Communities for adults ages 55 and older are cropping up everywhere (one clearinghouse identified 91 in the Philadelphia area alone). Far from placid shared housing, these communities offer amenities like game rooms, clubhouses, gyms and pools. And the homes on site are spacious, accessible, and full of luxurious details. Here are three on the market in Philadelphia's suburbs.
5 Elfreths Court, Newtown
Monthly taxes: $851
Tell me all about it: Lots of people think of real estate options for older adults as either condos or single-level, ranch-style homes. We love that this three-bedroom home is spread over 4,400 square feet on three levels — all accessible via private elevator. The en-suite master bedroom features dual walk-in closets and its own soaking tub. The community, Delancey Court, also features its own ballroom, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, and a game room. Bonus: Who doesn't like on-site bocce courts?
1299 Robynwood Lane, West Chester
Monthly taxes: $457
Tell me all about it: This three-bedroom, three-bath home is part of Robynwood Village within the Hershey's Mill community. We love that this model includes an attached garage and a master bedroom with a luxury, en-suite bath. Outside, the home boasts a large deck, as well as a rear patio.
172 Sydney Rd., Southampton
Monthly taxes: $656
Tell me all about it: We love that this three-bedroom home offers a full, first-floor master suite and that bedrooms upstairs get their own private living space as well. This Regency at Northampton property also boasts a lovely gourmet kitchen. The community includes a private clubhouse, pool, gym and dedicated walking trails.