An Orange County retirement gives active adults plenty of high-end options.

One of the most iconic counties in the country, Orange County is home to pristine beaches, high-end shopping, and plenty of entertainment. With all the luxury Orange county provides, it's not surprising there are some luxurious 55+ communities to be found.

Located in Southern California, the weather is mild or warm year round and provides easy access to the city of Los Angeles, which is a 35-mile drive off of Interstate 5.

It’s no secret that living in Orange County, California makes for a comfortable retirement with thoughtfully designed homes and communities with a long list of amenities, but where should retirees begin to look for luxurious living in Orange County?

Below we highlight some of the most luxurious communities of Orange County.

Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods

Mid $100s - Mid 1Ms

Known as the largest 55+ community on the West Coast, Laguna Woods Village has a lot to offer its residents. With seven clubhouses and a community center, residents have access to amenities all across this community composed of over 12,000 homes. Just a few of the community’s amenities include a 27-hole golf course, 10 tennis courts, equestrian facilities, as well as jewelry, photography, and paint studios, and much more.

The homes of Laguna Woods Village range in both style and price. Single-family, attached, and condo style homes can be found across the community and range from one to three bedrooms and one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, with a wide range of square footage options in between, making this an ideal community for a variety of homebuyers.

Talega Gallery - San Clemente

Mid $700s - Low $1Ms

Located at the southern end of Orange County, Talage Gallery is a gated, 55+ enclave in the larger Talega master-planned community.

Residents of Talega Gallery have access to both their own private clubhouse which includes bocce courts, a putting green, fitness center, and the Talega Swim & Athletic Club. The Talega Swim & Athletic Club offers all Talega residents outdoor swimming pools and patios as well as a volleyball court and tennis court.

In addition to being a great community for staying active, Talega Gallery offers both single-family and attached style homes with a variety of floor plans. Homebuyers can choose from 14 distinct floor plans which include features such as attached garages and flex spaces.

Gavilan - Rancho Mission Viejo

High $600s - Low $1Ms

Located in Rancho Mission Viejo, Gavilan is just a 25-minute drive from many popular Orange County spots.

With a total of nine unique amenity centers, residents of Gavilan enjoy a wide variety of amenities. With multiple sport courts and fields such as soccer, pickleball, tennis, and softball, it is easy to stay active in Gavilan.

Gavilan features home model collections from 12 trusted home builders, including Shea Homes, Del Webb, and Pulte. Homebuyers can choose from single-family or attached homes with over 30 floor plans, making Gavilan a great community for homebuyers searching for a community with plenty of amenities and distinct, thoughtfully designed homes.

Buena Vida at La Floresta

Mid $600s - Low $1Ms

With homes by Del Webb and The New Home Company, Buena Vida at La Floresta offers residents classic amenities and low maintenance living.

Residents of Buena Vida at La Floresta enjoy the community’s clubhouse complete with fitness center, catering kitchen, outdoor pool & spa with attached patio, as well as pickleball courts.

Homebuyers looking for either a condo or single-family home are in luck as there are four unique condo floor plans and eight single-family models. Condos range from 1,389 to 1,689 square feet and have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Single-family homes range from 1,401 to 3,041 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

Travata - Irvine

High $700s - Low $1Ms

Located in Irvine, Travata offers homebuyers both classic and unique amenities such as a clubhouse, a fitness center, a saltwater pool, yoga lawn, and dog park.

The homes of Travata come in both single-family and attached models with 13 unique floor plans spread out across three neighborhoods. Homeowners in Travata enjoy luxurious features such as gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets, and California rooms.

Travata is the first age-restriction community in the popular master-planned city of Irvine. Homeowners not only get access to the community's amenities, but also all the fun events, entertainment centers, and restaurants in Irvine.