Best Places to Retire in California

Best Places to Retire in California

California, known for its iconic landmarks, diverse landscapes, and vibrant culture, is an ideal retirement destination. Whether you seek the coastal beauty of Southern California, the wine country of Napa Valley, or the urban excitement of cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, California offers a wide range of options for retirees. Explore the best places to retire in California and find your perfect retirement community.

Why Retire in California?

Diverse Landscapes

From the majestic Sierra Nevada mountains to the stunning Pacific coastline, California's diverse landscapes offer endless opportunities for outdoor activities and scenic beauty.

Ideal Climate

California's climate is renowned for its pleasant year-round weather. Enjoy warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters along the coast, with more distinct seasons in the inland and mountainous regions.

World-Class Healthcare

California boasts some of the best healthcare facilities in the country, ensuring that retirees have access to top-notch medical care.

Vibrant Culture

Experience a rich tapestry of cultural attractions, from world-class museums and theaters to diverse culinary scenes and renowned wine regions like Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Tax Benefits

Social Security benefits are not taxed in California, providing a financial advantage for retirees.

Top Cities and Towns to Retire in California

San Diego

San Diego offers a perfect blend of coastal beauty, urban amenities, and a relaxed lifestyle, making it one of the top retirement destinations in California.

Highlights:

  • Miles of beautiful beaches
  • Vibrant arts and cultural scene
  • Mild, year-round climate
  • Excellent healthcare facilities

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, known for its warm desert climate and luxurious lifestyle, is a popular retirement spot for those seeking a sunny and active retirement.

Highlights:

  • Numerous golf courses and recreational facilities
  • A variety of cultural events and festivals
  • Proximity to Joshua Tree National Park
  • Upscale shopping and dining

Napa

Napa Valley, famous for its world-class wineries and picturesque landscapes, offers a serene and sophisticated retirement experience.

Highlights:

  • Renowned wineries and vineyards
  • Beautiful countryside and outdoor activities
  • Culinary excellence with top-rated restaurants
  • Close-knit community with a relaxed pace of life

FAQs about Retiring in California

Find Your Ideal Retirement Community in California

Gated Community San Francisco CA | Luminescence at Liberty

Luminescence at Liberty 55+

Rio Vista, CA
Homes from the upper $300K to upper $400K

Luminescence at Liberty

Luminescence at Liberty is DeNova Homes’ newest 55+ active adult gated community in Rio Vista, California. Ideally located near San Francisco, this community offers luxurious living with a range of amenities designed for an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a serene place to retire or an exciting new chapter, Luminescence at Liberty has everything you need.

Why Choose Luminescence at Liberty?

Prime Location:

Nestled in the charming town of Rio Vista, Luminescence at Liberty offers the perfect balance of tranquility and convenience. With easy access to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, you can enjoy all the cultural, dining, and entertainment options of the city while retreating to your peaceful community.

Luxurious Homes:

Luminescence at Liberty features 163 single-story homes and 74 duets. The single-family homes offer three-floor plans ranging from 1,302 to 1,569 square feet, with two bedrooms, two baths, two-car garages, and covered patios. The duets feature a 1,160 square feet floor plan with two bedrooms, two baths, a one-car garage, and outdoor patios. Each home is designed with open floor plans and flexible spaces to suit your needs.

Exceptional Amenities:

This gated community provides a wide array of amenities, including:

  • Great Lawn: Centrally located with tree-lined walkways connecting to the Community Garden and major facilities.
  • Ranch House: Includes the Liberty House Café, multi-purpose spaces, and a large covered patio with fire pits.
  • Events Barn: A secondary area for large-scale events, an art studio, and a business lounge.
  • Sports Facilities: Eight bocce ball courts, two tennis courts, and four pickleball courts.
  • Recreational Areas: Walking trails, a labyrinth, and a dog park for your four-legged friends.

Active Lifestyle and Social Opportunities

Community Activities

At Luminescence at Liberty, staying active and social is effortless. Participate in organized events, classes, and social gatherings at the Ranch House or Events Barn. Whether you enjoy art, fitness, or simply spending time with friends, there are plenty of opportunities to connect and engage.

Outdoor Recreation

The community’s extensive outdoor amenities, including walking trails and sports courts, encourage an active lifestyle. The Great Lawn and Community Garden provide serene spaces to relax and enjoy nature.

Proximity to San Francisco

Urban Conveniences

Living at Luminescence at Liberty means you’re just a short drive from San Francisco’s vibrant city life. Enjoy world-class dining, shopping, cultural attractions, and entertainment without the daily hustle of city living.

Healthcare and Services

Access to top-tier healthcare facilities and essential services is conveniently nearby, ensuring you have everything you need within reach.

Discover Your New Home

For more information about Luminescence at Liberty, including available floor plans and pricing, contact us today. Our team is ready to help you find your perfect home in this premier 55+ community.

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The Retreats

Rancho Murieta, CA
Homes from the $800's

The Retreats is a gated community offering single-family new homes for sale in Rancho Murieta, CA. Choose from 4 unique single story floorplans on spacious homesites. Home sizes range from 2,292 sf up to 3,077 sf with up to 5 bedrooms and an option for our Extra Suite Plus for multigenerational living. Enjoy living within the privately gated golf course community of Rancho Murieta Country Club. Residents can enjoy evening strolls on the community walking paths and nature trails around the lakes or just a visit to the Murieta Equestrian Center. Rancho Murieta is conveniently located just 25 miles from Sacramento.
Offered By: K. Hovnanian Homes Northern California, Inc.

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Carmel Ranch

Oakdale, CA
Homes from Mid $600K

Carmel Ranch is a beautiful gated new home community in Oakdale, CA. These new homes have 3 single story and two 2-story home designs with up to 5 beds, 3 baths and 2,752 sq. ft. of living space. If you are looking for multi-generational living 2 of our home designs offer our Extra Suite or our Extra Suite Plus. Each home is offered in one of our new interior design Looks Collections: Loft, Farmhouse, Classic or Elements for on-trend style in your new home. Come experience stunning interiors and sophisticated living all at an incredible value. Homeowners will enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle with easy access to a charming downtown, Oakdale Golf & Country Club across the street and many other outdoor recreation in the area. Know as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” Oakdale has a lot to offer.
Offered By: K. Hovnanian Homes Northern California, Inc.

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K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Homestead | New Homes in Dixon CA

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Homestead

Dixon, CA
Homes coming soon.

Welcome to K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Homestead, a new active adult 55+ community with new single-family homes for sale in Dixon, California. Enjoy a gated, resort-style community with world-class amenities that offer active adults a well-deserved lifestyle of relaxation & recreation. Residents can experience world-class amenities and low-maintenance living year-round. The community’s amenities include a clubhouse with a luxurious swimming pool, an indoor fitness center, a billiards and cards room, outdoor stage, dog park, fire pit and more. There are also plenty of ways to stay active outdoors with walking trails, pickleball courts and bocce courts.

Located in beautiful Solano County, this 55 and over community is in an ideal location with easy access to major roadways like I-80, shopping, dining, and more. Soak in the small-town charm of Dixon, formerly an outpost during California’s Gold Rush. For a day trip or weekend getaway, enjoy the short commute to nearby Napa, Tahoe, Sacramento or the Bay Area.

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K Hov Terra Lago | California Gated 55 Plus Communities CA Retire

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Terra Lago

Indio, CA
Homes: $267,990 - $345,990

K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Terra Lago in Indio, CA is an active lifestyle gated community for those 55 and better. Residents here enjoy the centerpiece of the community, The Lodge, a spectacular recreation facility that offers activities, events and fun gathering spaces. Indoors you’ll find a grand ballroom, library, craft room, game room, yoga studio, hair salon, fitness center, computer room, bistro, lounge and even an indoor pool. Outdoors enjoy the firepit, resort-style pool and spa, bocce, horseshoes and a putting green.

The Lodge offers many classes and activities so you can enjoy your favorite hobbies and even discover new talents. With a world of amenities and like-minded residents, at K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Terra Lago your residents will become dear friends. Homes range from 1,559 square feet up to 2,747 square feet and focus on open designs that create a flow between indoor and outdoor living. Convenient spaces throughout provide ample storage and help you keep your home neat and organized. Surrounding by gorgeous mountains, there are beautiful views all around and some homesites even border the golf course next door allowing private golf course views.

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Robson Communities

Robson Communities

Arizona, Texas, and California
Robson Communities is a leading developer of luxury 55+ active adult communities in the United States. The company was founded in 1966 by Ed Robson, and it has since developed over 20 communities in Arizona, Texas, and California. Robson Communities' communities are known for their high-quality homes, world-class amenities, and active lifestyles. The company's mission is to "create exceptional places where people can live, grow, and thrive." The company is committed to giving back to the communities it serves, and it has donated millions of dollars to local charities.

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