Best 55+ Communities in Northern California
Home to some of America’s most beautiful cities, Northern California really has it all. With a stunning coastline, incomparable National Parks, world-renowned landmarks, tasty vineyards, and urban meccas, it’s no surprise that a lot of retirees see the region as the perfect place to settle down.
If adventure and relaxation in the top half of The Golden State appeals to your lifestyle, here’s a shortlist of the best 55+ communities in Northern California.
EL Dorado Hills is rich in history, cultural activities, and recreational offerings. In it sits this Northern California 55+ community near Sacramento with resort-style amenities and low-maintenance homes designed to make life easier. Nestled in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills, residents enjoy a sprawling amenity complex with a fitness center, swimming pool, spa, locker rooms, an outdoor firepit, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce.
This newly-built 55+ community in the Sacramento metropolitan area offers an active adult lifestyle with private amenities and low-maintenance homes. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, pickleball courts, community garden, parks, and more. The attractions of San Francisco and Napa Valley are a short drive from the community.
Among the best 55+ communities in Northern California, Heritage VIneyard Creek is designed to give its residents everything they need to stay active, social, and healthy. Amenities include a residents-only clubhouse, fitness center, lap pool with spa, two lighted tennis and pickleball courts, a bocce ball court, vegetable garden, vineyard, and covered picnic area. Just 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento, offering easy access to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
A gated community in the East Bay with resort-style amenities and new homes in the scenic Sacramento River Delta, this is considered by many to be among the top Northern California 55+ communities. Anchored by the social and recreational hub, Club Liberty, 4.5 acres of amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, fitness center, community garden, and bocce ball courts. Other gathering spots include the Ranch House and Events Barn giving residents plenty of options to stay active and social with friends and neighbors.
Located between the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, there are plenty of ways to stay active in this Northern California community if you’re 55 and over—from the paved walking trails and dog park to the tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts. The Campus, a resort-inspired LEED-certified clubhouse, is the social hub of the community, featuring a fitness center & yoga studio, lounge, billiards, catering kitchen, outdoor swimming pool with lap lanes & hot tub, fire pits, and BBQ grills.