Active adults playing a doubles game of pickleball on a colorful court

Active adults who love pickleball will love these Pennsylvania communities.

It may have an unusual name, but the sport of pickleball is a favorite among 55+ adults. For the uninitiated: It can be played indoors or outdoors on a court with a modified tennis net. Players use a paddle and a plastic ball dotted with holes (a whiffle ball), and games are played in singles or doubles. It has much in common with ping-pong, badminton, and tennis, and it's enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities because it's easy to play and follow.

There are thousands of these badminton-sized courts in this country, and many of them are in active adult communities. The sport has gained popularity over the past decade because it's healthy, challenging, and an excellent way to spend time with like-minded friends (or make new ones!).

If you’re a player and you're considering retirement communities with homes for sale in Pennsylvania, we have put together a list of some of the best ones to consider.

1. Regency at South Whitehall – Allentown, PA

Mid $300s - High $400s

Located just minutes from Allentown’s city center, Regency at South Whitehall will have 206 new attached and single-family homes upon completion. The attached Carriage homes come in two floor plans at 1,657 square feet with two or three bedrooms and bathrooms as well as attached two-car garages. Features like great rooms and lofts make these homes comfortable and aesthetically appealing.

The elegant Villas are offered in seven floor plans, ranging from 1,688 to 2,578 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to four baths, and attached two-car garages. Luxury upgrades include spacious master bedrooms and bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, and flexible interior and exterior space.

Regency will have a modern clubhouse, complete with an outdoor pool and patio area, multi-purpose rooms, a fitness center, bocce, walking trails, and pickleball. It's also just down the road from a shopping center that has a Target and Weis Market, and there are nearby medical offices at St. Luke’s Primary Care.

2. Heritage Creek – Warminster, PA

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Saying that Bucks County is a wonderful place to live is an understatement, and the active adult community at Heritage Creek is proof of this. This established community of 517 resale condo and single-family homes was completed in 2004, and it's home to the remarkable Marquis Club and Spa.

There are five condominium buildings on this lovely property with a total of 115 units. They range from 1,217 to 1,685 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and desirable features like oversized master suites. The 402 single-family models come in seven floor plans, ranging from 1,550 to 2,604 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages. Some floor plans have optional second floors, and others have upgrades like decks, breakfast rooms, and porches.

The Marquis Club has an indoor pool, a spa, saunas, an exercise room, a computer room, a ballroom, and hobby rooms. Outside, you'll find pickleball, bocce, and tennis courts as well as a relaxing outdoor pool. Some of Warminster’s best-known landmarks include Five Ponds Golf Club and The Shops at Valley Square.

3. Penn National – Fayetteville, PA

Mid $100s - High $600s

More off the beaten path, Penn National is a master-planned community designed for 1,100 new and resale attached and single-family homes in Central PA. There are no age restrictions, but this neighborhood caters to active lifestyles with two golf courses and a fabulous clubhouse. With affordable attached villas and two sections with single-family homes, there's a wide range of home styles available.

The two golf clubs, Iron Forge and The Founders, both have highly-rated 18-hole courses and daily play available. Penn National’s clubhouse has its own business center, exercise room, aerobics studio, catering kitchen, and meeting rooms. Outside, you can find pickleball, bocce and tennis courts; an outdoor pool; walking and biking trails; and a community garden. There are also two restaurants, natural space, and ponds on the grounds.

4. Traditions of America at Green Pond – Bethlehem, PA

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If you want to get in on a good thing, Traditions of America at Green Pond is a new active adult neighborhood in Bethlehem that broke ground in 2019. Plans call for 229 single-family homes to be built on a desirable location just outside of Green Pond Country Club. The private clubhouse will have resort-style amenities, including a heated outdoor pool, bocce and pickleball courts, and walking trails.

This new community is also just a few miles from the Lehigh River and Bethlehem’s city center. There, you can find attractions like the Kemerer Museum, hometown eateries like The People’s Kitchen, or you can try your luck at the Wind Creek Bethlehem casino.

5. Traditions of America at Summer Seat - Ohio Township, PA

High $200s - Mid $300s

Traditions of America at Summer Seat is located about 11 miles from Pittsburgh, and it will have 133 new attached and single-family homes when construction is complete. The two attached floor plans range from 1,542 to 1,643 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages. Some include luxury master suites, gourmet kitchens, and hardwood floors. The five single-family models range from 1,545 to 2,314 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These offer elegant master suites, gourmet kitchens, and Whirlpool appliances.

The clubhouse will have an exercise room and aerobics studio, game rooms, a business center, and a sports bar and lounge. Outdoor features include bocce and pickleball courts, an outdoor pool, and a community garden.