A sunset over a community building at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Woods, California

Retiring in SoCal may be more affordable than you think.

With sun-washed beaches and world-famous attractions, it’s no surprise that Southern California is a top retirement destination. 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, CA

Mid $100s - Mid $1Ms

Exterior view of a clubhouse at Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Woods, California

When residents want to hit the beach, the coast is less than 10 miles away.

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's 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.

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Leisure World Seal Beach - Seal Beach, CA

Mid $100s - High $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, an outdoor pool, gardening plots, and more. There's also an on-site health care center, a 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.

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Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning, CA

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Lounge chairs beside the outdoor pool at Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, California

This gated 55+ community features views of the surrounding mountains.

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-style amenities. Three large clubhouses provide several fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis courts, a ballroom, a 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.

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Jess Ranch - Apple Valley, CA

Low $100s - 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's 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 near shopping options, movie theaters, medical facilities, banks, and more.

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Sun City - Menifee, CA

Mid $100s - High $400s

Blue sky over a green field in Menifee, California

There are 4,762 single-family and attached homes within Sun City.

Sun City in Menifee was the first master-planned community of its kind in the area. There are 4,762 single-family and attached homes within this community. The attached homes offer one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a garage or carport. The single-family homes feature two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and a garage or carport.

Sun City offers an extensive lineup of amenities. Residents can get creative at the woodworking shop, lapidary studio, and ceramics studio. There's also a card room, a fitness center, a billiards room, table tennis, and indoor shuffleboard courts. Outside, residents can enjoy two outdoor pools, an outdoor amphitheater, horseshoe pits, lawn bowling, bocce ball, and tennis courts.

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