Looking for a new home can be a challenging process. One of things we’ve decided is to lean toward a 55+ community or at least a community with a leaning toward the 55+ crowd.
With one of our major criteria to stay in the Lansdale-ish area, we found Toll Brothers Meadow Glen at Skippack. It’s a new construction, 55+ development located just north of the quaint town of Skippack in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Skippack is a little village with dozens of restaurants, little shops and the like.
Thoughts on Skippack: We do know Skippack and like it very much. Driving through on our way to visit Meadow Glen, I’m reminded that of the 50 stores (more or less), all walkable from one another, we don’t visit very often. Wonder why? We pass through Skippack and head north on Route 73. And a little more north, turns out about 3 miles.
3 miles from the village discounts the proximity – not walkable.
The community of Toll Brothers Meadow Glen at Skippack is indeed a 55+, active adult community. 100-ish single family homes, maintenance free (i.e., home owners fee) offering a community center, pool and fitness center. It’s set on rolling hills of most likely formerly farmland. Prices begin at $350,000 and reach nearly $400,000 before any options. Homes square footage begin at 1600 and run through 2300+.
Meadow Glen continues development but driving through, it appears as though some residences have been occupied for quite some time. There are a variety of home styles with obvious choices of exterior finishes as there was a lot of variation. Lot sizes were very small. Very small compared to what we have now, but I think we’re fine with that as long as you can’t hear the neighbors talking in their kitchen when you’re in your own kitchen.
A couple model homes were available for touring. Quite nice, but none jumped out as something we really must have. The sales reps were very friendly and aggressive. Just doing their job.
- The homes were far more impressive inside than from the outside. The homes’ outside smallish appearance was misleading as their interiors were quite spacious.
- The optional second floor, offering a extra bedroom and/or living space was interesting. May not get use from us other than when we would have overnight guests.
- Skippack is a lovely town but Meadow Glen isn’t in Skippack. Actually it’s closer to, and officially uses the post office of, Schwenksville. Nothing wrong with that except it’s much more rural than urban.
- Distances. Probably an easy 30 minutes to the Lansdale area. And worse, 30 minutes to a Septa Train Station. A 30 minute ride to a Septa station (with no traffic, no weather issues) adds nearly an hour to my daily commute.