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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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Newest 55+ Communities in Southern California Chart


Location/Start Price


1. Highgate RegentsBakersfield/$200's See More
2. Solana at La Floresta Brea/$600'sSee More
3. Vida at EsenciaRancho Mission Viejo/$500'sSee More
4. Arista at EsenciaRMV/$600'sSee More
5. Cortina at TerramorTemescal Valley$400'sSee More
6. Del Webb Rancho MirageUpper$300'sSee More
7. Retreat at Holiday$300'sSee More
8. Ardena at TerramorCorona/verylow$400'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 communities 


Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Photo by Trilogy® at Shea Homes - Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes

  • Trilogy® at Monarch Dunes - at Nipomo - Price: $$$-$$$$$$$  - 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 and many fitness activities. Single homes from $600's.  
  • Monarch Ridge Town Homes - New town homes phase from $500's. 
    1640 Trilogy Parkway - Ph: 800-685-6494 - Best to call first for appt.

Orcutt (Santa Barbara County) 

  • Shea Homes® at Rice Ranch  This is an active lifestyle community by Shea Homes not for over age 55.  Golf courses in area.  Join the Interest List for new phase coming soon.   An hour north of Santa Barbara.
    5700 S. Bradley Rd., Orcutt - 800-685-6494 - Open Daily

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  - Rancho Palos Verde - This is a desirable and rare  location on the coast by Taylor Morrison.  Gated luxury villa townhomes with views for 55+.  From low $800's.  Model homes now available to see.
    5601 Crestridge Rd., Rancho Palos Verde - 310-752-4686
    Open Daily 10-6

..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)

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


Now selling by Del Webb:  Olvera at La Floresta 55+ Community in Brea.

Where is Brea?   

Del Webb at La Floresta - 2 collections by Del Webb at La Floresta:

Large homes in gated community - Now selling Olvera collection - 414 La Floresta Dr. - Call Concierge for updates:  877-812-0474


Coming  Ovation at Flora Park - By William Lyon Homes - One and two-story paired homes and single homes in a small community.  Sign up onto Interest List now for updates.  Models early 2018.

San Clemente

Sea Summit New in San Clemente:

  The LA Times reports a purchase of 200 acres of land on the ocean bluffs by Taylor Morrison Homebuilders has occurred.  They will begin building in 2015 300+ homes across 4 neighborhoods in Spanish-style architecture. Not age-restricted.  Contact them for more information.  The town homes neighborhood, Sea Summit Aqua, starts from upper $900's.
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

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 (sold out), Del Webb (sold out) and Standard Pacific.  2-4 bedroom homes starting in $400's to $800's.  Gorgeous property in Orange County with unique amenities which include ranching and farming.       
    Ortega Hwy and Antonio Parkway -  Phone: 877-226-0482
Casitas in Gavilan

Photo: Casitas by Georgia-Pacific in the Gavilan neighborhood

  • Gavilan - First four 55+ neighborhoods (all single story) by premier builders Shea Homes (sold out), Del Webb (sold out already!!), Standard Pacific (bungalows and casitas) sold.  At Rancho Mission Viejo.  East of San Juan Capistrano.  Amenities will include yoga, fitness, spa and saltwater pool (verify).  See ongoing neighborhoods being built.

New in Rancho Mission Viejo Gavilan 55+ 

New 55+ communities in Village of Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo by Shea Homes - Canyon House Neighborhoods:

1)   Alondra at Esencia - Large 1-2 story homes from $900's with all the amenities at Esencia by Shea Homes.

2)  Cortesa at Esencia - Spacious single homes from $790's by Shea.

3)  Vireo at Esencia by William Lyon Homes - Single ranches with American Farmhouse architecture.  From high $500's.

4)  Avocet at Esencia - Standard Pacific Homes' second development at Rancho Mission Viejo - Enclave of 95 medium to spacious homes priced from mid-$600's. Esencia Farm. Hilltop location. 5 floorplans.  Expansive amenities - Variety of architectural styles.
41 Cerrero Court, Rancho Mission Viejo - 949-218-6331 - Open Daily

5) New Vida at Esencia - Del Webb from high $500's.  They have added a small plan from high $500's that will probably go fast so check soon if you are interested.  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

6) New 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

Rancho Mission Viejo Hilltop Neighborhoods: 

1. New Arista Hilltop Neighborhood - Del Webb single ranch homes - Start mid-$600's - medium to spacious homes.
44 Puesto Rd., Rancho Mission Viejo -  949-768-1882  

2.  Iris at Esencia by CalAtlantic - 55+ - hilltop views and farmhouse-style single homes.  From mid-$600's. 

Casitas are common in Hawaii.  They are usually a room attached to a home used for guests or in-laws and elderly parents to live. 

Resale in Orange County

  • 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. 
    6311 Barcelona Drive - Open Daily - Ph: 888-310-1725
  •  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 

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 San Bernardino/Riverside Counties 

  • New  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
    24217 Overlook Dr., Temescal Valley - 877-235-3179
  • 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  

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. 

Map of Greater Palm Springs area:

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See separate page for Palm Springs and the Desert Communities Luxury 55+ Communities

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 

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