The two largest homeowner communities for adults over age 55 in Santa Clarita are Friendly Valley (east Newhall), and Valencia Belcaro (north Valencia.)
Friendly Valley is a sprawling community made up of 11 different Homeowners Associations, each with their own minor variations on the 55+ lifestyle.
An expensive buy-in, of approximately $3,000 gets the new homeowner many niceties, not the least of which is membership in the 9 hole private golf course. All of the homes there are single-story bungalows built in the late ’60s but have been impeccably maintained over the years.
Belcaro is comprised of two tracts: The Greens, and The Liberty. Homes have either two master bedrooms or a master plus one bedroom or media room. One model features 2 bedrooms and 3.5 baths has a casita. Of utmost importance to some seniors, there are a few homes there that are single story. Home sizes range from 1700 to 2400 square feet.
The recreation center includes an art studio, a library, an outdoor kitchen, a game room, a massage room, a performing arts studio, a mini cafe, a health and fitness gym, men and women’s locker room, basketball court and conference center. Prices range from the high $500’s to the mid $600’s. Belcaro has a garden club where they can grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. The community also has an on-site activities director that plans field trips, seminars, and lectures.
More recently, Aliento in Canyon Country became the newest and most upscale community in the city for age 55+ wanting to own a home. These are new construction homes priced starting in the $500’s. Lots of space and clean fresh air.
There are a dozen apartment complexes spread out over the Santa Clarita Valley, but these two are the ones for homeowners to take a close look at, due to their focus on adults over age 55.