The view of the mountains in Sun Lakes Country Club in the Inland Empire of California.

Retirees looking for scenic mountain views and affordable homes have plenty of exciting options in the Inland Empire.

California’s Inland Empire is one of the most affordable regions in the state to purchase a home, and active adults looking to get the most bang for their buck are seeking out the area’s many 55+ communities for settling down. There are a number of beautiful active adult communities in the sunny Inland Empire, where purchasing a home for $225k or under is a very real possibility.

Read on to discover more about five of the most affordable and desirable 55+ communities in the Inland Empire. 

Jess Ranch - Apple Valley, CA

Below $100k - High $200s

Nestled in the high-desert city of Apple Valley, Jess Ranch is a highly affordable 55+ community selling a mix of single-family homes, attached townhomes, and condos in a safe, gated, and friendly community. 

This large community of 2,120 homes was completed in 2002 and is currently selling homes at $225k and under. These homes offer an abundance of floor plans and square footage, including condos that offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a carport. Attached homes offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms and a garage or carport, while single-family homes feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Jess Ranch offers an impressive list of amenities to homeowners, including a small clubhouse for socializing and games, a sparkling outdoor pool, aerobics and fitness classes, arts and crafts rooms, and paved trails as well as tennis, bocce, and shuffleboard courts.

Learn more about Jess Ranch here.

Panorama Village - Hemet, CA

Low $100s - High $100s

Panorama Village is small, intimate, and highly affordable with 501 single-family homes in a well-established and friendly community. Built from 1962 to 1968, this 55+ community boasts a vibrant, social atmosphere and offers a variety of amenities and lifestyle activities

Single-family homes in Panorama Village range from 912 to 2,371 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. Many of these homes offer desirable, upgraded features such as hardwood and laminate floors, open and modern floor plans, and granite countertops. 

Indoor amenities include a clubhouse, fitness room, indoor spa, catering kitchen, computer lab, library, and auditorium. Outdoors, residents enjoy Hemet’s nearly year-round sunshine at the swimming pool, spa, and patio. There is also a nine-hole executive golf course to enjoy as well as shuffleboard courts, a quaint pond, and plenty of walking and biking trails.

Learn more about Panorama Village here.

Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning, CA

High $100s - Mid $400s

With 3,300 homes, Sun Lakes Country Club offers an abundance of home sizes, floor plans, and prices as well as a staggering variety of resort-style amenities and social groups

This sprawling 55+ community offers resale homes at reasonable prices with many listed at or under $225k. Homeowners can choose from single-family and condominium homes in over 50 floor plans ranging from 850 to 2,627 square feet and featuring two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a two- to three-car garage. Many homes boast views of the nearby mountains and golf range.

Sun Lakes Country Club offers no shortage of amenities with three large clubhouses, two private golf courses, a fitness center, library, billiards room, and grand ballroom. Outdoors, residents enjoy a pool and spa, paved biking and walking paths, and tennis and bocce ball courts. There are also a number of on-site restaurants and cafes for residents and their guests to enjoy.

Learn more about Sun Lakes Country Club here.

Murrieta Hot Springs - Murrieta, CA

High $100s - Mid $300s

Built between 1971 and 2014, the gated and affordable Murrieta Hot Springs is a well-established 55+ community that’s comprised of three separate neighborhoods and 1,040 single-family homes

With many current resale homes listed for around $225k, Murrieta Hot Springs offers affordability without sacrificing quality. Homes range from 960 to 2,646 square feet with two to four bedrooms, one to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached carport or two-car garage. Many homes have been upgraded and boast modern finishes.

Each of the three neighborhoods at Murrieta Hot Springs has its own amenities, although residents are free to use all of the amenities in the community, regardless of the neighborhood. With three clubhouses, multiple pools, and several fitness centers, residents have their pick of amenities. There are also walking and biking trails, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, patios and barbecue areas, a dog run, a golf clubhouse, and numerous social clubs to enjoy.

Learn more about Murrieta Hot Springs here.

Seven Hills - Hemet, CA

High $100s - Mid $300s

The popular 55+ community Seven Hills attracts homebuyers looking for affordable prices and a variety of home styles and sizes. Seven Hills also offers an abundance of resort-style amenities and an active lifestyle in the sunny, charming city of Hemet.

Constructed from 1970 to 2006, Seven Hills has both attached and single-family homes. Attached homes range from 1,180 to 1,470 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Single-family homes range from 1,150 to 2,500 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. There are several resale homes currently listed at $225k or under.

Community members who pay a small fee gain access to the Seven Hills Members Club and its exclusive amenities inside the clubhouse. These amenities include a fitness center, a ballroom, a library, billiards tables, a card room, indoor shuffleboard courts, and more. Outdoors, a pool, community patio, and the Seven Hills Golf Club keep members active and entertained. 

Learn more about Seven Hills here.