Apple Valley provides residents with affordable homes in a warm climate.

Jess Ranch is a gated 55+ community located in Apple Valley, California. This active adult community in California’s high desert is known for its outdoor recreation, frequent social activities, and serene, park-like setting. Residents can enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of the Inland Empire while remaining within driving distance of Los Angeles and popular beach cities.  

Developed in 1985, Jess Ranch was completed in 2002 with 2,120 residences. Housing options include condos, attached homes, and spacious single-family homes. Some homes in Jess Ranch are priced in the low $100s while the more expensive homes go into the high $300s. Condos are priced starting below $100K and reach the mid $100s. Attached homes range from below $100K to the mid $100s, and single-family homes begin in the low $100s with higher prices reaching the lower $200s.

Homes Selection

Homebuyers considering condos at Jess Ranch can expect one or two bedrooms, up to two bathrooms, and a carport. Condos at Jess Ranch are popular options for those seeking a low-maintenance lifestyle. Attached homes offer one or two bedrooms as well as one or two bathrooms, and a garage or carport. Each attached home has a spacious first-floor master suite and ample space for storage. Single-family homes at this community usually have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The single-family homes also have open floor plans and large master suites.

Amenities and Lifestyle

Jess Ranch caters to adults with active lifestyles, offering plenty of options for socializing, recreation, and staying fit. Residents enjoy mingling at the community’s private clubhouse, swimming at the outdoor pool and spa, or relaxing on the outdoor patio. There are also shuffleboard courts, bocce, billiards, and outdoor trails for walking and biking while taking in views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Next door to the community is Sun City Apple Valley, another 55+ community. Homeowners in Jess Ranch can purchase access to Sun City Apple Valley's state-of-the-art fitness center for a modest fee.


Jess Ranch is conveniently located in the heart of Apple Valley, and it is just minutes away from top-notch medical facilities, restaurants, a movie theater, and shopping. The local area frequently hosts festivals, outdoor concerts, and craft fairs. Residents can also enjoy local attractions such as the California Route 66 Museum and the Victor Valley Museum and Art Gallery.

This active adult community is located just minutes away from Jess Ranch Lakes, which has fishing, float tubing, and picnic areas. Jess Ranch Lakes is a popular spot for Jess Ranch homeowners and other local residents alike.

Situated at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, Jess Ranch gives residents easy access to all that the high desert has to offer. There is no shortage of activities for those who enjoy the outdoors. Located about a 10-minute drive from Jess Ranch is Mojave Narrows Regional Park.

Mojave Narrows is a park nestled alongside an old riverbed, and it features picturesque meadows, lush vegetation, waterways, and over 1,500 different species of wildlife. The park is a popular destination for local residents and tourists who come to fish, camp, or enjoy some quality time in nature. The lakes at Mojave Narrows offer year-round fishing with trout, catfish, and bass. The park also has a sizeable area for camping, including 38 RV sites, 31 tent camping sites, and nine group camping sites.

The camping area at Mojave Narrows provides the comfort of restrooms and hot showers, while the grills and fire rings still allow for a rugged outdoor experience. There is also a playground to keep little ones entertained, and trails for walking, hiking, and horseback riding. The nearby San Bernardino Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains also offer camping, hiking, and a variety of outdoor activities for nature lovers.

Although the Jess Ranch community is surrounded by the serene beauty of the high desert, it also offers easy access to big-city entertainment. It’s about a two-hour drive to some of California’s most popular destinations, including Orange County, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and pristine beaches along the Pacific. Coupled with its very reasonably priced homes and bustling social environment, Jess Ranch remains an attractive option for homebuyers seeking an active adult community in Southern California.