Live among the vineyards in these cozy Northern California communities.

While sprawling, master-planned developments have their advantages, some active adults prefer the neighborly atmosphere of smaller communities. At smaller age-restricted communities, residents can enjoy the best of both worlds: fantastic amenities in a more private setting. We’re exploring the best small communities for active adults in Northern California.

The Village at Ironwood - Pleasanton

Mid $800s - Low $1Ms

The Village at Ironwood offers an exceptional lifestyle for active adults. It’s become a top choice for those seeking a strong sense of community in a luxurious setting. This high-end 55+ community is home to 112 single-family residences in a gated environment. These elegantly designed homes include features such as granite slab countertops and premium stainless steel appliances.

The community’s well-appointed clubhouse serves as the social and activity center. Residents can work out with neighbors in the exercise room, socialize in the meeting room, or curl up with a book in the library. Outdoor amenities include a lap pool, spa, patio, barbecue area, and two bocce ball courts. With a full-time activities director, the Village at Ironwood ensures residents live a well-rounded lifestyle.

Pinnacle at Blackstone - El Dorado Hills

Mid $500s - Mid $600s

Pinnacle at Blackstone offers a strong sense of community and a serene environment. Nestled along the foothills, this gated community consists of 65 finely crafted single-family homes. Development was carried out from 2011 to 2014, so the homes have modern features, such as granite slab kitchen countertops and thoughtfully designed layouts. While Pinnacle at Blackstone has no age restrictions, it appeals to active adults seeking a distinctive, high-end community.

Residents of Pinnacle at Blackstone are served by a well-equipped clubhouse. This 10,500 square-foot recreation facility has a fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, hobby and game room, massage room, and more. Outdoors, residents can take a refreshing dip in three separate pools. The community also features gazebos, scenic water features, and a playground for when the grandchildren visit.

Barcelona - Brentwood

High $400s - Mid $500s

Barcelona is one of the Bay Area’s newest 55+ communities. Development broke ground in 2018, and the community has already become a popular choice for active adults seeking lock-and-leave homes in an intimate environment. Upon completion, Barcelona will consist of 72 attached homes designed for low-maintenance living.

Planned amenities include a central clubhouse with a kitchen and multi-purpose rooms for socializing with neighbors. The outdoor patio, bocce ball courts, and parks and natural spaces will ensure residents can take full advantage of Northern California’s pleasant weather. Barcelona is also located just an hour’s drive from San Francisco, giving residents easy access to big-city attractions.

Chesapeake Landing - Ripon

Low $300s - Mid $300s

With just 99 homes, Chesapeake Landing is a quaint 55+ community known for its neighborly atmosphere. The community’s single-family and attached homes range from 1,295 to 1,989 square feet.

Chesapeake Landing’s comfortable amenities and nearby attractions appeal to those seeking a laidback lifestyle. Residents will enjoy access to a central clubhouse with a fitness room, multi-purpose rooms, game room, and billiards. Outdoors, residents will be able to read a book on the spacious patio or go for a dip in the pool and spa. Active adults who enjoy the outdoors will appreciate the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the area. Residents can hike, go tubing or rafting in the Stanislaus River, or spend the night at local campgrounds.

Versante - El Dorado Hills

Low $400s - High $400s

For active adults seeking a 55+ community with a private atmosphere, Versante is a popular choice. This community has 100 attached homes in a gated environment. Beautiful natural scenery surrounds Versante, adding to its quaint charm and appeal.

With a cozy central clubhouse, residents can mingle with neighbors and socialize in a comfortable setting. The clubhouse features an exercise room, card room, library, TV area, multi-purpose room, and catering kitchen. The amenities continue outdoors with a pool and spa, patio, and barbecue area. With park spaces and walking trails, residents can explore the community while enjoying the outdoors with neighbors. Versante is also ideally located next to the El Dorado Hills Senior Community Center, which holds classes and special events.

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