San Diego is the third-largest metropolitan area in California. Caregivers and seniors have many options for senior living in the area. Each senior has different needs, and finding the right fit can be a challenge. Here is our list of the 14 most popular senior communities in San Diego.

The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

As one of the largest metro areas in California, and one of the top-ten in the United States, San Diego has a variety of senior living communities to serve its aging popular. Whether you’re a caregiver seeking qualified care for a loved one or a senior looking for just the right senior living community to suit your lifestyle, Seniorly.com can help. Below, Seniorly.com runs down the 14 most popular senior living communities in the metropolitan area and is presented in no particular order.

1 - La Vida Real

La Vida Real The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

La Vida Real is a luxurious senior community that serves the Rancho San Diego area and surrounding communities. Like many San Diego-area buildings, La Vide Real boasts a vibrant Spanish-village style of architecture. This senior living community promotes fun, active lifestyles through daily events and planned community outreach programs to help seniors remain active. Everything seniors are accustomed to is available in this community, from fitness centers with group classes to heated swimming pools, bistros, bars, salons/spas, and even a movie theater all onsite. La Vida Real offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, and even in-home care services. Click here for more information on La Vida Real.

2 - Canyon Villas

Canyon Villas The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Canyon Villas bills itself as a “home away from home” for seniors looking to make that first move into a senior living community. With a focus on care and compassion, Canyon Villas goes about providing a wide range of services and activities in a family atmosphere. Canyon Villas offers independent living, assisted living, and even respite care for caregivers who need short-term assistance with a senior family member. Canyon Villas residents enjoy an active lifestyle with a rich array of activities that include daily exercise classes, social events, pet therapy, music therapy, holiday parties, and even an annual luau. Click here for more information on Canyon Villas.

3 - Wesley Palms

Wesley Palms The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Wesley Palms is what is known as a front-porch community, offering retirement in a revitalized setting that includes breathtaking views out over Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The front-porch community comes from the construction of its patio homes, which are private, single-story homes in small, sociable neighborhoods that encourage social interaction and mental stimulation among residents. Wesley Palms offers “care when you need it,” with Summer House providing memory care, while Truly Yours brings a unique, personalized approach to assisted living. Click here for more information on Wesley Palms.

4 - Grossmont Gardens

Grossmont Gardens The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Seniors looking for an active, fun-loving senior living community should consider Grossmont Gardens. With close proximity to local dining, shopping and entertainment in San Diego, residents can enjoy the local neighborhood’s attractions or rely upon the services of Grossmont Gardens for enjoyment and stimulation. Grossmont offers 24-hour resident care staff and an onsite healthcare center, with a full calendar of classes, activities, and local outings. You can also enjoy scheduled transportation to remove the burden of driving and live in a pet-friendly community that allows Fido to retire and move-in right alongside you! Click here for more information on Grossmont Gardens.

5 - Brookdale Carmel Valley

Brookdale Carmel Valley The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Brookdale sits at the crossroads of senior living healthcare needs and a luxurious retirement setting. The beautiful campus is meticulously maintained to ensure residents can enjoy the natural splendor of the community and its surrounding gardens at all times. There are plentiful activities and even clubs that meet regularly for residents to join in order to remain active in retirement. Brookdale also arranges offsite visits to the opera, theater, and San Diego Padres games. Brookdale Carmel Valley offers continuing care retirement for personalized care, as well as memory care and assisted living programs. Click here for more information on Brookdale Carmvel Valley.

6 - Stellar Care

Stellar Care The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Memory Care

Caregivers try to keep seniors home because they believe their own compassion is the best for aging family members. Stellar Care’s primary focus is to bring that compassionate care to bear in offering San Diego seniors a comfortable, engaging environment. Stellar Care is person-centered, focusing on the individual needs of each resident with Alzheimer’s and memory care designed to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of all its residents in a manner that maintains their dignity. Click here for more information on Stellar Care.

7 - Casa Aldea

Casa Aldea The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

If you’re looking for a custom-designed senior living community, Casa Aldea is a unique community near Santaluz and Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego metro area that offers assisted living and memory care to seniors. Casa Aldea wants to provide all of its residents with personalized care in a carefree environment that offers services and programs based upon integrity, honesty, and dignity. Casa Aldea offers programs designed to stimulate seniors intellectually and help them maintain active, healthy lifestyles. Click here for more information on Casa Aldea.

8 - Brookdale Clairemont

Brookdale Clairemont The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Assisted Living

With tropical landscaping and Spanish Mission architecture, Brookdale Clairemont combines beauty and convenience. Situated right near I-805, Brookdale Clairemont offers personalized service plans for each resident of the community, with levels of care that include independent living and memory care services. Residents can enjoy onsite amenities such as concierge service, a library, piano, barber shop, and postal service. Click here for more information on Brookdale Clairemont.

9 - Elmcroft of La Mesa

Elmcroft of La Mesa The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Memory Care

Located in the neighborhood of La Mesa in San Diego, Elmcroft opened in 2007 to offer compassionate, respectful care to its residents. Offering memory care onsite among its many services, the onsite amenities are complemented by the convenient, family-friendly location of the senior living community near such attractions as Sprout’s Famer’s Market, Swami’s Café, Lake Murray, Mount Helix Park, and Harry Griffin Regional Park. Click here for more information on Elmcroft of La Mesa.

10 - Nazareth House San Diego

Nazareth House San Diego

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

Nazareth House was opened in 1974 to serve the Catholic seniors of the San Diego area, but is open to seniors of any religious background. The senior living community is ideally situated on a lush hilltop that looks out over the first mission in California and provides its residents with a variety of care levels to care for any senior. The levels of care at Nazareth House include independent living, assisted living, hospice and palliative care, as well as a care center. Regardless of ability level, Nazareth House encourages independence in its residents while ensuring their care and comfort remains a priority. Click here for more information on Nazareth House San Diego.

11 - Elmcroft of Point Loma

Elmcroft of Point Loma The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Memory Care

Elmcroft’s Point Loma senior living community provides Alzheimer’s care, dementia care programs, and other memory care with a focus on ensuring a loving, gracious environment. Elmcroft of Point Loma offers medical directors, licensed nurses, scheduled transportation, and specially trained memory care staff to help care for residents. Click here for more information on Elmcroft of Point Loma.

12 - Belmont Village Sabre Springs

Belmont Village Sabre Springs

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Belmont Village Sabre Springs is located centrally in the San Diego area in Poway, with a beautiful setting that includes onsite amenities such as a swimming pool, putting green, and walking paths. A full-calendar of scheduled activities and outings each month is the perfect complement to the senior living community’s primary services ranging from independent and assisted living to memory care. Click here for more information on Belmont Village Sabre Springs.

13 - Sunrise of Sabre Springs

Sunrise of Sabre Springs The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care

Sunrise of Sabre Springs is located in the Poway Valley to the northwest of Rancho Penasquitos and its surrounding views including breathtaking visuals of the coastal North County area. Sunrise of Sabre Springs offers its own slate of activities and events each day of the week, and is located just moments from the shopping, dining, and entertainment options in Poway. Major medical services are also close at hand through Pomerado Hospital and two other large medical clinics. Click here for more information on Sunrise of Sabre Springs.

14 - Atria Collwood

Atria Collwood The 14 Most Popular Senior Living Communities in San Diego

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living

San Diego is known for its beautiful scenery and breathtaking views, and Atria Collwood’s location among the hills and canyons of the Mid-City region offer the perfect setting for a relaxing senior living community. The assisted living community at Atria Collwood focuses on greater independence for its residents with an atmosphere that promotes social connection through engaging events. There are more than 200 events planned monthly at Atria Cottonwood, ranging from exercise classes to brunches and offsite excursions to locations such as the Barona Casino. Click here for more information on Atria Collwood.

We developed this list through an analysis of online search popularity, social media sentiment and user reviews across multiple sites like Yelp and Facebook.

We've also compiled a list of 15 apps and websites that provide home delivery services to seniors in the San Diego area. Click here to see that senior living list.

If you are a caregiver in the San Diego area, click here to see a list of 12 local caregiver resources we have identified to help you through many aspects of caregiving.

For more helpful resources on senior living, click here.


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