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 - 11 hours online
$1,225,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,157
SQFT
4465 Ocean Boulevard #48
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 13 hours online
$1,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,443
SQFT
909 Coast Blvd #3
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 16 hours online
$3,600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,100
SQFT
345 S Granados Avenue
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - 20 hours online
$2,050,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,995
SQFT
2274 Manchester Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 20 hours online
$2,899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
4,042
SQFT
5582 Calle Miramar
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - 21 hours online
$3,899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,585
SQFT
7990 Camino De Arriba
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Rancho Santa Fe Subdivision
New Listing - 21 hours online
$1,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,009
SQFT
2933 Chcago Street
San Diego, CA 92117
 
New Listing - 21 hours online
$2,079,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,907
SQFT
2060 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$1,099,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,157
SQFT
999 N N Pacific St #E311
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,249,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,998
SQFT
940 Pearl Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - yesterday
$999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,367
SQFT
754 Snapdragon St
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - yesterday
$3,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,968
SQFT
7475 Caminito Rialto
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$847,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,484
SQFT
2211 Vista Grande Drive
Vista, CA 92084
 
New Listing - yesterday
$830,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,201
SQFT
242 Gloxina Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$929,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,081
SQFT
6018 Colt Place #101
Carlsbad, CA 92009
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,480
SQFT
5021 Foothill Blvd.
Pacific Beach (San Diego), CA 92109
 
New Listing - yesterday
$585,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.09
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Verano Brisa Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Olv Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,915
SQFT
5531 Taft Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$3,189,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,048
SQFT
922 Cordova
San Diego, CA 92107
 
New Listing - yesterday
$549,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
640
SQFT
1251 Parker Place #1B
Pacific Beach (San Diego), CA 92109
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$729,990
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,451
SQFT
2958 Shoreline Cove Ct
San Diego, CA 92117
Clairemont Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$948,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,155
SQFT
329 Playa Blanca
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,295,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,764
SQFT
13032 Caminito Mar Villa
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,525,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,550
SQFT
1020 Genie Lane
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,507
SQFT
710 Stanley Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,729,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
1737 Calle De Primra
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$749,888
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATH
762
SQFT
999 N Pacific St. #A318
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$885,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,147
SQFT
1948 Vineyard Avenue
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,529,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
1456 Seacoast Dr. #3D
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,400,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,116
SQFT
6967 Paseo Laredo
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,399,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,246
SQFT
640 W Solana Circle #10
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
653 Alta Ct.
San Marcos, CA 92069
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$820,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,407
SQFT
646 Port Claridge
Chula Vista, CA 91913
Chula Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,270
SQFT
3919 La Cresta Drive
San Diego, CA 92107
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,369,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,571
SQFT
1262 White Sands Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,107
SQFT
4415 Muir Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,275
SQFT
949 Pearl Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$999,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,415
SQFT
103 Salina Cruz Court
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,785,500
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,315
SQFT
888 W E Street #3901
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,398,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,542
SQFT
649 Atherton Street
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,375,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,625
SQFT
1205 Pacific Hwy #2102
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$5,995,000
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 - 4 days online
$459,000
Mobile Home For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Blvd #259
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,149,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,798
SQFT
527 Liverpool Drive
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$8,800,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BEDS
10
TOTAL BATHS
11,998
SQFT
4592 Rancho Del Mar Trail
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,500
SQFT
1161 Chestnut
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,000,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,085
SQFT
200 Harbor Drive #3602
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,449,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,125
SQFT
855 Sapphire St.
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,066
SQFT
2104 Linda Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$989,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,336
SQFT
1205 Pacific Hwy #1103
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,295,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,140
SQFT
4465 Ocean Blvd #1
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
1759 Grand Avenue
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,398,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,378
SQFT
6380 Rancho Park Dr
San Diego, CA 92120
Del Cerro Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$4,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,273
SQFT
1745 Valdes Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,900,000
Land For Sale
Active
26
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
Attebury E
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,485,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,900
SQFT
700 Front Street #1203
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$350,000
Land For Sale
Active
3.11
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
W Lilac Road
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$849,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,734
SQFT
3535 1st Ave #5C
San Diego, CA 92103
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,498,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,806
SQFT
888 W E St #2102
San Diego, CA 92101