Sun-worshipping seniors flock to San Diego, where about 266 sunny days per year keep spirits high. California’s second-largest city spans 17 miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline, which is largely responsible for the near-perfect climate that enables year-round enjoyment of the city’s abundant outdoor recreational amenities. The area is home to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo, both must-do destinations when the grandkids visit. Balboa Park to the north boasts a bounty of cultural treasures that include 17 museums and 10 performing arts centers.
Music aficionados take in orchestral performances by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and soak up the San Diego Opera. Seniors have access to world-class health care, including Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and UC San Diego Health. Adults aged 65 and older make up about 12% of San Diego’s 1.4-million-plus population. Those who’d like help with daily tasks while still maintaining an independent lifestyle find over 100 assisted living facilities in the San Diego area to support them, with an average monthly cost of $3,691. This guide highlights 10 of the top assisted living facilities in the San Diego area that you’ll want to put on your to-be-considered list.
Belmont Village Sabre Springs
13075 Evening Creek Drive South
San Diego, CA 92128
Spanish architecture and swaying palm trees greet you as you arrive at this upscale senior living community in northeast San Diego County. Located in Poway, known as “The City in the Country,” Belmont Village residents are surrounded by open space in this beautifully landscaped community with inspiring views of the foothills. Amenities for independent and assisted living residents include a professionally managed fitness center, a putting green and a swimming pool. Seniors with early-stage memory loss participate in the Circle of Friends program, developed in consultation with Vanderbilt University’s Center for Quality Aging. Those requiring a higher level of care reside in a secured neighborhood where they receive an ability-centered, personalized program of care.
5219 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92117
A cozy environment and smiling faces make this pet-friendly assisted living community appealing. The spacious studio apartments are filled with natural light, and many offer views of the lovely landscaped garden. The shaded courtyard is perfect for sharing coffee with friends, followed perhaps by a rousing game of pool or a quiet read in the library. Brookdale’s Optimum Life program helps you cultivate a brain-healthy lifestyle, and the facility’s Personalized Service System means you’ll receive an individually customized care plan and only pay for the services you need.
Vi at La Jolla Village
8515 Costa Verde Boulevard
San Diego, CA 9212
Seniors find refined, resort-like living at this pet-friendly continuing care retirement community (CCRC) that offers ocean views and easy access to downtown San Diego. The luxury lifestyle includes 24-hour valet parking services, a full menu of spa and beauty services at the salon and hotel-like rooms you can reserve when family comes to town. A variety of gourmet dining venues and a jam-packed activities calendar ensure there’s something that appeals to every resident’s palate and interests. We featured Vi at La Jolla Village in San Diego’s top 10 due to the vast array of cultural and community events the facility offers residents.
St. Paul’s Manor
2635 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
Active retirees love the independent living community at St. Paul’s Manor, which is perfectly situated in the charming Bankers Hill neighborhood, with shops, restaurants and financial institutions an easy walk away. Nearby Balboa Park’s many museums and performing arts venues give seniors abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities. Residents live in two buildings that feature pet-friendly studios and one-bedroom apartments, many with ocean-view balconies.
Sunrise of La Jolla
810 Turquoise Street
San Diego, CA 92109
The stoic exterior of this assisted living community belies the warm, homey atmosphere you find inside. Perched on the border of Pacific Beach and La Jolla and close to some of San Diego’s best medical facilities, Sunrise offers residents personalized care in a peaceful suburban neighborhood. The Alzheimer’s and memory care program takes place in the secure, specially designed Reminiscence neighborhood. Assisted living residents participate in Sunrise’s eight signature activities programs that help them live with purpose.
Casa Del Cielo
6173 Adelaide Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115
Sometimes a loved one in declining health needs a quiet, cozy living environment where tender loving care is the best amenity. It’s for those seniors that Casa Del Cielo exists. This peaceful, safe community specializes in providing compassionate care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as those who’ve experienced a stroke. Services at this family-owned assisted living community include three nutritious meals, medication assistance, help with personal hygiene, daily housekeeping and laundry service. The well-trained staff is skilled at handling challenging behaviors with kindness. Set in a residential neighborhood, Casa Del Cielo has a secure outdoor garden for residents to enjoy.
Golden Living of Point Loma
3223 Duke Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Just 10 minutes from the beach and close to downtown San Diego, this seaside senior living community prides itself on caring, dignified service. Seniors find help with the activities of daily living (ADLs) in the assisted living community, and those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease receive 24/7 memory care support. Golden Living of Point Loma also offers respite stays and end-of-life hospice care. The spacious private or shared rooms feature balconies or patios, and the elegant dining room overlooks the beautifully landscaped courtyard.
Sunrise of Sabre Springs
12515 Springhurst Drive
San Diego, CA 92064
The Sabre Springs property opened in June 2017 and provides Poway Valley seniors with scenic views of the coastal North County. The four-story, state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community features four neighborhoods, including the Reminiscence neighborhood for residents with advanced stages of dementia and the Terrace Club neighborhood for seniors experiencing early-stage memory loss. We included Sunrise of Sabre Springs in our top 10 because they consistently receive high marks for the competent, professional staff who are warm and compassionate.
Atria La Jolla
4025 Pulitzer Place
San Diego, CA 92122
Seniors seeking a modern, vibrant lifestyle find it here. A fully equipped fitness center and outdoor pool help you stay toned and fit, and the full-time activity director oversees a schedule of fun events that might include a chef showdown or a casino visit. Join friends for a drink in the pub after a productive day in the resident gardens. This pet-friendly independent living community offers all-day dining in multiple venues and a private gate entrance to Doyle Park.
Brookdale Carmel Valley
13101 Hartfield Avenue
San Diego, CA 92130
If aging in place with all your needs met appeals to you, this continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is a great choice. With assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing all on one campus, you can transition to a new care level, if necessary, without ever leaving your home. Gracious amenities include a piano in the living room, paved walking paths through the lush gardens and pet-friendly apartments in a variety of floor plans. We included Brookdale Carmel Valley in our top 10 list because of the consistently high praise the community’s medical staff receives for the exceptional care provided.
Is San Diego the Right Choice for You?
San Diego’s enviable coastal location and pleasant Mediterranean climate make it possible for seniors to enjoy themselves outside all year-round. This sprawling seaside complex is the eighth-largest city in the United States and surely one of the most beautiful geographically, culturally and architecturally. High-quality health care and top-notch recreational opportunities make San Diego a hospitable home for older adults seeking assisted living options.