Laguna Woods is one of several Southern California 55+ communities that caters to many budgets.

With sun-washed beaches and world-famous attractions, it’s no surprise that Southern California is one of the top retirement destinations. While the region, and most of the state, is known for its high cost of living, there are still many affordable options for active adults. From the desert to the coast, these are Southern California’s best age-restricted communities with homes for sale under $200k.

Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods

Mid $100s - Mid $1Ms

Laguna Woods Village appeals to active adults seeking a coastal lifestyle. With well over 12,000 residences, this sprawling 55+ community is the largest of its kind on the West Coast. The community’s great selection of condos, single family homes, and attached homes come in a variety of styles and floor plans.

Residents of Laguna Woods Village keep busy with seven impressive clubhouses spread throughout the community. These clubhouses feature desirable amenities, including swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, hobby studios, dance floors, and more. There is also an on-site theater, equestrian center, and 36 holes of golf. When residents want to hit the beach, they don’t have to travel far; the coast is less than 10 miles away.

Leisure World® Seal Beach - Seal Beach

Mid $100s - Low $500s

Leisure World Seal Beach is another great option for those seeking an affordable home near the coast. This 55+ community was one of the first in Southern California, and it continues to attract active adults with its ideal location and amenities. Leisure World consists of 6,608 condos and attached homes.

Residents can live a well-rounded lifestyle thanks to the community’s six clubhouses. Amenities include woodworking shops and other hobby studios, billiards, a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, gardening plots, and more. There is also an on-site health care center, post office, an outdoor amphitheater that seats 2,500 people, and a nine-hole golf course. The community is located just 1.5 miles from Seal Beach’s charming seaside downtown area.

Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning

High $100s - Mid $400s

Sun Lakes Country Club offers a vibrant lifestyle in California’s Inland Empire. This gated 55+ community is spread across 1,000 beautifully landscaped acres and features views of the surrounding mountains. The community’s 3,300 single-family homes and condos come in several dozen floor plans. 

Residents stay active and social with the community’s resort-like amenities. Three large clubhouses provide several fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis courts, a ballroom, restaurant, and more. Golfers will enjoy the community’s two 18-hole golf courses.

With an ideal location, residents can also enjoy all that Southern California has to offer. Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County’s beach cities are only about an hour and a half away, making it easy to take day trips.

Villa Portofino - Palm Desert, CA

High $100s - Low $500s

For active adults seeking a luxurious community in Southern California, Villa Portofino is a great option. With newer constructions and desirable features, this gated 55+ community appeals to modern active adults. The community is adorned with charming Italian architectural details, such as fountains, arching windows, columns, and stone paths.

Residents of Villa Portofino are served by a 30,000 square-foot clubhouse. Amenities include a fitness room, yoga studio, library, poker room, arts and crafts studio, and more. Outdoors, residents can take a dip in the outdoor pool and spa, play a round on the nine-hole putting course, or explore the community’s walking and biking trails. Villa Portofino also has an on-site salon and spa, 100-seat movie theater, billiards room and sports bar, and a bistro bar with an outdoor patio.

Jess Ranch - Apple Valley, CA

Below $100k - High $200s

Jess Ranch is a well-established 55+ community in California’s scenic high desert. This gated community is home to a great selection of 2,120 residences. These residences include condos, single-family homes, and attached homes.

Jess Ranch’s central clubhouse allows residents to mingle and socialize with neighbors. There is also an outdoor pool and spa, as well as a spacious outdoor patio to take advantage of California’s sunny weather. With walking and biking trails that wind through the community, residents can stay active with neighbors while enjoying the outdoors. Jess Ranch is also ideally located within a mile from shopping options, movie theaters, medical facilities, banks, and more.

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