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Page Reviewed / Updated – May 1, 2023
Castro Valley is a quiet community overlooking Oakland and the flatlands around East Bay. This hilltop community has a farmers’ market, public golf and many other senior-friendly attractions.
More than 66,000 people call Castro valley home, and just over 17% are seniors aged 65 and over. Many are retired tech professionals from nearby universities. They enjoy cool summers and snow-free winters, an exceptionally low crime rate and extensive public services including multiple senior centers. Castro Valley has a cost of living that’s nearly double the national average, but utility bills are surprisingly low, at just 93% of the national average.
Castro Valley is close to prestigious hospitals, including UCSF and Stanford Medical Center, which offer emergency care and senior health services, and accept Medicare and Medicaid.
The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey puts the average cost for assisted living in Castro Valley at $6,319 per month, higher than both the $4,500 national average and the $5,250 average cost in California. It is, however, $729 less than the $7,048 per month paid in nearby Santa Rosa.
Note: Data for Castro Valley was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, San Francisco, was used instead.
This guide lists the top-10 assisted living facilities in and around Castro Valley, and may help seniors and their families choose what’s best for them.
Carefield Castro Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care
Carefield Castro Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care is an all-studio assisted living community that offers a high quality of life for residents. Weekly housekeeping, linen and laundry service, assisted transportation and all basic utilities are covered in the monthly fee. Residents have access to a beauty and barber shop, party space and dining hall for all-day dining and snacks. Guests are welcome to visit for meals, which may be diabetic, low-salt or vegetarian. Wi-Fi is available throughout the community, and a monitored emergency response system helps keep residents safe.
- Skilled nursing with medication management
- Pets welcome
Baywood Court gets a place on our list for having a surprisingly large number of positive reviews online, mostly from current residents and family members who know firsthand how the facility operates. Amenities at Baywood Court include a pool and spa, coffee shop and computer room, a security gate, fenced patio and a privacy barrier surrounding the property. Baywood also features a general store, TV room and well-stocked library. There's even a putting green on the grounds where residents can practice their game. Small pets are welcome, and guests can stay overnight.
- In-room kitchens and kitchenettes
- Walking and wheelchair assistance
Casa Sandoval Senior Living
Casa Sandoval Senior Living is part of the MorningStar family of senior communities, which has consistently earned high praise in the Bay Area for over 20 years, earning it a place on more than one top-10 list. The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are roomy and well supplied with natural light, all have kitchenettes and climate controls, and every room has a private bathroom with safety rails. Casa Sandoval's Wellness team and Life Enrichment Coordinators schedule twice-weekly transportation for residents who don't use their own cars.
- Physical therapy
- Garden and patio
Sunrise of Oakland Hills
Sunrise of Oakland Hills sits near Joaquin Miller and Skyline Boulevard, with stunning views of the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park on one side, and Oakland's urban sprawl on the other. Hiking trails abound near this community, many of them flat enough for seniors at all mobility levels to enjoy. Residents can take in the views while dining on the outdoor covered patio, watching the sun rise over the hills or set against the bay. Residents have a choice between studios, one-bedroom apartments and companion suites.
- Languages spoken include English, Mandarin, Spanish and Tagalog
- Basic cable TV in all rooms
Carlton Senior Living San Leandro
Carlton Senior Living San Leandro is focused on helping residents enjoy a high level of independence in their golden years. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are available, and residents can share meals in the restaurant-style dining room or call for room service at no additional charge. Shared amenities include a beauty and barber shop, computer room, party space and coffee shop for casual hangouts. There's a general store for picking up odds and ends, a TV room for movie nights and sports, and an outdoor patio and garden area with lush, year-round greenery. The community book club meets in the library, and golf fans can hit the links on Carlton's own putting green.
- Fitness room
- VA benefits consultation
Brookdale San Ramon
We chose Brookdale San Ramon for this list because of its award-winning performance as J.D. Power's #1 in Customer Satisfaction for 2022 winner. The long list of on-site amenities is part of the reason for the award, as Brookdale San Ramon has a spa, computer room with tech classes, party space for private celebrations, a beauty and barber shop, TV room and free parking for residents and guests, who are welcome for meals and overnight stays. The studio and one-bedroom apartments at Brookdale all have basic cable, plus high-speed internet, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the community.
- Arts and crafts in the activity room
- Off-site activities organized by staff
Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro
The 90 residents who live at Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro enjoy an independent lifestyle in an atmosphere that supports diverse residents. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus companion suites are available to choose from. Rooms have kitchen and kitchenette areas, and professionally prepared meals may be delivered via room service or shared downstairs in the spacious dining room. A private dining area can also be booked for special occasions. The staff at Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro speak English, Spanish, Hindi and Tagalog, and can accompany residents on scheduled trips for medical care.
- Security gate
- Occupational therapy
Elegance at Dublin
Elegance at Dublin earns its name, giving residents a pleasant atmosphere with many opportunities for living independently and with grace. Amenities include basic cable and internet, and there's a strong Wi-Fi signal that residents and their guests can access throughout the community. Downstairs, seniors can gather for a movie in the TV room, have a break in the coffee shop or step outside onto a covered patio adjacent to the resident-tended garden. Pets are welcome at Elegance at Dublin, and so are family members and visiting friends, who can share the party space on special occasions or stay overnight.
- Room service for all meals
- Hiking trails around the community grounds
Pacifica Senior Living Union City
Pacifica Senior Living Union City focuses on comfort, safety and engagement in a peaceful atmosphere. It's home to 100 residents in a mix of studio apartments, one- and two-bedroom units, and companion suites. Skilled nursing is available for medical needs and medication management. Amenities include access to on-site beauty and barber services, plus tech classes in the computer room, book clubs and discussion groups in the library. Seniors can join in Wii Sports, tai chi and other senior-friendly exercise programs in the fitness room. Free parking is available for residents and guests in a fenced lot on the property, which is protected by a monitored security gate.
- Religious services on-site
- Pharmacy assistance
Residents at The Parkview enjoy a pleasant atmosphere, conveniently close to parks, shopping in the nearby Village of San Ramon and local entertainment. Overnight or mealtime guests are welcome to gather for movies and sports in the TV room, or to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries in the reserved party space. There's a garden and patio area for enjoying fresh air off the bay in the mornings and evenings. Tech issues can be handled in the facility's computer room, where knowledgeable staff are close by to help with any glitches. Residents at The Parkview receive weekly housekeeping, flat linen and personal laundry service.
- Emergency call system
- Restaurant-style dining room