Discover the 55+ Communities of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg residents enjoy life on the Susquehanna River and several other great spots for outdoor recreation.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has the best of both worlds: an intimate metropolitan city with a small-town feel. Almost all of Harrisburg’s western border meets up with Susquehanna River, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. One of the most beloved recreation areas here is Riverfront Park, poised on the riverbanks right by Harvey Taylor Bridge.

Known for its yearly events and festivals, it is also popular with hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Another well-known landmark is the National Civil War Museum, the country’s only museum that features both the Confederate and Union sides of the story. There are many other exciting adventures to be had in Harrisburg, like grabbing delicious treats at the Broad Street Market, checking out galleries at the Millworks, or leisurely cruising on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat.

Since Harrisburg is the state capital, active adults that retire here can benefit from being so close to all of the action.  Harrisburg International Airport is easier to navigate than some of the country’s larger ones, and driving into the city is easy via Interstates 81 and 84. The main health care system in this area is Pinnacle, which provides a full range of hospitals and specialty care centers. With everything it has to offer, Harrisburg area is a sure-win for active adult homebuyers. Here are some of the top 55+ communities in this region.

The Pond at Fulling MillMiddletown

High $200s

Interior view of a kitchen island overlooking stainless steel appliances.
Residents of The Pond at Fulling Mill can take advantage of modern kitchens.

The hamlet of Middletown is about 20 minutes southeast of Harrisburg and is home to The Pond at Fulling Mill, a active adult neighborhood. This community offers 83 attached homes, including four quads, 55 townhomes, and six duplexes. These affordable homes have first-floor master suites, two-car garages, and full basements.

The 16-acre property also has a modern clubhouse, an exercise room, and nature trails. Middletown is very close to the Harrisburg Airport and Penn State Harrisburg, and its center of town has many grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and several borough parks

Traditions of America at Silver SpringMechanicsburg

Low $300s – Low $700s

Aerial view of the outdoor pool and patio at Traditions of America at Silver Spring.
Homeowners here enjoy a variety of amenities that provide an active lifestyle. 

Mechanicsburg is just across the Susquehanna from Harrisburg. It is also the location of the 55+ neighborhood Traditions of America at Silver Spring. With 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes, this expansive newer development has a floor plan to fit every lifestyle.

There are 13 floor plans spanning both single-family and attached, They range from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Upgrades may include porches, patios, and attractive master suites.

The vibrant community offers amenities such as a clubhouse with a banquet room, a catering kitchen, a theater, a café, a fitness center, and an indoor whirlpool and sauna. Outdoors, there is a heated pool, a community garden, and trails for walking and biking. One of the closest shopping malls, Capital City, is about 10 minutes away and in-town shopping centers include Silver Spring Commons and Windsor Park.

Creek ViewCarlisle

Mid $100s – Mid $200s

Aerial view of Carlisle, PA with a partly cloudy sky.
Residents of Creek View enjoy a rural and private setting outside the city.

Creek View is a bit farther west of Harrisburg, tucked into a private, rural setting in Carlisle. This community offers 305 new and resale single-family homes are ranch-style, with over 20 different floor plans. They range from 1,202 to 1,750 square feet and include two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options include dens and porches. Homeowners can also choose a maintenance package for their landscaping and snow removal, with different pricing options available.

The private clubhouse has a multipurpose room, a spacious patio, and gas grills. There is also a walking trail, a fishing pond, and available RV parking. Carlisle is known for its extensive military history, with landmarks like the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center and the Molly Pitcher statue. It is also close to the Appalachian Trail, a great area to enjoy hiking, biking, and other outdoor pursuits.

CarmellaMechanicsburg

High $200s – Mid $300s

Covered bridge spanning the Yellow Breeches at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA
Mechanicsburg homeowners enjoy living in a scenic region close to Harrisburg.

Carmella is a smaller 55+ neighborhood also on the young side, with 190 new and resale attached duplex and triplex carriage homes in a peaceful, wooded setting. These homes range from 1,513 to 2,566 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. All of the models feature first-floor master suites, and options include dens, patios, and lofts. 

A homeowners’ association fee covers maintenance costs and other items. Residents can spend quality time at the outdoor pool and patio during the warmer months. The clubhouse also has its own library, exercise room, and a kitchen area. There are also several highly rated golf courses in town, including Rich Golf and Armitage Golf Club. Carmella is also just minutes away from the downtown area, which has a Wegman’s, Kohls, Best Buy, Walmart, and dozens of restaurants. 

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

Lounge chairs beside the outdoor pool at New Horizons South Bay in Torrance, California.

55+ Communities in Torrance, CA

Ready to get a look at the kind of homes available in Southern California? Read on to explore a sampling of five 55+ communities in Torrance. You can also contact 55places.com to find your perfect community in the Los Angeles area.

Looking down the sidewalk on a Naples street with shops and restaurants.

Luxury 55+ Communities in Naples, Florida

Naples, FL is known as a place of luxury. Home to high-end brands, swanky restaurants, and oceeanside homes, retiring in Naples means enjoying the retirement of your dreams. Check out the luxury communities available in Naples.

A for rent sign is in the front yard of a home for rent in a 55+ community.

Can I Rent a Home in a 55+ Community?

Renting is a big part of our culture now. For some people, it’s a preference. Others rent their own home as a way to make extra income. So, can you actually rent a home in a 55+ community? Read on to find out.

Older couple riding bikes along a path beside palm trees and dry grass.

The Best Communities for Staying Active in Naples, FL

The southwestern region of Florida’s Gulf Coast has plenty of nature trails, parks, and preserves to allow for hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. When you want your neighborhood to help out with your plans for daily activity, check out some of these communities that specialize in keeping active adults healthy and on the move.

Aerial view of Miami skyscrapers against a blue sky.

Moving to Miami? Here’s Everything Retirees Need to Know

Miami is a city with its own energy. It’s on the extreme southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, beckoning people to visit and stay. Ready to join the thousands of people moving to Miami annually? Here’s what you need to know before you arrive.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top