Many active adults, whether by choice or circumstance, are unattached when they retire and are looking to move to a warmer climate, downsize their home, or find the 55+ community of their dreams. If you're single and looking to retire or relocate, you’ll want to check out our list below of the best places for singles to retire in California.
55places.com looked at over 29,000 cities, specifically focusing on major areas with a population of 20,000 people or more. Using the most recent census data, we then broke down each area by how many single or unmarried people made up the total population. Additionally, we added a median price top income ratio from the census data to target areas where home prices are reasonably affordable. From that data, we curated a final list of areas listed on 55places.com.
Read on to learn the best 55+ communities for singles to retire in California.
1. Seal Beach
This coastal city located in Orange County offers singles a relaxed, beachside lifestyle with plenty of fun in the sun. It’s also home to one of the most popular and established 55+ communities in the state, Leisure World Seal Beach.
With 6,608 homes in total, this sprawling community boasts low-maintenance, affordable homes and a wide selection of resort-like amenities. Leisure World Seal Beach also has over 200 active social clubs to join, so singles can mingle with like-minded neighbors or pursue new hobbies. The community has a whopping six clubhouses and multiple outdoor pools, with barbecue areas, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, and a lawn bowling green.
Golf enthusiasts appreciate the 9-hole golf course, putting greens, two driving ranges, and a pro shop. This gated community also boasts a health care center and a full-service post office on-site, as well as a free shuttle to ferry residents around the community and town.
Homes at Leisure World Seal Beach range in price from the mid $100s to the high $500s. Attached and condo-style floor plans range from 550 to 1,540 square feet. These homes feature one or two bedrooms, one or one-and-a-half bathrooms, and a carport.
2. Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a haven for 55+ singles looking for year-round sun, a thriving nightlife, and affordable homes. Set among the beautiful desert scenery of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is an oasis for active adults, with a multitude of restaurants, shopping, boutique hotels, casinos, and outdoor activities to be found. There are also two wonderful 55+ communities in the city that offer contemporary, mid-priced homes and top-notch amenities.
Four Seasons at Palm Springs features single-family homes priced from the high $400s to the high $700s. With 477 homes in total, this smaller community boasts an intimate, friendly vibe where neighbors get to know and look out for one another. The homes at Four Seasons Palm Springs come in seven single-family, ranch-style floor plans that range from 1,900 to over 2,800 square feet. Neighbors here enjoy a variety of amenities and social activities, including a clubhouse, outdoor pools, Friday night socials, a bowling league, line dancing, and more.
Escena is another well-appointed community in Palm Springs, offering singles upscale single-family homes and stunning amenities. These homes are priced from the Low $600s to the Mid $1Ms and range 1,940 to 3,831 square feet, with two to five bedrooms, and a variety of floor plans to choose from. This mid-sized community is comprised of 594 homes and is not age-restricted, so neighbors of all ages mingle and co-exist.
3. Palm Desert
Also located in SoCal’s Coachella Valley, Palm Desert is extremely popular among active adults who enjoy a warm climate and thriving retirement scene. The 55+ communities located here are known for their country club-like amenities and are popular with golf enthusiasts who enjoy playing the dozens of well-kept courses in the area. There are 10 active adult communities in Palm Desert, with home prices ranging from the mid $200’s to the millions providing homes for almost every type of single’s budget and wish list.
With 4,949 homes, the largest 55+ community in Palm Desert is Sun City Palm Desert, offering attached and single-family homes for sale priced from the mid $300s to the high $1Ms. Singles living in this vibrant community enjoy a solidly booked calendar full of fun events, organized group trips, and neighborly outings.
4. Walnut Creek
The Northern California community of Walnut Creek offers the best of both worlds; a quaint suburban feel with all of the exciting offerings of big-city life, including a bustling downtown area full of world-class shopping and dining, and a lively theater district. The stunning outdoor shopping mall located in Walnut Creek is a destination for Bay Area residents and those beyond.
Rossmoor is an established 55+ community located in Walnut Creek boasting a tranquil setting among mature trees and surrounding rolling hills. With 6,678 homes, Rossmoor is a sprawling community with a lot to offer singles. With attached and single-family homes prices ranging from the mid $200s to the mid $1Ms, there’s a home price and style to suit almost any taste. The two on-site golf courses, five spacious clubhouses, and three swimming facilities leave residents with plenty of options for staying active and enjoying time with friends.
The city of Monterey, located on California’s stunning central coast, is famous for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, its coastal cuisine, and its picturesque location which has been featured in a multitude of books, TV shows, and movies. With Carmel-By-The-Sea to the north, and a variety of beaches, wineries, country clubs, and hotels in the area, Monterey is a tourism-driven city that any single would be lucky to call home.
While there are no 55+ communities located in Monterey proper, there is one just a few minutes north of the city, in charming Carmel-By-The-Sea. Hacienda Carmel is a 300-home condo community in upscale Carmel with surprisingly affordable condos. These comfortable, low-maintenance homes are priced from the mid $300s to the mid $800s. Units typically range from 560 to 1,300 square feet and feature one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Studio condos are also available. With a good selection of on-site amenities, as well as retail stores, dining options, wineries, galleries, and more only 10 minutes away, Hacienda Carmel can be a single’s beachside paradise.
Newport Beach is an upscale beachside city popular amongst singles with a larger budget. It’s all about location at this stunning locale, where residents can find gorgeous SoCal beaches and near-perfect weather year-round.
The exclusive 55+ community, The Terraces at Corona Del Mar, is comprised of only 100 attached homes, with prices starting in the mid $1Ms. This established community is located just minutes from the beach and conveniently near luxury shopping, fine dining, and miles of stunning coastline.
The low-maintenance and upscale homes at The Terraces at Corona Del Mar range in size from 1,471 to 1,790 square feet and feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Residents here enjoy private patios, granite countertops, plantation shutters, and ocean views, along with a close circle of neighbors who enjoy mingling in the clubhouse or at the sparkling outdoor pool and spa.
7. Yucca Valley
Situated near Joshua Tree National Park, Yucca Valley is a small desert community with lots to offer singles looking for a peaceful, small-town vibe. The city is near lots of outdoor recreation, too, so active singles who appreciate the beauty of nature will also appreciate the proximity to Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, San Bernardino National Forest, and Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area.
Desert Vista Village is a small 55+ community located in Yucca Valley with 105 well-priced single-family homes from the low $300’s. This gated community offers homes ranging from 1,241 to 1,787 square feet, with two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Neighbors can enjoy spending time together in the outdoor pool and playing bocce on the outdoor courts, a round of golf on the 9-hole putting green, or a game of cards in the clubhouse.
8. San Rafael
This beautiful suburb of San Francisco boasts a thriving active adult scene full of health-conscious singles who appreciate the tranquility of living in the suburbs while being only a short drive from the big city. San Rafael is located in Marin County, about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Peacock Gap is an active lifestyle community located in San Rafael, with 850 attached and single-family homes for sale priced from the low $900s to the high $2Ms. This upscale community welcomes people of all ages to live in and enjoy all the community has to offer. It’s also located next door to Peacock Gap Golf Club, where residents can access world-class golfing or social events.
The attached homes in this community are 1,346 to 2,649 square feet, two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The single-family homes of Peacock Gap range from 1,780 to 4,944 square feet. These homes have three to five bedrooms, two to five bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Oakland is an urban oasis with a rich history, chock full of notable restaurants, unique neighborhoods, and a lively arts district. Singles living in Oakland enjoy convenient public transportation and plenty to do within walking distance from almost every location. For even more excitement, San Francisco is a short BART ride away.
Oakland is home to Hiller Highlands, a beautiful and upscale community open to residents of all ages. The community is comprised of 375 attached and single-family homes priced from the high $600s to the low $2Ms. Floor plans range from 1,200 to 3,794 square feet, with two to five bedrooms, and two to four bathrooms. Singles living in this friendly community enjoy a wide assortment of amenities and welcoming social activities, as well as peaceful natural spaces.
10. Redondo Beach
Nestled on the coast between Santa Monica and Long Beach, Redondo Beach is a beachside paradise for singles who would like to spend mornings walking on the beach and evenings gazing at the sun setting on the Pacific Ocean. That laid-back, SoCal lifestyle continues at Breakwater Village—an affordable 55+ condo community situated just two miles from the beach.
Here, singles enjoy a carefree life in a small and intimate gated community. Homes in Breakwater Village range in price from the low $400s to the mid $600s and are sized from 760 to 1,336 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one or two bathrooms.
In addition to the stunning beaches nearby, there’s plenty to enjoy right on the premises of this friendly community. A well-equipped exercise room, outdoor pool, patio, barbecue area, and paved walking trail are all well-loved amenities found in the community.