The Golden State has a lot to offer for retirees looking to settle down: perfect weather, world-famous attractions, and an abundance of outdoor recreation activities. From the desert to the coast, California is home to a number of active adult communities tailored to nearly every budget.
To complement our annual list of the 50 Best-Selling Active Adult Communities from around the country we thought it would be helpful to look at the data and find the best-selling 55+ communities in California. Comparing sales of 55places.com customers, we found the ten best-selling communities in California from September of 2017 to September of 2018.
1. Sun City Lincoln Hills – Lincoln, CA
Sun City Lincoln Hills is a sprawling 55+ community located about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento. Sun City Lincoln Hills is comprised of 6,783 single family and attached homes.
As with most Sun City developments, this community provides a resort-like atmosphere with many on-site conveniences. With a 68,000 square-foot recreation center there is never a shortage of activities. The Orchard Creek Lodge recreation center has an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a top-notch fitness center, and more. The community has an additional lodge, as well as a full sports plaza and 36 holes of golf.
2. Sun City Shadow Hills – Indio, CA
Nestled in the scenic Coachella Valley in Sun City Shadow Hills, an exquisite 55+ community with 3,400 single family homes. The beautifully landscaped grounds and world-class amenities make this community a top pick for California.
Residents can stay active and socialize with neighbors at the immense recreation center, Montecito Clubhouse, which boasts 35,000 square feet of amenities. This facility has an indoor pool, bistro, fitness center, outdoor pool and spa, and more. There is also a second clubhouse with desirable amenities, including a café, indoor walking track, and lighted tennis courts. Residents can also enjoy use of the two on-site 18-hole golf courses.
3. Rossmoor – Walnut Creek, CA
Rossmoor is an award-winning 55+ community located less than 30 miles from San Francisco. The community is comprised of 6,678 single-family and attached homes, as well as condo units.
The community’s beautiful grounds and natural spaces, which cover 2,700 acres, are definitely a highlight for those who love the outdoors. Residents also have access to 27 holes of golf, five clubhouses, resort-style pools, a theater, and miles of hiking trails that meander through the tranquil grounds.
4. Four Seasons at Beaumont – Beaumont, CA
For those seeking modern floor plans and newer constructions, Four Seasons at Beaumont is a top choice. Development at this 55+ community is still ongoing, so homebuyers can look forward to homes with desirable features in a luxurious environment. Once completed, the community will have 1,923 attached and single-family homes.
Four Seasons at Beaumont takes advantage of the natural setting with eight miles of walking trails that are incorporated into the community’s unique elevation changes. Residents also enjoy use of two recreation centers that offer swimming pools, a theater, sports facilities, and more. There is also a full-service salon and a bistro.
5. Four Seasons at Terra Lago – Indio, CA
Four Seasons at Terra Lago is another popular option for active adults seeking modern homes. This 55+ community is still being developed, and once complete, it will have 682 single family homes.
The social center of Four Seasons at Terra Lago is The Lodge, a 22,000 square-foot clubhouse. The Lodge has an indoor lap pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a studio for aerobics and yoga. Residents can also enjoy the community’s beauty salon, library, bistro, and a ballroom.
6. Laguna Woods Village – Laguna Woods, CA
Active adults who prefer the coast will feel right at home at Laguna Woods Village in Orange County. This 55+ community is located just a 10-minute drive from the beautiful coast in Laguna Beach. With well over 12,000 homes, this large community offers a number of housing options.
Homebuyers can choose from attached and single-family homes, as well as condo units. Residents can make the most of their retirement with seven clubhouses and other desirable amenities, including a performing arts center, 27-hole golf course, swimming pools, and walking trails.
7. Four Seasons at Hemet – Hemet, CA
Four Seasons at Hemet is ideally located in the Inland Empire. Residents can avoid big-city congestion while maintaining easy access to San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs. This 55+ community has 1,106 modern, single-family homes in a variety of models and floor plans.
Four Seasons at Hemet is perfect for those seeking resort-like amenities in a tight-knit setting. Residents stay active and engaged at The Lodge, an immense clubhouse that offers a bistro, ballroom, movie theater, and outdoor pool and spa.
8. Heritage Park – Sacramento, CA
Heritage Park is a top-selling community in Northern California that offers a tranquil environment while maintaining easy access to shopping and nightlife options. This 55+ community has 965 attached and single-family homes. At the heart of Heritage Park is its 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, where residents make lasting connections at the pub, fitness center, and swimming pools.
9. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, CA
Nestled in the San Gorgonio Pass area of Riverside County is Sun Lakes Country Club, a 55+ community that offers a relaxing, low-maintenance lifestyle. There are 3,300 single family homes and condos ranging in size from 850 to 2,627 square feet of living space.
The amenities of Sun Lakes Country Club cater to the needs of modern active adults. Residents have access to three clubhouses where they can stay in shape at fitness centers, go for a swim, play a game of golf, and enjoy live music at the on-site bar and lounge.
10. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes – Nipomo, CA
California’s central coast is home to Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, a 55+ community that appeals to active adults with high-end tastes. Development began in 2005 and is ongoing, when complete the community will have 1,350 attached and single-family homes.
What makes Trilogy at Monarch Dunes special is its resort-style atmosphere and beautifully designed grounds. Residents can stay active with a state-of-the-art fitness center, pamper themselves at a full-service spa, dine with friends at on-site eateries, or take a class at the Center for Higher Learning.