The Old Glory statue outside the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, PA

Pennsylvania has a wide variety of communities for active adults on a budget.

Retiring in Pennsylvania can be all about living near a big city where everything is within an arm’s reach, or it could mean retiring in a more laid-back atmosphere near quaint towns and wide-open spaces. If you’re working with a budget of around $250k, you can settle into a retirement community that’s around an hour from places like Philadelphia or somewhere more rural. 

We have done some Pennsylvania real estate research for you, and we've come up with five active adult communities with homes for sale within this price range. They all offer convenient locations, a choice of floor plans, and desirable amenities. Have a look and see what suits your needs.

The Paddock at Equine Meadows - Red Lion, PA

Mid $100s - High $200s

With a nice selection of new and resale attached homes, The Paddock at Equine Meadows is a low-key 55+ neighborhood outside of York. Plans call for 174 homes with seven floor plans ranging from 1,310 to 3,000 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Options include upgraded kitchen appliances, hardwood floors, fireplaces, morning rooms, and sunrooms, and the monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers lawn maintenance and snow removal.

This friendly community has a slew of social activities, including line dancing, dinners, water aerobics, the Equine Singers, and quilting. Many meet at the clubhouse, which offers a party room, catering kitchen, exercise room, and library. The two closest hospitals are WellSpan York and UPMC Memorial, and Red Lion is a friendly borough with community events, a park, churches, shops, and services.

Learn more information about The Paddock at Equine Meadows here. 

Manatawny VillagePottstown, PA

High $100s - Low $200s

Located about 40 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Pottstown is a mid-sized borough that is home to the inviting community of Manatawny Village. The community is slated for 153 new and resale attached homes, and the three models range from 1,056 to 1,948 square feet with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Extras include lofted second levels, basements, and patios, and the HOA fee provides for snow removal and lawn care.

Plans call for a private clubhouse, which will have gathering rooms and other perks for homeowners. This neighborhood is also located between two shopping centers with a Walmart Supercenter, movie theater, restaurants, beauty salon, grocery store, and pharmacies. Nearby attractions include the Schuylkill River Trail, Montgomery County Community College, and Bellewood Golf Club.

Learn more information about Manatawny Village here. 

Village of Buckingham Springs - New Hope, PA

High $100s - High $200s

Also about an hour outside of Philly, Village of Buckingham Springs is in the charming town of New Hope in sought-after Bucks County. This established 55+ community has 646 resale single-family homes with nine models ranging from 1,056 to 1,680 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and off-street parking or attached garages. Upgrades include breakfast rooms, built-ins, and porches, and the HOA fee provides for trash and snow removal.

Homeowners take advantage of the community bus, which transports them to community events like casino trips and nights out. The clubhouse is the site for activities like card games and computer club, and it offers an exercise room and heated outdoor pool and spa. Popular nearby attractions include Peddlers Village and the Rivers Casino, and the closest medical facility is Chester County Hospital

Learn more information about Village of Buckingham Springs here. 

Hershey's Mill - West Chester, PA

Low $200s - High $700s

It’s easy to see why Hershey’s Mill is one of our most popular communities; with a golf course, clubhouse and community center, it offers homeowners year-round resort-style living. This established, gated retirement community has 1,720 resale attached homes with nine models ranging from 1,158 to 3,153 square feet. They offer one to three bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages, and additional options include dens, decks, lofts, and breakfast nooks. The HOA fee covers water, sewer, and other services as well as a community bus.

In addition to the clubhouse, there’s an outdoor pool, a community center, a TV studio, and a pet park as well as tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts. There are dozens of clubs and activities, meaning you will find plenty to do with your friends and neighbors all year. Off-site local attractions include picturesque Downtown West Chester, Longwood Gardens, and historic Sugartown.

Learn more information about Hershey's Mill here.

Centennial Station - Warminster, PA

Below $100k - High $200s

Budget-friendly and geared towards downsizing, Centennial Station was completed in 2000 with 410 well-designed studio and two-bedroom condo units. The models range from 456 to 1,412 square feet, and the HOA fee provides for trash, snow, water, sewer, and landscaping services as well as common area maintenance. Some units have upgrades like oversized walk-in closets, roof decks, and wet bars.

Centennial Station has unique amenities like a professional center with a bank, hair salon, dentist, and restaurant. The private clubhouse has an indoor pool, tennis court, exercise room, arts and crafts studio, and a ballroom for social gatherings. Popular group activities include dance class, water aerobics, and ceramics. This exceptional community is situated just minutes away from a Walmart Supercenter and a Costco, plus the Warminster Community Park with its own dog park is also nearby.

Learn more information about Centennial Station here.