Sunset view of a vineyard in Sonoma, California near Sebastopol

With wineries, warm weather, and breathtaking views, Sonoma may be the perfect place for your California retirement. 

Part of Northern California’s world-famous wine country, Sonoma is a highly desirable and naturally beautiful place to put down roots. With dozens of renowned wineries, a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, ideal weather, and beautiful views of mountains and vineyards, it’s no wonder so many active adults look to Sonoma for retirement.

Read on to learn more about three lovely 55+ communities selling homes in Sonoma, California.

Temelec

High $500s - Low $600s

Nestled in a breathtaking area boasting views of vineyards, valleys, and mountains, Temelec is a 55+ community for active adults with an appreciation for natural beauty. This scenic community is just a short drive from San Francisco and nearby Napa, so there are many attractions, dining options, and shopping opportunities nearby. With 325 single-family resale homes, Temelec may be the largest of the 55+ communities located in Sonoma, but it’s still intimate and friendly.

Built from 1964 to 1974, Temelec features low-maintenance, single-family homes in a variety of sizes. These homes range from 1,000 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, to 1,550 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Most of the homes in this community offer an attached garage. The small homeowners association fee allows homeowners to enjoy well-maintained common areas and a low-maintenance lifestyle.

The amenities at Temelec keep residents active, social, and entertained. As the heart of the community, Temelec Hall acts as a gathering area and social hub. This community clubhouse boasts a rich history, dating back to 1858 when it first served as a grand residence. Today, it offers community members a fitness center, a relaxing library, a social space, and a meeting center. Outdoors, residents can enjoy a sparkling pool and picnic area, paved walking and biking trails, and manicured outdoor space. They can hone their green thumb in the community gardens or admire the scenic ponds on the property. Homeowners at Temelec also enjoy the benefit of on-site boat and RV parking.

Residents of this vibrant community also enjoy a social and entertaining lifestyle. There’s always an event or a gathering taking place, such as bingo, card games, ice cream socials, book lovers club, trivia, or holiday parties.

Learn more information about Temelec here.

Chantarelle

High $400s - High $600s

With only 120 single-family homes, Chantarelle is a small, intimate community of active adults who enjoy a peaceful, quiet setting. This 55+ community boasts breathtaking mountain views and rural, open spaces while also being near shopping areas, historic sites, highly rated medical facilities, and a variety of dining options.

Built from 1988 to 1990, homes at Chantarelle offer 1,273 to over 1,600 square feet with one to two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. A small homeowners’ association fee helps ensure a low-maintenance lifestyle and covers front lawn care and common area maintenance.

A low-maintenance lifestyle lends itself to more time socializing, and Chantarelle offers plenty of opportunities for that. Many new neighbors here become lifelong friends with other community members while bonding over games of rummikub, bunco, or bridge and attending fun events and trips together.

The amenities here are another great way to socialize and stay active, whether at the fitness center, clubhouse, or outdoor pool. Inside the clubhouse, resents enjoy games, read books by the cozy fireplace, or watch their favorite TV show together. Outdoors, the pool, patio, and barbecue areas are popular places during sunny days, and the paved biking and walking trails keep residents active and moving.

Learn more information about Chantarelle here.

Creekside Village

Mid $600s - Mid $700s

This longstanding 55+ community nestled in breathtaking Sonoma Valley is tight-knit, peaceful, and charming. Creekside Village is comprised of 313 single-family homes built from 1981 to 1989, and residents here enjoy being in a quiet environment near vineyard orchards, bucolic valleys, upscale shopping, and fine dining options.

The resale homes in this community feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached garage. Some homes boast additional features such as a sunroom or a den that can serve as a third bedroom. Homes at Creekside Village come with private yards and professionally maintained landscaping.

Residents at Creekside Village enjoy a range of resort-like amenities at the center of which is an exclusive clubhouse where social activities and fitness classes take place. The clubhouse encompasses a fitness center, a library, a ping pong tables, billiards, a large recreational room, and a meeting room. Outdoors, there's an outdoor pool and patio to enjoy; horseshoe pits; tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts; and croquet. Paved walking and biking trails meander throughout the property as well. 

Socializing is a big part of the lifestyle at Creekside Village. Residents take fitness classes together, such as Tai Chi or yoga, and enjoy group hobbies, such as knitting or painting. Also, social events such as happy hours, holiday parties, movie nights, and luaus are always on the calendar at this vibrant community.

Learn more information about Creekside Village here.