on any active retirement community below for more information and to search for homes.
Price information in this website is current as of July 2013.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
"What is the average age in each community?"
Well, I don't know anyone that keeps track of that kind of information, but here's a general rule - to find younger seniors, look for a newer community. If you think about it, people who buy in a new senior community, are probably 55 or 60 years of age when they move in. So if the community is 25 years old, there's likely to be many of the original owners still around, and you can figure out what the average age is. An example of this is Leisure World in Orange County which was built in the early 1970s; young seniors tell me all the time how they feel out of place there. So if you're looking for a younger crowd, consider one of San Diego's newer communities, like Ocean Hills County Club or Villa Trieste, or new construction in one of the Riverside County communities.
"Where can I find new construction?"
There is no new independent living construction in San Diego County, only resales. For a new house, you will have to look in Riverside County.
"What are the prices and availability?"
The prices are quoted in each community's write-up. I usually give you a ballpark price, because they vary by location, condition, and view. For example, "low $200,000s" would mean $200,000 to $240,000, "mid $200,000s" means $240,000 to $260,000, and "high $200,000s" means $260,000 to $300,000.
A serious limitation we face is a low inventory. People who move into these communities usually stay a long time, because they don't have growing or shrinking families or job changes like under 55 folks. And you notice some of these communities are quite small, so it's not unusual for there to be nothing for sale. Villa Trieste, High Country Villas, and Emerald Lake are notorious for this. If that's the case, there is nothing I can show you, since there are no model homes. In any event, you certainly will not be able to see every floorplan in a community in one visit, because they won't all be for sale. I can only show you what there is, and I can't promise what will be available when you come to visit.
"Is there a waiting list?"
No, in resale communities, there is no waiting list like in new construction. I can add you to my own list of clients who are looking for a certain kind of home, but it is not a priority list. When the house hits the market, it's first come, first served. That means you must be prepared to make an offer quickly.
I offer a free "Market Watch" program that will notify you immediately when new properties hit the market. I can send you emails twice a day so you don't miss a thing. Just give me a call at 800-469-6391 and let me know which communities or price ranges interest you, and I can set that up at no charge.
"How do I get more information?"
Sorry, but there isn't anything else available. I've personally been to all the resale communities, and they have no brochures or other handouts. In fact, that's why I created this website, so I would have something to give out to people who asked me. I'm constantly trying to improve it, but for now, the website is the most complete source of information available.
"How can I see these areas?"
Some you can drive through, but some, like Ocean Hills, are gated and manned, and they will not let you in without a Realtor. I suggest you call me a few days before you expect to be here, and I'll be happy to show you around.
"Can I rent first to see how I like it?"
Real estate agents like myself don't normally handle rentals. The only way to find one, if there are any, is to look online, in the newspapers or look for a "For Rent" sign. Check my rentals page for links to websites that carry rentals.
In San Diego, there is no "try before you buy" program, where you can rent a place for a few days. This type of short rental is only available in communities under construction.
"How Can I Buy When I Have A House To Sell First?"
That's a really good question, and you're not the first one to ask. I've developed some strategies that have worked very successfully for my clients. To learn about these strategies, click here.
|Ocean Hills C.C.||(760) 758-7080||1633||Y||Y||Y||2||Y||Y||$400-440||Y - free|
|Costa Serena||(760) 721-3456||694||N||N||N||Y||N||N||$3||N|
|Villa Trieste||(800) 404-0141||150||Y||Y||N||2||N||Y||$275||N|
|Oaks North||(858) 487-0120||1963||Y||Y||Y||1, small||Y||N||$35-350||N|
|Seven Oaks||(858) 487-4058||1758||Y||Y||N||2 dogs
|High Country Villas||(760) 635-1405||548||Y||Y||Y||2||N||N||$295||N|
|East Ridge||(951) 296-5640||80||Y||Y||N||2||Y||Y||$180||N|
|Nob Hill||(760) 746-9127||67||Y||Y||N||1, 20 lbs.||N||N||$206||N|
|Emerald Lake||(760) 603-0501||161||Y||Y||N||2||N||Y||$170||Y - $25/mo|
|Pilgrim Creek||(760) 967-6254||203||Y||Y||N||1, 20 lbs.||N||Y||$215||Y - free|
|Las Brisas||(949) 498-1129||169||Y||Y||N||2, 35 lbs.||N||Y||$126||N|
|Vista del Mar||(760) 603-0501||256||Y||Y||N||1||Y||Y||$60||Y|
|Camino Hills||(760) 603-0501||145||Y||Y||N||1||Y||Y||$230||Y|
This information is provided by: Dennis Kaiser, Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty, 760-889-2272.
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