Many active adult who either can’t drive or don’t want to drive will appreciate the ease and convenience of a 55+ community that offers complimentary public transportation. This service can take them to nearby shopping and doctor’s appointments or farther away on exciting day trips or group-planned getaways.
If you're looking for an active adult community in California that offers public transit, be sure to check out the list below.
Low $300s - Low $1Ms
This long-standing Bay Area respite provides a peaceful, wooded setting near all of the urban excitement of downtown Walnut Creek with its upscale shopping and varied dining scene. With 6,678 attached, condo-style, and single-family homes, Rossmoor offers floor plans ranging from 600 to 2,535 square feet.
Some of the exciting amenities featured at Rossmoor include 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf, five spacious clubhouses, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, a 150-seat theater, over 200 active social clubs, miles of paved walking and biking trails, an on-site seasonal farmers market, a weekly "Rossmoor News" newspaper, and of course, complimentary bus transportation for all residents.
Mid $100s - Mid $1Ms
With 12,736 attached, single-family, and condo-style homes, Laguna Woods Village is the largest 55+ active adult community on the West Coast. This Orange County gem offers residents a wide variety of home styles, sizes, and prices. These homes range from 675-square-foot condo units to nearly 2,600-square-foot single-family homes.
Nestled on 2,100 acres of bucolic hillside, residents are far removed from the urban hustle and bustle yet close to every amenity and convenience one could wish for. Also, Laguna Woods Village is just 10 minutes from the beach.
On the property, guests have access to seven clubhouses, 36 holes of golf, five swimming pools, an equestrian center, and over 250 clubs and organizations. There’s also RV parking on-site and a free bus service for residents.
Mid $100s - High $500s
This popular Southern California community boasts 6,608 low-maintenance attached and condo-style homes ranging from 550 to 1,540 square feet and divided into 17 neighborhoods. Residents at Leisure World Seal Beach enjoy close proximity to the ocean as well as nearby shopping and dining destinations.
The amenities at Leisure World are impressive, with six clubhouses, five studios and workshops, a nine-hole golf course, putting greens, two driving ranges, a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, fitness centers, an outdoor pool and spa, and a free shuttle service for residents.
Mid $200s - Low $600s
Friendly Valley is a serene and scenic 55+ community in the heart of Santa Clarita in Southern California. This 1,290-home community offers both single-family and attached homes at affordable prices. These homes range from 600 to over 1,500 square feet.
The resort-class amenities at Friendly Valley include a welcoming clubhouse with an exercise room, computers, a library, and a multi-purpose room. Hobbyists will enjoy the ceramics studio, sewing studio, and woodworking shops. Outdoors, residents can enjoy a pool, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, a 9-hole golf course, lawn bowling, RV parking, and a community shuttle service.
Mid $300s - Mid $800s
With only 300 low-maintenance condominium units, Hacienda Carmel is an intimate, neighborly community boasting an enviable location in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Close to the beach, retail stores, dining options, wineries, and galleries, this beautiful community is a great choice for those who value a stunning beachside location and idyllic, coastal weather.
Condos at Hacienda Carmel range from 560 to 1,300 square feet, and buyers can choose from studios, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom units. The amenities include a daily shuttle service, a dog park, a clubhouse, a salon, an art studio, garden plots, a fitness center, a library, an outdoor pool, and much more.
Low $200s - Low $400s
Located in the beachside town of Oceanside, Oceana is a lovely 2,000-home community situated just four miles from the ocean. With a mix of attached, condo-style, and single-family homes, this 55+ community offers a beachside setting at a reasonable price. The single-family homes range from 1,255 to 1,620 square feet, while the attached homes range from 660 to 1,099 square feet.
The amenities at Oceana include two outdoor pools, barbecue areas, and a community vegetable garden as well as a large clubhouse with a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and the adjacent Emerald Isle Golf Course, where residents enjoy discounted green fees. There's also a dog park, walking trails, and daily public transport service available to residents.