Living near a city like Philadelphia can sound pricey, but that's not always the case.

William Penn certainly had the right idea when he founded Philadelphia. As the state’s largest city, Philly has a renowned history and culture that draws active adults to this area. The city was first settled around 1640, around 40 years later the King of England granted Mr. Penn the land that eventually became Pennsylvania. 

Ben Franklin later helped pave the way for the American Revolution when Philly was our nation’s capital during this war. The Constitution and Declaration of Independence were both signed here, and historic sites like the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park were built to commemorate the birth of our nation.

Modern-day traditions and landmarks reflect Philly’s evolution, and attractions like the Kimmel Center, Reading Terminal and The Franklin Institute offer music, delicious food, and scientific discoveries. And let’s not forget the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, Old City, and the never-ending list of top-tier restaurants and local culinary traditions. This city also holds widely attended annual events, like the Mummers’ Parade, the Philadelphia Auto Show, the Chinese Lantern Festival, the African American History & Cultural Showcase, and the Italian Market Festival.

As with other large cities, Philadelphia excels in education and healthcare. Some of the best university hospitals on the east coast are here, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson University Hospital, and Hahnemann University Hospital.

There is only one active adult community located in Philadelphia proper, The Arbours at Eagle Pointe, with homes in the high $200s to the mid $500s range. Living in the city can be costly, so 55+ home seekers that expand their search to the suburbs can find some desirable, lower priced homes for sale in Pennsylvania.

Village of Willow Run - Royersford

Below $100k - Mid $100s

The suburb of Royersford is in Limerick Township, about 30 miles north of the city, in Montgomery County. The Village of Willow Run is one of the most affordably priced active adult communities in this area, and has 150 resale single-family, ranch-style homes. Built between 1999 and 2003, the homes feature two to three bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached one or two-car garages.

The private clubhouse has a multi-purpose room, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool. A homeowners' association fee covers costs for trash removal, clubhouse access, and pool maintenance. The surrounding area offers many shopping outlets, golfing at Raven’s Claw Golf Club and Landis Creek (to name a few), and easy access to Route 422.

Village of Buckingham Springs - New Hope

Mid $100s - High $200s

The charming village of New Hope has eclectic shops, trendy restaurants, and the 55+ community of Village of Buckingham Springs. With 646 resale single-family homes, this established neighborhood is in a prime location for active adults who are seeking a vibrant lifestyle. The mid-sized homes come in nine floor plans from 1,056 to 1,680 square feet. They have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and off-street parking or attached garages. A monthly homeowners' association fee provides for trash and snow removal, common area maintenance, and bus trips.

The clubhouse includes indoor bocce, an exercise room, and a ballroom. There's also a heated, outdoor pool. Residents get together for many activities and clubs, like cards, casino trips, dinner dances, shopping trips, and aerobics. New Hope is in Bucks County, about an hour north of Philadelphia. It is also just across the Delaware River from Lambertville, NJ, which is home to many antique shops, museums, and restaurants.

The Greens at Westover - Norristown

Mid $100s - High $100s

The Greens at Westover is a haven for golf aficionados, as it is just minutes from the greens at Westover Golf Club and Jefferson Golf Club. This active adult neighborhood is about 22 miles from Philly and has 306 charming resale condos.

These condos average around 775 to 1,271 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one to two baths. Residents spend quality time at the private clubhouse, enjoying the comfy lounge, activity rooms, and indoor pool. There are also several walking and biking trails on the property.

Manatawny Village - Pottstown

High $100s - Low $200s

With just 153 new and resale attached homes, Manatawny Village is a newer 55+ community about 40 miles outside of downtown Philadelphia. It is conveniently located minutes away from everything an active adult would need, like a Target, an AMC Movie Theater, and a Walmart Supercenter.

There are three attached floor plans sized from 1,056 to 1,948 square feet. These homes feature two bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two baths, and attached garages. Upgrades may include lofted second levels and basements. Plans are underway for a private clubhouse for homeowners. Outdoorsy types can head over to Memorial Park, which has trails, pavilions, and a dog park, while the Schuylkill River Trail is also nearby.

Bucktown Crossing - Pottstown

High $100s - Mid $200s

Bucktown Crossing is another newer active adult neighborhood in Pottstown, though it is smaller in scale. There will be 72 new and resale condos upon completion. It is located around 10 minutes from downtown, and the Tri County Active Adult Center.

Bucktown’s layout consists of four three-story buildings, with six condos per floor, and underground parking. The models range from 1,050 to 1,500 square feet, with one or two bedrooms, and one-and-a-half to two bathrooms. The community clubhouse will include an outdoor pool, an exercise room, tennis and shuffleboard, and activity rooms.