The debate over North Jersey vs. South Jersey is ongoing, but Somerset County defies categorization by being situated in central NJ. Known affectionately as the “heart of New Jersey” by locals, Somerset County is home to working farms, charming small towns, abundant open space, about easy access to both New York City and Philadelphia. It is quite travel-friendly too, with an Amtrak station in New Brunswick and Newark International Airport nearby.
In addition to farmers' markets, landmarks like Hidden Spring Lavender Farm in Skillman make for excellent outings. The Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge is a historic performing arts center, and Duke Farms in Hillsborough boasts over 1,000 acres of wildlife and beautiful landscapes. And if this isn’t enough, a peek at the county’s monthly calendar of events showcases art exhibits, fairs, baseball games, and more. Golf is also a favorite pastime for residents, and the Somerset County Park Commission sponsors six public courses and hosts online tee-time booking.
Somerset County is also home to multiple active adult communities that provide a low-maintenance lifestyle, resort-style amenities, and a variety of condo floor plans. Read on to learn just a few.
Low $300s - Low $600s
This Del Webb active adult community has 755 resale condo and single-family homes built on 246 acres about three miles from Colonial Park. Completed in 2007, Somerset Run offers five floor plans and a wide selection of amenities for its homeowners.
The condos are housed in three-story buildings that have garage parking and elevators. Units range from 1,763 to 1,781 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Stone Manor, Somerset Run’s clubhouse, features indoor and outdoor pools, a modern fitness center with saunas and lockers, a wellness center, a sports lounge, a ballroom, and an education center. Additional perks include a putting green, walking trails, bocce, shuffleboard, and tennis. This community also sponsors activities, like casino nights, classes, dances, parties, trips, and its own softball league.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding area as well, as Somerset Run is a short drive from the New Brunswick City Center. Though New Brunswick is a college town at heart, retirees head here to dine at highly-rated restaurants, including The Frog and The Peach and Steakhouse 85. The Zimmerli Art Museum is also worth exploring, and the George Street Playhouse and the Stress Factory Comedy Club provide music, laughs, and entertainment.
Mid $300s - Low $600s
Also located in the city of Somerset, Canal Walk is known for having a wide variety of home choices and resort-style amenities. Builders Premier Homes and Garden Homes both have a presence here, and, upon completion, this gated active adult neighborhood will have 1,200 condo, attached, and single-family homes.
There are five collections with a total of seven condo models ranging from 1,503 to 1,838 square feet. No matter the size, these homes are all well-appointed with modern options and constructed with quality materials.
The Premier Club is the main clubhouse and a big draw for homeowners. It has its own business center, demonstration kitchen, crafts room with a kiln, cafe, salon, ballroom, and activity rooms. You can also find a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms and saunas, a wellness center, pickleball, tennis, bocce, and a putting green.
It doesn’t stop there, though—activities like Aquacise classes, the choral group, oil painting class, the singles club, bus trips, and the Grandparents Club assure that everyone’s own social calendars are full to the brim.
Low $200s - High $400s
If you prefer a smaller 55+ community, Hearthstone at Hillsborough fits the bill. This Ryan Homes-built development was finished in 2013 and has 185 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes. The condos are found within secured buildings, and each unit is about 1,390 square feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The buildings also have elevator access.
The private clubhouse features a modern fitness room, a library, and a card room. Outside, there is a sparkling pool as well as bocce ball and tennis courts. Groups can get together for Mahjong, bridge, a book club, and holiday parties.
Hillsborough Township is on the outskirts of Colonial Park, an expansive multi-use recreational area with trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and the Spooky Brook Golf Course. Other area landmarks include the Hillsborough Promenade shopping center and the scenic Sourland Mountain Preserve.