Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake, IL.

Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake, IL.

If you’re thinking about retiring in the Midwest, the Chicagoland area has more than a dozen active adult communities, some of which offer a great selection of new construction homes as well as resale homes. Not only will you be closer to family and friends who live within this vibrant metro area, but you will also be within driving distance to Chicago’s best attractions and entertainment options.

In addition to a prime location and quality-built new homes, many of these age-restricted developments also feature world-class amenities and an exciting social atmosphere, making it convenient for residents to enjoy a fun and fulfilling lifestyle without having to travel far from home. So if you’re on the hunt for a new construction home in a 55+ community that’s close to Chicago, then check out these six active adult communities.

Saddlebrook Farms – Grayslake, IL

This Grayslake 55+ community will host 2,000 single-family homes upon completion. Saddlebrook Farms features more than 100 acres of lakes, nature preserves, and a working farm, allowing homeowners to experience the area’s rural and serene environment. Along with open spaces and a quiet setting, residents enjoy the community’s quaint cottage clubhouse.

The rustic-style 4,000-square-foot clubhouse features multiple rooms for cards, crafts, games, and aerobic activities. Saddlebrook Farms' outdoor recreational areas consist of scenic fishing lakes and ponds, a bocce court, horseshoe pit, gardening plot, picnic area, walking and biking trails, and a parking lot for RVs and boats.

Retirees will find more than 20 floor plans that come as new or resale and are priced from below $100k to the mid $200s. These low-maintenance ranch homes offer 1,169 to 2,516 square feet and have one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and one or two-car garages. With so many options, active adults will be able to find the right home that fits their style and budget.

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes – Pingree Grove IL

Located northwest of Chicago is the gated 55+ community of Carillon at Cambridge Lakes. D.R. Horton offers new construction homes that come as attached or single-family designs and range in size from 1,401 to 2,322 square feet. These innovative and reasonably priced homes start in the mid $200s and feature low-maintenance exteriors, open layouts, spacious living areas, gourmet kitchens, and luxurious fixtures.

Homebuyers will also enjoy the community’s rich lineup of resort-style amenities. A state-of-the-art clubhouse offers residents a fitness center, aerobics studio, indoor pool and spa, multiple hobby and game rooms, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, walking trails, and a three-hole golf course.

Lago Vista – Lockport, IL

Lago Vista is a great age-restricted community located in the southwest suburban town of Lockport, IL. Builder Hartz Homes plans to offer 832 residences upon completion. Buyers can choose from attached or single-family designs priced from the high $100s to the low $300s. They range in size from 1,300 to 2,196 square feet and feature nine-foot ceilings, GE energy-efficient appliances, oak cabinets, walk-in closets, and brushed nickel light fixtures.

Lago Vista is an ideal neighborhood for empty-nesters and active retirees who want to forget about mowing the lawn and shoveling snow and instead enjoy the amenities and resort-style environment that the community offers to all of its residents. The 21,000-square-foot Lago Vista Club is the central hub of physical activity and social recreation, perfect for residents who want to relax, mingle, and stay fit without having to travel out of their neighborhood. And with Chicago just 40 minutes away, residents always have the option to explore the Windy City’s attraction for a night out on the town.

Carillon Club – Naperville, IL

Located in one of Chicago’s most sought-after suburbs, Carillon Club in Naperville is a beautiful active adult community offering new home designs by D.R. Horton starting in the high $200s. The builder offers six new single-family floor plans that come in a wide range of sizes and have at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. They feature open layouts, inviting living and dining rooms, elegant master suites, and spacious kitchens. Buyers can also opt for resale homes that come as attached, condos, or single-family homes that come in a variety of styles and sizes.

In addition to luxury home designs, residents also have access to an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse filled with lavish indoor and outdoor amenities. Some of which include an indoor lap pool and spa, aerobics room, ballroom, hobby and craft rooms, tennis courts, walking and biking trails, and a three-hole, par-three golf course.