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Looking for a budget-friendly home in Connecticut? Check out these communities.

Often referred to as a typical New England industrial town, Waterbury, Connecticut is now becoming a revitalized small city. Residents enjoy museums, a symphony orchestra, and urban parks. The greater area provides places to hike, bike, and golf, and it's less than an hour's drive from Hartford and New Haven.

The Waterbury area offers 11 active adult communities. They range from very small, with just 35 homes, to very large, with over 2,500 homes. Here are the five best lowest-priced communities in the area.

1. Heritage Village - Southbury, CT

Below $100k - High $300s

Heritage Village is the largest active adult community in the greater Waterbury area. Located in Southbury, the age-restricted community offers 2,580 attached homes on a resale basis. The homes are all on the smaller size, ranging from 955 to 1,600 square feet with between one and three bedrooms. Two-bath, two-bedroom homes list for under $100,000.

As an established community, Heritage Village offers lush landscaping, trees, and walking and biking trails. Residents also enjoy getting to know their neighbors and spending their free time at the multiple gathering spaces. The Activities Building includes fitness facilities and an outdoor pool while the Fireside Lounge has spaces for smaller gatherings. The community also has woodworking, metalworking, and craft studios.

Learn more about Heritage Village here.

2. Chatfield Farms - Beacon Falls, CT

Mid $300s - High $300s

Chatfield Farms is a more recent development, offering new single-family homes. Located outside the small town of Beacon Falls, the area offers scenic landscapes, hiking and biking in state forests, and other amenities of nearby towns. The Metro North Commuter Trains serve Beacon Falls and Seymour, allowing residents to travel to New York City and Waterbury.

When complete, Chatfield Farms will include 231 homes built by EG Homes. The models range from 1,445 to about 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to two-and-a-half baths. With smaller homes starting in the mid $300s, Chatfield Farms has higher home prices than some other communities in the area. However, it's one of the less expensive 55+ communities offering new, single-family homes.

For a smaller community, Chatfield Farms still offers many amenities including a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, an aerobics room, an indoor spa with massage services, a heated outdoor pool, multiple gathering rooms including a library and a game room, and spaces outdoors to enjoy the wooded surroundings.

Learn more about Chatfield Farms here.

3. The Village at Oxford Greens - Oxford, CT

Low $300s - High $400s

Located south of Waterbury between state forests in Oxford, The Village at Oxford Greens is a 55+ community offering new and resale homes. Developed by Del Webb since 2004, the community will have 835 homes when complete. Prospective homebuyers can find attached and single-family homes, ranging from 1,500 to 2,600 square feet.

Although slightly more expensive than some of the other communities, The Village at Oxford Greens does offer newly-built homes in the $300s. Residents also have access to luxurious, resort-style amenities. The Ridge Club includes indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, craft and meeting rooms, and lounge areas. Golfers enjoy The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, an 18-hole championship golf course located right next to the community.

Learn more about The Village at Oxford Greens here.

4. Regency at Prospect - Prospect, CT

High $200s - High $300s

Another low-priced community is Regency at Prospect. Located just 15 minutes from Downtown Waterbury, this age-restricted community is near golf courses and parks as well as shopping centers and big box stores.

Regency at Prospect offers new and resale attached homes, ranging from about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The new homes allow residents to customize floor plans by adding a sunroom, an in-law suite, or additional fireplaces. Resale homes start in the $200s, and they can include features like hardwood floors and granite countertops.

Residents have access to some of the best amenities in the state. In fact, the Connecticut Home Builders Association named the 7,000-square-foot clubhouse “Best Community Clubhouse” in 2010. It includes an outdoor pool, a sauna, a fitness center, a library, meeting rooms, and a catering kitchen.

Learn more about Regency at Prospect here.

5. Pond Spring Village - Beacon Falls, CT

Low $200s - Low $300s

Pond Spring Village is a very small community, but it's another good option for prospective homebuyers looking for a low-priced home. With just 92 homes, this 55+ community is one of the smallest in the Waterbury area, but it still offers both new and resale homes.

The duplex homes are 1,300 to 1,400 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths. They include attached garages, large master suites, spacious living areas, eat-in kitchens, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. Residents enjoy spending time at the clubhouse, which offers billiards, gathering areas, meeting spots, and a catering kitchen. Located just outside Beacon Falls, residents have easy access to the small town’s amenities. They can also enjoy walks in the Beacon Falls State Forest or through the parks along the Naugatuck River.

Learn more about Pond Spring Village here.