Inland Empire Communities With Homes for Sale Under $300k

California's Inland Empire is a haven for active adults seeking affordable homes in attractive communities.

If you’re an active adult who’s searching for a home in one of California’s sought-after Inland Empire 55+ communities, you’re in luck. Not only are there a multitude of picturesque communities in this area, but many of them have homes for sale under $300k.

Take a look at the list below for a selection of Inland Empire communities with affordable homes for sale in a variety of housing styles and sizes.

Jess RanchApple Valley, CA

Low $100s – High $200s

A boulders formation in Horseman's Center Park in Apple Valley, California

Boomers on a budget will appreciate the prices and choices at Jess Ranch. This large, gated 55+ community offers homebuyers a mix of single-family homes, attached townhomes, and condos. Situated in the peaceful, High Desert town of Apple Valley, Jess Ranch has resale homes starting in the low $100s.

With 2,120 residences completed in 2002, Jess Ranch offers homebuyers a variety of floor plans and home styles. Most of the condos offer one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a convenient carport, while attached homes offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and either a garage or a carport. The single-family homes feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Active adults will appreciate all of the amenities Jess Ranch has to offer. Inside the small clubhouse, residents can meet to share hobbies, play games, and socialize. There’s also a fitness center with instructor-led group fitness classes and plenty of state-of-the-art equipment. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the sparkling pool, tennis and bocce ball courts, walking and biking trails, and more.

Panorama Village – Hemet, CA

Mid $100s – Low $300s

Aerial photo of the Inland Empire Area, California

Another affordable gem, Panorama Village is a 55+ community comprised of 501 single-family homes. Built from 1962 to 1968, this active lifestyle community is currently selling a variety of resale homes for under $300k.

The low-maintenance single-family homes in this community range from 912 to 2,371 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These homes feature open-concept floor plans, laminate flooring, spacious kitchens, and covered patios.

Panorama Village offers plenty of desirable amenities, including a sparkling outdoor pool, seven shuffleboard courts, and a 9-hole golf course. Residents also spend time socializing at the community clubhouse, where they can play games, meet for clubs, host parties, and enjoy community events.

Sun Lakes Country ClubBanning, CA

Low $200s – Mid $400s

With 3,300 homes and a myriad of resort-like amenities, Sun Lakes Country Club offers homebuyers the best of both worlds—an upscale, country-club-like environment and affordable homes. This 55+ community offers both condo and single-family homes with many current listings under $300k.

Built between 1987 and 2003, Sun Lakes offers 50 unique floor plans. Square footage ranges from 850 to 2,627 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and a two- to three-car garage. Many homes in this community feature modern upgrades and stunning views of the golf course and nearby mountain range.

The amenities at Sun Lakes Country Club are staggering, with three clubhouses, a fitness center, a library, a grand ballroom, hobby studios, tennis and bocce ball courts, a card room, and a billiards room. There’s also an outdoor pool and two private golf courses on-site, as well as miles of scenic walking and biking trails. Community members enjoy on-site conveniences, including restaurants and cafes, and participate in the multiple social activities, fitness and hobby classes, and clubs.

Murrieta Hot SpringsMurrieta, CA

Mid $200s – Low $400s

Photo of the entrance gate at Murrieta Hot Springs in Murrieta, California


Made up of three separate neighborhoods, Murrieta Hot Springs is a friendly, well-established 55+ community. Built between 1971 and 2014, this gated community boasts 1,040 single-family homes with many current resale homes well under $300k.

Homes at Murrieta Hot Springs range from roughly 960 to 2,646 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached carports or two-car garages. Many homes feature custom touches like spacious kitchens with breakfast nooks, tile flooring, sunrooms, covered patios, and plantation shutters.

Each of the three subcommunities in Murrieta Hot Springs has its own clubhouse and amenities, but residents are able to enjoy all of the amenities in the community, regardless of which neighborhood they reside in. There are also multiple pools, fitness centers, shuffleboard courts, walking and biking trails, and much more, including a dog run.

Sun CityMenifee, CA

Mid $100s – High $400s

Photo of orange flowers in front of Diamond Valley Lake in California

The sprawling 55+ community of Sun City is one of the most popular 55+ communities in the region—and for good reason. This community was one of the first of its kind, setting a high standard for those that followed. It boasts a wide variety of resort-style amenities and a huge number of attractive and affordable resale homes.

Built from 1962 to 1981, Sun City offers 4,762 attached and single-family homes with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a one-car garage or carport. Homes in this community are situated near popular attractions such as Diamond Valley Lake, Riverside Art Museum, and shopping districts.

The variety of amenities at Sun City are impressive, with three town halls, two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and a variety of hobby studios. Residents of Sun City stay active and social by making use of the horseshoe pits and lawn bowling as well as the bocce ball and tennis courts. There’s also an outdoor amphitheater where residents and their guests can enjoy events and performances.

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