View of a pedestrian bridge over a pond surrounded by greenery at Willowbrook in Napa, California

Northern California may be known for its high home prices, but condominiums are an affordable, low-maintenance option for active adults.

It’s no secret that Northern California is an idyllic place to settle down with its year-round Mediterranean climate and easy access to beaches, exciting urban cities, national parks, and other popular areas. It’s also no secret that home prices tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum.

Condominiums may be a great choice for active adults looking for more affordable homes in Northern California. Condo-living often equates to a more affordable, low-maintenance, and worry-free lifestyle than a traditional, single-family home may offer. Take a closer look below at four beautiful 55+ communities in Northern California offering condo-style homes.

Willowbrook - Napa, CA

Low $500s - Mid $600s

Offering residents a low-maintenance lifestyle in the heart of wine country, Willowbrook is an intimate 55+ community of just 80 condo and attached resale homes. Peaceful and quaint, Willowbrook provides homeowners with a care-free lifestyle and plenty of time to enjoy their Napa Valley surroundings.

Living in Napa Valley allows active adults to frequent the numerous world-class wineries and restaurants nearby as well as take in all of the natural beauty and outdoor splendor the valley is known for. Downtown Napa is only three miles away from Willowbrook, and even closer than that, residents will find a Whole Foods, a Trader Joe’s, a Target, and a fitness club.

On the property, Willowbrook residents and their guests enjoy a heated pool and spa, a clubhouse for socializing and hobbies, and miles of nearby walking and biking trails. Willowbrook’s landscaping fits right in with the Napa Valley’s serene setting, with scenic ponds and lush grounds.

This community was under construction from 1987 to 1989, and homes, while attached, provide ample space with sizes ranging from 1,400 to 1,697 square feet. Homes offer two to three bedrooms and two to two-and-a-half bathrooms.

Foster Square - Foster City, CA

Mid $900s - High $1Ms

Located in the thriving, diverse San Francisco suburb of Foster City, Foster Square offers residents modern and urban condo living. Residents of this 55+ community enjoy being near many restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and medical facilities. Also, Foster Square is only about 30 minutes from San Francisco.

Foster Square is a mid-sized community of 200 new condo units boasting modern floor plans and upgraded finishes such as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Homeowners can choose from five floor plans, ranging from 1,144 to 2,172 square feet. These condo units offer two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and covered parking spaces.

Amenities at Foster Square include a basketball court, tennis courts, a beautifully landscaped park, a picnic area, and a scenic pond. There are plenty of nearby shopping and dining destinations to choose from, offering a diverse range of cuisines and cultural offerings. Nearby Leo Ryan Park offers more outdoor fun, with scenic walking and biking trails as well as a large lagoon for kayaking, swimming, and paddleboarding.

The Villages Golf & Country Club - San Jose, CA

Low $400s - Mid $1Ms

The Villages Golf & Country Club is a golf lover's dream, but even those who don't often pick up a club will enjoy the serenity of this 55+ community. Tucked away from the bustle of San Jose, this gated community is spread out over 500 acres of the bucolic Evergreen Foothills of Southeast San Jose.

Home styles at The Villages Golf & Country Club include condos, attached, and single-family homes. Built from 1967 to 2000, this community features 2,309 condos and townhomes and an additional 227 single-family homes. Most of the condos in this community offer two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and a few feature one or three bedrooms. They range in size from 600 to 2,256 square feet.

The Villages Golf & Country Club features some impressive golf courses, naturally, but also an array of other amenities. Residents enjoy a fitness center, an onsite restaurant, and multiple hobby rooms, including a photography darkroom, a woodworking room, and a craft room. Outdoors, active adults enjoy horseback riding, tennis, hiking, swimming, and nearby lakes.

Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA

Mid $300s - Mid $1Ms

As one of the first active adult communities in the area, Rossmoor continues to delight its residents with scenic pastoral views and peaceful serenity. Located in the affluent and desirable city of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor boasts an enviable location near both downtown and a high-end, open-air shopping and dining hub. This 55+ gated community is also just 26 miles from San Francisco. 

Rossmoor is comprised of condos, single-family homes, and co-ops that were built from 1963 to 1995. This sprawling community features a whopping 3,247 condominium units, with a handful of affordable resale condos currently on the market. 

Amenities at Rossmoor include five clubhouses, a library, a fitness center, a movie theater, an auditorium, onsite cafes and restaurants, three swimming pools, eight tennis courts, bocce ball courts, bowling greens, and even a certified farmers market and community news channel—Rossmoor News, Channel 28. Residents stay social with the dozens of active clubs and ongoing social functions. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the miles of scenic hiking trails right in Rossmoor’s backyard, and golfers are sure to enjoy the 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf onsite.