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 - 3 hours online
$2,250,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,786
SQFT
1205 Pacific Hwy #3702
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 18 hours online
$6,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,563
SQFT
2517 Ruette Nicole
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 18 hours online
$9,995,000
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 - 19 hours online
$1,225,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,474
SQFT
200 Harbor Drive #2302
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$6,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,988
SQFT
8518 Ruette Monte Carlo
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 19 hours online
$9,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,818
SQFT
5990 Camino De La Costa
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 22 hours online
$1,450,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
718 Queenstown Ct
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,546
SQFT
1236 Park Row
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$939,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,370
SQFT
700 W E Street #2403
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
9,409
SQFT
8543 Via Rancho Cielo
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92027
 
New Listing - yesterday
$1,096,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,415
SQFT
3275 Fifth Ave #502
San Diego, CA 92103
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$509,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,158
SQFT
5722 Calle Sal Si Puedes
San Diego, CA 92139
Paradise Hills Subdivision
Open House 02/01 at 1PM
$1,365,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,150
SQFT
1019 Turnstone
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,700
SQFT
1416 Summit Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$4,490,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,000
SQFT
533 Canyon Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,191
SQFT
1870 Spyglass Ct
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,279,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,263
SQFT
3635 7th #14F
San Diego, CA 92103
Hillcrest Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,200,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,786
SQFT
1199 Pacific Hwy #3701
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,414
SQFT
3778 Vista Pt E
Bonita, CA 91902
Bonita Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,339,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,548
SQFT
700 W E St #2906
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,785,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,234
SQFT
13053 Caminito Del Rocio
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
Open House 01/29 at 10:30AM
$2,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,361
SQFT
4120 Sunnyhill Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$4,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,192
SQFT
1740 Colgate Circle
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
Open House 01/31 at 4PM
$579,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,487
SQFT
2639 Alta View Dr.
San Diego, CA 92139
Paradise Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$445,800
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
800
SQFT
263 Dahlia Ave #5
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$37,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
10
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
22,897
SQFT
7007 Country Club Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$25,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
10
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
22,897
SQFT
7007 Country Club Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$939,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,746
SQFT
3030 Jarvis #6
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,039,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,667
SQFT
3030 Jarvis #1
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
Open House 02/01 at 10AM
$575,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
504
SQFT
725 Redondo Court #26
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,175,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
784
SQFT
3755 Ocean Front Walk #13
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,099,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
912
SQFT
4465 Ocean Blvd #34
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
Open House 02/01 at 2PM
$610,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
457
SQFT
2613 Mission Blvd #13
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
Open House 02/02 at 12PM
$1,075,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,029
SQFT
3896 Quarter Mile Drive
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$9,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,422
SQFT
407 W. E Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,098,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,315
SQFT
700 W E St #2701
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,149,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,385
SQFT
1142 Hampton Court
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,999,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,229
SQFT
848 Prospect St #B
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,922
SQFT
2600 Argonauta Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,400
SQFT
7944 Pasadena Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941
La Mesa Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,149,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,589
SQFT
1388 Kettner Blvd. #3305
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,429,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,821
SQFT
1388 Kettner Blvd. #3301
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,149,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,539
SQFT
2831 Dove Tail Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,725,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,706
SQFT
7835 Doug Hill
San Diego, CA 92127
Santaluz Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,375,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,276
SQFT
888 W E St #1503
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,095,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,096
SQFT
4407 Orchard Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,100,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,982
SQFT
1517 White Sage Way
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,721
SQFT
4233 Shorepointe Way
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$519,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,499
SQFT
926 Norstad St
San Diego, CA 92154
South Sd Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$975,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,010
SQFT
301 Mission Ave. # 305
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,848
SQFT
4362 Santa Monica Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,775,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,770
SQFT
3142 Russell Street
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$1,499,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,246
SQFT
640 W Solana Circle #26
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,044
SQFT
7041 Leeward Street
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,039,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,388
SQFT
2166 Coast Ave
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,249,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,126
SQFT
6780 Avena Ct. W
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,258
SQFT
1468 Yost Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$795,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,471
SQFT
68 Montego Court
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Cays Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$3,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,138
SQFT
165 6th Ave #2804
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$16,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
9,158
SQFT
1369 Coast Walk
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision