The idea of downsizing is an appealing concept for many active adults looking to retire. Downsizing brings with it the ability for active adults to say goodbye to their overly spacious family homes and move into a much more manageable (and less costly) residence.
Other advantages include less maintenance both indoors and outdoors, as well as the ability to build up equity. For retirees looking to make such a move, Illinois is home to a variety of great options to consider when looking for a scaled down residence.
Read on to learn more about some of the best communities for downsizing in Illinois.
Bradford Place Clubs - Round Lake
A small community of just 79 homes, Bradford Place Clubs is known for its quiet lifestyle ideal options for downsizing.
It consists of two- or three-unit attached homes, all of which are single-story homes that range in size from 1,168 to 1,554 square feet. Most homes generally include two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.
The community places strong emphasis on its low-maintenance lifestyle. Thanks to the homeowners' association, residents will never have to worry about maintaining the exteriors of their home as both lawn care and snow removal services are provided.
During the warmer months, residents can enjoy the sunny outdoors and explore the community’s three acre park, which comes with a paved trail, perfect for a calm walk or a brisk jog. There's also an adjacent park making for an easily accessible walk.
Prairie Park - Wheeling
Prairie Park is a collection of condominiums comprised of five mid-rise buildings that are located in Wheeling, Illinois.
Prairie Park offers 12 models that range from 1,289 to 2,277 square feet of living space. Buyers are able to choose from one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms. All units have a private terrace, which comes with a gas line so residents can enjoy some outdoor grilling. The kitchen, meanwhile, offers top-of-the line cabinets and countertops, as well as modern fixtures and appliances.
Residents enjoy a clubhouse with a party room and lounge, hobby and game rooms, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Outside, residents can partake in social activities thanks to the barbecue patio, bocce ball courts, and a terrace that offers serene views of the nearby lake.
The Colonies at Grande Reserve - Yorkville
Located in Yorkville, The Colonies at Grande Reserve is a low-maintenance community of 117 homes.
Here, homebuyers are able to choose from four distinct floor plans, all of which range from 1,150 to 1,694 square feet and include two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Regardless of which floor plan you choose, homes come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and wide doors and hallways.
In terms of amenities, The Colonies at Grande Reserve includes a 4,200 square-foot community clubhouse. Here, residents can gather with friends new and old and enjoy everything from the outdoor lounging pool and lap pool. There are also a number of trails dispersed throughout the community, allowing residents to enjoy casual walks, bike rides, or jogs.
Saddlebrook Farms - Grayslake
Rounding out the list is Saddlebrook Farms, an age-restricted rural community in the village of Grayslake. The community stands out thanks to its location on 720 acres, which features 100 acres of lakes, nature preserves, picnic areas, a working farm, and walking trails.
Comprised of 2,000 new and resale homes, Saddlebrook Farms' residents enjoy a close-knit community of homes that range from 1,169 to 2,516 square feet. All of the homes are ranch style and come with front porches, as well as numerous optional upgrades,
One important distinction of Saddlebrook Farms is that it is a land-lease community, where residents can own their home but lease their land. Because of this, residents pay a monthly association fee, but are only taxed for their home and not the actual land itself.