California is one of the top destinations for luxurious retirement living. The Bay Area, in particular, is known for its high-end 55+ communities. With natural settings and world-class amenities, these age-restricted communities allow residents to embrace a luxurious lifestyle. Discover the Bay Area’s best communities for high-end active adult living.
The Villages Golf & Country Club - San Jose
For decades, the Villages Golf & Country Club has been known as a premier 55+ community. This well-established community has a fine selection of 2,536 condos, single-family homes, and attached homes. Ranging from 600 to 2,256 square feet, these homes are designed for a variety of living needs.
The Villages Golf & Country Club is set among 1,200 lush acres, adding to the community’s luxurious appeal. With its multiple amenity centers, residents can fully embrace the country club lifestyle. On-site amenities include a restaurant, bistro, auditorium, outdoor pools and spas, fitness center, and more.
Outdoors, residents enjoy access to walking and biking trails, equestrian facilities, and courts for tennis and bocce. Homeownership also includes membership to the golf and country club, which boasts an 18-hole course and a 9-hole course.
The Village at Ironwood - Pleasanton
With its commitment to green living, The Village at Ironwood appeals to modern active adults. Its 112 single-family homes are equipped with energy-efficient appliances and were constructed using resource-efficient materials. The homes also feature formaldehyde-free insulation and low-VOC paint products for optimal indoor air quality. Floor plans range from 1,910 to 2,780 square feet.
This gated 55+ community offers high-end amenities in a private setting. The well-appointed Village Club is the social hub of the community. Here, residents can stay fit in the exercise room, meet up with neighbors in the meeting room, or read a book in the library. Outdoor amenities include a lap pool and spa, spacious patio, barbecue area, and two bocce courts.
Trilogy® at Rio Vista
Trilogy at Rio Vista offers world-class amenities in a natural setting. Development began in 1996 and is ongoing, so buyers can choose from a fantastic selection of new and resale homes. Upon completion, the community will be home to 3,000 single-family residences. These low-maintenance homes feature 976 to well over 2,000 square feet of living space.
Residents are served by a modern clubhouse with 27,000 square feet of activities. This impressive recreation center boasts a cyber cafe, fitness center, studio for aerobics and dance, ballroom, and an indoor pool. There is also a massage studio, center for learning, and indoor walking track.
A second clubhouse offers an additional fitness center, as well as a library, arts and crafts area, outdoor pool and spa, and courts for tennis and bocce. Golfers will appreciate the community’s 18-hole golf course, which was designed for all levels of play.
Trilogy® at the Vineyards - Brentwood
Surrounded by vineyards and natural spaces, Trilogy at the Vineyards feels like a relaxing retreat in the heart of California’s wine country. This luxurious 55+ community will consist of 1,100 single-family homes upon final build-out. Designed for low-maintenance lifestyles, these finely crafted homes offer 1,465 to over 3,000 square feet of living space.
The community’s 38,000 square-foot clubhouse allows residents to indulge in high-end amenities and socialize with neighbors. It features a cafe, athletic club, indoor lap pool, day spa, gourmet studio, ballroom, and more. Outdoor amenities include pools and cabanas, tennis courts, bocce courts, tea gardens, and trails for walking and biking. Residents also enjoy access to the 27-hole Public Golf Club at Brentwood.
Rossmoor - Walnut Creek
Rossmoor is an award-winning community in the Bay Area, known for providing a luxurious lifestyle. Surrounded by mature landscaping, this gated 55+ community enjoys a tranquil setting. It consists of 6,678 condos, single-family homes, and attached homes ranging from 610 to 2,535 square feet, so buyers can find a wide range of floor plans to suit their needs.
With multiple recreation centers, Rossmoor residents can live a well-rounded lifestyle. Amenities include swimming pools, exercise centers, a dance studio, and studios for woodworking and other hobbies. There is also a 150-seat theater, café, and on-site medical center. Those who enjoy staying active will appreciate the community’s tennis courts, bocce courts, and 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf.