Seniors who thrive on sunshine, a comfortable year-round climate and spectacular ocean sunsets may love Santa Monica. Situated on California’s southern coastline, the popular beachfront city is about 15 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Retirees have easy access to world-class medical facilities, such as UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and an array of cultural and recreational opportunities. Santa Monica offers a vibrant downtown that includes the Third Street Promenade, three pedestrian-only blocks bursting with retail shops, restaurants and street performers.
Older adults aged 65 and older make up 16.7% of the city’s estimated population of 91,411. Those who need support with daily activities, such as housekeeping, meals and medication management, can find a dozen assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Santa Monica, with nearly 50 more in surrounding areas, and seniors can expect to pay an average of $4,500 per month. This guide provides an overview of 10 ALFs that shine.
Sunrise of Santa Monica
1312 15th St.
Santa Monica CA 90404
Conveniently located on a palm-lined street between Santa Monica and Wilshire Boulevard, this three-story community provides assisted living and memory care. The sunlight-filled building features patios on every level and numerous outdoor sitting areas. Thanks to The Road Home program seniors joining the community from a hospital or rehabilitation center enjoy an easier transition, and the facility’s proximity to UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center and St. John’s Medical Center ensures top-quality health care should the need arise.
Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens
851 Second St.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Seniors choose from a variety of studio floor plans in this pet-friendly assisted living community, which customizes each resident’s care plan utilizing Brookdale’s signature Optimum Life program. A heated outdoor pool, fitness center and wellness center inspire physical activity, while the library and computer room provide opportunities for intellectual stimulation. A short one-block stroll puts residents at the Pacific Ocean or Pacific Palisades Park when the urge for beachcombing strikes.
Brookdale Ocean House
2107 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Meet friends for happy hour on the 10th-floor rooftop patio of Brookdale Ocean House located a short drive from the iconic Santa Monica Pier. Residents and their four-legged pets live in one-bedroom or studio apartments, many with patios or balconies to enjoy the cool ocean breeze and sweeping views. Practice your short game on the putting green, or show off your enviable green thumb in the garden or greenhouse. The all-day fine-dining program lets residents enjoy gourmet meals in keeping with their busy schedules. Brookdale Ocean House makes our top-10 list for its exceptional culinary program, beautifully appointed interiors and expansive Pacific Ocean views.
Bentley Suites by Serenity Care Health
851 4th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Seniors find an intimate, nurturing environment in this family-owned assisted living facility. The 44-resident capacity fosters customized care with a low staff-to-patient ratio that promotes personalized attention. A spacious center courtyard provides ample room for outdoor recreation in the fresh beach air. Medical needs are addressed promptly by an on-site RN, medical director and pharmacy consultant. A nutrition director and activity director ensure residents receive specialized meal plans and an engaging array of fitness, social and educational opportunities.
Meridian at Ocean Villa
413 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90402
This resort-like assisted living community features upscale interiors and a homelike environment where seniors reside in private studios, one-bedroom apartments or companion suites. Small pets are welcome at the cozy 36-resident community, which offers striking sunset views from the landscaped grounds. Amenities include a private spa, a beauty and barber salon and outdoor dining areas. A robust activities calendar includes local outings to premier shopping and dining destinations, concerts and the theatre.
Belmont Village Westwood
10475 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
A short drive to Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica are what seniors find at this Belmont Village location. The pet-friendly community offers independent and assisted living and award-winning memory care. Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments give seniors a variety of choices with no buy-in or long-term contract required. An outdoor swimming pool and dining patio let residents enjoy the plentiful sunshine, and the graciously designed, light-filled interiors create a vibrant senior living community that provides a high standard of care. Belmont Village Westwood earns a spot in our top 10 for the large variety of life-enriching social, educational and recreational activities provided for residents, including the signature Whole Brain Fitness program.
Sunrise of Playa Vista
5555 Playa Vista Dr.
Playa Vista, CA 90094
With stately architecture that resembles a Spanish villa or Mediterranean luxury hotel, Sunrise Playa Vista caters to coastal California seniors in sophisticated style. Warm and inviting gathering areas in both the assisted living community and the Reminiscence Memory Care neighborhood encourage socialization and create a relaxed, homey feeling. Active seniors have easy access to nearby parks, nature trails and beaches, and those who require medical care find Marina Del Rey Hospital and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center minutes away.
Sunrise of Beverly Hills
201 North Crescent Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Nestled in the heart of Beverly Hills and three blocks east of Rodeo Drive, this Sunrise senior living community pampers residents with luxurious amenities. Those in assisted living are within walking distance of the world-class shopping, dining and cultural opportunities the area is known for, and the renowned Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is minutes away. A packed daily calendar includes activities, such as the Go4Life Walking Club, movie club, wine socials and group outings. A variety of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and companion suite options let residents find the perfect floor plan for their needs.
Atria Park of Pacific Palisades
15441 West Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Drink in the ocean and mountain views from the rooftop terrace at this Atria Park location in desirable Pacific Palisades Village. Assisted living residents find a variety of pet-friendly accommodation choices, including spacious studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, each featuring state-of-the-art emergency alert systems and personalized support from a 24-hour staff. On-site amenities include beautifully landscaped outdoor gardens, a beauty salon and a spa. Atria Park of Pacific Palisades’ vibrant social calendar utilizes the signature Engage Life program, which features more than 200 events tailored to residents’ interests.
Studio Royale Assisted Living
3975 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232
Feel like a Hollywood star when you’re a resident at Studio Royale, located on what was once the back lot of MGM Studios during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Choose from three studio floor plans ranging in size from 340 to 620 square feet, with names such as Astaire, Harlow and Garland, or opt for the one-bedroom Gable apartment. Each unit features nine-foot ceilings, plush carpeting and a private balcony or patio. We chose Studio Royale for our list because of the professional, friendly and competent staff that receives high marks from residents’ loved ones.
Is Santa Monica the right choice for you?
If you’re seeking miles of beaches to stroll and a warm, welcoming community that scores high for walkability, consider Santa Monica. The iconic Santa Monica Pier, home to the Pacific Park amusement park, historic carousel and Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, is a sought-after tourist destination and ideal for visiting with loved ones. Santa Monica’s nationally acclaimed art galleries, museums and 130 street art murals keep creative types inspired, while community gardens and farmers markets keep you well-supplied with fresh, seasonal produce.