One of the best assets an active adult community can have is a lifestyle director or an Activity Department. Sure, a state-of-the-art clubhouse is a big draw, but these vibrant, inspiring community leaders keep residents healthy, socially active, and thriving. Good lifestyle directors organize events and encourage homeowners to join in on the fun. Responsibilities vary depending on the community, but they can include planning events, scheduling classes, and sending out community newsletters.
Active adults seeking homes for sale in New Jersey will do themselves well to target communities that have lifestyle directors or Activity Departments. Whether you want to be closely involved or just a casual participant, having this resource can make a difference in how much you enjoy your retirement.
Here are five 55+ New Jersey neighborhoods with lifestyle directors.
High $200s - Mid $400s
The aptly-named 55+ community of Paramount Escapes Ocean Breeze is less than 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and it will have 90 new and resale single-family homes when completed. This gated neighborhood has a Lifestyle Pavilion with a grand salon, a fitness room, an indoor pool, a ballroom, a screening room, and a lifestyle director. There are also sports courts, an outdoor pool, and scenic lakes and ponds on the grounds. Favorite group activities include ski club, water aerobics, the Corvette Club, and the annual Kentucky Derby Party.
Paramount’s floor plans range from 1,866 to 2,693 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, spacious bedroom suites, and two-car garages. Options include fireplaces, granite countertops, sunrooms, and second-story lofts.
Paramount Escapes is off Route 72 and near the Garden State Parkway, close to a Target, a Walmart, a Best Buy, restaurants, and the Stafford Square Mall. The highly-rated Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center is only three miles away, and it's surrounded by smaller medical offices for outpatient appointments.
Low $700s - Mid $1Ms
This exclusive, gated neighborhood is in Somerset County, and it offers 160 resale attached and single-family homes. It was built from 2007 to 2014, and within its gates, you'll find a lifestyle director and an elegant clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, a fireplace lounge, a fitness center, and bocce ball courts. Homeowners also enjoy the seven community gardens, outdoor fireplace, and walking trails. Community-wide activities include water aerobics Corvette Club, movie nights, and ski club.
There's a select number of townhomes with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, first-floor master suites, private patios or decks, and two-car garages. The single-family models range from 2,502 to 3,242 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, gourmet kitchens, full basements, and attached two-car garages.
Four Seasons is just down the road from a shopping center that has an ACME, a Walgreens, coffee shops, and restaurants. If you drive over to Route 22, you'll run into more shops and services as well as Washington Rock State Park and Warrenbrook Golf Course.
Low $100s - High $300s
With affordable home prices and a busy Activity Department, Clearbrook is well-suited for busy lifestyles. This established, gated 55+ community was built from 1972 to 1993, with 2,026 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes. There's a wide variety of floor plans available, from cozy condos to two-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch homes with attached garages. Options include dens, patios, and hardwood floors.
Clearbrook has a large clubhouse and a cultural center; they provide two outdoor pools, a fitness center, a health center, an outdoor amphitheater, and gathering rooms. There’s also a 9-hole championship golf course as well as pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball courts. There are too many groups and activities to list here, but rest assured that there's something for every interest.
Nearby shops and services include grocery stores, Walgreens, and Walmart. Clearbrook is also just 12 miles east of Princeton, which has top hospitals, educational institutions, and a trendy downtown area with interesting shops and restaurants.
Low $400s - Mid $700s
Just five miles from Clearbrook, Regency at Monroe will have 1,200 new and resale single-family homes when work is complete. The lifestyle director can often be found at its Regency Clubhouse, which boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor pool. Additional indoor amenities include a business center, a multimedia theater, and a ballroom. Other leisurely pursuits include playing on the nine-hole golf course, swimming at the resort-style outdoor pool, enjoying a game of bocce ball, or joining one of the many clubs.
Regency’s 16 floor plans are sized from 1,884 to 3,120 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two- to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Many homes also feature gourmet kitchens, luxury bathrooms, and first-floor master suites.
Low $400s - Low $700s
Our second K. Hovnanian 55+ community on this list is Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club, an upscale, gated property with 814 resale condo and attached homes in Passaic County. Near the Garden State Parkway and Route 46, the community is in a convenient location by grocery and gourmet food stores, restaurants, medical offices, Montclair State University, and Mills Reservation County Park.
Completed in 2018, Four Seasons has an exceptional clubhouse highlighted by an indoor pool with a retractable roof. This facility also has a fitness center, a ballroom, an outdoor pool, and sports courts. The community’s lifestyle director organizes exercise classes, the choral group, and the Women’s Film Club.
The condo homes range from 1,426 to 1,765 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and one-car garages, and the attached homes range from 1,652 to 2,281 square feet with two bedrooms, two- or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages. Upgrades include dens, French doors, and tray ceilings.