California isn’t exactly known for affordable homes, but some might be surprised to learn that there are some very reasonably priced active adult communities in the Golden State. Home prices vary wildly by area, with the most expensive homes found in major metropolitan areas where the demand for jobs is high.
Luckily, active adults are usually not concerned with employment, so they have the flexibility to live where homes are priced lower. These areas tend to be ideal, with lower costs of living, fewer crowds, less traffic, and a surplus of natural beauty. Check out the following list of wonderful 55+ California communities selling homes for $250k or less.
Mid $100s - Mid $1Ms
With current homes for sale starting at just $150k, Laguna Woods Village offers affordable homes in the largest 55+ community on the West Coast. This sprawling 12,736-home community offers a large variety of attached, condo, and single-family style homes built from 1964 to 1985. Residents of Laguna Woods Village enjoy mild year-round weather in a scenic Southern California location.
As one would expect from a community of this size, the amenities at Laguna Woods Village are vast. Some highlights include a whopping seven clubhouses, an 814-seat performing arts center, a library with over 140,000 books, an equestrian center, five outdoor pools, and a 27-hole golf course. There are also 24-hour patrols and a private bus system available to residents.
Mid $100s - High $500s
As one of the first age-restricted communities in Southern California, Leisure World Seal Beach set the standard for active adult living. Built between 1960 and 1981, this beach-town community continues to delight residents who appreciate its affordable home prices and enviable location.
With 6,608 low-maintenance attached and condo-style residences, this gated community is currently selling homes from the mid $100s to the high $500s. These homes offer ten floor plans that range from 550 to 1,540 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms.
Leisure World Seal Beach offers a wide assortment of amenities, including six well-equipped clubhouses, a nine-hole golf course, putting greens, and a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater.
Low $200s - Low $800s
This desert oasis boasts affordable homes and resort-style amenities in the heart of Palm Desert. With 4,949 attached and single-family homes starting in the low $200s, Sun City Palm Desert is a respite for budget-conscious active adults looking for warm weather under the famous California sun.
This gated community was built between 1992 and 2003, and it features homes ranging from 1,000 to 3,200 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages.
Golf is big at Sun City Palm Desert, where residents enjoy their own golf cart storage and 36 holes of championship golf. Other amenities include three clubhouses, two paddleball courts, shuffleboard courts, a softball field, and miles of scenic walking and biking trails.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Located in the charming, small town of Menifee, Sun City is a popular 55+ community with low-maintenance single-family and attached homes. This Inland Empire community features 4,762 homes that were built between 1962 and 1981.
The attached homes at Sun City feature one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a garage or carport, while the single-family homes feature two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a garage or carport. Current resale homes start at well under $200k.
The assortment of amenities offered at Sun City is quite extensive, including a Civic Hall, an exercise room, an arts & crafts studio, a woodworking shop, a ceramics studio, an indoor spa, and ten indoor shuffleboard courts. Outdoors, there are two sparkling pools, an amphitheater, six bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and more.
High $100s - Mid $400s
Spread across 1,000 gently rolling acres, Sun Lakes Country Club is an affordable retreat for those ages 55 and up. This gated active adult community is located in the warm and sunny San Gorgonio Pass area of Riverside County.
Built from 1987 to 2003, this picturesque community is comprised of 3,327 single-family, attached, and condo homes. These homes offer 50 floor plans ranging from 850 to 2,627 square feet with breathtaking views of the mountains. Current resale homes start at under $200k.
The amenities at Sun Lakes Country Club are centered around two challenging 18-hole golf courses winding through well-maintained greens. Other amenities include three clubhouses, an on-site restaurant and grill, craft studios, and both an outdoor and indoor pool.