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 - 5 hours online
$1,539,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,999
SQFT
1456 Seacoast Dr #3D
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$2,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,413
SQFT
645 Westbourne St
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 hours online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,845
SQFT
2257 Cambridge Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - yesterday
$749,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,664
SQFT
4008 Aguila Street #G
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,650,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
365 Nautilus Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$629,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,442
SQFT
1380 Sky Ridge Ct
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,993
SQFT
5515 Ladybird Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$680,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
619
SQFT
1202 N Pacific Street #307A
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$867,500
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,384
SQFT
6735 Oleander Way
Carlsbad, CA 92011
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$5,380,000
Condo For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
2,940
SQFT
3363 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,486,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,687
SQFT
2044 Cordero Road
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,149,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,252
SQFT
809 Deal Ct
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,849,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.161
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4667 Santa Monica Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$924,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,159
SQFT
6176 Caminito Sacate
San Diego, CA 92120
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$729,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,151
SQFT
2445 Brant St #505
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,495,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
939 Coast Blvd. #16F
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,150,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,799
SQFT
939 Coast Blvd. #16G
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$4,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,742
SQFT
2477 Presidio Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
Old Town Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,095,876
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,618
SQFT
7091 Caminito Valverde
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,290,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,939
SQFT
5184 Brownell St
San Diego, CA 92110
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$547,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,328
SQFT
1323 La Mesa Ave
Spring Valley, CA 91977
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$965,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,144
SQFT
2931 Mccall Street #I
San Diego, CA 92106
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$674,888
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
845
SQFT
999 N N Pacific St #G19
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$2,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,202
SQFT
324 Pearce Grove Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$949,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,360
SQFT
2850 Wyandotte Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117
Clairemont Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$589,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,024
SQFT
350 11th Ave #925
San Diego, CA 92101
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
1820 Avenida Del Mundo #109
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,832
SQFT
5955 Camino Baja Cerro
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,625,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,571
SQFT
5631 Beaumont Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,175,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,157
SQFT
999 N Pacific Street #C310
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,099,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,616
SQFT
1917 W California St
San Diego, CA 92110
Middletown Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$10,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,514
SQFT
462 Moonlight Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,170,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,658
SQFT
1150 Anchorage Ln #305
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,883
SQFT
419 San Remo Way
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,474
SQFT
1124 Sorrento Dr
San Diego, CA 92107
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,338,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,441
SQFT
555 Front St #1504
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,050,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,341
SQFT
4334 Avalon Dr
San Diego, CA 92103
Mission Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$950,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
909
SQFT
1923 San Elijo Avenue ##2
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,613
SQFT
1101 Lagoon View Ct.
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,225
SQFT
7365 Eads Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,033
SQFT
4545 Coastline Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,163
SQFT
5450 La Jolla Blvd. D201
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$2,529,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,287
SQFT
2604 5th Ave #702
San Diego, CA 92103
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$899,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,731
SQFT
4303 Summit Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$4,199,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,995
SQFT
2604 5th Ave #901
San Diego, CA 92103
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,500,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,942
SQFT
1601 S Myers Street #1
Oceanside, CA 92054
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$475,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
648
SQFT
530 K Street #919
San Diego, CA 92101
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,649,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,843
SQFT
2903 Rancho Cortes
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Other (OTHR) Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,599,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,476
SQFT
1365 Tamarack Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Carlsbad West Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,842
SQFT
535 Genter Street
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - a week online
$6,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,133
SQFT
443 11th Street
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,915
SQFT
1305 Massena St
La Jolla, CA 92037
 
New Listing - a week online
$4,950,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,849
SQFT
629 Rimini Road
Del Mar, CA 92014
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,400
SQFT
2621 Acuna Court
Carlsbad, CA 92009
La Costa Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,700
SQFT
3866 Modena Place
San Diego, CA 92130
Carmel Valley Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,600,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,944
SQFT
1199 Pacific Hwy #1706
San Diego, CA 92101
Downtown Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,235
SQFT
1308 Avocado Road
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,999,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,213
SQFT
194 Solana Point Circle
Solana Beach, CA 92075
 
New Listing - a week online
$2,395,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
2531 Via Viesta
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$2,925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,026
SQFT
2361 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007