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 - 2 hours online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,441
SQFT
531 S Myers
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 hours online
$1,895,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,980
SQFT
7863 Caminito El Rosario
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 hours online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,441
SQFT
527 S Myers
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 hours online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,441
SQFT
523 S Myers
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 hours online
$1,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,488
SQFT
5410 La Jolla Blvd Boulevard #A210
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - 6 hours online
$3,129,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
1730 Avenida Del Mundo #108
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - 10 hours online
$4,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
9,367
SQFT
13840 Rancho Capistrano Bend
San Diego, CA 92130
East Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 24 hours online
$1,399,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,492
SQFT
358 Vista Del Rey
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 24 hours online
$1,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
5474 Caminito Bayo
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 24 hours online
$2,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,798
SQFT
527 Liverpool Drive
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - yesterday
$7,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,785
SQFT
7847 Sendero Angelica
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,295,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,292
SQFT
819 Nantasket Ct
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$524,888
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
760
SQFT
999 N N Pacific St #C202
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,057
SQFT
10034 Heavenly Way
La Mesa, CA 91941
La Mesa Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,618
SQFT
2376 Alta Vista Drive
Vista, CA 92084
 
New Listing - yesterday
$2,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
3624 Garfield Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,530,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,854
SQFT
7658 Caminito Coromandel
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,230,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,434
SQFT
1098 Leroy
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,249,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,322
SQFT
830 Ensenada Ct
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,085
SQFT
30329 Calle La Reina
Bonsall, CA 92003
 
New Listing - yesterday
$469,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,300
SQFT
2645 Payson Drive
Julian, CA 92036
 
New Listing - yesterday
$4,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,411
SQFT
1630 Crespo Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,146
SQFT
2707 Costebelle Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037-3518
 
New Listing - yesterday
$528,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
668
SQFT
475 Redwood St #1104
San Diego, CA 92103
Hillcrest Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$4,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,754
SQFT
5662 Dolphin Pl
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$8,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,749
SQFT
154 26th St
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,275,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,308
SQFT
8110 El Paseo Grande #304
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$6,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,909
SQFT
128 11th Street
Del Mar, CA 92014
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$5,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,495
SQFT
1030 Loma Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Village Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,770
SQFT
6711 Dwane Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$3,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,640
SQFT
2242 Oxford
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,350,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,587
SQFT
550 Front Street #2902
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,010,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,645
SQFT
1905 S Myers #3
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,600,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,978
SQFT
1456 Seacoast Dr #2C
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$6,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,995
SQFT
3409 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$3,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,780
SQFT
1640 Ludington Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$2,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,350
SQFT
14211 Pinewood
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,425,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,113
SQFT
1219 Coast Blvd ##2
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$975,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,419
SQFT
14260 Barrymore St
San Diego, CA 92129
Rancho Penasquitos Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,739,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,737
SQFT
10580 Abalone Landing Terrace
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$5,199,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,170
SQFT
100 Harbor Drive #3803 & 3804
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,728
SQFT
7390 Via Capri
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$650,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
288
SQFT
704 N The Strand #14
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$795,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
288
SQFT
704 N The Strand #15
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,883
SQFT
407 10th St.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,139
SQFT
14210 Half Moon Bay Drive
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$869,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,169
SQFT
1760 Verdin Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Aviara Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$589,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,402
SQFT
11159 Scripps Ranch Blvd
San Diego, CA 92131
Scripps Ranch Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,942
SQFT
1601 S Myers #1
Oceanside, CA 92054
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,090,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,218
SQFT
809 Sea Turf Circle
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$14,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,263
SQFT
2040 Ocean Front
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,097,700
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
784
SQFT
3755 Ocean Front Walk #17
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$574,995
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,346
SQFT
831 Kalpati Circle #B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,055,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
163 Dahlia Ave
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,649,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,880
SQFT
2547 Galveston
San Diego, CA 92110
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,395,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,438
SQFT
329 Bonair St #3
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,236
SQFT
32 Half Moon Bend
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Cays Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,610
SQFT
1724 Ocean Front St #4
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,100,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,541
SQFT
1724 Ocean Front St #3
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$635,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,012
SQFT
550 Front St #306
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision