I read your post and I thought it was interesting that with California being as tax laden as it is that you would consider it. I live in southern California in Orange County. I really do love it and yes the weather is great year round. However, there is a cost for this weather.
San Francisco is nice and depending on where you live you could walk to places. They have a great transit system that I love. However, it is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. I am not saying that you cannot afford it, but health care is expensive and it is one of the most expensive places for long term care in the country. Also, being a huge city it may be more difficult to meet some nice ladies.
If you are going to come to California because that's where you just have to be. I suggest coming to San Diego. It is a great city of seniors. Has great healthcare. It's clean. Has lots of activities and attractions. The weather is great year round. Has lots of arts with universities close by all over the city. The housing there is cheaper than San Francisco. There are a lot of senior citizens there as well. For that matter there are a lot of seniors close to me at a place called Laguna Woods. You may want to check it out. They have a golf course and all types of amenities at Laguna Woods. I would google it and see.
I am only 52 and I think about retirement and plan for it. The biggest concern has been how to stretch my retirement. I keep coming back to California. Like you, I love the weather. There are no bugs, there is not extreme cold or heat and I am a ten minute drive down the street to the beach. I want to downsize to a smaller house but my wife won't let me. California is a great place. I would visit for a few months if you can and scope it out. I believe you would meet people quicker than you think.
Retrieving data ...