Thinking about moving to California for retirement?

Many people consider moving to California for retirement so that they can remain active, both physically, culturally, and socially. Today, these have become important considerations now that the average age for retirement in the U.S. is 62.

San Diego, California’s second largest city, has been popular with retirees since the end of World War II. That shouldn’t come as a surprise because the scenery, the weather, and the lifestyle in and around San Diego are unparalleled.

In addition to its warm, year-round climate, and lots of opportunities for exploring new cultural and outdoor activities, San Diego County has a wide variety of living choices for retirees, including 55+ retirement communities that offer residents a range of housing choices from single family home, condos and duplexes, manufactured homes, apartments, and mobile homes.

San Diego County also has over 90 independent living communities, more than 300 assisted living facilities, 12 continuing care communities, and more than 85 nursing homes.

Is San Diego for you?

People consider moving to San Diego for retirement to escape the cold weather and long winters in other parts of the country. And who wouldn’t? With year-round temperatures averaging in the 70s, residents are able to enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, golfing, and tennis year-round. For beach goers, the San Diego area offers nearly 70 miles of beautiful ocean beaches.

From ballet, symphony and operatic performances to Broadway and community theater productions, San Diego offers retirees opportunities to enjoy the performing arts. If you’re a sports enthusiast, there are more than 90 golf courses plus the professional baseball and football teams to follow as well as local college athletic programs.

When looking for fun activities within the community, look no further than Balboa Park, home to 15 museums, the famous San Diego Zoo, and the Morley Sports Complex which includes tennis courts, a bike track, swimming pool, recreation and senior centers.

San Diego senior centers offer a variety of programs and services to help seniors keep their independence as well as opportunities for social interaction.

The city has affordable and accessible healthcare options. Sharp Healthcare operates 4 acute care hospitals as well as three specialty hospitals. Scripps operates 5 area hospitals, and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Healthcare has 2 major hospitals.

It’s time to review your estate plan

If you are retiring and moving to a new state, it’s a smart idea to consider making updates to your estate plan. Legally, you may not need all new estate planning documents, but you should have them reviewed by a local law firm.

Not only can there be differences in tax aspects of your new state, but also differences in state laws about wills and living trusts. At the Law Office of David W. Foley, San Diego estate planning attorney, we can answer any questions about living trust fees, and we offer a wide array of legal services for your estate planning needs.