Southern California 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

52 Active Adult Communities in Southern California

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Laguna Woods Village

Laguna Woods, CA

Low $100s–High $900s

12,736 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached, Condos

Resale Homes Only

Below $100k–Mid $400s

6,608 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached, Condos

Resale Homes Only

Sun City Palm Desert

Palm Desert, CA

Low $200s–Mid $800s

4,949 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Sun City

Menifee, CA

Low $100s–Mid $300s

4,762 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–Mid $700s

3,400 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $100s–Mid $300s

3,300 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Condos

Resale Homes Only

Leisure Village

Camarillo, CA

Mid $200s–Low $400s

2,136 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Jess Ranch

Apple Valley, CA

Below $100k–High $100s

2,120 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached, Condos

Resale Homes Only

Oceana

Oceanside, CA

Mid $100s–Low $300s

2,000 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

High $100s–High $300s

1,923 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

Casta Del Sol

Mission Viejo, CA

High $300s–High $600s

1,920 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Sun City Apple Valley

Apple Valley, CA

Mid $100s–High $300s

1,700 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

High $300s–Mid $700s

1,632 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

The Colony

Murrieta, CA

Mid $200s–High $300s

1,501 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Mid $200s–Low $1Ms

1,400 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $300s–Low $600s

1,317 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Friendly Valley

Santa Clarita, CA

Low $100s–Low $500s

1,290 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

High $100s–Low $300s

1,290 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Huntington Landmark

Huntington Beach, CA

High $200s–Low $500s

1,238 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached, Condos

Resale Homes Only

The Oasis

Menifee, CA

Mid $200s–Mid $400s

1,158 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–High $300s

1,106 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Mid $400s–Mid $2Ms

1,068 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–Low $600s

1,004 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Rancho La Quinta

La Quinta, CA

High $300s–Mid $1Ms

960 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Palmia

Mission Viejo, CA

Low $300s–High $700s

900 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Mid $200s–

750 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Mid $200s–Low $500s

709 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

High $800s–High $1Ms

700 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $200s–Mid $300s

661 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Toscana Country Club

Indian Wells, CA

High $800s–Low $3Ms

652 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Terra Lago

Indio, CA

High $100s–Mid $400s

635 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New and Resale Homes

The Citrus Club

La Quinta, CA

Low $500s–Mid $1Ms

625 Homes

No Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $200s–Mid $300s

573 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

High Country Villas

Encinitas, CA

Mid $300s–Low $500s

548 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–High $400s

524 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Rancho Carlsbad

Carlsbad, CA

Low $300s–Mid $400s

504 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Mid $200s–Mid $400s

477 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Villa Portofino

Palm Desert, CA

Mid $100s–Mid $300s

460 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached

New and Resale Homes

Low $100s–High $100s

289 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Gavilan

San Juan Capistrano, CA

High $400s–Low $900s

285 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

New Homes Only

Talega Gallery

San Clemente, CA

Mid $600s–High $900s

283 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Belcaro

Valencia, CA

Mid $400s–Low $600s

275 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

The Club

Menifee, CA

Low $100s–High $100s

259 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

The Springs

Camarillo, CA

Low $400s–Low $500s

259 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Monarch Summit II

Laguna Niguel, CA

Low $500s–Mid $600s

190 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Colony Cove

San Clemente, CA

Low $300s–Mid $700s

179 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Wyndham Rose

Apple Valley, CA

Mid $100s–Low $200s

168 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Low $300s–High $300s

161 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Mid $200s–High $200s

156 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New Homes Only

Villa Trieste

Oceanside, CA

Mid $300s–Mid $500s

150 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Attached, Condos

Resale Homes Only

San Juan Hills

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Low $300s–High $500s

80 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached

Resale Homes Only

Bay Cliff Village

San Clemente, CA

Low $300s–High $400s

28 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

Resale Homes Only

Overview

From warm desert breezes to crisp blue alpine skies and lively urban centers to quiet golfing communities by the sea, there are few places on earth so perfect for active adults and retirees as Southern California. The shores of the Pacific Ocean enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate, while deeper in the desert, Palm Desert and Palm Springs offer uninterrupted sunshine year round. For those who miss having seasons, the heights of the Sierra Nevada offer the perfect amount of snow without ever once having to shovel it.

With its warm temperatures, sun-washed sands, abundance of golf courses, varied terrain and lively urban centers, Southern California is one of the most popular retirement destinations for active adults. There are several dozen notable active adult retirement communities in Southern California. From intimate retreats in the desert to luxurious resorts and everything in between, there is most likely a 55+ retirement community that offers the homes, amenities, location or lifestyle you desire.

Climate & Geography

Although Southern California has a wide range of climates, winter temperatures are generally mild, with temperatures rarely dipping below freezing, while summers are often hot. Most SoCal coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate, with rainy winters and hot, dry summers. Areas closer to the ocean vary less in temperature than areas farther away, with the cool California currents helping to moderate temperatures. Along the west side of the Sierra Nevada and in the Tehachapi mountains, summer temperatures stay in the mid 70s, while winter daytime temperatures average in the 60s. Higher altitudes in the Sierra Nevada are snowier and much colder, with even summer temperatures averaging as low as 42 degrees.

The east side of the coastal mountain ranges is much hotter and drier than areas closer to the coast or higher in the mountains. Summer daytime temperatures in the Mojave Desert and even in the San Joaquin Valley often exceed 100 degrees. During temperature inversions, air quality is a concern in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire. The autumn Santa Ana winds which sweep through this area all the way to the Pacific Ocean are extremely hot and dry, but they do clean out the air.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Southern California is an ideal destination for retirees who want an active adult lifestyle. Whether your passions include sports and outdoor recreation or visiting social and culture venues, there is something for everyone. Los Angeles is a cultural, entertainment, and sports mecca. In cities such as San Luis and San Diego, outdoor markets and shopping complexes abound. The deep canyons and hills of San Diego also create many pockets of natural parkland and microclimates, so that a cool escape during sweltering summer heat is always close at hand.

Protected natural areas in the Sierra Nevada and along the coastline offer a quiet escape for hiking and birdwatching; while other naturally air-conditioned active adult communities around the Sierra Nevada are designed around golf courses and other recreational amenities. Serious golfers can enjoy some of the finest golf in the world on any of the 100 plus courses around the Palm Springs area.

Southern California is one of the few places in the entire country where it is possible to ski on fresh snow in the morning, then drive an hour to enjoy a round of golf in short sleeves in the afternoon. Beach lovers can enjoy miles of white sand beaches ideal for swimming, surfing or simply relaxing. Despite its overall diversity, different regions of Southern California will suit certain lifestyles better than others. It is a good idea to research and visit before committing to a move.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The cost of living in Southern California is higher than the national average, driven by the cost of housing, taxes and utilities. However, with the recent correction in the housing market, all types of real estate in age-restricted communities have become much more affordable.

Taxes in California vary considerably based on income level and property location, as well as by city and county. There are 6 state tax brackets, with the lowest being 1 percent and the highest 9.3 percent. Social security benefits are exempt but pensions are not. The state tax rate is 7.25 percent, to which some counties and cities add their own taxes. Property taxes typically range from 1 to 1.3 percent of the home's value. Because property taxes are calculated based on the home's fair market value at the time of purchase and is not affected by any rise in real property values, now is an excellent time to consider a move to one of Southern California’s active retirement communities. Active adults and retires benefit from the fact that California has no estate, inheritance, or gift tax.

Healthcare

The quality of life Southern California residents enjoy is among the best in the United States. The geography and climate of Southern California promote a healthy and active adult lifestyle which can be as slow or fast-paced as you prefer. Many Southern California retirement communities are situated so as to be close to spectacular natural scenery and retreats without compromising proximity to urban amenities. The high level of urbanization and sophisticated traffic network mean that high quality healthcare is never far away.

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