A suburban community located in the northern region of San Diego County, San Marcos has a population of approximately 97,000 residents, with 12% ages 65 and older. These seniors enjoy a temperate year-round climate and an upscale suburban atmosphere with plentiful opportunities for recreation. There’s a whopping average of 265 sunny days per year and only 14 inches of rain, with average temperatures ranging from July highs of 81 degrees to 45-degree January lows. Additionally, there’s lighter than average traffic, making it easy for seniors to navigate to any of the city’s seven golf courses and incredible, scenic natural areas. Outdoor enthusiasts can picnic at Discovery Lake, hike at Double Peak Park and take nature walks at Jack’s Pond Park and Nature Center.
Seniors in San Marcos can also take advantage of the Senior Activity Center’s many resources, such as computer and exercise classes, health screenings, low-cost meals and social festivities for adults ages 50 and older. In nearby Escondido, the 740,000 square-foot Palomar Health Hospital provides exceptional medical care. Because we know seniors in this desirable city may be interested in learning more about the area’s many assisted living options, we’ve developed a list of our 10 favorite San Marcos assisted living facilities.
Brookdale San Marcos
1590 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
The pet-friendly Brookdale San Marcos has spacious apartments with full kitchens and bright interiors filled with natural light. Staff provides residents with assistance upon move-in so they can quickly make their new living space feel like home. To promote fun and exercise and to help residents enjoy the city’s excellent weather, the facility has an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and putting green to accompany the peaceful courtyard and walking paths. Residents can also buy personal items at the on-site general store, attend religious services in the chapel and join friends around the poker table.
Silvergate San Marcos
1550 Security Pl.
San Marcos, CA 92078
At Silvergate San Marcos, residents receive time-saving assistance with laundry and housekeeping tasks. The warm, intimate-feeling environment is enhanced by the low staff-to-resident ratio and attractive, homelike furnishings. The large modern lobby has an elegant fireplace, and the stately library is filled with walls of books. Residents can enjoy films in the movie theater, have their hair styled in the beauty salon and attend group exercise classes for physical stimulation. Providing independent living, assisted living and memory care, this facility has been in business for over 20 years.
The Meridian at Lake San Marcos
1177 San Marino Dr.
San Marcos, CA 92078
The Meridian at Lake San Marcos is a resort-like community focused on meeting residents’ needs while helping them retain a vibrant lifestyle filled with their favorite hobbies. Here, residents participate in bird watching, attend lectures by visiting experts, watch cooking demonstrations and develop stories in writers groups. There’s an outdoor dog park where residents can play with their furry friends, a swimming pool and ample outdoor seating surrounding a cozy fire pit. Staff members also facilitate stimulating exercise classes and provide professional beauty salon and barber shop services.
3524 Lake Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92056
The pet-friendly Brookdale Oceanside offers residents a choice of multiple apartment floor plans with large windows that let in ample natural light. The facility provides assisted living along with a Clare Bridge memory care program, and residents can opt to participate in up to six scheduled activities daily, such as tai chi and stimulating brain exercises. Upscale amenities include the on-site movie theater, general store, fitness center and beauty salon.
Westmont Town Court
500 E. Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92025
Located in Escondido, close to a wide array of shopping and dining options and the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, the pet-friendly Westmont Town Court offers residents an active lifestyle filled with opportunities to explore new talents and interests. We selected this facility for our list of San Marcos’ top 10 for its numerous resident clubs including photography, golf and ballroom dancing. Additionally, residents can enroll in courses and lectures given on-site and even obtain college credit. When not partaking in these invigorating experiences, residents can enjoy use of the facility’s beauty salon, heated indoor swimming pool and restaurant-style dining hall, which serves creative dishes such as seafood crepes.
710 W. 13th Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
Residents at Redwood Terrace can enjoy a continuum of care ranging from assisted living to skilled nursing. In the popular community dining hall, residents receive a restaurant-style breakfast, a lunch buffet and a choice between meal service and a well-balanced buffet for dinner. Additionally, wine and hors d’oeuvres are included with dinner multiple times per week. Unique facility amenities include a woodworking shop, a gift shop and a heated indoor pool staffed with a professional trainer.
Oakmont of Escondido Hills
3012 Bear Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92025
Providing independent living, assisted living and memory care, Oakmont of Escondido Hills is walking distance from North County Fair Shopping Mall and set on six acres of manicured grounds offering views of the surrounding hills, a swimming pool and a stunning courtyard containing a fountain and walking paths. Selected for our list of San Marcos’ top 10 facilities for its upscale amenities, the facility includes a gift shop, business center with computers and fitness center with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Residents can watch their favorite movie in the theater and enjoy gourmet meals served in the restaurant-style dining hall or in the private dining room during special celebrations.
Sunrise at La Costa
7020 Manzanita St.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Located next door to the Carlsbad Library, where numerous exciting events such as opera performances and festivals take place each year, Sunrise at La Costa provides seniors with compassionate assisted living and memory care in a vibrant setting. On the landscaped grounds, serene walking paths stretch a quarter of a mile, and abundant seating areas overlook shady gardens. Inside, the quaint sitting room, cozy library and upscale bistro help make the facility feel like a home.
504 S. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
Atria Encinitas is a lively independent and assisted living facility where friendly staff members emphasize the importance of fun. The building’s interiors are adorned with beautiful furnishings and arched windows reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, and a plant-filled outdoor patio is equipped with senior-friendly exercise machines. The full-service salon provides manicures, pedicures and massage therapy along with haircuts and stylings, and town car and shuttle services are available to transport residents to nearby appointments and local attractions.
Silver Oak Country Estates I
138 Sun Villa Ct.
Vista, CA 92084
At Silver Oaks Country Estates I, residents live in an intimate, homelike environment where pets are welcome and staff assists with the often time-consuming chores of housekeeping and laundry. The furnished outdoor patios are surrounded by raised planter beds for gardening and walking paths for pleasant strolls. A robust art and music therapy program helps keep residents stimulated and engaged, and a full-service hair salon is available on-site for professional styling and cuts. Additionally, the facility’s Vista location is less than four miles from stunning nature views at Daley Ranch.
Is San Marcos the Right Choice for You?
San Marcos offers seniors a short driving distance to San Diego and its many famed attractions, an abundance of nearby beautiful Pacific Coast beaches and a sunny, temperate climate that makes the outdoors accessible year-round. Within the city, seniors can search for incredible vintage pieces at Antique Village or dine on fresh, local ingredients and seafood at one of the area’s highly rated restaurants. Seniors can also take advantage of the SPRINTER light rail’s discounted fares for travel between San Marcos and Oceanside, Vista and Escondido.