Cheesequake State Park is the premier outdoor spot in Middlesex County.

Aptly-named Middlesex County is located in Central Jersey. It has the Raritan River running through its interior eventually leading to the Atlantic Ocean. The county is also halfway to New York City and Philadelphia.

There are world-class hospitals, universities, large corporations, and over 6,300 acres of pristine parks and conservation areas, plus thriving arts & cultural communities. Historic and waterfront towns dot the region, as do shopping malls, golf courses, and highways and bi-ways that provide easy access for travel. Here are some standout active adult communities in Middlesex.

Princeton Windrows - Princeton

High $100s - Low $1Ms

A tony Princeton address can be had in a surprisingly wide price range at Princeton Windrows. This 294-home gated community of single family, attached and condo residences built from 2000 to 2008 has a variety of choices for active adult homebuyers.

The homes range from 792 to 2,082 square feet and include one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, a two-car garage, and a patio. All homeowners can take advantage of the community’s vibrant clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, pool, four on-site restaurants, a barber shop, gardening center, and trails on the grounds. This is all in addition all the niceties that the Princeton area has to offer.

Whittingham - Monroe

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

This mid-sized, well-established active adult community of 413 homes has a reputation for keeping its residents’ calendars full. Whittingham is the sister community of Greenbriar and the two share a 30,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a 9-hole golf course, tennis, walking and biking trails, and even a community garden.

Whittingham’s homes run from 1,200 to 1,930 square feet and include two bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a one to two-and-a-half car garage. The Monroe area has everything that Whittingham and Greenbriar homeowners need to maintain their low-maintenance lifestyles, and is also close to Philly, New York, and the New Jersey shore towns.

Waterford at East Brunswick - East Brunswick

Low $200s - Mid $200s

The living is easy and affordable at Waterford at East Brunswick. This active adult community of 148 resale condos offers a low-maintenance lifestyle that reaps the benefits of being near big cities. Built from 2005 to 2012 by Westminster Communities, there are 13 models available with 991 to 1,760 square feet of living space. Most have two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms with features like elegant master suites and balconies. Indoor and outdoor amenities include a clubhouse, game rooms, an exercise room, a theater room, and a pool and patio.

Madison Crossing at Birch Hill - Old Bridge

Mid $200s - Low $500s

Madison Crossing at Birch Hill is a newer development of 228 condo and attached new and resale homes. Construction began in 2005, with homes built by Kara Homes and PRC Homes. Homebuyers can pick villas, townhomes, or condominium apartments. The condos are 1,220 to 1,557 square feet with two or three beds, two baths, and in-building parking.

The spacious townhomes are 2,129 to 2,418 square feet, and come with two beds, three baths, and one or two-car garages. The single families are even larger: 2,018 to 3,376 square feet, with two to three beds, two-and-a-half to four baths, and attached one or two-car garages. There is a clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool and patio, tennis, trails, and a lovely pond for residents to enjoy. Madison Crossing’s Old Bridge location puts it close to Raritan Bay and beautiful Cheesequake State Park.

Encore Monroe - Monroe, NJ

Mid $300s - High $400s

Encore Monroe is a luxurious, gated community of 394 resale single-family homes built from 2002 to 2006 by Spectrum Skanska. Homeowners love the high end finishes, 24-hour security, multitude of activities, and lush landscaping. Encore offers eight models from 1,597 to 2,810 square feet, with two or three beds, two or three baths, and two-car garages.

The resort-style property boasts an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse, a modern fitness center, studios, game rooms, a library, and a ballroom. There’s also an outdoor pool and spa, sports courts, a putting green, ponds, and trails. Clubs gather for games, sports, crafts, dance, movies, and nights out. There’s also an active singles group. Encore is conveniently close to local shopping centers, Iinterstate 95, and is a quick drive to enchanting Thompson Park and Zoo and Jamesburg Park.