Looking out onto Oceanside Pier and into the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside, CA

Oceanside is a desierable place to live for many. Here's where active adults should look. (Image via Shutterstock.com)

The expansive state of California is home to many great cities and regions, but none are quite like the town of Oceanside. Being located just miles from the beach while still maintaining a drivable distance from San Diego and all its major attractions, is just one factor that makes Oceanside a desirable area for active adult homebuyers.

Homebuyers looking for a 55+ community within Oceanside are in luck as there are several in the area, here are some of this vibrant city’s most popular active adult communities based on 55places pageviews.

1. Oceana

Low $200s - Low $400s

Oceana is an expansive 55+ community offering 2,000 homes ranging from condos, attached, and single-family homes. The community is centrally located in Oceanside and within an hour of some of Southern California’s most popular attractions such as Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.

Oceana is divided into five sections with each section having its own clubhouse or club room as well as a pool and patio. The main Oceana clubhouse is where all residents can gather to enjoy the community’s amenities. Within the main clubhouse, residents enjoy the lounge, card rooms, computer rooms, billiards, library, as well as an arts and crafts studio, ceramics studio, jewelry studio, and woodworking shop.

Outdoors, residents can soak up the California sun at two pools and patios. The community is also home to horseshoe pits, barbecue areas, a community garden, dog park, as well as a community transit, making getting around easy for residents.

Oceana residents also enjoy the perks of a discounted rate at Emerald Isle Golf Course which is home to an 18-hole course, pro shop, snack bar, and putting green and driving range.

2. Ocean Hills Country Club

Low $500s - Mid $800s

With its own 18-hole golf course, it's no wonder that Ocean Hills Country Club is one of the most popular in Oceanside.

Residents of Ocean Hills Country Club enjoy a long list of amenities as well as social groups and clubs. The center of activity in the community is the 27,000 square-foot clubhouse. Here, residents can easily take advantage of everything the community has to offer. Residents can use amenities such as the exercise room and aerobics and dance studio to help them stay active.

Homeowners can also use the clubhouse as a place to gather with neighbors and friends to enjoy the card and billiards room, meeting rooms, media room, and more. When residents are feeling creative, they can utilize the many studios the clubhouse has to offer such as the sewing, woodworking, ceramics, photography, and arts and crafts studios.  

Outdoors, members of the Ocean Hills Country Club community have access to pool, patio, and spa, as well as four tennis courts, three pickleball courts, three bocce ball courts, and four shuffleboard courts, as well as a croquet court.

3. Villa Trieste

Low $400s - Low $600s

As one of the smaller communities in Oceanside, Villa Trieste, a gated 55+ community, offers active adult homebuyers a more intimate community near San Diego.

While the community has 150 attached and condo-style homes, residents don’t miss out on amenities. The center of Villa Trieste is the 1,800 square-foot clubhouse complete with multipurpose rooms, a card room, library, and catering kitchen. Outdoors, residents enjoy the pool, patio, and spa, as well as an event lawn, barbecue area, gazebo, and walking and biking trails.

Residents of Villa Trieste enjoy gathering with friends and neighbors to participate in community events such as exercise classes, card games, game nights, parties, dances, travel club, and water aerobics.

4. Emerald Lake Village

Low $400s - High $400s

Similar in size to Villa Trieste is Emerald Lakes Village. This 55+ community is comprised of 161 single-family homes and offers homeowners various amenities and community events and clubs that help residents make the most of living in Oceanside.

The 3,500 square-foot clubhouse is home to an exercise room, hobby room, billiards and card room, fireplace lounge, catering kitchen, library, and ballroom. Outdoors, residents have access to the pool, patio, and spa, as well as a barbecue area and walking and biking trails.

Residents of Emerald Lakes Village can participate in a variety of social clubs, groups, and community events. Clubs such as book club, bridge club, recycling club, and poker keep residents involved with friends and neighbors. The community also hosts holiday parties, ladies and mens lunches, as well as billiards tournaments.

5. Costa Serena

Low $300a - Low $400s

Rounding out the most popular communities in Oceanside is Costa Serena. This active adult community is ideal for 55+ homebuyers looking for a more peaceful setting in a community that does not have a clubhouse but offers low-maintenance living in attached homes.

Costa Serena has nearly 700 attached homes surrounded by ample parks and natural space as well as wide sidewalks, making for a scenic morning jog or walk around the community.

The homes in the community range from 827 to 1,350 square feet and offer two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. Outdoors, residents have large, private yards and most homes have garden sheds as well as ocean views.