Landscaping in bloom around a fountain on a patio at Grand Haven in Romeoville, Illinois

Joliet, Illinois has a lot to offer active adults seeking an attractive home in an idyllic location.

Following Chicago, Aurora, and Rockford, Joliet is the fourth-largest city in Illinois with a population of around 148,000. The area offers a comfortable suburban lifestyle just 45 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, putting world-class entertainment within easy reach.

But with a nickname like The City of Excitement, residents won’t have to leave the Joliet area to find plenty of things to do. The city hosts regular block parties, festivals, farmers markets, and events for all to enjoy. Popular local attractions include Hollywood Casino, Joliet Area Historical Museum, Rialto Square Theater, Chicagoland Speedway, the Joliet Slammers baseball team, and over 50 parks throughout the Joliet Park District.

The active adult communities in the Joliet area allow retirees to live near family while enjoying an active social and physical lifestyle. With five communities in Joliet and nearby Crest Hill, Lockport, and Romeoville, potential homebuyers have several options to choose from. Organized from largest to smallest, here are five active adult communities in the Joliet area.

Carillon Lakes - Crest Hill, IL

Mid $100s - Low $300s

As one of the largest gated 55+ communities in Northern Illinois, Carillon Lakes includes 1,113 single-family and attached homes. Built from 2000 to 2007, the community offers well-maintained resale homes and many modern amenities.

The clubhouse boasts 18,000 square feet of amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, and computer rooms. The social gathering spaces include a fireplace lounge, multipurpose rooms, game rooms, and arts and craft rooms.

Outdoors, residents can enjoy two outdoor pools, a 3-hole golf course, a putting green, fitness trails, walking and biking trails, gardening plots, and a fishing pier. There are also athletic courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball, as well as horseshoe pits.

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Grand Haven - Romeoville, IL

Low $200s - Low $300s

Located just north of Joliet in Romeoville, Grand Haven consists of 677 single-family and attached homes. Its convenient location allows residents to access Chicago Midway International Airport in less than 40 minutes while enjoying the best that the Joliet area has to offer. 

Builders Del Webb and Lakewood each offer diverse floor plans. The townhomes by Lakewood range from 1,350 to 1,730 square feet, while the five single-family floor plans range from 1,300 to 1,815 square feet. The Bay Series by Del Webb, with five single-family home models that range from 1,725 square feet to 2,200 square feet, boasts basements, sunrooms, and spacious great rooms.

One resident who reviewed the community wrote, “I have no need to vacation because everything is here... There's more than enough here to do with clubs [and] activities...Outside maintenance is done for you. No shoveling or grass cutting for you.”

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Lago Vista - Lockport, IL

Low $200s - Low $300s

For active adults seeking new homes for sale near Joliet, Lago Vista offers both new and resale homes. Under construction since 2004, this gated 55+ community plans to include 832 single-family and attached homes upon completion.

At the center of the community, the 21,000-square-foot Club Lago features amenities like a grand room, arts and crafts studios, game rooms, a juice bar, a beauty salon, a fitness center, and an indoor pool and spa. The many gathering spaces host most of the neighborhood’s clubs and activities.

With a full-time activity director, residents can enjoy an expansive social calendar with activities, groups, and clubs. Popular clubs include lunch bunch, poker tournaments, bike and dine, painting class, and exercise classes. Community events include pizza and birthday nights, Friday socials, concerts at the pool, day trips, and holiday parties.

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Timbers Edge Villas - Joliet, IL

Mid $100s - Low $200s

The active lifestyle community Timbers Edge Villas provides an opportunity for residents to live close to Downtown Joliet’s main attractions and entertainment options, which are less than six miles away. This neighborhood of 117 resale attached homes also offers the desirable benefit of a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Thanks to a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal, residents can have more leisure time throughout all four seasons. Residents can spend more time visiting family, gathering with neighbors, and exploring the surrounding Joliet area.

The amenities at the community include a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse with a hobby and game room, billiards, a catering kitchen, an exercise room, an outdoor pool, and scenic lakes and ponds. Some of the activities and clubs include book club, social committee, watercolor painting, and women’s bunco.

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Park Place on the Green - Crest Hill, IL

Low $100s - Mid $100s

A tight-knit community of just 76 attached homes, Park Place on the Green offers a private low-maintenance lifestyle. This gated 55+ community features 27 buildings with two or three residences each as well as an HOA that takes care of all lawn care and snow removal.

The homes range from about 1,050 to 1,400 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Many of the one- or two-level homes offer first-floor master suites for one-level living. Additional features in some homes include basements, dens, and patios.

This private community includes a walking trail and a stocked fishing pond with a pier ideal for daily outdoor activity. When residents want to partake in physical exercise, they can visit nearby Charter Fitness of Crest Hill, Chicago Sports & Fitness Club, Galowich Family YMCA, or Planet Fitness.

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