A wooden bridge over the Fox River in Geneva, Illinois

Buyers seeking a home with a riverside view should consider these communities in Northern Illinois.

A Northern Illinois retirement connects active adults to some of the best things to do across the Prairie State, including the entertainment, sports, culture, and restaurants in Chicago. The area also provides an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, including plentiful state parks, the vast Lake Michigan, and the Fox River.

The 202-mile Fox River spans from southwestern Wisconsin through Northern Illinois, creating an expansive waterway ideal for boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and walking along scenic trails. In the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the Fox River also joins with Chain O’Lakes, which offers a number of opportunities for scenic views and water recreation.

Some active adult communities in Northern Illinois are near all that the Fox River has to offer. In particular, these three communities along the Fox River give residents prime waterside views.

River Crossing - South Elgin, IL

Mid $100s - High $100s

Blackhawk County Forest Preserve with autumn colors in South Elgin, Illinois

When residents want to explore the surrounding area, they can find plenty of local attractions near River Crossing.

With just 45 condominium homes, River Crossing is one of the most exclusive 55+ communities in Illinois. The four-story condominium building provides residents with a tight-knit community, a low-maintenance lifestyle, and a convenient location surrounded by things to do. 

Across a variety of floor plans, the condo homes range from 1,135 to 1,853 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Many homes feature open-concept layouts, kitchens with central islands, and master bedrooms with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. Additional features include heated underground parking, elevators, private balconies, and ample storage.

Within the community, residents can enjoy amenities such as a community room, an exercise room, and a catering kitchen. When residents want to explore the surrounding area, they can find plenty of local attractions in nearby Elgin and Schaumburg. The desirable location also puts residents within a quarter-mile of the banks of the Fox River, which offer parks and walking trails such as Fox River Trail, Panton Mill Park, and County Park.

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Lincoln Valley on The Fox - North Aurora, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s

Greenery surrounding the community sign for Lincoln Valley in North Aurora, Illinois

At this up-and-coming 55+ community, active adults can find a variety of new homes for sale.

Builder D.R. Horton began construction of Lincoln Valley on The Fox in 2018 with plans for 374 single-family, attached, and condominium homes. At this up-and-coming 55+ community, active adults can find a variety of new homes for sale.

Planned amenities at this age-restricted community include a clubhouse, an outdoor pool, and a patio. The community will also offer walking and hiking trails as well as several scenic ponds. As the renowned developer continues to make progress on the community, more information will be released on planned amenities, lifestyle activities, and home models.

Although D.R. Horton has not released any specific floor plans yet, this trusted home builder has a well-established reputation for creating thoughtfully crafted homes designed with active adults in mind. As an additional bonus, this 55+ community will provide a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to a homeowners’ association (HOA) that will take care of exterior home maintenance. 

Lincoln Valley on The Fox will be located in North Aurora along the banks of the Fox River. Within walking distance, residents can enjoy parks and trails along the river, including North Aurora Island Park and Lippold Park. Residents can also drive to downtown Chicago in about an hour and to O’Hare International Airport within 45 minutes.

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River Run Club - Oswego, IL

High $100s - Mid $200s

A chain barrier along a public path by Waubonsie Creek in Oswego, Illinois

Surrounded by community parks, residents have convenient access to scenic outdoor recreation.

At River Run Club, a 55+ community with 100 single-family homes, active adults can find affordable homes for sale, a low-maintenance lifestyle, and access to a variety of amenities. Surrounded by community parks and bordered by the Fox River, residents have convenient access to scenic outdoor recreation opportunities, including walking, hiking, birdwatching, and fishing.

The amenities at River Run Club feature a clubhouse with a fireplace lounge, a library, a catering kitchen, and a multipurpose gathering space ideal for activities, clubs, and classes. Outside, the amenities continue with a heated pool, a patio, walking and biking trails, and scenic ponds. With an HOA that takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal, residents can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle that gives them more free time to spend with neighbors and friends.

The single-family homes range from approximately 1,500 to 1,921 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Many homes feature open floor plans, spacious master suites, dens, basements, and patios. Most of the homes in the community provide either one-story living or first-floor master suites.

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