Oak Point is a wonderful 55+ community that offers active adults new and resale homes.

Oak Point is a wonderful 55+ community that offers active adults new and resale homes.

Middleborough is a colonial town in the heart of southeastern Massachusetts and home to Oak Point, a 55+ age-restricted community for active adults. Its close proximity to Boston, Plymouth and Cape Cod makes it ideal for those who not only enjoy the four seasons, but are looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle within driving distance of some of the best attractions the region has to offer.

Hometown America Communities started developing the property in 2008, which is expected to feature around 890 single-family homes upon completion. All residences are custom-factory built with four floor plans ranging from 1,530 to 1,855 square feet and up to three bedrooms, two baths, and an attached garage for either one or two cars. Buyers can further customize their homes with gourmet kitchens, hardwood flooring and carpeting, Energy Star appliances, and a screened-in porch or sun room.

An annual homeowners' association fee covers lawn care, snow removal and common-area maintenance, leaving residents free to pursue favorite interests both inside and outside the neighborhood — and there is plenty to see and do either way.

At the center of the community is a large clubhouse offering resort-style amenities. It houses a well-appointed fitness center, indoor pool, gymnasium and activity rooms dedicated to billiards, card games, and arts and crafts. Parties and social gatherings are held throughout the year in the ballroom, and residents can also relax in a cozy, on-site library complete with a fireplace.

A ballroom is just one of the many social spaces that hosts fun events and activities in Oak Point.

A ballroom is just one of the many social spaces that hosts fun events and activities in Oak Point.

During the warmer months, homeowners can take advantage of several outdoor facilities as well. Two heated pools are surrounded by large patios for lounging in the sun or socializing. A picnic and barbecue area are available for entertaining family and friends, and there are many opportunities for staying fit with two tennis courts, bocce ball and shuffleboard courts, and several meandering walking paths.

Just beyond the property, surrounding Middleborough encourages a community atmosphere among residents. One of the highlights of summer is the Krazy Days street fair, held for two days around the beginning of August. Local shops host sidewalk sales, while booths for arts, crafts and food fill the downtown main streets. The festival also features live entertainment and fun things to do for visiting grandkids.

Middleborough is known as "the cranberry capital of the world" because of its central location along the Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Trail. From the end of summer through mid-November both the town, and region, celebrate with guided tours of local farms and harvest festivals.

The white sandy beaches of Cape Cod are within driving distance of Middleborough and invite day trips for whale watching, lighthouse tours, shopping or biking, or dining in one of the area's premier restaurants. Plymouth is another short distance away, about 20 minutes by car. Visitors can take a historical walking tour of the town, or go fishing or shopping. Finally, about 45 minutes north of Middleborough, the city of Boston needs no introduction. Its postcard-perfect downtown is rich in early American history and has it all, from sports venues to shops and restaurants.

Active adults who are looking for an easygoing lifestyle in the heart of the Northeast will appreciate Oak Point's small-town charm, low-maintenance housing and convenient location.