With idyllic scenery and year-round sunshine, Southern California has a lot to offer active adults. Living close to miles of beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline is a huge draw to those looking to live in SoCal.
Many active adults dream of settling down in a 55+ community near the beach, where cool, breezy mornings, the sound of crashing waves, and long walks in the sand can be an everyday occurrence.
Luckily, SoCal offers many such communities, where boomers can live out their oceanside dreams in a community with the amenities, a lifestyle, and price points that suit their needs. Read on to discover some of the best 55+ communities located right near a Southern California beach.
Gavilan - Rancho Mission Viejo
Located a few miles from picturesque Capistrano Beach, Gavilan offers residents serene Orange County hillside views and plenty of amenities.
With homes built by several different builders in two separate neighborhoods, Gavilan has a huge variety for active adult homebuyers. The nearby town of San Juan Capistrano also offers plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants, shopping areas, and entertainment opportunities.
This still expanding 55+ community is a good choice for residents who are looking for low-maintenance living with an emphasis on enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Some of the amenities to look forward to are a large, outdoor lap pool, indoor/outdoor dining spaces, a clubhouse with fitness center and bar, bocce ball courts, barbecue areas, fire pits, and a fun arcade area that grandkids will be sure to love.
Trilogy at Monarch Dunes - Nipomo
This newer community, near San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, offers an active lifestyle near the serene, coastal beaches of the lower central coast. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes was built with the active adult in mind, but the community is not age restricted.
Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is an ideal community for golf lovers and those looking for a resort-like lifestyle due to its scenic golf course, full-service spa, open floor plans, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, an indoor and outdoor pool, and other amenities. Nearby, shopping, dining, riding stables, and wineries all entice Trilogy residents to visit.
Built in 2005, homes range from 1,745 square feet to 3,411 square feet and offer two to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two-car garages, as well as 23 floor plans with lots of customized options, such as stainless steel appliances and open floor-plans.
Breakwater Village - Redondo Beach
Only two miles from the beach, the pet-friendly Breakwater Village offers 55+ adults the ease and luxury of upscale condo-style living in a location that beach lovers will appreciate.
Priced from the low $400s, the one-to-two-bedroom resale units were built in 2007, offering 760 square feet to 1,337 square feet of living space, all equipped with modern amenities, including gourmet chef’s kitchens.
On-site amenities include a community pool, barbecue area, clubhouse, media room, fitness center, assigned parking, and a media room, all behind a secure, gated entrance.
Near the South Bay Galleria, with plenty of restaurants and shopping venues, and right up the street from Redondo Beach Pier, Breakwater Village’s enviable location also offers miles of scenic hiking trials right nearby.
Oceana - Oceanside
A few miles from Oceanside Beach is Oceana, an active adult community built from 1964-1984. These resale, single-family and attached homes are located only four miles away from the ocean, so ocean-lovers will appreciate the nearness of the beach.
Single-family homes range in size from 1,255 to 1,620 square feet and offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Attached homes range in size from 660 square feet to 1,099 square feet and feature one to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms.
The clubhouse in Oceana is where all of the action can be found, from a game of cards with neighbors to a ceramics or woodworking workshop. Residents enjoy two outdoor pools, a community garden, barbecue areas, spa, and adjacent golf course, where Oceana residents enjoy discounted green fees.
Costa Serena - Oceanside
Boasting many homes with ocean views, Costa Serena is one of the only 55+ communities in San Diego County with no homeowners' association fees. A short five miles from the beach, this active adult single family and duplex homes community is near shopping, dining, and right nearby to the Tri-City Medical Hospital.
Costa Serena was completed in 1982 and offers its tight-knit community of residents a variety of amenities, including lush landscaping, large, private yards, and plenty of open space for strolling. With views of the ocean and rolling hills, residents of Costa Serena enjoy year-round beauty.
Homes range in size from 827 to 1,350 square feet and feature two to three bedrooms, and one to two bathrooms, with attached one-car garages.
Huntington Landmark — Huntington Beach
For beach-town vibes and ocean air, look no further than Huntington Landmark, a 55+ townhome-style community in the original Surf City, USA, only one mile from the Pacific Ocean.
This thriving gated community offers active adults plenty to do, with resort-style amenities including a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, tennis courts, spa, library, and hosted daily activities.
These resale, attached homes were built 1972 to 1986 and offer four floor plans ranging in size from 1,074 square feet to 1,336 square feet. Homes feature two or three bedrooms with two bathrooms and a one-car garage or carport.