Orange County 55 Plus Communities– Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most walkable retirement communities in Orange County?

The La Floresta communities in Brea are more of a lively community near the center of town within a short walk to downtown, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Gavilan & Esencia communities in Rancho Mission Viejo are self-contained neighborhoods with their own amenities, designed to be very walkable.

Huntington Harbor Village is just one block from Huntington Harbor, within walking distance to many local attractions and less than 2 miles from the beach and golf course.

Windward Cove – from here you can walk to nearby dining and shopping options, the medical center and parks, with Huntington Beach Pier less than 4 miles away.

What are the retirement communities near the beach in Orange County?

San Clemente’s Shore Cliffs Terrace is only one block from the beach.

Capo Beach Cottages in San Clemente overlooks the beach.

The Terraces at Corona Del Mar is less than ½ mile to the beach.

In Seal Beach, Leisure World is located only 3 miles from the beach.

Talega Gallery in San Clemente is only 4 miles to the beach.

In Huntington Beach, Windward Cove is only 4 miles to the beach and Huntington Landmark is located less than 2 miles from the beach.

What are the Orange County retirement communities with the coolest climates?

Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach are coastal cities with the coolest summer temperatures and warmest winters vs. in-land elevated locations like Mission Viejo, Rancho Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano which tend to have warmer summers and cooler winters.

Fountain Valley has very comfortable temperatures in summer and winter despite being 6 miles from the coast.

Tustin is another inland city with excellent climate, cooler summers and warmer winters relative to other cities.

Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods are both known for pleasant climate with cooler summers and warmer winters.

In contrast, the coastal cities Dana Point and San Clemente have relatively warmer summers and cooler winters.

What are the new-home, Orange County retirement communities?

Pearl and Haven are two brand new construction communities currently being built in Rienda at Rancho Mission Viejo.

There are newer 55+ homes at Travata in Irvine, CA by Lennar.

Rancho Mission Viejo features new 55+ retirement communities, such as Gavilan and Esencia, built in 2015, 2016, & 2017.

The newest 55+ communities in are located at Rienda in Rancho Mission Viejo in 2023.

La Floresta in Brea are new-home, 55+ communities built from 2016 through 2018.

Talega Gallery in San Clemente features four newer 55+ communities built between the years 2000 and 2004.

Liberty at Founders Village in Fountain Valley was built in 2004.

Palm Beach Park features manufactured homes built between 1959 and 2015.

What are the quieter, more laid-back retirement communities in Orange County?

Quiet, laid-back Orange County 55+ communities include:

Gavilan & Esencia in the hillsides of Rancho Mission Viejo.

Talega Gallery, Shorecliffs Terrace, Palm Beach Park and Colony Cove near the beaches of San Clemente.

Enderle Gardens of Tustin.

San Juan Hills in the historic, small town of San Juan Capistrano.

Monarch Summit II is in a private hilltop setting, overlooking the ocean in Laguna Niguel.

Liberty at Founders Village, located in the bedroom community of Fountain Valley.

Palm Beach Park is a relaxing beach cottage community in San Clemente.

Are there any age-friendly retirement homes in Orange County?

Gavilan & Esencia are newly-built retirement homes with age-friendly features in Rancho Mission Viejo.

La Floresta in Brea also includes newly-built retirement communities with age-friendly designs.

What are the Orange County 55+ Golf Course communities?

Talega Gallery features several communities built along the 18-hole, Fred Couples signature golf course.

San Juan Hills is adjacent to the 18-hole San Juan Hills Golf Course and Club House.

Laguna Woods Village units are adjacent to a 27-hole, PGA golf course and features a 9-hole, par 3, executive course with driving range and practice area.

Leisure World in Seal Beach features a 9-hole golf course.

Casta Del Sol in Mission Viejo is located directly next to the Casta Del Sol Golf Course.

Palmia in Mission Viejo features an 18-hole putting green course and is located nearby 4 other golf courses.

Colony Cove is just over a mile away from Shore Cliffs Golf Club in San Clemente.

Monarch Summit II is just down the street from the El Niguel Country Club.

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Citro (Pomelo Community), Fallbrook, CAAll-AgesTri-Pointe Homes3beds/ 2baths, 2 car garage, around 1,814 sq.ft.High 700s**1.75%*$213/month
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Pearl at Rienda, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA55+ Community (Watch Pearl Video Here)Lennar 2 Beds/ 2.5 to 3.5 Baths Baths, 1,595 to 2,257 Sq Ft, (Single Level and 2 Story Homes)$800,000s to $1.2 Million**1.90%*$385/month
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Ridgeview in San Marcos CAAll-Ages (Watch Ridgeview Video Here)KB Homes 4-5 Beds, 2.5-3.5 baths, 2 Car Garage, 2,274-2,926 sq. ft.$1,327,180*1.07% + Mello Roos up to $3,941 $271/month
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