If you’re ready for full- or part-time retirement but still want to be close to a metropolitan area, East Brunswick, New Jersey real estate might be just the ticket. It is an hour from New York City and Philadelphia, and it is easy to get to from the New Jersey Turnpike.
Closer to home, vibrant college towns like New Brunswick and Princeton offer renowned universities, museums, walkable downtowns, restaurants, and pubs. East Brunswick’s highways and byways have every type of shop you can imagine, plus there are countless golf courses, parks, and restaurants throughout Middlesex County.
The four 55+ neighborhoods we’ve profiled are small to mid-sized and well-established with different price points. And for good measure, we’ve added one community that’s about 10 miles outside of East Brunswick that you might be interested in.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Cedar Village at East Brunswick is a gated 55+ community in a bustling area across the way from a strip mall that has restaurants and shops. It was designed on a gated property with five elevator buildings that house 184 resale condo units.
The six floor plans range from 1,212 to 1,870 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and an assigned parking spot for each unit in an underground garage. Larger models have libraries, great rooms, and sitting areas within the master bedrooms, and the monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers trash collection, snow removal, and common area maintenance.
The Club at Cedar Village is where residents go to work out at its fitness center, play bocce, swim at the outdoor pool, and socialize in the different gathering rooms. There’s also a community transit bus as well as fun group activities like holiday parties, cooking classes, and pizza and movie nights. Area landmarks include Tamarack Golf Course and Giamerese Farm and Orchards.
Low $100s - Mid $200s
This 55+ neighborhood, completed in 1988, is a bit further from the Turnpike and has 368 resale condo and attached homes. If you’re a commuter, you can take advantage of The Club at East Brunswick’s proximity to a nearby express bus stop that goes to New York City’s Port Authority. The Club is also a stop on Middlesex County Area Transport’s shuttle bus route.
The three condo floor plans range from 1,032 to 1,125 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two baths, and assigned parking spots. Slightly larger, the attached ranch-style homes range from 1,074 to 1,228 square feet with two bedrooms and bathrooms as well as detached one-car garages. Options include granite countertops, dens, and stainless-steel appliances, and the HOA fee provides for lawn care and common area maintenance
The private clubhouse offers an outdoor pool, tennis and bocce ball courts, an exercise room, and a multipurpose room. Homeowners also enjoy shuffleboard, day trips, and the greenhouse and gardening plots. There are several houses of worship in the area, and two closest hospitals are Princeton Health and Robert Wood Johnson.
Low $200s - Mid $200s
The welcoming condo community of Waterford at East Brunswick was completed in 2012 and has 148 resale units located in one four-story building less than a mile from the East Brunswick Library. There are over a dozen floor plans ranging from 991 to 1,760 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, luxury master suites, and balconies. The HOA fee covers trash and snow removal and common area maintenance.
Waterford’s well-appointed clubhouse has a theater room, great room, catering kitchen, exercise room, and outdoor pool. There’s also a concierge and mailroom in the lobby as well as a cozy fireplace lounge. There’s a shopping center down the way with a bank, CVS, and a 7-11. Other nearby hubs include a Walmart Supercenter, the Midstate Mall, Target, and Home Depot.
Mid $300s - High $400s
Located 10 miles from East Brunswick in the Dayton section of South Brunswick, Four Seasons at South Brunswick was built from 2004 to 2007 with 192 resale single-family homes. The eight floor plans range from 1,500 to 3,430 square feet with two to three bedrooms and bathrooms and attached two-car garages. These elegant homes have options like dens, vaulted ceilings, breakfast nooks, plush carpeting, patios, and first-floor master suites with tray ceilings. The HOA fee covers trash and snow removal.
There is a 7,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring an exercise room, hobby and gathering rooms, bocce ball and tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. Additional perks include golf practice facilities, walking trails, a playground for the grandkids, and gardening plots. Well-attended group activities include holiday parties, a single's group, a book club, and the travel club.
This retirement community is also close to the Turnpike as well as Route 130. There’s a Park & Ride stop three minutes away, which can take you to NYC, Atlantic City, and other cities. Local outdoor recreation spots include Cranbury Golf Club and Mercer County Park, and rainy day activities include visiting the Wicoff House Museum and seeing performances at the Pegasus Theatre Company. The surrounding area also has plenty of grocery stores, diners, pharmacies, and shops.