Located in the thriving San Francisco Bay area and less than 30 miles from San Francisco itself, Redwood City offers seniors its own vibrant downtown entertainment district filled with shops, eateries and cultural events in Courthouse Square. With an average of 255 sunny days per year, moderate temperatures and rain well below the average amount in the U.S., seniors can enjoy the city’s parks, hilly views and neighboring Napa Valley Wine Country throughout the year. Additionally, the striking, detailed architecture and enticing exhibits of the San Mateo County History Museum make it the perfect place for seniors to explore with visiting loved ones.
With the low unemployment rate and growing population of Redwood City, the 12.2% of its residents aged 65 and up are lucky to call the city home. Here, seniors can experience a slower pace than nearby San Francisco but have easy access to its bustling, world-famous city life. Because selecting the perfect assisted living facility in such a desirable location can be a challenge, we’ve compiled a list of the area’s top 10.
Brookdale Redwood City
485 Woodside Rd.
Redwood City, CA 94061
At Brookdale Redwood City, seniors enjoy a resort-like environment with an abundance of amenities to help residents feel fulfilled and engaged. Residents can swim in the large, serene indoor pool, use the fitness center’s high-quality exercise equipment or receive a fresh hairstyle in the beauty salon. While the facility’s independent and assisted living suites are all private, residents can come together and mingle in the common areas, billiards room or take group strolls along the well-landscaped ground’s outdoor walking paths.
Atria at Foster Square
707 Thayer Ln.
Foster City, CA 94404
Set in a LEED certified green building, Atria at Foster Square’s unique benefits and touches of added luxury make it a must for our list of Redwood City’s top 10 assisted living facilities. Colorful paintings by local artists hang in the attractive lobby, and the well-lit, roomy apartments boast nine-foot ceilings, full kitchens and emergency alert systems. The on-site movie theater is equipped with rows of comfortable, well-cushioned seating, and the facility’s multiple dining areas include a stunning outdoor terrace. Additionally, residents receive special discounts to a nearby bistro and a two-year membership to the nearby Jewish community center.
610 Smithfield Rd.
North Providence, RI 02904
Hopkins Manor’s friendly, caring staff members work hard to create a smooth, low-stress transition and orientation experience for seniors as they move into the facility. In this peaceful, homelike environment, residents have a choice of comfortable private or shared rooms. Three healthy meals plus snacks are served each day, and the on-site beauty salon is available for residents’ pampering. Additionally, those with memory impairments are monitored by an unobtrusive wander alert system that allows staff to provide extra assistance as needed.
471 Santa Clara Ave.
Redwood City, CA 94061
Atherton Gardens is an intimate, homelike facility located in a quaint residential neighborhood that’s located minutes from the shops at WoodSide Plaza Center. We selected this assisted living facility for our list of Redwood City’s top 10 for its beautiful outdoor living space and lush grounds filled with flowers and fruit trees. The two shady patios are perfect for residents to relax and enjoy Redwood City’s warm weather, and the large outdoor swimming pool provides opportunities for exercise, socializing and fun. Certified nursing assistants are available to provide skilled care around-the-clock, and the dining room staff serves organic, home-cooked meals daily.
East West Care
1018 Clinton St.
Redwood City, CA 94061
The small size of East West Care makes it possible for residents to receive highly personalized, compassionate care from dedicated staff, including assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping and medication management. Resident’s spacious rooms are private and clean, and seniors can socialize and relax together on the shared living room’s cozy, fireside couches. Outside, the private, fenced-in backyard has comfortable patio seating. The facility’s convenient residential location is walking distance from shops and restaurants along El Camino Real.
Sunrise of Belmont
1010 Alameda de las Pulgas
Belmont, CA 94002
We chose Sunrise of Belmont for our list of Redwood City’s top 10 assisted living facilities for its exceptional location that offers serene outdoor walking paths with stunning hillside views and close proximity to the Carlmont Village Shopping Center. The elegant, amenities-filled facility includes a library, sunroom and casual bistro. In the restaurant-style dining hall, residents receive meals made from scratch, and accommodations are made for specialized diets, such as purees. With the facility’s mission to provide holistic care, on-staff nurses conduct monthly wellness visits, and residents are engaged in daily well-rounded, stimulating activities focused on enhancing their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Bayview Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care
777 Bayview Dr.
San Carlos, CA 94070
Bayview Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care is a family-owned facility providing stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. The building’s villa-inspired design creates a luxurious, European feel enhanced by the beautiful, plant-filled enclosed courtyard with a serene water fountain. As a full-service senior living facility, the community offers residents an array of therapies as well as behavioral health services. Resident choice is prioritized, and the private and shared rooms can come with or without furnishings. Amenities such as the on-site beauty salon, library and grand piano add comfort and convenience.
2883 S. Norfolk St.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Located in nearby San Mateo just 20 minutes from San Francisco’s vibrant downtown area, Atria Hillsdale provides assisted living as well as a Life Guidance memory care program. The pet-friendly facility offers residents a beautiful outdoor courtyard, library, worship space and full-service beauty salon. Apartments include walk-in showers and personalized thermostats, and Kosher meals are available in the community dining hall. Town car and shuttle services run frequently to take residents out for fun group excursions and personal errands.
Palo Alto Commons Assisted Living
4075 El Camino Way
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Palo Alto Commons Assisted Living provides residents with a full dining experience with a daily soup and salad bar, snacks and beverage service as well as three nutritious meals. Personalized care plans emphasize holistic wellness and socialization through group aquatic fitness classes, guest lectures and walking groups. The facility’s scheduled transportation is available daily for resident errands and appointments, and the concierge offers residents two personal services monthly, such as letter writing and gift wrapping.
850 N. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94401
Located two blocks from the shops and restaurants along the bustling Burlingame Avenue in San Mateo, Sterling Court offers residents weekly happy hours and upscale accommodations. Assisted living residents enjoy kitchenettes with granite counters and private balconies in the well-designed apartments. Outside, they can relax in the serene, well-landscaped courtyard. A private dining room is available for intimate celebrations, and three meals are served per day in the cozy, cafe-style dining hall.
Is Redwood City the Right Choice for You?
In our view, with its warm climate, close proximity to the San Mateo Mountains and stunning San Francisco Bay, Redwood City is an excellent choice for seniors looking for a well-balanced, satisfying lifestyle. Additionally, the city’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center encourages seniors to gather for stimulating classes, low-cost meals and high-quality health and wellness services.