Central Pennsylvania 55+ Communities Offering New Construction Homes

Looking for a new construction home in a picturesque community? You may want to take a look at Central Pennsylvania.

Big city living isn’t for everyone, including retirees who are ready to transition to a slower pace of life. In the Mid-Atlantic, Central Pennsylvania offers a mix of tranquil suburbs, rural landscapes, and medium-sized cities like Lancaster and Harrisburg.

55places.com shows 30 active adult communities in this area, and 17 of them offer new construction with homes for sale. This area can be an affordable option for active adults, as Pennsylvania is a retirement-friendly state. The cost of living here is lower than the surrounding states, and retirement income—including IRAs, 401(k)s, Social Security, and pensions—is tax-exempt. The state’s income tax rate is a flat 3.07 percent, and the sales tax is 6 percent (groceries, most clothing, pharmaceutical drugs, and residential heating fuels are exempt).

Central Pennsylvania also has top hospitals like Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth Hospitals in Harrisburg, countless golf courses, and many scenic destinations like Amish Country and the Lehigh Valley.

Here are four Central Pennsylvania 55+ active adult neighborhoods that offer new construction homes.

AmblebrookStraban Township, PA

Low $300s

With a population of around 5,000, the Gettysburg suburb of Straban Township is a peaceful place for active adults to retire. Builder Henley Corbelis is developing this 800-acre property of 2,000 new single-family homes about five miles outside of Gettysburg Military Park. The natural setting has parks, lakes, trails, streams, and woods; homeowners will be able to go fishing on the grounds.

Amblebrook’s homes are being built in the traditional Farmhouse and Craftsman architecture styles, with detached and single-family models. The community will focus on farm-to-table living, and it will have a vibrant Town Center where neighbors can enjoy the farm stand, bar and grill, and indoor fitness center.

Learn more information about Amblebrook here.

Alden PlaceLebanon, PA

Low $200s – High $400s

If you’re not familiar with Lebanon, it’s about 20 miles north of Lancaster, and it offers six active adult communities, including Alden Place. This must-see neighborhood will have 505 new and resale attached and single-family homes upon completion by Alden Homes, who began developing the property in 2009.

There are over 20 floor plans with eight attached and 13 single-family models. These range from 1,449 up to 2,505 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some of these tasteful homes have options like dens, covered porches, breakfast nooks, and outdoor terraces.

Many of the resort-like amenities are at the Alden Club, the 17,000-square-foot clubhouse. Here, you’ll find an indoor pool, an exercise room, a café, a beauty salon, a ballroom, and a catering kitchen. The property also has walking and biking trails plus a fishing and canoeing lake. Activities like exercise classes, shopping trips, yoga, and crafts groups also keep everyone busy and connected.

Downtown Lebanon has plenty of doctor’s offices, dentists, pharmacies, grocery stores, and shops as well as WellSpan Good Samaritan. The Lebanon Farmers Market is a great place to buy produce and gourmet goodies, and historic Union Canal Tunnel Park is on the outskirts of town.

Learn more information about Alden Place here.

CarmellaMechanicsburg, PA

High $200s – Low $300s

Moving west past Harrisburg, we find Carmella, a gracious 55+ neighborhood slated for 190 new and resale attached homes. There are seven low-maintenance models sized from 1,513 to 2,566 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-half baths, and attached two-car garages. These carriage homes are offered in duplex and triplex styles, all with first-floor master suites. Upgrades may include great rooms, maple cabinets, granite countertops, fireplaces, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances.

Carmella’s elegant clubhouse has an exercise room, gathering rooms, a kitchen and bar area, and an outdoor pool and patio. Popular neighborhood activities include Wii bowling, the Doggie Parade, Tai Chi, and holiday events.

This lovely community is only about three miles north of downtown, and close to everything else that active adults need. Drive a few miles north and you’ll find restaurants, a Kohl’s, a Walmart Superstore, a Sam’s Club, a Starbucks, and a Wegmans. And in their spare time, residents like to head over to the Farmers’ Flea Market or play the championship course at Rich Valley Golf.

Learn more information about Carmella here.

The Paddock at Equine MeadowsRed Lion, PA

Mid $100s – High $200s

Located about eight miles outside of York, Pennsylvania, The Paddock at Equine Meadows is an affordable retirement community that will have 174 new and resale attached homes when work is completed by Bentzel Construction. The seven 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 attached two-car garages. Standard features include luxury kitchen appliances, maintenance-free vinyl siding, and porches; upgrades include sunrooms, whirlpool tubs, hardwood floors, and fireplaces.

The welcoming community clubhouse has gathering rooms, an exercise room, and a comfortable patio, while the property has parks, natural space, and walking trails. There’s also a long list of clubs and activities, like line dancing, Aqua Fit, community dinners, a singing group, and Texas hold ‘em tournaments. Red Lion is a small city outside of York, a thriving mid-sized city that’s home to York College, WellSpan York Hospital, and every type of shop and service you can think of.

Learn more information about The Paddock at Equine Meadows here.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

A group of older adults socialize within their 55+ community.

Top 10 FAQs About Living in 55+ Communities

We’re here to answer all of your questions about joining a mature living community, so you can feel empowered in your decision. This is the next great adventure of your life, and we’re firm believers in leaving the stress out. Check out these top 10 FAQs about living in 55+ communities.

A senior couple takes a hike in a low-humidity state they chose for their retirement.

Retirement: What Are the Top 5 States With the Lowest Humidity?

There are many factors in deciding where to retire, and the weather can be one of them. Luckily, many of the states with nice weather also offer additional benefits for people over 60 and have several exciting active adult communities. Here are the four best states for a low-humidity retirement.

Lake view during autumn at dusk of Table Rock Mountain in Pickens, South Carolina.

5 Reasons To Consider a South Carolina Retirement

What does South Carolina have to offer active adults? A selection of over 80 active adult communities is just the beginning. These five reasons to consider a South Carolina retirement just might convince you that this southern coastal state has everything you’re looking for in a 55+ community.

The Best Places to Retire in South Carolina

South Carolina is known for having some of the best golf courses in the country, but that’s not all it has to offer active adults. The state has a rich history and culture, a wide selection of entertainment and recreation, and miles of beaches and coastal living.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

The Carolinas are a power couple when it comes to maintaining an active lifestyle in an amazing climate, but they’re separated by more than just a border. A side-by-side comparison of the two can quickly show which is better for you when it comes to your interests and needs.

Exterior view of a model home at Del Webb Carolina Gardens, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina on a sunny day.

55+ Communities With New Homes for Sale Near Raleigh

If you’re in the market for a new construction home in Raleigh, North Carolina there are plenty of options to consider. We’ve put together a list to help you start your search for the perfect neighborhood with new homes.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top