Nestled in sunny Orange County, Irvine was recently named one of the best places to live in America by Money Magazine. Earning its reputation as a business-friendly, master-planned city, Irvine is home to around 282,500 people, and one in ten are seniors. Irvine is located just a short drive away from the beach, and with an average of 278 sunny days per year, seniors have plenty of opportunity to relax on the sand. Other senior-friendly activities include strolling through Aldrich Park, bird-watching at San Joaquin Marsh or admiring impressionist paintings at the Irvine Museum. At Irvine Spectrum Center, seniors can browse over 100 shops or even ride the 108-foot-high Giant Wheel.
Irvine boasts a cost of living that’s significantly lower than the nearby communities of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, making it a good choice for seniors who want to retire in Southern California. There are dozens of assisted living facilities in Irvine and the surrounding area, and they charge an average of $4,730 per month. This guide highlights the 10 best assisted living facilities in the Irvine area.
19191 Harvard Ave.
Irvine, CA 92612
Located near William R. Mason Regional Park, Regents Point is a continuing care retirement community that cares for seniors in a beautiful, hotel-like environment. We included this community in Irvine’s top 10 because of its many unique amenities, including a putting green, lawn bowling court and outdoor heated saltwater swimming pool, which encourages seniors to have fun and stay active. Seniors and their guests enjoy fresh, locally sourced meals in the restaurant-style dining room, and for quick sandwiches and salads, they can stop by the bistro.
Irvine, CA 92612
At Brookdale Irvine, seniors and their pets live in well-decorated apartments with an abundance of natural light. Many of the apartments boast private balconies or patios that make it easy for seniors to soak up the Southern California sunshine. With a putting green, lush central courtyard and on-site walking paths that connect to nearby William R. Mason Regional Park, Brookdale Irvine is a great choice for seniors who prefer spending time outdoors. Meals are served restaurant-style from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and with the weekly menu chat, everyone is able to share their feedback with the chef.
Atria Golden Creek
33 Creek Rd.
Irvine, CA 92604
Atria Golden Creek is a luxurious senior living community that encourages its residents to live an active, independent lifestyle. The recently renovated facility has bright, tastefully furnished common areas, and residents love their apartments with full kitchens and open-air balconies. The community has a fitness center with daily exercise classes, including yoga and tai chi as well as a salon and spa that offers manicures and massages. A full-time activities director organizes art classes, nature walks and other fun activities that keep residents entertained.
Irvine, CA 92604
This upscale senior living community is located on the banks of San Diego Creek in Irvine’s Woodbridge development. We included Atria Woodbridge in this list because they’re well-reviewed for their friendly, hardworking staff who are responsive to residents’ needs. The community’s beautiful outdoor areas include a koi pond, rose garden and putting green, and there are plenty of beautiful, mature trees to provide shade. The facility’s studio and one-bedroom apartments have walk-in closets, kitchenettes and comfortable furniture, so residents feel right at home.
Town & Country Manor
555 E. Memory Ln.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
This nonprofit continuing care retirement community serves Orange County’s seniors in a faith-based environment. We included Town & County Manor in Irvine’s top 10 because residents rave about their marvelous menu options, which include prime rib and honey baked ham. With many scheduled activities, including outings to museums, aquariums and the beach, this facility appeals to seniors who are looking forward to an active retirement. The on-site rehabilitation center is staffed with highly trained therapists who help residents improve their quality of life.
23442 El Toro Rd., Bldg. 2
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Freedom Village, a continuing care retirement community, strives to keep residents safe and comfortable as their needs change. Residents live in newly remodeled, well-decorated studio apartments and are welcome to bring their small pets. The community’s many on-site amenities include a theater and beauty salon, and the exercise classes in the heated pool encourage residents with achy joints to stay active. We featured this community in Irvine’s top 10 because they were named the best senior living community in Orange County by readers of the Orange County Register. The community is known for its longtime staff who build lasting relationships with residents.
Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange
2025 N. Bush St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Conveniently located beside Interstate 5, Hollybrook Senior Living of Orange provides affordable assisted living and memory care. The friendly, hardworking staff create a welcoming environment. Residents live in private or shared apartments, and since housekeeping and laundry services are provided, they have plenty of time to take part in fun activities. Friday night happy hours, book clubs and exercise classes encourage residents to get to know their neighbors. Residents also have the opportunity to pursue their favorite solo activities, such as reading in the library or tending plants in the raised garden beds.
The Groves at Tustin
1262 Bryan Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
The Groves at Tustin offers a hotel-like atmosphere for its assisted living and memory care residents. The community’s 83 suites range in size from 318-568 square feet, and their senior-friendly features include walk-in showers and individual climate control. Seniors can entertain friends and family on their private patios or balconies. We featured this community in Irvine’s top 10 because residents love their delicious meals, which incorporate fresh, local ingredients, including vegetables and herbs from the resident-tended garden. Frequent outings, including scenic drives and trips to shopping centers, help seniors stay connected to the community.
Sunrise at Tustin
12291 Newport Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Nestled in a residential neighborhood in Santa Ana, Sunrise at Tustin offers a comfortable, homelike environment for up to 70 residents. The one story building is surrounded by lush gardens and mature trees. The community’s many clubs allow residents to meet new friends who enjoy walking, baking or even blackjack. Residents enjoy meals prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and their preferences and feedback influence the menu. The community is committed to providing high-quality care to seniors and was awarded a bronze National Quality Award by the American Health Care Association.
Pacifica Senior Living South Coast
2619 Orange Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Pacifica Senior Living South Coast is located near Santa Ana Country Club and Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. In this quiet neighborhood, seniors can chat with friends on the covered patio or water plants in the resident garden. The community offers seniors an assortment of clean, well-lit common areas, including a beauty salon. The comfortably furnished studio and two-bedroom apartments come with mini fridges and microwaves, and the hardwood floors and granite countertops provide a touch of luxury. Residents’ dogs and cats are welcome to move in, too.
Is Irvine the Right Choice for You?
For seniors who want to retire in southern California, it doesn’t get much better than Irvine. With year-round warm weather, seniors can explore more than 50 miles of bike trails or work on their golf game at one of the city’s public courses. This exciting city can accommodate seniors’ future needs, too. The area is home to some of the state’s top-ranked hospitals, including UCI Medical Center, and surprisingly, health care costs are 4.1% lower than the national average.