There’s something to be said for going with the crowd, at least when it comes to finding a great 55+ community. The best-selling active adult communities typically offer affordable homes, a wide variety of amenities, and a beautiful location, among other desirable features. For buyers seeking a home in California, here are the best-selling 55+ communities of 2019.
Low $300s - Mid $1Ms
Built by renowned builder Del Webb, this sprawling Northern California favorite is spread across 2,992 acres northeast of Sacramento. Comprised of 6,783 attached and single-family homes, Sun City Lincoln Hills boasts two 18-hole golf courses, modern floor plans, a luxurious spa, and an exquisite 68,000-square-foot recreational lodge. This 55+ community also offers residents 27 miles of fitness trails, multiple on-site cafes and restaurants, and fishing in the community's lakes and creeks.
Mid $100s - Mid $1Ms
With 12,736 attached, condo, and single-family homes, Laguna Woods Village offers plenty in the way of home styles, sizes, and prices. Active adults are sure to find the home they’re looking for in this expansive Southern California 55+ community. Settled on 2,100 bucolic acres in the beautiful Saddleback Valley of Orange County, this gated community boasts seven clubhouses, 36 holes of golf, five swimming pools, an equestrian center, and over 250 clubs and organizations.
3. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA
Low $300s - Low $1Ms
Nestled in the hills of the highly sought-after city of Walnut Creek, this Bay Area 55+ community gives residents the best of both worlds; a serene, quiet setting only minutes away from a thriving, urban downtown. Rossmoor has been delighting residents since the early 1960s with its 6,678 charming condominiums, co-ops, and single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles and prices. Some amenity highlights include 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf, five expansive clubhouses, outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and miles of picturesque hiking trails.
Mid $200s - High $600s
In the rolling hills of Coachella Valley’s Indio, Sun City Shadow Hills is a mid-sized 55+ community favored by buyers who appreciate modern, resort-like amenities and affordable homes. Comprised of 3,400 single-family homes, this gated 55+ community checks every mark on most buyer’s lists: low-maintenance, upgraded homes, affordability, world-class amenities, and a sun-drenched location near plenty of shopping centers, dining destinations, and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and camping.
Mid $200s - Mid $400s
With breathtaking views of the San Jacinto Mountains, Four Seasons at Hemet offers serene beauty at affordable prices. This active adult community of 1,106 single-family homes is nestled in the charming town of Hemet in the heart of Southern California. This ideal location allows residents to experience mountains, lakes, deserts, and beaches all within an hour’s drive. There’s plenty to do in the community as well, with a grand 14,859-square-foot clubhouse, a golf club, a resort-style pool and spa, and many other exciting amenities.
6. The Colony - Murrieta, CA
Low $300s - High $400s
With budget-friendly single-family homes and world-class golf amenities, it’s no wonder The Colony is popular with so many golf-loving active adults. Golfers love The Colony Country Club and its 5,218-yard, par-70 course.
This gated, 1,501-home community also boasts plenty of diversions besides golf, such as a fitness center, hobby and craft studios, a grand ballroom, a theater, a library, and a beauty salon. An outdoor pool as well as the tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts are beautiful amenities to enjoy while basking in SoCal’s year-round sun.
Low $400s - High $700s
Trilogy at Glen Ivy is a 55+ community in Southern California that’s favored by active adults looking for comfortable luxury. Perched in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, this gated community boasts incredible views and modern homes with upscale finishes. Comprised of 1,317 attached and single-family homes, this mid-sized community is near both the beach and the desert. The resort-like amenities at Trilogy at Glen Ivy include a 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center; a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse; an outdoor saltwater pool; and an 18-hole, par-72 Trilogy Golf Club.
Low $200s - Low $800s
Another Del Webb favorite, Sun City Palm Desert is a 4,949-home community nestled in the popular Coachella Valley. This 55+ retreat offers homebuyers attached or single-family homes and a wide variety of world-class amenities. These include three clubhouses with multiple fitness centers, game rooms, hobby rooms, and two 18-hole championship golf courses, among many other amenities.
High $200s - Mid $300s
With affordable home prices and an idyllic, warm-weather location, Four Seasons at Terra Lago has been attracting 55+ homebuyers since it opened in 2014. With 682 single-family homes, this gated community is perfectly sized for privacy and peacefulness, while still providing all of the resort-like amenities an active adult could wish for. This beautiful community is currently selling both resale and brand-new homes.
High $100s - Mid $400s
Located in the beautiful San Gorgonio Pass area of Riverside County, Sun Lakes Country Club attracts active adults looking for low-maintenance, resort-style living. This well-established 3,300-home community offers both condo-style and single-family homes. Although this 55+ community offers a wide assortment of amenities, its two 18-hole golf courses are the main attraction. Other highlights include gorgeous mountain views, three immaculate clubhouses, and over 70 active clubs and interest groups.