There’s a lot to love about living in Pennsylvania. Its 46,055 square miles offer large metropolitan areas like Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, as well as small and friendly towns like New Hope and Lititz. Residents can reap the benefits of living near some of the top-ranked medical centers in the country while taking advantage of world-class ski resorts, excellent wine trails, over 300 golf courses, and stunning parks and recreational areas like Allegheny National Forest.
Whether you want to stay near family, downsize in the place you've always called home, enjoy four seasons, or all of the above, Pennsylvania is a great option. Its outstanding highway infrastructure plus a central Mid-Atlantic location puts it in close proximity to New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Delaware, creating a wealth of easy travel opportunities for active adults. The median home value in Pennsylvania is $155,500, and the state’s personal income tax is currently 3.07 percent, which is one of the lowest in the country.
Here are some 55+ communities to consider if you want to retire in Pennsylvania.
Willow Green - Northampton
Willow Green is located in Northampton, a suburb of Allentown. This gated, 55+ community has 188 single-family and attached resale homes built from 2004 to 2007. Attached models are 1,595 to 2,684 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. The single-family homes are 1,748 to 2,821 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three baths, and attached two-car garages.
There is a popular clubhouse with a fitness center and activity rooms, plus an indoor spa, and an outdoor pool. Willow Brook Golf Course is just across the street, and nearby Route 22 provides quick access to local shopping and medical facilities.
Carmella - Mechanicsburg
This active adult community is minutes from Harrisburg and is a newer development with 190 attached new and resale homes. There are seven models sized from 1,513 and 2,566 square feet with two to three bedrooms, dens, two or more baths, and two car garages available. All homes offer first-floor master suites and upgrades.
Carmella has an on-site clubhouse, a kitchen and bar area, a library, plus an outdoor pool and patio. It is also near many golf courses, parks, shopping, and Harrisburg International Airport.
The Arbours at Eagle Pointe - Philadelphia
If you want to live near where the action is, The Arbours at Eagle Pointe is for you. This newer development in Philadelphia started construction in 2008 by Westrum and has 398 new and resale single-family and attached homes. Its attached homes are 2,181 or 2,362 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one-car garages. Single-family homes have two bedrooms, two or more bathrooms, and one to two-car garages.
The property features a clubhouse, pub, outdoor pool and spa, a putting green, natural space, lakes, and is close to Parx Casino and Benjamin Rush State Park.
The Reserve at Gwynedd - Lansdale
This vibrant community is in Montgomery County, about 45 minutes north of Philly and 15 minutes from Valley Forge. Built from 2005 to 2012 by Del Webb, this gated community of single-family, attached and condo homes totals 400 residences. There are 10 different models, ranging from 1,494 to 3,184 square feet.
In addition to an 8,000 square-foot community center, it also has its own sports center, with indoor and outdoor pools, and an exercise room. The Reserve of Gwynedd also has lovely walking paths, parks, a pond, and over 35 social and activity groups.
Indian Valley Greenes - Telford
This exclusive, active adult community is nestled within Indian Valley Country Club in Telford. It is just under an hour north of Philadelphia. With just 96 attached resale homes, Indian Valley Greenes offers the security of a gated community. The generously sized residences offer 3,025 to 4,825 square feet, three to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to four bathrooms, and two-car garages.
Homeowners can join the Club, which features an 18-hole golf course, pools, a clubhouse, tennis courts, and an upscale dining room.