View of the Peconic River waterfront in Downtown Riverhead, New York

Riverhead, New York is surrounded by natural beauty, bodies of water, and modern conveniences, making it a popular choice for active adults.

You know you’ve chosen the right place to retire when your active adult community is in a highly desirable area, surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, bodies of water, and modern conveniences. The prestigious hamlet of Riverhead, New York is located on Long Island’s north shore in Suffolk County, and it offers all this and more. It’s bordered by the Long Island Sound to the north and the Peconic River to its south. It also has many wonderful golf courses close by, including Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club and Long Island National Golf Club, plus parks, shopping outlets, nature preserves, and restaurants.

The Peconic Bay Medical Center is also right in town, and it’s near many of your favorite shops, like Target, Walgreens, Dunkin’ Donuts, T.J. Maxx, and Staples. If the need for travel arises, JFK and LaGuardia airports are both about 90 minutes away, and driving into Manhattan also takes about 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

Given its high-end zip code, Riverhead real estate can be somewhat more expensive than other areas. However, we found four exceptional options, and you may be surprised at what you can get for your money. Read on to see what Riverhead, NY has to offer active adults.

Saddle Lakes

Mid $300s - High $400s

This private gated community was completed in 2002 and has 196 resale attached homes. It’s down the road from the center of town, so running errands, grabbing a quick bite, or visiting the doctor or dentist is very convenient. Homeowners can also get their golf game on at nearby 9-hole Sandy Pond Golf Course.

Saddle Lakes has four floor plans, ranging from 1,247 to 1,837 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Some of these attractive homes also have full basements, fenced-in patios, granite countertops, and hardwood floors.

The modern clubhouse has indoor and outdoor pools plus a spa, a vintage movie theater, and an exercise room, while the property has scenic ponds, trails, bocce, and tennis courts. Residents also look forward to poker games, movie nights, and spending leisure time with their neighbors.

Glenwood Village

Below $100k - High $200s

Glenwood Village is an affordable, established 55+ neighborhood with 588 new and resale homes. Originally built in 1959, Glenwood Village has expanded with a new section, Glenwood Oaks. When completed, the newer part will have a total of 88 homes. Between the two sections, there are 10 floor plans, ranging from 902 to 1,758 square feet. They offer two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and driveway parking or carports. Some include dens, porches, and morning rooms.

The community’s recreation center has its own exercise room and aerobics studio. There’s also a library, an arts and crafts studio, an outdoor pool, bocce and shuffleboard, and a putting green. Popular activities include fundraising events, regional trips, fashion shows, golf outings, and bowling leagues. Glenwood is centrally located between dozens of shops and services; Tanger Outlets Riverhead is a mile away, and there’s a Costco, HomeGoods, Walmart, Home Depot, Petco, plus restaurants, medical offices, and auto dealers all right in the vicinity.

Stoneleigh Woods at Riverhead

Low $400s - Mid $400s

This mid-size, gated 55+ neighborhood will have 176 new and resale homes when completed, along with some desirable resort-style amenities. The four models are sized from 942 to 2,107 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three baths, and one-car garages. These well-appointed homes also include first-floor master bedrooms and front and back patios; larger models also feature second-story lofts.

Stoneleigh Woods at Riverhead has an impressive clubhouse where homeowners enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. It has a great room and fireplace lounge, plus a bar, a multi-purpose room, and an exercise room. The stylish, heated outdoor pool area includes a cabana, and it’s a fabulous place to spend time during warmer weather. There are many different clubs and activities too, like game nights, book club, group exercise, potluck dinners, happy hours, parties, and movie nights.

Stoneleigh is quite close to Glenwood Village, and it shares many of the same conveniences in the area, like the nearby shopping centers and restaurants. Both of these active adult neighborhoods are also near recreation areas like Peconic Bog County Park and Indian Island Park, which offer fishing, hiking, and other outdoor fun.

Sunken Pond Estates

Low $300s - High $400s

Our last Riverhead 55+ community is gated with 194 resale attached homes built from 2003 to 2005. It's dotted with scenic ponds, and it’s also right next to Woods at Cherry Creek Golf Course (you can book tee times online). There are three well-designed home models, ranging from 1,344 to 1,656 square feet with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and one-car garages. Options include decks, sunrooms, and covered porches.

There’s a putting green on the grounds, along with shuffleboard and bocce courts. The welcoming clubhouse has a lounge and bar, activity rooms, an exercise room, and a sparkling outdoor pool for residents to enjoy. Groups also gather together for movie nights, card games, and aerobics classes. Sunken Pond is also just a short drive from beautiful parks and nature preserves like 1,815-acre Hubbard County Park and David A. Sarnoff Preserve. These provide endless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, hunting, hiking, and wildlife observation.