For a variety of reasons, condominium homes have long been a popular option for active adult homebuyers. These residences often offer a maintenance-free, lock-and-leave lifestyle that allows retirees to travel for extended periods of time and enjoy the snowbirding lifestyle. With substantially fewer house chores and significantly more free time, condo residents can gather with family and friends, pursue their hobbies, and travel without worry.
Active adults who want to snowbird from Illinois often seek out condos in active adult communities where they can enjoy amenities in the spring and summer while traveling with ease in the cooler months. But in addition to snowbirds, any active adults who want to downsize or enjoy an easier lifestyle find condos an ideal fit. If this lifestyle interests you, start your search with these five active adult communities that offer condominium homes in Northern Illinois.
High $200s - Low $400s
With a convenient location less than 30 miles from downtown Chicago and 15 miles from O’Hare International Airport, Prairie Park offers a lock-and-leave condominium lifestyle ideal for those who want to enjoy the snowbird lifestyle. This active lifestyle community includes 240 condo homes across five mid-rise buildings located in the town of Wheeling near Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, and Buffalo Grove.
The twelve floor plans range from 1,289 to 2,277 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Each home offers a private terrace for scenic views of the surrounding 18 acres of prairie lands and evergreen forests.
The amenities include a clubhouse with a fitness center, an aerobics studio, an indoor pool, a kitchen, a lounge, and gathering spaces for hobbies, crafts, and games. The outdoor amenities feature a terrace, a barbecue patio, and bocce ball courts.
Mid $100s - Mid $400s
Active adults who want to enjoy resort-style amenities and the lock-and-leave lifestyle of a condominium home can find both at Sun City Huntley. As the largest 55+ community in Northern Illinois, it offers home styles that suit almost any preference, including single-family, attached, and condominium homes.
The community may consist of 5,489 homes, but the condos represent the most exclusive lodgings in the neighborhood. There's only one condominium building, the Arcadia Condos, which makes these residences highly sought after. The condo homes range from 1,200 to 1,900 square feet with one to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The three-story Arcadia Condo building offers elevator access as well as underground parking. It's also conveniently located adjacent to the 20,000-square-foot Meadow View Lodge with its own state-of-the-art fitness center and outdoor pool.
The community also includes the Prairie View Lodge, which boasts 94,000 square feet of space. It features a restaurant, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor walking track, and abundant gathering space for clubs and classes.
Mid $100s - Mid $200s
At The Pines, interested homebuyers can find 525 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, but the condos are some of the most desirable residences in the community. Ideal for snowbirds or those who want a maintenance-free lifestyle, the condo homes range from about 1,500 to 1,900 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
In addition to several floor plans, there are also many types of condominium buildings to choose from. There are two-story buildings with four to eight condos each as well as three-story buildings with 12 units each. With so much variety available, residents can find the home that best suits their needs and preferences.
The Pines is located about 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago and 20 miles from Midway International Airport, which makes it ideal for day trips to the city as well as longer trips. Residents also enjoy a location adjacent to the 585-acre Bartel Grassland, which contributes to the community’s private, secluded feel.
Mid $100s - High $300s
With 2,097 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, Carillon offers ample opportunities to join a gated 55+ community known for its vibrant lifestyle opportunities and desirable amenities. Here’s what a current resident had to say about Carillon:
“Carillon has the best clubhouse and amenities of any communities in the southwest suburbs. We've got indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, fitness room, ballroom, cards room, library, billiards, ceramics, woodworking, and a lot more. We have a broad range of home styles, sizes, and price points. The residents are very friendly and it's easy to meet people. We love living here.”
The Buckingham Condominium building includes 48 condo homes that range from 835 to 1,380 square feet, making them ideal for downsizing. The four-story elevator building offers underground parking. Also, each home has a spacious balcony, many with views of the golf course.
Mid $100s - High $100s
The tight-knit 55+ community River Crossing includes 45 affordable condominium homes in one four-story building with elevator access and heated underground parking. Interested homebuyers can choose from 15 floor plans that range from 1,135 to 1,853 square feet.
The homes can include one or two bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Each residence provides an open floor plan, a master suite, and a private balcony, many with river views. Some of the homes boast updated appliances, kitchens with central islands, and spacious foyers.
A centrally located community area offers amenities such as an exercise room, a catering kitchen, and a community room that hosts activities, classes, and parties. When residents want to spend time outside, they can visit some of the nearby parks along the Fox River, like Panton Mill Park and Pickerel Point Park. As an added convenience, several local restaurants surround the community, such as Mary’s Corner Tap, Wise Guys Pizzeria, and Wee-Dee’s Restaurant.