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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 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 you have to have a compelling reason to move here. 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.
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.