Your retirement years could be your best yet. And this is especially true if you’re planning to retire in the North Bay, which offers an abundance of things to do and places to see. The quality of life here is nothing short of exceptional.
Active Adult Communities- Marin, Sonoma and Napa County Real Estate
Here are some of the region’s finest communities for those aged 55 up who want to enjoy a fruitful, active retirement:
- Oakmont Village in . osa
Oakmont offers a retirement experience that’s second to none. This active adult community is nestled in the verdant folds of Sonoma Valley, the birthplace of California wine. Established in the 1960s, it is now composed of more than 3,200 homes in dozens of distinct neighborhoods such as Twin Lakes, Aspen Meadows, Oak Island, Quail Run, Singing Woods, and the newer The Orchard and The Meadows.
Choose from cottages, hillside villas, golf homes, and more. You’ll also find single-bedroom four flex units, triplexes, and duplex homes.
Independent and assisted living options are available in Oakmont Gardens, which offers one and two-bedroom independent living apartments and assisted living suites.
Oakmont residents enjoy the beautiful rural setting of the Sonoma wine country, with around half a dozen wineries and vineyards within minutes of the area. There are two Ted Robinson-designed 18-hole golf courses, several activities and recreational centers, and over 125 clubs and organizations.
- Temelec, just outside Sonoma
Named after the Temelec estate, whose land it now occupies, this 55+ community is composed of three neighborhoods — the original Temelec, which was established in the 1960s, and the slightly newer Creek side and Chanterelle.
Homes in Temelec were built from the 1960s to ’70s; those in Creek side in the 1980s; and those in Chanterelle from the late ’80s to early ’90s.
Temelec Hall, the 19th century mansion turned community center, is where you’ll find the library, pool, fitness center, picnic area, community gardens, and more. A California Historical Landmark, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Smith Ranch Homes in San Rafael
Condominiums and single-level villas are available in this active retirement community nestled on 30 acres in Marin County. It has a clubhouse; a verdant landscape of waterfalls, refreshing walkways, ponds, and gardens; two pools; a gardening center; putting greens; gourmet dining; excellent security; shuttle services; a wellness program, and more.
Factors to consider in choosing a retirement community
- Your lifestyle
Do you love working out in the gym or would you rather go on a hike or hit the green? Are you interested in continuing education or joining social clubs? Do you want to have easy access to shops and restaurants?
The community you choose should cater to the lifestyle you want to lead. Ask about fitness programs. Check proximity to trails and open spaces, shopping areas, healthcare facilities, and so on.
- Proximity to loved ones
Do you enjoy visits from your children and grandchildren? Then, pick a retirement community near their home. This way, they can visit you more often and for as long as possible.
If the thought of losing the lifelong friends you’ve made in your neighborhood tears you apart, find a retirement home located close to your support group, or which makes it convenient for you to see them regularly. Or make sure the retirement home has a socialization program that lets you make new friends.
Adult Living Communities
Let Abby Tanem help you find the retirement community that suits your lifestyle. Email her at atanem@cbnorcal or call her at 415-497- 9542.