In order to find the top assisted living communities in the San Diego area, our team of researchers sorted through 374 communities using our unique methodology. Our team:
- Spent over 42 hours researching assisted living communities in San Diego
- Interviewed 21 facility staff members
- Read more than 225 reviews left by residents and their family members
After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 28 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of San Diego is $4,500, which is the same as the state average of $4,500 and slightly higher than the national average of $4,000.
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan FrankLicensed Social Worker and Certified Dementia Practitioner
Jonathan Frank is a Licensed Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with the geriatric population in a variety of different settings. He received his Masters degree from Rutgers University with a certificate in Aging and Gerontological Services. Additionally, he is a Certified Dementia Practitioner accredited by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Jonathan also has Bachelors degree in psychology and worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 14 years. His passion lies with the elderly and ensuring they age with dignity.
Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in San Diego, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 374 communities in the San Diego area.
Assisted Living Research Institute Trusted Communities
The Assisted Living Research Institute spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the San Diego area to allow seniors and their families to find the community that’s right for them. Click through the facilities listed below to read in-depth reviews, what residents are saying, and details such as base pricing, room types, and more.
Residents and family members alike enjoy the quality of service at Atria Bonita. One reviewer says, “My mother is in Villa Bonita. The rooms are large, and most of them have a view of a really nice courtyard. The staff was really helpful, and they seemed to engage with the residents. The food was really good as well. Every time I’ve gone to visit, the staff has been very welcoming, and they seemed to know my mother pretty well.”
Bayview Senior Assisted Living
The efforts of the care team at Bayview Manor is what the residents enjoy most. According to one reviewer, “The team at Bayview are true professionals that genuinely care about their residents. All of the family members and health care professionals that I've met have nothing but great things to say about the quality of care and atmosphere there. Everyone puts an effort to go the extra mile.”
Belmont Village Sabre Springs
Residents and relatives alike appreciate the hospitable care at Belmont Village. One family member says, “I have enjoyed visiting my grandmother because it was like being in a hotel every time. The food is beyond delicious and they throw the best celebrations for the residents. I just want to thank every single person at Belmont Village for all that they have done.
Residents and family members talk about the specialized care offered at Canyon Villas, with one reviewer saying, “My family has been very grateful for the great care they provide. My dad is a resident who has specialized needs. I commend the staff for being patient and kind, and recommend Canyon Villas to anyone who is thinking of having their loved one move to a retirement/assisted/independent living community.”
Casa Aldea Senior Living
Residents talk about the benefits of living at Casa Aldea. One reviewer says, “I live at this beautiful facility and each day I enjoy the activities and food. Common areas are fantastic. There are so many dining options available from 7 am to 7 pm. The quiet location is ideal. There is a small resident to caregiver ratio so it is very quiet.”
Casa De Las Campanas
Residents enjoy the maintenance-free lifestyle at Casa De Las Campanas with one reviewer saying, “Instead of cooking, cleaning, making the bed, etc., I swim, do chair yoga, walk, sing, play games, read, socialize, attend plays, musical performances, and other events, volunteer, and participate in committees. I actually have to make time to sleep!”
Cloisters of the Valley
According to residents and family members alike, Cloisters of the Valley is a warm and comforting environment. One family member says, “Cloisters of the Valley is a beautiful facility with the most caring staff ever. My 94-year-old mother just moved there and everyone is bending over backward to make sure she is comfortable and happy. The grounds are gorgeous, the interior is gorgeous and the meals are delicious.”
Coronado Retirement Village
Residents reap the benefits of the great staff at this facility. One family member says, “The feature I liked best … was the staff. Retaining kind, gentle, and consistent staff is a difficult achievement and they did it. My Mom lived in memory care and Dad lived in assisted living. Quality care is so important to the daily life of seniors. My Mom could not express her needs the last 15 months of her life, but the staff was so gentle with her, they anticipated her needs.”
Fredericka Manor is an assisted living community located in Chula Vista, California. This community was established in 1908 and has a long-standing tradition of care. Minutes from the waterfront, Fredericka Manor offers beautiful views of downtown San Diego, Coronado, and Mexico. On site, 24 beautiful, tree-lined acres offer residents nature-rich surroundings.
Each resident has a choice of living in a cottage or a seven-story apartment complex. These well-appointed accommodations are available in studio, one-, and two-bedroom options; most have kitchenettes or full-sized kitchens. Amenities include:
- Full-service dining room
- Beauty salon
- Fitness center
- Walking paths
- Putting green
- Bocce court
- Dog park
Residents enjoy the many options provided by Fredericka Manor. One resident says, “Staff courteous at arrival, the facility was clean, food was great — many options. The life enrichment team did great finding different options from music to pets to bingo. Nursing staff present and assisted in all areas. Housekeeping was very genuine and hospitable as well — typically they are in the backgrounds but here they had a great presence and personality.”
Golden Living of Pt. Loma
Customers are pleased with the quality of care given at Golden Living. One reviewer says, “Everyone from the owners to the entire staff is nothing short of Angels. The staff is very caring to not only the residents but to the family visiting their loved ones. If anyone ever asks me for a recommendation regarding their loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s, there is only one answer for them.”
Grossmont Gardens is an assisted living community located in the La Mesa area of San Diego, California. Established in 1962, this community has a long-standing tradition of care and is a great fit for active seniors who want to enjoy retirement engaged in social activities.
Grossmont offers carefree living in a friendly community by providing housekeeping and laundry services for maintenance-free living. Twenty-four-hour nursing care in a secured environment helps residents have peace of mind. Physical, speech, and occupational therapists are available for on-site care, and transportation is provided for off-campus visits. As an added benefit, Grossmont Gardens is also animal-friendly and offers accommodations for residents with pets. Other benefits include:
- On-site barber and beauty shop
- Outdoor heated pool
- Restaurant-style dining
- Social events and entertainment
- Yoga classes
- Putting green
Residents and their family members appreciate the continuum of care at Grossmont Gardens. One reviewer says, “My husband received different levels of care during his stay at Grossmont Gardens. From assisted living to skilled nursing, the care was heartfelt as well as professional. ... I entrusted his care into the hands of the caregivers, nurses and facility staff who treated him with respect and never stopped trying to meet his needs. Their love for what they do is obvious each and every day. … I would highly recommend this facility.”
Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill
Residents appreciate with the problem-solving efforts of the staff. One reviewer says, “The staff has been quite competent in dealing with the various issues of aging that have come up and have been really supportive and communicative with our family. They demonstrate their expertise and regard for my dad every day. The nursing staff is well organized and mindful in their care. The office staff are helpful and accommodating and the wait staff in the dining room are kind and patient.”
Monte Vista Village
Customers talk about the safety and security measures provided by Monte Vista Village. One reviewer says, “My mother is 95. She has lived at Monte Vista Village for 3 1/2 years. She has thrived here, learning new activities like Wii bowling, and she always enjoys the Wednesday afternoon happy hour which has a different musical program every week. ...Now, her door opens onto the communal living room where she now spends most of her days. Without exception, we have found the Monte Vista staff to be kind, caring and conscientious.”
Residents and family members talk about the tradition of care at Monterey Trellis. One reviewer says, “My mother has been at Monterey Trellis for years, and we couldn't be happier since she is happy and very content with the life that she enjoys. My father also lived at Monterey Trellis and passed away back in 2009. It has been a great relief to have the same folks that took care of my father taking care of our mother.”
Residents and their families enjoy the benefit of a faith-based community. One reviewer says, “When we walked into Nazareth house, we found it to be nice, bright, and cheery, and it has a beautiful view. It is very pleasant with wide halls, open spaces, and quiet. There was nice music playing in the hall. ... They really have nice activities. Even though she couldn't get around very well, she enjoyed watching these activities. They have mass every morning, and she likes it because it rests her mind.”
Oakmont of Pacific Beach
Customers are excited about the service provided by Oakmont. One reviewer says, “This is the Cadillac of assisted living, featuring fine dining, big screen theater, wonderful staff, regular fun outings, and great location. My mother-in-law could not be happier. The food, chef and staff are incredible!”
Pacifica Senior Living
Customers appreciate the caring atmosphere provided by Pacifica. One reviewer says, “I moved my father-in-law in and was dealt with the utmost kindness and respect from the staff at Pacifica. I was dealing with the failing health of my own father at the time and everyone helped me move my father-in-law in effortlessly. The care he has been receiving since he has been there had been superb. There are not enough words to say how pleased I am with Pacifica.”
Paradise Valley Manor
Residents talk about the unique quality of care at the community, with one reviewer saying, “The care here is definitely five stars. I am so happy I am here. The nurses are so sweet and they treat everyone with such love and respect. I have really bad pain. The care team makes sure I am comfortable.”
Plaza Village Senior Living
Residents are moved by the supportive staff at Plaza Village, with one reviewer commenting, “The staff at this facility are beyond wonderful. The staff here did everything that they could to support my father and me during my mother’s transition. You can tell they truly care for the residents. I'm so grateful for everything they did for my mother.”
Sienna at Otay Ranch Senior Living
Residents enjoy the comprehensive care given at Sienna at Otay Ranch. One reviewer says, “I really enjoy the care and service Sienna provides for me. The care partners are always ready and available when I need them. When family members come in, they are always greeted and given service with a smile. … I love that they have so much going on and that they interact with all residents. They keep us busy with a lot to do.”
St. Paul's Villa
Customers appreciate the relationship between the staff and the residents. One reviewer says, “People at St. Paul's Villa are so kind and compassionate. It is beautiful to see how the senior residents consider the staff extended family. You can tell that there is a lot of love there in addition to great care. People seem truly happy.”
Residents and their families enjoy the lifestyle that Sungarden Terrace offers. One reviewer says, “My father had a very enjoyable time at Sungarden Terrace. The staff is very warm and friendly. My dad loved the food and had nothing but good things to say about everyone who helped him during his time. Thank you to everyone at Sungarden Terrace!”
Residents and family members enjoy the caring staff at The Montera. One family member says, “My mother-in-law has been a resident at the Montera since August 2018. The staff is very kind and caring. She enjoys the meals and has made many friends. My mother-in-law feels comfortable and has expressed that she likes the med techs who support her in her activities of daily living. The front desk staff always makes us feel so welcome when we come to visit.”
The Remington Club
The Remington Club is known for its welcoming atmosphere. One reviewer says, “I have lived at the Remington Club for 2 1/2 years. I have been exceptionally well treated by everyone here, from the senior staff to the wait staff. It seems to me that one of the main purposes of the club is to make people welcome, address all concerns in a timely manner and provide the comforts of home. All of the above is true.”
Vi at La Jolla Village
Vi at La Jolla Village is an assisted living community located in San Diego, California. This community is a continuing care retirement community that allows residents to age in place as their needs change along the continuum of care. Vi a La Jolla Village offers upscale services and amenities with amazing views. This community is a great fit for the discerning senior who enjoys refined luxury.
From the front desk to beautifully appointed accommodations, Vi at La Jolla Village offers a host of services and amenities. Three delicious meals are prepared according to dietary needs and preferences in casual, bistro, and fine dining restaurants, complete with table services. Weekly housekeeping and laundry services give that resort-like feeling of maintenance-free living. Valet parking services for family members and scheduled transportation for excursions and appointments are a mainstay of the concierge and front desk. Other amenities include:
- A full menu of spa and beauty services
- Wellness and state-of-the-art fitness centers
- Fitness instruction and classes, including tai chi, zumba, and weight training
- Pets allowed (up to 35 lbs.)
- Private theater
- Art room
- Salon and spa
- Heated salt-filtered indoor pool and therapeutic whirlpool
The staff at Vi at La Jolla Village are recognized for their comprehensive service, with one family member noting, “Their attention to detail is fantastic. The staff from the front desk to the restaurant make us feel like a million bucks. My aunt is enjoying the experience, and I enjoy visiting her. They were accommodating with her transition and answered all of our questions.”
Residents are wowed by the beautiful surroundings at Wesley Palms. One reviewer says, “Prior to moving to Wesley Palms, I looked at many other residential retirement communities here in San Diego County. In my opinion, none of the others measured up to what we have here at Wesley Palms and our beautiful 35-acre campus, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay.”
Westmont at San Miguel Ranch
Residents and their families are pleased with the services and amenities at Westmont. One reviewer says, “My dad is living in Westmont at San Miguel Ranch. It's very good, and the rooms are really nice. The staff is very positive, helpful, and friendly. The food was good, and they had a nice selection.”
Residents enjoy the educational activities offered by White Sands. One reviewer says, “There is a lot of information about how to stay healthy and live longer. This includes eating right, exercising, sleeping enough hours, having access to good medical care, as well as equally important, having a purpose in life and friends you care about and who care about you.”
At the Assisted Living Research Institute, our goal is to tackle the challenges that come with aging by combining real-world expertise with data-driven metrics and the latest research methodologies. To accomplish this, our team of industry experts and in-house researchers joined forces to develop a methodology that uncovers the best assisted living communities in a given location. We search for facilities that use science-backed best practices and the latest therapies in caring for their residents, and those that have the most amenities and opportunities for residents to live an active, independent lifestyle.
Facility Features (40%)
Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc
Facility Amenities Graded on the available
Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.
Residential Quality (40%)
Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.
Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.
Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.
Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older adults, air quality, climate.
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