The Palm Springs area is a great region for active adults. One reason is the hugely popular Sun City Shadow Hills. 

Palm Springs has long been established as a popular destination for active adults. Whether vacationing or permanently relocating, many are drawn to this area due to its stunning natural scenery, entertainment options, unbeatable shopping, and renowned golf courses. It also provides easy access to all that Southern California has to offer. Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego can all be reached within two to two-and-a-half hours by car. 

From casinos to world-class spas and resorts, Palm Springs elevates active adult living to the next level. Below we’re taking a look at some of the top communities in the Palm Springs area for those 55+ seeking a vibrant lifestyle.

Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio, CA

Mid $200s - Mid $700s

Sun City Shadow Hills is one of the most popular 55+ communities in the Palm Springs area. Homebuyers are attracted to this gated community due to its resort-like atmosphere, vibrant lifestyle, and expansive collection of modern homes. The community consists of 3,400 single-family residences with over 30 floor plans to choose from. They range in size from 1,099 to nearly 3,000 square feet and most homes include at least two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Part of what makes Sun City Shadow Hills special is its impressive lineup of amenities. The community’s 35,000 square-foot clubhouse—called The Montecito—is the central hub for socializing. This immense clubhouse has a high-end fitness center, bistro, indoor lap pool, and grand ballroom. Outdoors, residents can stay active with a pool, four lighted tennis courts, and five bocce courts. The community also has a second clubhouse, as well as a beautiful golf course.

Rancho La Quinta - La Quinta, CA

Mid $400s - High 1Ms

For those seeking luxury living, Rancho La Quinta is a top choice. While this gated community has no age restrictions, it is a popular option for active adults who prefer high-end homes and world-class amenities in a private setting. The community is home to 960 attached and single-family residences. The attached homes range in size from 1,550 to 2,078 square feet, while the spacious single-family homes are between 2,038 to 4,243 square feet.

Rancho La Quinta brings residents together with its 23,000 square-foot country club. This elegantly appointed recreation center has a restaurant, a private dining room, and a fully stocked pro shop. There are also two exquisitely designed golf courses. The community has a second clubhouse, called the Racquet Club, which offers a fitness center, restaurant, outdoor pool and spa, and nine lighted tennis courts.

Desert Vista Village - Yucca Valley, CA

High $100s - Low $200s

While the Palm Springs area is home to sprawling resort-style communities, it also has options for homebuyers seeking affordable homes with desirable amenities. Desert Vista Village in Yucca Valley is a 55+ community that consists of 105 single-family homes that are affordably priced. These homes range in size from 1,241 to 1,501 square feet.

Desert Vista Village’s central clubhouse offers an exercise room, billiards room, catering kitchen, and more. Outdoor amenities include a pool, spa, spacious patio, walking and biking trails, and a 9-hole putting green. Residents enjoy the quaint but modern atmosphere that this small community provides.

Terra Lago - Indio, CA

Low $200s - Mid $500s

Terra Lago is a great option for those seeking an amenity-rich lifestyle, modern homes, and scenic views. This gated non-age restricted community offers 639 attached and single-family homes. There are many floor plans to choose from and homes range in size from 1,637 to over 3,000 square feet.

What makes Terra Lago so popular is its rich assortment of amenities. Residents have access to the 10,000 square-foot Villa Terra Lago clubhouse, which has a fitness center, outdoor pool with lap lanes, outdoor spa, wading pool, and more. The community also has a 20-acre lake, a boat dock, and many trails for walking and biking. Residents can also enjoy discounted rates at the 36-hole Golf Club at Terra Lago.

Villa Portofino - Palm Desert, CA

High $100s - Low $500s

Villa Portofino is a charming 55+ community nestled in the Coachella Valley. This thoughtfully designed community features Italian-inspired touches, such as paved stone streets, arching windows, and clay tile roofs. With views of the surrounding mountains, Villa Portofino’s location showcases the natural beauty of the Coachella Valley. The community consists of 460 attached and single-family homes that range in size from 1,009 to 2,341 square feet.

When residents want to relax, socialize, or stay in shape, they head to the 30,000 square-foot clubhouse. This recreation center has a fitness room with a yoga studio, a 100-seat movie theater, a sports bar and poker room, and more. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the pool and spa, 9-hole putting course, and many trails for walking and biking.