We recently reviewed 55places.com's page views from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 for communities in California. Among the most popular were communities that offer ideal locations, fantastic amenities, and a wide selection of homes that fit a variety of budgets. If you’re considering a retirement home in the Golden State, explore our list of 2018’s most popular communities in California.
1. Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods
Situated on 2,100 rolling acres, Laguna Woods Village appeals to active adults seeking relaxation at the coast. This beautiful 55+ community consists of 12,736 residences in a gated setting. Buyers can choose from a great selection of high-rise condos, single-family homes, and attached homes.
Laguna Woods Village’s well-appointed recreation centers add to the community’s high-end appeal. With a total of seven clubhouses, residents never have a shortage of ways to indulge, relax, and stay active. Amenities include fitness centers, a library, dance floors, an 814-seat theater, and ballrooms.
Outdoors, residents enjoy access to several swimming pools and spas, multiple sports facilities, gardening plots, and walking trails. The community is also home to a 27-hole golf course with a pro shop, putting green, driving range, and a bar & lounge.
When residents want to enjoy California’s beautiful beaches, they don’t have to travel far. The community is only about 10 minutes from the water. Laguna Woods Village is also ideally located near some of the most popular attractions in Southern California. With 24-hour patrols, a private bus system, and world-class amenities, residents here can live a worry-free lifestyle.
2. Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln
Sun City Lincoln Hills is a sprawling 55+ community that encompasses nearly 3,000 beautifully landscaped acres. Located in the Sacramento area, this 6,783-home community offers finely crafted single-family homes and attached homes with high-end upgrades.
Residents are served by an exceptional recreation center that offers 68,000 square feet of amenities. Called the Orchard Creek Lodge, this recreation center boasts a top-notch fitness center, indoor walking track, 15,000 square-foot ballroom, wellness center, and sports bar. There are also several swimming pools, a hot tub, 300-seat outdoor amphitheater, and more.
The community’s second recreation center has a café, day spa, massage rooms, various hobby studios, and plenty more to keep residents busy. Those who enjoy staying active will appreciate the community’s two 18-hole golf courses, softball field, walking trails, and numerous sports facilities.
3. Sun City Palm Desert - Palm Desert
Active adults seeking a resort-like lifestyle in Southern California’s scenic Coachella Valley will enjoy Sun City Palm Desert. This gated 55+ community consists of 4,949 single family homes and attached homes.
With a fantastic lineup of amenities, it’s no surprise that Sun City Palm Desert is consistently one of California’s most popular communities. The community’s several clubhouses offer a high-end environment where residents can enjoy themselves.
Amenities include fitness centers, several swimming pools and spas, restaurants, a coffee shop, pub, and studios for woodworking and other hobbies. Outdoors, residents have access to two 18-hole golf courses, numerous sports facilities, scenic ponds, a fishing lake, and more.
4. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek
Rossmoor has long been a favorite in California’s Bay Area. This award-winning 55+ community is home to well over 6,000 residences in a gated setting. Buyers can choose from a great selection of condos, single family homes, and attached homes.
Developed over a 30-year period, the community is nestled among mature landscaping and open spaces, which create a tranquil atmosphere. The community’s retreat-like amenities add to its distinct appeal. There are several spacious clubhouses that offer swimming pools, fitness centers, hobby studios, a 150-seat theater, and more.
Residents can explore the community’s beautiful natural spaces with miles of walking and biking trails. In addition to tennis courts and other sports facilities, Rossmoor also has 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf.
5. Leisure World Seal Beach
Leisure World Seal Beach allows residents to fully embrace California’s coastal lifestyle. The community’s 6,608 condos and attached homes range from 550 to 1,540 square feet. Owing to its prime location, residents can easily visit the coast and downtown Seal Beach, which are both just minutes away.
This unique community has a total of six clubhouses, each offering world-class amenities. Residents enjoy access to a fitness center, banquet hall, and studios for woodworking, lapidary, ceramics, and more. There are numerous outdoor amenities, including a pool and spa, gardening plots, 9-hole golf course, and a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater. The community also has an on-site post office and health care center.