Pennsylvania Retirement Communities


Traditions at Ridley Creek

213 Creekside Drive

Brookhaven, Pennsylvania   19015

New Active Adult Condominium Complex South of Philadelphia Draws Retirees Seeking Low-Maintenance Living


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Traditions at Ridley Creek, roughly 20 miles south of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Brookhaven, is a new, age-restricted community made up of low-maintenance condominiums ("garden homes"), the first of this type of home by builder Pulte.  This is a fairly straight-forward development; there are not a lot of choices as the units are very similar, but the residences are well-designed and quite comfortable.


There will be a total of 140 units in eleven 3-story buildings.  Each unit is one-story and comes with two bedrooms, a den, two baths and has 1,178 square feet.   Prices depend on which floor a unit is located (higher floor units cost more) and where on the floor the unit is situated (end units have more light and are priced higher).  Parking consists of covered spaces; there is no garage.  First floor units have patios, and second and third floor units have balconies.   The HOA covers exterior maintenance, landscaping, trash removal, etc.  Visit here for more information. 

Entries are secured, and each building has an elevator.  Amenities are not the calling card of this development, but there is a nice 2,100 square foot clubhouse with a covered patio and an exercise room.  Currently, five units are still available.


The town of Brookhaven is a quiet, older residential community full of cape cods and bungalows and very tidy yards.   Most of the houses were built in the 1950s.   The town has a crime rate below the national average and seems to be a pleasant place.  A new Harrods Casino has opened in nearby Chester, and Philadelphia, with its history, restaurants and cultural amenities, is just 20 minutes north.

A bit of Brookhaven trivia:  a home on a road named Dutton Mill Road is rumored to have some of the pirate Blackbeard's treasure buried in its backyard.  The home's owner, as of this writing, has used a metal detector to confirm the presence of metal objects, but he has so far refused, citing superstition and curses and such, to dig up the yard.   

Summers in this region are generally hot and sticky, and winters are cold.  January lows average 23 degrees and highs average 38 degrees;  July lows average 67 degrees and highs average 86 degrees.   Summer temperatures often reach into the 90s.  Precipitation is generally evenly spread throughout the year with an average annual rate of 42 inches.   Snow can be heavy at times.

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