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...Southern California 55 communities start with the Central Coast..San Luis Obispo--the midway point on the Coast between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles --


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Orange County


San Bernardino/Riverside

Palm Springs and Area

San Diego and area

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Newest 55+ Communities in Southern California Chart


Location/Start Price


1. Highgate RegentsBakersfield/$200's See More
2. Olvera at La Floresta Brea/$900'sSee More
3. Castillo at TravataVillages of Irvine/$700'sSee More
4. Ovation at Flora ParkCypress/$600'sSee More
5. Cortina at TerramorTemescal Valley$400'sSee More
6. Del Webb Rancho MiragePalm Springs Area/Upper$300'sSee More
7. Retreat at Holiday$300'sSee More
8. AltisBeaumont/$300'sSee More

La Floresta model home Brea, Ca.La Floresta - Olvera - Brea, Ca.

Central Coast-Southern California

Towns in this area 

San Luis Obispo | Pismo Beach | Arroyo Grande | Nipomo | Orcutt | Paso Robles | Santa Maria | Oceano | Santa Barbara

New Construction Communities 


Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Resort Club, The Outlook in Nipomo Ca.

Photo by Trilogy® at Shea Homes - Monarch Dunes Resort Club, The Outlook

  • Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes
    1465 Via Vista, Nipomo
    Ph: 800-685-6494 - Best to call first for appt.
    Resort Active Lifestyle Community

    Active lifestyle living by Shea Homes but not age-restricted.  Near coastal beaches - Adelina's Bistro features local organic produce. Sandalwood spa.  Innovative open floor plans with optional casitas in some - California indoor/outdoor living, golf community, vineyard homesites, and many fitness activities. Single homes from $600's.  
  • Monarch Ridge Town Homes at Monarch Dunes - Don't miss out - see new town homes phase from $500's. 

Resale communities in the Central Coast: 

  • Traditions at River Oaks - Gated Paso Robles - small town living in the award-winning community of single homes - 30 minutes to the Pacific ocean.  805-226-8236 (Homeowners Assoc.)

Independent living communities in the Central Coast: 

  • The Manse  - San Luis Obispo - Independent and assisted living community where the resident pays for only the services they need.  San Luis Obispo is a beachside community with a casual lifestyle.
    475 Marsh St., San Luis Obispo - 805-541-4222 
  • Vista Del Monte - Independent living community in Santa Barbara by Front Porch.  Studios to 2 bedrooms.  Monthly fees or Entrance fee plus monthly fee plans.  Meals and services.  Santa Barbara is a sophisticated lifestyle by the sea.
  • Villa Santa Barbara - Independent living with assisted living option. Studios and one-bedrooms.  Rooftop has ocean view.  Restaurant-style meals. Individual mailboxes.  Downtown.
    227 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara - 877-931-4369

Los Angeles - Los Angeles County

  • New Sol y Mar Villas
    5601 Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verde, Rancho Palos Verde
    310-752-4686 - Open Daily 10-6
    55+ Townhomes

    This is a desirable and rare location on the coast by Taylor Morrison.  Gated luxury villa town homes with views.  New phase with new model home.

..areas of LA have too much traffic for many seniors (the city of Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the U.S.), but if one retires here, the climate cannot be beat.

Santa Monica beach bike path

Santa Monica, an area of LA County on the west side near the beach, is a terrific place to retire partly due to its excellent bus system and being able to walk to shopping and dining.  The public beaches are nearby for sunning, jogging and biking with trails that run alongside.

Resale communities in the Los Angeles area 

  • Teramachi in Los Angeles - In Little Tokyo, area in downtown Los Angeles,  at 3rd and San Pedro Streets - Newer luxury condominiums for 55+ - resales only - Price: $$$-$$$$.

Independent Living in the Los Angeles area 

Woodland Hills 

  • Motion Picture and Television Fund Retirement Community - Woodland Hills - A special community for retired members of the entertainment industry.   In addition to independent living, assisted living and memory care are also available.  For eligibility requirements call 323-634-3866. MPTF Retirement Community


  • Villa Gardens  in the city of Pasadena - Apartment-style units.  Amenities include social activities.  It is a continuing care community (CCRC).  Entrance fee or month-to-month option with no entrance fee.


  • Claremont Manor - Independent living by Front Porch - Month to month plans - 5 colleges in area - Huge variety of accommodations - One and two bedrooms.  Also cottages, duplexes and villas.
    650 Harrison Ave., Claremont - 909-626-1227 ext 6135


  • Kingsley Manor - By Front Porch for 60+ - Independent living with no entry fee - Studios start $1870 with housekeeping and linen service (verify).  Also assisted living and skilled nursing.  Studio, 1 and 2-bedroom plans.  323-661-1128


  • Walnut Village - Entrance fee - cottages and 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments.  There is a designer kitchen plan.  Services.  Lifelong learning center with classes.
  • Summer House at Walnut Village - For memory care for a loved one.  Month-to-month.
    891 South Walnut St., Anaheim - 866-983-6763

Playa Vista

  • Fountainview at Gonda Westside - Brand new luxury community. CCRC that is entirely rented out with wait list.  Join the wait list with deposit.  Pool and more resort amenities. Short walk to restaurants and shops.  By Los Angeles Jewish Home.  Independent living with assisted services if ever needed.  Near airport and Marina del Rey.
    12025 Waterside Dr., Suite 105, Playa Vista - 424-216-7788
Malibu beachPerfect day at Malibu

Also see apartments in Los Angeles for seniors.

Orange County (below LA County)

Brea | Irvine | Redondo Beach | San Juan Capistrano | Seal Beach | Laguna Beach | Huntington Beach | Laguna Woods | San Clemente

Orange County is the smallest county but is the 2nd most dense in California. Source: Wikipedia

New Construction Home 55+ Communities in Orange County 

Large homes in gated master community.  Walk to new Whole Foods Market (verify).

Villages of Irvine

Master Community Villages of Irvine 55+ Village Travata by Lennar with 3 neighborhoods within Travata Village now selling:

  1. Castillo -  Courtyard homes from $700's
  2. Aldea -    Townhome/Condo/Flat from mid-$600's
  3. Palencia - Single Family homes from 1 Million+

Villages of  Irvine is one of the best-selling master communities in the U.S. according to surveys.

  • New  Castillo at Travata - Luxury courtyard homes in Irvine starts $700's.  77 attached and detached small to spacious homes by CalAtlantic in gated community in Villages of Irvine master community.  Clubhouse, saltwater pool, dog park, social activities and more.  312 Carlow, Irvine - 949-234-7880 - Open Daily
  •  New  Aldea - 1 and 2-bedroom attached homes from $600's
  •  New  Palencia - Spacious single homes from 1 million


Ovation at Flora Park model home
  • New  Ovation at Flora Park - By William Lyon Homes - One and two-story paired homes and single homes in a small community.   Clubhouse, pool, social and recreational activities. Near Disney and ocean amenities. Paired homes start $600's.  Single homes start $700's.
    4643 Luna Ct., Cypress - 714-761-7931 - Models open 10-6 Daily

See the Review

San Clemente

  • Sea Summit  -  On the ocean bluffs by Taylor Morrison Homebuilders. 300+ homes across 4 neighborhoods (verify) in Spanish-style architecture.  Not age-restricted.  Contact them for more information.  The town homes neighborhood, Sea Summit Aqua, starts from 1 Mil Plus.
    121 Via Galicia, San Clemente - 949-269-2217 - Open Daily

Redondo Beach

  • Breakwater Village - Redondo Beach -  171 condominiums By Anastasi Development - 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans - pool
    2750 Artesia Blvd. -  Ph: 310-542-6040 - Shown by Appointment

Rancho Mission Viejo- Newest phase is called Esencia - See our complete review

Rancho Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano (2 1/2 mi.) 

  • Rancho Mission Viejo - Gated  - Two different lifestyle areas - one for over 55 called Gavilan with 4 communities.  Builders include Shea Homes, Del Webb and Standard Pacific.  (All sold out)

See new phases called Esencia.
See our review of Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo.

 Rancho Mission Viejo Esencia for 55+

Gorgeous property in Orange County with unique amenities which include ranching and farming.       
Ortega Hwy and Antonio Parkway -  Phone: 877-226-0482

 Rancho Mission Viejo Esencia for 55+

See our review of Esencia Neighborhoods in Rancho Mission Viejo for more complete details on the newest communities in Rancho Mission Viejo.

  •  Vida at Esencia - Del Webb - Other plans are medium to spacious and priced in the $600's-$700's.  Classic ranches.  There is a unique feature called a Cafe within the floorplan with sliding door to outside patio. Kitchen with very large "island" workspace.

127 Luneta Lane, Rancho Mission Viejo - 866-889-7850 - Call or email

  • Alma at Esencia -  Large 2-3 bedroom classic ranch homes starting in $700's-$800's.  One plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths.  Enjoy the amenities at Rancho Mission Viejo in this Del Webb community. 

121 Luneta Lane, Rancho Mission Viejo - 866-362-8444

See our Esencia review of these and other communities in Rancho Mission Viejo.

Resale in Orange County

Rancho Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano (2 1/2 mi.) 

  • Rancho Mission Viejo - Gated  - Two different lifestyle areas - one for over 55 called Gavilan with 4 communities.  Builders include Shea Homes, Del Webb and Standard Pacific.  (All sold out)
  • See new phase called Esencia comprised of three neighborhoods. (See our review of Esencia for new homes at Rancho Mission Viejo. )

Gorgeous property in Orange County with unique amenities which include ranching and farming.       
Ortega Hwy and Antonio Parkway -  Phone: 877-226-0482

  • Leisure World Seal Beach - Gated Seal Beach - This is the original over-55 retirement community by Ross Cortese.  It is a large community of mostly co-ops (not allowed to be financed by LW) and some condos.  Very few rentals.  Resales start low $100's. 

Resale homes of a variety of styles and price ranges with outstanding amenities and activities. Amenities include golf.  The Southern California coast is nearby.  There is a sales office on the site.  You can also contact a local Realtor. 
Ph: 562-598-1388 (sales office on site) - 1901 Golden Rain Rd.

  • Huntington Landmark - Gated Huntington Beach - Large older community with amenities - walk to beach, shopping, restaurants.  Gated with roving patrols.  Social activities.
    20880 Oakridge Lane - 714-960-5475
  • 18900 Delaware St., Huntington Beach - Small community of 53 units. Walk to shopping and restaurants.  Beach 3 miles.  3 levels with laundries on each floor.  Gated parking.  1 and 2 bedroom units.  Elevators.  Economical pricing. Verify info. See local Realtors.
  • Laguna Woods Village - Gated Older very large community with resales - high rise condos with meals and housekeeping, co-ops and singles. Their tours are scheduled on Thursdays. Call 949-597-4360. Ten minutes to ocean.
    24351 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods - 949-597-4443
  • Bay Cliff Village - San Clemente - Older (since 1963) cottage-styled, single-level homes by the Pacific Ocean.  29 homes, some with lots and room for garden. See local Realtors.


Towns in the area: Rosedale, Greenacres, Oildale, California State U

Near Sierra Nevada mountain range.

  • Four Seasons at Bakersfield Gated by K Hovnanian - Price: $-$$ - inland location from Los Angeles - single family homes and resort-style living. Sold Out-See local Realtors - 6311 Barcelona Drive 
  •  New  Highgate Regents -  Westside living by Castle & Cooke from upper $200's.  Gated single homes.  
    14407 Rokeby Way - 661-829-1775 - Open Daily  


  • Brighton Parks - Gated  2 and 3-bedroom medium to large detached ranch homes by Castle & Cooke - designed to be park-like in garden setting. Started from low $200's.  Clubhouse, pool, Activity Director.
    12412 Abercromby Dr.  
  • Solera Kern Canyon - Bakersfield by Del Webb - near mountain ranges and Kern River for outdoor recreational pursuits - many amenities for active living. Resales only.
  • The Greens at Seven Oaks - Gated   - Part of Seven Oaks master community - Adjacent to Seven Oaks Country Club for golf and resort amenities - ask about special pricing at the country club for The Greens (verify) - The Greens has its own clubhouse, pool and resort facilities. Medium to large single homes with luxury features.
    2903 Rose Petal St. (clubhouse)

San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Cities in the area:  Some of the best values for retirement communities in Southern California are in these areas:  Beaumont, Hemet, Menifee, Murrieta, Cherry Valley, Apple Valley, Loma Linda, Lake Arrowhead, Bloomington, Corona, Riverside, San Jacinto - Also see the Palm Springs Area (separate page)  

Hemet and Beaumont:  Hemet and Beaumont, an affordable area in Riverside County, are an easy drive to Palm Springs.  The climate is cooler than the desert areas with a green countryside.  This is a developing area though currently has a small-town ambiance. 

There are golf courses and excellent medical facilities.  

New in Beaumont:

  • New Altis - Beaumont - 4 collections start from low $300's - modern style - Resort living - golf courses in the area - 1555 Skystone Way, Beaumont - 951-281-8182

See the Review of Altis

  • Cortina at Terramor - By Del Webb - Starts high mid-$400's -  Riverside County.  In master community of Terramor.  Resort amenities.  Pool with cabanas.  Mediterranean-style.
    24741 Overlook Dr., Corona -  886-337-0439

 By Del Webb  

  • pool
  • 2-bedroom, 1 1/2 bath medium to large single ranch homes
  • Terrace club for 55+ 
  • cabanas
  • gatehouse entry
  • 3 plans
  • New Sterling at Terramor
    24563 Crestley Dr., Temescal Valley
    888-876-1944 - Open Daily

By CalAtlantic Homes - Gated single homes in master community with views and resort amenities. 

  • New The Retreat at Holiday - Menifee (Riverside County) - By Freedom Homes - Medium to spacious homes from low $300's.  108 single homes with gated entry.   Pool, Rec Center, spa. 
    26313 Desert Rose Lane, Menifee - 951-679-1788 - Open Daily
  • Four Seasons at Beaumont - Gated by K. Hovnanian - Price - $$ - Gated master planned community - The towns of Beaumont and Hemet are in the same area.   2-bedroom/2 bath single homes from $280's - 339 Enchanted Park North Beaumont, Riverside County
    Open Daily 9am-5pm; Wed. 2-5pm - Ph: 951-769-4115
  • Maravilla  
    1788 Oak Knoll Rd., San Jacinto
    Active Adult Community

    218 new construction medium-sized homes in gated resort community.  Pool, clubhouse, tennis and more.  By Crossmarket Communities.  

North of San Bernardino--Apple Valley: 

  • Sun City Apple Valley Gated By Del Webb - Apple Valley - Price: $$ -  From low $200's - large community of 2-Bedroom single-family homes with amenities, activities, golf. Lifestyle Director. 
    Ph: 888-246-5380 - 10750 Cumberland Court, Apple Valley.

Resale communities in Riverside County 

  • Solera at Diamond Valley Hemet - by Del Webb - many amenities and activities - 5 area golf courses - fishing at nearby Diamond Lake.  SOLD OUT  Ph: 866-765-3723 - 5542 Corte Portico, Hemet
  • Four Seasons at Hemet Retirement Community - by K. Hovnanian - Price-$$ - Desert community fairly close to Palm Springs.  Riverside County - Excellent medical facilities nearby.  Affordable area. Resales
  • Four Seasons at Murrieta near Temecula - By K Hovnanian Homes - 524 homes with Lodge, amenities, clubs and social activities.  Resales.
    29750 Willows Ave., Murrieta - Open Daily - 909-461-0473 (H/O office)
  • Highland Springs Village - Cherry Valley (Beaumont) -  Known for its unlimited golf (verify) and low homeowners fees - single homes with resort amenities.  Fishing lakes.  See local realtors. 
  • Trilogy at Glen Ivy - Corona, CA - Retirement Community by Shea Homes named after the famous Glen Ivy hot springs located there - Glen Ivy is approximately an hour drive outside of Los Angeles and 30 minutes to Hemet. 

    Price-$$-$$$ - 1317 Single family homes of 2-Bedrooms/2 baths.  Adjacent to this community is the internationally-known spa Glen Ivy Hot Springs offering wellness and beauty treatments.  Ted Robinson-designed golf course. Resales only--please check with local Realtors. Trilogy Parkway off Temescal Canyon Rd.
  • The Oasis - Gated    Menifee in Hemet area - Desirable older gated community built by Ryland Homes with resales. Starts mid-$200's.  Large community with amenities.  951-301-7466 (clubhouse)
  • The Colony - Gated    Murrieta in Hemet area - Large guard-gated community of 1500 detached homes. Clubhouse, Golf, social activities and amenities. Resales only start mid-$200's. 951-677-4341
  • Air Force Village West - Gated  Riverside - This is a continuing care community for military.  You enter when you are younger and there are services available as you age, if you need them. A variety of housing types.  See the Expert Interview article on this community.

Senior Apartment Community

  • Loma Linda Springs - Loma Linda - near the famed Loma Linda University - the town is all about wellness if a healthy town is your priority - Loma Linda city website - The community is 1 and 2-Bedroom senior apartments affordably priced and in an excellent location to enjoy Southern California attractions. Also, short-term furnished rentals.
    Ph: 866-933-1466 - 11171 Oakwood Dr.

Palm Springs Area-Riverside County

The Palm Springs area has nightlife, serene mountain beauty, very casual, not much traffic, and plenty of soothing massage.  It does have a downside--the hot summers of the desert.  One must have air conditioning or spend summers away.  We have 2 recent reviews of communities in this area.

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Del Webb at Rancho Mirage model homeOne of 10 model homes at Del Webb at Rancho Mirage
  • New Palm Springs area: Del Webb at Rancho Mirage.  See the Review. 
  • New Caliente Springs Resort, manufactured homes community and RV park in Desert Hot Springs.  See the Review.

San Diego Area

...Perfect climate, ocean amenities, nightlife make it one of the best places to retire in the U.S.  
If a person wants to actively exercise to stay fit in the senior years, this may be the best place due to the year-round mild weather.  A high percentage of the population is over 55, so there are hundreds of senior resources and excellent senior centers.

Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California

Go here for the list of San Diego Retirement Communities 

Most Popular Communities on this page*

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NAMELocation/Starting PriceLink
1. Leisure World Seal BeachSeal Beach See More
2. Sol y MarRancho Palos VerdesSee More
2. Villa GardensPasadenaSee More

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