With idyllic scenery and year-round sunshine, Southern California has a lot to offer active adults. Many active adults dream of settling down in a 55+ community near the beach, where cool, breezy mornings, the sound of crashing waves, and leisurely strolls in the sand can be an everyday occurrence.
Luckily, SoCal offers many beach communities where retirees can live out their oceanside dreams in a 55+ community with the amenities, 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.
Low $800s - High $1Ms
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 builders in two separate neighborhoods, Gavilan offers a wide selection for homebuyers. The nearby town of San Juan Capistrano also offers plenty of 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 include an outdoor lap pool, indoor/outdoor dining spaces, a clubhouse with a fitness center and bar, bocce ball courts, barbecue areas, fire pits, and a fun arcade area that grandkids will be sure to love.
Mid $600s - Low $1Ms
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 1,428 square feet to 3,487 square feet and offer two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and two- to three-car garages, as well as 36 floor plans offering plenty of customized options, such as stainless steel appliances and open floor plans.
High $400s - Mid $600s
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 high $400s, the one-to-three-bedroom resale units were built in 2007, offering 760 to 1,336 square feet, all equipped with modern amenities, including gourmet chef’s kitchens.
On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, a barbecue area, a community room, a theater room, an exercise room, and a catering kitchen. The community also offers 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 desirable location also offers miles of scenic hiking trails nearby.
Low $300s - Mid $500s
A few miles from Oceanside Beach is Oceana, an active adult community built from 1964-1984. These single-family and attached homes are resale only and are located only four miles away from the ocean, so residents will appreciate the community's proximity to the beach.
Single-family homes range from 1,255 to 1,620 square feet and offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and an attached one- or two-car garage. Attached homes range from 660 square feet to 1,223 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 can also enjoy outdoor pools, a community garden, barbecue areas, a spa, and an adjacent golf course, where Oceana residents enjoy discounted green fees.
High $300s - High $500s
Boasting many homes with ocean views, Costa Serena is one of the only 55+ communities in San Diego County with no homeowners' association (HOA) fees. A short five miles from the beach, this active adult community, made up of single-family and duplex homes, is near shops, restaurants, and the Tri-City Medical Hospital.
Costa Serena was completed in 1982 and offers its tight-knit community of residents charming amenities, including lush landscaping, private yards, and plenty of open space for recreation. With views of the ocean and rolling hills, Costa Serena offers its residents year-round beauty.
Homes range from 827 to 1,350 square feet and feature two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and attached one-car garages.
Mid $400s - Low $900s
For beach-town vibes and ocean air, look no further than Huntington Landmark, a 55+ townhome-style community in Huntington Beach, California—the original Surf City, USA. This gated community is only one mile from the Pacific Ocean and offers active adults a variety of resort-style amenities, including a clubhouse, a pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, a spa, a library, and social clubs.
The attached homes were built from 1972 to 1986 and homebuyers can choose from eight floor plans ranging from 860 square feet to 1,336 square feet. Homes feature one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a one-car garage or carport.