Terra Lago - Indio, CA

Terra Lago in Indio, California is a non age-restricted lake community in the heart of the Coachella Valley. This Tuscan-themed community is ideal for buyers who want relaxed desert living in an amenity-rich environment. It has a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse, 36-hole golf club and a 20-acre lake with small boat access. Terra Lago is situated on 356 acres adjacent to the Terra Lago Golf Club and Shadow Mountains. It hosts more than 639 residences that are offered as attached and single-family homes.

Despite Terra Lago's non age-restricted status, it is a local favorite with active adults who want to enjoy the desert lifestyle. The community's beautiful setting, first-rate amenities and world-class golf has lured retirees to this oasis in the desert. It offers a more quiet and laid back atmosphere than some of the active adult communities in the area. Despite its more subdued setting, residents of Terra Lago coordinate a variety of fun community activities and events that appeal to residents such as card games, book clubs and neighborhood parties.

Terra Lago Amenities

The 10,000 square-foot Villa Terra Lago is adjacent to the lake and acts as the central hub for all community activity. Inside this beautiful facility residents can work out in the fitness center, play a game of cards or billiards or host a club event in the meeting room. There is also a ballroom, catering kitchen, and table tennis. Outside, residents can soak up the California sun in the outdoor pool and spa. There is even a wading pool and playground for when the grandchildren visit. The 20-acre lake offers scenic views as well as recreational opportunities such as paddle boarding or kayaking.

The Golf Club at Terra Lago was established in 1998 and played host to the PGA Tour Skins game from 1999 to 2002. The Club boasts 36 challenging holes that twist and turn through the Indio, Chocolate Mountain foothills. The dramatic elevation changes, stunning views, and undulating greens makes The Golf Club at Terra Lago a truly unique experience. The golf club also features two putting greens, a driving range and a practice hole.

Terra Lago Homes & Real Estate

Terra Lago developers, SunCal Companies, is California's largest planned community developer. Since the 1970s, SunCal has constructed numerous communities totaling over 100,000 residential homesites. Terra Lago is comprised of five distinctive neighborhoods designed by four different builders. Lennar Homes, Ryland Homes, Ashbrook and Woodside Homes joined forces to create an award-winning lineup of single-family homes and townhomes. Many of the homes in Terra Lago feature styles and design characteristics favored by mature adults such as first-floor master bedrooms, open layouts and modern finishes.

The Marquesa and Cordoba neighborhoods by Lennar Homes are comprised of single-family homes available on a resale basis that range from approximately 2,100 to 3,120 square feet and offer three or four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms and a three-car garage. The Cristallo neighborhood by Ryland Homes is comprised of resale one and two-story homes from 1,987 to 2,620 square feet and offer three to six bedrooms, two to four bathrooms and a two to four-car garage. A number of homes in the Cristallo neighborhood enjoy views of the golf course and lake.

The Portofino neighborhood by Woodside Homes is comprised of resale homes. These beautiful single-family homes are available in one and two-story plans that range in size from 1,637 to 2,393 square feet. These homes offer three to five bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms and a two or two-and-a-half-car garage. Some of the homes in Portofino are on the lake. Finally, the Lido neighborhood by Ashbrook currently consists of townhomes as well as single-family homes. These residences are lake front homes and range in size from 2,132 to 2,655 square feet and offer three bedrooms, two-and-a-half or three bathrooms and a two-car garage.

Terra Lago Lifestyle

Although there is no age restriction at Terra Lago, residents enjoy an active lifestyle with friends and neighbors. There are several clubs and interest groups offered at Terra Lago. Card clubs, sports groups and fitness classes are just a sampling of what is available to the residents. The diverse lifestyle offered in the community means new residents are sure to find other like-minded individuals who share their interests. Residents are consistently gathering for social activities like holiday parties and western barbecues. Residents pay a reasonable homeowners association fee that include cable, Internet, and access to the clubhouse and amenities.

Surrounding Area

Terra Lago is nestled in the beautiful Coachella Valley, a haven for retirees seeking warm weather and 350 days of sunshine a year. The area is home to the renowned tourist haven of Palm Springs where Terra Lago residents enjoy a variety of festivals, boutique shops, great restaurants, medical facilities and casinos. When your next destination is farther, Palm Springs International Airport is just over 20 miles away.

The Coachella Valley is also home to boundless recreational opportunities. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino offers a vast array of entertainment including concerts, dining, bowling, bingo and of course gambling. The nearby mountains and canyons are ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Plus, there are over 200 golf courses in the surrounding area, making it one of the premier golf destinations in the world. Terra Lago in Indio, California is the ideal community for active adults who want to spend their days in the company of neighbors in the midst of a beautiful golf course.

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Terra Lago Amenities

The following amenities are available to Terra Lago residents:

  • Clubhouse/Amenity Center
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Hobby & Game Room
  • Card Room
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Ballroom
  • Library
  • Billiards
  • Walking & Biking Trails
  • Lakes - Scenic Lakes & Ponds
  • R.V./Boat Parking
  • Playground for Grandkids
  • Demonstration Kitchen
  • Table Tennis
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Golf Practice Facilities/Putting Green
  • On-site Retail
  • Multi-Purpose/Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center

Terra Lago Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

There are plenty of activities available in Terra Lago. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Billiards
  • Cards
  • Golf
  • Halloween Party
  • Holiday Party
  • Spring Eggstravaganza
  • Table Tennis
  • Western BBQ

Terra Lago Reviews (8)

Average Rating for this Community

I rented a Casita here in the Cristallo Ryland tract from June 2020 to August 2020. The community has many attractive qualities and the atmosphere and vibe is excellent.


We are original owners in Terra Lago, so we experienced the Short Sale turnover shortly after buying here. That was approximately 10 years ago... prices are recovering, we really enjoy the wonderful sense of community in Terra Lago, We have community events that bring us together, so you really do get to know your neighbors, yes even borrow a cup of sugar and/or offer to help a neighbor in need of a favor. There are events for adults and children alike. Our community is diverse, we have families, singles, retirees, snowbirds, vacation and long term renters. Terra Lago is gated with roving patrols, we Enjoy a Beautiful 20 acre lake with boating, kayaking, fishing, boathouse to store your kayak/pedal boat for a reasonable fee. Our Clubhouse is Beautiful and Spacious, offers convenient onsite friendly management, 24 hour access fitness center (with a playroom for the kiddos!) There is a banquet room with a catering kitchen for private parties and our social functions. Billiard, ping pong game rooms, conference room, lobby area with fireplace! We have rented out the banquet room several times for our personal use,(Daughter's engagement, birthday celebrations) it's very convenient, the views are gorgeous and the kitchen is convenient for either catered our for your own food prep/storage. There are lots of open spaces for miles of walking right within our community while enjoying our lovely lake & mountain views. Our HOA rules are on the stricter side, such as keeping up with yard, tree trimming, trash bins need to be brought in behind your gate, no overnight parking on the streets without prior approval, no visible advertising on vehicles left on driveway, RV parking is allowed for 72 hours on the street for loading/unloading, most of our rules seem to be inline with neighboring HOA communities and they don't bother us, we have never been fined in all the 10 years living here :). We are close to shopping, dining, medical, Fantasy Casino for great concerts, comedy club and great dining options! Patton park is within walking distance for lighted tennis & basketball court and new dog park (opening Jan 2017). Someone else commented in their review of... A Del Webb feeling... I must agree (we own a home in Sun City Shadow Hills, as well... we get the best of both worlds in Terra Lago a lovely community, amenities and our grand kids are welcome with no 60 day per year limitations, can use the pool without limitations either. HOA dues are currently at $269.00 includes cable w/some movies/golf channel, plus Fios Internet. Our property taxes are on the higher side since we have Mello Roos but don't let that deter you, look into it and see what you get for your money in Terra Lago we feel it's worth the quality of homes and lifestyle.


We moved here from Oregon three years ago. Have had the pleasure of doing several Real Estate transactions with Greg and Gracie Nilson. They are great to work with and have also become good friends. We love living in Terra Lago it has two great eighteen hole golf courses. It's also very close to everything. It's not a 55 and older community but it is great for retired living. We have a nice pool, work out area and a beautiful lake to fish in.


Terra Lago was a wonderful choice for my lifestyle. I wanted a community with lots of amenities but didn't want restrictions holding me back from watching my grandkids. I watch my daughter's two little ones during the day and enjoy taking them to the playground or just for walks through the community. When my daughter and her husband are around we take the kids over to the pool. I also enjoy being so close to everything in Palm Springs.


Have some friends who live here and it is a really nice neighborhood. Great location and very close to the freeway.


Our family loved living in the All-ages portion of Terra Lago. We have little kids and we spent many hours and the community park and the community pool. There is a large lap/play pool, along with a baby pool, and hot tub. The views looking out on the lake and mountains in the distance is incredible! Any resident can fish in the community lake and those that have a house boat or kayaks can spend time on the lake. It's a little far from the main shopping areas in the desert, but that is changing as the valley's growth is moving to the east and new stores and restaurants have been added, and still being added, to this part of town.


We are original owners and have enjoyed living in Terra Lago for 10 years. We love the Lake, Views, gated community, low HOA dues which includes cable & internet! Beautiful clubhouse, fitness center, billiard, game rooms, boating /kayaking, fishing (catch & release), social events, some clubs. Nice walk paths for biking, walking with great views to be enjoyed. Discounted access to Golf Club at Terra Lago. Close to freeway, shopping, dining, entertainment & medical access.


We've lived at Terra Lago for nearly 5 years now and really like it. Yes, the HOA fees are a little high but you get what you pay for, in my opinion. I love all the amenities here and enjoy participating in the events. I know there is a new section of the community recently opened that is age-restricted so maybe that would be more appropriate for someone seeking the "Del Webb" feeling. I personally like having all the amenities but NOT being in a community full of older people. Keeps us young!

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