The Lake Merritt

1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA, 94612.
The Lake Merritt
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Private Room


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1 Bdr Apartment


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Community Fee


(one time)

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If it feels like home when you walk in the door at The Lake Merritt, it is because of the energy and vision that we have dedicated to the property since we acquired it over 25 years ago!

That home-like feeling has come from our love for this unique place, one of Oakland’s treasured, historic landmarks. You will notice our attention to detail, the elegance of our light-filled spaces and well-designed comforts. All have been created to make your living at The Lake Merritt a pleasure.

As 3rd & 4th generation Oaklanders, we are hands-on owners and you will see us and our family members here a lot. We laughingly say that sometimes we are here so much that the lobby is like our living room and the Terrace Room Restaurant is our dining room.

The Lake Merritt came into being because we fell in love with the building and haven’t let go. We helped save it from a condo developer’s wrecking ball and our efforts have transformed it into one of the most beloved and special places in Oakland. It’s complete with top-notch amenities, healthy cuisine, a dining room with a fantastic view and wonderful caring employees. We provide independent senior living in a gracious environment to age in place. You can call it home. The Lake Merritt is located across the street from Lake Merritt - Oakland’s spectacular 140-acre park and national wildlife sanctuary. The location is just steps away from Bay Area transportation, including BART and AC transit, along with convenient shopping, business and cultural attractions.
Lake Merritt has recently received a $198 million renewal and now boasts:
3.1 miles of shoreline complete with shady, tree-lined boulevards
Brand-new walking paths and bike ways
A lakeside park with sailing, dragon boating, rowing
Bocce and a lawn bowling club
Seven acres of demonstration and community gardens
Two nature centers
Historic bandstand for summer concerts and more

The Lake Merritt's spacious apartment homes offer many charms and conveniences for older adult living, including:
Multiple Sizes and Floor Plans
Full Kitchens
High-Ceilings with Crown Moldings
Designer Wall Colors
Wall-to-Wall Carpets
Abundant Closet Space
Walk-in Showers
Enchanting Views of the Lake or the City’s Skyline.

About the Staff at The Lake Merritt

The caring and friendly staff at The Lake Merritt provides:
Support and resources so that our residents can explore new possibilities;
Programs and services that are designed to promote an active and social lifestyle that support the mind, body and spirit.
The staff of The Lake Merritt works closely with our residents so that future service or care needs that may arise can be coordinated right here within our community. Residents also enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing our staff is here for them 24-hours a day.

About the Residents at The Lake Merritt

Our special one-of-a-kind independent lifestyle community is designed for older adults who want to remain active and engaged in life, yet are ready to relinquish daily tasks and home maintenance. Now, residents can have more time and energy for the things they really enjoy: family members and grandchildren, outings with friends and outside interests and activities. At The Lake Merritt, residents will discover a new community of people to enjoy life with.

Care Services

The Lake Merritt is known for:

Frequent off-site trips
Happy and social hours
Community operated transportation

The Lake Merritt also offers:

Transportation to Doctors Appointments

Amenities and Features

The Lake Merritt is known for:

Independent and active
Wellness center

Personal Space/ Amenities

1-Bedroom Apartments
Private Suites
Private Bathrooms

Other Personal Amenities

Full Kitchens, 150 Channels- Basic Cable, .

Community Space/ Neighborhood

Dining Room
Restaurant Style Dining
Fitness Room
Gaming Room
Small Library
Computer Center
Beauty Salon
Family Overnight Stay Rooms
Located close to shopping centers
Located close to restaurants

Other Community Amenities

Large beautiful apartment homes designed for vibrant, gracious living with Art Deco touches. Delicious food featuring fresh, healthy, restaurant-quality dining at our Terrace Room Restaurant. Unique programming, and services including 24-hour on-site concierge.

Activities & Other Services

Concierge Services
Move-In Coordination
Housekeeping & Linen Services
Scheduled Transportation (non-medical related)
Fitness Programs
Continuing Learning Programs
Resident-Run Activities
Community-Sponsored Activities
Planned Day Trips

Resident Languages


Owner's Story

For over 85 years, The Lake Merritt has graced the shoreline of Oakland's Lake Merritt at 1800 Madison Street. It's a beautiful reminder of Oakland circa 1927, when well-appointed apartments and apartment hotels became the development trend around this picturesque Lakeside neighborhood.

In 1928, the hotel - then known as the Madison Lake Apartments - was proclaimed by Oakland Mayor John Davie as "a credit to the City" and by the Oakland Tribune as "Oakland's most exclusive residential hotel." Its famous, glass-enclosed Terrace Room commanded a grand view of Lake Merritt. This Art Deco ballroom quickly became the place to go for elegant dining and fabulous parties with dancing to great orchestras.

The result of the most recent renovations is understated elegance.

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Charles F. · May 07, 2015

We were looking for a place in the East Bay and this place came highly recommended. It was beautiful. There is a restaurant that over looks the Lake Merritt, and serves great food (actually an open restaurant to the public). The rooms are a bit small , and its pretty expensive cause it doesn't include much in the rent like some of the other places. +Show More

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Jan 01, 2016

If I can afford 80% of your monthly fee can I be considered?

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Jan 05, 2016

The Lake Merritt Independent Living community is a private pay housing operator that starts at about $4,145 per month. If this is beyond what you would like to pay for your monthly housing budget, Seniorly can help you find another option with the amenities and services you desire in a future home. We have hundreds of communities on our website, including some communities that are available right now. We're happy to help you over the phone at 415-570-4370, or you can use our Carefinder tool to narrow your results to options that are tailored to your care and lifestyle needs.&nbsp;<div>Feel free to reach out if you need any more assistance in finding a community. We're dedicated to finding you a home that's right for your family!</div>

Jan 01, 2016

Do you allow small animals?

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Jan 02, 2016

Yes, small dogs and cats.

Jan 01, 2016

What kind of learning activities do you offer or what are made available to residents?

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Jan 05, 2016

Thanks for your question! In terms of learning activities offered at Lake Merritt Independent Living, there are many options for residents hoping to stay mentally sharp and engaged as they age.&nbsp;<div>The community offers enthralling lectures for residents to attend, led by stimulating speakers, as well as discussion groups led by skilled facilitators. The community is currently offering a four part speaker series. A variety of instructors offer lessons in anything from rhythmic drumming circles to art classes. Some local museums will even send staff members to speak to the community before they embark on a museum excursion, so that residents know what to look out for and what to expect.&nbsp;</div><div>Overall, this community is a fantastic place for someone hoping to be engaged in music and the arts as they age in place. Let us know if you need any more information and feel free to email us at </div>

Jan 01, 2016

What type of home-based activities do you offer?

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Jan 04, 2016

Hi Sala, thank you for your question! Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living offers an array of options for community residents to engage in weekly. According to the community director, there are about 20 different home-based activities each week for interested parties.&nbsp;<div>The community has a geriatric trainer on-staff who is available in the fitness center, and yoga classes are also offered for those interested in other exercise options. Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living also offers art classes and creative writing workshops for their many artistic community members.&nbsp;</div><div>Their public restaurant features live jazz performances, and residents are encouraged to attend on-site musical concerts as well. We hope this helps you understand all of the great activities available at Lake Merritt Independent Senior Living. Let us know if you have any other questions! </div>

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