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55+ Community Info

Living in Active Adult Community is a great way to enjoy one level and maintenance free living. Most communities cover the cost of maintenance and amenities with a homeowner’s association fee (HOA). Here are a few examples of  some of the great amenities communities may offer: pool access, events, community centers, a golf course and a restaurant. These amenities will help keep you active and social with your neighbors!

Briarwood Commons
Whitehall, Pa
Briarwood Commons offers various floor-plans to choose from, designed for 100% first floor living space. Open concept will allow for you to customize to lifestyle and your needs, dining room or study, breakfast nook or family room.
The community ammenties include: clubhouse, exercise room, meeting areas, card room, kitchen area, and deck to host community events.
HOA Fee:  $115 / month

The Cottages at Belmont Glen
Location:  Whitehall, Pa
Beautiful surroundings, with great views. This community is made up of beautiful spacious homes on private parcels. Luxurious master suites, extraordinary kitchens, family rooms are crafted with the finest materials.
Convenient to Rt. 33, Rt. 22 and I-78.
HOA Fee:  $169 / month

The Cottages at Monocacy Creek
Bethlehem, Pa
The Cottages at Monocacy Creek, open floor plans optional sun-room, and loft allows you the  to customize your home. So if you want to extend your patio or deck, maybe add a fence, grow a garden or create your own private retreat, you can! Nestled near historic Monocacy Creek, close to the Archibald Johnston Conservation.
HOA Fee:  $179 / month

Country Classics Legacy at Morgan Hill 
Easton, Pa
Active-Adult town-homes located looking down onto the Lehigh Valley close to Routes 78, 278 and New Jersey. Five styles of town-homes ranging from 2,425  to 2,850 sqft, master bedroom suites on the first floor.
A gated community offers clubhouse, with an exercise room, craft room, game room, kitchen, office, card-playing room with a stone fireplace, media room, and a heated pool.
Social events held throughout the year at the Clubhouse:
International night, super bowl party, holiday barbecues, doo wop dance, billiard tournament and pool parties are just a few events!
Located adjacent to the community is Morgan Hill Golf Course a premier 18-hole golf course, along with the award-winning Vintage Restaurant and Bar.
HOA Fee:  $277 / month*

Four Seasons at Farmington
Macungie, Pa
Four Seasons at Farmington, premier community in the Lehigh Valley for  55+, a fabulous community offers an a resort lifestyle with a clubhouse, outdoor heated pool, tennis court, fitness center, bocce court, golf, walking trails. Luxurious ranch-style single family homes,  and  minutes from Allentown and Bethlehem.
HOA Fee:  $282 / month

Four Seasons at Saucon Valley
Hellertown, Pa
Four Seasons is an active 55+ condominium community made up of 158 duplex and quad homes with attached two-car garages.
The clubhouse is the focal point for social and recreational activities. A tennis court, bocce court, putting green, shuffleboard court, and a heated pool.
HOA Fee:  $265 / month

Highlands of Glenmoor
Easton, Pa
Active 55+ community with all the outside maintenance is taken care of. Homes have open floor plans with high ceilings, and a 2-car garage. The clubhouse is filled with amenities, heated pool, exercise room, library, 3 card rooms, craft room, putting green, bocce court, workshop.
HOA Fee: $250 / month*

Jacob’s Farm
Easton, Pa
Offering a wonderful clubhouse with lots of activities, tennis courts, shuffle board, a theater room, diner style kitchen and dining, card playing room, lounge, and gym. Built in 2003, there are 135 homes located close to Route 33, shopping and dining.
HOA Fee:  $500 / month

Traditions of America at Bridlepath
Bethlehem, Pa
55+ community with a great location in the Lehigh Valley. National Award-Winning 55+ community features resort-style amenities and recreational activities. Parties, classes, clubs and trips organized by the full-time Lifestyle Director, and so much more!
HOA Fee:  $180 / month*

Traditions of America at Hanover
Bethlehem, Pa
Voted the “best new homes community” in Lehigh Valley and one of the 100 best master-planned communities in the US. The community features a two-story clubhouse with many resort-style activities. A full-time Lifestyle Director plans clubs, parties and trips, and arranges for a variety of services for the homeowners in this active 55+ community.
Clubhouse features: whirlpool spa, heated pool (seasonal), aerobics and fitness room, billiard room, card room. Both single- or two-story town-homes available with the lawn care and other maintenance.
HOA Fee:  $180 / month*

Turnberry Mews
Bethlehem, Pa
Luxury 55+ Condo Community in Bethlehem Township. Units come standard with an elevator that services all levels, have spacious room sizes, kitchens with granite counter-tops, hardwood floors, tiled baths, gas fireplaces in the family room, lots of light and windows, 3 zone heat, patios and a 2-car garage. Located close to historic downtown Bethlehem, RT 33, 22, 378 and 78.
HOA Fee:  $250 / quarterly*

Villages at Upstream Farms
Easton, Pa
The Village at Upstream Farm, is a gated community designed for age 55 and older. Homes in  Village at Upstream Farm offers quality construction and amenities. The community center offers an exercise facility, entertainment room. There is a variety of arts, cultural venues and some of the best shopping in the area.
HOA Fee:  $370 / month

Willow Green
Northampton, Pa
Located in Allen Township, just north of Bethlehem, PA, Willow Green is one of the area’s premier communities. Energy-efficient, designed to minimize your maintenance with one floor living, spacious kitchens, master suites, 2 car garages, and plenty of storage. The clubhouse has a library, computer room, whirlpool spa, heated pool, sports bar, fitness rooms. Across the street is Willow Brook Golf Course.  The community provides year-round lawn care and snow removal.
HOA Fee:  $250 / month

Wild Cherry Knoll
Macungie, Pa
A wonderful 55+ gated community, if luxury is what you are looking for, then visit Wild Cherry Knoll. This community has detached homes and semi-detached. The community has  a clubhouse with social & card rooms, aerobics, and a library. Enjoy the outdoor pool, tennis court, shuffle board, and walking trails!
HOA Fee:  $115 / month

*HOA fees and amenities are not guaranteed, may vary on home and HOA changes and/or updates.

Contact us to learn more about the communities, homes available, or to set an appointment.

We were not meant to live alone

Over the past 13 years in my real estate career, I have helped many older people move. Helping the elderly move is work that I love and work that I am good at! Through the years, I have come to the conclusion that God did not make us to live alone, especially as we age. I know this to be true because I have witnessed blossoming transformations in a person after they have moved into a social setting again.

Whether someone moves into a retirement community, assisted living or nursing care or if they have moved in with other family members, it is the social connection with others that change a person.

True story…. I was asked to help an 85+ woman move from her home. When I met Ruth she looked tired. She was living alone in a 4 bedroom home that was much too large for her. It had a big yard, lots of rooms, there still was a lawn to cut, oil to buy for the furnace, windows to scrape and repaint. All too much work and upkeep especially at 85+ years old.

After we sold her house and she moved into independent living, I went for a visit. Ruth’s transformation was astounding! Her cheeks were literally rosy, her eyes had a bright sparkle and she wore a big smile on her face. When I asked how was she doing she said, “Oh Diana I’m having so much fun meeting new people everyday.” When I commented that I thought that she looked so much healthier she smiled and said, “The food is so good here that I think I may have put on some weight.”

We want the people who we love to be happy, healthy and living independently if they that is what they want. We encourage them to move out of the big home into a place where they can be safe, social again, eat regularly and meet other people. It can be a big transition sometimes but it is so worth the effort!

I was so happy to see Ruth sparkle with joy. It made my heart happy to know that I had helped her through her transition.

What does SRES mean? – Senior Real Estate Specialist

As a trained Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), I will meet with you and your loved ones to discuss your needs, outline your choices and help you determine the best option for you.

When necessary I can call on a team of experts including Home Inspectors, Estate Liquidation Services, Appraisers, Movers and Attorneys. This will ensure that the purchase and move to your new residence will proceed smoothly. There is always an emotional element associated with selling your home. As a professional I specialize in the needs of
seniors. Either finding a new residence, or staying in your current home, I will be able
to assist you through the entire process.

What is an SRES?
A Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have successfully completed a series of educational courses on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. They also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and are familiar with local community resources and services.

My mission is to help seniors and their families navigate the maze of financial, legal and emotional issues that accompany the sale of the home.
What qualities make an SRES® different? I am….
• Knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate in dealing with senior issues.
• Placing your best interests first and foremost in my mind.
• Able to suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it.
• Approaching the transaction in a no-pressure way and provide superior service.
• Willing to take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process.
• Understanding the emotional demands that a sale can make on a senior, and try to minimize them.
• Interacting easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caretakers.
• Knowledgeable about local senior housing options and elder support services.
• Possessing a wide network of other senior-focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.