Finding the right retirement community isn’t just about location and price; today’s savvy active adult home seekers also value the importance of on-site amenities. Some of the most sought-after perks are swimming pools, fitness centers, bocce ball courts, hobby rooms, and ballrooms with catering kitchens. These are usually housed within community clubhouses, which serve as the heart and soul of 55+ neighborhoods.
These hubs of activity usually provide space for community activities and events, like book clubs, singles groups, guest speakers, and even line dancing. Some are homey and comfortable, while some of the larger ones will knock your socks off with their resort-style offerings.
Looking at Pennsylvania, there are 140 active adult neighborhoods with clubhouses. There are even communities that have more than one, like Hershey’s Mill. These clubhouses come in different sizes, and they cater to many different interests. If you plan to retire in PA and you want a clubhouse that you can get a lot of use out of, check out the communities we’ve chosen below. They have some of the biggest and best clubhouses in the state.
The peaceful suburb of Straban Township is three miles from Gettysburg, and it's home to the exceptional 55+ neighborhood of Amblebrook. Upon completion by builder Henley Corbelis, this new neighborhood will have 2,000 single-family homes and an appealing Town Center.
Amblebrook’s Rock Creek Club and Sports and Wellness Campus will have a ballroom, a demonstration kitchen, a media center, and an art studio. Dining options include the PreAmble Lounge & Bar, a wine tasting room, plus a coffee bar and juice bar. This upscale complex boasts a yoga studio, an indoor pickleball court, an indoor track, and an aquatic center with a pool and sauna. There’s also the Bayberry Spa, where homeowners can get a manicure or massage.
Construction is still underway at Amblebrook as multiple builders work on energy-efficient, modern single-family homes with large master suites, gourmet kitchens, and environmentally friendly features. This community provides a luxury farm-to-table lifestyle on a property surrounded by lakes, streams, trails, and parks.
Mid $300s - Low $500s
As you enter the gates of The Villages of Flowers Mill, you'll be impressed by the well-maintained homes and picturesque walking trails. The modern, welcoming clubhouse offers homeowners a computer room, an arts and crafts studio, a well-equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom, and a catering kitchen. Outdoor amenities include a practice putting green, bocce ball, tennis, and walking trails. What’s more, there are dozens of clubs and activities for almost any interest you can think of.
Completed in 2004 by McGrath Homes and Realen Homes, The Villages has 675 resale attached and single-family homes. The attached homes range from 1,488 to 2,300 square feet with two bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached garages. The eight single-family models range from 1,432 to 2,117 square feet with two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and garages. Options include dens, fireplaces, and sunrooms.
Mid $200s - High $300s
Traditions of America 55+ communities are known for their resort-style clubhouses, and their Silver Spring property doesn’t disappoint. Set about half-an-hour outside of Harrisburg, this desirable community will have 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes when work is complete.
The 12,500-square-foot clubhouse is a convenient place to work out, relax, and socialize. Its large fitness center has locker rooms, a sauna, a Pilates studio, and an aerobics studio, plus an indoor whirlpool spa. There’s also a banquet room, a gathering room, a catering kitchen, a theater, and a café, plus a business center and a library. Outside, you'll find a second pool, a bocce ball court, walking trails, and a community garden.
Well-attended group activities (there's a full-time lifestyle director on staff) include holiday parties, water aerobics, barn dances, lobster bakes, and kayaking trips. Homeowners can also get to the closest Wegmans and Walmart within minutes, and residents enjoy taking day trips to local attractions like The National Civil War Museum and Hersheypark.
The six attached models range from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages, while the single-families range from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet with the same features. Options include patios, tray ceilings, porches, and butler’s pantries.
Low $200s - High $400s
The Alden Club community clubhouse is one of the biggest you'll find, and it was built to please with a modern exercise room, an indoor pool with lap lanes, a beauty salon, a ballroom, a catering kitchen, a game room, and a library. Outside on its 270 acres, there are walking and biking trails as well as a lovely lake for fishing and canoeing. Alden Place also has direct access to the Lebanon Valley Rails to Trails, a 12.5-mile trail and wildlife habitat. Also, the closest golf course is Fairview, and it takes about 10 minutes to get to the GIANT grocery store.
Plans call for a total of 505 new and resale attached and single-family homes, designed by Alden Homes. There's a wide variety of models, ranging from 1,449 to 2,505 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and attached garages. These refined homes have options like dens, patios, and decks.