There’s a lot for active adults to love about retiring in Illinois. Filled with Midwestern charm, the Prairie State comes with numerous world-class destinations and attractions. Whether you're exploring the sprawling city of Chicago or getting lost in the many serene state parks, Illinois has everything you need to make your retirement years fun and exciting.
Fortunately, the state also has a selection of affordable active adult communities. Read on to discover some of the best communities in Illinois with homes for sale under $150k.
Below $100k - High $200s
An age-restricted community in the village of Grayslake, Saddlebrook Farms is a popular choice for nature lovers. The community resides on a 720-acre plot of land which features over lakes, nature preserves, walking trails, picnic areas, and a working farm.
Although the community is comprised of 2,000 new and resale homes, residents still enjoy a close-knit feel. The ranch-style homes feature front porches, making it always easy to meet new friends and neighbors.
For entertainment, residents often gather at the historic clubhouse, a 4,000-square-foot cabin overlooking a lake. There are also plenty of natural spaces, where neighbors can enjoy activities like bocce and horseshoes, as well as miles of walking trails to explore, whether it be for a casual morning stroll or a pleasant evening jog.
Unlike most other communities, Saddlebrook Farms is a land-lease community (residents own their homes but rent the land). Because of this system, residents pay a monthly association fee but are only taxed for their home and not the actual land itself.
Mid $100s - High $400s
A premier 55+ community, Sun City Huntley was built in Huntley, Illinois by renowned active adult community builder Del Webb. This massive development of 5,400 homes boasts a truly impressive list of home options and amenities.
Residents can pick from nearly 55 floor plans, with styles including single-family homes, attached ranch townhomes, and condos. Each model is designed to be as low-maintenance as possible, meaning residents will have more time to spend enjoying their retirement.
At the center of the community is the Prairie Lodge, a grand 94,000-square-foot clubhouse. Inside, there's a state-of-the-art fitness facility, an indoor spa area, a ceramics studio, an arts and crafts studio, a dance studio, multipurpose rooms, and much more.
Besides the Prairie Lodge, there's also the Meadow View Lodge. A smaller amenity center, this 20,000-square-foot facility includes its own fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, and outdoor pool.
At Sun City Huntley, over one-third of the community land is protected open space and nature preserves. With over a hundred of acres to explore, residents can enjoy the walking and biking trails, catch some fish on the 19-acre lake, or even gather some friends and start a game of softball, bocce, volleyball, horseshoes, or tennis.
Low $100s - Mid $100s
Park Place on the Green is a more intimate community of just 76 homes. Located in Crest Hill, this community is made up of 27 buildings with two to three units each. With the option of a ranch or two-story home, these attached residences range from 1,050 to 1,400 square feet with nine-foot ceilings.
This community enjoys a calm atmosphere with plentiful mature trees and picturesque landscaping. Although there isn't a standard clubhouse, residents can enjoy a walk on the community trails or try their luck at the stocked fishing pond.
Park Place on the Green also enjoys a prime location just 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago and 30 minutes south of Downtown Naperville. Both areas make for great day excursions and include a number of unique dining and entertainment options.
Below $100k - Low $100s
Located in Round Lake, Bradford Place Clubs is another smaller community of just 79 homes for 55+ active adults. With features such as private patios and yards, the single-story homes in this community range from approximately 1,168 to 1,554 square feet, and many were designed to be as low-maintenance as possible.
During the summer months, residents can often be found enjoying the three-acre park, which hosts a number of events and gatherings for homeowners. The area includes a paved trail as well as a gazebo, perfect for enjoying a book in the warm weather or for hosting a picnic with family and friends.
Below $100k - Low $100s
Situated on 100 acres, Leisure Village was established nearly 40 years ago, and to this day, it still offers a vibrant social scene with regular activities and classes as well as clubs that meet on a regular basis. The exclusive recreation center includes a variety of hobby rooms, an exercise room, an outdoor pool, and more.
Active adult homebuyers are drawn to the low-maintenance living within this community. Leisure Village is comprised of 360 attached homes ranging from 755 to 1,705 square feet with one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Homeowners pay a reasonable association fee that covers lawn care, snow removal, amenities, and community transit.
Additionally, this community's Lake County location offers an abundance of outdoor recreation as well as proximity to nearby hospitals, places of worship, and local attractions.