Midwest Retirement Communities...for 55+
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Some popular states for Midwest retirement communities are Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana.  

The midwest offers cool and crisp autumns and springs. The winters are cold and snowy with active seniors participating in cross country skiing and other rugged sports.  Although known for plenty of summer humidity, there are fresh breezes at the numerous lakes. I spent childhood summers on Lake Erie so I can attest to this. 

These retirement areas offer extremely modern facilities, excellent medical organizations, and numerous cultural attractions. During winter look for various indoor pools and walking tracks that provide exercise all year long.   Add all of this to a lower cost of living and housing and one will see the advantages of a midwest retirement.

The midwest states have large populations of baby boomers who want to stay close to family but also like a low maintenance lifestyle (check if the over 55 community includes snow shoveling). This gives more time for an active retirement and social activities.

Michigan -

Oakland County

The Moceri Companies has a long-range plan for this area of southeast Michigan.  Numerous senior communities in Oakland County will be built over the next ten years.  Soon one in four residents of the County will be 55+ and there is a need for this type of development.  Thus far some have started construction:

In Auburn Hills:

  • Blossom Park - Coming to Optimist Rd., Auburn Hills
  • Villa Montclair - 88 elegant detached homes; clubhouse, pool, walking trails, community garden and more.    3999 Ashton Dr., Auburn Hills, Mich.  Selling fast.
  • Verandas  -  By Moceri Companies - golf - 
    33203 Maple Lane Dr., Sterling Heights - 586-795-4000

Oakland Township:

  • Blossom Springs - N. Adams Rd., Oakland Township

Senior Community Planned for Rochester:

  • Planned community coming near Royal Park Hotel, University Dr.

Verify all information with Moceri, the builder, and sign up for updates on their website.

Resale 55+ communities in detroit area:


  • Bridgewater by Del Webb In Brownstown, MI by Del Webb and about 30 minutes south of Detroit - 2 and 3-bedroom singles ranging in size from small to large. Started in $230's and up. The amenities include 2 beautiful pools and stocked lake for boating or fishing.  24315 Bridgewater Way, Brownstown  SOLD OUT - Check for resales

Grand blanc:

  • Grand Reserve by Del Webb - Southeastern Michigan at Grand Blanc north of Detroit and near Flint.   Four collections of 2 and 3-bedroom homes and villas starting at $300's.  Room to roam and a play area for grandkids. Lodge community center with pool, business center, activities and more. 6286 Merion Lane, Grand Blanc -  SOLD OUT - Check for resales with local Realtors.

continuing care, independent, and assisted living communities in detroit area:

  • Henry Ford Village in Dearborn - Apartment style living - 1 meal included in monthly fee - Activities, amenities and more. On the grounds of the Ford Family Farm. Excellent health care center and programs for residents or public.
    15101 Ford Rd., Dearborn - 877-6601807
  • Fox Run at Novi by Erickson MI - for age over 62 - One and two-bedroom apartment homes. Continuing care community for Independent living with assisted living available if ever needed. Deposit and monthly fee. 41000 13 Mile Rd., Novi - 800-573-2285


Chicago area:

Many Illinois retirement communities are located around Chicago for retirement or commute to work.


  • Trillium Farm By Pulte - Winfield - Walk-ins welcome daily - starting price is high mid-$300's. Single ranches.  Near Cantigny Golf course and Blackwell Forest Preserve with trails.  630-381-5692

Pingree grove:

  • Carillon at Cambridge Lakes - Active adult resort community - By DR Horton - 2 and 3-bedroom ranch homes and villas from $200's (verify as price can change).  Approx. 48 miles to Chicago (1 1/2 hour drive).  1920 Andrew Blvd., Pingree Grove - 847-984-4872


  • New Ashwood Crossing - Small Pulte Homes community of single ranches and duplexes - 15 minutes from downtown Naperville - minutes from Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve for hiking -  Starting low $300's - Closed Thurs/Fri - open other days to view model - 3363 Empress Dr., Naperville - 847-603-2917


  • New  Liberty Green - By Pulte Homes - Small community of large 55+ ranch homes adjacent to Bolingbrook Golf Club with access to amenities.  Some plans have option for 2nd floor loft.  2-3-car garage and flex plans.  From $299's. 2041 Samantha Joy Lane, Bolingbrook -  Call or text 8-4 daily at 847-396-9698 -  Open now for walk-ins at Sales Center.

 ccrc's (continuing care communities) in chicago area:

  • Vi at The Glen at Glenview on Chicago's north shore.  (Formerly Classic Residence.) Part of upscale master-planned community with access to parks, golfcourses, restaurants and shopping.
  • Bethany Retirement Community in Chicago This is a very active and independent community that is also continuing care. You'll enjoy jaunts into downtown Chicago and location near Lake Michigan. Studio and one bedroom apartment homes.
  • The Mather in Evanston - Award-winning Continuing care community (CCRC).  Luxury community of apartment homes offers concierge, restaurants, educational programs and located near Northwestern University, saltwater pool, therapy pool, fitness center, sauna and steam and much more.

chicago area resales (check with local realtors):

  • Carillon Club - By DR Horton - Variety of homestyle from condos to spacious singles - condos started in mid $100's (verify) - Amenities include clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness, 3-hole golf and more.  Sold fast.
    4027 Idlewild Lane, Naperville 
  • Regency at Bowes Creek Country Club - Regency Collection for active adult is now sold out.  There are other collections in the community for all lifestyles.  Gated by Toll Bros. at Elgin - Carriage Collection - town homes (sold) and single-family - started upper $200's. New town home single level floor plan. Good commute location near metro. On-site golf.  Townhomes sold out - now selling single homes (sold). (verify information) 3841 Valhalla, Elgin  
  • Regency at the Woods at South Barrington - This collection is sold.  By Toll Bros. - gated community of large luxury homes and resort amenities were from mid-$500's.  Social Director and activities.  24 Arches Ct., So. Barrington
  • Patriot Commons at the Glen - Luxury townhomes in Glenview, Illinois by Toll Bros.  Not age restricted but has features good for active lifestyle such as walkable, shopping, low maintenance - Good commute location with metra 5 minutes away - Started upper $400,000's.  2633 Commons Dr., Glenview 60026  
  • Meadowridge Villas - Sold out - 56 duplex homes by K Hovnanian in Fox River Valley - Medium to large 2-3 bedrooms with 4th bedroom an option - one and two-story homes -  adjacent to golf course.  Amenities at Prestbury include clubhouse, pool, tennis, 3 lakes, and more. Natural settings and maintenance-free.   Started mid-$200's.
    1175 Woodridge Dr., Sugar Grove  
  • Grand Haven - developed by  Lakewood Homes and Del Webb In Romeoville. Active community minutes from I-55 for visiting family.  Resales.
  • Edgewater at Elgin by Del Webb - Sold out.  2 and 3 bedroom homes started low $200's to high $300's. Enjoy an elegant gated entrance which winds up to the community and Lodge. Many amenities such as pools, tennis, Fitness and more. Traveling to downtown Chicago is convenient and nearby shopping. 2550 Edgewater Dr.
  • Grand Dominion - By Del Webb - Sold out.  Exclusive Chicago suburb called Mundelein - 320 acres, 100 acres of which is open space and includes 13-acre lake. (verify) All the wonderful Del Webb amenities such as the Lakeside Lodge. 2-3-bedroom homes. Started low $200's.
    3540 Melody St., Mundelein  
  • Shorewood Glen - by Del Webb at Shorewood. - Gated and patrolled  ranch homes started upper $100's. Top amenities package as would be expected from Del Webb.  Heated indoor and outdoor pools.  Chicago is one hour away.  Also near Naperville and Plainfield.
    1415 Justice Ct, Shorewood 

Other Areas of Illinois for over 55:


  • Andare at Remington Pointe - Volo, approximately an hour to Chicago (verify). Low maintenance ranch-style homes from mid-$200's.  Within 4 miles of Chain-O'-Lakes Marina and Round Hill Metra.  Clubhouse, fire pit, walking paths. Near golf clubs.  By Lennar.  1838 Alta Dr., Volo - 815-900-9770 - Open Daily

Crystal lake:

  • Andare at Woodlore - Crystal Lake - Ranch homes by Lennar from upper $200's - 1027 Honey Locust Dr.


  • Andare at Glenloch - Algonquin - Singles by Lennar from mid-$200's - 7 Mahogany Court - 224-293-3126


  • New Andare at Talamore - Huntley - Ranch homes by Lennar  - WIFI Certified - Smart homes -. Start $200's -  11849 Hubbe Ct. - Open Daily - 224-293-3126

North Aurora


  • Crossings at Geneva In picturesque Geneva. The tri-city region is known for quaint shops and upscale shopping. Traditional-styled brick and stone condominiums with many upscale features.  Nearing closeout. 1, 2 and 3-bedrooms in elevator building. 9-foot ceilings.  2676 Stone Circle - 630-845-0591 - Hurry! See close-out pricing. 


  • Luther Village - Arlington Heights - co-op ownership - Fitness, pools, scenic, community center.  On campus with Lutheran Home.  New and resales from $100's.
  • Sun City Huntley - by Del Webb at Huntley - Premier midwest active adult community - award winning resort-like. Luxurious entrance with cascading waterfalls, gently rolling prairies. Prairie Lodge offers almost every amenity imaginable.  Resales.
  • Talamore Andare - Huntley - By Ryland Homes (Now CalAtlantic) - This active adult community will attract the grandchildren with its kids pool, waterslide, fishing pond and more.  Recreation, huge clubhouse, outdoor pavilion.  Ranch homes started mid-$100's. 
    11912 Hollister Ct., Huntley 


  • Coming  Caramore Crossing - Rosemount - By DR Horton Freedom Homes - 48 homesites for villas (verify) - small to large floor plans - golf in area - Join First-to-Know list on website - Videos on website - 612-271-7503 (text or phone)
  • New  Hayden Hills - Dayton, MN - By DR Horton Freedom Homes - 1-level and 2-story homes - walk/nature trails - 11509 Pineridge Way N - Call for pricing - 612-271-7503 (Phone or text)
  • Pinnacle Reserve - Lakeville, MN - By DR Horton Freedom Homes - community clubhouse, 2 pickle ball courts. 18215 Hideaway Trail, Lakeville - Call for pricing - 612-271-7503 - Open Daily
  • Bellwether - By Del Webb - Age-restricted resort-styled ranch homes from $300's.  Corcoran - Minneapolis area -  There's a small floor plan in the Garden Series - Pools, sport courts, fitness - Starting $360's - Small plans sometimes sell fast - Open Daily 952-229-0701 - 19264 101st Place, Corcoran, Minnesota - Call or text 952-260-4971 (Mailee) 10-6 Daily
  • Adelwood:  By Del Webb - Chaska - Now Open - Schedule a phone appointment or virtual online tour or visit sales center. Starting mid-$300's.  952-230-1466 - Open Daily

independent living apartments for seniors:

  • Brookdale Edina - Edina - by Brookdale Senior Living - Independent living apartments.  There is also assisted living and memory care should the need arise.  Modern high-rise living with pool, walk trails, bistro, dining room and more.  Landscaped with numerous trees and gardens.
    3330 Edinborough Way in Edinborough Park (Indoor park), Edina

resale communities in minnesota:

  • Villas at Rush Creek - Sold Out - By Lennar - Medium to large 2-bedroom single homes started mid-$300's -  Near Rush Creek Golf Club and shopping.  Pool, clubhouse, tennis and more.  7550 Rainier Lane N., Maple Grove
  • Four Seasons at Rush Creek by K Hovnanian - Sold Out. Maple Grove by K Hovnanian - Resort-styled with pools, clubhouse, saunas and more. Medium to large floor plans with many flexible options. Golf clubs in area. Started low $300's.  7550 Rainier La. North 



  • Nottingham Trace - By Del Webb - Medium to large single homes with architecturally elevated exteriors -  starting in low $300's. Fitness Center, bocce and pickle ball courts - trails - 7715 Nottingham Blvd., New Albany - Talk or text 614-662-4655 7 days
  • Coming Columbus Suburbs - By 55+ builder Traditions of America - Suburban resort community.  Join VIP List now to be updated.

central ohio resale 55+ communities:


  • Pioneer Ridge - Sold Out - at North Ridgeville - Cleveland area - first Del Webb community in Ohio. 1 and 2 bedrooms were from $140's - Pools, hot tub, amenity center.  9464 Saw Mill Dr., North Ridgeville 

Not over 55 but low maintenance patio homes in Central Ohio by Dominion Homes:

  • Grand Reserve at Reynolds Crossing - Reynoldsburg east of Columbus by Dominion Homes. 2 and 3 bedrooms started low $100's.  Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd., Reynoldsburg
  • Grand Reserve at Haydens Crossing - Between Dublin and Hilliard by Dominion Homes with many recreational opportunities within the community. Easy access to freeway, YMCA and shopping areas.
  • Grand Reserve at Albany Crossing - By Dominion Homes at Westerville and New Albany in Central Ohio. Small town living and city conveniences. Free-standing homes offering 4-season rooms and small yards.
  • Dublin Suburbs -Sold - By 55+ builder Traditions of America - Suburban resort community.

southern ohio ccrc:

  • Bristol Village in Waverly - Adams County near Columbus and Cincinnati areas - Tree lined streets - Continuing care community for independent and assisted living - Active, independent and affordable - entry deposits start $70,000 (verify) and monthly fee; homes and apartments, fitness, activities, quilting group, art studio.

And for area information go to www.adamscounty.org

northern ohio 55+

  • New Four Seasons at Chestnut Ridge - Resort Lifestyle for 55+ in Elyria - single homes and amenities by K Hovnanian Homes.   From low $200,000's - Chestnut Ridge Rd. and Bender Rd., Elyria - 866-601-9464 

Good value in Lorain near Lake Erie:

  • Morningside at Martin's Run -  Lorain - 5 minutes to Lake Erie - By K Hovnanian - Price: Start $200's - 2 pools, clubhouse, fitness, tennis, putting green and much more. 2-3 bedroom single homes in scenic area of pond, walking trails, and nature reserve.   New Phase starting.
    3392 Robin Lane, Lorain - Ph: 440-282-2934 - Open Daily  
  • The Gardens at Morningside by K Hovnanian starts $200's. Cottage-style single homes.  Resort amenities.
    3665 Morningside Way - 440-282-2934 - Open Daily

independent living for seniors in northern ohio

  • Copeland Oaks at Sebring.  Church-related.  35 minutes to Akron.  CCRC with no entry fee but monthly fee.  (verify) Apartments and villas and assisted living available.


River falls resale community:

  • High view Meadows Parkway - by Lennar at River Falls - started Low $200's - Resales - See Realtors in the area.


  • Touchmark  West Prospect -  Active retirement community with Wellness program in Fox Cities.  2601 Touchmark Dr., Appleton.


indianapolis area:


  • Vandalia - By Del Webb in Plainfield, a suburb of Indianapolis (17 miles) - amenities include clubhouse, pool and more.  Pricing starts high $100's.  5266 John Quincy Adams Ct., Plainfield - 888-548-3665


  • Britton Falls - by Del Webb at Fishers. - 1100 projected homes with "greater Indianapolis as backdrop."  Community Center offers indoor pool, Fitness complex, 15 surrounding lakes, 335 acres. 100 acres of open space (verify).  Eleven floor plans - small to medium size homes starting in low $200's.  Phone: 866-334-9322 - 15305 Trebbiano Dr., Fishers - Open Daily
  • University Village Condos At Anderson University


  • Crown Pointe at Anderson - condos, apartments, villas, assisted living building - At Anderson University (There is also an affordable housing option) - 2727 Crown Pointe Circle, Anderson

Cedar lake:

  • New Rose Garden Estates Andare - Single-family ranch style homes with smart home technology.  Pool and many more amenities.  The surrounding area offers good commuting, shopping, restaurants and more.  From $200's - 10369 W. 141st Lane, Cedar Lake - 224-293-3126


  • New Kimblewick - Del Webb - Westfield - Starting $280's.  Now Open - Single homes.  Amenities include trails, parks, clubhouse, pools and more. VIP List. Models are open daily - Also there is virtual and 1-0n-1 appointments available.  Call 317-559-8309
  • New Osborne Trails -  Westfield - By Lennar - Anticipated 490 ranch homes in a resort 55 and better community.  They plan a pool, clubhouse and more.  More planned features:
  • 6 Lakes
  • Fire pits with seating areas
  • Large grassy areas for events
  • Walking Trails
  • Dog Park
  • Tennis or Pickle ball
  • Low Maintenance
  • Starting $200's

19373 Sumrail Place, Westfield - 317-659-3230 - Open Daily

continuing care (ccrc) community in indianapolis

  • Marquette Manor - Indianapolis - For 62+ - Continuing care community (CCRC) on 48 acres - wooded grounds.  8140 Township Line Rd. - 317-875-9700

Oklahoma -

Concordia Senior Living seating areaWarm and cozy seating area at Concordia Senior Living

Oklahoma City:

  • Concordia Senior Living - Oklahoma City - Life Care - Independent living with assisted living if needed.  Entry fee and monthly fee.
    7707 W. Britton Rd. - 888-258-4649
  • Shawnee by Primrose - town homes and apartments for independent and assisted living - month-to-month leases after first 3 months - nurse on staff. 
  • Spanish Cove - 191 apartments at Yukon in metropolitan Oklahoma City - 12 acres - fishing, water, marina, pools - Continuing care community.


  • Touchmark at Coffee Creek at Edmond - also assisted living - Touchmark is proud of its resort-like atmosphere at their community of homes and apartments in a top retirement town. They are part of the Coffee Creek master planned community and offer a Wellness Center and more.


Wesley Life has the following communities throughout Iowa for independent living and may include assisted services:

  • Wesley Park Centre - Wesley Services at Newton - also continuing care.
  • Edgewater at Tallyns Reach By Wesley Life - West Des Moines - part of master planned community.
  • Halcyon House in Washington, Iowa
  • Heritage House in Atlantic
  • The Village in Indianola
  • Hearthstone in Pella.


Overland park:

  • Tallgrass Creek - by Erickson - Overland Park


 Lake St. Louis resale:

  • Heritage of Hawk Ridge - Lake St. Louis Missouri -  By Del Webb - Started $200's.  9-hole golf and pro shop, clubhouse and more.  204 Pigeon Dr., Lake St. Louis MO -  SOLD

Kansas City Area - john knox village in lees summit:

  • John Knox Village - at Lee's Summit - "Midwest's largest retirement community" - approx. 400 acres - 1500 homes - 70 different floorplans. Independent living; also assisted living and health care services. Variety of affordable housing options from new single-family homes to apartment communities and more. Financial options include one with a deposit and one for leasing with no deposit.
    1001 NW Chipman Rd., Lees Summit, Missouri
  • Forest Lake On campus of John Knox Village in Kansas City - See their community of Forest Lake of villas and apartment homes in a nature setting.


  • Stonebridge Village & Resort - Branson West. Luxury homes in Stonebridge - Resale condos and homes. Not designated just for over 55. We list a few of these that seem right for retirement and this is one.

North Dakota 

The state known as missing the recession...

  • Touchmark on West Century - By Touchmark Living Centers - at Bismarck and Fargo locations in North Dakota. Independent living homes and apartments and assisted living available.
    1000 W. Century Blvd., Bismarck - Call to Tour - 701-516-8518

South Dakota 

Sioux Falls:

  • Sunnycrest Retirement Village Sioux Falls - apartment homes with no entry fee - month-to-month lease - optional noon meals for extra fee - smoke free community Faith-based - market rate apartments with reasonable rents with some subsidized. Many social activities. 
  • Primrose - Sioux Falls - apartment living with activities and amenities for an active senior lifestyle - Independent and assisted living if needed.  7400 Louise Ave. - 605-789-5180  
  • Washington Crossing - luxury apartment living includes some meals, housekeeping and more. There is no required entry fee but there is an optional home purchase plan. Rates are listed on website. See community for details.  4709 E. 6th St., Sioux Falls - 605-271-9273 

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