Exterior view of the clubhouse at Saddlebrook Farms in Grayslake, Illinois

Active adults can get a lot of bang for their buck in Northern Illinois.

A Northern Illinois retirement offers several benefits, such as proximity to the world-class city of Chicago, abundant outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the area’s parks and lakes, and the ability to live near family and friends. While the area certainly includes some luxury active adult communities, the region offers many more affordable options with homes under $250,000.

With over 60 active adult communities, potential homebuyers can browse plenty of choices. This price range includes both new and resale single-family, attached, and condominium homes in both large and small communities with access to a variety of desirable amenities. To help you start your search, here are five active adult communities with homes for sale under $250,000.

Carillon Lakes - Crest Hill, IL

Mid $100s - Low $300s

Located about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, Carillon Lakes is a large 55+ community with desirable amenities, well-established clubs, and affordable homes for sale. This age-restricted community may be a smaller development than nearby Carillon, but it also offers newer homes. 

Built from 2000 to 2007, the community consists of 1,113 single-family and attached homes. The detached residences average above $250,000, but this price point does include some of the most spacious attached homes in the neighborhood. 

The attached homes for sale range from approximately 1,373 to 1,950 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Many of these homes feature open floor plans and master suites with en-suite bathrooms. Some homes feature full basements, backyard patios, and views of the scenic lakes and water features.

Residents of Carillon Lakes enjoy an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fireplace lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool, and plenty of gathering spaces for clubs, crafts, and activities. The outdoor amenities include two pools, a 3-hole golf course, walking and biking trails, and a fishing pier.

To learn more about Carillon Lakes, request info here.

Saddlebrook Farms - Grayslake, IL

Below $100K - High $200s

As one of the most affordable 55+ communities in Northern Illinois, a $250,000 budget goes a long way at Saddlebrook Farms. With plans for 2,000 single-family homes upon completion, interested homebuyers can find new and resale homes for sale.

The single-family homes range from 1,169 to 2,516 square feet with one to three bedrooms plus a den, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- to three-car garages. The most spacious homes in the community boast lakefront water views, great rooms with fireplaces, and master suites with walk-in closets. 

Saddlebrook Farms achieves a unique countryside feel with its 4,000-square-foot clubhouse made from a restored historic cabin. The clubhouse consists of meeting rooms, hobby and game rooms, an exercise room, and a library. 

The outdoor amenities include a bocce ball court, a horseshoe pit, gardening plots, and RV and boat storage. The scenic grounds feature well-maintained lakes and ponds, fishing lakes, and walking and biking trails.

To learn more about Saddlebrook Farms, request info here.

Grand Haven - Romeoville, IL

Low $200s - Low $300s

Active adults looking for ranch-style single-family homes and low-maintenance townhomes within their budget should explore Grand Haven in Romeoville. This gated 55+ community offers affordable homes for sale as well as luxury amenities and a full-time activities director.

Renowned builder Del Webb offers some of the larger floor plans within the community, but developer Lakewood Homes offers two affordable floor plan collections. The attached townhomes range from 1,350 to 1,730 square feet with two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the single-family homes range from 1,300 to 1,815 square feet with two or three bedrooms and one-and-a-half or two bathrooms.

Many of the Lakewood Homes include open floor plans, spacious kitchens with breakfast nooks, and sunrooms. Some homes also have full basements, decks, and master bedrooms with dual walk-in closets. As an added bonus, the townhomes offer exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal.

The full-time activities director coordinates a full calendar of activities, clubs, and classes. Some of the popular offerings include ballroom dance, pool players, book club, and ping pong nuts. The 15,000-square-foot clubhouse also hosts regular events such as weekly game nights.

To learn more about Grand Haven, request info here.

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

As the largest 55+ community in Illinois, Sun City Huntley offers a variety of home models and floor plans to suit almost every need and budget. This 5,489-home community consists of single-family, attached, and condominium residences constructed with desirable Del Webb floor plans.

In this price range, homebuyers can find several single-family and attached homes. The attached homes range from 1,014 to 1,599 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The detached single-family homes range from 1,130 to approximately 1,800 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached two- to three-car garages.

In addition to these sought-after homes, residents enjoy resort-style amenities like a 94,000-square-foot amenity center stocked with a restaurant, multipurpose gathering spaces, a fitness center, an indoor pool, an indoor walking track, and a ballroom. The grounds feature an 18-hole championship golf course, a 19-acre fishing lake, a pool, and a softball stadium.

To learn more about Sun City Huntley, request info here.

Lake Barrington Shores - Barrington, IL

High $100s - High $400s

Lake Barrington Shores is an active lifestyle community of 1,317 attached homes located approximately 45 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. In addition to amenities like a central clubhouse and an 18-hole golf course, residents enjoy easy access to Lake Barrington via the private marina.

Homes near this price point range from approximately 1,314 to 2,200 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Many of these residences feature lakefront home sites with water or golf course views, spacious open floor plans, and second-floor lofts for added living space.

The surrounding area provides proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities along the Fox River as well as at Moraine Hills State Park and Spring Lake Forest Preserve. When residents want to take vacations, O’Hare International Airport is less than 40 minutes away.

To learn more about Lake Barrington Shores, request info here.