There are many advantages to living in a gated community. Residents enjoy privacy, security, reduced traffic, less solicitation, and an overall sense of connection when they choose to live in a community like these. If you’re looking to purchase a Northern California home inside a gated 55+ community, here are some popular options to consider.
Mid $200s - Low $2Ms
Offering an abundance of resort-like amenities and numerous home styles, Rossmoor is a nationally recognized 55+ community in the popular Bay Area suburb of Walnut Creek. Development of this active adult community began in 1963 and has continued to improve and grow since. Rossmoor now boasts 6,678 attached, condominium, and single-family homes.
Nestled among natural beauty and rolling hills, Rossmoor offers residents a peaceful location with proximity to vibrant Downtown Walnut Creek, which is full of popular dining and shopping locales. At home, Rossmoor offers plenty of opportunity to get active with multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, and clubhouses as well as 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf, a 150-seat theater, and over 200 social clubs. This award-winning community even publishes its own weekly newspaper.
Homebuyers can choose from resale homes in a wide selection of sizes and styles, ranging from 600 to 2,535 square feet with one to three bedrooms and bathrooms. Most homes offer attached garages, while others feature a carport or street parking.
Low $400s - Mid $700s
The moderately priced Heritage Park in Sacramento offers residents an intimate and tranquil 55+ community within close proximity of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Located only 15 minutes from Downtown Sacramento, the private and gated Heritage Park feels miles away from the fast pace of the city.
Built from 2003 to 2005, Heritage Park is comprised of 965 attached and single-family homes with 1,087 to 3,264 square feet. Homes feature two to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and a two- to three-car garage. These resale homes boast up-to-date features and finishes as well as low-maintenance landscaping.
Amenities include a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, an aerobics room, a library, a theater, and an indoor swimming pool. Outside, fountains and gazebos decorate the grounds, and treelined walkways weave about the community. Tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts are also available for residents to enjoy.
Mid $600s - High $1Ms
Tucked away in the quaint farming neighborhood of Brentwood, Trilogy at the Vineyards is an upscale 55+ community offering modern, high-end homes among beautiful vineyards with a stunning backdrop of Mount Diablo.
Construction of Trilogy at the Vineyards began in 2006 and continues today with a planned 1,100 single-family, one-story homes upon completion. Homes come in a wide range of sizes and floor plans, ranging from 1,465 to 3,111 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage.
The community's impressive 38,000-square-foot clubhouse houses a fitness center, an indoor pool, a full-service spa, a ballroom, an on-site cafe, a billiards room, hobby and game rooms, and more. Outdoors, residents enjoy two outdoor pools, cabanas, and barbecue grills as well as four tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and numerous walking and biking trails. Golf enthusiasts will appreciate the adjacent 27-hole championship course at the Brentwood Golf Club.
Mid $300s - Mid $700s
In the East Bay delta region of Rio Vista, Trilogy at Rio Vista attracts active adults looking for moderate home prices in a friendly environment. This gated community stands out for its 18-hole golf course as well as its stylish, modern resale homes. Construction began in 1996, and developers continue to improve this 55+ community surrounded by the bucolic, rolling hills of the East Bay Area.
Trilogy at Rio Vista is comprised of 3,000 single-family resale homes, offering homebuyers a large variety of floor plans and home sizes. Models range from 976 to 2,507 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or three-car garages.
Amenities include two spacious clubhouses, fitness centers, an Olympic-sized indoor pool and many other fitness and hobby-related amenities. Residents also enjoy the outdoor pool, spa, and patio, as well as the on-site cafe and restaurant.
Mid $400s - Mid $1Ms
The Villages Golf & Country Club attracts active adults with a love of golf and an appreciation for nature. Tucked away in the peaceful rolling Evergreen foothills, this 55+ gated community feels worlds away from the noise of the nearby tech world. The Villages Golf & Country Club offers residents natural beauty in the form of over 500 acres of open space, hiking and horseback riding trails, and shimmering lakes.
Resale home styles at The Villages Golf & Country Club include condos, attached, and single-family models built from 1967 to 2000. There are 2,309 condos and townhomes and 227 single-family homes in this community. Floor plans in this community range from 600 to 2,256 square feet with one to three bedrooms.
This large community offers many amenities and activities, including a fitness center, a pool, an on-site restaurant, and multiple hobby and game rooms for photography buffs and woodworking aficionados. The impressive golf courses are, of course, one of the biggest draws at The Villages Golf & Country Club.