s - High $200s
Moving towards Harrisburg, we find Bent Creek Crossing, an established, affordable 55+ community with 110 resale homes completed in 2004. There are five ranch-style floor plans ranging from 1,250 to 1,650 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage. Some models include porches, sunrooms, patios, fireplaces, hardwood floors, and basements. There are also three Cape Cod floor plans with first-floor master suites and lofted second floors. These range from 2,000 to 2,325 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage.
Bent Creek has a private clubhouse with a library and multi-purpose room. The development is located close to major shopping centers that have a Walmart Supercenter, a Kohls, a Best Buy, a Petsmart, a Home Depot, coffee shops, and restaurants. Nearby attractions include Armitage Golf Club, the Oakes Museum of Natural History, and Williams Grove Farmers Flea Market.