Northern California is known for its beautiful vineyards, natural scenery, and temperate climate, which makes it an ideal retirement destination for active adults.
Not only does Northern California provide endless options for outdoor adventure, entertainment, and cultural attractions, it also has plenty of affordable active adult communities when compared to the southern parts of the state. Many of these 55+ communities offer resort-style amenities, reasonably priced homes, and a vibrant social environment that appeal to retirees who seek an active lifestyle.
Northern California’s unique landscape also provides a variety of prime locations where these age-restricted communities can enjoy urban areas with modern amenities or tranquil, small-town settings. Here are five affordable active adult communities in Northern California.
Low $300s - Mid $600s
This Northern California gem is located in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and offers an abundance of amenities along with new and resale homes at attractive prices. Homebuyers can choose from a wide selection of single-family homes that come in different styles and sizes and start in the low $300s. Builder Shea Homes offers a great lineup of elegant and spacious floor plans ranging from just over 1,200 to 2,397 square feet.
In addition to beautiful, energy-efficient home designs, homeowners also have access to three amenity centers including the 27,000-square-foot Vista Club, the 7,000-square-foot Delta Club, and the Rio Vista Golf Club that features an 18-hole golf course.
Mid $300s - Mid $600s
Homebuyers looking to retire in Sacramento will fall in love with Four Seasons at Westshore. This active adult community offers new construction homes starting in the mid $300s. Builders K. Hovnanian and Lennar Homes both offer new and resale single-family homes and this 55+ community will include 533 single-family homes upon completion. Buyers can find multiple floor plans that feature energy-efficient construction, spacious layouts, and luxurious fixtures throughout.
Residents also enjoy resort-style amenities that keep them physically fit and socially active. The Lodge is a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse that features a fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, a movie theater, a card room, a ballroom, a billiards room, and an arts and craft studio. Outdoors, homeowners have a sparkling pool and spa, a 26-acre lake, and multiple courts for tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard.
Low $300s - High $600s
Sun City Roseville is an established 55+ community just 20 miles northeast of Sacramento, which appeals to many retirees. This active adult community was developed by premier builder Del Webb and consists of 3,110 single-family homes. Buyers can choose from a selection of resale homes with pricing in the low $300s and square footage from 878 to just over 2,600. Single-family homes have one to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and an attached garage.
Sun City Roseville is an attractive active adult community thanks to its abundance of recreational facilities and amenities. The community’s central hub of socialization is the 52,000-square-foot Timber Creek Recreation Lodge. It features a restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pro shop, hobby rooms, a ceramics studio, a billiards room, and a computer lab. Residents make the most of the sunny weather by taking a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool or playing a round of golf at the 18-hole Timber Creek Golf Course.
Low $200s - High $300s
Active adults will find affordable detached homes in this 208-home, age-restricted community. The Vineyard offers single-family homes starting in the low $200s that range from approximately 1,200 to 2,400 square feet and feature spacious layouts with three to four bedrooms.
This 55+ community also provides residents with a charming clubhouse filled with indoor and outdoor amenities for an active and vibrant lifestyle. Homeowners come together at the clubhouse’s gathering areas like the card room and ballroom or stay healthy by swimming a few laps in the outdoor pool or playing a game of bocce ball or shuffleboard. The Vineyard is also a welcoming environment where neighbors build lifelong friendships thanks to the community’s organized clubs and activities like bowling club, coffee chat, bingo, and painting club.
High $200s - Mid $400s
The Leisure Town Center, which serves as this community’s clubhouse, includes rooms for billiards, cards, and arts and crafts, as well as a library, a sewing studio, and multi-purpose rooms. Also, the state-of-the-art fitness center offers workout classes and exercise equipment for active adults of all fitness levels. Outdoors, the amenities continue with two swimming pools, a spa, and a cabana for relaxing in the Northern California sunshine.
Homes in Leisure Town start in the high $200s and range from approximately 728 to 2,204 square feet with one to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Most homes also include upgrades such as quartz countertops, sliding glass doors, and sunrooms.