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Luxury Senior Living Communities in San Diego: Our Top 10 Picks

Explore the ten best luxury senior living communities in San Diego, CA with Seniorly. Learn why these are some of the best senior living options in San Diego.

By Marlena del Hierro · Updated Feb 6, 2023

People from all over flock to San Diego for the warm climate; to vacation, live and even retire. For active older adults, retiring to San Diego means enjoying a year-round climate that is nearly perfect, access to the outdoors and nature, and the opportunity to live in a vibrant, cultural, and fun city. Everyday life is pretty darn good in this SoCal city. Here’s what you need to know as you explore San Diego as a premier senior living destination in the U.S.:

Why Retire in San Diego?

While San Diego isn’t necessarily considered a retirement-friendly area due to a high cost of living and state income tax, the ocean views, easy-to-navigate public transportation, access to world class healthcare providers and sheer number of assisted living facilities more than make up for any shortcomings. In fact, San Diego provides an ideal destination for the retiree who prefers a more urban retirement, close to cultural opportunities and services through a robust senior provider network.

Luxury Assisted Living in San Diego

You’ll find plenty of senior living communities, many of them offering luxury assisted living, throughout San Diego and the surrounding area. Here are a few options to add to your list of assisted living facilities as you begin your search for the right community for you or your loved one.

Belmont Village Senior Living La Jolla

Offering luxury high-rise living in the heart of La Jolla, Belmont Village strikes a balance between urban living and friendly hospitality. The community offers luxury independent living, assisted living, and memory care services as well as Circle of Friends®, a program especially for assisted living residents living with early to mid-stage cognitive decline.
 This stunning community offers sweeping ocean views, outdoor common areas that include an outdoor fireplace and television, and two signature restaurants featuring chef-prepared meals for everyone’s taste. Residents also enjoy programs from a collaboration between Belmont Village La Jolla and the Center for Healthy Aging at UC San Diego.

Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Penasquitos

The luxury experience at Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Penasquitos begins with its location. The community is in an outstanding location in San Diego with fine dining, shopping, parks and trails just steps away. The community is also located near world class healthcare providers and hospital systems.

Providing independent living, assisted living, and memory care services, Pacifica Senior Living Rancho Penasquitos excels in giving residents an exceptional experience every day. Residents enjoy amenities and services including outdoor spaces like the patio, courtyard, and outdoor grill as well as restaurant-style dining, onsite parking, and transportation services.

 VI at La Jolla Village

Offering a full continuum of care, Vi at La Jolla takes luxury and hospitality to a new level. Residents can enjoy independent living, assisted living, memory care, or healthcare services all on one stunning campus, along with amenities and services that are above and beyond.

Just a twenty minute drive from San Diego, residents can take an aqua class in the indoor salt-filtered pool or just relax in the whirlpool. Enjoy a movie in the theater, a pedicure in the onsite spa, or work on a project in the art studio. You’ll find plenty of shared community spaces here, both indoor and outdoor, that you can meet up with friends or entertain guests, including game rooms, the Cabrillo ballroom, and the library. Even better, a 24-hour Concierge is there to provide a helpful answer to a question or point you in the right direction of whatever you are searching for.

Silvergate Rancho Bernardo

Silvergate Rancho Bernardo is a senior living community that offers multiple services in order to best meet the needs of their diverse population. You can find all levels of care here – independent living, assisted living, memory care, and healthcare – all on Silvergate’s expansive and lush campus.

Residents enjoy plenty of outdoor spaces including gardens, walking paths, and indoor/outdoor entertainment rooms. In addition, residents can take advantage of amenities like an onsite fitness center, swimming pool, library, and restaurant-style dining featuring organic and seasonal cuisine. Silvergate is also pet-friendly which means you can bring along your favorite companion to enjoy the community. And because it's a mere 30 minute drive to San Diego, you can still take advantage of all the social activities the nearest city has to offer.

Oakmont of Pacific Beach

Beach lovers will find a quick home at Oakmont of Pacific Beach, where you are always just minutes away from the sand in your toes but still so close to San Diego. This luxury assisted living and memory care community is focused on providing exceptional care in a beautiful setting with even better views.

Residents enjoy around-the-clock personalized assistance in addition to five-star amenities like an intimate private theater, resident gardens, pet park and fitness center. Dining service includes the opportunity to dine in the restaurant-style dining room or al fresco. Or, residents can grab something quick at the bistro or toast during a happy hour on the terrace. Life is certainly beautiful at Oakmont.

White Sands La Jolla

As California’s only beachfront retirement community, White Sands provides views that no resident or guest will ever tire of. Because this community provides a full continuum of care – independent living, assisted living, memory care, and healthcare – residents can also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing additional support is always available should they require it.

Beyond the views and peace of mind, White Sands offers luxury amenities beach access, swimming pool, four restaurants onsite, underground secured parking, and game room. Residents can also enjoy daily limo transportation to La Jolla village, religious services onsite, and physician hours on campus.

Casa De Manana

an ideal location perched above the Pacific Ocean and just steps from La Jolla’s vibrant village, Casa de Manana provides both independent living and assisted living services to residents. The community has a vibrant programming, including opportunities for residents to take leadership roles, explore the arts (they have their own choir and theater group), or attend lectures led by university professors.

Amenities include a putting green, pet-friendly accommodations complete with regular Yappy Hours, fitness center, library, and art studio. Residents also enjoy chef-prepared dining featuring seasonal offerings, oceanview dining, and complementary take-out options.


Fredericka Manor

This continuing care retirement community feels more like a charming small town than a retirement community. Residents connect on walking paths throughout campus, while sitting on their porches, or when taking an art workshop together.

Residents at Fredericka Manor enjoy luxury amenities and services including al fresco or indoor dining, outdoor bocce ball courts, fitness center, and 24 acres of walking paths. Take a ukulele class, a painting class, or a history lecture without ever leaving campus. There are always opportunities to connect with others or with your creative side.


Villa Lorena

Adjacent to the Santalux Master Planned community and golf course right in San Diego, Villa Lorena offers boutique style, luxury assisted living, independent living, and memory care services. Residents can enjoy amenities like a putting green, bocce ball court, and garden, along with all day farm-to-table dining at the community’s restaurant, Rene’s.

A vibrant event calendar provides residents with daily opportunities to get involved with the life of the community and meet new friends. In addition, residents enjoy services like transportation, housekeeping, and laundry.

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill

Residents at Merrill Gardens are in the heart of the prestigious Bankers Hill neighborhood, and close to everything San Diego has to offer. But it's not just the perfect location that makes this senior living community outstanding. Residents also enjoy luxury amenities, services, and resources all steps away from their home.

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill provides both independent living and assisted living services. All residents enjoy complimentary transportation, secure parking, cozy gathering spaces, and access to the onsite salon. In addition, residents can take advantage of Anytime Dining in the community restaurants from 7am to 7pm daily.

Find Your Luxury Assisted Living Community in San Diego

San Diego county is packed with senior living communities. However, luxury assisted living is not offered at each community. We know this is a big decision, so as you begin to research your options and tour communities, remember that you can live life in beautiful surroundings just about every day in San Diego!

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Marlena del Hierro

Marlena del Hierro is Vice President of Partnerships and Seniorly’s Lead Gerontologist. Marlena earned her Master of Arts degree in Gerontology from San Francisco State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University. She also serves in an advisory capacity for Jukebox Health. As Seniorly’s first employee, Marlena is a vocal advocate for evolving the aging paradigm, and is a frequent contributor to public discussions about aging. She has served as a resource for media outlets like WGBH, FOX News, CNBC and the Today Show.

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