These days, active adults in the market for new and resale homes have to move quickly, otherwise, they can lose the properties they have their hearts set on. This happens time and time again in 55+ communities across the country, many of which are located in Pennsylvania. There are currently 231 active adult neighborhoods throughout the state, and many are much more affordable than you might think.
Because there is so much attractive about Pennsylvania, it’s no wonder why the five communities we’ve profiled below offer available homes here one minute and gone the next. The rankings were sourced from 55places.com data, determined by the average number of days homes spent on the market in the given community.
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Read on to find out more about these dynamic, inviting neighborhoods.
High $100s - Mid $400s
Talk about a fast turnaround; the homes for sale in Foxfield average only 13.5 days on the market, and it is not hard to see why. Situated 24 miles southwest of Philadelphia and close to the Delaware state border, this popular 55+ community was completed in 2013 and has 520 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes. There are over a dozen floor plans, and resort-style amenities to enjoy throughout the year.
The five condo models range from 1,114 to 1,400 square feet, with one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, decks, and one-car garage parking on the building’s ground level. The four attached carriage home floor plans ranging from 1,708 to 1,836 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The single-family ranch models, which are sized from 1,586 and 1,831 square feet, have two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These thoughtfully designed homes may also have options like dens, patios, kitchen islands, and second-story loft bedrooms.
Foxfield’s indoor amenities are located at its 9,200 square foot clubhouse. Inside, residents have access to a pool, resistance whirlpool, grand room, catering kitchen, and multipurpose activity space. During the warmer months, residents can be found by the outdoor pool, on the tennis and bocce ball courts, or playing horseshoes. There’s also a 6-hole golf course, a putting green, an RV parking lot, and walking & biking trails, Less than five miles away, homeowners can reach a Walmart, grocery stores, and other shops. And while looking over this desirable community, don’t forget to check out the many different lifestyle activities that are open to all.
Mid $300s - High $400s
The condos at Meridian of Valley Square average just 15.29 days on the market. This Philadelphia area retirement community was completed in 2008 with 200 condos. The community features 12 floor plans ranging from 1,651 to 2,859 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one-car garages.
Models may include dens and options like gourmet kitchens, granite countertops, hardwood floors, and fireplaces. The homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers lawn and common area maintenance and snow removal. Living at Meridian of Valley Square includes access to the private clubhouse, which offers gathering rooms, an exercise room, and a catering kitchen. There’s also a heated outdoor pool as well as a walking trail and scenic ponds on the property.
Meridian of Valley Square is in Bucks County, which is known for its rolling hills, covered bridges, watersports, restaurants, farmers markets, and arts and culture. Popular attractions include the Bucks County Wine Trail, Ralph Stover State Park, and charming New Hope, PA. Meridian of Valley Square homeowners can also walk to the local Wegmans, Warrington Plaza, and The Shops of Valley Square.
High $400s - Mid $600s
This exclusive and intimate new community of 86 attached homes is also designed for active adult lifestyles. Homes for sale at Lennar's Waterloo Reserve are on the market for about 15.89 days before being scooped up, because of the thoughtfully designed floor plans and desirable Eastern PA location. This new neighborhood offers five attached models sized from 1,794 to 2,703 square feet, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Some also have exceptional upgrades like maple cabinets and 9-foot ceilings. These homes are built to be energy-efficient, too, with 50-gallon gas water heaters and programmable thermostats.
Waterloo Reserve’s HOA provides snow removal and lawn care, so residents need not worry about those tedious chores. This property also features walking trails throughout the grounds and its own community park. It is also close to Lincoln Highway, home to grocery stores, Target, Walmart, Lowes, and other familiar retailers. Nearby outdoor recreation hubs include the Whitford Country Club, the Chester Valley Trail, and Valley Forge. The community is also close to Longwood Gardens and the American Helicopter Museum.
High $100s - Low $200s
Next on our list is the 55+ community of Gwynedd Woods, where homes average just 16.6 days before going away. This community features 105 resale single-family homes ranging from 1,060 to about 1,770 square feet. These cozy homes offer two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options may include eat-in kitchens, cathedral ceilings, skylights, large laundry rooms, and extra storage.
Gwynedd Woods has a friendly clubhouse, with a catering kitchen and multipurpose room for community gatherings. Nearby landmarks include King of Prussia Mall and Talamore Country Club. It takes about an hour to get into Philly from North Wales, and Health Care needs can be met at area hospitals, including Abington Memorial and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. This community is also close to Routes 202 and 309, which allows quick access to Giant Food, Target, Redner’s, PetSmart, and a wide selection of restaurants.
Below $100k - High $100s
Homes in our last community, Park Plaza Condominiums, average only 17.18 days on the market. This well-established condo community does not have age restrictions but is home to many active retirees. There are 339 resale units with a good selection of studio and one to three-bedroom floor plans, ranging from 578 up to 1,867 square feet with one to two bathrooms.
Condos may have features like chef-style kitchens, stackable laundry units, hardwood floors, and updated bathrooms. Park Plaza Condominiums' HOA fees include common area maintenance, snow removal, cable TV, gas & electricity, air conditioning, and insurance. The building also offers a 24-hour front desk, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, and a doorman.
Park Plaza Condominiums is conveniently located close to Fairmount Park, Jefferson University Hospital, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Residents can also walk to do their shopping or use public transportation to get where they need to go.