A blue sky over the community sign for Andaré at Glenloch in Algonquin, Illinois

If you're looking to embark on a Northern Illinois retirement, these communities have attractive homes and top-notch amenities. 

Although real estate in the Chicago area often comes with a luxury price tag, Northern Illinois includes dozens of active adult communities with affordable homes for sale. With a few exceptions, many of the 55+ communities provide single-family homes in the $350,000 range. This budget can stretch a long way in the suburbs, providing spacious homes with access to desirable amenities and lifestyle activities.

Keep reading to discover six active adult communities in Northern Illinois with homes for sale for $350k or less.

The Lakes of Boulder Ridge - Lake In The Hills, IL

Mid $300s - High $600s

The Lakes of Boulder Ridge offers homebuyers a variety of single-family and attached home models, including both new and resale homes for sale. Located within the master-planned Boulder Ridge development, this active lifestyle community with plans for 242 homes allows active adults to live in a diverse neighborhood with access to elegant amenities

With several membership levels available, the Boulder Ridge Country Club provides a 65,000-square-foot clubhouse with an on-site restaurant, a fitness center, and a golf shop. The outdoor amenities feature a 27-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and spa, and tennis courts. At the clubhouse, residents can also enjoy activities such as social events, golf training, and exercise classes.

The attached homes range from 1,710 to 2,254 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The single-family homes range from 1,710 to 2,254 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

Learn more information about The Lakes of Boulder Ridge here.

Grand Dominion - Mundelein, IL

High $200s - Low $600s 

Since Del Webb opened Grand Dominion, the builder’s first 55+ community in the Chicago area, this age-restricted community has remained a popular choice for active adults in Northern Illinois. With 725 single-family homes, Grand Dominion offers the sought-after home models, amenities, and lifestyle activities found at many Del Webb developments. 

The single-family homes at Grand Dominion come in five collections designed to suit a range of lifestyles and preferences. Ranging from 1,197 to 2,833 square feet, the homes feature one to four bedrooms with dens, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. For around $350k, interested homebuyers can find spacious homes with features such as walk-out basements, sunrooms, eat-in kitchens, and master suites with en-suite bathrooms.

At the heart of this age-restricted community, the Lakeside Lodge boasts 17,500 square feet of amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and rooms for hobbies, crafts, and games. The multipurpose spaces host a variety of activities and clubs, including photography, genealogy, singles club, painting, and travel club.

Learn more information about Grand Dominion here. 

Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

At Sun City Huntley, one of the most popular 55+ communities in Northern Illinois, active adults can find some of the neighborhood’s most spacious homes for sale for around $350,000. As the largest 55+ community in the Prairie State with 5,489 single-family, attached, and condominium homes, the community offers an extensive selection of amenities and recreation activities.

With 94,000-square feet, the Prairie Lodge is the largest clubhouse in Northern Illinois, featuring a restaurant, a performing arts theater, indoor and outdoor pools, and an indoor walking track. The amenities continue with the 20,000-square-foot Meadowview Lodge and 4,800-square-foot Millgrove Woodworking Shop. Outside, residents can enjoy an 18-hole golf course, a 19-acre fishing lake, a softball stadium, and tennis courts.

The single-family homes at Sun City Huntley range from 1,197 to 3,204 square feet with two to four bedrooms with dens, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and attached one- to three-car garages. Many homes offer spacious open floor plans, great rooms, finished basements, sunrooms, and first-floor master suites.

Learn more information about Sun City Huntley here.

Lincoln Valley on the Fox - North Aurora, IL

Mid $200s - High $300s

Located approximately 40 miles west of downtown Chicago in North Aurora, Lincoln Valley on the Fox provides active adults with an opportunity to find a brand-new home for sale within their price range. Upon completion, this new 55+ community from D.R. Horton will consist of 374 single-family, attached, and condominium homes.

The location will allow residents to drive to downtown Chicago and Midway International Airport in less than 50 minutes, providing convenient access to world-class entertainment, dining, and sporting events, as well as international travel opportunities. In the surrounding area, residents can enjoy local attractions in towns such as Naperville and Bolingbrook.

At this 55+ community, active adults will enjoy brand new homes as well as a low-maintenance lifestyle because the homeowners’ association will take care of exterior home maintenance. The neighborhood also plans to offer amenities such as a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and patio, and walking and biking trails. 

Learn more information about Lincoln Valley on the Fox here. 

Andaré at Glenloch - Algonquin, IL

High $200s - Mid $300s

For Northern Illinois retirees who want to live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the town of Algonquin offers close proximity to O’Hare International Airport, Chain O’Lakes, and downtown Chicago. In this mid-sized town, active adults can find Andaré at Glenloch, a 55+ community that provides access to some of the best that a Northern Illinois retirement has to offer.

Construction of Andaré at Glenloch began in 2017 and builder Lennar Homes plans to construct 143 single-family homes. The new single-family homes for sale come in seven floor plans that range from 1,224 to 1,880 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

Thanks to a homeowners’ association that takes care of lawn maintenance and snow removal, residents will have more free time to enjoy the neighborhood’s amenities. The clubhouse features a fitness center, a kitchen, and multipurpose spaces, while the grounds offer athletic courts, walking trails, and a fire pit.

Learn more information about Andaré at Glenloch here.

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes - Pingree Grove, IL

High $100s - Mid $300s 

Carillon at Cambridge Lakes is a gated 55+ community with plans for 943 single-family and attached homes. Opened in 2007, active adults can find both new and resale homes for sale that provide access to a range of well-maintained amenities and activities.

With $350k, interested homebuyers can purchase a spacious home. The single-family homes range from 1,475 to 2,322 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages. Many floor plans feature spacious open-concept layouts, finished basements, gourmet kitchens, and formal dining rooms. 

Residents of Carillon at Cambridge Lakes also enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle since the homeowners’ association covers all lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal. With more leisure time, residents will be able to spend more time gathering with family, exploring the surrounding area, and traveling.

Learn more information about Carillon at Cambridge Lakes here.