One of the best amenities that an active adult community can have is a restaurant in its clubhouse. You don’t have to cook, getting dressed up isn’t always necessary, and it’s within walking distance or a short drive to get there. Even better, you will likely run into a few friends to share a meal with.
On-site eateries at 55+ neighborhoods run the gamut from deli to cafe to fine dining. Some days it’s great to grab a salad or sandwich after working out at the fitness center, other times, only a gourmet, full-course dinner will suffice. Depending on your lifestyle, you might prefer one type of restaurant above others. Here are some Philadelphia area communities with a variety of choices.
Below $100k - High $200s
Centennial Station is an affordable, established condo community that has 410 condo units housed in 11 buildings. It is designed for busy, 55+ adults that seek convenient, low-maintenance lifestyles. It has its own professional center on the property, which includes a bank, dentist, hair salon, and a tasteful restaurant.
In addition, a private clubhouse includes an indoor pool and exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, as well as a library. Outside, there are shuffleboard and tennis courts, plus biking and walking trails. The condo sizes range from 456 to 1,412 square feet, with studio and two-bedroom options. An association fee provides for community landscaping, maintenance, and snow removal.
Warminster is a suburb located about 30 miles north of Philadelphia in desirable Bucks County. It is close to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making traveling easy. It is also just 20 minutes from the popular Neshaminy Mall. Warminster area golf clubs include Five Ponds and Spring Mill. For top-tier health care, many residents drive into Philadelphia, but excellent care is also available right in Warminster at Abington Health Center, which is part of Jefferson Health.
Low $200s - High $700s
Spread out over 800 acres in West Chester, Hershey’s Mill is an active adult community that boasts its own community center, the fabulous Hershey’s Mill Golf Course, and the Sullivan House historic mansion. Its restaurant and bar are housed in the golf course clubhouse, with a menu that features delicious main courses and light lunches. The clubhouse also has a pool, tennis, pickleball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and bocce, a golf practice facility, nature trails, and even its own television studio.
The community center features activity and game rooms, while the Sullivan House is used for banquets. Hershey’s Mill has 25 different villages with a total of 1,720 attached homes. They come in nine floor plans that range from 1,158 up to 3,153 square feet. They have one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one or two-car garages. There are dozens of activity groups, including a computer club, a ski club, and The Hershey’s Mill Players. The community also sponsors lectures, bus trips, and health and wellness classes.
High $300s - Low $500s
Indian Valley Greenes is a gated country club community about a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia, Its Indian Valley Country Club offers a challenging, 18-hole course, practice facilities, swimming pools, tennis courts, three dining rooms, and the Greenside Pub. The property also has sparkling ponds, gazebos, and walking and bicycling trails.
There are 96 generously sized townhomes ranging from 3,025 and 4,825 square feet, with three to four bedrooms and two-and-a-half to four bathrooms. There is an association fee to be a part of the homeowners' association. Telford is in Montgomery County, and nearby attractions include Country Creek Winery, bucolic Peace Valley Park, and the Sellersville Theater. Area hospitals include Grand View Health and St. Luke’s in Quakertown.