California's Bay Area has everything an active adult needs.

With abundant outdoor recreation, world-famous attractions, and beautiful natural scenery, California’s Bay Area provides an exceptional quality of life for active adults. It is home to major metropolitan areas, such as San Francisco and San Jose, but activities like hiking, kayaking, and camping are easily accessible. The area is also one of the few in California that is served by an extensive public transit system.

From wine country to the coast, we’re exploring some of the top 55+ communities for active adults interested in making California’s bay area their next home.

Rossmoor - Walnut Creek

Mid $200s - Low $800s

Rossmoor is one of the top-selling 55+ communities in California’s Bay Area. This well-established community is surrounded by rolling hills and is close to downtown Walnut Creek’s prime shopping areas. The community consists of 6,678 residences, including single family homes, attached homes, and condos that range in size from 600 to 2,535 square feet.

Part of what makes Rossmoor such a popular choice is its selection of amenities. Residents are served by five separate clubhouses, each offering its own set of activities and recreation options. The community has 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf, multiple swimming pools, a full-service library, and miles of beautifully landscaped trails for hiking. With well over 200 clubs that regularly meet up, residents never have a shortage of ways to stay social and active with their neighbors. The community is also less than 30 miles away from San Francisco, making it easy to take trips into the city.

 Trilogy at Rio Vista - Rio Vista

Mid $300s - High $400s

Trilogy at Rio Vista is an excellent choice for those who prefer a larger 55+ community but are seeking a tight-knit atmosphere. Although the community has 3,000 homes, it maintains a quiet environment nestled in the quaint town of Rio Vista. It is just minutes to Rio Vista’s downtown area, which is home to small shops and dining options. The community’s single-family homes come in upwards of 30 floor plans available.

Trilogy at Rio Vista offers two recreation centers: the Vista Club and the Delta Club. The Delta Club was the community’s original clubhouse and includes a fitness center, library, tennis courts, outdoor pool and spa, and more. The Vista Club was a later addition, and this 27,000 square-foot facility is now the thriving social center of the community. It has a cyber café, fitness center, indoor pool, indoor walking track, massage studio, a center for learning, and more. 

Chantarelle - Sonoma

High $400s - High $600s

For those who prefer to be right in the heart of California’s wine country, Chantarelle is a great choice. This small 55+ community is surrounded by the scenic beauty of Sonoma, and with only 120 single family homes, it maintains a strong sense of community. Homes range in size from 1,273 to 1,600 square feet and have one or two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages.

While the community lacks the resort-style amenities found at larger developments, Chantarelle’s quaint clubhouse offers a central location where neighbors can socialize. The clubhouse has a large gathering room where residents can catch up by the fireplace. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the swimming pool and spacious patio. There are also paths for walking and biking that wind through the community.

The Villages Golf & Country Club - San Jose

Low $400s - Mid $1Ms

The Villages Golf & Country Club offers a high-end experience for active adults. This 55+ community consists of 2,536 residences, which includes single-family homes, attached homes, and condos. To accommodate a diverse range of living needs, floor plans are available from 600 to 2,256 square feet.

Residents of The Villages enjoy a resort-like experience that fosters a vibrant lifestyle. The social hub of the community is the Cribari Center, which has a restaurant, bistro café, library, outdoor pools and spa, and more. Homeowners can also enjoy all amenities that the golf and country club have to offer. Golf fans will feel right at home with the championship 18-hole course, and the community also has over 500 acres of open space for horseback riding, hiking, and more

Clover Springs - Cloverdale

High $400s - High $600s

Clover Springs is an intimate 55+ community situated at the northern edge of Sonoma County. This unique community is built on the grounds of a historic winery, and it also provides easy access to all that California’s wine country has to offer. Clover Springs has 362 single family homes that range in size from 1,090 to 2,325 square feet, and some units feature views of the surrounding mountains.

Fire Creek Lodge is the community’s social center where residents can unwind, hone their creative side at the arts and crafts studio, or stay active at the fitness center. Outdoors, residents can enjoy a pool and spa, bocce, and two lighted tennis courts.