Arts and craft studios mean less mess and more opportunities to learn new skills.

Active adults that love crafting but would rather skip making a mess in their homes will appreciate 55+ communities that have their own arts and crafts studios. This way, everything is in one place and friends and family will have plenty of room to let their creative juices flow. Craft-tastic studios are a great perk to have, and these Northern New Jersey neighborhoods all have them. Many also have craft groups that meet in these studios, along with other clubs for games, sports, travel, parties, and other get-togethers.

If you're hoping to keep some clutter away from your house, enjoy your passion among neighbors, and even learn a new trick or two, these 55+ communities are for you.

Brookfield Glen - Belvidere

Mid $100s - High $100s

This intimate, 55+ condo community of 124 resale homes is in Warren County, just outside of the Pennsylvania border. Brookfield Glen's low-maintenance units are sized from 1,188 to 1,864 square feet and include one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and heated underground parking. Upgrades include fireplaces, kitchen islands, and private balconies. The community is near several wildlife preserves like Lake Marguerite and Roaring Rock Park. The clubhouse has three exercise rooms, a library, and the craft room, while there is also an outdoor pool and nature trails.

Greenbriar at Fox Ridge - Rockaway

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

This must-see, active adult community of 336 resale condos was built from 2008 to 2018 in Morris County, just minutes from Route 80, Mill Pond, Holstein Lake, and White Meadow Lake Country Club. Units in Greenbriar at Fox Ridge range from 979 to 1,997 square feet throughout seven models. They include one or two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and underground garage parking. The arts & crafts studio is housed in Greenbriar’s 16,000 square-foot clubhouse, which also includes a fitness center, indoor pool, and sauna. Outside, there is a pool and patio, tennis and bocce ball courts, and an expansive pavilion with a barbecue area. 

Nolan’s Ridge - Mount Arlington

Mid $200s - Mid $600s

Located just outside of Berkshire Valley Wildlife Management Area and Lake Hopatcong, Nolan’s Ridge offers a pristine setting for its 156 condo and single-family homes. Construction began in 2008 and it will have 60 single-family and 96 condo units when completed. The condos are housed in four buildings with eight floor plans sized from 1,482 to 1,867 square feet. These include two bedrooms, two baths, and assigned parking in an underground garage. The distinctive single-family homes are offered in seven models from 1,861 to 2,598 square feet. They have two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and a two-car garage. Crafters can gather in the studio, which is inside the private clubhouse. Additional amenities include a wine locker, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and bocce ball court

Wanaque Reserve - Wanaque

High $200s - Low $500s

It might be hard to pronounce, but Wanaque (WANNA-kyew) is in a bucolic section of Passaic County, nestled in between the Wanaque Reservoir, Ringwood State Park, and Campgaw Mountain Ski Area. Homeowners in Wanaque Reserve enjoy a prime location. There are 755 resale condo units built from 2004 to 2014. The property has ten five-story buildings, and the condos are sized from 1,768 to 2,119 square feet. Floor plans include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one-car garages. The Lodge is the community's 20,000 square-foot private clubhouse which features a stunning fitness center, indoor pool, bar, a movie theater, and the arts & crafts studio. Outside, there is a pool, tennis courts, and nature trails.

Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club - Woodland Park

High $300s - Low $700s

This prestigious, active adult community gives a great first impression, with a gated entrance and a dramatic waterfall to greet residents each time they come home. With 815 attached and condo resale units, Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club was built to impress in 2005 to 2018 by K. Hovnanian. There are six condo floor plans ranging from 1,426 to 1,765 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and a one-car garage. The four attached models range from 1,652 to 2,281 square feet with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and a two-car garage. The two courtyard model floor plans range from 2,162 to 2,907 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The arts & crafts studio is inside the 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, which includes an indoor pool with a retractable roof, a spa, fitness room, and library. There is also an outdoor pool, tennis courts, plus a driving range and putting green.