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Find your perfect retirement home in San Diego County, California

Here is our high-level overview of where to retire in San Diego County. This is where you’ll find some of the best places for retirement and most desirable real estate not to mention the best climate, friendly people, and wonderful lifestyle.

There are four main areas of where to retire in the San Diego region:

  1. Retire in North County San Diego
  2. Retire in East County San Diego
  3. Retire in Metro San Diego
  4. Retire in South County San Diego

In the first part of this article, we will focus on retiring in North County San Diego.

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We will provide you links below on where to retire in North San Diego given various housing budgets and preferences.

For those who think that retirement in San Diego is out of reach, we think that if you adjust your expectations on what you can buy here on a budget, you possibly can retire here.

But first, let us give those of you who are not familiar with North County an overview.

North County San Diego is divided into 1) Coastal North County and 2) Inland North County regions.

1. Retire in North San Diego County

The best places to retire in coastal cities in North County San Diego include:

  1. Oceanside
  2. Carlsbad
  3. Encinitas
  4. Cardiff by the Sea
  5. Solana Beach
  6. Del Mar

To generalize the coastal North San Diego housing market, Oceanside is the cheapest place to retire with Del Mar being the most expensive.

Please click here to take a look at this report to research the current housing trends in San Diego County.

The best places to retire in inland cities in North County San Diego include:

  1. Bonsall
  2. Escondido
  3. Fallbrook
  4. Lake San Marcos
  5. Pala
  6. Pauma Valley
  7. Poway
  8. Ramona
  9. Rancho Bernardo
  10. Rancho Penasquitos
  11. Rancho Santa Fe
  12. San Marcos
  13. Valley Center
  14. Vista

In our next segments, we will explore the locations of major cities and towns of North County San Diego that many retirees call their home.

Oceanside, California

Oceanside is one of the most affordable beach towns for retirement in San Diego

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With its relaxed vibe, beautiful beaches and weather and large and diverse mix of residents, Oceanside is a classic California beach town. Being the 3rd largest city in San Diego County, there are huge array of activities, events and attractions, along with a lower cost of living vs. other coastal communities in North County. You can also find many wonderful ocean, mountain, canyon and golf course views.

The Scripps Memorial General Hospital is located here and with several other facilities within short distance (and 25 hospitals total within 25 miles).

The Tri-City Medical Center is based here and 9 other hospitals are within 26 miles.

Where to retire or where to live in coastal North County San Diego? Check out Oceanside, California

As for living options, Oceanside has no shortage of affordable retirement and non-age restricted housing.

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Oceanside California also has the largest number of age-restricted retirement communities in the entire San Diego County for 55 and older adults. A few examples of these 55+ communities include Ocean Hills Country Club, Oceana, Pilgrim Creek Estates, and much more.

Popular retirement housing options include attached and detached single story homes, manufactured homes with land ownership, and mobile homes and land lease (monthly space rent).

Featured Listings of where to retire in Oceanside California with single story living

Oceanside Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Oceanside, California

Also check out Oceanside homes for sale in senior communities or Oceanside retirement communities below

New Listing - yesterday
$349,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
834
SQFT
1377 Panorama Ridge
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$539,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,444
SQFT
4726 Galicia Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$439,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
977
SQFT
325 San Dimas Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$360,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,064
SQFT
1086 Turnstone Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$650,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,592
SQFT
4970 Lamia Way
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$325,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,496
SQFT
5131 Weymouth Way
Oceanside, CA 92057
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$299,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,539
SQFT
200 N El Camino Real #SPC 81
Oceanside, CA 92058
Oceanside Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$415,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
834
SQFT
4725 Rising Glen Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056
Oceanside Subdivision

Carlsbad, California

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A very popular seaside city in North County San Diego, Carlsbad is well known for its beautiful beaches, great climate and as a great place for retirees and families. With many attractions and major employers based here too, there’s lot going in Carlsbad. There are 3 hospitals in the immediate area and 18 hospitals within 30 miles of Carlsbad.

Those who are preparing to retire in San Diego start renovating their homes for safety and convenience. Some prefer to sell their homes and buy a new home (preferably single story houses or low maintenance condos in all ages neighborhoods or age restricted neighborhoods such as 55 plus communities.

With this in mind, we will feature links to best homes for retirement in each North County San Diego area that are single story or with bedroom on the main floor.

Where to live or where to retire in seaside North County San Diego? Check out Carlsbad, California

Check out the latest listings of Carlsbad houses below with single story living or with master bedroom on the main floor below.

Carlsbad Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Carlsbad, CA

Condo living may be an ideal way to live or retire if you are looking for a low maintenance lifestyle. Perfect for retirees in San Diego who love to travel. Just lock and go!

Also check out Carlsbad homes for sale in senior communities below

New Listing - 2 days online
$495,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,664
SQFT
3457 Don Porfirio Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$564,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
3530 Don Juan Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$575,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,569
SQFT
3422 Don Carlos Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$385,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
3340 Don Tomaso Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$575,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,716
SQFT
3432 Don Lorenzo Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision
$545,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,013
SQFT
5140 Don Rodolfo Drive #178
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$415,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,344
SQFT
3463 Don Ortega Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad West Subdivision
$425,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,688
SQFT
3443 Don Arturo Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Carlsbad East Subdivision

Encinitas, California

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A smaller beach community with a very tranquil look and feel, Encinitas residents are easy going people who appreciate the ideal location and high quality of life. A beautiful downtown and surrounding area, great beaches, restaurants, many lively activities and convenient highway access make it a highly desirable place to live.

Where to live or retire in North San Diego Coastal area? Check out Encinitas, California

It really depends on your preferences and what you can afford, but check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in Encinitas, California here.

Encinitas Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to Retire in Encinitas, California

Also check out Encinitas homes for sale in senior communities below

New Listing - 3 days online
$610,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,056
SQFT
1615 Abington Lane
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$495,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
884
SQFT
1715 Kellington Pl
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$550,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
444 N El Camino Real #110
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$559,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,056
SQFT
1714 Belle Meade Rd
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$509,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,820
SQFT
444 N El Camino Real #102
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision
$529,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
444 N El Camino Real #71
Encinitas, CA 92024
Encinitas Subdivision

Cardiff by the Sea, California

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Where to retire in Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego County, California

Cardiff by the Sea Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Cardiff by the Sea, Southern California

Solana Beach, California

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Where to retire in Solana Beach, San Diego County, California

Solana Beach Homes For Sale

Del Mar, California

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If you are looking to retire and live in luxury coastal San Diego properties, Del Mar, California is just might be what you are looking for.

Where to retire in Del Mar, San Diego County, California

Del Mar Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Del Mar, California

Escondido

Centrally located, Escondido is about 18 miles to the beaches. The terrain is more mountainous and desert-like compared to the coastal cities, however it is a fertile area where fruits and vegetables thrive.

Temperatures are also warmer and dryer, especially in summer, however the winters are comfortable and pleasant. Located in a valley, the city has a larger population of roughly 150,000, and you’ll find plenty to do and see. The charming downtown has a historic feel and the city’s numerous attractions and entertainment choices make this a very vibrant place to live.

The Palomar Medical Center is located here and an additional 18 hospitals are within 25 miles of Escondido.

Where to live or retire in North County? Check out Escondido, California

Escondido has plenty of affordable houses and condos including detached single family homes and manufactured homes in age-restricted communities, check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in Escondido, California here.

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Where to retire in Escondido, North County San Diego, California

Escondido Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Escondido, California

Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$465,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,560
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Drive #36
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$429,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,784
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Drive #397
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$389,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
525 W El Norte Pkwy #4
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$385,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,809
SQFT
1630 Wisteria Glen
Escondido, CA 92026
 
New Listing - a week online
$379,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,608
SQFT
1836 Zola
Escondido, CA 92026
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$357,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,036
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Dr. #273
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$354,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,392
SQFT
8975 Lawrence Welk Dr #SPC 169
Escondido, CA 92026
North Escondido Subdivision
$349,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
525 W El Norte Pkwy #98
Escondido, CA 92026
Southwest Escondido Subdivision

Fallbrook

As an inland-community, Fallbrook lies in an elevated, rural location about 30 minutes from the coast and 45 minutes to downtown San Diego. Unlike the coastal cities, there are plenty of wide-open spaces, lush green hills and valleys, and particularly great conditions for growing fruits and vegetables.

Fallbrook is a pleasant place to live, where you’ll find the tight-knit community of 30,000 residents very friendly and laid back. There is also a very strong focus on outdoor activities and the arts, with many diverse performances and events all year round.

The Fallbrook Hospital is a general surgical and medical center located right in town and 2 other major medical facilities are nearby (and 7 hospitals within 20 miles).

Where to live or retire in North San Diego County? Check out Fallbrook, California

Fallbrook offers many detached single family homes with larger lots on a rural setting including custom homes and manufactured homes in age-restricted communities, check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in Fallbrook, California here.

Where to retire in Fallbrook, North County San Diego, California

Fallbrook Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Fallbrook, California

Also check out Fallbrook homes for sale in senior communities below

New Listing - a week online
$580,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
1058 Ridge Heights Dr
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$489,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,830
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd. #6
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$265,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
4650 Dulin Road #98
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$429,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd. #76
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$665,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,762
SQFT
963 Ridge Heights Drive
Fallbrook, CA 92028
 
$390,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,325
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd. #50
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$450,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,620
SQFT
4650 Dulin Road #90
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$639,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,878
SQFT
1050 Ridge Heights
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$399,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,831
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd. #41
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$379,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd #86
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision
$374,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,780
SQFT
4650 Dulin Rd #SPC 229
Fallbrook, CA 92028
Fallbrook Subdivision

Lake San Marcos

Lake San Marcos is located 7 to 9 miles from the beach in beautiful North County San Diego, California. It is a resort-based community surrounding a lake with wonderful year round temperate climate (see Lake San Marcos average temperature here).

With social activities and tons of amenities and activities (i.e. boating, golf) and a fantastic location, Lake San Marcos is a popular retirement spot among active seniors and a great place to live for families in the San Diego area.

Where to live or retire in North San Diego County? Check out Lake San Marcos, an unincorporated area of San Diego County California

Lake San Marcos real estate options for all ages abound such as detached homes, twin homes that are predominantly single story homes, senior condos (Chateau Lake San Marcos), all-ages condos, and homes in 55 and over communities (Hunter Valley – Lake San Marcos, Sun Park Lake San Marcos).

Find all other San Diego 55+ Communities – click here. If you prefer condos, there are also non-age restricted Lake San Marcos condominiums for sale with panoramic views of the lake at Panorama.

Featured Listings of where to retire in Lake San Marcos California

New Listing - 2 days online
$1,075,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,901
SQFT
1813 San Pablo
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,383
SQFT
1428 La Plaza Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 7 days online
$995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,113
SQFT
1017 San Pablo Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$410,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
1607 La Madera Ln
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$575,000
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,458
SQFT
1448 La Linda Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,445,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,073
SQFT
1737 La Plaza Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,372
SQFT
1781 Playa Vista
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,199,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,835
SQFT
946 Camino Del Arroyo
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$749,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,038
SQFT
1144 San Julian Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$1,174,995
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,835
SQFT
1743 Cuadro Vista
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$925,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
1519 San Pablo Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$1,575,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,019
SQFT
1725 La Plaza Drive
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,089
SQFT
1481 La Linda Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$680,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,906
SQFT
1257 Camino Lorado
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,141
SQFT
927 La Tierra Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$545,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,306
SQFT
1118 Calle De Los Serranos
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$610,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,700
SQFT
1518 Camino Linda Dr
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$380,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,076
SQFT
1682 Via Caminar
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$1,588,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
8
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,150
SQFT
1710 Via Allondra
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$379,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
1011 Martina Ct
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision

Rancho Bernardo

Another inland community of rolling hills and canyons, the scenic views and rural feel make this a peaceful place to live. Rancho Bernardo is officially part of the city of San Diego and located about 20 miles northeast of downtown and a 30-minute drive to the beaches. Typical of most inland locations, the temperatures here are warmer in both the summer and winter vs. the coastal cities.

Easy freeway access makes it a quick drive to any destination in San Diego county. Pomerado Hospital is less than 3 miles away and every other major medical facility in San Diego is within 22 miles. Many major employers are based here too, and you’ll find many shopping centers, restaurants, local events and outdoor activities.

Rancho Bernardo was designed as a master planned community with 7 distinct communities, parks and private community centers spread across 6,500 acres of land.

Where to live or retire in North County San Diego? Check out Rancho Bernardo

There are a wide range of housing styles in both retirement communities for 55+ adults and non-age restricted communities in Rancho Bernardo (RB).

Please check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in RB here.

Where to retire in Rancho Bernardo, California

Rancho Bernardo Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in Rancho Bernardo – San Diego, California

Also check out Rancho Bernardo homes for sale in senior communities below

New Listing - yesterday
$589,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
12275 Horado Rd
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$420,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,455
SQFT
17480 Plaza Del Curtidor #171
Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), CA 92128
 
New Listing - 4 days online
$599,999
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,471
SQFT
17920 Avenida Cordillera
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$689,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,614
SQFT
16241 Selva Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,286
SQFT
17637 Corte Potosi
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,197
SQFT
11954 Obispo Rd
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,632
SQFT
12077 Lomica Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$674,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,386
SQFT
16329 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128
Rancho Bernardo Subdivision

San Marcos, California

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San Marcos is a suburban community of roughly 80,000 residents. Located inland but not far from the coast, the weather is a comfortable balance of warm temperatures and nice, cool breezes.

San Marcos is a desirable community, known for its lake resort area, 3 universities, many dining options, wide-open spaces, parks, scenic landscape and nice views. The area is highly active and there are many community events with cultural and outdoor activities. There is quick highway access making any destination in San Diego easily accessible. The Palomar Medical Center in Escondido is 4 miles away and 16 hospitals are within 25 miles.

Where to live or retire in North County San Diego? Check out San Marcos, California

There are a wide range of homes suited for retirement in San Marcos including newer tract homes in master planned communities, homes and condos near the colleges, including homes in age-restricted communites. To give you an overview of the type of housing available, please check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in San Marcos here.

Where to retire in San Marcos, North San Diego County, California

San Marcos CA Latest Real Estate Listings – Where to retire in San Marcos, California

Also check out San Marcos CA homes for sale in senior communities below

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$250,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,536
SQFT
1219 E Barham #178
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$260,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
1195 E La Moree #126
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$434,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,288
SQFT
2010 W San Marcos Blvd #16
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$275,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,150
SQFT
1401 El Norte Pkwy #309
San Marcos, CA 92069
San Marcos Subdivision
$299,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,160
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Blvd #168-A
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$435,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,288
SQFT
2010 W San Marcos Blvd 89
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$419,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,824
SQFT
909 Richland Rd #SPC 65
San Marcos, CA 92069
San Marcos Subdivision
$299,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,832
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Blvd #423
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$369,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,210
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Blvd #83
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$325,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,560
SQFT
650 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd #370
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$249,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
1219 E Barham #96
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$545,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,306
SQFT
1118 Calle De Los Serranos
San Marcos, CA 92078
Lake San Marcos Subdivision
$379,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,323
SQFT
1219 E Barham Dr #110
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$310,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,215
SQFT
650 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd #175
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$275,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,340
SQFT
1145 E Barham Dr. #81
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$379,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,541
SQFT
1219 E Barham Dr #73
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Diego Subdivision
$279,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,183
SQFT
650 S Rancho Santa Fe #244 #244
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$265,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,248
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Blvd #162
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$285,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,456
SQFT
650 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd #226
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Marcos Subdivision
$329,900
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
1930 W San Marcos Boulevard #185
San Marcos, CA 92078
 
$249,000
Manufactured On Land For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,440
SQFT
1219 E Barham Dr #161
San Marcos, CA 92078
College Grove Subdivision

Vista, California

where to live in North San Diego County California

Vista is a hillside city of roughly 100,000 residents only 7 miles from the coast. Its Mediterranean climate is only slightly warmer than the coastal cities. It’s a very lively community and a very affordable place to live.

The downtown’s entertainment district is home to many festivals, events as well as restaurants, nightlife and music. Many arts and cultural events take place here and there are plenty of museums, parks and recreation activities.

There is a convenient public transit options with bus and light rail lines serving Vista and the surrounding cities. The Tri-City Medical center is 3 miles away and there are 10 hospitals within 24 miles.

Where to retire in North County San Diego? Check out Vista, California

There are a wide range of homes suited for retirement in Vista including large custom homes in beautiful pockets of neighborhoods or in gated communities, plus condos and homes in age-restricted communites. Please check out some of the latest homes for sale that offer single story living in Vista here.

New Listing - yesterday
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,604
SQFT
2287 Mira Sol Dr
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 3 days online
$699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,080
SQFT
1927 Golden Hill Dr
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$1,300,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,158
SQFT
2493 San Clemente Ave
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$368,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
934
SQFT
1075 Shadowridge Drive #67
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$599,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,707
SQFT
350 Whispering Brook Dr
Vista, CA 92083
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$689,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,776
SQFT
126 Angeles Vista
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$470,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,097
SQFT
920 Wentworth Cir.
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$475,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,214
SQFT
273 Portia Ave
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$435,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,128
SQFT
330 Nevada Ave
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$289,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
689
SQFT
1063 Shadowridge #30
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$749,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,130
SQFT
751 Crest View Rd
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$679,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,945
SQFT
2610 Coronado Place
Vista, CA 92081
Not Applicable - 1007242 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$676,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,242
SQFT
665 Sunset Dr
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$567,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,386
SQFT
303 Michele Dr
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$445,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
1,122
SQFT
1108 North Drive
Vista, CA 92083
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$579,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
1448 E Taylor St
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$519,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,296
SQFT
1695 Oak Dr
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$389,900
Multi-Family For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
827
SQFT
1607 Anza Ave
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,882
SQFT
657 Rolling Hills Road
Vista, CA 92081
Vista Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$585,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,498
SQFT
927 Wellpott Pl
Vista, CA 92084
Vista Subdivision