Sunrise over the water and beach of Atlantic City with skyline in the background

Here's where to live if you want to be near the fun of Atlantic City.

Although Atlantic City (AC) has been through turbulent times over the past decade, this resort city’s beachfront location and spectacular summer weather have always qualified it as prime real estate. Its first hotel, The Belloe House, opened in 1853 and its first casino, Resorts International Casino Hotel, opened a century later in 1978.

Since then, countless businesses have opened and closed, with two new casino hotels opening last year: The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and the Ocean Resort Casino. This town continues to be a strong draw for people of all ages, including active adults who love leisure time activities like boating, shopping, gambling, fine dining, and beach time.  

Though most won't want to live right in town, the surrounding towns in Atlantic County offer 11 retirement communities with easy access to AC. Some are small, others large; new and resale construction are both available, and the wide range of prices assures that you can find affordable homes for sale near Atlantic City.

The Village at Linwood - Linwood

Low $100s - Mid $100s

Bordered by Scull Bay and wetlands areas, the residential town of Linwood is about nine miles west of AC. Here, you'll find The Village of Linwood, a cozy gated community of 188 resale condos.

This established, tight-knit neighborhood offers homebuyers different units ranging in size from 950 to 1,700 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms, gas fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, upgraded appliances, and two parking spaces.

Homeowners relax at the private clubhouse, which features its own outdoor pool and spa, plus a lounge. The reasonable homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers landscaping, outside maintenance, and snow removal.

It’s also good to know that there's a top-notch hospital in nearby Somers Point, Shore Medical Center.

Four Seasons at Smithville - Galloway

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

On the other end of the spectrum is Four Seasons at Smithville, an abundant 55+ community of 1,215 resale attached and single-family homes built from 1998 to 2006. It's about 14 miles northwest of AC, and it's home to Historic Smithville, a charming place for shopping, dining, paddle-boating, and year-round events.

This Four Seasons property has a good selection of floor plans, ranging from 1,281 to 2,312 square feet. The attached models offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The single-family homes have two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, large master suites, appliances, and one or two-car garages. The monthly HOA fee covers snow removal and lawn care.

The 23,000-square-foot clubhouse is well-equipped, with bocce, tennis, shuffleboard, indoor and outdoor pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. There are also walking trails and a putting green on the grounds. This community is also known for its well-attended clubs and group events, like gambling nights, holiday parties, a book club, fashion shows, and a Veterans Club.

Woods Landing - Mays Landing

High $100s - Low $300s

Can’t decide between new or resale? You can find both at Woods Landing, a 55+ community with 249 new and resale single-family homes. The builder broke ground in 2006 on this property, which is 19 miles from AC and bisected by Lake Lenape Park (great for fishing, boating, camping, and bird-watching).

These tasteful single-family homes come in eight models, ranging from 1,502 to 2,425 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms as well as attached two-car garages. Options include dens, upgraded kitchens, and hardwood floors.

The resort-style clubhouse offers an exercise room, aerobics studio, and sauna; tennis and bocce courts; a catering kitchen and ballroom; and its very own The Landings Pub. There's also a lovely pool and patio area as well as walking trails.

Gatherings at Bel Aire Lakes - Absecon

Mid $100s - Low $200s

Residents of Absecon enjoy the convenience of being near Route 30 and all of its shops and services, plus all the watersports and outdoor fun at nearby Absecon Bay and Absecon Wildlife Management Area. This small town is also quite close to AC (just seven miles away).

Built from 2006 to 2008, Gatherings at Bel Aire Lakes has just 125 resale attached homes, available in two floor plans at around 1,900 square feet. Most offer two to three bedrooms, two baths, and one-car garages. Features like dens, patios, and breakfast nooks make these low-maintenance homes comfortable and accessible.

Community amenities include a fitness room, a game room, and a lounge, all located at the clubhouse.

The Village Grande at English Mill - Egg Harbor Township

High $100s - Mid $300s

It might have a funny name, but Egg Harbor Township is only 13 miles from AC, and it's near two excellent golf courses: the renowned Ballamor and more laid-back Twisted Dune.

The Village Grande at English Mill is a beautiful active adult neighborhood with 397 new and resale single-family homes. The six floor plans are sized from 1,558 to 2,261 square feet, with two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include dens, all-season sunrooms, whirlpool tubs, tray ceilings, and decks.

The Grande Club is the community clubhouse, where homeowners can work out at the fitness center, swim laps at the indoor pool, and sweat it out at the sauna. There are also various meeting and activity rooms, a cozy lounge, a wonderful outdoor pool and sundeck, and a putting green. Social butterflies will appreciate the many clubs, classes, and activities, like the Bingo Bonanza, the bicycle club, the fishing club, day trips, line dancing, pickleball, and many, many others.