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Want to live near Los Angeles during your retirement? Check out these 55+ communities with easy access to the city.

Living on the outskirts of Los Angeles may be even better than living within the city itself. You get all the benefits of big-city life, such as great restaurants, fabulous shopping, cultural points of interest, and world-class entertainment, without the constant hustle and bustle (or the high housing prices). If you’re looking for an active adult community that’s close enough for day trips to Los Angeles, be sure to check out the list below.

1. New Horizons South Bay - Torrance, CA

Mid $400s - Mid $500s

Just 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles, New Horizons South Bay boasts an idyllic climate, and it's less than 15 minutes from Redondo Beach. Developed between 1963 and 1964, this 55+ community was one of the first age-restricted communities in the country.

This active adult community is comprised of 600 condominium units ranging from approximately 950 to 1,133 square feet. These low-maintenance homes offer one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and parking throughout the community. The homeowners' association fee covers maintenance of common areas, insurance, water, and trash removal.

The amenities in this friendly community begin at the 10,0000-square-foot clubhouse, where residents gather to socialize, relax, and stay active. Inside, there's a well-equipped fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, a relaxing sauna, a ballroom, a catering kitchen, and a billiards room. Crafting is a popular pastime in this community, and residents can make use of the ceramics studio, woodworking shop, or photography studio. Outdoors, two pools keep residents cool, and the nine-hole golf course along with the croquet, tennis, and shuffleboard courts keep them active.

Request more information about New Horizons South Bay here.

2. Breakwater Village - Redondo Beach, CA

Low $400s - Mid $600s 

Situated just two miles from the beach, Breakwater Village is an ideal 55+ community for active adults who want upscale, low-maintenance condo living in a great location just 30 minutes from Los Angeles. This gated community boasts a great location near shopping, parks, and restaurants. 

Homebuyers at Breakwater Village can choose from nine home models ranging from 782 to 1,336 square feet. These plans feature one to three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and include gated underground parking. There are 191 homes in this community, making it an intimate place where neighbors get to know one another.

A nice lineup of amenities awaits homebuyers at Breakwater Village, including a community room for socializing and games, a well-equipped exercise room, a billiards table, and a catering kitchen for entertaining. Outdoors, residents can take advantage of the pool, patio, barbecue area, and paved walking trails.

Request more information about Breakwater Village here.

3. Sol y Mar - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Mid $800s - Mid $1Ms

This upscale, attached-home community is comprised of only 60 townhome-style homes, ensuring a quiet, intimate feel. The gated 55+ community Sol y Mar has a prime location in Rancho Palos Verdes, which is only 26 miles from Los Angeles. The charming city of Rancho Palos Verdes boasts miles of picturesque beaches, endless hiking and biking trails, stunning ecological reserves, and well-maintained parks.

The newly built townhomes in this community range from 1,550 to 2,332 square feet and offer two bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These homes have unparalleled views of the city and coast, and they come with upgrades such as stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and elevator access. 

Amenities at Sol y Mar are sure to impress, beginning with the The clubhouse, demonstration kitchen, and well-equipped fitness center. Outdoors, a patio with a fire pit is perfect for relaxing and enjoying coastal nights and incredible views. There are also numerous walking and biking trails throughout the 9.76-acre site as well as well-maintained, lush greenspaces

Request more information about Sol y Mar here.

4. Village Court - Torrance, CA

Mid $400s - Mid $500s 

Village Court is another low-maintenance condo community just minutes from Los Angeles and only a few miles from beautiful beaches. This 55+ community is in a prime Torrance location right next door to the Del Amo Fashion Center that boasts a variety of shops to take care of everyday needs.

The 112 condos in this community range from 716 to 1,378 square feet and offer one to three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and underground garage parking. These units boast private patios and balconies, recessed lighting, and other desirable, modern features. 

Village Court has a nice lineup of amenities available to residents, including a community room, a media room, game tables, a catering kitchen, and billiards. Outdoors, a pool, spa, covered patio, and BBQ area are all ideal areas for mingling and enjoying the famous Southern California weather.

Request more information about Village Court here.

5. Courtyard Villa Estates - Torrance, CA

Low $600s - Mid $700s

Another beautiful Torrance community, Courtyard Villa Estates is a luxurious 55+ condo community of just 42 residences. Just a short drive down Interstate 110 from Downtown Los Angeles, this friendly community enjoys an intimate, tight-knit feel where residents love to socialize and get to know each other.

Comprised of 42 condo units built from 2007 to 2010, these homes offer 1,500 to 2,200 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Each unit faces a lovely central outdoor courtyard filled with mature trees, lush landscaping, quaint benches, and soft-lit streetlights.

Residents at Courtyard Village Estates enjoy a variety of amenities, including an on-site fitness center, a community room with lounge areas, a billiards table, a catering kitchen, and a card table. The well-maintained outdoor areas are perfect for strolling and socializing.

Request more information about Courtyard Villa Estates here.