The Bay Area in Northern California is known for its natural beauty, vibrant lifestyle, rich history, and diverse culture. It is also home to popular cities like San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose as well as counties like Alameda, Napa, Santa Clara, and Sonoma. This part of Northern California hosts numerous attractions and outdoor recreation thanks to the Bay Area’s miles of scenic hiking trails, lush golf courses, and beautiful coastline.
The Bay Area is not only a popular tourist location, but it’s also an attractive retirement destination for many boomers. The area includes some notable active adult communities that provide resort-style amenities and welcoming environments that appeal to retirees who want an active and social lifestyle.
Although the cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the highest in the nation, some retirees still flock to this region of the Golden State to enjoy the best of their golden years. Check out the active adult communities below that are located throughout the Bay Area.
Rossmoor – Walnut Creek, CA
This 6,678-home, award-winning active adult community not only offers numerous amenities and a variety of recreational activities and social clubs, but it also has a large selection of reasonably priced resale homes starting in the high $100s. Retirees enjoy five spacious clubhouses, multiple swimming pools and sports courts, miles of hiking trails, and 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf, all just steps from their front doors.
Having all of these amenities and recreational facilities on-site allows residents to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Rossmoor’s prime location in the Bay Area also makes it easy for homeowners to enjoy the many attractions, shops, restaurants, and entertainment options found in San Francisco that’s just 30 minutes away.
Trilogy at Rio Vista is an active adult community that will host a total of 3,000 homes upon completion. Opened in 1996 and then acquired by Shea Homes in 1999, Trilogy at Rio Vista features a wide selection of new and resale homes that are priced starting in the low $300s. This 55+ community is also nationally recognized for its 18-hole golf course, which was designed by renowned architect Ted Robinson Sr.
In addition to its impressive golf course, Trilogy at Rio Vista also has two luxurious clubhouses and a long list of amenities that provide numerous options for physical activity and social recreation. Ideally situated within the San Francisco Bay Area, retirees also enjoy a tranquil setting in Rio Vista as well as easy access to great outdoor activities and cultural attractions in San Francisco and Sacramento.
Foster Square – Foster City, CA
Lennar Homes began construction on Foster Square in 2016 and plans to build 200 condos upon completion. This new age-restricted community will offer retirees a unique collection of condo designs that have modern layouts, single-story floor plans, energy-efficient construction, and Lennar’s Everything’s Included features. This premier active adult community is unlike any other thanks to its innovative home designs as well as prime location in the Bay Area.
Although this community doesn’t have a clubhouse, residents will have plenty of things to do within the surrounding area. Homeowners have plenty of outdoor recreational facilities nearby, including a basketball and tennis court, picnic area, walking and biking trails, park spaces, and a scenic lake and pond. Being located just 25 miles south of San Francisco also allows homeowners to have easy access to big-city entertainment and attractions, while also having a welcoming and serene setting closer to home.
The Village at Ironwood – Pleasanton, CA
This established 55+ community in Pleasanton, California has just 112 single-family homes that were built by Ponderosa Homes between 2009 and 2014. Homes in this active adult community were developed with green-living standards and include energy-efficient construction and state-of-the-art features like photovoltaic solar panes and tankless water heaters that help homeowners control utility expenses while preserving natural resources.
Besides eco-friendly homes, residents also have a private 2,600 square-foot clubhouse called The Village Club. It offers charming amenities such as a library, catering kitchen, exercise room, meeting room, card room, outdoor pool, two bocce ball courts, and a barbecue area. The Village at Ironwood is also within walking distance to the Iron Horse Trail, perfect for horse rides, scenic strolls, or invigorating bike rides.
Trilogy at the Vineyards – Brentwood, CA
Surrounded by the picturesque vineyards in Brentwood, Trilogy at the Vineyards is a 55+ community that will host 1,100 single-family homes upon completion. Situated in the East Bay Area, Trilogy at the Vineyards is surrounded by acres of lush vineyards, rolling hills, olive groves, and nature preserves that make this community a scenic and tranquil place to call home.
This active adult community, which is being built by Shea Homes, features innovative home designs that come in a variety of styles, sizes, and price points. Buyers can choose from six elegant collections that feature one-story living, open layouts, gourmet kitchens, modern finishes, inviting gathering areas, and stylish upgrades.
Residents also have spectacular amenities such as the 38,000 square-foot Club Los Meganos that features a full-service spa, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site café, and a private dining area. Homeowners also take advantage of the beautiful Northern California climate by using the community’s outdoor pools, tennis and bocce ball courts, and walking and biking trails. Golfers will love having access to the public 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson Sr.