The Vineyard is but one great active adult community in Northern California that is also affordable.

The Vineyard is but one great active adult community in Northern California that is also affordable.

Northern California is known for its natural scenery, charming small towns, and lively urban areas. Baby Boomers looking to retire in the Northern California region will also find a wide selection of active adult communities that offer reasonably priced homes for sale. Retirees can choose from new construction or resale homes that range in sizes, styles, and price points. They can also enjoy low-maintenance living along with resort-style amenities and exciting social atmospheres in prime locations throughout 55+ communities there. So if you’re looking for an age-restricted community that won’t break your budget, then check out these top lowest-priced communities in Northern California.

Shasta Hills Estates – Redding, CA

Shasta Hills Estates is an established age-restricted community of just 200 homes in Redding, California. Homebuyers can find reasonably priced single-family homes starting in the high $200s. These homes have low-maintenance exteriors and offer single-level living. They also range from 1,200 to 1,800 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. Retirees will love the community’s tranquil yet vibrant setting that includes a well-appointed clubhouse, green spaces, picnic areas, an outdoor pool, and RV and boat storage facilities.

The Vineyard – Redding, CA

This Northern California active adult community attracts Baby Boomers because of its beautiful setting in Redding, CA, as well as its lineup of affordable single-family homes. This 208-home community offers a variety of resale homes that range from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet. Most models have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a den. Other homes have larger floor plans that offer three or four bedrooms with scenic waterfront views. The Vineyard also features a charming clubhouse with plenty of social spaces, as well as beautiful large ponds surrounded by well-maintained, lighted walking trails that are perfect for leisurely strolls.

Suncountry – Sacramento, CA

Suncountry is a 55+ community of 307 single-family homes in Sacramento, California. Retirees will find a variety of resale homes priced from the low $200s. All homes feature open floor plans, main-level living, dual-pane windows, high ceilings, walk-in closets, and low-maintenance exteriors. Builder Dunmore Homes developed Suncountry between 1989 and 1999.

Homes in the community range from approximately 980 to 1,500 square feet and have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. In addition to affordable homes, residents also enjoy Suncountry’s two clubhouses that have all of the amenities that provide an active and social lifestyle.

Trilogy at Rio Vista – Rio Vista, CA

Shea Homes began construction of Trilogy at Rio Vista in 1996 and plans to build 3,000 single-family homes upon completion. This 55+ community offers numerous amenities that cater to the active adult lifestyle such as a nationally recognized 18-hole championship golf course, two lavish clubhouses, and a variety of affordable floor plans.

Homebuyers can choose from a wide selection of model collections that range from 976 to 2,500 square feet of living space with one to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two- to three-car garage. Many of the homes feature spacious layouts, flex spaces, gourmet kitchens, great rooms, and plenty of storage space.

River’s Bend – Healdsburg, CA

River’s Bend is a 55+ community in Healdsburg, CA, that offers retirees affordable homes built between 1969 and 1973. Located in Sonoma County, this charming 118-single-family home community provides residents with a balance of natural beauty, a tranquil environment, and well-appointed amenities.

This established active adult community, which is bordered by Fitch Mountain and the Russian River, has a great list of resale homes that range from 1,000 to just over 1,300 square feet and have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The low-maintenance homes are priced starting in the high $300s and allow residents to enjoy all of the amenities and activities for an exciting and social environment.


Think Southern California might have better options? Check out 55places' post about top-lowest-priced communities in Southern California.