View of flowers and a flagpole outside of the clubhouse at Carillon in Plainfield, Illinois

Active adult homebuyers looking for affordable homes for sale in attractive communities should take a look at what Northern Illinois has to offer.

Active adult homebuyers seeking affordable homes for sale throughout the Chicagoland area have plenty of diverse options in Northern Illinois. Throughout the suburbs, residents can find affordable homes for sale that still provide low-maintenance lifestyles as well as access to desirable amenities, outdoor recreation, and the world-class entertainment of downtown Chicago.

Whether retirees want to live in an active adult community with the largest clubhouse in the area or near a lake, homebuyers can find it within their budget. These five active adult communities in Northern Illinois offer homes for sale under $200,000.

Saddlebrooke Farms - Grayslake, IL

Below $100K - High $200s

For active adults looking for single-family homes for sale under $200,000 in Illinois, Saddlebrooke Farms offers plenty of options. This Lake County 55+ community located near Waukegan features an impressive variety of affordable homes for sale.

With plans for 2,000 single-family homes upon completion, this community offers both new and resale homes for sale. The single-family home floor plans range from 1,169 to 2,516 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. Most floor plans feature master suites with walk-in closets and en-suite bathrooms. Additional features include open floor plans, spacious kitchens with central islands, and decks or patios.

This budget-friendly, age-restricted community also provides amenities such as a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, walking and biking trails, and RV parking and storage. The grounds feature over 100 acres of scenic lakes, nature preserves, gardening plots, and a picnic area. 

Carillon - Plainfield, IL

Mid $100s - High $300s

As the first 55+ community in the Chicagoland area, Carillon has continuously served as a popular retirement destination for Illinois retirees. This amenity-rich gated community consists of 2,097 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, with the most affordable residences being the attached homes and condominiums. 

The four-story Buckingham Condominium building includes 48 condo homes and underground parking. The four floor plans range from 835 to 1,380 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. The homes offer spacious balconies as well as close proximity to the community clubhouse.

The four collections of attached homes range from 1,035 to 1,764 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. Many homes offer desirable features such as open floor plans, master suites, finished basements, studies, and patios. 

The resort-style amenities at Carillon center around the 32,000-square-foot clubhouse, which hosts many of the community’s clubs and classes. Some of the activities include bowling league, theater guild, craft shows, and movie nights.

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - High $400s

The premiere Del Webb community in Northern Illinois, Sun City Huntley, also offers affordable homes for sale under $200,000. This 55+ community includes 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, making it the largest age-restricted development in The Prairie State.

The world-class amenities at Sun City Huntley feature the 94,000-square-foot Prairie Lodge amenity center, the 20,000-square-foot Meadow View Lodge clubhouse, and a 4,800-square-foot woodworking shop. Residents also enjoy an 18-hole golf course, a restaurant, and a performing arts theater. 

Residents can enjoy all of the amenities while downsizing into a low-maintenance lifestyle with the community’s condominium and single-family homes. The three-story Arcadia Condo elevator building offers six floor plans that range from 1,200 to 1,900 square feet.

The four collections of attached homes include nearly two dozen floor plans that range from 1,014 to 1,599 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage.

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes - Pingree Grove, IL

High $100s - Mid $300s

Located within the master-planned Cambridge Lakes development, Carillon at Cambridge Lakes consists of 943 single-family and attached homes. This gated 55+ community offers its own exclusive amenities and ranch-style homes for sale.

This age-restricted enclave features private amenities that center around an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse with a ballroom, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool and spa, and several multipurpose rooms and gathering spaces. The outdoor amenities include a pool, a 3-hole golf course, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails.

The two collections of attached townhomes represent the most affordable homes for sale in Carillon at Cambridge Lakes. These townhomes range from 1,107 to 1,716 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

These single-level homes offer the benefit of a low-maintenance lifestyle thanks to a homeowners’ association that takes care of exterior home maintenance, lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal.

Lake Barrington Shores - Barrington, IL

High $100s - High $400s 

Lake Barrington Shores is an active lifestyle community located in Barrington, a northwest suburb about one hour from downtown Chicago. Nestled between scenic Lake Barrington and Barrington Bog Nature Preserve, this neighborhood offers a secluded, tranquil lifestyle within easy reach of daily conveniences.

The amenities include the Lodge at the Shores which contains a fitness center, gathering spaces, an outdoor pool, and a patio. The grounds offer an 18-hole golf course, athletic courts, and walking and biking trails. Lake Barrington also allows residents to boat, fish, and swim with ease.

Built from 1974 to 1997, this well-established community consists of 1,317 attached homes that span 933 to 4,600 square feet with one to four bedrooms and one to four bathrooms. Interested homebuyers can browse several resale homes for sale to find the home that best suits their needs and preferences.