Fall colors over pond in park in Monmouth county

These Monmouth County communities offer a chance to live without home maintenance.

One of the greatest benefits of condo living is the freedom from having to maintain your property. Just think: No more shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, or worrying that your siding needs repairs. Monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fees cover these, and the free time and reduced stress are certainly worth it.

Finding a condo in a desirable location like Monmouth County is the icing on the cake, and there are options in every price range from high-end to penny-wise. There is a wide selection of available homes for sale in Monmouth County, including superb retirement communities with condos.

Monmouth is a New Jersey coastal county and is considered part of the New York metro area. Major cities like Freehold, Asbury Park, Howell, and Middletown are some of its larger cities. It is also dotted with lovely parks like Allaire State Park, which includes historic Allaire Village and part of the Manasquan River.

Monmouth’s northern end borders Sandy Hook Bay, which merges into Lower Bay and goes into New York City. Getting to the Big Apple is easy via highway or ferry.

Having access to top medical care is important no matter where you live, and some of this county’s top choices include Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center. For life’s daily necessities, there are dozens of shopping malls, including the popular Freehold Raceway Mall.

You won’t find Monmouth County lacking when it comes to golf, county services, or public transportation, either. Read on to learn about the top condo communities in this region.

The Monmouth - Wall

Mid $700s - Low $1Ms

This exclusive gated community caters to 50+ adults who seek well-appointed condos at an upscale property with resort-like amenities. Built by Oakshire Group LLC from 2005 to 2011, The Monmouth consists of 96 resale condos housed in 16 buildings. It is minutes from the Manasquan River, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Manasquan River Golf Club.

Homeowners who live at The Monmouth enjoy a country club lifestyle at the private clubhouse, with its indoor pool, sauna and spa, fitness center, and activity rooms. There is a second pool outside, plus a unique 18-hole putting course which makes its way throughout the neighborhood.

The spacious penthouse-style condos are 4,100 square feet, with three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and underground two-car garages. Luxury features like sunrooms attached to the master bedrooms, his and hers master bathrooms, Viking appliances, and gas fireplaces make these condos comfortable and elegant.

Nobility Crest at Ocean - Ocean Township

Low $200s - High $300s

Less than five miles from the shoreline, Nobility Crest at Ocean has 120 resale condo units built from 2006 to 2010 by Jerald Development Group. Its desirable location is also close to William F. Larkin Golf Course and a shopping center with a Shoprite, Marshalls, restaurants, and an urgent care center.

Most of Nobility Crest at Ocean's impressive amenities are found within its 4,300 square-foot clubhouse, which houses a media room, an exercise room, and a library. During the warmer months, residents head out to the swimming pool, putting green, bocce courts, and shuffleboard courts. Popular community events like holiday parties, pool parties, food drives, and movie nights keep everyone connected.

The Essex and Sussex - Spring Lake

High $100s - High $500s

Talk about oceanfront living: homeowners at The Essex and Sussex can walk across the street to the beach. But that’s only part of what makes this resale condo building so appealing. The units are built into a refurbished hotel that boasts a marble-lined lobby. It is also just outside of Spring Lake (the lake that the town is named after), Wreck Pond, and Spring Lake Golf Club.

Built from 2002 to 2004 by AJD Construction, this active adult community has 165 resale condo units that range from 420 to 700 square feet with one bedroom, one bathroom, and garage parking. Upgrades include decks, granite countertops, and marble baths.

The building contains amenities such as private and public dining rooms, a bistro, bar, and banquet hall, a fitness center, activity rooms, and a media theater. A homeowners' association fee covers trash and snow removal, valet parking, concierge service, laundry facilities, common area maintenance, and storage lockers. Residents can also purchase a meal plan at the bistro.

Covered Bridge - Manalapan

Low $100s - Low $200s 

Farther inland than the other communities in this list, Covered Bridge is about 25 miles west of the Jersey coastline and just outside of Pine Brook Golf Course. This established and affordable 55+ neighborhood was built on 254 acres of farmland by K. Hovnanian from 1972 to 1982. The community consists of 1,557 resale condominiums and attached homes.

There are two condo associations here with two separate clubhouses. Each has its own fitness center, swimming pool, and tennis courts. Other perks include a performance theater, gathering rooms, a sauna, a driving range practice net, bocce, horseshoes, and a koi pond.

Covered Bridge residents like to keep busy, and there are clubs and events for every interest, including Zumba, meditation, holiday parties, movies, flea markets, bus trips, and much more.

Chelsea Square - Morganville

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Located in the northern part of Monmouth County, Chelsea Square features new and resale condos built by Regal Homes. Upon completion, there will be 225 units with floor plans from 1,482 to 1,918 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, balconies, master bedrooms with walk-in closets, and two-car garages. Options include patios and gas fireplaces.

The modern clubhouse has sought-after amenities like a business center, exercise room, massage room, fireplace, catering kitchen, and a bar, plus an outdoor pool and walking trails.

Chelsea Square also has a full-time activities director who keeps homeowners’ social calendars full year-round. Morganville is only an hour from New York City and 10 minutes from PNC Bank Arts Center, a well-known concert venue.