Ever since Rossmoor Village opened in 1965, Monroe Township, New Jersey (also called Monroe) has turned into a haven for active adult retirees. This vibrant suburb is close to the more metropolitan areas of Central New Jersey, Northern New Jersey, and New York City. Many of Monroe’s 55+ neighborhoods have express buses that take homeowners to the Port Authority in Manhattan, and there are also park-and-ride lots. Located in Middlesex County off Exit 8A, this area also gives residents easy access to the New Jersey Turnpike.
Monroe doesn’t have a designated downtown area, but there are more than enough grocery stores, pharmacies, casual restaurants, and medical offices throughout town. Two of its most well-known attractions are James Monroe Park and Clearbrook Golf Course. Residents also enjoy making short drives to intriguing towns like Princeton and New Brunswick. Also, beach towns like Asbury Park are about 30 miles east.
We have 14 active adult communities in Monroe with new and resale condos, townhomes, and single-family homes. Here are several neighborhoods with homes for sale under $250k that are worth a look.
Low $100s – High $300s
First on the list is Whittingham, an established gated 55+ community of 413 resale single-family, attached, and condo homes. It’s next door to its sister community Greenbriar, which is priced somewhat higher. The two share a clubhouse, but they have separate homeowners’ associations (HOA). There are a total of nine floor plans, ranging from about 1,200 to over 1,900 square feet. These offer two bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and one- to two-and-a-half-car attached garages. Upgrades may include dens, porticos, vaulted ceilings, and newer appliances.
Whittingham’s impressive amenities cover all the bases. The extraordinary clubhouse has an indoor pool, an indoor track, an exercise room, and the well-liked Tap Room Restaurant. There are also craft rooms, a ballroom, tennis courts, bocce courts, and an outdoor pool and spa. But that’s not all: Homeowners can also play on the property’s nine-hole golf course, plant in the community garden, and use the RV parking lot. You can also find over 30 clubs and activities to partake in at Whittingham, with diverse choices like “Knitwits,” movie nights, Yiddish Club, body sculpting, and Atlantic City trips.
Mid $100s – Mid $400s
Concordia also has a golf course as well as a multi-million dollar clubhouse that homeowners use to their hearts’ content. Completed in 2000, this gated active adult neighborhood has 1,757 resale single-family, attached, and condo homes with 14 models. Homes range from 950 to 1,700 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Depending on the floor plan, these appealing homes may include expansive master suites, lofts, granite kitchen counters, and fireplaces. The reasonable HOA fee includes trash and snow removal and exterior maintenance.
This community’s 18-hole golf course is one of its main draws, and it also has practice facilities and a nice restaurant. Club Concordia has a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with an aerobics studio and an indoor pool and whirlpool spa. There’s a second pool outside, plus lighted tennis courts, bocce courts, and walking trails. Concordia also has its own TV station as well as popular groups and events such as the newspaper committee, the Christian Fellowship Group, Aquacize, and the Social Singles’ Club.