Purple evening sky and calm water at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island in New Jersey

South New Jersey’s Holiday City retirement communities have diverse and active populations, desirable locations, and on-site amenities.

In many ways, South New Jersey’s Holiday City retirement communities are just like trusted old friends. All three have been around for a long time, they're warm and welcoming, and they're great for spending some quality time.

Holiday City at Silverton is the original, built from 1967 to 1975 in Toms River, and has over 1,500 resale homes. Built from 1969 to 1996, Holiday City at Berkeley is one of the largest active adult neighborhoods in the state with well over 10,000 residences. The youngest member of this group is Holiday City at Monroe, built from 1989 to 2007, with 682 homes.

These low-maintenance communities all have plenty of floor plans to choose from, diverse and active populations, desirable locations, and enough on-site amenities and activities to keep even the choosiest residents happy. Holiday City real estate is sought-after for many good reasons, and here are the particulars, including (very affordable) homes for sale in each.

Holiday City at Silverton - Toms River

Below $100k - Low $200s

Thanks to an enviable Toms River zip code, this established 55+ neighborhood is less than two miles from Silver Bay, which is well-known for boating and fishing. The bay is bordered by Long Beach Island (LBI), where the Atlantic Ocean then comes in to shore. This entire area is full of marinas, beaches, and nature preserves like Cattus Island County Park. There are dozens of beach towns in LBI, and they offer discount beach badges for pre-season purchases and for those over 65.

Toms River is an all-season town though, so there are no worries about staying busy. The popular downtown area has cool shops, special events, and a trolley to help visitors get around. There are museums for all ages, like the Insectropolis and the Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College. The Ocean County Mall is also right in town, along with antique shops, banks, pharmacies, and excellent restaurants.

Holiday City at Silverton has 1,595 resale attached and single-family homes. Most are in the second category, though there are a select number of townhomes sized at about 1,074 square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom, a den, and a driveway.

The single-family residences range from 900 to 1,100 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a carport or attached garage. Some homes have upgrades like heated porches, hardwood floors, and stainless steel appliances. The monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for lawn care, common area maintenance, and snow removal.

The clubhouse is a hub for activity and includes an outdoor pool, shuffleboard, and meeting rooms. Homeowners also enjoy the natural space on the property, lake access, and miniature golf. Friends can get together for bus trips, aerobics class, parties, fishing club, and the Happy Wanderers Travel Club.

Holiday City at Berkeley - Toms River

Below $100k - Low $300s

Also in Toms River, Holiday City at Berkeley is about 10 miles from Holiday City at Silverton and has 10,636 resale single-family homes. It's one of the largest active adult communities in the Garden State, and it's like a city all to itself with its own restaurants, doctors, pharmacies, shops, and banks. It's also close to several recreation areas, including Crossley Preserve and Jakes Branch Park.

This expansive property is broken down into four sections: Holiday City South, Holiday City Carefree, Holiday City West, and Holiday City Heights, each with its own clubhouse and pool. Other perks include tennis courts, bocce, shuffleboard, craft and activity rooms, auditoriums, and a community bus. There are groups and activities for all interests, like dance, fishing, photography, yoga, singing, and planned trips.

With 20 floor plans, there is a wealth of options for home seekers to choose from, ranging from 757 to 1,852 square feet. They feature one to three bedrooms, one or two baths, and one- or two-car garages. Upgrades may include fireplaces, hardwood floors, granite kitchen countertops, and patios. The HOA fee covers lawn care, common area maintenance, the community bus, and snow removal.

Holiday City at Monroe - Williamstown

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Last but not least, this younger Holiday City relative is in Gloucester County, placing it farther from the shoreline but closer to Philadelphia. It’s still just a 45-minute drive (sans traffic) to popular beach towns like Atlantic City, and it takes about a half an hour to get into Philly. Like Toms River, Williamstown is close to plenty of recreation areas, like the Glassboro Wildlife Management Area and Wharton State Forest.

Williamstown is part of Monroe Township and has many attractions and services for active adults to take advantage of. The Autumn Lake Winery offers top wines and tastings, the highly-rated Scotland Run Golf Club is reasonably priced, and the Grand Theatre puts on wonderful local performances. Holiday City at Monroe is also right off the Atlantic City Expressway and minutes from downtown.

This 55+ neighborhood has 682 resale single-family homes, averaging about 1,300 square feet, most with two or more bedrooms, first-floor master suites, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Most of these cozy homes are ranch-style, with front and back porches. Upgrades may include fireplaces, sprinkler systems, newer roofs, and wood decks.

A quarterly HOA fee covers community services and amenities. The community clubhouse hosts neighborhood gatherings in its activity hall and multi-purpose room, and it has an outdoor pool and patio, plus shuffleboard and tennis courts.