We all know that golf is a favorite leisure time activity for many active adults. Hitting the fairways, chipping and putting, and belonging to a country club are all part of this coveted lifestyle, and this is why numerous active adult neighborhoods throughout the country have golf courses.
However, not all retirees yearn to live in these neighborhoods. To begin with, they might not even play golf! And if they don’t, they probably won’t want to pay the added fees that come with having golf facilities on the property. Other aspects of living in these communities include extra traffic, noise from players and course maintenance, and additional community association rules.
So what happens if a homeowner likes to golf, but their partner doesn’t? It's possible to find a community that doesn't have a course but is close to one. This is an option in Central Pennsylvania, which has many of these kinds of neighborhoods. Why not look into a few? Here's a list of such communities with homes for sale in Central PA.
Heritage Strasburg - Strasburg
Heritage Strasburg is an active adult neighborhood in the desirable Lancaster County. When completed by Charter Homes, it will have 106 new and resale single-family homes on a quiet, peaceful property near farmlands.
There are eight floor plans, sized from 1,194 to 2,209 square feet with first-floor master suites, eat-in kitchens, two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Options may include great rooms, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and dens. The community’s homeowners’ association (HOA) fee includes lawn and exterior building maintenance, and snow removal.
Heritage is just outside of Downtown Strasburg, where you'll find several churches, pharmacies, groceries, banks, coffee shops, stores, and restaurants. Area landmarks include The American Music Theatre and the historic Strasburg Railroad (a great place to take the grandkids). Shopaholics can head to The Shops at Rockvale or Tanger Outlets, and the charming Amish Village is just two miles away.
Watson Run - Gordonville
If you’re not familiar with Gordonville, it's also in Lancaster County, about 11 miles east of Lancaster city. Watson Run is also a newer neighborhood and will have 190 new and resale single-family homes when finished.
Its seven floor plans are sized from 1,348 to 2,471 square feet and feature first-floor master suites, one to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Options include dens, basements, covered porches, and sitting rooms. The HOA fee includes lawn and common area maintenance plus trash and snow removal.
Watson Run’s private clubhouse is replete with a fireplace lounge, catering kitchen and multi-purpose room, and a sparkling outdoor pool. There are also walking trails on the property. The closest city is Intercourse, a quaint town with a community park, Amish attractions, churches, restaurants, shops, and services.
Home Towne Square - Ephrata
Home Towne Square is also in Lancaster County, about half an hour north of the city. This community broke ground in 2009 and will have 300 new and resale single-family homes when work is complete.
Homebuyers can choose from 16 beautifully appointed floor plans including ranch homes and two-story models, all with first-floor master suites. These spacious homes range from 1,807 to 3,245 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. Details like whirlpool tubs, custom cabinetry, sunrooms, and custom window treatments make these upscale homes attractive and comfortable. A reasonable monthly HOA fee covers community services and amenities.
The private clubhouse has its own exercise room, catering kitchen, multi-purpose room, lounge, and library. Plans are also in the works for an outdoor pool and patio area.
Home Towne Square is close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making travel easy and convenient. There are several nature preserves nearby, including the pristine Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. It takes about five minutes to get to Downtown Ephrata, which has a Performing Arts Center, a recreation center, shops, services, grocery stores, a library, a community pool, and WellSpan Ephrata Hospital.
The Crossings at Sweet Briar - Lebanon
Expansive valleys, peaceful farmlands, indoor and outdoor attractions, and a rich cultural history are all part of Lebanon County, PA. Like Lancaster County, its county seat has the same name: the city of Lebanon. Here you can find The Crossings at Sweet Briar, a tasteful 55+ community that will have 198 new single-family homes upon completion.
The nine models range from 1,047 to 1,826 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one- to two-and-a-half baths, and attached garages. Some models have lofts, fireplaces, breakfast nooks, and quartz countertops. A private clubhouse is being planned, along with walking and biking trails. A monthly HOA fee covers community services and amenities.
The downtown area is about three miles away, and the community is surrounded by three lovely parks: Stoever’s Dam, Union Canal Tunnel Park, and South Hills. In town, you can find Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital, historic Lebanon Railroad Station, and everything else you’d expect in a mid-sized city.