Stately Entrance to New Gated Community

Gated communities provide security, a sense of safety, and ensure that you can relax at home and in the neighborhood.

There is a lot to be said for the added security that retirees get from living in a gated development. The feelings of safety plus the added prestige are two important factors that should go into choosing an active adult community. Gated entries are also especially important for neighborhoods that are not far from larger cities like Philadelphia.

There are 27 gated 55+ communities in the Philadelphia area, including smaller, private communities with under 50 homes. On the other end of the spectrum is Hershey’s Mill in West Chester, an extensive development with over 1,720 homes.

If you are interested in gated active adult communities with homes for sale in the Philadelphia area, we have chosen several that might ring all your bells.

Kingsfield - Souderton

Low $300s - Mid $300s

Small and safe with quality homes is one way to describe Kingsfield. At just 66 resale single-family homes, this charming 55+ neighborhood is perfect for those seeking peaceful, low-key lifestyles. The three models include two or more bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades may include eat-in kitchens, covered patios, first-floor master suites, nine-foot ceilings, and gas fireplaces. A residents’ association provides for trash collection, snow removal, and street and lawn maintenance.

Kingsfield does not have a clubhouse, but homeowners spend time together at book clubs, men’s breakfast, lunch groups, and the popular ladies’ bridge The downtown area has plenty of recreational facilities, including a Planet Fitness, Souderton Community Pool, a movie theater, and restaurants. There are also three parks in town, and Indian Valley Country Club is two miles away.

The Colony at Skippack - Schwenksville

High $200s - High $400s

This friendly community of 81 resale single-family homes is located in Schwenksville, a pretty little town about 12 miles east of Pottstown. It is across from Perkiomen Creek, a winding waterway with small shops and churches along its banks.

The Colony at Skippack has 81 homes, with three models ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 square feet, with two to three bedrooms and baths, and attached garages. Some models also include dens, which can be used as an added bedroom. A reasonable homeowners’ association fee covers lawn care, plus snow and trash removal.

Residents can enjoy the private clubhouse, which has an exercise room, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor pool & spa. There are also walking trails, bocce, and a horseshoe pit on the grounds.

The Arbours at West Goshen - West Chester

Mid $300s - High $300s

Living in a college town like West Chester presents active adults with a wide range of cultural, shopping, and dining options. Aside from being home to West Chester University, it has a trendy downtown with cool shops and galleries, plus the gorgeous Longwood Gardens.

The Arbours at West Goshen is about three miles from downtown, in a welcoming setting near Fernhill Lake and West Goshen Community Park. It has 133 resale attached homes, built from 2009 to 2015. There are seven different floor plans ranging from 2,033 to 2,329 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garages. Some models feature dens, two-story foyers, lofts, and patios.

The community’s clubhouse has an exercise room, activity rooms, a catering kitchen, and an outdoor pool. There are also walking trails on the property, and the homeowners’ association takes care of exterior-home maintenance.

Ovations at Elk View - West Grove

Low $300s - High $300s

Located in the Pennsylvania countryside, the serene town of West Grove is about 15 miles north of the Maryland border. Ovations at Elk View is in a quiet area, close to several grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and Chester County Hospital.

There are 283 resale attached and single-family homes, built from 2005 to 2012. The eight models range from 1,560 to 2,662 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and attached two-car garages. The homeowners’ association fee covers the common area and lawn maintenance, plus snow and trash removal.

Ovations at Elk View offers quite a few amenities, with most located in its modern clubhouse. Here you can find activity rooms, an exercise room with a sauna and an indoor spa, indoor and outdoor bocce courts, tennis, and an outdoor pool. Well-attended groups and activities include chorus, crafts, book club, and dinner club. Golf is also a popular pastime for residents, and there is an on-site putting green along with several local area golf courses, including Broad Run Golfer’s Club.

Honeycroft Village - Cochranville 

Low $300s - Mid $500s

If you want to retire in a newer 55+ community that offers a more rural setting, Honeycroft Village could be the ideal choice. It is in the outskirts of Chester County, about 25 miles from Wilmington, Delaware. This scenic area has numerous golf courses and state parks and is not far from Route 1, where you can find a Walmart Supercenter, groceries, and restaurants. Area medical providers include Tower Health and Christiana Hospital.

Honeycroft will have 264 new and resale attached and single-family homes upon completion. The townhome model has 1,333 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include basements and second floors. There are six single-family models, ranging from 1,309 to 2,254 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include dens, fireplaces, and composite decks.

The homeowners’ association fee goes towards mowing and mulching, plus trash and snow removal. Honeycroft’s private clubhouse has an indoor pool & spa, plus a fitness center and a gathering room. The activity committee plans live entertainment, sports nights, dinners, golf outings, and social hours for residents.