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 - 19 hours online
$1,705,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,820
SQFT
4426 Adair St.
San Diego, CA 92107
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$2,499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,072
SQFT
5251 Chelsea St
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 2 days online
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
660
SQFT
38546 Harris Truck Trail
Fallbrook, CA 92028
 
New Listing - 3 days online
$3,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,387
SQFT
1116 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,399,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,523
SQFT
4986 Academy St
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,550,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,823
SQFT
840 Cofair Court
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,746
SQFT
834 Hymettus
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,492
SQFT
3343 Udall St
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$2,227,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,759
SQFT
7137 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$749,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,431
SQFT
6323 Caminito Del Cervato
San Diego, CA 92111
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,596
SQFT
1353 Burgundy Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$7,850,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,341
SQFT
2722 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,785,000
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 - 4 days online
$369,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,527
SQFT
6765 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92114
Encanto Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$674,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,486
SQFT
1788 Dixie St
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
Open House 10/22 at 9AM
$2,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,170
SQFT
1014 Evergreen
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,175,000
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 - 4 days online
$1,399,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,002
SQFT
3303 Mcgraw Street
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
Open House 10/26 at 11AM
$499,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,341
SQFT
3643 Jetty Point
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$4,195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,790
SQFT
5845 Camino De La Costa
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,751
SQFT
958 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,299,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,798
SQFT
3025 Byron St #302
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,003
SQFT
3636 Via Del Conquistador
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$799,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,124
SQFT
999 N N Pacific St #G302
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,790,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,632
SQFT
3332 Hill Street
San Diego, CA 92106
Point Loma Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$3,200,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,901
SQFT
16545 Salida De La Luna
Ramona, CA 92065
Ramona Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$980,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,342
SQFT
3183 Mcgraw St
San Diego, CA 92117
Bay Park Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,251
SQFT
5014 Viewridge Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,688,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,422
SQFT
6097 Avenida Chamnez
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,835,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,716
SQFT
982 Skylark Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,450,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
15480 Markar Rd
Poway, CA 92064
Poway Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$2,482,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,475
SQFT
1389 Caminito Halago
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,630,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,229
SQFT
5353 Calle Vista`
San Diego, CA 92109
Pacific Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$1,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,166
SQFT
902 Tucana Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$9,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,124
SQFT
6653 Neptune Pl.
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$3,290,000
Condo For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,000
SQFT
1861 S Pacific Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,304
SQFT
6477 Caminito Estrellado
San Diego, CA 92120
Del Cerro Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$759,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,249
SQFT
3019 B St. #3019
San Diego, CA 92102
San Diego Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$4,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,220
SQFT
304 Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Leucadia Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,118
SQFT
4987 Lakiba Palmer Ave
San Diego, CA 92102
San Diego Subdivision
Open House 10/27 at 1PM
$1,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,686
SQFT
6415 Rancho Park Dr.
San Diego, CA 92120
Del Cerro Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$799,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,444
SQFT
4467 Del Mar Ave.
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$789,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,957
SQFT
3530 Harwich Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,385,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,374
SQFT
700 W Harbor Drive #1803
San Diego, CA 92101
 
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,510,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,320
SQFT
1750 Avenida Del Mundo #208
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Shores Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,098,747
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,400
SQFT
6861 Rainbow Heights Rd
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$8,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,197
SQFT
113 9th Street
Del Mar, CA 92014
Del Mar Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$719,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,379
SQFT
650 Westlake St
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$1,799,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
0.065
ACRES
SAN DIEGO
COUNTY
4741 Point Loma Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$8,990,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,729
SQFT
685 Ocean
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Village Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$2,850,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,421
SQFT
2357 San Elijo
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
Cardiff By The Sea Subdivision
Open House 10/27 at 12PM
$1,965,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,331
SQFT
5466 Soledad Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$998,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,450
SQFT
707 S Sierra Ave #11
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$542,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,610
SQFT
4009 Ivey Vista Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$2,695,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,074
SQFT
537 N Granados Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Solana Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,099,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,820
SQFT
1303 5th
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
Imperial Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$11,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
8
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
5,083
SQFT
3675 Ocean Front Walk
San Diego, CA 92109
Mission Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$5,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,954
SQFT
1070 Coronado Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Coronado Village Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,025,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,040
SQFT
4754 Adair St.
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$3,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
4,069
SQFT
4407 Orchard Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach Subdivision