Gated communities are very popular, not only for the extra safety and security they provide but also because of the exclusivity and amenities they offer. Searching for a Los Angeles gated community for your retirement? Here are four of the most desirable gated 55+ communities in the Los Angeles area.
High $400s - Mid $600s
This age-restricted community in the sought-after beachside city of Redondo Beach boasts low-maintenance, well-priced homes. Situated two miles from the beach, Breakwater Village is a great choice for active adults seeking coastal luxury at a fair price. With just 191 condo-style homes, this friendly and intimate community offers a neighborly atmosphere and attractive amenities.
Homes at Breakwater Village come in nine condo-style models that range from 782 to 1,336 square feet. These plans feature one to three bedrooms and one or two bathrooms and all units include gated underground parking.
Homebuyers can expect modern designs and contemporary finishes such as granite countertops, gourmet kitchens, stainless steel appliances, and European-style cabinets. A reasonable HOA fee takes care of gated security and common area maintenance, leaving residents more free time to enjoy the nearby beach or the on-site amenities.
The luxurious amenities at Breakwater Village include an outdoor pool, perfect for swimming laps or cooling off on hot days. Near the pool, there’s also a patio and barbecue area as well as paved walking paths. A large community room acts as a gathering space to relax and socialize with neighbors. There is a well-equipped exercise room, billiards table and a catering kitchen for entertaining inside the community room.
Breakwater Village is within walking distance of the South Bay Galleria and Westgate shopping centers, giving residents convenient access to everyday needs. Residents will also enjoy the proximity to beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants, boutique shopping, and miles of hiking trails.
Low $500s - Mid $600s
Situated in Torrance, just miles from Redondo Beach and south of Los Angeles, Trade Winds is a close-knit, gated community with just 91 condo-style homes. This neighborly community welcomes 55+ residents and offers an intimate atmosphere with stellar amenities in a vibrant beach town full of shopping, dining, and everyday needs.
Homes at Trade Winds were built between 2003 and 2004. All of these condo-style units are located in one building and range from 993 to 1,212 square feet. These well-designed units offer two or three bedrooms, one-and-a-half or two bathrooms, and underground garage parking.
Some of the modern, in-demand features homebuyers can expect to see in these newer condos include walk-in closets, double-sink vanities, ten-foot ceilings, and terrific views. The homeowners’ association (HOA) fee includes water, sewer, trash removal, common area maintenance, and cable TV.
With less worrying about maintenance, homeowners get to enjoy a breezy, carefree lifestyle in the idyllic SoCal climate. Lounging poolside or grilling at the community barbecues are favorite pastimes at Trade Winds. Residents can also gather in the clubhouse, where they enjoy access to a fitness center, library, catering kitchen, and billiards room.
Trade Winds is ideally located on Sepulveda Boulevard; nearby shops include ACE Hardware, Walmart, Target, Walgreens and many popular restaurants. There are several golf clubs nearby as well as numerous public parks and greenspaces. Torrance boasts a charming feel and often hosts fun events such as the Torrance Antique Street Faire, weekly farmers market, and brewery tastings.
Low $900s - High $1Ms
With 60 attached homes, Sol y Mar is a quaint, intimate, and exclusive 55+ community. Located in the beautiful coastal city of Rancho Palos Verdes, just 26 miles from Los Angeles, this gated community boasts luxury attached homes.
Located atop the Palos Verdes Hills, these spacious attached homes boast unrivaled views of the lights of Los Angeles and the Pacific Coastline. Because the neighborhood is smaller, residents of Sol y Mar are a tight-knit and friendly community where neighbors get to know each other.
This newly built community was started in 2015. It offers attached homes ranging from 1,550 to 2,332 square feet with two bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Along with the breathtaking views, homebuyers will appreciate the stainless-steel appliances, elevator access, granite countertops, and luxurious finishes that come with these homes.
Buyers will also appreciate the resort-style amenities in the community. Amenities include a spacious clubhouse with a well-equipped fitness center, meeting room and a demonstration kitchen.
Outdoors, a stylish patio with a fire pit is a perfect spot for enjoying SoCal evenings while socializing with neighbors. There are also extensive walking and biking trails weave throughout the lush 9.76-acre site.
Just behind the community, residents are close to many everyday needs including Pavilions grocery store, restaurants, and an outdoor mall. Active adults will find that Rancho Palos Verdes has miles of beaches, hiking and biking trails, ecological reserves, and parks. Golfers will appreciate their proximity to Los Verdes Golf Course and Trump National Golf Club.