Morris County is one of the Garden State’s northernmost counties, just 30 minutes outside of New York City, it has a rich history and plenty to do. It's also close to the Newark metropolitan area, while charming areas like Chester and Morristown have that small town feel that attract active adults.
The county is known for its historic American Revolutionary War landmarks, expansive recreation areas, golf courses, upscale shopping, and top-tier medical facilities. The local hospital, Morristown Medical Center, was rated the No. 2 hospital in the state.
Here are a few of the top 55+ communities in Morris County.
Fox Hills - Rockaway
This affordably priced gated community has 672 condos, built from 2000 to 2003. Fox Hill has 12 different models ranging from a cozy 820 square feet up to a spacious 2,935 square feet. Floor plans feature one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half baths, some include dens and balconies. There are assigned garage parking spots and a homeowners' association fee that covers maintenance.
A magnificent 26,000 square-foot clubhouse features an indoor pool and fitness center, steam room and sauna, activity rooms, and a popular lounge area. There is also an outdoor pool, tennis, bocce ball, horseshoes, a greenhouse, and nature trails. Residents participate in over 20 different clubs and groups, like a book club, bowling, Mahjong, water aerobics, line dancing, and a writer’s club. Fox Hills is close to Mount Hope Historical County Park, which is open year-round and offers beautiful hiking trails.
Nolan’s Ridge - Mt. Arlington
Nolan’s Ridge started construction in 2008 and has 156 resale condo and single-family homes. Its Bluffs condos are housed in four secure buildings and come in eight floor plans from 1,482 to 1,867 square feet. They have two bedrooms, two baths, balconies or patios, and assigned garage parking spots. Homeowners enjoy the private clubhouse, which boasts a modern exercise room, locker rooms, an arts & crafts studio, wine lockers, an outdoor pool, tennis, and bocce. New Jersey’s largest lake, Lake Hopatcong, is just minutes away.
Regency at Denville - Denville
Not all active adults are looking to downsize, and the large homes at Regency at Denville are perfect for homebuyers looking for extra space. Built from 2004 to 2008, this community has 140 attached homes sized from 3,000 to 3,400 square feet. They feature three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include lofts, first floor master suites, and gourmet kitchens.
There is a community clubhouse which has a fitness room, activity rooms, two kitchens, an outdoor pool and spa, and a tennis court. Homeowners gather at the club to enjoy bridge, wine tastings, book club, and to watch football. Regency at Denville is close to Canoe Brook Country Club, and Baltusrol Golf Club.
Enclave at Long Valley - Washington Township
Active adult homebuyers that are seeking an intimate, exclusive neighborhood to settle down at can look to Enclave at Long Valley. Upon completion, this new community will have just 45 attached homes set just outside of pristine Schooley’s Mountain Park.
There are four floor plans generously sized from 2,236 to 2,676 square feet. These have three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Luxurious upgrades include granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and cathedral ceilings. A homeowners' association fee provides for lawn maintenance and snow removal. Nearby attractions include Flanders Valley Golf Course and Chester Shopping Mall.
Viera at Hanover - Cedar Knolls
Viera at Hanover is another small, upmarket active adult community in Morris County. It has 40 attached homes built from 2008 to 2009. The three models are sized from 2,596 to 3,100 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages.
Amenities like first-floor master suites, walk-in closets, high ceilings, modern appliances, custom cabinets, and basements appeal to discerning 55+ homebuyers. Viera does not have a clubhouse, but it is just three miles from downtown Morristown, which is known for its historic charm, fantastic eateries, and lovely shops. Local landmarks include the Whippany Railway Museum and Lewis Morris Park.