Active adults who want to retire in Northern Illinois near Chicago can choose from dozens of nearby cities and suburbs that all provide access to The Windy City. A popular suburb near Chicago is Naperville, one of the largest cities in the Prairie State. Many active adults find that Naperville offers an ideal balance of suburban convenience and urban excitement as well as plenty of things to do outdoors.
In Naperville, three 55+ communities offer homes for sale for $300,000 or less. Along with these affordable homes, active adults can also find world-class amenities and low-maintenance living. Take a closer look at three 55+ communities that exemplify what active adults can get for $300k in Naperville, Illinois.
High $200s - Mid $500s
Active adults in Northern Illinois who want to live in a resort-style, age-restricted community—but perhaps not one as large as Sun City Huntley or Carillon—can find an ideal option at Carillon Club in Naperville. Built by renowned homebuilders D. R. Horton and Cambridge Homes, the gated 55+ community consists of 778 single-family, attached, and condominium homes.
The resort-style amenities feature an 18,000-square-foot clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, a ballroom, card and poker rooms, a billiards hall, and studios for ceramics, arts, and crafts. The multipurpose gathering spaces host a variety of activities, clubs, and classes, such as wine tastings, singles club, arts and crafts, and breakfast club.
With both indoor and outdoor pools and spas, residents can enjoy swimming and aquatic fitness throughout the year. The outdoor amenities continue with a 3-hole golf course, tennis courts, and walking and biking trails. To learn more about the amenities, review the community spotlight on Carillon Club.
The location of Carillon Club puts residents within 15 minutes of Naperville and Aurora and 50 minutes of downtown Chicago. Within 20 minutes, active adults who want to enjoy a day trip to Chicago can also drive to several stops along the Metra’s BNSF Railway, which takes passengers directly to the heart of the city.
High $200s - High $400s
Drive 35 miles southwest of Chicago and you can reach the city of Naperville and the entrance of Ashwood Crossing, a small 55+ community with 103 single-family and attached homes. Builder Pulte Homes began construction of Ashwood Crossing in 2017 to provide active adults with new homes for sale in Naperville. With both single-family and attached homes available, interested homebuyers can choose the home style that best suits their preferences and needs.
The attached homes come in two floor plans that offer 1,489 or 1,498 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The spacious single-family homes range from 2,397 to 3,415 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. And thanks to a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of all landscaping, lawn care, and snow removal, residents can enjoy more free time across all four seasons.
The amenities at Ashwood Crossing include walking and biking trails, parks and natural spaces, and a scenic pond. The surrounding area also offers plenty of opportunities for additional outdoor recreation, such as Silver Spring State Fish & Wildlife Area, Lake Renwick Preserve, and The Morton Arboretum.
Low $300s - High $300s
With just 62 attached homes, Hampton Park in Naperville counts itself as one of the smallest age-restricted communities in Northern Illinois. Built between 2005 and 2008, the 55+ community offers active adults a tight-knit, low-maintenance lifestyle within 45 minutes of downtown Chicago and Midway International Airport.
Residents of Hampton Park can gather at the community clubhouse, which provides amenities such as an exercise room and multipurpose gathering spaces that host activities and social events. Residents can also find plenty of things to do nearby, including Chicago Premium Outlets, Naper Settlement, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Naperville Country Club, and The Center for Lifelong Learning at Benedictine University. Of course, the City of Chicago also boasts world-class cultural attractions within easy reach, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Adler Planetarium, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Shedd Aquarium.
The ranch-style attached homes at Hampton Park range from 1,567 to 1,948 square feet with two bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. The homes feature sturdy brick exteriors, first-floor master suites, and finished basements. Residents can also enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle that gives them more free time to travel since the HOA takes care of landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, and exterior home maintenance.