Exterior of Fox Theater is Bakersfield, California

Bakersfield's history as a music city provides it with much of the culture found there today. (Image via Shutterstock.com)

Bakersfield, California is at the center of a regional network of active adult communities. The city has an active local music scene, as well as a thriving arts district. Throughout the city, there's a long menu of culinary choices available, both local and international. The Kern River and Sierra Mountains are nearby for outdoor enthusiasts, while Southern California and the coast is only days trip away.

Bakersfield was once known as "the country music capital of the West Coast" because of the large number of Dust Bowl refugees that settled in the area in the 1930s and 1940s. These settlers brought their musical traditions with them. Although the title ‘Nashville West’ eventually moved south to Los Angeles, Bakersfield retains a local music scene that active adult homebuyers can easily enjoy.

Active adult homebuyers interested in the vibrant city of Bakersfield will be happy to know there are several options when it comes to 55+ communities. Here are just a few of the 55+ communities of Bakersfield.

Kern City

Below $100k - High $100s

Kern City is a well-respected 55+ community developed between 1961 and 1977 by Del Webb. It was built with Del Webb's famous Sun City as a model, but in a more intimate setting.

At the center of the community is the Town Hall. This clubhouse offers residents an exercise room and several activity rooms, including sewing, cards, arts and crafts, woodworking, and meeting rooms. There's also a billiards table, a library, computers, and a business center.

Outdoors, homeowners have access to a pool and two spas, with a patio surrounding the pool. There are several conveniences nearby, including grocery stores, restaurants, golf courses, as well as the Sequoia National Forest, which is only a short drive away.

Solera at Kern Canyon

Low $200s - High $200s

Solera at Kern Canyon by Del Webb is a gated community situated on a canyon floor surrounded by greenery. This 558-home community is one of the most affordable of all Del Webb communities in California.

Around the community there is plenty of shopping, restaurants, and medical facilities. The Kern River is nearby as well, which offers an array of recreational activities, including equestrian trails, picnic areas, and a wildlife habitat. Across the street is Rio Bravo Country Club, which offers discounted membership to Solera residents.

The Grove clubhouse features a fireplace, sharing library, computer niches, arts and crafts room, billiards, and a ballroom. The fully equipped fitness center offers yoga, pilates, and Tai Chi.

Outdoors, residents can go for a swim in the heated pool or relax in the spa. Tennis and bocce ball courts invite friendly competition, and golfers can practice their short game on the putting green.

Four Seasons at Bakersfield

High $100s - High $200s

Four Seasons at Bakersfield is an active adult community designed by K. Hovnanian.

A clubhouse called the Lodge is the center of the community. Several unique amenities that residents can enjoy include a bistro and bakery, beauty salon, and theatre. Residents can also work out at the fitness center, relax with a favorite book at the library, stay connected while using the computer lab, or indulge in their hobbies in the game and craft rooms.

Outdoors, homeowners enjoy tennis, bocce, shuffleboard, badminton courts, as well as a pool and patio with a barbecue area on the deck.

Kern River State Park, Lake Isabella, and Lake Ming are nearby, along with several golf courses. There's also plenty of shopping, restaurants and medical facilities in the immediate area.

Brighton Parks

Mid $200s - $300s

Brighton Parks is a gated, picturesque community with ample parks and green space. Homebuilder, Castle and Cooke is building this active adult community composed of just 425 single-family homes.

The community clubhouse includes a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities and a full-time activities director is on hand to provide a full calendar of events, classes, and activities. Here, residents can gather with neighbors in the lounge, work out in the fitness center, challenge friends to a game of cards or billiards, or utilize the catering kitchen.

Outside, residents enjoy the sun at the outdoor pool and spa, a cocktail by the outdoor fireplace, playing some shuffleboard, or exploring the walking and biking trails that wind throughout the community.

The Greens at Seven Oaks

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

A gated active adult neighborhood with a tree and rose-lined main entry, The Greens at Seven Oaks is part of the larger Seven Oaks master-planned community. Seven Oaks is known for its spacious country club and 27-hole championship golf course.

There are two individual clubhouses, Ridge Oak and White Oak. The Ridge Oak clubhouse is home to an exercise facility, grand piano room, library, and billiards. It also houses game, hobby, and card rooms.

The White Oak clubhouse serves as the social center for the community. The White Oak hosts various dinners, dances, meetings, card games, yoga, and exercise classes. It also has a complete kitchen for resident use as well as two distinct restaurants.

The 27-hole championship golf course at Seven Oaks was designed by renowned architect Robert Muir Graves. There are three different 9-hole courses available – The Oaks, The Lakes, and The Islands -- for play in any combination desired. Each course is a par 36, providing 18 holes at par 72. All three courses feature scenic lakes, creeks, and waterfalls.

Highgate Regents

Low $300s - $400s

Highgate Regents is an upcoming active adult neighborhood being developed within the master-planned community of Highgate at Seven Oaks.

Builders Castle and Cooke plan to offer homes in seven different floor plans that will allow homebuyers the opportunity to create a home suited to their specific needs.

Residents of Highgate Regents will have their own private resort-style clubhouse, as well as have access to the amenities of the surrounding Highgate neighborhoods. Parks, outdoor grilling spaces, an outdoor pool and patio, and a clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen for community gatherings are just a few amenities homebuyers can anticipate. Residents will also have access to the 27-hole golf course facilities at Seven Oaks