Wooden Bridge with sign for community called Covered Bridge

While many retirees typically flock to warm states like Florida for their retirement destination, they shouldn’t overlook active adult communities in New Jersey if they want to remain on the East Coast. One of those 55+ communities is Covered Bridge in Manalapan, NJ.

This affordable age-restricted neighborhood consists of 254 acres of farmland and has resort-style amenities as well as a long list of social activities that will keep Baby Boomers busy throughout the year.

Residences at Covered Bridge

Active adult homebuyers will be pleased to know that renowned builder K. Hovnanian developed Covered Bridge between 1972 and 1982 with a variety of condo and townhome designs. These affordable homes are currently listed in the low $100,000s to the high $100,000s range and typically offer 978 to 1,143 square feet of living space.

The condos and attached homes throughout Covered Bridge are perfect for downsizing active adults looking for a resale home with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and assigned parking spaces.


Covered Bridge provides the perfect environment for retirees to have fun, become social, and stay fit without having to travel far from their home. Residents in this age-restricted community have two well-appointed clubhouses that provide great indoor and outdoor amenities for all to enjoy.

Each clubhouse has its own swimming pool, fitness center, card and game room, as well as tennis and shuffleboard courts. Homeowners have plenty of social spaces with a billiards room, library, woodworking shop, and ballroom. There’s even a lounge where they can gather with neighbors to explore new hobbies and build lifelong friendships.

Another reason retirees will love Covered Bridge is the access to the adjacent Pine Brook Golf Course. This public 18-hole executive golf course offers residents discounted rates and affordable green fees. Homeowners are never too far or too busy for a quick round of golf with friends.

Social Scene

Covered Bridge is also a popular active adult community for many retirees because of its welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Residents are socially engaged with other members of the community and have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and build friendships.

Covered Bridge has an on-site activities director that helps organize events and functions for residents. The community also hosts over 50 clubs and activities that they can enjoy with like-minded neighbors.

Homeowners can join the book club, Yiddish club, table tennis team, or creative writing group. Covered Bridge also plans events like trivia nights, bus trips, flea markets, folk dancing, Halloween parties, riverboat cruises, and fundraiser walks. With so much going on in Covered Bridge, active adults won’t have a hard time staying busy.

Local Attractions 

Ideally situated in Monmouth County, residents living in Covered Bridge are close to amazing perks in the area. There are several malls and shopping centers nearby such as Freehold Race Mall, Home Depot, and ShopRite. Route 9 is just outside of the community, which makes driving around town a breeze.

Other means of transportation include the New York City bus service that’s walking distance from Covered Bridge. Retirees will enjoy taking day trips to Atlantic City, Philadelphia, and beaches along the Jersey Shore for big-city attractions and recreation. Newark International Airport is only 30 miles away for long-distance travel.

Active adults are sure to find everything they are looking for in a 55+ community at Covered Bridge in Central New Jersey.