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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Vista, California

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Where to Retire in Vista and Home Prices

There are many active adult communities here and in the Oceanside and Carlsbad areas (see California Active Communities link at left). The median home value was $823,671 in early 2023, according to Zillow, .

What Is Special about Vista

The dry and hilly terrain is pretty and it is also reasonably close to the ocean. Brengle Terrace Park houses the Moonlight Amphitheatre,  a baseball field, a senior center, a playground, and the community center.  Alta Vista Gardens  is a city-owned botanical garden there.

What Is Not Special about Vista

Southern California is expensive and traffic can be bad.

Climate and Physical Environment

Vista is 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean and northeast of San Diego.  The average January temperature is in the mid 50's and the July temperature in the 70's.  It gets a few inches of rain each winter month and almost no precip in the summer time.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Vista is home of a Japanese-American Cultural Center and Buddhist Temple. The Moonlght Amphitheatre and Avo Playhouse provide musical productions and plays.


The crime rate is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside is one of many nearby hospitals, including major ones in San Diego.


San Diego offers a major airport, while Oceanside has an AMTRAK and commuter railroad station.

Valuable Links

Vista Chamber of Commerce

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