February is upon us once again, which means the nation’s biggest sporting event is right around the corner. While watching the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots this Sunday, you might be interested in more than just which team will take home the Lombardi Trophy -- like which team’s city would make a better retirement location.
Last year, we explored the differences between Super Bowl finalists Atlanta and New England, both home to a great selection of 55-plus communities. Thanks to Tom Brady’s seemingly endless dominance, we’ll get to look at the selection in the Boston area again. Fortunately, there are approximately 50 communities in the area to choose from. Heading south towards Philadelphia, active adults will find over 90 communities in the larger metropolitan area. These two early-American cities have a lot in common when it comes to lifestyle. Their climates are roughly the same, they have suburban communities with easy access to downtown areas, public transportation, and world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Combined, both cities are home to some of the most important American artifacts, like the Liberty Bell, Paul Revere House, Independence Hall, Boston Tea Party Museum, and many more. With so many similarities, the best way to choose a retirement destinations won’t be the cities themselves, and it hopefully won’t be a football game either. Knowing that – and in the spirit of competition – let’s take a look at some of the most popular active adult communities in the Boston and Philadelphia areas and see how they match up.
Oak Point – Middleborough, MA
The largest community in Massachusetts is Oak Point, which includes 890 single-family homes. Hometown America began construction on this leafy community in 2008. Oak Point is home to a clubhouse with a fitness center, indoor pool, gymnasium, and several game and event rooms. Outside, there are two outdoor pools, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and shuffleboard courts. It’s not a shock to learn that this picturesque New England community has become one of the favorites among retirees in the Boston area
Hershey’s Mill – West Chester, PA
Construction on the Philadelphia area’s largest community began in 1978 and was completed in 2006. The attached homes in Hershey’s Mill come in a variety of floor plans, ranging in size from 1,158 to 3,153 square feet. The community has everything an active adult desires, including a clubhouse, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, gardening plots, and an 18-hole golf course. Also on the grounds is The Sullivan House, a historic mansion that’s been restored for large community gatherings. It is the perfect blend of modern living and historical appreciation in one the country’s most important metro areas.
Regency at Emerald Pines – Methuen, MA
Toll Brothers began construction on this gated community in 2015. Upon completion, Regency at Emerald Pines will have 140 single-family homes. Amenities in the community include a clubhouse with a fitness center, aerobics studio, gathering room, and bar. Outdoors, residents will find a heated pool, putting green, and community garden. Active adults looking for modern, newly built homes in Massachusetts can look no further than Regency at Emerald Pines. Its ideal location provides residents with a wooded escape from the city while still being less than an hour away from Boston.
The Arbours at Eagle Pointe – Philadelphia, PA
As a desire for more urban age-restricted communities grow, many builders are attempting the challenge of planning 55-plus communities in a dense city. The Arbours at Eagle Pointe is the only active adult community on the list located in the city limits of the two Super Bowl teams, albeit right on the outer limits of Philadelphia. Westrum began construction in 2008 and the community will include 398 homes once complete. Homeowners enjoy a clubhouse, exercise room, billiards room, and pub. Outside, residents have access to a pool, bocce ball court, shuffleboard court, and ample green space.
Red Mill Village – Norton, MA
Much like Oak Point, Red Mill Village fits snugly into the New England lifestyle. The quaint community offers residents park space and leafy views that make for great fall foliage come autumn. Those 50 or above can purchase a single-family or attached home that fits their low-maintenance needs. Amenities include a meeting house, outdoor pool, gardening plots, and walking trails.
The Villas at Five Ponds – Warminster, PA
This 250-home community was completed in 2012 and offers the low-maintenance lifestyle so many crave. Residents take advantage of the clubhouse that includes a formal ballroom, exercise room, and indoor pool. There’s also an outdoor pool, tennis court, and golf course. The quad-style homes are a great way to downsize without losing the luxury residents are used to. On top of that, its location near Philadelphia means it’s always easy to get to Eagles’ games in the fall.