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Living a New urban/master planned Lifestyle in California City , California

California City, incorporated in 1965, is located in the Northern Antelope Valley of Kern County. It's a master planned community with two parks, a community center, a senior center, tennis courts, a sports center, and a pool.The community is also home to the National Desert Tortoise Reserve. Cerro Coso College is located here, as well as a PGA golf course.

Where to Retire in California City and Home Prices

There's at least one active adult community in California City.
Zillow reports the median home value was $275,499. in mid-2022.

What Is Special about California City

The climate in CalCity is fantastic. Although a couple months in summers are hot, they are not as hot as the lower deserts of Calif. or Ariz.  It is not a "senior community" per se and has a new high school and middle school. But it is a great little town with just a short drive from everything you could need.

What Is Not Special about California City

The planned city vibe is not for everyone. Only a clinic for health care. But we feel the benefits out-weigh the negatives. Like many Calif. communities it was hit hard with the economic woes of Calif in general.

Climate and Physical Environment

Winters are cold to cool; summers can get upwards of 100 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Fortunately California City has some attractions, because it is a long way across the desert or mountains to any other city.


Crime in California City is just under the national average.

Medical Facilities

There is no hospital in the town. Tehachapi, which has a hospital, is about 30 miles away. 


There's a municipal airport in town.

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