In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Santa Barbara area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 47 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 17 hours researching assisted living communities in Santa Barbara
  • Read more than 145 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 10 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 Santa Barbara is $5,000, which is considerably higher than the state average of $4,500 and the national average of $4,051.

Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Santa Barbara, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 47 communities in the Santa Barbara area. Trusted Communities spent dozens of hours researching the top assisted living communities in the Santa Barbara 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.

Abundant Care
Private Rooms, Shared Rooms
Assisted Living
Not Listed
Abundant Care is a small, locally owned assisted living facility that prides itself on its personal touch. This community serves a limited number of residents, ensuring that the staff can provide personalized, respectful care for all. Health care services range from occupational therapy to medication administration, and residents also have access to podiatry care and hairdressing services. 24-hour staffing and video security provide residents and loved ones with peace of mind, and the cozy, boutique-style accommodations ensure long-term comfort.
What Residents are Saying:
Families appreciate kind, friendly staff and pleasant surroundings. One relative states, "They have a musician come in and play piano. They're very nice people; they very good care of the residents. My husband has not had any negative comments about the food; he is satisfied. It's a lovely facility, has a beautiful outdoor, and every room has its own bath."
4.00 out of 5 stars
(3) Reviews
4589 Auhay Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Alexander Gardens Assisted Living
GranVida Senior Living
Heritage House
Valle Verde
Villa Santa Barbara
Vista del Monte
Wood Glen Hall

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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 (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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