128 Sussex Way, Southampton Township, New Jersey 08088
Well Established, Gated 55+ LeisureTowne is Tucked in a Pine Forest and Boasts Cute Single Family Homes, Town Homes, Recreation Centers, Dozens of Activity Clubs, a Reasonable HOA Fee and More
Nestled inside southern New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve, the largest forested region on the Eastern Seaboard, compact, gated 55+ LeisureTowne is surrounded by lakes and woodlands. Orleans Homes broke ground on this community in 1971, with building wrapping up in the mid-1980s. The demographic is mature, with two thirds of residents age 65 or better.
The development consists of 2,255 cute town homes and single family homes. Floor plans range from about 1,000 square feet to more than 2,300 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths and an attached single car garage. All properties are single story, and many, but not all, have an updated interior. Exteriors are primarily vinyl siding, while some feature brick. Front porches are common. Some dwellings have a water view as LeisureTowne is dotted with lakes. Each household is allowed three humans and two pets.
Prices begin below $100,000 and top out in the low-$300,000s. The HOA fee is $77 per month. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change over time.
LeisureTowne has four clubhouse/recreation buildings with stages, meeting rooms, billiards tables, libraries, fully-equipped kitchens, fitness equipment and computers. There is even a copy center.
Dozens of clubs keep homeowners engaged. A line dancing club, an art club, second Saturday socials club, a target shooting club and more are just a few of these.
Residents enjoy two swimming pools, a gazebo, a driving range, as well as courts for bocce, shuffleboard, and tennis. Neighbors kayak, canoe and fish on the community's lakes.
The LeisureTowne shuttle ferries residents to local stores and is available for special expeditions.
The Pinelands Preserve visitor center is on the historic Bishop Farmstead and is a great introduction to the Pinelands Reserve. The nearby Brendan T. Byrne State Park was once the home of Lebanon Glass Works. The factory closed in 1867 because its furnace had used up all the wood from the surrounding forest (the forest has since grown back). Major roadways are close, making New York City and Philadelphia accessible.
Virtua Memorial Hospital is in Mount Holly, eight miles away, and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain and 22 inches of snow per year.
Visit www.leisuretowne.org for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y7qtq8v5 for listings.
New Jersey is a peninsula, the fourth smallest state by area but the 11th largest by population. It is, in fact, the most densely populated state in the country. About 90% of it people live in an urban area.
In the early-1600s, the Dutch were the first Europeans to make land claims in New Jersey. The state was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule during the American Revolution.
In 1804, New Jersey was the last northern state to abolish slavery. In the 19th-century its factories helped drive the Industrial Revolution, and through WWI and WWII, the state was a center for war production, especially naval construction.
Today, New Jersey has more than 50 resort cities and towns, including Asbury Park, Wildwood, Seaside Heights, Cape May and Atlantic City.
Speaking of Atlantic City, its street names come from the board game Monopoly, and it has the longest boardwalk in the world.
The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, and the first drive-in movie theatre was in Camden.
Population - 8,908,443
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates age 25+ - 89%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 38%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 20%
White persons, not Hispanic - 72%
Median household income - $76,594
Median home value - $321,000
Persons in poverty - 10%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
The concept of living in an active adult community started in the 1950s and 1960s. The first 55+ community was in Youngtown, Arizona and opened in 1954 (it removed its age restriction in 1999). Del Webb's Sun City, also in Arizona, opened in 1960 and is the longest-running 55+ community in the U.S. DelWebb is still building 55+ developments today.
Other builders, catching on to the baby boomer retirement wave, have also been building 55+ communities. Today the largest 55+ community is The Villages in central Florida. It has three zip codes, nearly 60,000 homes and sprawls across 200,000 acres.
People are drawn to these communities because most residents are of the same socioeconomic background. They share a common history and outlook. It is easy to make new friends and find a sense of community.
And 55+ community amenities, particularly in newer developments, are especially appealing. They often rival resort amenities (and are usually what drive costs up). Aside from summer camp or an all-inclusive resort, where can you find golf courses, marinas, planned activities, fitness centers and much more, all for one price?
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