The “City by the Bay” is a longtime favorite among free-spirited individuals who enjoy temperate weather, authentic and celebrated cuisine, robust cultural opportunities, and year-round outdoor activities. Because of its appeal, this popular city remains an expensive place to live. But living just outside the city gives homebuyers a more affordable option.
Living in a low-maintenance condo affords even more time and freedom to enjoy San Francisco, and its surrounding cities. If you’re an active adult looking for San Francisco condos, read on to learn more about the wonderful 55+ communities offering condos for sale near the city.
Mid $300s – High $700s
Located just 20 minutes west of San Francisco’s Financial District, Watergate is an established 26-acre condo community with surprisingly affordable home prices. Although this mid-sized community doesn’t have age restrictions, its low-maintenance condos attract active adults looking for a carefree lifestyle near plenty of attractions and amenities. Watergate fits the bill, with resort-style amenities and a stellar location in Emeryville near shopping, eateries, parks, and much more.
Comprised of 924 condominium units, Watergate boasts condos ranging from 432 to 2,378 square feet with studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units available with one to two bathrooms. These condos, built from 1972 to 1978, boast stunning seaside and urban views; some with sweeping views of San Francisco, and others with breathtaking views of the Pacific coast. The condos also boast modern features such as open-concept floor plans, recessed lighting, custom countertops, and some even offer walk-in closets in master suites.
A reasonable HOA fee covers common area maintenance, landscaping, roof repair, 24-hour security, and trash removal. This allows residents more free time to enjoy the many amenities Watergate has to offer, including the large clubhouse, multiple outdoor pools, racquetball and tennis courts, and fitness center. Watching the sunset over the ocean is a favorite pastime among some residents as is golfing at the nearby Claremont Country Club, Berkeley Country Club, or Sequoyah Gold Course.
Low $400s – Low $1Ms
Located in the desirable, upscale neighborhood of San Mateo, The Peninsula Regent is an intimate, 55+ community comprised of just 207 condos. Surrounded by multi-million dollar homes, this affordable community is priced from the low $400s to the low $1millions.
Completed in 1988, the condos here include eight floor plans, ranging from one to two bedrooms with one or two bathrooms. Some condos also include an extra space that can be used as a home office or extra bedroom for visitors. Standard features may include private patios with courtyard views, master suites with walk-in closets and en suite bathrooms, kitchens with upgraded, modern appliances, and storage spaces.
A small HOA fee ensures all common areas are well-kept and covers trash removal, appliance maintenance, building upkeep, 24-hour security, and housekeeping services. This leaves residents of The Peninsula Regent more time to enjoy socializing and leisure time—two things homeowners here enjoy immensely.
Residents enjoy access to many clubs and events, including bocce club, hiking club, holiday parties, guest speakers, happy hours, concerts, and much more. Some of the amenities here include bocce ball courts, a fitness center, a library, an on-site dining room and bistro, and an indoor pool.
Low $1Ms – High $1Ms
Boasting newly built, completely upgraded homes, Foster Square is a brand new 200-condo community for active adults. Located in the SF suburb of Foster City, 25 miles south of San Francisco, this age-restricted community offers luxury and plenty of amenities.
These new condos include everything you’d expect from a newly built, luxury home, including granite countertops, outdoor decks, elegant master suites, stainless steel appliances, gourmet kitchens, and energy-efficient technology. Ranging from 1,144 to 1,715 square feet, these contemporary homes offer four innovative floor plans, with two or three bedrooms and two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. There are also two assigned covered parking spaces for each unit as well as elevator access to each floor of the building.
Residents of this close-knit community enjoy many on-site activities, such as a stroll or a picnic near the scenic lake or a friendly game on the basketball and tennis court. Happily, this tranquil community is within walking distance of Foster City.
Low $300s – Low $2Ms
Nestled in the bucolic foothills of the vibrant city of Walnut Creek, Rossmoor allows residents the best of both worlds; a tranquil setting with abundant urban offerings. Located about 30 minutes east of San Francisco, Walnut Creek is known for its sprawling outdoor shopping area and notable eateries.
With 6,678 condos, attached homes, and single-family homes, Rossmoor is a large, gated community that’s well-established and highly rated. About half the homes in Rossmoor are condo units that feature a variety of floor plans and sizes. The HOA provides services such as exterior maintenance, landscaping, common area maintenance, security, cable TV, and bus transportation, which ferries residents to and from the community as well as within.
There’s never a dull moment at Rossmoor, which boasts over 200 social clubs as well as many social activities, including movies, happy hours, holiday parties, weekly lunches, classes, excursions, and other entertainment programs.
The amenity list is quite impressive as well, including a whopping five spacious clubhouses, three swimming facilities, eight tennis courts, three lawn bowling greens, bocce ball courts, and much more. Golfers will appreciate the on-site driving range, pro shop, and two courses. The longer course is an 18-hole, par-72 course, while the shorter course is a 9-hole course. There are also miles of hiking trails to enjoy near the property.
High $700s – Low $1Ms
Known for its expensive homes and many technology companies, Menlo Park is a highly desirable, thriving city with an innovative and diverse culture. Residents of the age-restricted community of Menlo Commons are proud to call Melo Park home.
This intimate community is comprised of just 122 condo-style homes, ranging from the high $700s to the low $1Ms. These updated condos range from 660 to 1,270 square feet and have one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Some of the many modern upgrades to be found in these condos include luxury hardwood floors, private covered balconies, gourmet kitchens, and plantation shutters. Homeowners are assigned two on-site parking garage spaces per unit.
Among the premium amenities at Menlo Commons are a clubhouse, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool, as well as a spa, a charming gazebo, and a barbecue area to gather around with neighbors. There’s also a picnic area to enjoy, and paved walking paths for leisurely strolls.