Sailboat off the shore of a beach in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Hoping to get rid of the family home for something more efficient? These Monmouth County communities are for you.

What are the keys to downsizing? For active adults, one of the first steps is to purge your house of the things that you don’t really need. This can include recycling broken tools, televisions, and computers that no longer work, donating unworn clothes to charity, and giving your kids perfectly good furniture and dishes that you do not use.

Once purged, your house may suddenly seem too big. It’s now time to seek new digs, especially in a neighborhood where you need not worry about your home’s maintenance. The region you decide on should check all the right boxes, with nearby shopping, services, and plenty of recreational activities to keep you busy.

When considering these important elements, Monmouth County, New Jersey real estate comes to mind. Not only is it steeped in Revolutionary War history, it is home to 30 parks, outstanding golf courses, and more shopping than you’ll ever need. And don’t forget about those beaches. with nearby resort towns like Asbury Park and Sandy Hook, you will never lack for something to do.

You can take your pick from 36 active adult communities in the county. They offer a wide range of home choices, community sizes, amenities, and price points.

Nobility Crest at Ocean - Ocean Township

Low $200s - High $300s

Nobility Crest at Ocean is a newer, intimate community with 120 condos that excels at making its residents’ lives carefree.

It offers eight models sized from 1,058 to 2,222 square feet and featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, underground parking, private terraces, and modern kitchens. A reasonable homeowners' association fee covers landscaping, snow removal, and common area maintenance.

The private clubhouse has several activity rooms, an exercise room, bocce, a putting green, shuffleboard, and a relaxing outdoor pool and spa. Homeowners get together for book club, movie nights, holiday and pool parties, and competitive chess games.

Nobility Crest is near the junction of Routes 18 and 66, with a Costco, Walmart, and the Seaview Square Shopping Center nearby. The resort towns of Asbury Park and Bradley Beach are also less than five miles away.

Marlboro Greens - Englishtown

Low $100s - Low $200s

For an affordable 55+ community, Marlboro Greens doesn’t come up short on location, home offerings, or amenities. Floor plans range from 1,080 to 1,508 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and a garage space or assigned parking spot or one-car garage.

Visit the private clubhouse, where you can find activity and exercise rooms, tennis courts, bocce ball, basketball, a children’s playground, and an outdoor pool. There are plenty of clubs and activities, like cookouts and parties, day trips, bocce club, a singles’ club, and of course, a golf club.

If you’re not familiar with Englishtown, it is just off the Garden State Parkway, close to Raritan Bay and the Sandy Hook Bay Marina. This region also has a waterfront park, beaches, and the PNC Bank Arts Center, and it's right next to Pine Brook Golf Course, which offers discounted rates for those 65 and better.

Chelsea Square - Marlboro Township

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Our third choice for downsizing in Monmouth is Chelsea Square, an impressive mid-sized condo community with 225 new and resale units built by Regal Homes.

There are eight models ranging from 1,482 to 1,918 square feet. They have one to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Upgrades include patios, balconies, and expansive master suites with tray ceilings.

This 55+ community has more than its share of desirable amenities, including an outdoor pool and walking trails. Its vibrant clubhouse has a lobby with a fireplace, a catering kitchen and bar, and a business center. The exercise room, aerobics room, weight room and massage room are all perfect spots to maintain your health and wellness.

Morganville is a small suburb about five minutes from Marlboro Township, with a population of around 5,000. Local recreation areas include Big Brook Park and Holmdel Park. Homeowners can head over to Marlboro for shopping and services, and the renowned Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Center in Old Bridge is just minutes away.

Shady Oaks - Red Bank

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

You can choose a resale condo or attached residence at Shady Oaks, a well-established gated K. Hovnanian-built community with 366 homes.

The majority are condo units ranging from a cozy 1,032 to 1,147 square feet. These have one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and assigned parking out front. The townhomes are slightly larger, at 1,147 to 1,386 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one-car garages or assigned parking.

Shady Oak’s clubhouse has tennis courts, shuffleboard, and activity rooms, plus a sparkling outdoor pool. Some of the most popular activities include game nights, holiday parties, luncheons, bingo, and yoga. The town of Red Bank butts up to the Navesink River, and is also known for attractions like Riverside Garden Park, Monmouth Park Racetrack, and Count Basie Center for the Arts.