Retiring in New Jersey: Some 55+ Housing Options
Those born 55 years ago, or before, have several retirement housing options that are not generally available to the rest of the population. As a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist® (and over 55, myself!), I am well versed in those housing options, in the real estate needs, and in the lifestyle preferences of this growing consumer group.
As of mid-April 2016, there were 258 homes listed as suitable for the 55+ age group in Middlesex County, 68 in Somerset County, and 31 in Union County.
Below, I’ve gathered together some information about the three main retirement housing choices you can make (other than buying a “regular” house or condo).
Retirement Housing Option: 55+ Development
New Jersey is such a lovely state, that many people are choosing to remain here, rather than move to warmer climes. As a result, developers have created many housing complexes targeted specifically to those 55 years of age, or older. The 55+ developments (sometimes called “active adult” communities) typically offer a mix of detached houses and multi-unit condos or townhouses. They also include a variety of community services, such as a club house with exercise room and party room, tennis courts, swimming pool, and golf course. For worry-free exterior maintenance and snow removal, as well as all of these community services, you will pay a monthly fee.
Some of the 55+ developments in the area are listed below, with links to their websites, when available. If no link is provided, do contact me for additional information and to learn about available homes. If you are interested in exploring available properties in any of these developments, just contact me, and I’ll respond immediately.
|NJ Municipality||55+ Development|
|Chester||Four Seasons at Chester|
|Cranbury||Brookside at Monroe|
|East Brunswick||Briar Ridge Estates|
|Helmetta||Regency Walk at Helmetta|
|Kendall Park||Princeton Manor|
Estates at Meadow Creek
|Metuchen||Whitfield at Metuchen|
Greenbriar at Whittingham
Renaissance at Cranbury Crossing
Renaissance at Monroe
|Mount Arlington||Carriage Club at Mt Arlington
Ridgeview at Mount Arlington
|Old Bridge||Cheesequake Village|
|Plainsboro||Cranbury Brook – The Highlands
Cranbury Brook – The Villas
|Rockaway||Fox Hills Condominiums|
|Sayreville||Towne Lake at Sayreville|
|Scotch Plains||Heather Glen at Scotch Plains|
|South Brunswick||Four Seasons at South Brunswick|
|Union||Station Square at Union|
|Warren||Four Seasons at The Promenade|
|Watchung||Crystal Ridge Club|
Retirement Housing Option: Retirement Residence
A retirement residence (also called a “continuing-care community”) usually offers many living options, ranging from completely independent living to round-the-clock care. Most such residences are multi-unit buildings. Retirement residences run, round the clock, to support the retirees’ lifestyle. In addition to dining rooms that offer varied, nutritious meals, the residences have extensive exercise, activity, and excursion programs that enrich your life. A nursing staff supports the health care needs of the residents.
Some retirement residences in this part of New Jersey are listed below, with links to their websites. If you are interested in exploring vacancies in any of these residences, please call the residence, directly. Also, contact me, to discuss selling your current home.
|NJ Municipality||Retirement Residences|
|Basking Ridge||Fellowship Village|
|Edison||Brighton Gardens of Edison|
|Fanwood||The Chelsea at Fanwood|
|Florham Park||Wynwood of Florham Park|
|Monroe Twp||Monroe Village|
|Montville||The Chelsea at Montville|
|New Providence||Lantern Hill|
|Pompton Plains||Cedar Crest|
|Somerset||The Oscar & Ella Wilf Campus for Senior Living|
Retirement Housing Option: Assisted Living
If you, or a family member, have reached the stage of life when more focused care is important, then you may want to consider an assisted living environment (also called a “nursing home”). Nutritious meals, round-the-clock care, and activities appropriate to residents’ abilities are provided by these homes.
Area assisted living homes include those listed below. Again, please call the home, directly, if you wish to explore vacancies. Contact me, too, to discuss selling your current home.
|NJ Municipality||Assisted Living Homes|
|Chatham||Juniper Village at Chatham|
|East Brunswick||The Chelsea at East Brunswick|
|Florham Park||Brighton Gardens of Florham Park|
|Hillsborough||Emeritus at Hillsborough|
|Livingston||CareOne at Livingston|
|Millstone Twp||Ave Care Inc.|
|Piscataway||Francis E. Parker Memorial Home|
|Plainfield||JFK Hartwyck at Cedar Brook|
|Scotch Plains||Ashbrook Nursing Home|
|Somerset||McCarrick Care Center|
Good Resources at AARP.org!
AARP always has a lot of good information for seniors. They’ve specialized in that, for decades!
The aarp.org website has a section devoted to Your Home. You may want to bookmark that, because there are always new ideas.