As one of this country’s most historic cities (and the birthplace of our nation), Philadelphia has always been a major international tourist attraction. It also has a lot to offer active adults, including many distinct neighborhoods with intriguing personalities worth exploring.
Historical neighborhoods such as Old City have landmarks like Independence Hall, while the Logan Square/Fairmount area has museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you can find the “Rocky Steps.” Trendy areas like Fishtown and East Passyunk have hip shops and restaurants, and University City is home to both the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
This is all in addition to Philly’s 166 miles of trails, 300+ parks and recreation centers, farms, community gardens, golf courses, ice skating rinks, and top-tier hospitals. It’s no wonder why so many residential suburbs sprouted up around the City of Brotherly Love. To the west, there are many affordable homes for sale with prices starting in the $100s. The first three we’ve chosen are all in Montgomery County, the fourth is in Bucks County, and the last is in Delaware County.
1. The Greens at Westover - Norristown, PA
With golf course views and a desirable location near the King of Prussia Mall, The Greens at Westover is a superb choice for active adults looking to downsize into a mid-sized neighborhood. Completed in 2004, the property has 306 resale condos built into six condo buildings. The units have two bedrooms, one to two baths, and adjacent lot parking. Options may include hardwood floors and patios, and there's a homeowners’ association fee to cover certain community services.
There's a private clubhouse for residents with a library, lounge, multi-purpose room, and catering kitchen. There's also an exercise room and an indoor pool to help homeowners stay in shape, plus walking trails on the grounds.
It takes about an hour to drive to Philadelphia from Norristown, and there's public transportation on the Manayunk/Norristown commuter rail line. This 55+ neighborhood is across the street from Westover Golf and Country Club and a short drive away from a shopping center with a Walmart Supercenter, a Home Depot, restaurants, and shops.
2. Manatawny Village - Pottstown, PA
It takes about an hour to get from Philly to Pottstown, home of the lovely 55+ community of Manatawny Village. It broke ground in 2005, and it will have 153 new and resale attached homes when work is complete. The three attached home models range from 1,056 to 1,948 square feet with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. These first-floor living floor plans have options like decks, covered porches, and basements. The HOA fee provides for lawn care plus trash and snow removal.
Plans call for a private clubhouse, which will be available for community events and club activities. Manatawny Village is less than two miles from the center of Pottstown, a friendly borough with a population of around 22,000. Two of its main attractions include historic Pottstown Manor and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets.
3. Village of Willow Run - Royersford, PA
Also about an hour from Philadelphia, Village of Willow Run is a well-priced retirement community of 150 resale single-family homes completed in 2003. It's described by residents as having well-kept homes and friendly neighbors. The ranch-style homes range from about 1,100 to 1,900 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options may include storm doors and large master suites with walk-in closets. The HOA fees cover trash removal and common area maintenance.
The community clubhouse provides homeowners with an exercise room, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor swimming pool. Royersford is only about 10 minutes from Pottstown, nestled between Landis Creek Golf Club and Limerick Community Park, with a nearby coffee shop, drug store, fitness center, banks, dollar stores, and the Limerick Diner.
4. Centennial Station - Warminster, PA
A Bucks County zip code, an onsite business center, and its own indoor pool are just three of the benefits of living in the active adult community of Centennial Station. Completed in 2000, it has 410 resale condos with floor plans ranging from 456-square-foot studios to two-bedroom units at around 1,400 square feet. Upgrades may include granite kitchen countertops, Florida rooms, double-hung windows, and spacious master suites. The HOA fee provides for snow and trash removal, common area maintenance, and community landscaping.
The convenient onsite business center has a dentist, hair salon, bank, and restaurant. There's also a clubhouse with tennis and shuffleboard courts, an indoor pool and exercise room, a crafts studio, a catering kitchen and ballroom, and a library. Friends meet here to take dance and ceramics classes or enjoy water aerobics, among other activities.
Centennial Station is right near Route 132, which is dotted with restaurants, convenience stores, and shops. There’s a Walmart Supercenter a few minutes away, along with a Costco, gas stations, and pharmacies. The Warminster Community Park is also just down the road, and it has a nice-sized dog park.
5. Traditions at Ridley Creek - Brookhaven, PA
Poised about 20 miles southwest of Philly, Traditions at Ridley Creek, is our choice that's closest to the city. It was built from 2007 through 2012, with 140 resale condos and desirable amenities. There are 11 three-story buildings on the property, all with elevators. The units are offered in one floor plan at 1,178 square-feet with two bedrooms, two baths, a balcony or patio, and a den. Each also has its own designated parking space. The HOA fee covers lawn and common area maintenance, snow removal, and water.
For a smaller community, Traditions at Ridley Creek has some impressive amenities at its private clubhouse. There's a modern exercise room, locker rooms, a catering kitchen and community room, and a breezy outdoor patio. This 55+ community is also located near several shopping centers, Taylor Arboretum (at Widener University), and the local government offices at Brookhaven Municipal Center.