Located along the northeastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area, Vallejo is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse cities in the United States. Drawn by its mild year-round climate, which includes an average winter temperature of 47 degrees and plentiful activities, seniors make up an estimated 15.2% of the city’s overall population. Vallejo is home to the world-class Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, which was designed by Arnold Palmer and recognized by Golf World readers as one of the best public golf courses in the nation. Outdoorsy seniors also appreciate the city’s fresh-air farmer’s market, which includes offerings from local growers, and the vibrant downtown area, which is the heart of the city’s emerging art scene. The city also boasts more than 30 public parks and four community centers that span over 400 acres of land.
Vallejo is less than an hour’s drive from both the Napa Valley and San Francisco, which is also accessible by daily ferry service on a high-speed catamaran. Visiting families find it easy to reach the city by car via Interstate 80. For seniors who may be considering a move to Vallejo, this guide features ten of the city’s premier facilities.
North Bay Retirement Community — Happy Living
2261 Tuolumne Street
Vallejo, CA 94589
North Bay Retirement Community — Happy Living is just minutes from relaxing green spaces, such as the Dan Foley Park, where seniors can fish, picnic or enjoy a stroll around scenic Lake Chabot. From opportunities for creative expression in the arts and crafts room to entertainment in the facility’s theater, residents have plenty of opportunities for leisure activities on campus as well, making this one of our picks for the area’s best facilities. For residents looking to stay active, the community has a fitness center, while seniors who worship appreciate the charming on-site chapel. The facility also has a billiards table, a bus for local excursions and a fireside lounge that’s perfect for friendly conversations or quiet evenings with a book.
Vallejo Hills Retirement Community — Happy Living
350 Locust Drive
Vallejo, CA 94591
Nestled on a lush hillside, Vallejo Hills Retirement Community — Happy Living features breathtaking views of the beautiful Bay Area. Residents appreciate the facility’s gorgeous outdoor spaces, which include a courtyard, fountains and walking paths that are conducive to leisurely strolls. Inside, seniors can lounge by the fireplace, try out a new hairstyle at the salon or shop for essentials at the on-site country store. For residents who like to stay connected, wireless internet is available throughout the common areas. The facility is only an hour’s drive from Cache Creek Casino.
C & F Senior Care Home
1120 Songwood Road
Vallejo, CA 94591
Located alongside a golf course in a tranquil residential neighborhood, C & F Senior Care Home offers assisted living services in a homelike environment. The facility’s wide hallways are easy to navigate with walkers or wheelchairs, and all bathrooms are handicap-accessible. Residents enjoy comfortable, private rooms, and staff is available to assist with personal care tasks, such as dressing and bathing. The facility serves three nutritious meals each day, and healthy snacks are available in between mealtimes. Staff at C & F Senior Care Home are happy to arrange transportation for off-site medical appointments.
Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill
175 Cleaveland Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Carlton Senior Living Pleasant Hill offers a range of services, including independent and assisted living, memory care and on-site nursing, in a convenient Downtown Pleasant Hill location. Each apartment has individual temperature control, a low-step shower and 24-hour emergency call system, and residents enjoy housekeeping, laundry and linen service. Seniors can have their meals at any time, and the menu is varied, including options for special diets. Dining is restaurant-style, but room service is always available.
Pinole Senior Village
2850 Estates Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564
Pinole Senior Village is located near Interstate 80 and is just minutes from the sprawling Sobrante Ridge Regional Park nature preserve. The facility lands on our top-10 list thanks to its airy, inviting apartments, which feature high ceilings, hardwood-style floors and handicap-accessible bathrooms. This pet-friendly community boasts an on-site dog park, a comfortable backyard and barbecue facilities that residents and their guests can enjoy Seniors dine restaurant-style, receiving nutritious meals that feature fresh ingredients. In-room dining is also available.
Rockville Terrace Senior Living
4625 Mangels Boulevard
Fairfield, CA 94534
Rockville Terrace Senior Living is easily accessible via Interstate 80, and residents appreciate its proximity to Rockville Hills Regional Park, which offers shady hiking trails, beautiful views and opportunities for nature-watching. Seniors choose from studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans, and housekeeping and laundry services are included. This luxurious community boasts a full-service salon and spa, an on-site theater and a media room that has high-speed internet connections. The facility also offers off-site transportation for medical appointments and other errands.
Oakmont of Concord
1401 Civic Court
Concord, CA 94520
Oakmont of Concord offers seniors individualized support while promoting an active, independent lifestyle. Residents stay active at the on-site fitness center, which includes up-to-date exercise equipment to make working out a breeze. For relaxation, seniors can enjoy films in the luxurious private theater or get some much-needed pampering in the salon and day spa. The facility has plenty of outdoor spaces, too, including manicured walking paths, resident gardens and a pet park. Oakmont of Concord has been named one of the Best in East Bay by the East Bay Times, making it one of the top-10 facilities in the Vallejo area.
Meadows of Napa Valley
1800 Atrium Parkway
Napa, CA 94559
Tucked among lush vineyards and rolling hills, The Meadows of Napa Valley is a Life Plan Community, offering a continuum of care services that make it possible for seniors to comfortably age in place. Apartments can be customized to suit individual tastes and each spacious unit includes granite countertops and individual climate control. The community features three on-site restaurants, a sparkling indoor saline pool and a cozy fireside lounge. Creative residents appreciate the art studio, craft room and woodshop, while sporty seniors benefit from a putting green, bocce ball court and comprehensive fitness center, where residents can join a variety of exercise classes.
2300 Brown Street
Napa, CA 94558
This family-owned facility offers personalized care services in a comfortable, homelike environment. Seniors benefit from assistance with personal care activities and medication management, and caregivers provide safety checks around the clock. Residences come fully furnished, and emergency alert systems are installed in each room, including bathrooms. The facility provides three meals daily, plus snacks, and escorts to the dining room are available to help seniors with mobility issues. Residents also appreciate access to convenient on-site salon services to keep them looking great.
El Cerrito Royale
6510 Gladys Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
El Cerrito Royale is located in a quiet residential neighborhood, not far from Interstates 80 and 580 and just steps from the community senior center. Each spacious private suite includes an emergency intercom system, and housekeeping and linen services are provided. Residents benefit from monthly medical visits, including a podiatrist and hearing specialist. This family-owned facility also offers concierge service, three chef-prepared meals daily and brings in weekly live entertainment. On-site appointments with a hairstylist and manicurist are also available.
Is Vallejo the right choice for you?
From experiencing its growing craft beverage scene to taking a tour of nearby Napa Valley wineries, there’s always plenty to do in and around Vallejo. For seniors who want to set down roots in a town that embraces the spirit of the bay area, Vallejo may be the ideal location.