Residents have plenty of space to lounge around by the pool at Fox Hills.

Mountain views and sprawling greenspaces. Enticing urban areas and upscale suburbs. Fine dining and world-class shopping.  All of it is what helps make Northern New Jersey so enticing for retirees.

When considering homes for sale in Northern New Jersey, price is also an important factor. But so is safety and peace of mind. Living in a gated community provides added security for active adult homeowners in North Jersey and helps foster the sense of community without worrying who is coming or going.

We’ve compiled four active adult gated communities worth considering if you’re looking to find a home in North Jersey.

Winthrop Court - Clifton

Mid $300s - Mid $500s

Located just minutes from the Garden State Parkway and Route 46, Winthrop Court is part of the Cambridge Crossing master-planned community in Clifton. It is designed for active adults that prefer living in larger cities and offers resort-style amenities like its vibrant Royal Club, which houses a multitude of amenities such as a fitness center, saunas, a theater room, library, and dance floor. Outside, residents can enjoy the outdoor pool and spa as well as bocce and tennis courts.

You will find 270 resale condo units on this property, located within nine buildings. These standout homes range from 1,485 to 2,139 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, master suites, fireplaces, balconies, and a gated parking garage with direct lobby access. A homeowners’ association fee provides for community grounds and building maintenance, plus snow removal.

Local golf clubs include Upper Montclair Country Club and Golf Mission Association, and there are also several small parks nearby. 

Bald Eagle Commons - West Milford

Below $100k - High $200s

Bald Eagle Commons is an established 55+ community of 463 resale condo and attached homes located in the rolling hills of West Milford. The majority of these homes are condominium units, in four models ranging from 655 to 1,581 square feet, with one or two bedrooms and bathrooms, patios, and assigned parking. There is a limited number of attached homes, which range from 2,175 to 2,414 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. Upgrades may include hardwood floors, fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings.

Bald Eagle Commons’ clubhouse has a busy exercise room, a media center, several activity rooms, and an outdoor pool and spa. The property also features walking trails, natural space, tennis, bocce, a greenhouse, and a car wash area. There is also a community transit bus, which residents hop on and off to get around the neighborhood.

There are two grocery stores within three miles, and residents also enjoy spending time at the exclusive Crystal Springs Resort and fishing or boating at picturesque Greenwood Lake.

Brookfield Estates - Belvidere

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Brookfield Estates is an ideal option for active adult home buyers that want an affordable, single-family home in a desirable North Jersey suburb. There are 274 single-family homes in this established neighborhood, with six models ranging from 1,275 to 1,920 square feet. These offer two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include hardwood floors, side-load garages, three-season rooms, and gas fireplaces.

Residents pay a homeowners’ association fee, which covers snow removal and exterior maintenance. On-site amenities include a putting green, walking trails, an outdoor pool, tennis, R.V. and boat parking, and a modern clubhouse with an exercise facility and numerous activity rooms.

Belvidere is located alongside the Delaware River, about half an hour from Easton, Pennsylvania. Favorite local destinations include Mackey’s Orchards and the Four Sisters Winery.

Fox Hills - Rockaway

Low $200s - Mid $400s

If you are looking to downsize, Fox Hills is a 55+ condo community nestled within the valleys and rolling hills of Morris County. This area is known for its Revolutionary War history, hip towns like Morristown and Boonton, and its many galleries and museums.

There are 672 resale condos in this gated neighborhood, with a dozen floor plans ranging from 820 to 2,935 square feet. They include one to three bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half baths, most with balconies and dens. Larger models include expansive master suites and breakfast nooks, and a homeowners’ association fee provides for maintenance and clubhouse activities.

Inside the clubhouse, you’ll find a modern fitness center, an indoor pool, a sauna and steam room, a lounge, and several activity rooms. Outside, there is a second pool, walking paths, an outdoor garden, and courts for bocce and tennis. Homeowners also spend quality time at book club, ceramics, Jazzercise, writer’s club, and playing Mahjong.