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Page Reviewed / Updated – August 20, 2022
Located along the eastern shores of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is just 14 miles from San Francisco and has an idyllic but foggy climate. Berkeley’s mild year-round temperatures appeal to nature-loving seniors enjoying the proximity to beaches, mountains and forests. Summertime temperatures rarely get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with the average high around 72. Its pleasant winters have an average low of around 44, with zero snow or ice to slip on.
One drawback is Berkeley’s significantly higher cost of living. It’s higher than both the state and national averages, but the primary impact is housing. Berkeley’s housing costs are five times higher than the national average. Seniors in assisted living typically aren’t buying houses. They do benefit from California not taxing Social Security income, stretching their retirement dollars.
Berkeley is home to around 117,000 people, with more than 18,000 seniors aged 65 or older who may benefit from the supportive environment of assisted living. The average cost of assisted living in Berkeley is relatively high at $6,319 per month. It’s higher than California’s average of $5,250 but typical for the area. Santa Rosa’s average monthly cost is $7,048.
Note: Information for Berkeley was unavailable, so data from the nearest city, San Francisco, was used.
Compare the assisted living communities in and around Berkeley on our top 10 list to see if one meets your needs.
Elegance Berkeley takes a holistic approach to its residents’ well-being. It begins with a complete health evaluation to develop a personalized care plan at move-in, with updates made as needs change. Assisted living apartments include safety and accessibility features, with various studio and one-bedroom floor plans available. Residents benefit from weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry services and enjoy three chef-prepared meals daily. The walkable urban location and easy access to public transportation provide ample opportunities to explore popular places around the city. Residents also have numerous perks on-site, including a bistro with a wine bar, hair and nail salon, theater, massage suite and library.
Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights
Located just 5 miles south of Berkeley, we included Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights on our list for its range of award-winning amenities and care services. Pacifica’s Heartland™ Assisted Living program provides residents with the supportive services they need to continue living as independently as possible. On-site chefs prepare fresh meals daily, and a full-time, certified chauffeur provides rides for medical appointments, religious services, shopping and other errands. Residents also enjoy group outings and numerous on-site activities as they meet new friends and discover new interests through various Life Enrichment programs. Cats and dogs, subject to breed and weight restrictions, are welcome in the community.
Westmont of Pinole
Westmont of Pinole sits off San Pablo Bay, 12 miles north of Berkeley. The pet-friendly community offers personalized services, restaurant-style dining, shared or private accommodations and numerous activities to ensure residents remain active. Its "Live Your Way" program allows residents to engage in activities of their choosing. They'll find an eclectic range of activities, whether it's taking a heart-pumping fitness class, getting pampered at the on-site salon, strolling through the lush courtyard or making new friends at the dog park. The bayfront location is also within walking distance of a coffee shop, a grocery store and many restaurants for those wanting to explore outside the community.
Sunrise of Oakland Hills
Five miles south of Berkeley, in a safe Oakland neighborhood, lies Sunrise of Oakland Hills. It made our list because of its proximity to top medical centers such as Alta Bates Summit and Kaiser Permanente. It’s also adjacent to parks and green spaces ideal for walks and outdoor recreation. Residents benefit from having multiple nurses on staff, with monthly wellness visits performed. They have their choice of suites with private bathrooms and cozy kitchenettes and enjoy comfortable community areas. To help residents stay active, the community offers daily social, physical fitness, educational and creative activities to meet varied interests.
Waters Edge Lodge
Waters Edge Lodge, about 20 minutes from Berkeley in Alameda, offers residents a peaceful setting on Harbor Bay. It is conveniently located next to the Harbor Bay Landing Shopping Center, where residents take advantage of the many shops and cafes. The pet-friendly community also offers many on-site perks, including an exercise and wellness center, beauty shop and café serving Peet’s coffee and freshly baked snacks daily. Its activity team provides a comprehensive activities program to meet residents’ social, recreational, creative, intellectual and spiritual needs. Popular activities include daily music concerts, gardening, lectures, arts and crafts, Pilates, book clubs and religious services.
Oakmont of Cardinal Point
Oakmont of Cardinal Point, about 7 miles south of Berkeley in Alameda, has a wellness center and full-time nurse to help with residents’ health-related needs. Its skilled caregivers provide 24-hour assistance, tailoring services to each resident’s personal needs. The community’s award-winning chefs and culinary team create delicious meals, with daily menu changes based on available in-season, local foods. Its activities team continually develops programs to appeal to various social, recreational and intellectual interests. Residents can choose studio and one- and two-bedroom suites and enjoy many on-site amenities, including a bar and lounge, movie theater, salon and day spa.
Atria Park of Lafayette
Nestled among the green hills of Lafayette, just down the road from Berkeley, Atria Park offers abundant amenities and panoramic northern California views. Its assisted living residents can engage in a range of social, creative, recreational and intellectual activities to help them stay fit and stimulated. Chef-prepared meals feature wholesome menu options made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, with vegetarian, low-salt and low-sugar options available. The community is also near popular local destinations, allowing residents to dine out or visit various shopping and entertainment venues. It also boasts 24-hour staff to take care of residents’ personal care, housekeeping and transportation needs.
At Lafayette Gardens, just 13 miles east of Berkeley, residents enjoy a cozy setting in central Lafayette. It’s conveniently located near shopping and dining options, or residents can take advantage of the many on-site amenities. Residents can enjoy time outdoors chatting with friends, surrounded by lush yards, on sunny decks and shady patios. They can feed the birds in the custom bird aviary, garden in the raised beds or participate in games and other group activities. Residents also enjoy private studio apartments and three freshly cooked meals daily. Layette Gardens provides laundry services and daily housekeeping; staff will even walk residents’ small pets for them.
Atria Valley View
Less than 16 miles away in the vibrant hills of Walnut Creek, Atria Valley View offers studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments with in-room kitchens or kitchenettes. Its fitness center, computer stations, movie theater and salon/spa provide convenient on-site amenities. Residents enjoy an expansive courtyard and an overlook deck towering above Tice Valley. Professional chefs prepare three meals daily, accommodating special dietary needs. Residents may schedule transportation to nearby restaurants or the Broadway Plaza for an enjoyable outing. Atria's signature Engage Life® program ensures residents’ calendars remain as full as desired, with daily fitness, socializing and educational opportunities.
The Point at Rockridge
The Point at Rockridge in Oakland community, just 5 miles from Berkeley, blends safety, security and privacy to create a warm environment and carefree lifestyle. We included it on our list for its innovative Vibrant Life® program that allows residents to create their own schedules. Retaining the option to choose daily activities fosters continued independence. Popular activities include tai chi, yoga, gardening, fun outings, pampering at the salon and catching a flick at the on-site theater. The pet-friendly assisted living community offers distinctive floor plans, with studio and one-bedroom options. It also provides homestyle meals, physical and occupational therapy, housekeeping and laundry services.