Palm trees lining a road in Coachella Valley in California

Active adults seeking an idyllic retirement shouldn't overlook Indio, California.

The Coachella Desert city of Indio attracts many active adults looking to settle in an area with warm weather and affordable prices. Luckily for them, this desert oasis offers many choices in the way of attractive, low-maintenance homes for sale. Let's explore the 55+ communities in this area.

Terra Lago

Low $400s - Mid $1Ms

Nestled next to a stunning 20-acre lake, Terra Lago attracts homebuyers looking for serene, relaxed desert living with plenty of views. This non-age-restricted community is a lovely place to call home, with 639 attached and single-family homes.

Terra Lago is comprised of five distinctive neighborhoods with a variety of home sizes and floor plans. Homes in these neighborhoods range from 1,637 to 3,120 square feet with three to six bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two- to four-car garages. Many homes offer gorgeous lakefront or golf course views.

Amenities are plentiful at Terra Lago, including a 36-hole golf course, two putting greens, a driving range and practice hole, and a 20-acre lake, where residents and guests can kayak. There’s also a lap pool, a spa, and a kids’ wading pool and playground. Indoors, residents socialize and stay fit at the 10,000-square-foot Villa Terra Lago clubhouse, which houses a fitness center, a billiards room, a ballroom, a catering kitchen, and table tennis.

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Sun City Shadow Hills

Mid $300s - High $800s

The golf course at Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio, California with a view of the mountains

The amenities at Sun City Shadow Hills include a beautiful and challenging 18-hole golf course.

As one of the best-selling 55+ communities in the entire state of California, Sun City Shadow Hills has a lot to brag about. This sun-drenched active adult community is an ideal place to call home, with 3,400 single-family, resale homes that were built between 2003 and 2016.

Sun City Shadow Hills offers ranch-style homes from 1,099 to just under 3,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Most homes offer upgraded finishes and rear patios—all inside a safe, gated community with lush landscaping and an impressive list of amenities.

These amenities include a beautiful and challenging 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, nearby hiking and biking trails, a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a dance studio, an arts and crafts studio, a bistro, and an indoor lap pool. There’s also a grand ballroom, a library, a billiards hall, and a card room. Offsite, there's plenty of shopping and restaurants to enjoy as well as nearby Palm Springs.

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Four Seasons at Terra Lago

Low $400s - Mid $600s

Those looking for new-construction homes should consider Four Seasons at Terra Lago, a gated 55+ community currently finishing construction, with both new and resale single-family homes for sale. This beautiful community began construction in 2014, and it boasts resort-style living with palm trees and magnificent desert sunsets.

There are a total of 661 homes planned at Four Season at Terra Lago, featuring 14 spacious floor plans. Homebuyers can choose from 1,559 to 2,747 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two- to three-car garage. Homes come equipped with modern, upscale features such as energy-efficient appliances, recessed LED lighting, and gourmet kitchen islands.

Amenities at this active adult community are sure to impress, with a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse serving as the heart of the neighborhood. Inside, residents will find a state-of-the-art fitness center with exercise classes and hobby studios, an indoor lap pool, a well-stocked library, a full-service beauty salon, and multiple game rooms. Outside, residents enjoy the year-round sunshine at the sparkling outdoor pool and spa, the horseshoe pits, or the basketball and bocce ball courts.

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Heritage Palms

Mid $300s - Mid $600s

Palm trees beside a pond on the grounds of Heritage Palms in Indio, California

Heritage Palms boasts 1,004 attached and single-family homes.

This gated community is a golf lover's dream, and it's perfect for those seeking wide-open spaces. Heritage Palms boasts 1,004 attached and single-family homes, spread out across 379 well-manicured acres.

Resale homes at Heritage Palms were built from 1995 to 2004, and they consist of both single-family homes and attached duplexes. The duplexes start at 1,382 square feet and go up to 1,605 square feet with one or two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The single-family homes range from approximately 1,500 to about 2,500 square feet with one to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two- or two-and-a-half-car garage.

Residents of this sprawling community love the vast open spaces and well-appointed amenities, which include the 32,000-square-foot Heritage Palms clubhouse with a fitness center, a library, a ballroom, an arts and crafts studio, and an indoor pool and spa. Outdoors, the Heritage Palms Country Club includes four tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and an outdoor pool and spa. Gardening plots, walking paths, and waterfalls keep outdoor lovers happy, and golfers love the Heritage Palms Golf Course, a 27-hole, par-72 course designed by Arthur Hills.

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