Waves along the coast in La Jolla, California

If you're dreaming of a beachside retirement, these communities in Southern California might be the perfect fit.

Retiring on the coast is the dream of many active adults who look forward to ocean breezes and daily walks along the shoreline. The Southern California coastline offers some of the best beach cities in the world, renowned for their warm, sunny weather and laid-back lifestyle.

If you're considering a new home in a 55+ community in Southern California, be sure to check out the five popular coastal communities below.

Colony Cove - San Clemente, CA

Mid $600s - Low $700s

The outdoor pool beside the clubhouse at Colony Cove in San Clemente, California

Colony Cove is located just steps away from the beach.

This intimate coastal community is located on the top of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, California. Boasting breathtaking views of the oceanfront, Colony Cove is located just steps away from the beach, where residents enjoy a peaceful, laid-back lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment.

With only 179 attached and single-family homes, Colony Cove provides a small, neighborly haven with charming homes and meticulously manicured landscaping. These attached and single-family homes offer one or two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a one-car garage. Most feature desirable finishes such as a fireplace, granite countertops, and a patio. Some homes boast unobstructed views of the beach as well.

The amenities at Colony Cove keep residents active and social year-round. A charming clubhouse is a central gathering spot, where homeowners relax, mingle, play games, and celebrate. Outdoors, a pool and patio add to the fun. There are paved walking paths with lush greenery to admire, and only half a mile away is the Shorecliffs Golf Club, which offers 18-holes of challenging play along with incredible views.

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Leisure World Seal Beach - Seal Beach, CA

Mid $100s - High $500s

Leisure World Seal Beach is a great choice for buyers looking for affordable, low-maintenance homes near the beach. Leisure World is an established 55+ community in Orange County, and it continues to delight residents with its friendly, social environment and gorgeous coastal scenery. 

This gated community is comprised of 6,608 homes in ten floor plans that range from 550 to 1,540 square feet with one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Each home includes a carport parking space. 

As one would expect from a community of this size, amenities at Leisure World Seal Beach are expansive, with six clubhouses, numerous workout rooms, and plenty of hobby and fitness classes to choose from. Other indoor amenities include an expansive library, and five hobby studios and workshops (including ceramics, arts and crafts, sewing, lapidary, and a woodworking facility).

Outdoors, a large outdoor pool, a spa, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, picnic areas, gardening plots, and a lawn bowling green also entertain residents. A nine-hole golf course delights golfers as do the putting greens, two driving ranges, and pro shop. There’s also a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, a free transportation shuttle, an on-site health care center, and a full-service post office available to residents.

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The Terraces at Corona Del Mar - Newport Beach, CA

Mid $1Ms - High $1Ms

Balboa pier at sunset in Newport Beach, California

This established community boasts low-maintenance homes with ocean breezes, and lush, mature greenery.

The Terraces at Corona Del Mar is an upscale 55+ community comprised of only 100 attached homes, situated in highly sought-after Newport Beach. Located less than a mile from the Pacific Coast Highway, this established community boasts low-maintenance homes with ocean breezes, and lush, mature greenery. 

These homes range from 1,471 to 1,790 square feet and feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These luxurious units offer homeowners private patios, granite countertops, plantation shutters, and stunning ocean views.

Although The Terraces at Corona Del is a small community, there’s no shortage of amenities to enjoy. A cozy clubhouse entertains residents for social events like happy hour and holiday parties, while an outdoor pool and spa are perfect for enjoying sunny days and crisp ocean air. Within walking distance, residents will find the Oasis Senior Center, which offers a fitness center, classes, and hobby clubs. Also located nearby is the 2,400-acre Crystal Cove State Park as well as the Newport Beach Country Club.

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Regency Villas - San Diego, CA

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

This 132-condo community is located just a few minutes from sparkling La Jolla beaches in sunny San Diego. Regency Villas offers affordable, low-maintenance homes and a laid-back beach lifestyle. This gated 55+ community is situated in a prime location within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, and many other everyday amenities. Additionally, the San Diego International Airport is only 15 minutes away.

The comfortable condo units at Regency Villas range from 578 to 816 square feet and have one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Many of these units feature updated appliances and finishes. Residents enjoy assigned underground parking and elevator access.

Amenities at Regency Villas include a spacious clubhouse with a multipurpose room, a fitness center, and billiards. Outdoors, a well-maintained barbecue area offers additional space to gather, socialize, and relax.

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Hueneme Bay - Port Hueneme, CA

High $200s - High $400s

The coastline surrounding Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County, California

This mid-sized community offers 773 attached homes with nearby access to scenic beaches.

Located in the charming seaside town of Port Hueneme, just below Ventura, lies the well-established 55+ community of Hueneme Bay. This mid-sized community offers 773 attached homes with nearby access to scenic beaches and the renowned Channel Islands National Park.

These attached homes range from 784 to 2,099 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Private patios, recessed lighting, and Corian countertops are featured in many of these units.

As the centralized gathering spot in the community, the clubhouse offers a card room, a computer room, multiple meeting rooms, and a catering kitchen for residents’ use. Outside, a par-3, 9-hole golf course delights golfers, and a swimming pool, a spa, and a barbecue area are enjoyed by all residents. There are also multiple green areas and paved walking paths to enjoy.

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