How, Where, When & Why for Your Move

1. How Exactly Are You Going to Make Your Retirement Dreams Come True?

Ideally, don’t wait until you’re retired, or just before, to start making serious plans. Think about it while you’re still working and earning. Once the details are crystalizing in your mind, talk with a local real estate agent and get their input.

2. Where Do You Want to Be?

Is it San DiegoNorth County San Diego Inland… Coastal? How far from downtown, shopping or the doctor? This could very well be the place where you live the rest of your life. 

It should also be where you are most happy!

You’ll likely be dedicating more time to scoping out towns and communities… and we have a lot of specific info that we can provide you by signing up to our newsletter in the form provided below.

3. When Do You Want to Be There?

How old will you be… or in what year do you want to move?

Having a realistic timeframe, without rushing the planning and decisions, helps you avoid skipping important steps and minimizes stress.

4. Why Do You Want This?

Help motivate yourself with what’s important to you.

Are you downsizing, simplifying, moving closer to kids, grandkids, or necessary healthcare? 

Don’t just settle for something that sounds nice. Be sure of your decision… that it makes sense for you, and not just to please others or because everyone else is doing it.

An Exercise to Help You Get Started

  1. Make a List – write down all the things you want to do in your life. Consider what activities interest you… travel, new business, tennis, golf, hiking, biking and visiting/hosting family, etc.
  2. Research and rank several different communities that seem interesting and fit your interests.
  3. List the features important to you in the community and in the home itself.
    1. Include price, community rules and restrictions, locations and proximity to shopping, entertainment, attractions and medical care.
    2. Include anything useful you learn about the neighbors and members.
  4. Use a ranking scale of 1-10 – assign a level of importance to each feature. Add up the scores to see which are the best communities.

Create a Master List

Important note… do this with your spouse, so that you each create your own separate lists of rankings. Then compare the two and combine your lists.

Narrow down the best options and eliminate the communities with a low score.

Combine the lists based on the highest rankings to create a master list to work off.

Be sure to do this research in person as you visit potential homes, and when you talk to realtors and other residents. As a starting point, use internet websites and read comments from other retirees and residents. 

Also check out DreamWellHomes.com for video tours of 55 and over communities here.

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Check out the latest ocean view homes for sale in San Diego County below

New Listing - 15 hours online
$759,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,012
SQFT
5359 La Jolla Blvd #24
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 23 hours online
$2,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,045
SQFT
839 Reed Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,490,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,101
SQFT
701 Wrelton Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,180,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,467
SQFT
1743 Kennington Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$785,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,544
SQFT
2399 Jefferson Street #7
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,949,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,230
SQFT
1730 Avenida Del Mundo #206
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,249,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,336
SQFT
1205 Pacific Hwy #3203
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$359,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
653
SQFT
1775 Diamond St #124
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$625,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,435
SQFT
2967 Brandon Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92010
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,871
SQFT
1053 Brightwood Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,375,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,268
SQFT
3360 Hill St
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
699
SQFT
4007 Everts #2H
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$478,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
897
SQFT
6575 Paseo Del Norte #B
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,510,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.053
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
717 Kingston Court
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$4,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,581
SQFT
7732 Lookout Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,074
SQFT
740 Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$4,225,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,276
SQFT
8411 Run Of The Knolls
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,325,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,500
SQFT
6075 Paseo Valencia
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,985,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
666
SQFT
2386 Newport Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$849,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,231
SQFT
15106 Lyons Valley Rd
Jamul, CA 91935
Jamul Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$15,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,770
SQFT
2318 Ocean Front
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,037
SQFT
3957 Southview Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
Clairemont Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,170
SQFT
1006 Evergreen
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$747,777
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,579
SQFT
1519 Maxwell Lane
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$739,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,704
SQFT
4025 Canario #139
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,331
SQFT
938 Opal St
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,331
SQFT
1042 Missouri St
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$699,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,285
SQFT
850 Beech St #910
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,500,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,949
SQFT
1262 Kettner Blvd #1601
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$939,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,529
SQFT
1024 Wilbur Ave #3
, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,618
SQFT
610 N Tremont Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$980,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,560
SQFT
154 Elm Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,728
SQFT
6051 Folsom Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$949,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,218
SQFT
245 Turf View Dr
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,799,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,212
SQFT
2363 King Arthur Court
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$410,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,102
SQFT
4205 Asher Street #30
San Diego, CA 92110
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,545,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,124
SQFT
476 Marview Dr
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$7,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,342
SQFT
806 4th Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$4,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,728
SQFT
6051 Folsom Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,195,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,689
SQFT
12933 Caminito Del Canto
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,238
SQFT
9017 Sundance Ct
San Diego, CA 92129
Rancho Penasquitos Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$525,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
909
SQFT
1220 Seacoast Dr #11
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$4,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,109
SQFT
134 S Granados Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$790,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,904
SQFT
4850 Renovo Way
San Diego, CA 92124
Tierrasanta Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$750,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,143
SQFT
1019 Costa Pacifica Way #1104
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,675,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,756
SQFT
730 Santa Clara Pl
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$899,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,812
SQFT
160 Elder Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,799,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
0.11
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
2273 Oxford Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,104
SQFT
2710 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Mission Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,225,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,202
SQFT
768 Puerta De Lomas
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,380,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,858
SQFT
5420 La Jolla Blvd #B204
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,052
SQFT
410 Westbourne St
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,000,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
175 Norfolk Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$705,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,778
SQFT
801 Kalpati Cir #C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$624,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,457
SQFT
1577 Elm Drive
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$670,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
183 Ebony Avenue
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,265,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,018
SQFT
4173 Huerfano Ave.
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$444,444
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,019
SQFT
2251 Altisma Way #106
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Carlsbad South Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,803
SQFT
100 Sportfisher Dr #201
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$774,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,040
SQFT
999 N Pacific St. #A215
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision