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In a senior community, at least one person needs to be 55 or better. Children may visit, but typically for no more than two weeks at a time, or 90 days a year. These communities are also called active adult communites, 55+ communities, or even retirement communities even though not everyone living there is retired.
The choice of whether to live in a 55+ community is a personal one. Active adult communities tend to have all kinds of clubs, activities, group travel opportunities, and recreational amenities. Outside of the 55+ communities, you’re on your own, but you’ll see more young families and children playing in the neighborhood. Some people tell me they like that, it keeps them feeling younger, while others tell me it’s a great relief to be away from screaming kids and barking dogs.
So it all depends on your point of view and what kind of lifestyle you picture yourself living. In the senior communities in San Diego, we have something for everyone!
Keep in mind that San Diego is one of the best places in the world to retire, but it's not one of the cheapest. If your goal is inexpensive retirement, and you're checking out San Diego as well as Palm Springs, Arizona, and Florida, you probably won't choose San Diego. We cannot compete with other areas that are less expensive. People retire here because of our excellent climate, our high quality of life, or perhaps because they have family in the area. But if you're making your decision strictly on getting the most house for your dollar, then check some of the communities listed under "Riverside County".
To narrow down your choices, ask yourself if you want lots of clubs and activities or not. If the answer is yes, stick with one of the large communities. Depending on your price range, consider Ocean Hills Country Club or Oaks North (high price), or Oceana (low price). If you don't want lots of clubs and activities, then consider one of the smaller communities like Pacifica, Las Brisas or Emerald Lake.
Visit our communities by selecting any of the neighborhoods under the "55+ Communities" tab at the top of this page. Or for more general information visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
My parents don’t live in a senior community. My mom’s health is failing, and she struggles with finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Her world is contracting every day as she becomes more sedate, more tired, and doing anything becomes harder. It’s a downward spiral that's hard to overcome.
In contrast to this, we recently talked with one of our clients who lives in a senior community and her life is an upward expanding spiral. Here’s some of the reasons she told us her life is full.
1. She moved there when she was younger so she had plenty of energy to do all the activities and make friends. Now her life is filled with so many things to do and explore. She can’t wait to get to the clubhouse in the morning and plan her day.
2. When she becomes ill or needs an operation, the recovery time is much faster because she wants to get back to all of her activities. In other words, she has a reason to get better.
3. She has relationships with many people of different interests, not just a couple friends who you try to like everything about. She has friends to play pickle ball with even though they may have no interest in hiking. She has other friends for that. This adds a great variety to her life and she doesn’t have all of her energy invested in one or two people. It’s tough to have just a couple of friends and watch them pass away as you age. But she never has to worry about being alone since she has dozens of friends and is always making new ones.
You can see how the social life in an active adult community is very different than growing old in the same neighborhood where you raised your family. Over time, all your neighbors move away and you have less and less of a social life. Your world is shrinking, not expanding. That can all change if you would be willing to consider a 55+ community. Suspend your pre-conceived notions of what it’s like and let’s go see one together. Who knows? Like many of my clients have discovered, it could open the door to an exciting chapter of your life where the best is yet to come!
Note! All information is based on my San Diego real estate experience in California. The advice given here may not be applicable in your state or apply to your specific situation.