The quiet Los Angeles suburb of Glendale lies at the southern end of the San Fernando Valley, just eight miles from the vibrant downtown of Los Angeles. It boasts a large number of green spaces within its city limits, offering retirees the best of both urban amenities and natural landscapes.
It's bisected by the gorgeous Verdugo Mountain range and is home to more than 50 public parks, including Griffith Park. This 4,200 plus acre California landmark provides numerous free and low-cost excursions for seniors at all levels of activity, including the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, museums, golf courses, tennis courts, picnic areas and hiking trails. The weather in Glendale is beautiful year-round, rarely going below 40°F or above 96°F, so retirees can enjoy the area's outdoor offerings all year long.
When looking at retirement options in Glendale, it's important for seniors to keep in mind the cost of living. The average monthly cost of assisted living in Glendale is $4,500, which, like many places in California, is higher than the national average of $4,000 per month.
Note: Home care cost data wasn't available for Glendale, so data for the closest city, Los Angeles, was used.
Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area.
Glen Park at Glendale - Mariposa St.
1220 Mariposa St.
Glendale, CA 91205
We have included this assisted living facility in our top 10 list because of the 30 years of knowledge and skills invested in caring for seniors with personal care needs and suffering from age-related memory loss. The staff specialize in providing customized care for seniors in the early stages of memory impairment and educating families on dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The lovely, landscaped gated community provides a safe and carefree environment that inspires residents to live full, active lives. All caregivers at the facility are licensed memory impairment specialists, and medication is administered by state-certified medication aides. The staff tailors personal care to each individual with a focus on independence.
230 E. Windsor Rd.
Glendale, CA 91205
Windsor occupies almost an entire city block in a quiet residential neighborhood of Glendale, nestled among suburban homes, schools and churches. Downtown Los Angeles with its numerous shopping opportunities, services, and cultural institutions is only minutes away. The facility is all-inclusive and offers living arrangements to suit a variety of budgets, from rental cottages for active, independent seniors, to spacious studio apartments for residents who require skilled nursing. Windsor provides a 24-hour medical clinic as well as an on-site convenience store, coffee nook, library, barbershop and beauty salon.
Glen Park at Glendale - Boynton St.
1250 Boynton St.
Glendale, CA 91205
The sister facility to Glen Park on Mariposa Street, Glen Park on Boynton Street is a full-service assisted living community that specializes in providing care for seniors in the later stages of memory impairment. This gated, single-story, ranch-style community operates a 24-hour video surveillance both inside and outside the gates to provide safety and constant supervision. It boasts a staff to resident ratio of 1:4, so residents get the personal attention they deserve, and the highly trained staff manage behaviors typical to age-related memory impairment, and medication is administered by state-certified medication aides. Pets are welcome in the residences and throughout the community gardens.
Twelve Oaks Senior Living
2820 Sycamore Ave.
Glendale, CA 91214
The Twelve Oaks Senior Living community is located in the La Crescenta area and offers cozy cottages and apartments nestled in a rustic, natural setting. It provides indoor and outdoor common spaces that encourage residents to maintain healthy lifestyles replete with physical exercise and socializing opportunities. Staff provide personal grooming assistance, scheduling and follow-up to medical appointments, medication administration and a diabetes wellness program as well as off-site outings, bible study groups and game nights, including bingo and Scrabble.
413 E. Cypress St.
Glendale, CA 91205
Leisure Vale sits in a quiet, centrally located residential neighborhood, close to shopping, transportation, medical facilities, and public parks. This clean, bright retirement community offers both independent and assisted living services in a beautifully appointed, homelike atmosphere. Amenities include a garden and waterfall as well as patios that are ideal for relaxing and socializing, regular social activities, such as crafts and games and a brand new putting green for resident golf aficionados.
Belmont Village Senior Living at Hollywood Hills
2051 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
The beautifully landscaped community of Belmont Village is located next to the historic Hollywood Bowl and is surrounded by premier dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. A full-service salon, professionally supervised fitness center, housekeeping services and complimentary transportation for appointments and personal excursions. Elegantly designed, cozy common areas provide comfortable furniture for residents to visit with family and friends, and a vibrant social activity calendar keeps seniors active with new interest to explore. There's a licensed nurse on staff at all times, and regular wellness assessments keep residents informed and healthy, which is why we included this facility on our list.
917 N. Louise St.
Glendale, CA 91207
At Glen Terra seniors can maintain an independent lifestyle while still accessing care and support tailored to their individual needs. The beautifully appointed rooms come in a variety of sizes with options for private or companion living, and rooms include individually controlled thermostats and bathrooms designed for convenience and shower safety. Residents can take advantage of a full-service salon, concierge services, including errand running and pet care, restaurant-style dining with table linens and china and a coffee lounge.
Parkview of Glendale
426 Piedmont Ave.
Glendale, CA 91206
Parkview of Glendale is located in a serene neighborhood next to Piedmont Mini Park, a small open park with benches for quiet contemplation and lawn area. The homelike feeling and beautiful setting provide a relaxing, cheerful environment with just the right amount of assistance while respecting residents' independence. Amenities include restaurant-style meals, ongoing cultural enrichment programs, housekeeping services and daily social activities.
Broadview Residential Care Center
535 West Broadway
Glendale, CA 91204
This beautiful facility is located two blocks from downtown Glendale boasts seven gardens full of shade trees, parasol seating, water fountains, a koi pond and resident garden tortoises, so retirees can enjoy the warm weather of southern California in peace and tranquility. We included this facility in our top ten list because of its fantastic amenities and activities, including a fitness center with daily exercise routines, a fully equipped beauty salon, a library with Internet access and a large game hall replete with billiards, foosball and poker tables. The rich activity schedule includes tea parties, outdoor luncheons, croquet games and cooking classes.
Belmont Village Senior Living Burbank
455 E. Angeleno Ave.
Burbank, CA 91501
The lovely landscaped community of Belmont Village Burbank sits in the heart of the Burbank Hills area and is surrounded by dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Residents can take advantage of amenities including a professionally managed fitness center with on-site therapy services, chef-prepared meals in a restaurant setting, a vibrant social activity calendar, innovative memory enrichment programs, and a full-service salon.