View of the pool and clubhouse at Domani in Palm Desert, California.

Palm Desert 55+ communities offer retirees attractive homes, active lifestyles, and resort-style amenities.

With an abundance of country clubs, golf courses, designer boutiques, and delicious restaurants as well as plenty of sunshine, Palm Desert is a haven for active adults. Happily, the communities in Palm Desert stand up to their surroundings with resort-like amenities, comfortable homes, and gorgeous landscaping.

Read on to discover more about these stunning communities in Palm Desert, California.


Mid $300s - High $300s

As the smallest 55+ community in Palm Desert, Domani offers active adults an intimate and private community, where neighbors get to know and look after one another. This gated community offers new constructions, with 202 single-family homes built from 2017 to now. 

Developed by The Rilington Group, Domani boasts five floor plans with homes ranging from 1,586 to 1,886 square feet. These upscale bungalow homes are built in early California-style architecture with two or three bedrooms, two-and-a-half or three-and-a-half bathrooms, and private courtyard spaces. Some high-end finishes are standard in the homes, including maple wood cabinets, granite kitchen counters, and ceramic tile baths.

Residents and their guests enjoy a stunning array of new amenities, including a sparkling outdoor pool, perfect for cooling off during all of those warm Palm Desert days. The patio and barbecue area is another great outdoor spot to hang out, and residents can enjoy friendly competition on the bocce ball and pickleball courts. Inside, there’s a state-of-the-art fitness center to use as well as large community rooms for events, holiday parties, and other gatherings.

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Indian Ridge Country Club

High $300s - High $1Ms

With 1,068 attached and single-family homes, Indian Ridge Country Club is a luxurious, high-end community that offers plenty of options in terms of housing styles and prices. This mid-sized, gated community was built by Sunrise Development Group from 1993 to 2006 and has been modernized and upgraded since it first broke ground. Indian Ridge Country Club isn't age-restricted, so people of all ages mingle and become friends at this fun community.

With over 20 floor plans to choose from, homebuyers will not suffer from a lack of options. The attached Acacia patio homes offer 1,527 to 2,368 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two- or two-and-a-half-car garage. Single-family homes range from 1,948 to 4,580 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half-car garage.

The impressive list of amenities at Indian Ridge Country Club starts with the 42,000-square-foot clubhouse, where residents gather for social events and to enjoy the TV lounge, card rooms, four restaurants, bar, and full-service day spa. The 22,000-square-foot Sports Club includes a well-appointed fitness center and aerobics studio as well as steam rooms and saunas.

Outdoors, residents enjoy a staggering 34 pools throughout the community as well as 14 tennis courts, two 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf courses, a dog park, two croquet lawns, two bocce ball courts, four pickleball courts, and a basketball court.

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Villa Portofino

Low $200s - Low $500s

Situated on 50 gorgeous Palm Desert acres, Villa Portofino is another small, intimate 55+ community comprised of just 460 attached and single-family homes. Construction began on Villa Portofino in 2005 by Comstock Homes and Family Development, and builders continue to improve upon the community today. The community boasts gorgeous Italian-influences such as charming waterways, paved stone walkways, stunning columns, old-world style arches, and windows featuring intricate ironwork.

Homes at Villa Portofino have 1,009 to 2,300 square feet and range from one-bedroom attached homes to single-family homes with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage. Many of these models boast modern finishes, energy-efficient designs, and stunning views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains.

Residents of Villa Portofino enjoy socializing and staying active at the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, which houses a fitness room, a yoga studio, two dining areas, a game room, and a 100-seat movie theater. In the game room, residents enjoy a sports bar, big-screen TVs, pool tables, and a poker room, while the theater hosts complimentary matinees, evening shows, and monthly seminars.

Other indoor amenities include an art studio, a crafts room, a bridge room, a library, and even an on-site beauty salon. Outdoors, a pool and spa welcome residents and their guests, as does the nine-hole putting course.

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Sun City Palm Desert

Low $200s - Low $800s

With a whopping 4,949 attached and single-family homes, Sun City Palm Desert is by far the largest 55+ community on this list and boasts impressive amenities to match. This sprawling, gated community was built from 1992 to 2003 by renowned builder Del Webb and spans 1,600 acres. As one of the first active adult communities in Palm Desert, Sun City Palm Desert set a high standard that it continues to hold up today.

Homebuyers at Sun City Palm Desert have a choice between 40 floor plans in a variety of sizes, styles, and prices. All single-family and attached homes are one level with two-car garages and room for golf cart storage. These homes range from 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom homes to 3,200-square-foot three-bedroom homes.

This community is known and prized for its impressive resort-like amenities. These include three clubhouses, all of which feature fitness centers, exercise studios, game rooms, and cafes, and some have indoor lap pools, indoor walking tracks, ballrooms, dance halls, libraries, and even a post office. With over 80 clubs and social groups, residents have plenty of opportunities to stay busy and active.

Outdoors, golfers delight in the two beautiful 18-hole championship golf courses, and residents have access to multiple outdoor pools and spas as well as tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts. Miles of paved, scenic walking and biking paths weave through the community, where residents enjoy charming ponds and meticulous landscaping. 

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Marrakesh Country Club

Mid $300s - Low $600s

Marrakesh Country Club is an attached home community offering a country club lifestyle and a variety of amenities. Completed in 1978, this community consists of 364 attached homes and four floor plans ranging from 1,598 to 2,665 square feet.

Plan A offers 1,598 square feet with two bedrooms and bathrooms. Plan B and Plan C range from 1,800 to 2,055 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. And Plan D is 2,465 square feet and features three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Each home also has an attached two-and-a-half-car garage, and every floor plan features terraces and courtyards. Some home features include high ceilings, patios, walk-in closets, and motorized solar shades.

The amenities at Marrakesh Country Club include multipurpose rooms, a fitness center, a golf pro shop, a dining room, a bar, and a gathering area known as the Kabash Room. Outdoors, there are a total of 14 pools, spas, and patios for residents to enjoy as well as bocce ball, pickleball, and croquet courts. The golf facilities throughout the community include an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, putting greens, and four short game areas. Residents can also enjoy several clubs, events, and activities such as a bocce ball club, the Marrakesh Art Group, and weekly happy hours.

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