Sure, it’s our nation’s birthplace, but the City of Brotherly Love is also buzzing with new energy. There’s a real estate boom happening in and around the city, including a $25 million upgrade at University Square and a $43 million new YMCA in Willow Grove. This thriving city and its surrounding suburbs are a hotbed for new development, growth, and active lifestyles. As a matter of fact, active adult home seekers have close to 100 retirement communities to consider if they're interested in Philadelphia area real estate.
Philly is part of the Delaware Valley, which also includes parts of Delaware and New Jersey. You can find many of its desirable retirement communities in Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Some of the region’s best-known landmarks include the Please Touch Museum (your grandchildren will love it), the King of Prussia Mall, and Longwood Gardens. And once you get out of the metropolitan area the landscape opens up, with rolling hills, farmlands, forests, mountains, and unique small towns like New Hope and Kennett Square.
We could also tell you about the Philadelphia area’s top medical organizations, golf courses, restaurants, and cultural attractions, but then we wouldn’t have room to spotlight four of our favorite 55+ communities in this area, all with homes for sale around $300k.
Low $200s - Low $300s
Thinking of downsizing? The Village of Rose View will have 60 villa and 40 carriage homes when completed. The gated property is being built by E.J. Walsh III & Associates in Chester County, about 50 miles west of Center City Philadelphia. The eight floor plans range from 1,480 to 2,450 square feet, with one or two bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Options include lofts, dens, patios, and breakfast nooks.
Rose View’s community clubhouse was designed for relaxation and active pursuits, with a cozy community room, a catering kitchen, a recreation room and bar, and a modern exercise room. The Shoppes at Jenner’s Village is less than a mile away, and it has a GIANT Food Store, a bank, restaurants, pharmacies, and other stores.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Moving closer to Philly, we come across Spring Family Farms, a Montgomery County active adult community that will have 178 single-family residences built by Ryan Homes. There are four thoughtfully designed floor plans ranging from 1,150 to 1,694 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half baths, and attached two-car garages.
You can expect to find upgrades like hardwood floors, eat-in kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops in some of these appealing ranch-style homes. Plans are also underway for a private clubhouse, which will have amenities for resident use. Sanatoga is close to Pottstown, and nearby shopping centers include Upland Square and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Well-known recreation areas include Green Lane Park and Bella Vista Golf Course.
High $200s - Low $300s
Bucks County is a haven for active adults, and here, you'll find the inviting neighborhood of The Villas at Chancellor's Glen. This established community has 200 resale attached homes built by Granor Price, and they're laid out in buildings with either two or four units. Each townhome is sized at about 1,600 square feet with one to two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, attached garages, and full basements. Upgrades include porches, lofts, and fireplaces.
Popular social activities at The Villas include movie nights, ladies swim, games, sewing, and TGIF socials. Many take place at the community clubhouse, which offers gathering rooms, an exercise room, an indoor pool, and a bocce ball court. The community is near the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making travel easy; nearby landmarks include Marketplace at Neshaminy and Poquessing Park.
High $200s - Low $300s
One of the area’s best-selling retirement communities is Hershey’s Mill, an impressive community with 1,720 resale attached homes in Chester County. This established, gated community has nine floor plans (designed by different builders) alongside an incredible array of indoor and outdoor amenities. It has 25 separate villages, and the homes range from 1,158 up to a generous 3,153 square feet. They come with one to three bedrooms, two to four baths, and one- or two-car garages. Extras may include basements, bay windows, granite countertops, and decks.
Hershey’s Mill is a favorite choice for retirees because of those resort-style amenities we mentioned earlier. Its shining star is the Hershey's Mill Golf Club, a private, full-service club with an 18-hole, 6,500-yard course, and a restaurant. The main clubhouse has pickleball, bocce ball, and tennis courts, along with an outdoor pool, a wood shop, and its own TV studio. There’s also a second, smaller community center, gardening plots, a pet park, and walking and biking trails on the grounds. And as you can imagine, there are dozens of clubs and activities such as the Ski “Schussers,” computer club, lunch bunch, Aquacize, and the Baby Boomers Social Group.