downtown Naperville

Naperville - home to Atwater Ranches - is one of the biggest towns in Illinois. Despite that, it still retains a small town feel.

All throughout the state of Illinois homebuyers will find an abundance of small active adult communities, many of which provide its residents the opportunity to pursue an active lifestyle within a close-knit atmosphere. Within these smaller-scale communities, residents have the means to not only establish true relationships with their neighbors but to also have a real impact and voice within the neighborhood. Read on to learn more about some of Illinois’ best small communities.

Atwater Ranches - Naperville, IL

High $300s - Mid $400s

Developed by Pulte Homes, Atwater Ranches is an active lifestyle community located in the city of Naperville. Composed of just 60 single-family one-level homes, Atwater Ranches allows homebuyers to choose between four different floor plans.

Ranging from 1,683 to 1,953 square feet, each home offers two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a two-car attached garage. In addition, open and customizable floor plans are available, with flex spaces that can be used as dens, hobby rooms, or additional bathrooms. Regardless of floor plan, each home offers a full-size basement as well.

Atwater Ranches spans 111 acres of land, 50 percent of which devotes itself to the community’s natural space amenities. On this green space, residents can find a 3.8-mile trail that rings around the community, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities such as bike riding, running, or simply enjoying a morning or evening stroll.

Ideal for venturing outside the community, downtown Naperville has unique shops and restaurants to enjoy. One of the largest cities in Illinois, Naperville enjoys a small-town vibe and hosts a number of events throughout the year, including summer concerts, parades, and festivals.

Villas at Southbury - Oswego, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s

Villas at Southbury is a community of 107 homes located in Oswego. Developed by Orleans Homes, homebuyers can choose from four models that provide 1,477 to 1,933 square feet of living space. Homes offer at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Villas at Southbury offers a private clubhouse that is only available to residents of the Southbury master-planned community. Here, residents can partake in everything from social and recreational to fitness activities. The fitness room comes equipped with state-of-the-art machines as well as a studio where residents can attend fitness classes. The community also hosts a number of other activities where residents can come together and enjoy anything from movie nights, book clubs, or common interest groups.

Oswego is conveniently just 45 minutes away from Chicago through the Metra train station. Offering a never-ending amount of entertainment thanks to its famous museums, theaters, and shopping scenes, Chicago is a destination that anyone who lives close by shouldn’t miss.

The Colonies at Grande Reserve - Yorkville, IL

Low $200s - Mid $200s

Located in Yorkville, The Colonies at Grande Reserve is a low-maintenance community that was Ryan Homes developed. Numbering 117 homes, The Colonies at Grande Reserve offers four floor plans that range from 1,150 to 1,694 square feet and includes two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Regardless of the floor plan, many homes include high-end features like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and wide doors and hallways.

Amenities at The Colonies at Grande Reserve includes a 4,200 square foot community clubhouse, where residents can meet up with friends and neighbors. Popular during the summer months, the community also features an outdoor lounging pool and lap pool. Perfect for staying in shape and enjoying some sun. Dispersed throughout the community are trails, built to host anything from jogs, bike rides, to casual walks.

Maples at the Sonatas - Woodstock, IL

High $100s - High $200s

Featuring 126 single-family attached homes, Maples at the Sonatas is an active adult community in Woodstock. Part of The Sonatas master community, Maples at The Sonata includes seven models with homes ranging from 1,325 to 2,873 square feet. Homes include one to three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two or two-and-a-half car attached garage.

For entertainment, residents can explore the community clubhouse, which includes games and billiard tables, an exercise room, a full kitchen, a fireplace, and an adjacent outdoor swimming pool. A monthly activities calendar offers residents opportunities to take part in new or existing clubs and events, including sports viewing parties, holiday parties, game nights, and more.

Just outside the community is the historic Woodstock town square, offering numerous indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy. Options include an opera house, a gazebo, and arts center.

Regency at The Glen - Glenview, IL

Mid $300s - High $700s

Regency at The Glen is a community of 149 luxurious attached ranch villas and townhomes that are in Glenview. A development from Pulte Homes and part of the master-planned community of The Glen, Regency at The Glen includes 40 duplex villas that are available in two models. The Charleston, which is 1,883 square feet on one level with a main floor master bedroom and full basement, and The Townsend, a 2,493 square foot spread across two floors and a full basement.

The community also offers four multi-story townhome options that range from 1,523 to 1,835 square feet and includes one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Additionally, each home features granite counter tops, stainless steel sinks, garbage disposals, and hardwood floors.

Within the master-planned community is Park Center, an award-winning multi-purpose community center located in the heart of The Glen. Park Center offers a health and fitness center, three full-size basketball courts, a ballroom, aquatic center, as well as an indoor walking track. For golf enthusiasts, The Glen Golf Club is an 18-hole course that incorporates elevation changes as high as 40 feet. 

The Glen also offers its very own town center where residents can find shops, restaurants, and entertainment options to explore. Features include a comedy club, a movie theater, and even a children’s museum, perfect for when grandkids come to visit.