New Jersey has 21 counties, and Gloucester (pronounced “Glaw-ster by locals) is its 14th-most populous. Its northern border meets the Delaware River, and this county is where New Jersey's larger cities like Williamstown and Deptford are located. Much of the region is rural and less developed though, so you can get the best of both worlds living here.
Gloucester County real estate also tends to be more budget-friendly. Homes in active adult neighborhoods start in the low $100s and top off in the mid $300s, so you can find a lot of homes within the constraints of your budget. You’ll also find top-performing hospitals in this area, like Jefferson Washington Township and Virtua Hospital, with the added option of driving into Philadelphia, which has some of the best hospitals in the country.
Speaking of Philadelphia, it’s easy to get there by driving over the bridges or via public transportation. Another popular destination for Glouco residents is Atlantic City, which attracts visitors of all ages throughout the year.
We've found four 55+ Gloucester County communities with homes for sale in the $250k price range. Read on to learn more about them, and see how far your homebuying dollars will go.
Low $200s - Mid $200s
If your ideal retirement community is in a bustling, vibrant city with endless shopping outlets and services, you should consider Northgate at Heritage. It’s an established 55+ community with 400 resale single-family homes close to Route 42, Route 55, and the New Jersey Turnpike. Everything you need is a stone’s throw away, like a Walmart Supercenter, clothing stores, pharmacies, and Inspira Medical Center Woodbury. It’s also only 10 miles from Philly and even closer to Valley Brook Country Club.
Builder Engle Homes designed Northgate with several floor plans ranging from 1,448 to 2,385 square feet. These attractive homes offer two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached garages. Features include dens, front porches, and fireplaces; upgrades include hardwood floors and lofts. There's a reasonable homeowners’ association (HOA) fee to provide for trash and snow removal as well as lawn care.
The community clubhouse has indoor amenities like arts and crafts rooms, a catering kitchen, a ballroom, and an exercise room. During the warmer seasons, you’ll find homeowners outside enjoying the putting green, outdoor pool, bocce ball court, tennis court, and walking trails.
Mid $200s - High $200s
Heading south from Deptford, we find Stirling Glen, a gated active adult neighborhood slated for 195 new single-family homes built by J.S. Hovnanian & Sons. It's just outside of Scotland Run Golf Club and mere minutes from lovely Washington Lake Park, with nearby shops and services like Cross Keys Commons, the Shoppes at Cross Keys, and AC Moore.
The three customizable floor plans range from 1,744 to 2,032 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include dens, nine-foot ceilings, front and back patios, and stainless steel appliances. The HOA fee provides for lawn care and snow removal. Plans are underway for a private clubhouse with an outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, a fitness center, plus activity rooms and a catering kitchen.
Low $200s - High $300s
Four Seasons at Weatherby is more off the beaten path, outside of the rural town of Swedesboro but still close enough to the Jersey Turnpike to make travel easy. It was completed in 2013 by K. Hovnanian, and it has 428 resale single-family homes behind its gated entry.
There are over a dozen open-concept models ranging from 1,306 to 3,430 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached garages. You can expect to find features like dens, second-story lofts, and designer kitchens in these beautifully laid-out homes, and some have wooded lots and additional storage areas. There's also a monthly HOA fee to cover certain community services.
This 55+ community has one of the finest clubhouses around with sports courts, a fitness center, an aerobics studio, an outdoor pool, a ballroom, and activity rooms. There’s also a putting green, ponds, and trails on the property. Popular clubs and events include bird watching, travel, and dining out. Homeowners also enjoying hitting the links at Beckett Golf Club and trying the wines at Wagonhouse Winery.
Low $100s - Mid $200s
The affordable active adult community of Parke Place is on the outskirts of James G. Atkinson Park, a 66-acre recreation area with pickleball and tennis courts, picnic areas, an exercise trail, and a walking path. It’s also across the road from the Margaret E. Heggan Library, an animal hospital, and a church. Nearby shops and services include a ShopRite, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and gourmet dining options like Fischer’s Pelican Restaurant.
This friendly community was built between 1999 and 2003 with 406 resale condo and single-family homes. The cozy condos range from 1,353 to 1,436 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, patios or balconies, and lot parking. The seven single-family floor plans range from 1,308 to 2,268 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three baths, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options may include covered porches, dens, eat-in kitchens, and granite countertops. The HOA fee covers certain community services.
Parke Place’s clubhouse provides residents with a fitness center, game rooms, bocce ball and tennis courts, plus an outdoor pool and patio area.