Blue sky over a pond with a fountain on the grounds of Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio, California

These communities in Palm Springs offer active adults affordable homes alongside attractive amenities.

Palm Springs is nationally recognized as a premier area for active adult living—and for good reason. This desert oasis has a lot going for it: year-round sunny weather; outdoor activities such as golf, hiking, and biking; and an endless array of shopping and dining destinations. The Palm Springs area is an active adult playground, with gambling, resorts, spas, and entertainment galore. No wonder the area is booming with baby boomers.

While home prices may be creeping up in California, there are still some surprisingly affordable homes in a few 55+ communities. Check out these active adult communities in the Palm Springs area that are selling homes for around $250k.

Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio, CA

Mid $200s - Mid $700s

Located in Coachella Valley’s Indio, California, Sun City Shadow Hills is a best-selling 55+ California community with homes for sale in a wide range of prices, including some single-family homes under 300k.

Swaying palm trees and eternal sunshine reward happy homebuyers in this Coachella Valley community. Sun City Shadow Hills is comprised of 3,400 single-family ranch-style homes built between 2003 and 2016. These homes range in size from 1,099 to just under 3,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Most homes offer upgraded finishes and backyard patios.

With warm weather and lovely views of breathtaking desert sunsets, the vibrant city of Indio is located only 30 minutes from Palm Springs, and Sun City Shadow Hills is located near plenty of shopping and restaurants. Many residents of Indio enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle with biking, walking, golfing, and hiking.

That active lifestyle continues at Sun City Shadow Hills, where the impressive list of amenities abounds. There’s an 18-hole golf course to keep golf enthusiasts busy, four tennis courts, miles of hiking and biking trails nearby, and a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a dance studio, an arts and crafts studio, a bistro, and an indoor lap pool. Also included in the impressive list of amenities is a grand ballroom, a library, a billiards hall, and a card room.

Learn more about Sun City Shadow Hills here.

Villa Portofino - Palm Desert, CA

Low $200s - Low $500s

With some of the most affordable homes on this list, Villa Portofino is a wonderful choice for budget-conscious active adults looking for a newer attached or single-family home in the Palm Springs area. This gated 55+ community was built in 2005 with 460 luxurious homes situated on a 50-acres of landscaped desert oasis offering stunning views of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains.

Homes at Villa Portofino range in size from 1,009 to 1,926 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Some include an attached one- or two-car garage. Many current resale homes for sale in this community have luxurious, upgraded finishes such as gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, Travertine tiles, french doors, and maple cabinetry. Some homes include features such as security systems, built-in wet bars, gas-burning fireplaces, and energy-efficient HVAC and thermostats.

Residents at Villa Portofino enjoy resort-like amenities, which include a sprawling 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness room, a yoga studio, two dining areas, a game room, and a 100-seat movie theater. Inside the game room, residents can enjoy a sports bar, multiple big-screen TVs, pool tables, and a poker room. There’s also an on-site beauty salon, a library, and an arts and crafts studio. Outdoors, there's a sparkling pool and spa along with a cantina and a beautiful nine-hole putting course.

Learn more about Villa Portofino here.

Sun City Palm Desert - Palm Desert, CA

Low $200s - Low $800s

Another Palm Desert gem, Sun City Palm Desert is a sprawling 55+ community built by celebrated active adult builder Del Webb. With almost 5,000 homes, this gated community is the largest active adult community in the Coachella Valley.

Current resale homes for sale in Sun City Palm Desert offer a variety of styles, prices, and sizes. There are over 40 floor plans in this community of attached and single-family homes, ranging from 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom homes to three-bedroom homes as large as 3,200 square feet. Many homes boast gorgeous golf course views and upgrades such as gourmet kitchens and spa bathrooms.

Amenities at Sun City Palm Desert are on scale with what you’d expect from a larger community, with three clubhouses housing fitness centers, indoor lap pools and spas, restaurants and cafes, a large computer lab, a post office, a ballroom, many meeting rooms and game rooms, and a pro golf shop. Outdoor amenities include multiple pools and spas; bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts; scenic ponds and walking trails; and two 18-hole championship golf courses.

Learn more about Sun City Palm Desert here.

Desert Vista Village - Yucca Valley, CA

Low $200s - Low $300s

With only 105 single-family homes, Desert Vista Village is the smallest 55+ community on this list. It's also one of the most affordable—perfect for active adults on a budget who are looking for a more intimate and newer community. In fact, this gated community offers both new and resale homes for purchase.

Homes in this community range in size from 1,241 to 1,501 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These homes boast energy-efficient vinyl windows, fluorescent lightbulbs, Solar Voltaic systems, and low-flush toilets. These homes also boast aesthetic upgrades such as stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, and private courtyards.

Located just north of Palm Springs in charming Yuca Valley, Desert Vista Village is friendly and quaint with a central clubhouse, an exercise room, a  meeting room, a billiards room, card tables, and a catering kitchen. Outdoors, residents enjoy the pool, spa, barbecue area, bocce ball courts, and the nine-hole putting green.

Learn more about Desert Vista Village here.