There’s never been a better time to retire in Eastern Pennsylvania. With 125 flourishing active adult communities, active adult home seekers have their pick of location, floor plans, amenities, and price points in this region. If your budget is in the $300K range, you'll be pleased to see how much value you can get for your money when it comes to Eastern PA real estate.
The three main metropolitan areas here are Philadelphia, Reading, and Allentown. Though there are other large cities as well, the prevalence of farmlands, rolling hills, mountains, rivers, and parklands stands in contrast to these urban areas and offers welcome respites for active adults.
Allentown is part of the Lehigh Valley, which is known for its beautiful countryside and golf courses, among other things. Iron Lakes Country Club and The Golf Course at Glen Mills are two of the best. Eastern PA also has endless historical indoor and outdoor landmarks, since many Revolutionary War battles and other significant events took place here. Philly’s Fairmount Park and Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum are two popular attractions that tourists are drawn to, and there are dozens more as well.
You'll find much to see and do here, but when it comes down to it, your home is where you'll spend most of your time. Careful thought and preparation is needed to find a retirement community that will best suit your needs, and these outstanding Eastern PA properties all have homes for around $300K.
Arbours at Hearthstone - Quakertown, PA
It might be small in size, but this tight-knit 55+ neighborhood is in a desirable location and offers homebuyers affordable pricing. Arbours at Hearthstone will have a total of 133 new and resale attached homes when finished, and it's on a scenic 88-acre plot in Bucks County. The three low-maintenance models range from 1,565 to 2,100 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half baths, and attached garages. Options include tray ceilings, lofts, and great rooms, and the homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers trash and snow removal, lawn care, and common area maintenance.
Residents can use the community clubhouse, which offers a catering kitchen, fitness facility, and game room. There are also walking and biking trails on the property, which is only a few miles from the Route 309 corridor. This is lined with shops and services like Lowe’s, CVS, Wells Fargo Bank, Wawa, and GIANT grocery. Some other places worth visiting nearby are the Quaker Antique Mall and Great Blue Heron Park.
The Woods at Rock Raymond - Downingtown, PA
Built next to wooded open space, Chester County’s The Woods at Rock Raymond is a tranquil 55+ neighborhood that will have 120 new and resale attached homes upon completion. The eight floor plans are sized from 1,465 to 2,181 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, and one- or two-car garages. These well-appointed homes have standard features like nine-foot first-floor ceilings, hardwood floors, and full basements; options include stamped concrete patios, covered porches, and lofts. The HOA fee provides for lawn maintenance, exterior maintenance, and snow removal.
The Woods doesn't have a community clubhouse, but its location is central to everything you might need. There are several fitness centers just minutes away, and outdoor recreation areas like Kerr Park and Sunnybrook Brook provide dog parks, disc golf, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Downingtown is also full of grocery stores, pharmacies, specialty shops, and veterinarians. Also, the closest hospital would be Brandywine Tower Health, which is just five miles away.
Spring Valley Farms - Sanatoga, PA
Construction is underway at Spring Valley Farms, an active lifestyle community located about 24 miles east of Reading. Plans call for 178 new single-family homes and a private community clubhouse. Although it's not age-restricted, Spring Valley caters to active adult lifestyles with low-maintenance home designs and a HOA that will take care of common area maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal on driveways and walkways.
Sanatoga is also just 37 miles from Philly, and the property is in a less-developed area that offers peaceful surroundings. Not to worry though; within a five-mile radius, you'll find a Walmart Supercenter, Redners, pharmacies, and other shopping spots. There are many more in nearby Pottstown, a historic borough with community theaters, a train station, and the wonderful Brookside Country Club.
Wildflowers at Hillview - Coatesville, PA
The largest retirement community in this group is Wildflowers at Hillview, a must-see active adult neighborhood of 672 resale attached and single-family homes located 30 miles south of Reading. There are over 20 floor plans, ranging from 1,332 up to 2,311 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bedrooms, and attached two-car garages. All have first-floor owner’s suites, and options may include decks, covered porches, flex rooms, hardwood floors, and basements. The HOA fee covers lawn maintenance, snow removal, and other services.
What really makes Wildflowers stand out, though, is its five community centers. Its main clubhouse has a catering kitchen, a ballroom, and activity rooms, while the fitness center provides an exercise facility, plus indoor and outdoor pools and spas. The three other centers are great for relaxing with friends as they have a bocce court, lounge areas, flat-screen TVs, a library, and a tech center. Residents also enjoy spending time at group events and activities like holiday parties, gardening, Hustlers Singles Tournaments, poker, and wine and dine outings.