Some of the benefits of a Northern Illinois retirement include proximity to Chicago, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, and a Midwestern location ideal for convenient travel anywhere in the country. Plus, the state has dozens of active adult communities with benefits and features perfect for retirees.
Throughout Northern Illinois, there are many active adult communities with no age restrictions but plenty of the most sought-after amenities, social activities, and low-maintenance homes. Here’s a roundup of five Illinois communities with no age restrictions.
High $100s - High $400s
As one of the largest active lifestyle communities in Northern Illinois, Lake Barrington Shores consists of 1,317 attached homes with access to many of the amenities, features, and activities that many active adults seek in their next community. Its location (less than 40 miles from downtown Chicago) puts residents within easy reach of the best that an Illinois retirement has to offer.
The community clubhouse The Lodge at The Shores hosts many of the amenities, which include a fitness center, an indoor pool, a spa, and plenty of multipurpose gathering spaces. At the clubhouse, residents often gather for activities, events, and clubs such as bridge, tai chi, yoga, holiday parties, and social events.
The outdoor amenities feature a pool, a patio, walking trails, and athletic courts for basketball, tennis, bocce ball, and volleyball. The desirable location along the 96-acre Lake Barrington offers ample opportunities for water recreation, including boating, fishing, swimming, and canoeing.
Mid $100s - Mid $400s
Built from 2006 to 2016, Stonegate West consists of 336 single-family and attached homes. With plenty of home models to choose from, interested homebuyers can find a residence that best suits their needs and preferences.
The single-family homes in this community range from 1,466 to 2,527 square feet with two to four bedrooms with dens, two to three bathrooms, and attached two- to three-car garages. Ideal for downsizing, the attached homes range from 1,256 to 1,990 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two- or two-and-a-half-car garages.
In addition to sought-after ranch-style homes, residents enjoy amenities including a clubhouse with an exercise room, a catering kitchen, a card room, and multipurpose gathering spaces. The clubhouse also hosts regular community events such as holiday parties, pool parties, summer meet-ups, and more. The outdoor amenities include a pool, a patio, and walking and biking trails.
Mid $300s - High $600s
Located within the golf community Boulder Ridge, The Lakes of Boulder Ridge is an active lifestyle community with luxury homes for sale in Lake in the Hills. The community plans to offer 242 single-family and attached homes upon completion, with current opportunities for both new and resale homes.
Residents of The Lakes of Boulder Ridge can choose from several membership options to enjoy the extensive lineup of amenities. The 65,000-square-foot clubhouse boasts a fitness center, an aerobics studio, a golf shop, and a restaurant. Outside, residents can enjoy a pool, a patio, a tennis complex, and a 27-hole championship golf course. The 7,000-yard private course is surrounded by 24 lakes and paved cart paths, making it a premier choice for a round of golf.
Along with a luxury country club atmosphere, residents of this neighborhood can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle. The homeowners’ association (HOA) takes care of exterior home maintenance and lawn care, giving residents more free time to enjoy the community amenities, gather with neighbors, and pursue their hobbies.
High $100s - High $200s
For a low-maintenance retirement in Northern Illinois, Maples at the Sonata is another option. This tight-knit active lifestyle community plans to include 126 single-family and attached homes, with both new and resale homes for sale.
The HOA covers exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and even snow removal, which means residents can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle all year long. This also gives residents the option to travel for extended periods of time or enjoy a snowbird lifestyle.
Residents enjoy the amenities at the 3,000-square-foot clubhouse, which offers an exercise room, a catering kitchen, hobby and game rooms, billiards, and multipurpose gathering spaces for activities, clubs, and classes. The outdoor amenities feature a resort-style swimming pool and patio.
The attached homes range from 1,325 to 1,926 square feet with one to three bedrooms with dens, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The single-family homes range from 1,516 to 2,873 square feet with two bedrooms with dens, two bathrooms, and two-and-a-half-car garages.
Low $200s - High $200s
Less than 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, Villas at Fox Run is a tight-knit community with access to desirable amenities and a full social calendar of clubs, activities, and events. This neighborhood includes just 92 single-family and attached homes.
The amenities center around a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, a catering kitchen, a fireplace lounge, and card tables as well as an outdoor pool and patio. Neighbors like to meet at the clubhouse for events like poker nights, ice cream socials, swimming parties, movie nights, Sunday Night football parties, and holiday celebrations.
Residents of Villas at Fox Run can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle without worrying about exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal. Because of this low-maintenance lifestyle, active adults can enjoy the benefits of a well-tended home while having more leisure time to spend with family and friends.