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.

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

Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,998,300
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
7,153
SQFT
1449 Grandview Rd
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 hours online
$1,788,888
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,091
SQFT
2 Bridgetown Bend
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Cays Subdivision
New Listing - 6 hours online
$2,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,326
SQFT
363 Nautilus Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$889,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,923
SQFT
878 Verin Lane
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Chula Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 hours online
$1,379,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
1,031
SQFT
1780 Avenida Del Mundo #305
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - 6 hours online
$1,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,835
SQFT
5024 Nighthawk Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
 
New Listing - 6 hours online
$2,780,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,464
SQFT
6944 Country Club Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$3,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,318
SQFT
1463 Paseo De Las Flores
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,409
SQFT
1542 Camino Linda Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 12 hours online
$1,180,000
Land For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
3794 Highland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Csbw Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,449,999
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
896
SQFT
1625 Glorietta Blvd
Coronado, CA 92118
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,650,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,008
SQFT
435 S Sierra Avenue #114
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,583
SQFT
1126 Catalina Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$685,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,546
SQFT
335 Las Flores Terrace
San Diego, CA 92114
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,396
SQFT
6403 Merlin Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - yesterday
$7,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,417
SQFT
7847 Sendero Angelica
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,330,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,333
SQFT
318 Prospect St
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$5,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,390
SQFT
2265 Calle Tiara
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$2,295,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,950
SQFT
2070 Illion St
San Diego, CA 92110
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,499,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,117
SQFT
4767 Ocean Blvd #810
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,536
SQFT
1310 Alexandria Drive
San Diego, CA 92107
Point Loma Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,384
SQFT
5822 Blazing Star Lane
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,662
SQFT
100 Harbor Dr #4002
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,345,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,836
SQFT
990 Audrey Place
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,123
SQFT
2016 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
TOTAL BATH
864
SQFT
939 Coast Blvd #LB and 3A
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,573
SQFT
2127 Heather Ln
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,700
SQFT
13703 Vernazza Ct
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$4,995,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,774
SQFT
939 Coast Boulevard #18 F & G
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,015
SQFT
144 Sequoia Avenue #4
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,050,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,451
SQFT
321 Crocus Court
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,872
SQFT
2145 Edinburg Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$6,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,085
SQFT
4469 Adams St
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,620,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,116
SQFT
1445 Ranch Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$6,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,171
SQFT
7191 Encelia Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
Open House Fri, Oct 22, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$850,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,430
SQFT
1119 Reed Avenue #4
San Diego, CA 92109
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,737
SQFT
3306 Donna Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$890,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,920
SQFT
2504 Valley Waters Court
Spring Valley, CA 91978
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$600,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
876
SQFT
1111 Seacoast Dr. #20
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,018
SQFT
1153 Wilbur Avenue
San Diego, CA 92109
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$700,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,640
SQFT
1214 La Mesa Avenue
Spring Valley, CA 91977
 
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 5 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$6,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,524
SQFT
621 San Elijo
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
419 Via Cruz
Oceanside, CA 92057
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,640
SQFT
6783 Palermi Pl
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
4059 Aidan Circle
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 6 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$935,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,430
SQFT
4404 Fanuel Street
San Diego, CA 92109
 
New Listing - a week online
$3,650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,670
SQFT
342 Playa Del Sur
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$769,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,183
SQFT
3225 Newell Street #8
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,408
SQFT
1036 Nolan Lane
Chula Vista, CA 91911
 
New Listing - a week online
$3,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,800
SQFT
2802 Hartford Court
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,884
SQFT
3422 Borreson Street
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
Open House Sun, Oct 24, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$739,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
2874 Luciernaga Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - a week online
$9,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
10,196
SQFT
4920 Rancho Del Mar Trail
San Diego, CA 92130
 
Foreclosure
$795,000
Land For Sale
Active
7.05
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Via Conca Doro
Vista, CA 92084
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,449,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,191
SQFT
4767 Ocean Boulevard #405
San Diego, CA 92109
 
Open House Sat, Oct 23, 6 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,499,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,645
SQFT
295 Chinquapin Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - a week online
$599,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
625
SQFT
2064 Kettner Blvd #37
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$6,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,767
SQFT
368 Holmwood Ln
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,295
SQFT
4246 Trias
San Diego, CA 92103
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,453
SQFT
3848 Dixon Place
San Diego, CA 92107
Point Loma Subdivision