California’s 10 Most Affordable Active Adult Communities

Four Seasons at Bakersfield by K. Hovnanian is an active adult community set among other desirable neighborhoods a few miles outside of downtown Bakersfield, California.
Four Seasons at Bakersfield by K. Hovnanian is an active adult community set among other desirable neighborhoods a few miles outside of downtown Bakersfield, California.
Four Seasons at Bakersfield by K. Hovnanian is an active adult community set among other desirable neighborhoods a few miles outside of downtown Bakersfield, California.

If you long for a retirement in The Golden State, don’t assume that high home prices will put your California dreaming out of reach. While the West Coast does have many high-priced areas, there are also several attractive options for retirees on a budget. The following active adult communities offer condominiums, attached homes, or single-family homes starting in the mid $100s or less.

1. Laguna Woods Village 

Built between 1963 and 1986, Laguna Woods Village is known for its architectural diversity and luxury resort-style amenities. This beautiful development includes 12,736 residences, seven clubhouses, 36-holes of golf, five swimming pools, an equestrian center, and much more.

2. Four Seasons at Beaumont 

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Beaumont is an exclusive gated community which offers plenty of support for an active adult lifestyle. This mid-sized community highlights finely-crafted homes, a premiere Southern California location, and world-class amenities.

3. Rossmoor – Walnut Creek

Featuring a natural setting in the lovely Walnut Creek area, Rossmoor contains 6,700 residences comprised of condos, attached homes, and single-family homes. The community offers a charmingly eclectic mix of home designs, as well as numerous resort-style amenities.

4. Heritage Park – Sacramento

Located just 10 minutes from Sacramento International Airport, Heritage Park is an active adult community which will appeal to retirees who love to travel or have frequent visitors. The spacious clubhouse provides many on-site social and recreational opportunities, while nearby Sacramento offers additional urban attractions.

Outdoors at Solera Kern Canyon, residents can go for a swim in the heated pool or relax in the spa.
Outdoors at Solera Kern Canyon, residents can go for a swim in the heated pool or relax in the spa.

5. Solera at Kern Canyon – Bakersfield

With a planned 588 single-family homes, Solera at Kern Canyon is a more intimate Del Webb community that still offers plenty of recreational activities. In addition to the resort-style amenities found in the clubhouse, residents can stay involved with a variety of classes, clubs, and events.

6. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning

Welcoming residents 55+, Sun Lakes Country Club is a lovely active adult community located in beautiful Banning, California. While most of the community’s homes are ranch style single-family or attached homes, there are also some two-story homes and condominiums.

7. Four Seasons at Bakersfield 

As the community’s social hub, a 14,000 square-foot clubhouse provides residents of Four Seasons at Bakersfield with numerous indoor and outdoor amenities. Single-family residences are currently available as both resales and new construction homes.

8. The Villages Golf & Country Club – San Jose

Set among rolling hills in the desirable Bay Area, The Villages Golf & Country Club offers the atmosphere of a secluded resort, as well as close proximity to San Jose. Golf, tennis, horseback riding, and hiking are just a few of the activities available in this spectacular active adult community.

9. Terra Lago – Indio

Unlike other active adult communities with only one developer, Terra Lago features five distinct neighborhoods created by four different builders. This has led to a diverse community that comes together around a spacious clubhouse and challenging 36-hole golf course.

10. Sun City Apple Valley 

In Southern California’s Inland Empire area, retirees will love Del Webb’s Sun City Apple Valley. This thoughtfully-designed community features a wide range of recreational amenities, beautiful single-family homes, and close proximity to many exciting destinations such as Los Angeles, Orange County, and Palm Springs.

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