Exterior view of the clubhouse at Meadows at Lake Ridge in Whiting, New Jersey

These 55+ communities in Southern New Jersey offer residents convenient community transit.

One of the greatest benefits of living in an active adult community is having a community transit bus. Not every one of these neighborhoods has one, but those that do provide a vital service for residents who cannot drive and others who would rather not. These shuttles take homeowners to grocery stores, pharmacies, or shopping malls. They're also often used for day trips as well, and the cost of these busses is normally included in your homeowners’ association (HOA) fee. Taking community transit is also an ideal way to spend quality time with friends—and to make new ones.

Active adult home seekers who are considering Southern New Jersey real estate will find 11 established 55+ communities that offer community transit buses. Size-wise, they range from 227 homes up to over 10,00, and we’ve organized four of them below from small to large. They're all well-established neighborhoods with a slew of amenities and activities to keep your social calendar busy enough to suit your lifestyle. Read on to learn what they each have to offer.

Meadows at Lake Ridge - Whiting, NJ

High $100s - Mid $200s

A desirable Ocean County address and a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse are just two of the compelling reasons to choose Meadows at Lake Ridge. With just 227 resale single-family homes, this community offers a private setting that’s less than 10 miles from the Garden State Parkway. It’s in the town of Whiting, which has a total of 11 active adult neighborhoods. This area is popular for many reasons, including its close proximity to Double Trouble State Park, Jersey Shore towns like Ortley Beach, and nearby grocery stores and other shops.

The seven floor plans range from 1,204 to 1,883 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Extras may include granite countertops, whirlpool tubs, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, paver patios, and wooded lots. There's a quarterly HOA fee that provides for trash and snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance.

That large clubhouse has several gathering and activity rooms as well as an exercise room with a locker area. There are also bocce ball, tennis, and shuffleboard courts alongside an outdoor pool and patio. There are community social groups like the book club, the Educators Group, bowling, travel club, and singles club; special events include holiday parties and pot luck dinners.

Learn more information about Meadows at Lake Ridge here.

Mystic Shores - Little Egg Harbor, NJ

Below $100k - High $100s

Mystic Shores is also in Ocean County but about half-an-hour south in Little Egg Harbor. It also has a stellar location, on the outskirts of Bass River State Forest and close to Long Beach Island. And when it comes time to run errands, nearby Route 9 has all the grocery stores and shops that you’ll need.

This 55+ community is mid-sized with 365 resale low-maintenance attached and single-family homes built on quiet, tree-lined streets. Most of the residences are single-families, with a limited number of attached homes. The 12 floor plans range from 930 to 1,760 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two baths, and attached garages. Options may include Florida rooms, dens, upgraded kitchens, and upgraded bathrooms. The HOA fee includes trash pickup and common area maintenance.

The welcoming community clubhouse provides a multi-purpose room, a ballroom, activity rooms, a fitness center, and a hobby/game room. It serves as a gathering place for holiday parties, Bingo, card games, yoga, and other community activities. When the weather warms up, neighbors enjoy the bocce ball courts, picnic area, and outdoor pool.

Learn more information about Mystic Shores here.

Leisuretowne - Southampton Township, NJ

Below $100k - High $200s

As one of New Jersey’s larger active adult communities, Leisuretowne has 2,225 resale low-maintenance attached and single-family homes on a large wooded property in Burlington County. It's within the Pinelands National Reserve, surrounded by lakes and woods, and near Brendan T. Byrne State Forest as well as the intersection of Routes 70 and 72. There are a select number of townhomes here, and most of the homes are single-families.

The 11 single-family floor plans range from 1,000 to over 2,300 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and one- or two-car attached garages. Upgrades include covered front porches, dens, remodeled bathrooms, and patios, and the reasonable HOA fee covers community services.

Within the property, there are four recreational buildings, two pools, and over 50 organized activities and clubs. There’s a fitness center, a library, meeting and activity rooms, a driving range, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and a catering kitchen. Favorite outings include line dancing, quilting, art club, and the Entertainment Club.

Learn more information about Leisuretowne here.

Holiday City at Berkeley - Toms River, NJ

Below $100k - Low $300s

When we told you it was big, we weren’t kidding: With 10,636 resale single-family homes, Holiday City at Berkeley is the biggest active adult neighborhood in the Garden State. Folks love living in Toms River because of its charming downtown area, its abundance of shops and services, and its proximity to Cattus Island County Park and Seaside Heights. This affordable 55+ community has over 20 floor plans ranging from 757 to 1,852 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one or two baths, and one- or two-car garages. Larger models have dens, sunrooms, and breakfast nooks. The monthly HOA fee provides for lawn care and common area maintenance.

Holiday City has five subdivisions, and each offers a clubhouse with a wide selection of amenities, including pools, sports courts, and activity rooms. Community-wide groups and events include exercise classes, fishing club, Mah Jongg, ceramics, a singles’ club, and planned trips.

Learn more information about Holiday City at Berkeley here.