Exterior view of the clubhouse to Cranbury Brook in Plainsboro, New Jersey

Budget-minded active adults can find homes for sale in Middlesex County for under $300k.

Middlesex County is a place for people who want to be close to where the action is. Positioned halfway between Philadelphia and New York City, this part of Central New Jersey has top-tier hospitals and universities, historical sites, a diverse arts and entertainment scene, abundant outdoor recreation, and excellent public transportation. Also, when you're ready to make travel plans, there's a choice of several nearby airports, including Newark Liberty International. There's also an Amtrak station right in New Brunswick.

You may be surprised to learn that even though Middlesex is close to two of the largest cities in the country, its real estate prices are not all through the roof. Sure, you can find homes for upwards of $500k, but there are also appealing active adult communities here with homes for sale under $300k. Curious? Here are a few communities worth exploring.

Rossmoor Village - Monroe, NJ

Below $100k - Mid $400s

With its golf course views and beautiful landscapes, Rossmoor Village is a welcoming retirement community built from 1965 to 1991. This gated neighborhood has over 2,300 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes as well as a par 72, 18-hole championship golf course.

In addition to its golf course, Rossmoor also has a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse with a ballroom, a catering kitchen, a fitness center, a dance studio, hobby rooms, and two libraries. During the warmer weather, residents head outside to swim in the outdoor pool or play bocce ball, tennis, and croquet. There’s also an RV parking lot as well as a long list of clubs and activities for every interest imaginable.

Rossmoor has many home models ranging from around 590 to over 2,259 square feet. The condos offer one to two bedrooms, one to two baths, and carport parking. The ranch-style, single-family homes have two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, patios or Florida rooms, and either carports or attached garages. The association dues provide for exterior and common area maintenance, snow and trash removal, basic cable, water, and lawn care.

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Waterford at East Brunswick - East Brunswick, NJ

Low $200s - Mid $200s

At the other end of the spectrum (size-wise) is Waterford at East Brunswick, a smaller active adult community completed in 2012 with 148 resale luxury condos. Sought-after amenities include a modern clubhouse with its own exercise room, game rooms, great room, catering kitchen, computer center, and theater room. Homeowners also have the convenience of an on-site mailroom and concierge as well as an outdoor pool and patio area.

The condos range from 991 to 1,760 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and features like elegant master suites, walk-in closets, cathedral ceilings, and balconies. Some also have upgrades like fireplaces, hardwood floors, granite countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances. The monthly association fee pays for snow removal, common area maintenance, and management fees.

Waterford at East Brunswick is within walking distance of a shopping center that has a 7-11, a bank, a bakery, a pharmacy, and restaurants. It's also only a few minutes from Route 18, which has grocery stores, Brunswick Square Shopping Center, and miles more of shops, services, and restaurants.

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Cranbury Brook - Plainsboro, NJ

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Also on the smaller side, Cranbury Brook was completed in 2012 about a mile from Plainsboro Park. Residents enjoy spending time at the community clubhouse, where they work out at the fitness center, spend time in the craft studio and game rooms, play bocce ball, or relax at the outdoor pool. Other popular pastimes include attending community parties and playing bridge.

Cranbury Brook has 195 resale condo and single-family homes. The luxury condo models range from 825 to 1,441 square feet with one to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The larger model also has a den. The single-family villas range from 2,423 to 2,670 square feet with four models offered in two-bedroom ranch or three-bedroom/loft floor plans. Options include dens, front porches, granite countertops, and luxury master baths. The maintenance fees cover trash pickup, water, sewer, heat, and common area maintenance.

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Princeton Windrows - Princeton, NJ

Low $200s - Mid $800s

Yes, you can afford to live in prestigious Princeton, New Jersey because Princeton Windrows has such a large variety of models at different price points. Built from 2000 to 2008, this 55+ community has 294 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes as well as desirable lifestyle amenities.

Princeton Windrows offers seven condo, villa, and townhome floor plans, ranging from 792 to 2,170 square feet. They offer one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and covered parking or garages. Some homes also have extras like granite countertops, hardwood floors, and dens.

The elegant clubhouse has four dining rooms, a pub, and a lounge. There’s also an indoor pool, activity rooms, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Added perks include an on-site beauty salon, barbershops, a bank, and a convenience store. The community also offers exercise classes, poker nights, Mah Jongg, day trips, and programs and classes for book, art, and film lovers. There's a monthly service fee, which includes dining, wellness services, landscaping, local transportation, and housekeeping. This is luxury low-maintenance living at its best.

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