Central California and its beautiful coastland is a wealth of natural beauty, desirable weather, and untapped potential. While the state’s Northern and Southern cities and suburbs get all of the attention, Central Californians are happy to keep their secret all to themselves.
Those considering settling down in an active adult community in Central California may be interested to know that, according to the 2019 55places National Housing Survey, less than one percent of active adults wouldn’t move to an all-ages community, even if it had all the floor plans, amenities, and the lifestyle they desire.
That means an overwhelming majority of active adults don't care if their new community is age-restricted, and some may even prefer that it not be. If you're looking for a new community to settle into in beautiful Central California, consider these desirable active adult communities that don't have age restrictions.
High $500s - Low $1Ms
Active adults looking for a newer community with modern finishes and contemporary surroundings will want to take a close look at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes. This community was built with the active adult in mind, but it's not age-restricted. It’s located near San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach, near the stunning beaches of the serene central coast.
With 1,350 attached and single-family homes, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is the largest community on this list. Built in 2005, homes here 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. These contemporary homes come in 23 floor plans, offering an array of customizable options, such as stainless steel appliances, eco-friendly and energy-efficient upgrades, and open floor plans.
Golf lovers will appreciate the amenities in Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, which include both a scenic 18-hole golf course as well as a challenging 12-hole course and practice driving range and putting green, all included at the Monarch Dunes Golf Club. Other resort-like amenities include a 31,000-square-foot clubhouse, a full-service spa, lighted tennis courts, bocce ball courts, an indoor/outdoor pool, a wine library and Captain's Room, and much more. Nearby, shopping, dining, riding stables, and wineries are all within a short drive.
Mid $300s - Low $1Ms
Located six miles from the beach and nestled in a rural, wooded area, Blacklake offers active adults serenity and natural beauty alongside desirable amenities. This community is situated on 421 acres of lush California countryside in Nipomo and boasts idyllic year-round weather and proximity to everyday conveniences.
Homes in this community were built between 1985 and 2000 and consist of both condo and single-family style. The condos range in sizes from 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, while the single-family homes range from 1,375 to 4,000 square feet. Many homes feature large lots, granite countertops, three-car garages, and fireplaces.
This community is well-known for its impressive golf amenities, including its 27-hole golf course, the on-site Blacklake Golf Resort restaurant, the fully stocked pro shop, and a driving range, all making Blacklake a wonderful choice for both golf experts and those wanting to learn the sport. Non-golfers will also have plenty of amenities to enjoy, including a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, tennis courts, hobby rooms, parks, and paved walking and biking trails. Nearby lakes provide plenty of opportunities for fishing and boating as well.
Mid $600s - Low $1Ms
With 375 single-family homes, Cypress Ridge may be the smallest active adult community on this list, but it still boasts all of the great amenities and features you’d expect to find at a larger community.
This friendly, active, and intimate golf course community isn't age-restricted, so people of all ages are welcome to join in on the fun at Cypress Ridge. Close to Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande is a beautiful town with almost perfect year-round weather.
This gated community was built between 2000 and 2010 and features single-family homes that range from 1,950 to 4,000 square feet, with a choice between six main floor plans. These homes offer modern upgrades such as granite counters, fireplaces, and three-car garages. They also feature large lots and homeowners enjoy well-maintained common areas.
Residents in Cypress Ridge enjoy a luxurious country club lifestyle with resort-like amenities. As the heart of the community, The Cypress Ridge clubhouse, called The Pavilion, is the main gathering area, with views overlooking charming lakes. The Pavilion also features wood beam ceilings, vast glass windows, a fitness center, a cozy fireplace, and a banquet room. Outdoors, residents enjoy an 18-hole Cypress Ridge Golf Course and other amenities.
Mid $400s - Mid $700s
Situated on over 350 acres of bucolic hills and meadows, lush landscaping and charming woodland, Shea Homes at Rice Ranch offers plenty of serene, natural space and room to roam. This non-age-restricted community offers both new and resale homes in attached and single-family styles.
With 755 homes upon completion, this community offers new homebuyers the option of selecting their own home site, floor plan, and various optional features. Model homes range from 1,428 to 3,403 square feet and feature two to six bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and a two- to three-car garage.
Residents at Shea Homes have direct access to an adjacent 26-acre public park and sports complex, which features a soccer field, two softball/baseball fields, two dog parks, and a picnic area. Inside the community, there are four miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails woven throughout the grounds.