With almost year-round sunshine and an idyllic climate, as well as close proximity to beaches, mountains, national parks, world-class restaurants and sought-after tourist destinations, California certainly offers a lot to the active adult. It’s no wonder boomers are looking to the Golden State to put down roots in a 55+ community.
We’ve compiled a list of the best-selling California communities this year. Please note that data comes from sales only made on 55places.com from Jan 1, 2019 through June 26, 2019.
1. Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln
Nestled on 2,992 acres of Northern California terrain, Sun City Lincoln Hills is a sought-after haven for active adults looking to live in a beautiful setting with access to resort-like amenities.
This sprawling 6,783-home 55+ community was built from 1999 to 2008 and consists of both resale single family and attached homes. Homes here vary in size to fit every need, from one to four bedroom, one to three-and-a-half baths, and 901 to 3,068 square feet.
Sun City Lincoln Hills is primely located northeast of Sacramento in quaint Lincoln, near stunning Lake Tahoe, world-famous Napa Valley, and vibrant San Francisco.
Buyers are drawn to the modern amenities available in Sun City Lincoln Hills, including two golf courses, two lodges which house four indoor and outdoor pools, two fitness centers, a spa, and a 15,000 square-foot ballroom. There are 27 miles of fitness trails, 11 community parks, softball fields and tennis courts, and even fishing in the community's lakes and creeks.
2. Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio
Peppered with palm trees and doused with plenty of sunshine, Sun City Shadow Hills is an idyllic 55+ California community. Located in Coachella Valley’s Indio, this 55+ gated community offers 3,400 single family resale homes.
Built between 2003 and 2016, Sun City Shadow Hills offers ranch-style homes from 1,099 to just under 3,000 square feet, with two to three bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Most homes offer upgraded finishes and rear patios.
Indio is a thriving city near shopping and restaurant haven, Palm Springs, offering warm weather and breathtaking views of magnificent desert sunsets. The region is popular among active adults who seek an active outdoor lifestyle.
That active lifestyle is complimented by Sun City Shadow Hills’ impressive list of amenities, including the 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, nearby hiking and biking trails, a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse with fitness center and dance studio, arts and crafts studio, bistro and indoor lap pool.
3. Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods
As the largest 55+ active adult community on the West Coast, Laguna Woods Village is home to seven clubhouses, 36 holes of golf, an equestrian center, five swimming pools, a 814-seat performing arts center, and over 250 clubs and organizations. All this meant the community was awarded the best community clubhouse of 2019 by 55places.com.
This expansive community also boasts a location only 10 minutes from the beach in the coveted Saddleback Valley of Orange County. It’s easy to see why Laguna Woods Village is so popular. It’s secure, with 24-hour patrols, a guarded gate, and a private bus system. It’s also scenic, set among 2,100 acres of picturesque, rolling hills, and it offers amenities galore.
Built from 1964 to 1985, this 55+ community offers single-family, attached and condo-style resale homes, with 94 floor plans ranging from 675 square feet condos to 2,600 square feet single family homes.
4. Four Seasons at Beaumont
Four Seasons at Beaumont has it all; new-construction luxury finishes, relatively affordable prices, and a picturesque Orange County location. This gated 55+ community is newly built, with construction beginning in 2005 and still ongoing.
It's comprised of 1,923 single-family and attached homes, with both new and resale homes for purchase, ranging from 1,183 to 2,775 square feet and offering two to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms.
Perched in scenic Beaumont, Four Seasons at Beaumont’s elevated location at 2,400 feet offers residents both gorgeous views and a 15 degree cooler summer temperature than neighboring Palm Springs, which lies 25 miles east.
This active adult community offers enviable amenities, such as two recreation centers, multiple hobby and craft studios, a grand ballroom, card room, theater, library, private restaurant, large outdoor sports complex, fitness center, spa, and computer center, as well as tennis, pickleball, basketball and bocce ball courts.
5. Trilogy at Glen Ivy — Corona
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, Trilogy at Glen Ivy is popular with active adults who value a prime location within a few hours drive of many popular destinations. This 55+ gated community is near the beach, close to the desert, and also neighboring the serene Cleveland National Forest.
Built from 2001 to 2008, Trilogy at Glen Ivy offers homebuyers a choice of resale attached or single-family homes that feature one or two stories and have from two to four bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Square footage ranges from 1,290 to 2,253.
Amenities include the 13,000 square-foot clubhouse, which houses a hobby and craft studio, the Center for Higher Learning, a catering kitchen and billiards room. Trilogy at Glen Ivy also boasts a fitness center, both indoor and outdoor pools, an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor amphitheater, tennis courts, walking and biking trails, and R.V. parking.