Exterior view of a model home at Andaré at Woodlore Estates in Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County has a lot to offer active adults seeking a Northern Illinois retirement.

Located in Northern Illinois, McHenry County consists of several northernmost Chicago suburbs and includes popular towns such as Crystal Lake, Woodstock, McHenry, and Huntley. As the sixth-largest county in the state, McHenry County shares a northern border with Wisconsin within 30 miles of Rockford and 40 miles of the shores of Lake Michigan.

While many active adults choose to live in McHenry County because of the lifestyle offered by the suburbs, the area boasts plenty to do throughout the four seasons. In spring and summer, residents have easy access to farmers markets, festivals, fairs, prairie trails, state parks, and the water recreation found throughout Chain O’Lakes. In fall and winter, residents can enjoy a variety of performing arts theaters, apple orchards, biking trails, holiday events, and museums.

All of these things considered, one of the main reasons active adults decide to live in McHenry County is because of the desirable and affordable location. Residents of the county can reach Chicago within 55 miles, putting the world-class city within easy reach, yet they can avoid Cook County taxes and traffic. If you want to learn more about life in McHenry County, check out these five active adult communities in McHenry County, Illinois.

Patriot Estates - McHenry, IL

High $100s - Mid $200s 

In the heart of McHenry County, the 55+ community Patriot Estates offers a tight-knit age-restricted community for active adults who want to live in McHenry. Under construction since 2007, Patriot Estates will include 201 single-family and attached homes upon completion, with both new and resale homes for sale.

Many of the ranch-style floor plans allow residents to downsize. The homes range from 1,257 to 1,957 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Many of the homes have open concept floor plans, master bedrooms with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms, kitchens with breakfast bars, dens, and covered porches.

The amenities include access to the Greens of Irish Prairie clubhouse just a few miles away. At the clubhouse, residents can enjoy an exercise room, indoor and outdoor pools, a putting green, and courts for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. 

Learn more information about Patriot Estates here.

Andaré at Woodlore Estates - Crystal Lake, IL

Low $200s - High $200s

In 2018, builder Lennar Homes began construction of Andaré at Woodlore Estates, a new 55+ community in Crystal Lake. With plans for 120 single-family homes, the community will offer a desirable low-maintenance lifestyle along with access to sought-after amenities. With construction still ongoing, interested homebuyers can find new ranch-style homes for sale in Crystal Lake.

With a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal, residents have more time to relax and enjoy their leisure time. With less yardwork, residents can instead spend their time using the amenities, exploring the county, and gathering with friends and family. 

The planned amenities feature a clubhouse with a fitness center, a community kitchen, and multipurpose gathering spaces. Outside, residents can enjoy a patio with a fire pit, a picnic pavilion, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, parks and natural spaces, and walking and biking trails.

Learn more information about Andaré at Woodlore Estates here. 

Maples at the Sonatas - Woodstock, IL

High $100s - High $200s

Maples at the Sonatas is an active lifestyle community in Woodstock that represents an ideal option for active adults who want to enjoy amenities, features, and lifestyle activities within their community. With just 126 single-family and attached homes, Maples at the Sonatas offers a tight-knit alternative to some of the larger active adult communities in the area, such as the nearby Sun City Huntley

The ranch-style single-family and attached homes range from 1,325 to 2,873 square feet with one to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- or two-and-a-half-car garages. These one-level homes provide a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to an HOA that takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. 

In addition to amenities such as a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse, residents can enjoy activities, clubs, and classes. Some of the popular get-togethers include football parties, coffee and conversation, poolside gatherings, holiday parties, and games and cards.

Learn more information about Maples at the Sonatas here.

The Lakes of Boulder Ridge - Lake in the Hills, IL

Mid $300s - High $600s 

Located within the master-planned golf course community of Boulder Ridge, The Lakes of Boulder Ridge plans to include 242 single-family and attached homes upon completion. Residents of this active lifestyle community enjoy a luxury country club setting amplified by a low-maintenance lifestyle because the HOA covers exterior home maintenance and lawn care.

Residents can select from a range of membership options to the community amenities, which means that residents don’t have to pay for the amenities they don't use. The resort-style amenities feature the 65,000-square-foot Boulder Ridge Country Club with a restaurant, a fitness center, a golf shop, and meeting rooms. 

Outside, the amenities feature a 27-hole golf course as well as a pool, a spa, tennis courts, and walking trails. The clubhouse also hosts activities and clubs, such as golf training, yoga, aerobics, tennis, and social events. 

Learn more information about The Lakes of Boulder Ridge here. 

Andaré at Talamore - Huntley, IL

High $200s - Low $300s

With 102 single-family homes, Andaré at Talamore is an exclusive 55+ community within the master-planned Talamore development, which consists of approximately 1,900 homes. Within the age-restricted community, residents can enjoy a more tight-knit lifestyle that still offers access to sought-after amenities.

The clubhouse hosts 8,000 square feet of amenities, such as a fitness center, a card room, an arts and crafts studio, a kitchenette, and multipurpose gathering spaces. The outdoor amenities feature an Olympic-size pool, tennis courts, a pavilion with picnic tables, walking and biking trails, and a fishing lake with a pier. 

The thoughtfully designed floor plans from builder Lennar Homes range from 1,343 to 1,880 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Many homes feature open-concept layouts, modern appliances, and smart home automation technology such as remote thermostat access, wireless touch entry, and video doorbells.

Learn more information about Andaré at Talamore here.