The Best Places to Retire in The Bay Area

Looking for the best retirement communities in the Bay Area? Take a look at these San Francisco area retirement communities that were designed to match your lifestyle. With close locales just outside of San Francisco, they offer all the luxury you’d hope to find from new home builders all within commuting distance to the city.


Lathrop, CA

Just about an hour outside of San Francisco, Lathrop enjoys mild winters and an economy that’s on the rise. The cost of homes has continually appreciated in the area, which may have a lot to do with the countless parks that are accessible. Whether you’re looking for a picnic area, a cozy gazebo, or even outdoor exercise equipment, you can find it all pretty easily in Lathrop.


Below are just a few Lathrop communities that are worth considering for those who might want to retire in this area.

Del Webb at River Islands

While technically not opening until late 2022, the upcoming community of Del Webb at River Islands is sure to delight active adults looking for 55+ communities in the Bay Area. Built by one of the best-known names in active adult communities, Del Webb, this community is set to feature single story floor plans ranging from 1,450 to 2,765 square feet and offer several resort-style amenities such as a recreation center, a pool, a fitness center and pickleball courts.

Sanctuary at River Islands

A sister to Del Webb at River Islands, this all-ages community within the broader River Islands mater community stands out with its neighborhood lakes and 18 miles of bike trails. Though geared more towards growing families, residents can choose from four different home designs offering up to 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, plus a double-car garage.

Laguna at River Islands

Similar to the Sanctuary, Laguna at River Islands is an all-age community within River Lakes that offers access to several local lakes and 18-miles of bike trails. Here you can also find on-site amenities, including a social club for sport and wine aficionados as well as home designs with up to 7 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.

Sunset at River Islands

To round out other Lathrop communities for consideration, look no further than Sunset at River Islands and discover 2-story floor plans ranging up to 3,177 square feet with thoughtful living spaces and Life Tested® floor plans.

Manteca, CA

Incorporated as a city in 1918, enjoy the lingering vintage charm that Manteca offers along with year-long, mild weather. Home appreciation is also up in Manteca by about 6.1 percent making it a good investment for retiring adults. With hiking trails, scenic lookouts, and more at Caswell Memorial State Park and plenty of wine at Delicato Family Vineyard to taste, this quiet San Joaquin County city is a great place to consider for your Golden Years.


While there may not be much in terms of 55+ communities in the area, discerning active adults can find new homes in Manteca that may be to their liking such as Harvest at Sundance. This community within a community offers both one and two-story homes with Life-Tested® floor plans near ample recreation and trail, making it great for retirees and families alike. Choose from two different home designs with up to 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.


Choosing which state you want to retire in can be a challenge. And how you want to budget for your retirement can play a big role. But if you’re committed to retiring in California and want some help finding some of the best places to retire in the Bay Area, one of the options above might just be exactly what you’re looking for.


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Published  11.21.21 

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