Condominium living has many appealing benefits, especially for retirees looking for less maintenance and more freedom in a 55+ community. Choosing a condo means less time spent on chores around your property as there’s often no yard work to worry about, and many repair costs are shared or covered by the homeowners' association (HOA). Another major benefit, condo living can feel less lonely than living in a single-family home, as there are plenty of nearby neighbors to talk to.
One of the biggest benefits of all, however, is price. Most condos are cheaper to own than single-family homes. 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 looking for condos for sale in the Bay Area and are thinking of taking advantage of active adult condo living, read on to learn about the four 55+ communities that offer condo homes.
Mid $200s - Low $2Ms
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. This gated 55+ community is comprised of condos, single-family homes, and co-ops in over 50 floor plans.
Located in the sought-after city of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor is right near the downtown area, which boasts the open-air Broadway Plaza shopping mall. It’s also just 26 miles from San Francisco. Only minutes away from the town's cultural center but tucked away in the pastoral hills, this community’s peaceful and convenient location is ideal.
Amenities in Rossmoor include a library, a fitness center, a movie theater, an 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 trails right in Rossmoor’s backyard. Golfers will delight in the 27-hole of golf steps from home, as well.
Mid $400s - Mid $1Ms
As its name would suggest, 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 of 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 also a nature lover's delight.
Resale home options 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. Although a few feature one or three bedrooms, most condos offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and range from 1,415 to 1,969 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 also specialized rooms such as a photography darkroom, a woodworking room, and a craft room available to residents who have honed or are interested in specialized hobbies. Other common amenities include a fitness center and on-site restaurant.
High $500s - High $600s
In the heart of wine country, Willowbrook in Napa offers residents an intimate 55+ community, with 80 resale condos and attached homes. Floor plans range from 1,400 to 1,697 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to two-and-a-half bathrooms.
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 daily conveniences, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Target, and local fitness clubs are also nearby.
There’s plenty to do on the property as well. A heated pool, a whirlpool spa, trails, and a clubhouse keep homeowners busy. The serene setting of Willowbrook also features manicured landscaping and charming ponds.
Low $1Ms - High $1Ms
Homebuyers 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,
The community is comprised of 200 new condo units with modern floor plans and finishes such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Buyers can choose between multiple layouts ranging from 1,144 to 2,172 square feet. Units have two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and 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 the scenic walking trails of Leo Ryan Park, as well as the large lagoon where people can kayak, swim, and paddleboard. For some big-city action, residents need only drive 30 minutes before reaching San Francisco.