Thanks to its location near the Jersey Shore, 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.
Outdoor fun isn't all there is, though. During the slower seasons, there’s as much to do indoors. Attractions like the horse races at Freehold Raceway, pinball at the Silverball Museum Arcade, and over 20 local theaters 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 ensures a rewarding active adult lifestyle.
Though you can find plenty of million-dollar homes in Monmouth, there are also multiple 55+ communities with much more affordable homes, some under $200k. If you’re seeking well-priced homes for sale in Monmouth County, get a head start by reading about these outstanding choices.
High $100s - Low $400s
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- to two-and-a-half baths, and one-car garages or assigned parking spots. Some of the floor plans also include dens.
About that golf course: Pine Brook Golf Course is right next door and features 18 holes, a pro shop, and discounts for players 65 and older. Marlboro Greens also has an impressive clubhouse complex, with tennis, basketball, bocce, and a sparkling outdoor pool. Inside, residents can find a ballroom, an exercise room, and a library. Groups gather here and elsewhere for club meetings, holiday parties, day trips, and the singles group.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
With more than 1,000 homes, Covered Bridge provides more opportunities to socialize with new and old friends. This community 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 1,557 attached and condo homes available on a resale basis. 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.
Covered Bridge is home to two 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 also social groups for nearly every interest, including singing, exercising, dancing, and gardening. Residents are near two Walmart Supercenters, as well, plus plenty of restaurants, shops, health care providers, and other services.
High $100s - High $400s
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 1,300 square feet. They offer one to two bedrooms and bathrooms as well as either a garage or parking spot.
The country club-style amenities include a 9-hole golf course, a fitness center and sauna, tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts, walking and biking trails, and a stocked lake with a boathouse and dock. Residents also benefit from the community bus, offering transport for errands and other destinations. Popular activity groups include the Kiwanis, gardening, pet clubs, golf, and bocce.
Low $200s - Low $300s
The suburb of Howell is surrounded by rivers and creeks, including the Manasquan River, Birch Creek, and Long Brook. In this lovely setting, The Villages, a well-established retirement community, features 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, one or two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages; some also include dens. Homes are grouped into two to four units in 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, residents have access to a woodworking shop, a game room, a ballroom, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and patio, and sports courts. There’s always something going on to keep residents active, 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.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
On the northern border of Howell, we have Surrey Downs, a 443-home 55+ community dating back to 1986. Here, residents are approximately one mile east of Route 9, meaning daily necessities, shopping, health care, and attractions are all easily accessible. Plus, beach and sun lovers benefit from the community's proximity to the Jersey Shore.
Surrey Downs features single-family homes available in 12 models. Floor plans range from 760 to 1,383 square feet and have one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and either an attached garage or a carport. Homes may also include dens and lofts.
Amenities in this community include a clubhouse with a fitness center, ballroom, catering kitchen, library, and more. Outdoors, residents can find a pool and athletic courts. Surrey Downs also has its own community transit, which escorts homeowners for errands, day trips, and hospital visits. Members of the community can also participate in a variety of clubs and activities, including social clubs, crafts, and fitness groups.