The lovely city of Rockaway is a prestigious place to call home because of its scenic natural beauty and close proximity to New York City (about an hours’ drive west). Being part of the New Jersey Highlands, Rockaway has some breathtaking scenery and is near more than a dozen state parks, lakes, rivers, and valleys.
There are three 55+ condo communities here as well, and they offer exceptional opportunities for active adult homebuyers looking to live in Northern New Jersey. Fox Hills, Greenbriar at Fox Ridge, and Fox Crest are all in Morris County, and they’re so close to each other that you can make plans to visit and tour them all in one day!
High $200s – High $300s
Fox Hills is the kind of place where retirees don’t have to worry about mowing their lawns or maintaining the outsides of their homes. Comprised of 672 well-appointed resale condos, this community is perfect for downsizing. Each residential building on the gated property has three stories and elevators, and the ten floor plans range from 820 up to 2,935 square feet. The units have one to three bedrooms, one- to two-and-a-half baths, balconies, and assigned garage parking spots. Options include dens, breakfast bars, and luxury master bathrooms, and the monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for trash pickup, snow removal, and access to the community amenities.
Speaking of which, Fox Hill’s 26,000-square-foot clubhouse has indoor and outdoor pools, plus a fitness center, sports courts, and activity rooms. It’s where many of the community activity groups meet; some of the most popular ones are Mah Jongg, canasta, and water aerobics. Friends also gather together for off-site excursions, like bowling and shopping.
You’ll find plenty of those shopping outlets near the property, including a Target, a Shoprite, and a Walgreens. The nearest medical facilities are Kindred Hospital Morris County and Morristown Medical Center. When you want to get out for some leisure time, you can hit the links at Berkshire Valley Golf Course or check out the many parks scattered throughout the NY/NJ Highlands.
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Greenbriar at Fox Ridge
High $200s – High $400s
As a smaller-sized resale condo community, Greenbriar at Fox Ridge was completed in 2018 on a gated property less than two miles from Fox Hills. The seven floor plans range from 979 to 1,997 square feet, with one to two bedrooms, large balconies, in-unit laundry rooms, and one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half baths. All are housed within three-story buildings with elevators, and each unit has one parking spot in the underground garages. Some of these must-see condos also have dens, hardwood floors, and updated kitchens and bathrooms, and the HOA fee covers snow removal, trash pickup, and common area maintenance.
Greenbriar also has a welcoming clubhouse, and inside, you’ll find an indoor pool and spa, an internet cafe, and gathering rooms. There’s also an outdoor pool, sports courts, and a good number of exciting lifestyle groups and events to participate in. As an added bonus, this active adult community has a part-time activities director who plans out the social clubs and community events.
The Rockaway Townsquare Mall is less than two miles away, just off Route 80. This well-traveled road is packed with stores, shops, and restaurants that you can explore at your leisure. Just like the other two 55+ communities in Rockaway, Greenbriar has everything you need just a stone’s throw away.
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High $300s – High $500s
Number three on this list is elegant Fox Crest, an intimate active adult neighborhood that broke ground in 2020. Plans call for a total of 41 new condo homes ranging from 914 to 1,896 square feet, located inside a three-story building that has an underground parking garage, an elevator, and a 24-hour gated entry. These high-end condo homes have one to two bedrooms and bathrooms, and some have desirable features like thermal windows, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and tile backsplashes.
The community clubhouse offers a gym, a catering kitchen, and a multipurpose room, and the HOA takes care of common area maintenance. Fox Crest is about seven miles south of Greenbriar at Fox Ridge, so you’d be close to golf courses (including Mount Tabor Country Club), shops, and restaurants. Also, the closest international airport to Rockaway is Newark Liberty, which is only about half an hour’s drive without traffic.