Potted plants on stone steps beside a stone wall in the Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Traditions at Longwood has a lot to offer active adult homebuyers looking to retire in Eastern Pennsylvania.

When Pulte Homes broke ground for Traditions at Longwood on an exceptional property situated in Eastern Pennsylvania’s Chester County, the builder set its standards high. This active adult community is located in Kennett Square, about an hour drive west of Philadelphia, and it's a top choice for retirees seeking to settle down in Eastern PA.

Homes and Extras

Built from 2001 to 2006, Traditions at Longwood has 300 single-family homes and generally offers resale homes priced from the high $300s to the low $500s. There are two subdivisions, Primrose and Begonia. The thoughtfully designed floor plans range from approximately 2,000 to just over 3,000 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, low-maintenance exteriors, and attached two-car garages.

Some of these well-appointed homes have inside upgrades like stainless steel appliances, bow windows, hardwood floors, gas fireplaces, granite countertops, custom closets, bars, lofts, high ceilings, and other custom touches. You can also find outdoor upgrades like stone front facades, oversized decks, motorized awnings, lower level patios, and professional landscaping.


The Primrose and Begonia subdivisions each have a private clubhouse, and both are available to all homeowners. The Primrose Clubhouse is well-suited for both leisure and active pursuits, with a comfortable gathering area, a kitchen, a library, and a computer room. Homeowners can also make use of the exercise room, sauna, and indoor hot tub. During the warmer months, residents can be found at the putting green, tennis courts, bocce ball court, or the outdoor pool.

The Begonia Clubhouse has a multipurpose room, a kitchen, a card room, and an exercise room. There are tennis and pickleball courts here as well.

Traditions at Longwood also has 31 acres of well-maintained common grounds, with two community gardens, walking and biking trails, and a two-acre pond where swans can be seen. This 55+ community prioritizes outdoor activities, health, wellness, and scenic beauty.


Thanks to the homeowners’ association, residents don't have to worry about time-consuming chores like lawn mowing, snow removal, trash pickup, and common area maintenance; the reasonable monthly charge provides for these services. This extra free time allows friends and neighbors to participate in over two dozen clubs and activities that focus on hobbies, sports, and games. Some of the most popular include the pickleball club, dining & travel club, Friday night socials, and ladies’ and men’s golf clubs.

Living in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

In the southern part of historic Chester County, Traditions At Longwood is in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley between the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers. It's less than 10 miles from the Delaware border, which opens up a whole new world to explore (and tax-free shopping). Some of the county’s best-known landmarks include historic Downtown Kennett Square (the “Mushroom Capital of the World”), Brandywine River Museum of Art, the magnificent Longwood Gardens, and Winterthur Museum.

Outdoor lovers can hit the links at Kennett Square Golf & Country Club or Loch Nairn. Also, Roundtop Mountain Ski Resort is about two hours away. Other regional attractions include Lancaster PA, The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail, and historic and artsy towns like Yellow Springs, Sugartown, and Phoenixville.

As for practical matters, this 55+ neighborhood is close to Routes 1, 82, and 926. There are countless shopping centers nearby, including the Shoppes at Longwood Village, New Garden Town Square, and Parkway Shopping Center. These have plenty of familiar shops, such as GIANT Food Stores, Best Buy, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, TJ Max, Ross, and Home Depot. The closest hospitals are Brandywine Tower Health and Jennersville Hospital, or you can drive to Delaware for the Christiana Care Health System locations. And when you want to travel, the closest international airport is in Wilmington, about 30 minutes to the south. As an alternative, Philadelphia International is about 45 minutes away.

Request more information about Traditions at Longwood here.