As one can well imagine, the Borough of Mechanicsburg is named after mechanics. This goes back to the early 1800s when a group of workers who built and repaired wagons settled in the area. This charming region is about 10 miles west of Harrisburg in Cumberland Valley, and it's made up of a group of municipalities.
Mechanicsburg’s historic downtown has one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants as well as small museums. It's also the site for yearly events like the Earth Day Festival, Art Walk, and the biggest—Jubilee Day. The area also has modern shops and services like GIANT Food Stores, pharmacies, Walmart Supercenters, Target, and Kohl's. The closest international airport and university hospitals are in Harrisburg, but there are smaller ones closer to the Borough.
Retirees in this area have their choice of many diverse landmarks to explore. Some of Harrisburg’s best include the Pennsylvania State Capitol building and the Susquehanna Art Museum. Regional attractions include Hershey, PA, Gettysburg Park, and Lake Tobias Wildlife Park.
Here's everything you need to know about Mechanicsburg’s four active lifestyle communities.
Mid $200s - High $300s
Respected builder Traditions of America broke ground on this 55+ community in 2008, less than three miles from Downtown Mechanicsburg. When work is completed, this property will have 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes.
The six townhome models range from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. There are seven single-family models sized from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The community’s homeowners’ association (HOA) fees cover lawn mowing, landscaping, and snow removal.
Traditions of America at Silver Spring’s impressive clubhouse has a cafe, a theater, a multipurpose room, a banquet hall, and a business center. There’s also a fitness facility with an aerobics studio, a Pilates studio, an indoor whirlpool spa, and saunas. Outside perks include a heated pool, a community garden, and a bocce ball court. Also, like all Traditions of America communities, there's an on-site lifestyle director to organize group events and activities.
High $200s - Low $300s
Located near the Route 11 and Route 114 intersection (and plenty of shopping), Carmella is a friendly 55+ neighborhood with 190 new and resale attached homes. The seven models are offered in duplex and triplex carriage floor plans, ranging from 1,513 to 2,566 square feet. They have two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, first-floor master suites, and two-car garages. Some homes also have dens and lofts, and the HOA provides for grounds upkeep and exterior home maintenance.
Residents gather at the private clubhouse, which has multipurpose and conference rooms, a kitchen and bar, and an exercise room. There’s also an outdoor pool and patio, plus community activities like Tai Chi, the Doggie Parade, and Wii bowling.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Sinclair Park is not age-restricted, but this active lifestyle community offers low-maintenance living. Builder Charter Homes designed the property for 60 single-family homes. The community's floor plans range from 1,339 to 2,407 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades may include second floors, basements, porches, and extra storage. The HOA handles community roads, landscaping, and major upkeep.
Sinclair Park doesn't have a community clubhouse, but there's a one-mile walking trail with a picturesque bridge on the grounds. If you need somewhere close to work out, you can make the short drive to New York Fitness Clubs or Momentum Female Health & Fitness Club. There are also two country clubs in the area: West Shore has tennis, swimming, golf, restaurants, and social events and Carlisle Country Club has golf, swimming, and dining options. People who are new to the area can also meet friends and try different social and wellness activities at nearby Mechanicsburg Place.
Mid $100s - High $200s
This affordable, established 55+ community was built from 1988 to 2004, and it has 110 resale attached homes. The property is bordered by a creek, and it's approximately halfway between Carlisle and Harrisburg. At Bent Creek Crossing, the HOA fee covers common area maintenance, trash and snow removal, and landscaping. There's also a private clubhouse with a library and multipurpose room.
The five ranch models range from 1,250 to 1,650 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, porches, basements, and attached one- or two-car garages. The three Cape Cod models are sized from 2,000 to 2,325 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lofted second floors, first-floor master suites, and one- or two-car garages.
There are plenty of ways for homeowners to keep busy, with day trips to York and Lancaster or golf at Adventure Park Disc Golf Course or Rich Valley. Also, Bent Creek Crossing is a short drive away from Harrisburg, and it's close to all the shops and services homeowners need.