Named after 1812 naval war hero Captain James Lawrence, Lawrence Township started out as an agricultural and rural stop that people visited when traveling from Philadelphia to New York. Nowadays, its appealing mix of residential, commercial, and educational communities combines well with its abundant natural beauty, historic attractions, and a small-town feel. It is an excellent choice for active adult homebuyers looking for an area that places them at the center of everything.
Located in Mercer County, its population is around 33,000, and it is less than 10 miles east of the Delaware River and Pennsylvania. What also makes this slice of NJ so appealing is its close proximity to Princeton, Washington Crossing State Park, and enchanting Pennsylvania towns like Yardley and New Hope. Beachgoers also benefit from being only an hour away from resort towns like Long Branch and Asbury Park.
There are also several nearby airports, including Trenton-Mercer, Newark International, Princeton, and those in New York City. Given this kind of stellar setting, Lawrence Township’s real estate prices are not as pricey as one might think. We have profiled four retirement communities here, some with homes in the $100 to $200k range. Read on to learn more about these inviting active adult communities.
Mid $500s – High $500s
Slated for just 97 new attached homes, Venue at Cobblestone Creek broke ground in 2019. Builder Lennar Homes designed four luxury floor plans ranging from 2,638 to 2,847 square feet, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Features like unfinished basements, high-end finishes, lofts, and dens make these spacious homes elegant and comfortable.
This upscale community will also have an 18-hole golf course plus a private clubhouse for resident use. The latter will have multi-purpose rooms for social gatherings and private events, restaurants, a ballroom, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a yoga studio. An outdoor swimming pool, putting greens, and tennis courts round out the resort-style amenities in this community. Venue’s homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for lawn care, common area maintenance, and snow removal.
Venue at Cobblestone Creek is close to the intersection of Route 206 and Interstate 295, making it easy to get to regional airports, shopping centers, and other major highways. Additional area landmarks include Rider University, Loveless Nature Preserve, and the well-reviewed Acacia Restaurant.
Mid $300s – High $400s
A bit farther west and also near I-295 is Ventana at Lawrenceville, an intimate 55+ community of just 52 resale attached homes. It was built from 2005 to 2008 by Robertson Douglas Group and Sterling Properties with townhomes featuring two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. You can expect to find desirable features like patios, hardwood floors, great rooms with cathedral ceilings, and gourmet kitchens in these well-appointed homes. Ventana’s HOA fee provides for lawn maintenance, snow removal, and common area maintenance.
Though Ventana does not have a community clubhouse, its lovely property has a promenade garden perfect for social gatherings as well as walking and biking trails. One of the closest fitness centers is Pennington Athletic Club, and Mercer Oaks Golf Course is less than 10 miles away. Area shops and services include Stop & Shop grocery store, Home Depot, Chase Bank, and a Walmart Supercenter.
Low $200s – High $200s
One of the most affordable communities in Lawrence Township is Lawrenceville Point, an established active adult neighborhood with 88 resale attached homes. These thoughtfully designed, low-maintenance homes range from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet and have two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and two-car garages.
The private clubhouse offers homeowners a catering kitchen, meeting room, library, and an exercise room, and there are walking and biking trails as well as a patio on the grounds. Local shopping hubs include Quaker Bridge Mall and Lawrence Shopping Center, which provide all the shops and services you need, including a new LA Fitness Center. Nearby hospitals include Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell and Princeton Medical Center, both of which are short drives away.
High $100s – Mid $200s
Here is a quiet, peaceful retirement community with 140 resale attached residences at affordable prices. Completed in 2005, Traditions at Federal Point offers single-level, cozy homes ranging from 880 to 1,598 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and vaulted ceilings. The vibrant clubhouse offers a multi-purpose room for social gatherings, catering kitchen, exercise room, and billiards.
This property is about 10 miles outside of Princeton, which is overflowing with attractions like the McCarter Theatre, Princeton MarketFair mall, and of course, Princeton University. Other regional landmarks include The College of New Jersey, Rosedale Park, and Terhune Orchards.