Great Retirement Communities in the Midwest

The Midwest is full of many great communities that offer a multitude of activities and amenities.
The midwest is full of many great communities that offer a multitude of activities and amenities.
The Midwest is full of many great communities that offer a multitude of activities and amenities.

Retiring in the Midwest may also be a bit more affordable or offer reasonably priced homes than other coastal retirement hotspots. Fortunately, this region has some of the best 55+ communities in prime locations that offer resort-style amenities, affordable homes, and a vibrant social atmosphere. Check out these ten great active adult communities in the Midwest.  


Sun City Huntley – Huntley, IL

Sun City Huntley is one of the premier 55+ communities in the Chicago Area that offers world-class amenities and over 5,400 homes spread across 2,300 acres of lush landscape. Del Webb developed this active adult community between 1998 and 2013 and homebuyers can find a variety of condos, attached homes, or single-family homes starting in the mid $100s. Residents live a vibrant and active lifestyle in Sun City Huntley thanks to its impressive lineup of amenities found in the beautiful 94,000 square-foot clubhouse, called the Prairie Lodge. It features a restaurant, fitness center, indoor lap pool and spa, ceramics studio, arts and crafts studio, ballroom, performing arts theater, indoor walking track, and outdoor pool.

In addition to the amenities found in the Prairie Lodge, residents also have access to a 20,000 square-foot Meadow View Lodge, a more intimate clubhouse with fitness spaces and several meeting rooms. Throughout this massive 55-plus community, residents can spend their days exploring all of the outdoor recreational facilities like the 18-hole Whisper Creek Golf Course, multiple tennis and bocce ball courts, 19-acre fishing lake, numerous parks, and walking and biking trails.

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes – Pingree Grove, IL

This 1,297-home active adult neighborhood is situated within the master-planned community of Cambridge Lakes in the Northwest Chicago suburbs. It’s ideal for retirees who want an active and low-maintenance, as this community offers an established homeowners’ association that takes care of exterior home maintenance. Carillon at Cambridge Lakes also offers world-class amenities such as an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, hobby and game rooms, sports courts, scenic lakes and ponds, and a three-hole golf course.

Carillon – Plainfield, IL

This gated active adult community in Plainfield, IL, was the first age-restricted development in the Chicago area. It was developed between 1989 and 2001 and consists of just over 2,000 homes. Carillon is an established 55+ community that offers homebuyers a wide selection of resale homes that come in various styles, sizes, and price points.

Residents enjoy an active lifestyle in Carillon thanks to its long list of amenities and activities. Club Carillon is a 32,000 square-foot clubhouse that is the heart of the community where residents can stay healthy, be social, and have fun. Some of the superb amenities include several hobby and craft studios, sports courts, ballroom, outdoor pool, restaurant, and a 27-hole golf course.

Edgewater – Elgin, IL

This Del Webb active adult community was built between 2005 and 2015 and hosts 1,040 single-family homes. Edgewater is an intimate 55+ community in Elgin that offers a small-town vibe without sacrificing modern amenities or conveniences. Creekside Lodge is the community’s 23,000 square-foot clubhouse that provides endless options for recreation and entertainment. Residents have access to a ballroom, library, billiards room, fitness center, hobby and game room, outdoor pool, and bocce and tennis courts.

The social environment in Edgewater is also welcoming thanks to its lineup of activities, clubs, and classes. Residents can mingle with other like-minded adults in groups like the book club, Edgwater singles, veterans group, social planners, or krafty needlers.

Britton Falls – Fisher, IN

Retirees looking for resort-style living and new or resale homes in Central Indiana will find quality built and reasonably priced homes combined with great amenities in Britton Falls in Fisher, IN. Del Webb began construction in this community in 2006 and plans to build a total of 1,050 single-family homes. Britton Falls offers a tranquil retreat for retirees who want resort-style amenities, an exciting social atmosphere, and low-maintenance living in a suburban setting.

Vandalia – Plainfield, IN

Following its success from Britton Falls, Vandalia is Del Webb’s second active adult community in the Indianapolis Area. This new active adult community, which opened in 2015, will host just 475 single-family homes, making it easy for neighbors to mingle in a close-knit and friendly setting.

Residents will have a charming 3,000 square-foot clubhouse where they can enjoy an active and social lifestyle. It will feature a fitness center, arts and crafts studio, outdoor pool, and tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts. Besides great amenities, homebuyers can choose from a variety of home designs that feature spacious layouts, gourmet kitchens, elegant master suites, and luxurious finishes throughout.

Bridgewater – Brownstown, MI

Bridgewater is a marvelous active adult community being developed by Del Webb in Brownstown, MI. The community opened in 2006 and will consist of 631 single-family homes upon completion. Bridgewater provides homeowners with a tranquil, park-like setting thanks to its beautiful natural areas like a catch-and-release fishing pond, picnic areas, walking and biking trails, and green spaces.

Residents also enjoy a 14,700 square-foot amenity center that boasts resort-style indoor and outdoor facilities that keep them active, relaxed, and social. Neighbors gather at the clubhouse to stay active or join fun activities like bunco, billiards, quilters club, water aerobics, or water volleyball. Bridgewater is also close to areas like Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Detroit, making it easy for residents to enjoy big-city attractions and entertainment.

Grand Reserve – Grand Blanc, MI

This luxurious 55-plus community in Grand Blanc, Michigan offers homebuyers new or resale attached and single-family homes at attractive prices. Del Webb began construction of Grand Reserve in 2006 and plans to build 479 residences upon completion. Grand Reserve provides retirees with a serene and small-town setting yet is just an hour’s drive from Detroit. Residents live a vibrant lifestyle thanks to the community’s 15,500 square-foot clubhouse, called Grandview Lodge, where they can engage in a variety of hobbies, join a fitness class, or explore their creativity.

Pioneer Ridge – North Ridgeville, OH

Pioneer Ridge is Del Webb’s premier active adult community in the Cleveland Area in Ohio. This 55+ community features a luxurious setting combined with low-maintenance homes, resort-style amenities, and an exciting social atmosphere. Pioneer Ridge’s amenities are sprawled across the community’s lush landscape and include a 14,500 square-foot clubhouse.

It features well-appointed indoor and outdoor amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge, sunroom, indoor/outdoor pools and spas, multiple sports courts, and miles of walking and biking trails. Buyers will find a great selection of new and resale homes built by Del Webb that feature open floor plans, spacious master suites, inviting indoor and outdoor living spaces, and plenty of storage space.

Villas at Rush Creek – Maple Grove, MN

Villas at Rush Creek is a charming 55+ community in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Lennar Homes and K. Hovnanian both offer home designs in the community that will consist of 300 single-family residences upon completion. Villas at Rush Creek is an ideal active adult community for retirees who want world-class amenities, beautiful outdoor facilities, low-maintenance homes, and a social lifestyle within a tranquil, small-town setting.

Residents of this active adult community enjoy a healthy and vibrant lifestyle by taking advantage of the amenities found in the 13,500 square-foot clubhouse. Some of the amenities include a ballroom, learning center, craft hall, card room, aerobics and dance studio, indoor and outdoor pools and spa, multiple sports courts, and a BBQ area. Residents can easily bond with their neighbors because of the community’s social environment. The community regularly hosts activities, clubs, and events like movie night, coffee gathering, bible study, art fairs, yoga, water aerobics, and poker night, which brings all residents together in a friendly setting.

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