Ocean waves crashing on the shore at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

These gated communities in the Central Coast region of California have a lot for active adults to love.

When many active adults begin their hunt for the perfect community to live in, they narrow their search to gated communities, for a variety of reasons. There’s an added layer of privacy and security that comes with living in a gated community, and there’s a certain air of prestige as well.

If you're considering a gated community in California’s breathtaking Central Coast region, be sure to consider these attractive options.

Cypress Ridge - Arroyo Grande, CA

Mid $600s - Low $1Ms

This active lifestyle community imposes no age restrictions and boasts a prime location close to Pismo State Beach and the Edna Valley wine country. With idyllic year-round temperatures and lush landscaping, Cypress Ridge is an ideal place for active adults who desire both beachside serenity and proximity to shopping, dining, and everyday conveniences.

This gated community was built between 2000 and 2010, and it consists of 375 single-family homes. These homes come in six floor plans that range between 1,950 to 4,000 square feet. Many of these homes have large lots, cozy fireplaces, and three-car garages.

With a heavy emphasis on golf, the amenities at Cypress Ridge provide plenty of opportunities for entertainment and socialization within the community. The 18-hole Cypress Ridge Golf Course designed by Peter Jacobson and Jim Hardy is the heart of the community and caters to all skill levels. Many residents also gather at The Cypress Ridge clubhouse which overlooks sparkling lakes and features a state-of-the art fitness center, a banquet room, game rooms, and a welcoming fireplace. Outdoors, there’s a volleyball court and a children’s playground.

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Del Mesa Carmel - Carmel By The Sea, CA

Mid $400s - Low $1Ms

With 289 low-maintenance condo units located in the charming city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Mesa Carmel is a good choice for active adults who want luxury and relaxation without much upkeep.

The condo homes in this gated community were built between 1964 and 1968, and they offer six floor plans ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and a carport. Many homes feature luxurious upgrades such as cozy fireplaces, granite countertops, crystal lighting fixtures, and more.

Del Mesa Carmel features an impressive list of amenities, starting with its popular clubhouse. Here, residents socialize in the multipurpose rooms, dine together at the community restaurant, borrow books from the well-stocked library, and play games in the billiards room. There’s also a catering kitchen and a woodworking shop as well as a detached fitness center with an indoor pool. Outdoors, a variety of greenspaces, biking and walking trails, gardening plots, and lawn games keep residents busy while enjoying the crisp, ocean air.

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Traditions at River Oaks - Paso Robles, CA

High $400s - High $500s

Traditions at River Oaks is a small and friendly community located in Paso Robles, a city known for its wineries and charming olive groves. This intimate 55+ community enjoys warm, pleasant weather and an unrivaled location about 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. 

Developed between 2004 and 2007, Traditions at River Oaks offers 208 upscale single-family homes. These homes range from 1,275 to 2,330 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage. 

This gated community offers some attractive amenities, including a central clubhouse, multipurpose rooms, a library, a catering kitchen, an aerobics studio, and an exercise room. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the pool, spa, and barbecue areas. Nearby, a variety of shopping and dining options are available as are many picturesque wineries, walking and biking trails, and lakes for boating, fishing, and camping.

Request more information about Traditions at River Oaks here.

Indian Hill - Avila Beach, CA

Low $400s - Mid $600s 

Situated just two miles from the shore, Indian Hill is a gated 55+ community in the pleasant coastal city of Avila Beach. Built from 1970 to 1990, Indian Hill has mature sycamore and oak trees as well as a 24-hour staffed security gate. This picturesque community is perched on a hill across 35 acres of land, allowing for breathtaking views of the Avila Valley. 

Indian Hill offers luxurious modular homes with floor plans ranging from 1,023 to 2,321 square feet. Most homes have two bedrooms, at least two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Comprised of 163 homes, this community has maintained an environmentally responsible pledge by retaining all natural grades and original trees.

Amenities at Indian Hill begin with the 5,000-square-foot private clubhouse. This impressive clubhouse boasts both indoor and outdoor areas, including a library, a meeting room, hobby and game areas, a card room, and a sauna. Residents gather here to socialize, attend movie nights,  and play games such as bunko, bridge, and ping pong. Outdoors, there's a spa and pool, and Avila Beach Golf Resort is less than a mile away.

Request more information about Indian Hill here.