Safety, privacy, and a sense of prestige motivate active adults to seek out gated communities. Whether the community has a key-coded gate or a live guard on watch, living in a gated community can provide a higher level of safety and security that many homeowners want. Living in a gated community also reduces pass-by traffic.
If you’re considering a gated community in the San Diego area, here are seven of the most popular 55+ gated communities in that region.
Low $700s - Low $1Ms
With 1,632 attached and single-family homes, Ocean Hills Country Club is the largest 55+ community on this list. This sprawling community is a great choice for active adults looking for a wide variety of amenities, leisure activities, and social opportunities. It’s only four miles from the beach and offers breathtaking views.
Aside from being a gated community, all the homes here are tied to a central alarm system that’s monitored by the homeowners' association (HOA) for an extra layer of security. There are 17 floor plans at Ocean Hills Country Club. These duplex and single-family homes range from over 900 to 2,800 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a one- to three-and-a-half-car garage.
Mid $400s - Low $700s
Rancho Carlsbad is a gated 55+ community featuring both modest and upscale manufactured homes on 106 acres of beautiful, mature landscaping. These manufactured homes range from 1,613 to 1,680 square feet with both new and resale options.
With 504 homes, Rancho Carlsbad is a mid-sized community featuring a 13,500-square-foot clubhouse and a 12,500-square-foot recreation center. The community is centered around a charming lake and boasts gorgeous greenspaces and mature trees.
Low $400s - Mid $500s
Another Oceanside favorite, Pilgrim Creek Estates offers beach-city living at affordable prices. With 202 single-family homes, this gated 55+ community offers homebuyers 1,152 to 2,220 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and either a carport or an attached two-car garage.
Residents of Pilgrim Creek Estates appreciate the stunning mountain views, the easy access to shopping and dining, and the well-appointed community amenities. To that end, community members enjoy a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and spa, and onsite RV parking, to name a few. There are plenty of active social clubs to join as well.
Mid $400s - High $600s
Homebuyers looking for a small, intimate 55+ community with low-maintenance housing will want to consider Villa Trieste, which is comprised of 150 attached and condominium homes. This gated community is safe, friendly, and neighborly with an enviable location that’s perfect for enjoying cool ocean breezes.
The condominiums feature single-level living with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,000 to over 1,300 square feet. The duplex homes in Villa Trieste range from 1,700 to over 1,800 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Many lucky homebuyers here enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
High $400s - High $500s
Emerald Lake Village is an ideal 55+ community for active adults seeking out a safe, well-maintained, and affordable option. This lovely gated community has only 161 single-family manufactured homes, so the neighborhood is tranquil and friendly. It’s also just four miles from the beach and near shopping and dining destinations.
Emerald Lake Village offers several floor plans, with homes ranging from a bit over 1,100 to about 1,800 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These Cape Cod-style, single-family manufactured homes are nestled throughout the property, offering residents greenspace and mature landscaping to enjoy around their home.
Low $900s - Mid $1Ms
With newly constructed attached and single-family homes, Auberge at Del Sur offers homebuyers contemporary luxury and a long list of resort-like amenities. This 55+, gated community features multiple pools, parks, and sports courts as well as nearby golf courses and twelve miles of paved trails that weave throughout the community.
The attached homes at Auberge at Del Sur feature two-story layouts with 1,276 to 1,843 square feet. These homes offer two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The single-family homes offer between 1,604 to 2,925 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.
High $500s - Mid $700s
With just 80 custom homes, East Ridge is the smallest community on this list, making it an intimate, tranquil 55+ community perfect for active adults who want to enjoy a leisurely, serene lifestyle. Located just an hour outside of San Diego, this gated community provides both indoor and outdoor amenities, RV parking, and gorgeous views of East Ridge.
The homes here range from 1,600 to 2,330 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Many of these homes boast features such as ten-foot ceilings, fireplaces, formal living and dining rooms, and ceramic tile floors, among other desirable finishes and designs.