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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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Escondido is great for seniors who desire outdoor activity and warm California weather. Active seniors can enjoy golfing, scenic walks, fishing, and other leisure activities. Although the cost of assisted living here is higher than the national average, the city makes up for it with its vibrant culture. Escondido’s average monthly assisted living cost is $5,475, according to Genworth Financial’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

California does not tax Social Security withdrawals, which can help put money back in seniors’ pockets. Seniors in California are also exempt from income tax and benefit from personal tax exemption. 

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Escondido, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Escondido, as well as average costs for other types of care. Additionally, find a list of free and low-cost services that provide seniors with a variety of assistance in their communities.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Escondido, CA

At $5,475, the monthly cost of assisted living in Escondido is higher than the national average of $4,500. It also exceeds the $5,250 per month median monthly charge for assisted living in California. Seniors in San Jose and Salinas pay $525 more than those in Escondido, while those in San Francisco pay close to $1,000 more per month. In Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, assisted living is less expensive.

  • Escondido: $5,475
  • California: $5,250
  • United States: $4,500
  • San Francisco: $6,319
  • San Jose: $6,000
  • Salinas: $6,000
  • Los Angeles: $5,250
  • Santa Barbara: $5,300

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Escondido, CA

Compared to assisted living costs, the cost of in-home care and home health care is nearly $1,000 more per month at roughly $6,400. Seniors looking for assistance only during the day can consider adult day care, which provides daytime supervision at just $2,058 per month. Nursing homes in Escondido carry the highest monthly costs at $9,384 for a semi-private room and $12,167 for a private room.

  • Assisted Living: $5,475
  • In-Home care: $6,387
  • Home health care: $6,473
  • Adult day care: $2,058
  • Nursing home (semi-private) $9,384
  • Nursing home (private): $12,167

Note: Data for Escondido was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, the San Diego area, was used instead.

Villa Monticello

We highly recommend Villa Monticello for seniors who prefer a smaller, nurturing community in a picturesque Mediterranean-inspired setting. This 29-bed assisted living and memory care facility in northern Escondido consists of four villas with Italian-style architecture, and its approximately 10-acre grounds feature a growing vineyard, Tuscan cypress trees and rolling hill views. The facility’s all-inclusive basic care covers supportive services as needed, including medication management, meal assistance or feeding, one- to two-person transfer assistance and incontinence care. Villa Montecillo also offers special care services, such as diabetes management, colostomy care, oxygen therapy and behavior management.

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Features
  • Continuity of Care Program specializing in dementia and end-of-life care
  • Medical cannabis-friendly

Redwood Terrace

The life plan model and engaging neighborhood atmosphere of Redwood Terrace make it our top pick for seniors who prefer smooth transitions with long-term care. This pet-friendly continuing care retirement community in Central Escondido consists of one- and two-bedroom cottages and two-level apartment buildings. Its wellness center has a gym, heated indoor pool and professional trainer for group exercises, and its short-term rehabilitation facility provides state-of-the-art physical, occupational and therapy services. Other inviting community amenities include an activity center, woodworking shop, library, chapel and salon/barbershop.

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Features
  • A la carte breakfast, buffet luncheons and formal dinners
  • Activities include musical entertainment, excursions and volunteer opportunities

Cypress Court

Cypress Court is among our top choices for its flexibility in supporting individual lifestyles. This Kisco Senior Living community is in the northern portion of Central Escondido, keeping independent and assisted living residents close to downtown amenities. Its large courtyard has plenty of mature trees, a gazebo and a stone fountain. The Cypress Club Restaurant offers numerous dining options, with 26 all-day menu items in addition to three lunch and three dinner specials. Residents have their own one-touch pendants, and they benefit from 24-hour front desk assistance, twice daily check-ins and on-site licensed care services.

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Features
  • Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • Art of Living Well activities, including painting, yoga, happy hours and scenic drives

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido

Pacifica Senior Living Escondido offers a boutique-style setting with a family atmosphere. Located in the Midway neighborhood, this facility is a couple of blocks from Washington Park and local shopping centers and about a mile from Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido. The two-level apartment complex consists of studio, alcove and one-bedroom units with private balconies, and the park-like grounds feature resident-tended vegetable and flower gardens. Other welcoming amenities include a skylighted lobby, movie room, activity room, bistro and salon. Families and friends are welcome to join the weekly happy hours. 

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Features
  • Heartland assisted living and Legacies memory care programs
  • Dogs and cats welcome with breed and weight restrictions

Silvergate San Marcos

Silvergate San Marcos is a locally owned assisted living and memory care community that has been providing premier services for over 25 years. We included this two-level senior residential facility in our top 10 list for its attractive boutique-style amenities and friendly environment. It’s conveniently situated on a residential street next to Rancho San Marcos Village shopping center. Its paved central courtyard has decorative palm trees and pergola-covered sitting areas, while the landscaped rear garden features walking paths and a gazebo. Other well-appointed common areas include a fireside lobby, piano lounge, restaurant-style dining room and well-stocked library.

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Features
  • Floor plan options with private balconies and direct courtyard or rear garden access
  • On-site nurse

Las Villas del Norte

Built for first-class senior living, Las Villas del Norte is one of our top choices for its abundance of lifestyle amenities. This Integral Senior Living community in the northern portion of Central Escondido offers pet-friendly independent, assisted living and memory care accommodations in a resort-like atmosphere. Its central courtyard with tropical landscaping has covered walking paths and a heated outdoor pool area. The facility also features a fitness center, bistro, worship center, library and salon.

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Features
  • Vibrant Life program offering adventurous, challenging and inspirational activities
  • Elevate dining programs include themed menus, cooking demos, resident cook-offs, family recipes and charitable food events

Brookdale San Marcos

The upscale environment of Brookdale San Marcos gives residents an everyday retreat, which is why it's on our top 10 list. This pet-friendly assisted living community is conveniently situated next to Rancho San Marcos Village shopping center. Its large central courtyard has a heated pool, putting green, fountain and covered walking paths and sitting areas. Residents can also spend their leisure time in the fitness center, recreation and game room, library and salon/barbershop. Activities include B-Fit exercises, karaoke, arts and crafts, brain games and beach outings.

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Features
  • Alcove studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with private balconies
  • Optimum Life Cuisine menu choices with reduced sodium, fat and sugar

Crest View Manor

Accommodating just 38 residents, Crest View Manor is our top recommendation for seniors who prefer a smaller community. This family-owned assisted living facility is situated in a peaceful hilltop neighborhood off Interstate 15 in Central Escondido, offering sweeping views of the city and its surrounding mountains. Its landscaped rear courtyard has a central fountain, large patio and paved walking paths. Residents are accommodated in private and semiprivate rooms with full baths, cable TV, private phones and emergency call systems. In addition to a six-week rotating menu, alternate  lunch and dinner meal options are offered daily.

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Features
  • 24-hour caregivers and a registered dietitian on staff
  • Activities include arts and crafts, patio bowling, live entertainment, animal therapy and family parties

Oakmont of Escondido Hills

Oakmont of Escondido Hills boasts luxurious amenities, and its affordable senior living program makes resort-style retirement living more accessible. We included this independent, assisted living and memory care facility among our top choices for its inclusive community and multiple floor plan options, from studio apartments to detached two-bedroom cottages. The apartment building’s lush courtyard connects to the secured outer garden,s which have walking paths to the pool area. Other upscale amenities include a fitness center, salon and day spa, game room, bistro and movie theater. Located in the Kit Carson neighborhood, the facility is conveniently close to Kit Carson Park and Westfield North County.

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Features
  • Care coordination services available
  • Diabetic-friendly and heart-healthy food choices

Westmont Town Court

Conveniently situated from across Palomar Medical Center Downtown, Westmont Town Court provides easy access to quality health care in Escondido. We added this pet-friendly retirement community in our top 10 list for its attractive location and upscale amenities. The central courtyard features a pavilion, column fountain and putting green, and it creates an indoor-outdoor connection with the restaurant-style dining room’s enclosed patio area. Residents are welcome to use the fitness center, heated indoor pool, well-stocked library and activity room. The facility also has multiple floor plans, with options for shared accommodations.

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Features
  • Live Your Life wellness program
  • Resident clubs based on shared interests and hobbies