Sacramento, California’s state capital, is an idyllic place to settle down, offering a wealth of cultural, entertainment, and dining options as well as beautiful scenery, outdoor recreation, and mild, pleasurable weather. Active adults looking to retire in California are often attracted to Sacramento’s rich cultural history, museums, and outdoor recreation.
Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby American River and California Delta, which offer scenic beauty as well as fishing, kayaking, and boating fun. The 32-mile bicycle trail that runs along the American River is a popular walking and biking choice. Also, Sacramento is only a few hours away from skiing in Lake Tahoe, day trips to San Francisco, and wine tasting in Napa.
Living in a metropolitan area isn’t always cheap, but those on a budget will be happy to hear that homes in some of Sacramento’s beautiful 55+ communities can still be found for under $350k. Read on to discover more about these welcoming communities.
High $200s – Low $300s
Destinations at Vineyard Point offers homebuyers a lovely selection of newer single-family homes at affordable prices. This gated 55+ community is located right inside the thriving city of Sacramento, near all of the urban conveniences and excitement active adults could want.
Comprised of just 177 single-family homes built from 2011 to 2015, Destinations at Vineyard Point offers an intimate sense of community with homes that range from 996 to 1,314 square feet. These homes offer two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. They boast modern, in-demand features such as nine-foot ceilings, designer kitchens, and fluorescent lighting. Some even offer solar electric systems, high-efficiency gas water heaters, and other green, energy-efficient features.
Amenities include an impressive 2,500-square-foot private clubhouse with a fitness room and aerobics studio. A catering kitchen, game rooms, and entertainment areas also keep residents busy indoors. Outdoors, there’s a sparkling swimming pool and spa alongside a sun deck with plenty of lounge chairs for relaxing. The onsite activities director makes sure there’s always a fun event going on or social club to join, keeping residents socially active and entertained.
Low $300s – Mid $400s
Located in the outer area of Sacramento in Natomas, Four Seasons at Westshore offers a more rural, peaceful atmosphere with easy access to downtown. This gated 55+ community is centered around the natural beauty of a 26-acre lake, and it also features stunning fountains, a nature preserve, and 31 acres of parks.
With 900 single-family homes, Four Seasons at Westshore offers a variety of floor plans, prices, and home sizes to suit all needs. Built from 2007 to the present, these homes feature modern finishes and updated styles. Homes range in size from 1,295 to 2,828 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
This popular community boasts beautiful amenities, including a 22,700-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a library, a billiards room, a card room, and an arts and crafts room. There’s also a ballroom, a movie theater, and a sparkling outdoor pool with a spa and barbecue areas. Also outdoors are three lighted tennis courts, two shuffleboard courts, two horseshoe pits, and two bocce ball courts.
Low $200s – Low $300s
With just 307 single-family homes, Suncountry is a good choice for boomers looking for an intimate, friendly, and affordable 55+ community in Sacramento. With easy access to the airport, highways, and shopping, life at Suncountry is convenient and low-maintenance.
Homes at Suncountry were built between 1989 and 1999, with 980 to 1,500 square feet of living space, two to three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. These one-story homes boast desirable features such as dual-pane windows, two-car garages, high ceilings, and walk-in closets.
Amenities at this gated community include two clubhouses, which include a multi-purpose room, a library, a catering kitchen, and multiple billiards and game rooms. Outdoors, residents enjoy multiple pools, paved walking and biking trails, a shuffleboard court, two tennis courts, and two horseshoe pits.
Mid $300s – Mid $500s
With both attached and single-family homes, Heritage Park offers homebuyers plenty of options. As the highest-priced community on this list, it also offers beautiful modern and updated homes. This mid-sized, gated 55+ community is located five miles north of Downtown Sacramento in the North Natomas area, and it’s comprised of 965 homes.
These homes come in a variety of floor plans, including both single-family and duplex style. Most homes are one-story, but there are some two-story plans. Homes in Heritage Park range from 1,087 to 3,264 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and a two- or three-car garage. Many homes feature a den that can be used as an additional bedroom as well.
Residents of Heritage Park enjoy a variety of resort-like amenities, including a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse that acts as the social hub, complete with a stunning ballroom and a lively pub. There’s also a library and a theater to enjoy as well as a fitness center, group exercise rooms, and an indoor pool. Outside, community members take advantage of the many sunny days by the outdoor pool or at one of the five parks. They also enjoy the tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts as well as horseshoe pits, badminton, and bocce ball areas.