The Best Communities to Snowbird from Pennsylvania

As fall arrives it\'s time to start thinking about where to spend your winter.

Snowbirds seem to have one thing in common: As the winter approaches, they feel the urge to skip town and fly (or drive) towards warmer destinations. Active adults that can swing a snowbird retirement are lucky indeed, and achieving this might be easier than you think. The Mid-Atlantic region has many options for spring/summer homes, and there are many reasons why you should look at homes for sale in Pennsylvania.

It is important to live near a large airport if you plan to be a snowbird, and Pennsylvania’s largest include:

  • Philadelphia International
  • Harrisburg International
  • Pittsburgh International
  • Lehigh Valley International

There are 169 retirement communities throughout the state, and many are near one of these four airports. Of course, many snowbirds prefer the RV lifestyle to help them migrate each year.

Pennsylvania’s warmer season temperatures vary depending on where you live but as a starting point, Philadelphia and Harrisburg’s average August high temperatures are around 84 degrees and Pittsburgh’s hover near 81.

The cost of living here is lower than its bordering states of New Jersey and New York, and it is also tax-friendly for retirees. Other reasons to live here include historical and cultural attractions, abundant outdoor recreation, and plenty of top sports teams.

Here are some of our top suggestions for Pennsylvania snowbirds:

Traditions at Ridley CreekBrookhaven

Mid $100s – Low $200s

The Philadelphia suburb of Brookhaven is just eight miles from the airport and is home to Traditions at Ridley Creek, a Pulte-built 55+ neighborhood of 140 resale condos. It was completed in 2012 and has a homeowners’ association (HOA) fee that covers lawn, snow removal, and exterior and common area maintenance.

The condos are built into 11 three-story buildings that all have elevator access. There is one floor plan at 1,178 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, a den, a master suite, and a balcony or a patio. Each also has a designated parking space at the buildings.

The private clubhouse provides homeowners with an exercise room, a gathering room and catering kitchen, and a game room. Traditions at Ridley Creek is in a great location that offers the best of both worlds; there is a large park and arboretum at Widener University to the east, while Route 352 is just to the south and is dotted with restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, you name it.

Learn more information about Traditions at Ridley Creek here.

The Villas at Chancellor’s GlenBensalem

High $200s – Low $300s

Our second choice is also in a Philadelphia suburb and offers 200 resale attached homes built from 2003 to 2009 by Granor Price Homes. The Villas at Chancellor’s Glen sits about 29 miles north of the airport, and is an easy drive right up Interstate 95N.

The well-designed townhomes are grouped into two- or four-unit buildings and feature one to two bedrooms with first-floor master suites, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half baths, attached garages, and full basements. The community’s monthly HOA fee provides for trash and snow removal and common area maintenance. 

The welcoming clubhouse has an indoor pool, exercise room, activity rooms, a lounge, and a bocce ball court. Groups meet here for ladies’ swim, poker games, Mahjong, and movie nights.

The Villas is a short drive from the Neshaminy Mall and Marketplace at Neshaminy, so there are more than enough shopping outlets for residents. For outdoor enjoyment, Poquessing Valley Park, and Bensalem Country Club are both two good options.

If you’d like to request more information about The Villas at Chancellor’s Glen, click here.

The Villas at IsleworthCranberry Township

Low $300s – Mid $300s

Moving towards Pittsburgh we find The Villas at Isleworth in Cranberry Township, a newer neighborhood of 104 resale attached homes that is 20 miles from downtown.

Though it is not age-restricted, it caters to active adult lifestyles. Builder Epcon Communities designed two floor plans sized from 1,716 to 1,816 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. The HOA fee covers lawn care, general outside maintenance, and snow removal.

The Villas at Isleworth is part of the larger BelleVue Park master-planned community, and homeowners benefit from having extra amenities like two clubhouses, exercise rooms, and outdoor pools. There are also activity rooms and walking trails on the grounds.

And as added bonuses, there is an on-site shopping center at BelleVue Commons Retail, and nearby attractions like Cranberry Highlands Golf Course and Graham Park, which has trails, a fishing pond, and pickleball courts.

For more information about The Villas at Isleworth, click here.

Bent Creek CrossingMechanicsburg

Mid $100s – High $200s

The Harrisburg suburb of Mechanicsburg is eight miles from the downtown area, and it’s home to Bent Creek Crossing. Completed in 2004, it has 110 resale attached homes and a clubhouse with a multipurpose room and a library.

There are three ranch-style models ranging from 1,250 to 1,650 square feet with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and three Cape Cod-style models sized from 2,000 to 2,325 square feet, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, first-floor master suites, second-story lofts, and attached garages.

Bent Creek Crossing also has a monthly HOA fee to cover community services, and the closest golf course, Rich Valley, is just a few miles away. For shopping and dining, there is a Giant grocery store, Lowes, Walmart, clothing stores, and restaurants for all tastes right in the area.

You can request more information about Bent Creek Crossing here.

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