When researching neighborhoods, it's important to check if they're age-restricted, and in most cases, this means that homeowners must be over 55. Without this restriction, residents of all ages and welcome, including children. These neighborhoods can be perfect for extended families that include grandparents and grandchildren or active adults who want neighbors of all ages.
The term “active adult” can be defined loosely since the lucky people who subscribe to this lifestyle don't have to be 55 or older. As times have changed, many homebuyers are learning to appreciate the benefits of living in communities that offer homeowners’ associations (HOAs), low-maintenance homes, and on-site amenities. Communities without age restrictions that fall into this category are less prevalent, but some states have them, including Pennsylvania.
If you're thinking of settling down in PA, Eastern Pennsylvania real estate could be a good option for you. All in all, there are 127 active adult communities in this region. This part of the state counts three big cities—Philadelphia, Allentown, and Reading—among its largest, and there are many enticing small towns as well.
Another good thing about this area is the availability of top-performing hospitals, outdoor recreation areas, and retirement-friendly state taxes. Pennsylvania also has a lower cost of living than some of its neighboring states, though prices do go up as you get closer to the metro area.
Here's the low-down on the communities in Eastern Pennsylvania that don't have age restrictions.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Poised on the outskirts of Pottstown, Spring Valley Farms is a Ryan Homes-built community slated for 178 new single-family homes. It's designed with four single-story models sized from 1,150 and 1,694 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two- or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include great rooms, flex rooms, and energy-efficient appliances. The monthly HOA fee covers lawn care, common area maintenance, and trash and snow removal. Plans for a community clubhouse are also in the works.
Sanatoga is in Montgomery County, known for its breathtaking trails, parks, and historic sites. One of the best known is Valley Forge, which boasts 3,500 acres of natural space, great biking trails, and monuments. Other day trip-worthy landmarks include Pennypacker Mills, Pottsgrove Manor, and the challenging Wissahickon Trail.
Spring Valley Farms is also close to Routes 73, 100, and 422, making it easy to get where you need to be. The King of Prussia Mall is about 20 minutes away, and there's a Costco, a Walmart Supercenter, restaurants, and other shops nearby.
Low $300s - High $400s
This prestigious neighborhood will have 356 new and resale attached homes when work is completed by Ridgewood Partners. The five thoughtfully designed floor plans range from 1,990 and 2,400 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to four-and-a-half baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. Upgrades include elevators, first-floor master suites, dens, basements, decks, and gourmet kitchens. The HOA fee covers trash and snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance.
Ridgewood doesn't have a community clubhouse, but its property borders 88 acres of open space that'll have some walking trails and parks. It's close to the Spring Valley YMCA and the Upper Providence Township Recreation Center, and it's just minutes from a GIANT Foods/Target shopping center and a Wegmans. The center of Pottstown also has shops, services, restaurants, and the Pottstown Hospital/Tower Health medical facility.
High $400s - Mid $600s
Waterloo Reserve is an active lifestyle community comprised of 86 two-story attached homes. The townhomes come in five floor plans that range from 1,794 to 2,703 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Features in some homes include nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, maple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.
For homebuyers seeking a peaceful lifestyle, the amenities within the neighborhood include a park and walking trails, and the homeowner’s association takes care of lawn care and snow removal. Waterloo Reserve is also conveniently located near local eateries, shopping destinations, and big-city entertainment in Philadelphia.
Low $100s - Mid $200s
Consisting of 593 condo homes, Green Hill Condominium is an active lifestyle community located in Wynnewood. The condo units range from 910 to 1,910 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. These homes add to the low-maintenance lifestyle of the community with floor plans that are ideal for downsizing.
The amenities at Green Hill Condominium include community rooms, a catering kitchen, a banquet room, a ballroom, card and game tables, a library, and a TV room. There's also a health club which includes an exercise room, locker rooms, and an indoor pool. The amenities continue outdoors with a pool, a spa, and a patio with a cabana. There are also tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a basketball court, and a playground. Also, to help residents easily access the surrounding area, there's a community shuttle bus.