Footbridge across George Lake during autumn in Morris County, NJ

Morris County is a tranquil setting ideally located near New York City.

Morris County is close to New Jersey’s northern border, about 30 miles west of New York City. Considered part of the Newark, NJ metro area, many well-known corporations have their headquarters here, and it is also home to many colleges and universities, including Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Seton Hall.

Getting in and around Morris County is easy, with public transportation provided by NJTransit rail, light rail, and buses. Regional airports include Newark International and the New York City airports. Top-tier area medical facilities include Morristown Medical Center and the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Cultural opportunities flourish here, with the American Revolutionary War site Morristown National Historical Park and the charming town of Chester. Morristown and Madison are also worth visiting, their lively downtowns both have sidewalk cafes, boutiques, and museums.

All this is just an inkling of what this area offers active adults. To learn more about Morris County, New Jersey real estate and its mid-sized retirement communities, read on.

Horizons at Mount Arlington

High $200s - Mid $300s

Sandwiched between idyllic Lake Hopatcong and Minisink County Park, Horizons at Mount Arlington is a mid-sized 55+ community in a highly desirable locale. This area has more than its share of outdoor recreational opportunities, plus modern conveniences like Costco, Walmart, movie theatres, shops, and restaurants.

This resale condo community has 144 units coming in two floor plans. These offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and underground parking. Upgrades include hardwood floors, granite countertops, and patios.

Homeowners can be spotted working out in the exercise room, swimming in the pool, playing tennis, or meandering along the walking trails. The clubhouse is also used as a meeting spot for community clubs and events like brunches, Irish Night, potlucks, and holiday parties.

Nolan’s Ridge - Mount Arlington

Mid $200s - Mid $600s

Nolan’s Ridge is two miles from Horizons at Mount Arlington, so it shares the same local amenities.

This active adult community has 156 resale condo and single family homes. The condo section has 96 units, divided into four secure elevator buildings, while there are 60 single-family homes. Floor plans range from 1,482 to 2,598 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and parking spots or two-car garages.

The exclusive clubhouse has an outdoor pool and patio, locker rooms, tennis, and bocce. Indoors, there is a great room, wine lockers, a catering kitchen, and an arts & crafts studio.

Regency at Flanders

High $400s - Mid $600s

Regency at Flanders also has a stellar location, next to Flanders Valley Golf Course and Flanders Park. It is also minutes away from Sutton Plaza Shopping Center, a ShopRite, restaurants, convenience stores, and places of worship.

There will be 227 single-family homes in this gated development when completed, The seven models range from 1,827 to 2,679 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. These homes feature open floor plans, first-floor master suites with walk-in closets, vaulted ceilings, and upgraded appliances.

Plans are also underway for a state-of-the-art clubhouse, with its own fitness center and relaxing great room. The outdoor area will include a heated pool, pickleball, and tennis, along with walking & biking trails. A monthly homeowners' association fee will cover snow removal and lawn care.

Del Webb Florham Park

Mid $600s

If you’re not familiar with Florham Park, it’s a small suburb about five miles west of Morristown. It is home to Pinch Brook Golf Course, a friendly and affordable public course. Del Webb Florham Park is also just outside of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Morristown Medical Center, and numerous shopping and dining options.

Building began on this property in 2018 and there will be 242 new condo, attached, and single-family homes when complete. Floor plans range from 1,676 to 2,421 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and two-car garages. These upscale residences offer flex space, impressive owner’s suites, and open floor plans.

The long list of planned amenities here include a clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, and sporting courts. Tennis and pickleball courts, gardening plots, and a fire pit will also be available.

Greenbriar at Fox Ridge - Rockaway

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Many active adults prefer gated condo communities, and Greenbriar at Fox Ridge is one of the finest. Built from 2008 to 2018, it has 336 resale units, just minutes from Fox Ridge Swim & Racquet Club, Mill Pond, and White Meadow Lake Country Club.

The condos here are housed in three-story elevator buildings, each with underground parking. There are seven floor plans that range from 979 to 1,997 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Homeowners appreciate the cozy breakfast nooks, oversized balconies, and dens that are available in some models.

Greenbriar’s large clubhouse is a hub of activity with its busy fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, internet cafe, meeting rooms, tennis courts, and outdoor pavilion. Friends gather inside and out for book club, circuit workouts, gardening club, cookie exchanges, yoga, movie nights, and poker.