It’s that time of year again when everyone puts together “best of” lists, and here at 55places.com, we're proud to be part of the trend. Our information is especially useful for active adult homebuyers, and for this list, we took a look at Pennsylvania.
If you're thinking about retiring in the Keystone State, we've done the research for you. We put together a list of Pennsylvania’s top ten best-selling retirement communities, based on the number of sales from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
When communities sell this well, it's because they offer what retirees are looking for: home value, quality construction, low-maintenance lifestyles, and resort-style amenities. These ten PA 55+ neighborhoods offer all this and more, and most currently have homes for sale.
Low $200s - High $700s
As one of the largest active adult communities in PA, Hershey’s Mill has 1,720 resale attached homes on an established, gated property about an hour west of Philadelphia. It tops our lists every year because of its extraordinary amenities, highlighted by Hershey's Mill Golf Club, a clubhouse with an outdoor pool, a community center, plus bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts. There are also gardening plots, lakes, ponds, a pet park, and walking trails on the 800-acres property.
Hershey's Mill has 25 separate villages, and there are nine floor plans ranging from around 1,000 to over 3,000 square feet. These comfortable homes have one to three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages. Options include dens, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and oversized storage areas.
Mid $100s - High $100s
The three floor plans are sized from 991 to 1,180 square feet with one or more bedrooms, one to one-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one-car garages. The two larger models have dens that can be converted into second bedrooms, and options include vaulted ceilings, sunrooms, and patios. The Village also has a nice clubhouse with welcoming multi-purpose rooms and an exercise room.
High $200s - Mid $500s
The best thing about The Arbours at Eagle Pointe is that it’s a short drive away from Center City Philadelphia yet far enough away to bask in the peace and quiet. It's slated for 398 new and resale attached and single-family homes, and it offers a modern clubhouse and vibrant social activities.
The two spacious attached models range from 2,181 to 2,362 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, attached one-car garages, and options like dens and lofts. There are six single-family models with two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Standard features include nine-foot ceilings, granite kitchen countertops, and luxury master suites. Sought-after amenities include an inviting clubhouse with its own pub, sports courts, and a putting green.
Mid $200s - High $300s
This lovely Traditions of America retirement community is outside of Harrisburg, and it will have 517 new and resale attached and single-family homes when construction is complete. There are six attached and seven single-family floor plans, ranging from 1,261 to 2,314 square feet with upgrades like porches, patios, fireplaces, and dens.
There's a full-time activities director here, so there's always a full calendar of activities to keep homeowners busy. Many groups and events meet at the impressive clubhouse, which has its own theater, café, business center, outdoor pool, and fitness center.
Low $300s - High $300s
Our second Traditions of America community that made this list is outside of Pittsburgh, and it has plans for 102 new single-family homes. There are five customizable models ranging from 1,599 to a generous 3,088 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Plans also call for a community clubhouse with a modern fitness center, an exercise studio, a business center, a café, a swimming pool, and a sports bar.
High $100s - Mid $400s
With 520 resale condo, attached, and single-family homes, Foxfield offers many floor plans in different price ranges. The condos start at 1,114 square feet, and the largest ranch-style, single-family home comes in at around 1,831.
There are indoor and outdoor resort-style amenities, like a 6-hole golf course, a putting green, a 9,200-square-foot clubhouse, an outdoor pool, and an RV parking lot. The long list of clubs and events includes yoga, Friday night socials, poker, and computer classes.
7. Alden Place - Lebanon, PA
Low $200s - High $400s
If you’re not familiar with the Lebanon area, it's known for its relaxed pace of life, antiquing, and the Appalachian Trail. It's also home to Alden Place which will have 505 new and resale attached and single-family homes when work is completed on its 270-acre property. There's a variety of floor plans offered, all with attached two-car garages and well-appointed interiors.
Low $200s - Low $400s
Located about half an hour’s drive west of Hershey’s Mill, Wildflowers will have 672 resale attached and single-family homes when completed by Orleans homes. It also has a wide selection of floor plans, and some have desirable upgrades like gas fireplaces, sunrooms, gourmet kitchens, and custom window treatments.
But what really stands out about this community is its amenities; there are five separate facilities for resident use, including a 16,000-square-foot clubhouse and a fitness center. Popular group activities include Hustlers Singles Tournaments, arts and crafts, holiday parties, and ladies’ luncheons.
High $200s - High $300s
Watson Run is in the delightful Lancaster area, known for its charming Amish County, historic attractions, and abundant scenic beauty. This 55+ community will have 190 new and resale single-family homes after work is finished by Berks Homes.
Seven models, sized from 1,348 to 2,471 square feet, offer one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, first-floor master suites, and attached two-car garages. The private clubhouse has a cozy fireplace lounge, an outdoor pool, and activity rooms.
Low $300s - High $400s
No. 10 is another Traditions of America property in historic Bethlehem. This gated 55+ community was completed in 2014 with 241 resale attached and single-family homes. There are six garden townhome models sized from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet, and seven single-family models ranging from 1,274 to 2,314 square feet. All floor plans come with at least two bedrooms and bathrooms plus an attached two-car garage.
This appealing neighborhood has all the amenities you’d expect from this builder, and they're located at the modern clubhouse. There’s a movie theater, a fitness center with an indoor whirlpool spa, a craft room, and a business center. Favorite gatherings include toning class, wine and cheese parties, happy hours, game nights, and family days.