Viewing Orange County Through a Different Lens.
It shouldn’t take much to convince you to retire here. In fact, when it comes to the amazing lifestyle and quality of life… it just doesn’t get any better than Orange County, California!
It’s likely, you’ve already fallen in love with the gorgeous weather, diverse landscapes and picturesque views. Great schools, low crime, a strong economy and high-paying jobs give more reason to be here. And varied arts, cultures, food and entertainment add a big cherry on top!
But when transitioning to retirement, it’s a bit of twist. In considering the best places to retire in Orange County, you’re sure to come up with a few ideas of where you’d like to settle… probably even too many!
Nothing Comes Cheap in Orange County
Of course, price tags are a big factor… and the word “affordable” is a very relative term here. But the good thing is, there are many different housing styles, locations, amenities, and yes… prices. But just remember, with Orange County retirement communities… you’re buying more than just a home. You’re buying the lifestyle… in the truest sense.
And as a retirement strategy, buying a retirement home with your retirement nest egg… built-up home equity… or a reverse mortgage, is great way to downsize into a less costly, newer and age-friendly home.
Narrowing Down Your Choices
Homebuilders have delivered some of their best work here, with a blend of modern and mature homes, across diverse, age-friendly communities. Choose from attached or detached homes, condos, manufactured homes or beach cottages in refined neighborhoods, on golf courses, or set in beautiful coastal, urban or hill-side locations.
But with all the great options here, you’ll need help to decide. And we’re ready to help you fine-tune your choices. As you go through this guide, you’ll find diverse home options in 55 and over communities across the best retirement neighborhoods in Orange County.
We’ll break it all down for you!
We profile 20 retirement communities, across 13 different cities and towns, with statistics, pricing, links, frequently asked questions and other detailed information to help you decide where to retire in Orange County.
More information on Orange County 55+ communities.
Brea, Orange County, California
A thriving city of 40,000 residents located in the northern foothills of Orange County, Brea is an ideal place to live, work and play.
The city named Brea, meaning “tar” in Spanish, and was founded in 1991 after the oil boom of the day. The city theme is “Oil, Oranges and Opportunity” and for good reason. The historical influence of its beginning is well preserved and many historical icons are nicely intermixed with modern commercial and residential developments.
Birch Street, is a lively downtown area filled with over 50 acres of shopping, entertainment and residences, along with the pedestrian friendly “Promenade” area. Along with a lively local economy, top rated school systems and plenty of places to play, you’ll find a vast collection of public art, museums, cultural centers and excellent restaurants.
You’ll also notice Brea’s forward thinking through its strong commitment to solar energy initiatives and solar panels spread across the city as part of the “Brea Energy Project.”
La Floresta – New 55 Plus Communities in Brea, California
This modern, active adult community in downtown Brea, CA, is adjacent to the lively Birch Street area and “The Village” with 87,000 sq. ft of specialty retail shops and restaurants.
There are two gated, 55+ communities within the larger, La Floresta community along with other all-age communities. They feature modern trends in new home designs with open living layouts, gourmet kitchens with oversized kitchen islands and entry ways and built-in benches and cubbies.
Olvera at La Floresta (55 Plus Community)
A new master planned community by Del Webb Homes, this community offers 3 luxurious, single family designs from 2,216 – 3,041 sq. feet, with 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms, and 2-car garage units with either one or two-level designs, with prices starting at $899,990.
HOA fees covers all maintenance and resort-like amenities and common areas.
Modern conveniences include a swimming club and recreation center with many programs planned to encourage creative, social, physical, and intellectual recreational opportunities, with a fitness center, lounge, ballroom, catering kitchen, multi-purpose room, pickleball courts and outdoor pool, spa & patio.
There are also plenty of walking and biking trails throughout the entire La Floresta community.
Solana at La Floresta (55 Plus Community)
Another new master planned community offering 4 different designs from 1,396 – 2,113 sq. feet, with 2-3 bedrooms, 2-3 bathrooms and 2-car garage units with prices starting at roughly $690,000.
HOA fees cover maintenance of community amenities, common areas, swimming club, recreation center and walking and biking trails.
Corona Del Mar, Orange County, California
Corona Del Mar is a community of roughly 12,500 residents within the coastal city of Newport Beach. This small sea-side village is known for its ideal climate, lively atmosphere and luxurious lifestyle.
With stunning beaches and bluff fronts overlooking the Newport Harbor, amazing restaurants, upscale shopping and 7 eclectic neighborhoods, Corona del Mar is one of the most sought-after places to live on the west coast.
Also known as “CdM” for short, Corona del Mar is very walkable and has a good mix of singles, families and retirees. It boasts sandy shores, views of Catalina Island and some of the best beaches in Orange County. The main beach is a great spot for ocean swimming with rocky areas for climbing and hiking, and plenty of BBQ pits and volleyball courts.
The “PCH Strip” runs through the village and is packed with restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops and is a super-lively part of town. The rest of Newport Beach is easily accessed and offers even more luxury and attractions.
Corona Del Mar 55 plus communities
Terraces at Corona Del Mar (55+ Community)
In an ideal location for beach-lovers, The Terraces is only a short walk to the beach and PCH shopping areas (within 1 mile). This peaceful community is a small, close-knit, relaxed environment.
Constructed in 1988, the community has 100 single-story 2 bedroom/2 bath Cape Cod-style attached homes/condominiums, ranging from approximately 1,400 – 1,800 sq. feet and attached 2-car garages.
Price range: from the high $900s to mid $1Ms.
HOA fees: roughly $360 per month.
The community clubhouse includes a spacious pool, spa, card room, billiards & game room, with an outdoor BBQ area. Activities include weekly happy hours, bridge games and holiday parties.
The Oasis Senior Center offers plenty senior services and other recreational activities and is located directly adjacent to The Terraces. This includes comfortable outdoor seating areas around fire pits, a community garden, a modern fitness center and social clubs and classes… all within a short walk.
The community also has direct access to the “Buck Gully” natural, coastal canyon ecological reserve area, and a 2.6-mile hiking trail.
Dana Point, Orange County, California
Located mid-way between L.A. and San Diego lies the beautiful resort town, Dana Point. With idyllic climate, there are plenty of interests to keep you active. And the 7 miles of ocean front bluffs provide views overlooking the harbor and even as far as Catalina Island and La Jolla.
The busy harbor has over 50 shops and restaurants and is home to over 2,500 boats. Doheny State Park has 62 acres of beaches, tidepools and campgrounds, where over 850,000 campers visit each year. The Capistrano, or “Capo” Beach area is less commercialized and is your typical laid-back beach town. While the Lantern Village residential area reflects the town’s historical roots. With many small shopping centers and old-fashioned shops, two one-way streets intersect the town, making it easy to cross the town in just minutes.
Along with diverse restaurants and a full range of Senior Services, there are activities like: golf, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing & boat cruises, beach volleyball, fishing, yoga, hiking trails, bird and whale watching and of course… surfing!
Dana Point’s world-famous surfing culture includes a long list of surfing icons, including Hobie Alter, Surfer’s Journal, Surfer’s Magazine and the famous surf film, “Endless Summer” was made here. Annual events include the Festival of Whales, the Tall Ships Festival, Concours d’Elegance classic car show, Grand Prix bicycle race, Thanksgiving festival/events with 5/10K Turkey Trot run/walk, Doheny Blues Festival, Boat Parade and summer concert series. And the Dana Point Symphony, a 50-piece orchestra, presents classical music concerts.
Dana Point CA Active Adult Communities
The Fountains at Sea Bluffs – 62+ Senior Living Community
Offering true resort living, The Fountains at Sea Bluffs sits in an idyllic location atop an ocean bluff, with spectacular ocean views.
The Fountains is a resident-owned, 62-year old and over community, located 1/2 mile from the beach and Dana Point Harbor, and is also within walking distance to the Dana Point Senior Center and several parks.
Constructed in the late 1990’s, there are 179 single-story condominiums, ranging in size from 940 – 2,100 square feet, with 1-3 bedrooms and up to 3 bathrooms.
Ideal for socializing and building friendships, there are numerous social programs, excursions and events scheduled all year-round! Enjoy daily chef-prepared meals in an ocean-view dining room, or the heated swimming pool, putting greens, fitness center with sauna, steam room and spa, wellness center, library, arts & crafts studio, computer center, card & game rooms.
You’ll have plenty of time for activities as the staff takes care of your laundry and housekeeping, which are also included in your monthly fees.
Offering Continuing Care Options
A diverse range of senior home options are all available… on the same ocean view campus! These include independent living, as well as Assisted Living and Memory Care packages, available at any time, as needed, during your residence.
Fountain Valley, Orange County, California
Northeast of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley is a quiet, suburban city, known for its family-friendly neighborhoods. Ideal summer temperatures in the 70’s, and cooler winter temps in the 50’s give it a slightly different climate than the coastal cities. Centrally located, and with Interstate I-405 splitting the town, it’s easy to get anywhere quickly within Orange County.
Once known for agriculture, it is now home to several major corporations like Hyundai, D-Link Corp., Kingston Technology, Surefire LLC, and several other manufacturers.
Mile Square Regional Park, is a 640-acre park with many lakes, ponds, trails, and trees… and is a great place to go for a run, ride a bike, or get some exercise. The park is the main recreation attraction, with two lakes, three golf courses, playing fields, picnic shelters, and a 20-acre urban-nature area with native plant life. There’s also a 55-acre recreation center with tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a gymnasium, the Kingston Boys & Girls Club, a community center and a 16,652-sq. foot senior center. The park is also home to the annual “Summerfest” event, with a car show, rides, music, and booths.
You’ll find a huge variety of dining choices at over 100 restaurants, as well as nearby beaches at Huntington Beach just 7 miles away, offering other great aspects to Fountain Valley.
Options for getting around include the OCTA bus routes, servicing the main community, with community shuttle available in several areas, and a free senior shuttle service running daily.
Liberty at Founders Village – 55 Plus Community
Built in 2004, this 55-plus community is just a short walk to the Founders Village Senior Center. It is also just a quick drive to the freeway, shopping and all the best of Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, including: Fountain Valley golf course, Mile Square Park, shopping at South Coast Plaza and the OC Performing Arts Center, many international restaurants and a short drive to the beach.
Liberty at Founders Village consists of approximately 54 condos and single -story homes, ranging in size from approximately 1,328-1,980 sq. ft.
Most units have 2 bedrooms and 1-2 bathrooms and a 1-car attached garage.
Each home features a large kitchen with a work island, walk-in closets, and a separated utility/laundry room.
Amenities & Prices
Amenities include wonderful options for entertaining friends and family, including a pool, spa, clubhouse and BBQ area. The Founders Village Senior Center includes many senior services, activities, events and free senior transportation is offered 7 day a week
Huntington Beach, Orange County, California
Located north of Newport Beach, south of Sunset Beach and west of Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach is one of the larger cities in Orange County.
Known as “Surf City U.S.A.,” it’s more than just wide, beautiful beaches and a laid-back lifestyle. It’s an active, vibrant community with a huge range of diverse activities, including boutique shopping, amazing restaurants, cafes, markets, beachside lodging and traditional outdoor/beach activities. As a top vacation destination and the closest beach to Disneyland (only 50 minutes), it makes for an ideal spot to pair with a trip to Disney.
The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) stretches along the entire 8 miles of coastline, and the intersection of Main St. and the PCH marks the heart of town and is loaded with cool places! Here you’ll find the 1,850-foot Huntington Beach Pier, one of the longest on the west coast, and a prime spot for hanging out, people-watching, or shopping and dining.
Enjoying sunsets and roasting smores at bonfires is another traditional pastime, with over 500 firepits along the beach. Famous for surfing, “HB” is known to have the most consistent waves on the west coast. It is also home to the U.S. Open of Surfing and International Surf Museum. In February, the Surf City Marathon draws over 20,000 runners to its oceanfront course.
You’ll find over 750 acres across 75 city parks, plus the 1,200-acre Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve with over 300 species of birdlife and scenic hiking trails. And… the brand new Senior Center in Central Park offers all kinds of services, classes and activities for seniors.
Huntington Harbour Village – 55+ Manufactured Home Retirement Community
Ideally located, this resident owned 55+ community is just one block from Huntington Harbor and less than 2 miles from the beach and golf course.
Offering a relaxing, village-like community with friendly, active residents, there’s plenty to do with restaurants, shopping, local parks and tennis within walking distance.
The Huntington Harbour Village is located just two miles from Highway 1 and just four miles from I-405, allowing easy access to any surrounding area.
The community’s clubhouse includes: a heated pool, spa, sauna, fire pit, Chef’s kitchen, exercise room, billiards and game room, putting greens, outdoor covered BBQ area and RV & boat parking.
The community itself was developed between 1996 and 2006, with 130 single-story manufactured homes, which range in size from approximately 1,200 sq. feet – 1,900 sq. feet.
Pricing & Fees
Price Range: High $400’s-Low $500’s
HOA fees: roughly $280 per month, covering all amenities, exterior maintenance, trash services and fire insurance
Besides its ideal location for beach lovers, Huntington Harbor Village is known as the only 55-plus manufactured home community in Huntington Beach where you own the land under the home, and for its relatively low monthly HOA dues.
Video Tour of Huntington Harbour Village
Huntington Landmark – 55 Plus Condominium Community
Located less than 2 miles from the beach, the bike trail, the pier and shopping district, Huntington Landmark offers resort-style living, with a clubhouse, 2 heated swimming pools, 2 spas, putting greens, tennis and pickle-ball and shuffleboard.
This community is also filled with lovely trees, landscaping, large grassy areas and sidewalks throughout for exercise and walking pets.
Built in 1983, Huntington Landmark has over 1,200 condo-style homes, with both single and two stories, of approximately 800 – 1,300 sq. feet. The units feature 1 bed, 1 bath, and up to 3-bed 2-bath homes, all with detached 1-car garages.
There’s also plenty of convenient parking for second vehicles and guests.
The clubhouse includes a gym, library, billiards, and numerous activity rooms, with many social clubs. The social activities include: bingo, dinner dances, pool parties, movies, and much more. There is also 24-hour security patrols and RV parking for residents.
A very walkable location, the post office, bank, grocery store, café, restaurants and other shopping are all nearby and within walking distance.
Pricing & Fees
Price Range: from $375k to $525k
HOA Fees: $460, covering all amenities and maintenance (contact the HOA directly at 714-960-5475 for updates and details).
Video Tour of Huntington Landmark
Windward Cove – 55 Plus Condominium Community
Perfect for downsizing in your retirement years, this gated, 55 plus community in West Huntington Beach, consists of 1 to 2- bed, 1-bath condos, all under 1,000 sq. feet.
The 96 units in Windward Cove were built in 1984 and are located either on the lower floor or upper floor. They have open floor plans with spacious kitchens, wood or stucco exteriors, and a balcony or covered patio.
The grounds feature great outdoor spaces with a greenbelt and walking trails. Residents here love planning fun neighborhood events and activities… and there are also several clubs and groups meeting regularly for cards, games, book clubs, hobby groups and more.
Location, Location, Location!
Windward Cove is also close to major retail stores, shops, and restaurants. Huntington Beach Hospital is located just outside the community, making it a great location for anyone needing medical care.
From here you can also walk to nearby dining options and shopping (with a Walmart and Home Depot located down the street) and you’ll love being near the beach, with Huntington Beach Pier less than 4 miles away.
There is no clubhouse here (hence the lower HOA fees), but it is a walkable community, adjacent to Terry Park at 7701 Taylor Dr., where you have access to a basketball court, park benches, picnic tables, sand playground area, swing sets, and grass area.
Pricing & Fees
Price Range: Low $200s-Low $300s
HOA Fees: roughly $215 (including fire insurance and exterior maintenance).
Please verify updated HOA information, coverage, amenities, including rules and regulations by calling the HOA company at (714) 891-8804.
Current Listings & Available Units at Windward Cove
To view current listings and see more info about Windward Cove 55+ Condos click here.
Laguna Niguel, Orange County, California
Located in the San Joaquin Hills of southeastern of Orange County, Laguna Niguel borders the cities of Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, and is only a short drive to the beaches in neighboring Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Beach.
One of the 1st master-planned communities in California, it is mostly a residential city, serving as base for nearby employment centers of northern and central Orange County. Considered a very affluent city, the median household income is 31% higher than the rest of Orange County.
It’s also known for its mild climate, low crime rate, top-rated schools, and upscale shopping and dining options. A very livable, convenient location, with great spaces for gathering, sports and activities, this active community features hillsides, canyons and extensive parks, dozens of nearby golf courses, public trails and 60 miles of bicycle lanes within the city.
In addition, the fiscally conservative city government has new infrastructure projects on the way… the Agora Arts District Development Project… set to add more retail, dining and event spaces while integrating housing and pedestrian-friendly spaces to the downtown area.
The City of Laguna Niguel provides transportation service to the Sea Country Senior & Community Center for residents age 60+ unable to drive. Four OCTA bus routes service Laguna Niguel (#85, 87, 187 & 490 – connecting to the Mission Viejo Metro Link Train Station).
Monarch Summit II – 55 Plus Community – Attached Single Story-Homes
Monarch Summit II consists of 190 single-level, 2-bed, 2-bath homes, ranging in size from 1,400 – 1,700 sq. feet, with 2-car garages.
These are attached homes, built between 1976-1977 with open floor plans, cathedral ceilings, back porches… and some homes including 3 bedrooms.
Superb Location & Community Amenities
Tucked away on 77 acres of land, this very walkable and private community has a breezy climate, perched 936 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
Monarch Summit II has a beautifully maintained, park-like greenery, with amazing panoramic views from the clubhouse, pool and yards. Many homes have ocean views, while others have mountain, canyon or views of city lights.
Located near the I-5, 73, 405 and the Pacific Coast Highway, you can conveniently travel to Orange County beaches, the art galleries at Laguna Beach, and local shopping at the Shops at Mission Viejo Mall and Crown Valley Mall.
Friendly residents enjoy fun get-togethers and organize activities to explore the abundant nearby nature… and make use of the resort-style pool, indoor spa, billiards, table tennis, game and meeting rooms, and full kitchen.
One of the Best Retirement Communities in Orange County
If you’re seeking a 55+ community that’s close to nature or with water views, look no farther!
This community is adjacent to Seaview Park, connecting to hiking at the Aliso Summit Trail, and is also close to Woods Wilderness Parks.
Golf is also nearby at the El Niguel Country Club and at Ben Brown’s Golf Course at The Ranch.
Pricing & Fees
Price Range: Low $700s-Mid $800s
HOA Fees: $300 (covering roof, exterior and common area maintenance and trash removal).
Monarch Summit II – Video Tour
Laguna Woods, Orange County, California
Situated in the heart of South Orange County, in Laguna Woods you’ll find a diverse and vibrant community called Laguna Woods Village, which makes up roughly 90% of the of the entire city.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking this is just an old-folks place. Think of it more like a retirement community turned into a lively city… with active, involved residents, many of whom are still working!
Laguna Woods is just 5 miles from the coast and very close to expansive outdoors spaces, like the 7,000-acre Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and the 4,500-acre Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. This makes for the perfect environment for nature-lovers, while Laguna Woods Village residents have a vast selection social clubs & clubhouses, golf courses, equestrian centers and continuing education at top colleges and universities to choose from.
There’s also the nearby Florence Sylvester Senior Center in neighboring Laguna Hills, filled with activities and senior services – click here for full details and program info.
Being one of the most affordable retirement communities in Orange County… in such a great location… there’s little more you could ask for in a retirement destination!
Laguna Woods Village – Gated 55+ Retirement Community
Laguna Woods Village is a premier retirement community and one of the best places to retire in Southern California! It is also known as Leisure World Laguna Woods (or Leisure World LW), and for good reason.
As one of the largest senior communities in Orange County, with approximately 18,000 senior residents, it’s filled with endless amenities that any active senior would desire.
Built from 1964 to 1975 on nearly 2,100 acres, there are a variety of nearly 13,000 homes. These range from single-family homes, high-rise condos, attached single-level condos and co-ops, with anywhere from 1, 2 or 3-bedrooms. With 94 different floor plans, you truly have a wide range of architectural diversity to choose from!
Located 5 miles from the beaches, and a 20-minute drive to John Wayne Airport the community has easy access to the I-5, I-405 and 73 freeway.
There are no age restrictions to purchase a home at Laguna Woods Village, however, a member must be at least 55 years of age to reside in the community.
7 clubhouses with meeting/billiard/game/hobby rooms
Library staffed by resident volunteers
2 fitness Centers
5 swimming Pools/ hot pools
2 Garden centers with individual plots where residents put their “green thumb” to work.
2 RV storage lots (available for a fee)
Theatre (814 seat capacity)
Equestrian Center (either board your horse or rent one)
2 golf courses
A tennis complex with 10 tennis courts and its own clubhouse
18 hole Putting Green
4 Paddle tennis courts/ pickleball courts
Bocce/ Shuffleboard Courts
Lawn Bowling Greens
Over 250 different social activities/clubs, with events, trips and more.
For golf lovers seeking the perfect retirement spot, you’ll love the 2 professional golf courses:
27-hole, championship golf course
9-hole, par 3, executive golf course.
In addition, residents have access to the driving range, practice putting greens and chipping area, with full-time golf professionals offering private and group lessons.
Walking and Hiking
Healthy exercise is easy here with numerous green spaces and sidewalks all throughout the community.
“The Towers” – Condominiums – Mid $100s – High $100s
“United Mutual” – Condos – Mid $100s – High $400s
“Third Mutual” – Condo/Single Family Homes – Mid $100s – High $900s
$528 average, including: building insurance (fire and damage other than earthquake), cable television, water, trash pickup, exterior building maintenance (painting and roof care), grounds maintenance, plumbing and electric repair, appliance repair and replacement (Co-op only), free bus transportation, maintenance of streets, sewers, exterior lighting, round-the-clock security, full replacement fire & hazard insurance on buildings, fitness centers, pools, discounted golf… and there are NO MELLO ROOS taxes.
Click to see how these fees and amenities compare to costs of everyday expenses.
Ask about pet policies, restrictions, rules and guidelines directly from Laguna Woods Village HOA at 800-711-9273.
Mission Viejo, CA
Mission Viejo is an amazing community with abundant recreation and a focus on safe, family living, cultural arts, youth education and athletics, community programs and events. This 10,000-acre area has roughly 40 parks (2 parks per sq. mile), 3 golf courses… and the 70 foot-deep, Lake Mission Viejo, with swimming, boating, fishing, festivities and events.
The city is home to many popular shopping centers, as well as Mission Hospital Trauma Center, Saddleback College, the amazing facilities at the Mission Viejo family YMCA, and the Norman P. Murray Community & Senior Center and its many senior services and programs.
The residents are passionate and very involved in making the town special. Continually ranked as the safest city in California… it has also won that distinction for the entire U.S. Public safety, welfare, education and proactive community involvement are clear priorities… and the arts scene is very strong and well supported here too.
A very walkable city, with over 1,100 acres of trails and open spaces, it is known for picturesque, tree-lined neighborhoods. Mission Viejo is also a leader in water conservation, recycling and environmental awareness efforts.
The Marguerite Recreation Center features state-of-the-art tennis facilities, and the world-famous Narrador Aquatic Center and the World Cup Soccer Training Center are also located in Mission Viejo.
Casta Del Sol – Single Family 55+ homes
Casta Del Sol is a guarded and gated, 55+ community in Mission Viejo CA, with over 1,900 single-level homes built between 1972 & 1987.
Built on 263 acres of land, the homes have anywhere from 1 to 3 bedrooms and various floor plans, including the Fiesta, Carmel, and Original Series. They range anywhere from 970 to 1,800 sq. feet and have attached garages, with some featuring loft spaces.
This is resort-style living at its best… with spectacular natural beauty and lots of opportunities for exercise and social activities.
These walkable neighborhoods are filled with open spaces, parks, gardens and greenbelts making for an excellent area for walking and hiking. One of the recreation centers has an impressive view of the golf course and nearby mountains.
It’s also a perfect place for senior golfers, located directly next to the Ted Robinson-designed, Casta Del Sol Golf Course.
Casta Del Sol Amenities include:
2 Swimming pools and Spa
2 Recreation Centers
Arts & Crafts room
Community Heritage Garden
Community Vegetable Garden
Other Sports- Related Facilities
Casta Del Sol Social Clubs & Activities
There are ample social opportunities… with more than 50 social clubs including:
Bocce Ball Group
Craft for charity group
Ham Radio Club
Lawn Bowling Club
Location & Nearby Points of Interest
The community is located near the I-5 freeway, so you’ll have convenient access to OC beaches and to Los Angeles and San Diego. In addition, the John Wayne International Airport in Santa Ana, is only about a half hour drive.
Boating and fishing activities at Lake Mission Viejo are also within walking distance.
Casta Del Sol Golf Course Info:
27601 Casta Del Sol, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, Phone: (949) 470-4996
Palmia Mission Viejo – Attached & Detached Homes- 55+ Community
This is one of the best active adult communities in Orange County… ideal for active retirement living, with countless amenities and clubs including Club Palmia, a resort-style, 12,000-sq. foot recreation center.
There are seven neighborhoods in the community, with over 900 homes, built between 1988 and 1999. There’s a mix of attached and detached single-family homes, with to up to 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and anywhere from 900 to 2,500 sq. feet. Each home has a ground-floor master suite, 2-car garage and some feature a loft/den.
Amenities at Palmia Mission Viejo
- A 12,000-sq. foot Clubhouse
- Swimming Pool/Spa
- Fitness Room
- Card Room
- Sports and Recreation
- 18 hole Putting Green Course
- Tennis Courts
- Paddle Tennis/ Pickle-ball Courts
- Social Clubs
There are many clubs, activities, parties, or trips to participate in at Palmia, including:
Create Your Own Cards
Next Generation Club
Palmia Players Club
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA
Located in the unincorporated areas of South Orange County, Rancho Mission Viejo is a 23,000-acre ranch, farm and habitat reserve, with newly built residential communities.
Gavilán 55 plus communities in Rancho Mission Viejo & Esencia – Master-Planned Communities
Set within this master-planned ranch development are five 55+ communities, located near Ortega Highway, just 5 miles from the beach, known as Gavilán. The name Gavilán refers to the age-restricted 55+ communities, which are located within the villages of Sendero (sold-out) and Esencia, a newly-built agrihood community which also includes homes for all ages.
Embracing Heritage & Living Close to the Land
Rancho Mission Viejo is considered an important piece of California history with a strong ranching heritage. The communities are designed to bring tight-knit, fully integrated living, and the chance to share the land with whoever desires to come enjoy the outdoors. The communities share modern amenities and a 17,000-acre “Reserve” area of open space.
You’ll get a sense of the lifestyle here from the communal farms and barns, raised planter beds, row crops, fruits trees, and the many workshops conducted by local farmers to promote sustainable gardening and healthy living.
This is an idyllic place, with the ultimate in convenient, low-maintenance living and amenities.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
A truly unique place to live for many reasons, San Juan Capistrano was established in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra and indigenous Indians who first built a Catholic mission. It’s now famous for its migrating birds and the accompanying saying: “When the swallows come back to Capistrano it’s known the world over.”
The famous train station depot is a commerce center surrounded by the historical “Los Rios” district. This area is loaded with historical buildings, including the O’Neill Museum (home of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society), and includes the oldest residential street in California.
Besides being a famous tourist destination, the town and its residents are friendly and passionate about living here. Set in hillside valleys, San Juan Capistrano offers an ideal place for families, with plenty of parks, picnic areas and athletic facilities.
There are abundant choices of excellent restaurants, many public and private golf courses, equestrian trails, senior services and activities, and both Doheny State Park Beach or Dana Point Harbor are located only 5 minutes away.
San Clemente, CA
Located about half-way between Los Angeles and San Diego, San Clemente is an ideal place to live, where the climate is nearly perfect year-round. This is a truly a memorable destination for anyone who visits, thanks to wonderful beachside settings and panoramic views.
The city was founded in the 1930’s with an image of a Spanish Village by the sea. This vision is still very much intact today and is clearly reflected by the town’s charm, laid-back character and lively downtown area.
You’ll find countless restaurants, diverse shopping, a luxury marina with wonderful residential neighborhoods. And the Dorothy Visser Senior Center has a full schedule of activities, programs, services and wellness center!
The Avenida del Mar and Talega areas boast amazing shopping and dining, and the iconic 1,296-foot, San Clemente Pier is supreme for catching views, enjoying the beach and dining.
And with plenty of activities like golf, fishing, biking, hiking and a huge surfing legacy… there’s always something fun and interesting to see and do in San Clemente!
Seal Beach, CA
Just south of Long Beach and north of Huntington, Seal Beach is a wonderful seaside community with great surfing, charming shops and historic homes. Also called Mayberry-by-the-Sea, it is one of the smallest beach towns in Southern California, just 13.2 sq. miles in size.
Most homes are within walking distance to the beach. And overall, you’ll find great blend of beach activities, shopping and entertainment. Main Avenue is the biggest attraction area, close to the beach and dotted with great boutiques, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
The 1,835-foot, wooden pier, is the 2nd longest in California, built in 1906. Take a brisk stroll along the pier and you’ll find sweeping views of Long Beach, the Queen Mary and the Seal Beach shoreline.
Filled with history, Seal Beach was home to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose and Electric Avenue once served as the Pacific Electric Railway line (running 40 miles from LA to Balboa Peninsula), now honored by the Red Car Museum. And the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station is home to a World War II Submarine Memorial.
The Seal Beach Senior Center has numerous senior services and programs, and tennis fans will love the Seal Beach Tennis Center… with 16 courts, a fitness center, pro shop, clubhouse and locker rooms. You’ll see there are plenty of fun and interesting activities for everyone, in this very relaxed and affordable community.
Tustin is a very desirable community in the Los Angeles metro area, with Irvine on the south and east, Santa Ana to the west, and the Foothills and City of Orange to the north. Just inland from the coast, the beaches in Newport Beach are less than a 20-minute drive and Huntington Beach is about 25 minutes via route 55.
Known as the “city of trees”, Tustin has a landscape filled with a variety of magnificent old trees, and has strong roots to its past. Its heritage is clearly visible in the fascinating historic homes and commercial storefronts in the Old Town. But Tustin’s strong tradition flourishes today with modern communities, shopping centers, top-ranked schools and a diverse economy.
Chosen in 2009 by Forbes as one of the top 25 towns to live in America, Tustin is ideally located with a short commute to nearby job centers, also ranking in the top 10% for start-up and sole-proprietor businesses based here.
The Tustin Area Senior Center has many educational opportunities, activities, events and services and there are many colleges and universities nearby as well.