If you're looking at retirement communities in West Long Island, it's reassuring to know that the majority of them are gated neighborhoods. This provides homeowners with a bit of added security, giving them one less thing to worry about. For interested homebuyers, we've compiled a selection of gated 55+ communities in this region and highlighted what they have to offer.
Low $400s - Mid $500s
The majority are condos, and the five floor plans all offer 968 square feet, one or two bedrooms, and one-and-a-half or two bathrooms. Each unit has an outdoor terrace, a washer and dryer, and one parking spot in front of the building. The 1,400-square-foot attached model offers two bedrooms, two baths, soaring ceilings, and two outdoor spaces. These elegant homes have options like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and patios. The homeowners' association (HOA) fee provides for snow and trash removal as well as landscaping.
Homeowners can participate in fun activities like holiday parties, barbecues, and exercise classes. Some take place at the community clubhouse, which has multipurpose rooms, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool.
Low $400s - Mid $400s
This newer 55+ community was completed in 2017 with 261 resale condos and sought-after amenities. The Club at Melville has a large number of floor plans ranging from 1,037 to 1,282 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, ceramic tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, designer countertops, and assigned parking spots.
The private clubhouse is the community’s hub for activities, with a catering kitchen and bar, a party room, a great room, and an exercise room. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool and patio that offers respite from the hot weather in the summertime.
The Club at Melville is close to the Long Island Expressway, and there are familiar stores like ShopRite, Target, and Walmart nearby. Popular attractions include Adventureland (grandkids will love it), Bethpage Black Golf Course, and West Hills County Park. The closest public beaches are Jones Beach, Rockaway, and Oak Beach.
High $400s - Mid $1Ms
This prestigious neighborhood is known for its Club on the Greens, which has a fitness center, saunas, an indoor pool, and a restaurant. There’s also an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and walking trails on the grounds. Homeowners can join the golf club for an additional fee, and they're also welcome to participate in community events like card games, musical performances, and the yearly holiday fair.
The two condo floor plans range from 1,100 to 1,140 square feet with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, walk-in closets, and private outdoor space. The attached models offer 1,940 to 3,200 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. You can expect to find options like eat-in kitchens, vaulted ceilings, wood flooring, and gourmet kitchens in these beautiful homes.
High $200s - Mid $400s
Snug Harbor is an established, affordable 55+ neighborhood of 176 resale attached homes built from 1970 to 1974. This community is located in Amityville, and there's a private marina with boat slips that leads right into Oyster Bay. There's also a community clubhouse, which has an outdoor pool and patio, a tennis court, a multipurpose room, a game room, and a gathering room.
The three floor plans range from 935 to 1,334 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Options may include balconies off the master bedroom, hardwood floors, large closets, and patios. There's plenty of parking in the community, and the HOA fees cover ground care, snow removal, and external upkeep.
There's a Stop 'n Shop grocery store and a coffee shop right next to Snug Harbor, and nearby Route 27 has more services, restaurants, and bait shops. The closest library is within walking distance, and the nearest hospital is St. Joseph. Area points of interest include Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall and Tackapausha Museum and Preserve.
Low $400s - Mid $500s
Our final entry is also the closest to the Big Apple, about 32 miles to the east. The Seasons at East Meadow is a friendly 55+ community of 404 resale condos completed in 2012. The three floor plans range from 1,030 to 1,300 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, patios, basements or lofts, and an assigned parking space.
The modern clubhouse has indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a cinema room, and a library. There’s even a dog park right on the property, and a long list of clubs and activities to keep residents busy. The Seasons at East Meadow has a desirable location just outside of Eisenhower Park and Nassau University Medical Center.