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 - 19 hours online
$1,649,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
90 N Coast Highway 101 #203
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$1,249,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,932
SQFT
1542 Alta La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 20 hours online
$1,875,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,134
SQFT
14708 Caminito Punta Arenas
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 20 hours online
$1,535,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,622
SQFT
2030 Via Tiempo
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 21 hours online
$1,449,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
749
SQFT
1770 Avenida Del Mundo #601
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - 21 hours online
$1,095,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,353
SQFT
140 S Pacific Street #4
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 21 hours online
$9,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,876
SQFT
7981 Prospect Place
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$3,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,274
SQFT
7832 Santaluz Inlet
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$4,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,470
SQFT
742 Marsolan Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,300
SQFT
1739 Hunsaker St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$540,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,446
SQFT
1401 Zeiss St
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,099,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,415
SQFT
3275 5th Ave #502
San Diego, CA 92103
East San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$779,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,230
SQFT
1125 S Nevada St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,566
SQFT
4071 Avati Dr
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,680
SQFT
163 Norfolk Dr
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,297,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,906
SQFT
4109 Haines
San Diego, CA 92109
Crown Point Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,297,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,039
SQFT
4105 Haines
San Diego, CA 92109
Crown Point Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$399,999
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
653
SQFT
1775 Diamond St. #1-212
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,600,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,516
SQFT
2566 Montgomery Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,099,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,208
SQFT
2270 Juan St.
San Diego, CA 92103
Mission Hills Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$714,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
837
SQFT
460 Camino Del Mar #7
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,556
SQFT
888 W E Street #2504
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,942
SQFT
17128 Blue Skies Ridge
San Diego, CA 92127
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$7,698,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,647
SQFT
2306 Ocean Front
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$799,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.3
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
7591 Camino De Arriba
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,033
SQFT
124 Breakwater
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad South Subdivision
Short Sale
$1,199,888
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,432
SQFT
999 N Pacific Street #B315
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,285,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,116
SQFT
1549 Fairway Vista
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,008
SQFT
630 Gage Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$6,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
8,236
SQFT
6092 Avenida Chamnez
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,399,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,608
SQFT
591 Sierra #47
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,875
SQFT
4032 Riviera Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$329,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
965
SQFT
3046 Iris Ave #304
San Diego, CA 92154
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,025,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,233
SQFT
1020 Wisconsin Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 3 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 - 3 days online
$2,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,030
SQFT
874 Harbor View Pl
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,980,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,579
SQFT
1207 Trieste
San Diego, CA 92107
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,089,000
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 - 3 days online
$2,900,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,850
SQFT
917 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$6,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,679
SQFT
1500 Orange Ave #17
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Village Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$449,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATHS
364
SQFT
415 Gravilla St #33
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$679,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,002
SQFT
1112 S Pacific ##A1
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,400
SQFT
14878 Eastvale Road
Poway, CA 92064
Poway Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,457
SQFT
6638 Morro Heights Rd
Oceanside, CA 92057
Fallbrook Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,698,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,040
SQFT
7505 Caminito Avola
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,512
SQFT
1753 Lodgepole
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,468,880
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,944
SQFT
1199 Pacific Highway #1206
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,159
SQFT
3810 Cadden Way
San Diego, CA 92117
Clairemont Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,364
SQFT
14222 Dalhousie
San Diego, CA 92129
Rancho Penasquitos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,265,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,069
SQFT
1689 Via Allondra
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,786
SQFT
1205 Pacific Hwy #3702
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$799,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
2569 J Street
San Diego, CA 92102
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,499,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,425
SQFT
233 S Helix Avenue #12
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,295,000
ResidentialIncome For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
315 S Nevada St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,874
SQFT
247 Rosemont
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$749,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,516
SQFT
555 Eaton St #D
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$965,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,464
SQFT
2500 Torrey Pines Rd #404
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,991
SQFT
271 Avenue De Monaco
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$539,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,739
SQFT
4071 Chanute St
San Diego, CA 92154
South Sd Subdivision