Those of us who live in New Jersey are aware of just how lucky we are. There are few places in this country that offer such an incredible array of scenery, including farmlands, pinelands, beaches, and mountains. The state also provides excellent hospitals, led by medical organizations like Cooper University Health and Hackensack Meridian Health, and it is also home to The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, expansive shopping malls, and eclectic small towns.
Now that New Jersey is on your radar, we’re happy to let you know that there are 275 active adult communities here in the Garden State. They offer new or resale homes, and most of them have amenities like clubhouses and swimming pools.
Two of the state's newest 55+ communities are real standouts: Venue at Smithville Greene in South Jersey’s Burlington County, and Regency at Freehold in Central Jersey’s Monmouth County. Both offer new homes built by respected builders on properties in sought-after locations.
Here is the low-down on both.
Low $300s - Mid $300s
Eastampton is known for Smithville Park, which has 1,000 acres of parkland and Smithville Mansion, a historic landmark that offers teas, tours, and special events. These are both part of Smithville, a charming hamlet with small shops, restaurants, the Smithville Inn, and a lake for paddle boating. Builder Lennar Homes chose Eastampton as the backdrop for Venue at Smithville Greene, a gracious 55+ neighborhood planned for 452 new attached and single-family homes.
There are two attached carriage home models ranging from 1,554 or 2,111 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The three single-family models range from 1,728 to 1,936 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Lennar Homes has an “Everything’s Included” program, so all homes have elegant upgrades and open floor plans. Features in all plans include spacious master suites with walk-in closets, vaulted ceilings, and stainless steel appliances. Some models also offer bonus rooms, which homeowners may convert into extra bedrooms, dens, or offices.
The monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee provides for community services, including trash pickup, snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance. Residents can spend quality time at the private clubhouse, which will have a sports lounge, coffee bar, an exercise room with an aerobics studio, and hobby and gathering rooms. Outside, residents will find a heated swimming pool as well as tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts.
Venue at Smithville Greene is in Burlington County, about 30 miles from Philadelphia. The nearest hospital is Virtua Mount Holly, just 10 miles away. Nearby shops and services include ACME Markets, Shoprite, Rite Aid, and a PNC Bank. If you hop on Route 38 and head west, you’ll run into Eastgate Square Shopping Center and the Cherry Hill Mall.
Mid $500s - Low $700s
Construction began on this Monmouth County property last year, and plans call for 102 new single-family homes. Regency at Freehold is off of Route 33, less than two miles from historic Monmouth Battlefield State Park. It is also only a hop, skip and jump away from the Freehold Mall and Freehold Raceway, and it only takes half an hour to get to beach towns like Asbury Park.
There are eight low-maintenance one- and two-story floor plans ranging from 1,688 to 2,679 square feet. These luxury homes offer two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. Features include first-floor master suites, 10-foot ceilings, and spa-like master bathrooms. Many homes will also offer dens, studies, and covered backyard patios.
Regency’s HOA fee provides for trash and snow removal, water, lawn care, and management fees. The private clubhouse offers homeowners a fitness center, a heated outdoor pool, bocce ball and tennis courts, and several multi-purpose rooms.
Nearby Routes 9 and 33 have all the shops and services you need, like Shoprite, Dollar Tree, Walmart, banks, pharmacies, and salons. The closest hospitals are Centra State and Jersey Shore Medical Center, or you can drive a bit farther to Princeton, where you can find Penn Medicine Princeton Health. It takes around 90 minutes to drive to New York City, and there are plenty of public transit options available as well.