Condominium Living has many appealing benefits, especially for active adults looking for less maintenance and more freedom in a 55+ community.
Some of the major advantages of choosing to live in a condo include less maintenance of your property, as there’s no yard work to worry about, with no lawn to mow. Another plus of condo living is the safe, secure feeling residents have with neighbors on most sides, and only one or two entry points.
Many repair costs are shared or covered, as condo residents share their roofing, walls and other home features. Another major benefit of condo living is that it can feel less lonely than single-family home living, as there are plenty of nearby neighbors to talk to, and a friendly, community feel among residents.
Lastly, and one of the biggest benefits of all, is price. Most condos are cheaper to own than a single family house. Plus, many condo communities are able to snag better locations as they take up far less real estate space than freestanding homes with yards.
So if you’re thinking of taking advantage of active adult condo living, read on to learn about the four 55+ communities in the Bay Area that offer condo homes.
Rossmoor - Walnut Creek
One of the first active adult communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the award-winning Rossmoor in Walnut Creek continues to delight its residents with tranquil hillside views and natural beauty.
Located in the sought-after-city of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor is right near downtown, which boasts one of the best open-air shopping malls in the Bay Area. It’s also just 26 miles from San Francisco. Only minutes away from bustling downtown but tucked away in the pastoral hills, this community’s peaceful and convenient location is ideal.
This gated 55+ community is comprised of condos, single family homes, and co-ops with over 50 floor plans.
Amenities in Rossmoor are abundant and include five clubhouses, each with its own services, a library, fitness center, movie theater, auditorium, three swimming pools, eight tennis courts, bocce ball courts, bowling greens, and even a certified Farmers Market.
Beyond that, there are miles of scenic hiking trials right in Rossmoor’s backyard. Golfers will delight in the 27 holes of NCGA-rated Golf available.
The Villages Golf & Country Club - San Jose
As its name implies, The Villages Golf & Country Club attracts many active adults with a love of golf. The 55+ community is tucked away from the thriving tech hub San Jose, in the peaceful, natural setting of the Evergreen foothills. With over 500 acres of open space, hiking and horseback riding trails, and picturesque lakes nearby, the community is a nature lover's delight.
Resale home styles include condos, attached, and single family. This gated community was built on 1,200 acres and features 2,309 condos and townhomes, as well as 227 single family homes. Most condos are two-bedroom and two-bathroom, although a few feature one or three bedrooms, and range in size from 600 square feet to 2,256 square feet.
Beyond the impressive golf courses, The Villages Golf and Country Club offers plenty more in the way of an active, healthy lifestyle. Horseback riding, swimming, tennis and hiking are popular activities among residents.
There are specialized rooms such as a photography darkroom, woodworking room, and craft room available to residents who have honed specialized hobbies, as well as other common amenities such as a fitness center and onsite restaurant.
Willowbrook - Napa
In the heart of wine country, Willowbrook in Napa offers residents a relatively smaller and intimate 55+ community, with 80 condo and attached resale homes.
The low-maintenance lifestyle available at Willowbrook leaves residents with plenty of time to take advantage of all of the wine tasting, fine dining, and natural beauty of Napa Valley. Downtown Napa is only three miles away, and nearby, residents can find a Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target and a fitness club.
There’s plenty to do on the property, as well. A heated pool, spa, and clubhouse keep active adults busy, as well as miles of walking and biking trails nearby. The natural beauty at Willowbrook makes for a serene setting, with lush, manicured landscaping and charming ponds.
Prices in Willowbrook start from the low $500s, with homes ranging from 1,400 to 1,697 square feet, and two to three bedrooms, with two to two-and-a-half bathrooms.
Foster Square - Foster City
Active Adults looking for urban condo living with upscale, modern fixtures should consider Foster Square in thriving Foster City. This 55+ community is located near many restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and medical facilities in a city that boasts a modern demographic.
The community is comprised of 200 new condo units with modern floor plans and modern finishes such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Homeowners can choose from five floor plans ranging in size from 1,144 to 2,172 square feet. Homes have two or three bedrooms with two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, with covered parking spaces.
Some of the amenities available to residents include basketball and tennis courts, park and picnic areas, and a charming pond. In addition to the nearby shopping and dining offerings, residents of Foster Square will enjoy nearby Leo Ryan Park, which has scenic walking and biking trails, as well as a large lagoon where people can kayak, swim and paddle board. For some big city action, residents need only drive 30 minutes to San Francisco.