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 Sun, Jun 20, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
13398 Pantera Road
San Diego, CA 92130
 
New Listing - 9 hours online
$1,321,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,001
SQFT
3589 Paul Jones Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 14 hours online
$1,475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,246
SQFT
640 W Solana Circle #11
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$2,375,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,564
SQFT
539 S. Sierra Avenue #92
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - 16 hours online
$1,549,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,864
SQFT
1031 Reliance Way
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,475
SQFT
3056 Palm Hill Drive
Vista, CA 92084
 
New Listing - yesterday
$685,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,469
SQFT
1359 Sky Ridge Court
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - yesterday
$4,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,898
SQFT
685 Rimini Road
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - yesterday
$810,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,573
SQFT
3848 Costa Bella Dr
La Mesa, CA 91941
La Mesa Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,728
SQFT
3955 Garfield
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,395,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,547
SQFT
338 Shoemaker Court
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - yesterday
$3,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,721
SQFT
1541 San Elijo Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
879
SQFT
500 W Harbor Dr #707
San Diego, CA 92101
 
Open House Sun, Jun 20, 6 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,264
SQFT
1746 Burgundy Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,281
SQFT
1768 Kings Road
Vista, CA 92084
 
New Listing - yesterday
$3,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,973
SQFT
7782 Lookout Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$28,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BEDS
9
TOTAL BATHS
10,300
SQFT
308 Vista De La Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
Open House Sun, Jun 20, 6 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$2,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,627
SQFT
1130 Crest Rd
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
Open House Sun, Jun 20, 7 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,396
SQFT
6713 Tea Tree
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Mariners Point (Mp) Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,369,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,374
SQFT
700 W Harbor Dr #1801
San Diego, CA 92101
Park Place (31459) Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$6,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,316
SQFT
580 San Gorgonio
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$2,199,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,730
SQFT
3435 Carleton St
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$10,190,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,004
SQFT
1205 Cuchara Dr
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - 2 days online
$4,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,261
SQFT
1115 Wotan Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
Open House Sun, Jun 27, 8 PM UTC
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$7,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,785
SQFT
7847 Sendero Angelica
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$1,445,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,840
SQFT
5058 Cliff Pl
San Diego, CA 92116
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,656
SQFT
1357 Sky Ridge Ct
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$775,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,283
SQFT
901 Caminito Estrada A
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,060
SQFT
1310 Loretta Street
Oceanside, CA 92058
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$14,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
4,391
SQFT
3958 Bayside Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$6,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,812
SQFT
1090 Neptune Ave.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,295,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,744
SQFT
1602 South Pacific Street #175
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$4,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
4,299
SQFT
5935 Folsom Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$6,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,995
SQFT
3409 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$5,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,870
SQFT
15707 Blue Crystal Trl
Poway, CA 92064
Poway Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$849,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,090
SQFT
727 Sapphire Street #202
Pacific Beach (San Diego), CA 92109
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,060
SQFT
1710 Bella Laguna Court
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$975,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,341
SQFT
645 Front St #1514
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$508,800
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
659
SQFT
475 Redwood Street #406
San Diego, CA 92103
Hillcrest (Hc) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,929,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,872
SQFT
2147 Edinburg Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,379,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,518
SQFT
700 W E St #3301
San Diego, CA 92101
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,899,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,283
SQFT
90 N Coast Highway 101 #204
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,590,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,665
SQFT
8723 Avenida Mirador
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$899,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,370
SQFT
700 W E St #1803
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,500,000
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
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,812
SQFT
18335 Via Ambiente
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$11,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
10,406
SQFT
3402 Gage Place
San Diego, CA 92106
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,699,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,932
SQFT
939 Coast Blvd #19G
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,549,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,625
SQFT
1199 Pacific Hwy #3005
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$775,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,035
SQFT
300 W Beech St #1409
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,947
SQFT
519 Primrose Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Ivey Ranch (32001) Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,845,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,306
SQFT
745 Coast Boulevard #1A
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,182
SQFT
165 Sycamore Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$3,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
7,550
SQFT
17847 Punta Del Sur
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,685,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,079
SQFT
1577 Martingale Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$3,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,435
SQFT
156 Chinquapin Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$4,990,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
8,590
SQFT
7809 Coconut Grove Ct.
San Diego, CA 92127
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,275
SQFT
945 Jeffrey Rd.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,131
SQFT
1252 Seacoast Drive
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
 
New Listing - a week online
$619,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,149
SQFT
791 Harbor Cliff Way #195
Oceanside, CA 92054