Fall colors around a lake at sunset or sunrise

Looking for a 55+ community in scenic Monmouth County? Here's where to start.

Thanks to its close-to-the-Jersey-coastline location, Monmouth County gives its residents many coveted advantages. The most obvious one is the ability to pop in the car and head to the beach; even the most western parts of the county are just half an hour away. Those who don’t like having sand between their toes can pick from a slew of other outdoor activities, like camping, golfing, fishing, and boating.

It’s not all about outdoor fun, though. During the slower seasons, there’s much to do indoors as well. Attractions like the horse races at Freehold Raceway, pinball at the Silverball Museum Arcade, and over 20 local theatres provide entertainment for all ages-including grandchildren. Historic sites like Fort Hancock and the Stephen Crane House focus on the area’s rich legacy, and a full calendar of monthly events ensure a rewarding active adult lifestyle.

And though you can find million-dollar homes in Monmouth, there are plenty of 55+ communities with surprisingly affordable homes—some under $150K. If you’re seeking well-priced homes for sale in Monmouth County, get a head start by reading about these four outstanding choices.

Marlboro Greens - Englishtown

Low $100s - Low $200s

Here we have an affordable, gated golf course community with all the necessary ingredients for low-maintenance living. Marlboro Greens is an established 55+ community of 341 resale attached and condo homes, with well-maintained properties and friendly neighbors.

The townhomes come in four models, ranging from 1,220 to 1,508 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three baths, and one-car garages or assigned parking spots.  The condos also come in four models sized from 1,080 to 1,332 square feet, with one to two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, and one-car garages or assigned parking spots. Some of the floor plans include dens as well.

About that golf course: Pine Brook Golf Course is only minutes away, and features 18 holes, a pro shop, and discounts for players who are 65 and better. Marlboro Greens also has an impressive clubhouse complex, with tennis, basketball, bocce, and a sparkling outdoor pool. Inside, you can find a ballroom, an exercise room, and a library. Groups gather here and elsewhere for men’s and women’s club meetings, holiday parties, day trips, and the singles group.

Covered Bridge - Manalapan

Low $100s - Low $200s

Yes, it’s big, and that means more opportunities to socialize with new and old friends. Covered Bridge is less than a mile from Marlboro Greens, and these homeowners benefit from being even closer to Pine Brook Golf Course.

This well-established active adult neighborhood has over 1,500 resale attached and condo homes, plus two clubhouses. There are a limited number of one-story attached homes, at 1,143 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and assigned parking spots in front. The rest of the property has two-story condominium buildings, with 978 or 1,130 square foot models, featuring two bedrooms and bathrooms, and assigned parking spots in front.

Counting both clubhouses, the long list of amenities includes a performance theater, a ballroom, several gathering rooms, exercise facilities, a driving range practice net, sports courts, and an outdoor pool. There are social groups for every interest, including singing, exercising, dancing, singles, Jewish War Veterans, Christian Neighbors & Friends, and gardening. There are two Walmart Supercenters in the area, plus plenty of restaurants, shops, doctor’s offices, and other services.

Shadow Lake Village - Red Bank

Low $100s - Mid $300s

Known for its wide variety of floor plans and superb on-site amenities, Shadow Lake Village was one of the first age-restricted developments in Monmouth County. It’s close to the Red Bank town center, and it’s right by the scenic Navesink River.

This gated, pet-friendly neighborhood has 952 resale attached homes, with over a dozen models ranging from about 900 to over 1,391 square feet. They offer one to two bedrooms and baths with either a garage or parking spot.

The country club-style amenities include a 9-hole golf course, a fitness center and sauna, tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard courts, walking and biking trails, and a fishing and boating lake with a boathouse and dock.

There’s also a community bus available to residents, offering transport for errands and other destinations. Popular activity groups include the Kiwanis, gardening, pets, golf, and bocce.

The Villages - Howell

Low $100s - High $200s

The suburb of Howell is surrounded by rivers and creeks, including the Manasquan River, Birch Creek, and Long Brook. It’s a lovely setting for The Villages, a well-established retirement community with 670 resale attached ranch-style homes.

Perfect for downsizing, the six floor plans range from 952 to 1,545 square feet, with one to two bedrooms and baths, and attached one-car garages; some also include dens. They are grouped into two to four units in each of the 165 buildings on the property.

Homeowners also have use of a community bus, plus the leafy nature trails that pass by the community’s ponds, gazebo, and clubhouse. Here, you’ll find a woodworking shop, a game room, a ballroom, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio, plus sports courts. There’s always something going on to keep residents busy, including activities and events like The Villages Hospital Auxiliary Club, the Howell Senior Friendship Club, ceramics class, line dancing, the finance club, parties, and day trips.