Gloucester County, New Jersey’s website has a very appropriate slogan: “Close to Everything—Far Away From It All.” So what does this mean? Although it's bordered by the Delaware River and close to Philadelphia, Gloucester County stretches out over pristine farmlands, and it's home to beautiful parks and other outdoor finery.
One of the most famous landmarks in this county is the Red Bank Battlefield & Whitall House National Park, the site of a Revolutionary War battle and the Fort Mercer Whitall House. Rowan University’s Edelman Planetarium is a sight to behold for all ages, and racecar fans enjoy watching the stock cars at Bridgeport Speedway.
For music and wine lovers, the Washington Lake Park Amphitheater offers a summer concert series, and the Gloucester/Salem Wine Trail has a selection of excellent local wineries worth visiting. Golfers can hit the links at public and private courses, including Scotland Run Golf Club and Pitman Golf Course (check out their inexpensive rates!).
In addition to this, local medical facilities include Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury and Kennedy University Hospital in Turnersville. This area is also a shopping mecca, with large centers like the Deptford Mall, Gloucester Premium Outlets, and Cross Keys Place.
Gloucester County real estate skews towards lower price points, and 55+ homebuyers can easily find good-sized, low maintenance, affordable homes. Our website has information on 16 communities, some close to the City of Brotherly Love and others that are farther out near Wharton State Forest.
So whether you prefer an urban or suburban lifestyle, Glouco has something that will fit right into your price range. Here are three communities to consider:
Lakebridge — Deptford
This 55+ community falls into the “close to everything” category, making daily activities accessible and convenient. Built from 1986 to 1992 by J.S. Hovnanian, this established neighborhood has 375 resale single-family homes and a vibrant clubhouse.
Perfect for downsizing, Lakebridge’s four models range from 1,175 to 1,510 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, one- to two-and-a-half baths, and attached one-car garages. Some of these desirable homes have upgrades like patios, stainless steel appliances, glass sliding doors, and bonus rooms. The homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers common area maintenance, trash and snow removal, and lawn care.
That clubhouse we mentioned has an outdoor pool and patio, bocce and tennis courts, a community room, a ballroom, and a library. The clubhouse is often used for neighborhood club meetings and events, like line dancing, Mah Jongg, and game nights. Residents also head off-site for casino trips and movies.
Lakebridge is minutes from the New Jersey Turnpike and other main arteries like Routes 45 and 47. There's a Walmart Supercenter, a bowling alley, and endless shops, restaurants, and services in the area. This community is also a stone’s throw away from the Stewart Park and Lake, and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. Downtown Woodbury also has many interesting places to visit, like the Woodbury Station Café, and golfers can get their game on at Westwood Golf Club.
Parke Place — Sewell
Drive seven miles south of Deptford and you'll arrive in Sewell, home to the welcoming active adult community of Parke Place. The community is poised just outside of James Atkinson Park, a 66-acre recreation area that's open year-round. Homeowners can walk right over to play tennis and pickleball, go for a run on the exercise trail, or bike their way around the park.
This natural setting is the perfect backdrop for this community, which has 406 resale condo and single-family homes, built from 1999 to 2003. There are two condo models, ranging from 1,353 to 1,436 square feet, with two bedrooms, two baths, and lot parking. The units are housed in two-story buildings, and each condo has either a patio or balcony.
The attractive single-family models come in seven floor plans, ranging from 1,308 to 2,268 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. Upgrades may include sunrooms, patios, eat-in kitchens, and dens. Parke Place’s HOA fee covers snow removal and lawn maintenance.
Homeowners enjoy spending time at the private clubhouse, which has an outdoor pool and patio, a fitness center, and activity rooms. There are also bocce and tennis courts, plus biking and walking trails on the property. When duty calls, it's easy to run errands as there's a Target, Lowe’s, PetSmart, and dozens of other shops and restaurants in Downtown Sewell.
Holiday City at Monroe — Williamstown
The biggest of this bunch is Holiday City at Monroe, a well-liked active adult community of 682 resale single-family homes, built from 1989 to 2007 by K. Hovnanian.
These budget-friendly abodes are offered in many floor plans, sized at around 1,300 square feet, with two or more bedrooms, two baths, and attached one-or two-car garages. Features include master suites and front or back porches; many homes also have upgrades like hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, updated cabinets, and tray ceilings.
A monthly HOA fee covers snow removal and other maintenance. Holiday City’s clubhouse keeps homeowners busy with shuffleboard and tennis courts, an outdoor pool, a large gathering room, and an activity hall.
Williamstown is farther south than the Deptford and Sewell, placing it closer to Atlantic City and other Jersey shore towns. Nearby attractions include New Brooklyn Park and Disc Golf Course, the trails at Winslow Fish and Wildlife Management Area, and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey in Newtonville (there's a second location in Atlantic City).