View of Thousand Oaks, California from a peak. Rolling hills and mountains in the background

Ventura County gives retirees a chance to live among the country's most scenic spots.

The Ventura County region on the Southern California coast enjoys one of the most comfortable climates in the nation with an average yearly temperature of 61 degrees. The major influence on the climate is the Santa Barbara Channel to the west and south. Its relatively calm, warm waters are protected by the offshore Channel Islands from the storms and colder currents of the Pacific Ocean.

The county actually extends to two of the Channel Islands – Anacapa and San Nicolas – which are the most visited destinations in the surrounding Channel Islands National Park. On shore, the county boasts miles of broad, scenic beaches which adorn the coast from Rincon, south of Santa Barbara, to Point Mugu State Park, north of Malibu.

Wooden fishing piers extend from San Buenaventura State Beach, and to the south, from Port Hueneme. Ventura Marina and Channel Islands Marina are located between Ventura and Oxnard.

For landward recreation, residents enjoy the Arroyo Conejo Open Space and the Wildwood Regional Park, while the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains recreation areas are nearby.

Agriculture is still prominent, including citrus and avocado ranches, while strawberry and row crop farms are on the coastal Oxnard Plain and in the Valleys of Conejo, Simi, Ojai, Santa Clara, between the foothills and mountains of the Santa Monica, Santa Susana, and Topatopa ranges.

Oxnard hosts the annual California Strawberry Festival. Thousand Oaks is home to the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is located in Simi Valley, art galleries and spas grace the resort town of Ojai. With so much to do and explore in this ideal environment and climate, active adults have several enticing choices for residing in Ventura County.

Leisure Village - Camarillo

Mid $300s - High $600s

Leisure Village is a long-established, guard-gated 55+ community in the mid-sized town of Camarillo.

There are a variety of organizations and activities for residents to enjoy in Leisure Village. Golf on a private, 18-hole course, swim, bowl, or join Zumba, yoga, and country western dancing in the ballroom. The community even has an on-site radio and TV station.

Some 2,136 homes were built from 1973 to 1984 in Leisure Village. Most are condo-style du-, tri-, and four-plexes, along with a few single-family homes as well. There are 25 different model floor plans to choose from throughout the community.

A host of shopping centers, restaurants, movie theaters, commercial business, houses of worship, and medical facilities surround Leisure Village in the Camarillo community and environs.

Hueneme Bay - Port Hueneme

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Hueneme Bay is a 55+ active adult development in picturesque Port Hueneme. A par-3, 9-hole golf course meanders throughout the community.

Other amenities center on the clubhouse, where residents meet to socialize or recreate outdoors. There are group activities in the two meeting rooms, games to play in the card room, web browsing in the computer room, and a catering kitchen for formal dinners or enjoying a snack with neighbors.

In addition to golf, outdoor activities include a pool and spa, a patio with barbecue area, and park spaces for relaxing with friends.

Hueneme Bay was built between 1963 and 1971 and now contains 773 attached homes. They range in size from 784 to 2,099 square feet and generally have two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms and attached two-car garages.

Oaknoll Villas - Thousand Oaks

Low $200s - High $400s

Oaknoll Villas is a 55+ community located in Thousand Oaks designed for the active adult homebuyer.

A clubhouse is the focal point for all social and physical activities, There's an exercise room and aerobics room for workouts, a meeting room for gatherings, games in the card room, a well-stocked library, and a billiards table.

The amenities continue outdoors with a pool, spa, and patio. A series of walking and biking trails through the community's greenbelts invite an evening walk, play shuffleboard on two courts, or enjoy a meal from the barbecue.

Oaknoll Villas hosts 419 condo-style homes. The residences range from 514 to 1,147 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and an assigned carport nearby.

The community is within walking distance to The Oaks shopping mall, Los Robles Golf Course, and a Thousand Oaks public park.

The Springs - Camarillo

Mid $400s - Mid $500s

The Springs is another well-known 55+ gated community of single-family homes in Camarillo.

The Springs offers its residents an exercise room, card room and billiards. There is also a ballroom, multi-purpose room and library within the community clubhouse.

Outdoors, residents can splash in the outdoor pool or host a social event on the patio. The 18-Hole Camarillo Springs Golf Course provides exciting golf with breathtaking views. Residents can also enjoy the picnic area, R.V. parking and the walking and biking trails that wind throughout the community.

Construction of the community was completed in 1987. Some 259 single-family homes were built in many different floor plans that offer approximately 1,211 to 1,690 square feet of living space. Homes typically have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an attached two-car garage.

Pacific Pointe - Oxnard

High $300s - Low $400s

Pacific Pointe is an intimate, active adult community in Oxnard.

Although a small 55+ neighborhood, Pacific Pointe has the amenities to bring neighbors together and enjoy the beautiful year-round climate to make the most out of outdoor living.

There's no clubhouse in the community, but residents can enjoy the outdoors at two shuffleboard courts, a putting green, a barbecue area, community garden, and other greenspaces.

Some 60 condo-style homes range in size from approximately 1,324 to 1,722 square feet. They offer two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The homes were built with active adults in mind, featuring tall ceilings, dens, and low-maintenance exteriors.