The Best 55-Plus Active-Adult Communities In The Desert

A local billboard, along the 10 freeway, claims “#1 Active-Adult Community.” The ad is for Trilogy in La Quinta.

It begs the question, #1 in what? Number one in sales, happy homeowners, number of homes?

I’ve been through the models at Trilogy and they are very beautiful. They’re on a terrific golf course, in a gated community, but in a very remote location. For me, this was a negative. For others, I’m sure it would be a positive. If you want to be as far away from it all as possible, this might be the 55-plus community for you.

To be honest, I live in Palm Springs, and for my money, if I were looking to buy in an active-adult, gated community, I would choose the Four Seasons. It’s the only retirement community in the center of all the action. If you were so inclined, you could walk or ride your bike to the downtown village. When I viewed the models, last year, I was stunned at the size of these homes and the ridiculously low prices, starting in the $200,000s, but you don’t get a golf course and you’re in a community with a relatively small number of homes. I believe it’s well under 500.

On the other hand, if you must be on a golf course and want lots of activities and neighbors, Del Webb’s Sun City Palm Desert is one of the best selling communities and one of the largest, with around 5,000 homes. The community is built out and offers only resales. If you want new homes, Del Webb’s Shadow Hills community in North Indio is just a few miles down the road and offers amazing deals in the $200,000s.

So what’s your favorite active-adult, 55-plus community in the desert? I asked this question on my Twitter.com/DesertHome page and received this reply from @DesertGeezer “Living in a 55+ community, the PROS: Surrounded with people your age and older. CONS: Surrounded with people your age and older!

@DesertGeezer, or Bill Simpkins to his non-Twitter friends, calls Heritage Palms, in Indio, home. “It’s a great 55+ gated community with a championship golf course,” he says. “The small scale (only 1,004 homes) gives it a special neighborhood feel. We’ve been here for 10 years. We were the 320th homeowners.”

Which 55-plus Coachella Valley community is your favorite, and why? Please share with other Desert Home readers.