With an influx of retirees moving to hotspots like Pittsburgh, Arizona, Florida, and Ocean County, New Jersey, it pays to look for places more off-the-beaten-path. Take Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, for example. It’s in Pennsylvania’s Delaware County, only 25 miles outside of Philadelphia and close to Wilmington, Delaware.
As a small city, Garnet Valley's atmosphere is low-key and friendly. Active adults living here can take advantage of the attractions in both metropolitan areas. In Delaware, there’s Winterthur Museum and Garden, Nemours Mansion, and tax-free shopping at local outlets like the Christiana Mall. Nearby Pennsylvania attractions include the Brandywine River Museum of Art, Longwood Gardens, and the charming Chaddsford Winery.
Garnet Valley’s main highway is Route 322, which leads into I-95. Along 322, there are medical offices, wellness centers, a Walmart, grocery stores, Clayton Park Golf Course, and other shops and services. Everything you need is within easy reach, and there are two nearby large cities with international airports, university hospitals, gourmet restaurants, museums, and the like.
Offering a variety of floor plans and price ranges, there are three active adult communities with homes for sale in Garnet Valley. Here's a bit more information about each of them.
Mid $400s - High $400s
Riviera at Concord is an established, gated 55+ community of 127 resale single-family homes built between 2004 and 2006. The six floor plans range from 1,760 to 2,410 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, gourmet kitchens, gas fireplaces, luxury fixtures, crown moldings, vaulted ceilings, and an attached two-car garage. Options may include decks, sunrooms, Corian counters, and custom window treatments. The homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers trash and snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance.
Friends and neighbors enjoy spending time together at community activities like day trips, holiday parties, pool parties, book club, happy hours, and potluck dinners. Many meet at the well-appointed community clubhouse, which has a catering kitchen, gathering rooms, a fitness center, and indoor and outdoor pools. Out on the property, there are walking trails, tennis and bocce ball courts, and gardening plots. The Concordville Shopping Center is about three miles away, and it has an ACME, a Home Depot, a PetSmart, a Marshalls, a DSW, and restaurants.
High $200s - Low $400s
This gated community was built from 2003 to 2011, and it offers 122 resale attached and 64 resale single-family homes. Belmont’s attached models offer 1,339 to 2,170 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The single-family models range from 1,614 to 2,658 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Features like gas fireplaces, spacious bedrooms, eat-in kitchens, Corian countertops, and hardwood floors make these thoughtfully-designed homes comfortable and elegant.
Belmont’s welcoming clubhouse has a library, a meeting room, a catering kitchen, and an exercise room. Outside, you’ll find a patio, walking trails, and a scenic pond. Some of the most popular group activities include ladies’ outings, holiday parties, and card games. There’s also an active HOA to take care of lawn mowing, common area maintenance, and snow removal.
The Delaware State Line is 0.3 miles away from Belmont, and homeowners can cross over to go tax-free shopping at Brandywine Town Center or Concord Mall. Area golf courses include Penn Oaks and The Golf Course at Glenn Mills, and Bethel Community Park has its own dog park. Also, if you’re feeling under the weather, the two closest hospitals are Concord Health and Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
High $100s - Mid $400s
Last and largest, Foxfield is all about choices. It has 520 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes with a variety of floor plans and price points. Its 174-acre property was developed from 2004 to 2013, and it has its own 6-hole executive golf course and putting green.
There are 132 condos with five floor plans ranging from 1,114 to 1,400 square feet. They have one or two bedrooms, two baths, and one-car garages on the bottom levels. The 155 attached carriage homes have four floor plans ranging from 1,708 to 1,836 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. The 233 single-family ranch homes come in four models sized from 1,586 to 1,831 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. You can expect to find options like dens, second-story lofts, granite countertops, upgraded cabinets, decks, and hardwood floors in some of these homes.
You won’t be disappointed with Foxfield’s beautiful clubhouse either. It has indoor and outdoor pools, a resistance whirlpool, an exercise room, a catering kitchen, plus game and hobby rooms. There are also bocce ball and tennis courts as well as an RV parking lot. The long list of clubs and activities includes Friday night socials, canasta, Qi Gong, ladies’ poker, men’s tennis, and the coffee klatch. The closest grocery store is two miles away, and nearby landmarks include Harry’s Savoy Grill and the YMCA Hanby Outdoor Center.