The Best Sacramento 55+ Communities for Downsizing

Exterior view of a home at Heritage Vineyard Creek in Sacramento, California.
If you want more time and money to enjoy the California sun, consider these 55+ communities in Sacramento.

Downsizing your home and lifestyle can be just the ticket for the active adult. A profitable home sale, added to the savings on household maintenance and utility costs in years to come, can boost your financial security. And you may also gain a new sense of freedom by liberating yourself from all the “stuff” we tend to accumulate by retirement age.

The question of whether to downsize is about your quality of life, not just money. So, if it’s going to involve a move far away, be sure to carefully consider your lifestyle needs. If both downsizing and retiring in Northern California sound perfect for you, then we have some 55+ communities that may be perfect for you.

The Sacramento Lifestyle

For the lower cost of living associated with downsizing, many retirees are drawn to the affordability of Sacramento, where home prices are an absolute bargain when compared to other California destinations like the Bay Area, L.A., or San Diego.

Enjoying a Mediterranean-like climate and located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, the Sacramento area has much to offer. Outdoors, there’s McKinley Park and its Rose Garden downtown, the American River Parkway hugging the riverbank for 23 miles, and golf courses everywhere. Historic sites include Sutter’s Fort, the California State Capitol, the Folsom Powerhouse, Tower Bridge, Delta King riverboat, and the Old Sacramento Historic District.

Sacramento cultural attractions include museums, galleries, and performing arts centers offering music concerts, ballet, and opera. Also, the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee are annual events.

Here’s what the most affordable active adult communities around Sacramento are offering in terms of downsizing.

High $200s - Low $400s

Exterior view of a home at Suncountry in Sacramento, California.

Suncountry has long been a top choice for homebuyers seeking a peaceful community in the Sacramento area. This gated 55+ community has just 307 single-family homes and a strong sense of community. The homes offer between 980 and 1,500 square feet.

Residents of Suncountry keep busy with two onsite clubhouses. In the main clubhouse, residents enjoy the library, enjoy a game of billiards, play a game of table tennis, or meet up in the multipurpose room. The second clubhouse provides an outdoor pool and an additional tennis court.

More outdoor amenities include a tennis court, horseshoe pits, a picnic area, and trails for walking and biking. There’s also space available for RV parking.

High $300s - Low $500s

Exterior view of the Destinations Clubhouse at Destinations at Vineyard Point in Sacramento, California.

With just 177 homes, Destinations at Vineyard Point is for those interested in a small, affordable 55+ community in Sacramento. Development of this gated community was completed in 2015, which attracts buyers seeking modern floor plans and newer constructions. Some of the homes are even outfitted with solar electric systems.

The 2,500-square-foot clubhouse serves as the social and activity center of Destinations at Vineyard Point. Here, residents can maintain a healthy lifestyle with the exercise room as well as the aerobics and dance studio. There’s also a gathering room, a dance floor, and an entertainment area. The outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, and spacious sun deck allow residents to enjoy California’s sunny weather all year.

Low $400s - Mid $700s

Tables and chairs under an awning on the grounds of Heritage Park in Sacramento, California.

Located near Sacramento International Airport, Heritage Park maintains a strong sense of community while offering a vibrant lifestyle. This 55+ community has 965 homes in a gated environment. These residences include single-family and attached homes coming in two dozen floor plans.

The community’s 25,000-square-foot clubhouse offers many ways to stay social and active. This clubhouse brings residents together with a fitness center, a pub, a hobby and game room, an arts and crafts studio, a library, and more.

Outdoor amenities include a pool and whirlpool spa, two lighted tennis courts, pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, and a volleyball court. There are also gardening plots available as well as walking trails that wind through the community.

High $400s - Low $900s

The community sign for Sun City Roseville in Roseville, California.

Sun City Roseville allows residents to live an amenity-rich lifestyle while being tucked away between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Sacramento Valley. This 55+ community consists of 3,110 single-family homes ranging from 878 to well over 2,000 square feet.

The Timber Creek Recreation Lodge, at 52,000 square feet, offers a fitness center, an indoor lap pool, hobby and craft rooms, and a ballroom with a stage. Outdoors, residents can swim in the resort-style pool or play a game of golf at the 18-hole Timber Creek Golf Course.

High $400s - Mid $600s

Exterior view of a home at Heritage Vineyard Creek in Sacramento, California.

Heritage Vineyard Creek broke ground in 2017 and is ongoing, so homeowners can enjoy the many perks of being part of a new community.

Buyers can select from popular upgrades—such as advanced solar systems, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances—at no extra cost. Upon completion, the development will have 171 single-family homes ranging from 1,743 to 2,206 square feet.

An exclusive clubhouse called The Resort offers a fitness center, a gathering area and activity room, a cozy fireplace, and a kitchenette. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool and whirlpool spa, lighted pickleball courts, a community garden, and a vineyard area.

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