As one can easily imagine, the Borough of Mechanicsburg is named after mechanics. This name goes back to the early 1800s when a group of workers who built and repaired wagons settled in this area of Central Pennsylvania. This charming region is in Cumberland Valley, about 10 miles west of Harrisburg, 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 Park, Gettysburg Park, and Lake Tobias Wildlife Park.
Here's everything you need to know about Mechanicsburg’s active lifestyle communities.
Low $300s - Low $700s
In 2008, respected builder Traditions of America broke ground on this 55+ community less than three miles from Downtown Mechanicsburg. When construction 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 care, 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, as with many Traditions of America communities, there's an on-site lifestyle director to organize group events and activities.
High $200s - Mid $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. Seven models are offered in duplex and triplex carriage layouts, ranging from 1,513 to 2,566 square feet. Floor plans have two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and two-car garages. Some homes also have dens and lofts. The HOA provides for grounds upkeep and exterior home maintenance.
Residents can 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.
Low $300s - High $300s
Sinclair Park is not age-restricted, but this community offers low-maintenance living and other options appealing to active adults. 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.
Although Sinclair Park doesn't have a community clubhouse, amenities do include a one-mile walking trail with a picturesque bridge on the grounds. Residents in need of somewhere close to work out can make the short drive to Planet Fitness or Esporta Fitness. 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.
High $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, landscaping, and trash and snow removal. 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 West Shore Country Club or the Colonial Golf & Tennis Club. Even better, Bent Creek Crossing is a short drive away from Harrisburg and close to all the shops and services homeowners need.
Mid $300s - Mid $400s
A newer development, Cortland Park is currently being built as a part of the Winding Hills master-planned community. Landmark Homes plans to construct 104 single-family and attached homes. The Cumberland Valley location of the community not only grants residents picturesque surroundings, but also provides easy access to Harrisburg and attractions like The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Attached home floor plans range from 1,564 to 2,452 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Single-family homes range from 1,493 to 1,830 square feet with similar features. Models are designed for first-floor living and may include features like open-concept floor plans and second stories.
The HOA fee covers of lawn care, common area maintenance, and snow removal, leaving homeowners more time to relax or take advantage of community amenities. These include a clubhouse, outdoor pool, and walking trails. Residents also have access to amenities in the greater Winding Hills community.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Rounding off our list is Evergreen, a 350-home community developed from 1999 to 2006. This community offers resale attached and single-family homes near northeastern Mechanicsburg. Floor plans range from 856 to 2,652 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Certain homes also come with vaulted ceilings, open-concept kitchens, and even second-story lofts.
Residents enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle, with the HOA covering common area maintenance. Homeowners can benefit from the community's ample natural space or venture into the city for daily needs or exciting attractions. Evergreen is a short trip from a stocked shopping center with stores such as Walmart, Sheetz, clothing stores, and restaurants. Nature lovers can also easily reach Gifford Pinchot State Park.