New Jersey is one of the best places for active adults to live on the East Coast. It offers easy access to major metro areas like Baltimore, Wilmington, Philly, and New York City. It also has miles of shorelines and delightful small towns. Atlantic City offers world-class casinos, while the revitalized Camden Waterfront has the Adventure Aquarium and Battleship NJ. Jersey also has top medical centers like Hackensack Hospital and MD Anderson. There's also over 200 golf courses, incredible shopping malls like Garden State Plaza, and endless acres of parks, mountains, and farmlands.
With all this, it’s hard to believe that there are so many affordable 55+ communities in the state. Have a look at some of our top choices.
Lions Head North - Brick
This established, mid-sized community of 360 attached and single-family homes are located in the quaint waterfront town of Brick, just minutes from the Metedeconk River. Nearby beach towns like Point Pleasant Beach and Seaside Heights are minutes away. Forge Pond Golf Course, Hackensack Meridian Health, Ocean Medical Center, and a Walmart Supercenter are also all nearby.
Lions Head North's attached and single-family homes range from 1,000 to 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two baths, and one-car garages. There is a community clubhouse with a library and activity rooms, an outdoor pool, tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard.
Rossmoor Village - Monroe
Homeowners at the golf course community of Rossmoor Village enjoy plenty at this Middlesex County community. It consists of 2,303 condos, attached, and single-family homes were built from 1965 to 1991. It is in Central NJ right off Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike. Rossmoor’s convenient location puts its residents in close proximity to Concordia Shopping Center, Freehold Raceway Mall, grocery stores, movie theaters, and beauty salons, while Forsgate Country Club is three minutes away.
With over 40 floor plans ranging from the smallest 590 square foot condo to the largest 2,259 square foot single family, this neighborhood has something for everyone. There’s also a large clubhouse, fitness center, craft studios, two libraries, an outdoor pool, three tennis courts, bocce, R.V. parking, and an 18-hole golf course.
The Renaissance Club - Mt. Laurel
The Renaissance Club is an active adult community of 500 attached and condo homes that were built from 1985 to 1989 by Orleans in desirable Burlington County. Mount Laurel is a thriving suburb not far from Philadelphia. The area is packed with shopping malls, scenic parks, and is quite close to top hospitals like Virtua Hospital and Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
All of the cozy units are anywhere from 900 to 1,200 square feet with one to two bedrooms and bathrooms each, as well as attached one-car garages. The neighborhood features a lovely clubhouse, an outdoor pool, tennis court, bocce, and shuffleboard.
Pheasant Run at Barnegat - Barnegat
Pheasant Run is an established, 55+ community of 379 single family homes in sought-after Ocean County, just 10 minutes from Barnegat Bay. Residents have everything they need just down the road, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and charming downtown Barnegat Township. There are five floor plans ranging from 1,034 to 1,784 square feet. Most are ranch-style with two beds and baths, while two-story models may also be available. Upgrades can include attached garages, patios, and sprinkler systems.
A reasonable homeowners’ association fee covers property maintenance. Residents enjoy the private clubhouse, an outdoor saltwater pool, tennis, picnic area, and horseshoe pits. Social clubs include bingo, a golf club, an exercise group, a singles club, and a travel club.
Covered Bridge - Manalapan
Covered Bridge in Monmouth County appeals to 55+ homebuyers that are looking for low-maintenance living in a large, friendly community. Built from 1972 to 1982, this K. Hovnanian-built neighborhood has 1,557 condo and attached homes. Monmouth Battlefield State Park and Covenhoven House are listed among the area’s top attractions; Freehold Raceway Mall and other shopping centers provide everything that these homeowners need.
On-site, there are two clubhouses with exercise rooms, activity and game rooms, a performance theater, an outdoor pool, a driving range as well as tennis, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. There are also dozens of clubs and groups for every activity and interest imaginable.