When most people think of Pennsylvania, big cities like Philadelphia and Harrisburg come to mind, but there's so much more to the Keystone State, and savvy active adult home seekers know that Eastern Pennsylvania real estate is an excellent option. Care to know why?
In addition to the budget-friendly home prices (we’re including several communities with available homes at $250K or less), this area features outdoor recreation areas like the Pocono Mountains and the Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area. The region is also dotted with numerous public and private golf courses, disc golf courses, farms, lakes, rivers, valleys, and covered bridges.
Culturally, Eastern Pennsylvania houses historical, mid-sized cities like Allentown and Reading, the quaint villages of Bucks County’s Amish Country, art galleries, museums, and excellent local theater companies.
Opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation abound in this region, but when it comes time for running errands, visiting the doctor, or other daily necessities, you’re still in the right place. There are large chain stores here, incredible farmers markets, and some of the most well-respected medical centers include Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Bensalem and Reading Hospital.
Here are four affordable Eastern Pennsylvania active adult communities worth considering.
St. Joseph Court — Fallsington
It isn’t easy to find a small, reasonably-priced 55+ neighborhood with new construction in Bucks County, but St. Joseph Court has all this and more. Builder McGrath Homes broke ground on the property in 2017, and upon completion, it will have 76 new attached homes.
These spacious townhomes range from 1,625 to 2,333 square feet, with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, first-floor master suites, and one-or two-car garages. The airy kitchens feature granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
A homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers exterior home maintenance, road repairs, snow removal, and lawn care. Plans are underway for a modern clubhouse, which will have gathering rooms, a fitness center, and bocce courts.
Jennersville Farm — West Grove
Jennersville Farm has much in common with St. Joseph Court, but this community is in Chester County, near historic Kennett Square. It's also conveniently close to the intersection of Route 796 and Baltimore Pike, an area that has a wide array of grocery stores, restaurants, salons, banks, and whatever else you might need. It's also surrounded by top golf courses like Inniscrone and the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club.
This gated, active adult community is being completed by E.J. Walsh III & Associates, and it will have 100 new and resale attached homes when construction is finished. There are two home styles, Carriages and Villas.
The two-unit Carriage homes offer four floor plans, ranging from 1,600 to 2,450 square feet, with one to two bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached two-car garages. The Villas also come in four models, though somewhat smaller at 1,480 to 1,800 square feet, with two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and attached one- or two-car garages.
The welcoming clubhouse has a large community room with a fireplace, plus a recreation room with a bar, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, and a library. Popular activities include attending cocktail parties, playing poker or billiards, and exercising along the walking trail.
The Village at Maidencreek — Blandon
Head out towards Reading and you'll find The Village at Maidencreek, another gated 55+ neighborhood with new and resale offerings. It's being built by Larken Associates, and the community will have 110 attached homes upon completion.
Blandon is in Berks County, which is part of the state’s “Americana Region.” It's known for its relaxed pace of life, Crystal Cave, VF Outlet, and year-round events like Cyclemania Bike Week and Reading Fightin’ Phils Minor League baseball games.
There are five floor plans, sized from 1,494 to 2,367 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and attached one-car garages. Features like gourmet kitchens, breakfast nooks, and expansive master bedroom suites make these desirable homes even more appealing.
Located at the clubhouse, the resort-like amenities include an exercise room, a whirlpool spa, steam and sauna rooms, a business center with a conference room, a fireplace lounge, a catering kitchen and serving bar, and a cozy, screened-in porch.
The Village at Upstream Farm — Easton
Easton is a suburb of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, about 15 miles west in Northampton County. This gated retirement community was built from 2002 to 2009, and it has 124 resale attached homes. Blandon is a small town, with a population of around 8,000 and close proximity to Forks Community Park, Lafayette College (in nearby Easton), the Delaware River, and the New Jersey state line.
Homebuyers can choose from three ranch-style models, sized from 991 to 1,180 square feet, with one bedroom, one or one-and-a-half baths, and an attached one-car garage. The two larger models also include dens, which can be converted into second bedrooms. Some have features like wall-to-wall carpeting, walk-in closets, vaulted ceilings, and enclosed porches.
The HOA fee provides for lawn care and snow removal, and the community clubhouse has an exercise facility and several gathering rooms.