A 15-minute drive to the Jersey shore, Revolutionary War historic sites, two public golf courses, and nearby modern conveniences are all on the list of reasons why Manalapan, New Jersey has such value for active adult lifestyles. It is on the western edge of Monmouth County, placing it close to the Mercer County line in Central Jersey. The closest big city is New York, and since it is only 45 minutes away, day trips are a cinch.
There are four 55+ neighborhoods in Manalapan and price-wise, they run the gamut from budget-friendly to upscale. The smallest has just 115 homes, while the largest is almost like a town on its own with 1,557 residences. The choices are many, and the area is great for settling in for an active, rewarding, and low-key lifestyle.
High $400s – Mid $600s
The name Four Seasons is associated with high quality and fine living, and this active adult community is no exception. Built between 2004 and 2014 by K. Hovnanian, Four Seasons at Manalapan has 692 single-family homes within its private gates. There are 11 models, sized from 1,670 up to a roomy 3,430 square feet. These residences include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and two-car garages. Most come with expansive master suites and eat-in kitchens. Some models feature dens, patios, basements, home offices, and dramatic foyers.
A 29,000 square-foot clubhouse serves as the main activity center. Aside from a state-of-the-art fitness facility, homeowners can enjoy the indoor pool, activity rooms, a ballroom, and a lounge with a fireplace. The resort-style amenities continue outdoors with two outdoor pools, tennis, bocce, horseshoes, plus a driving range and putting green.
Activity groups for bowling, biking, pilates, movies, wine and cheese gatherings, gardening, and much more are managed by the community homeowners’ association. Knob Hill Golf Club is also less than two miles away and is open year-round.
Low $100s – Low $200s
Covered Bridge, a well-established active adult neighborhood of 1,557 condo and attached homes, is affordable and complete with appealing amenities and social opportunities.
The cozy condos are located in two-story buildings and are offered in 978 or 1,130 square feet. Each has two beds and two baths, and an assigned parking spot in front of the building. Some feature balconies and patios. The attached 1,143 square-foot townhomes are all one-story, with two beds and baths, large master suites, patios, and parking spots.
There are two clubhouses on the property with exercise rooms, a sauna, an arts & crafts studio, meeting rooms, a theater, and a woodworking shop. There is also a driving range practice net, tennis, bocce ball, horseshoes, garden plots, and an outdoor pool. Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of discounted memberships to the nearby 18-hole, par-61 Pine Brook Golf Course. This community is also near Route 9, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and every convenience imaginable.