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CITY Santa barbara
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Page Reviewed / Updated – September 30, 2022

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Expenses along the western seaboard are on the high side; seniors looking to retire in the coastal city of Santa Barbara, CA, can expect to pay a cost of living that is more than double the national average and about 50% higher than the state average. This is reflected in the assisted living costs, which are approximately $5,300 per month, considerably more than the national average and slightly more than the state average. While the biggest COL expense is housing, seniors can find lower costs in utilities, transportation and health care. Additionally, the state of California doesn’t tax Social Security income, including survivors and disability benefits.  

In addition to providing a list of the best assisted living facilities in Santa Barbara, CA, this guide provides an overview of the cost of assisted living in Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara, CA

Due to Santa Barbara’s proximity to Santa Maria, the city shares the same average monthly assisted living cost of $5,300 according to the 2021 Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey. The monthly cost of assisted living in Santa Barbara is about $5,300, which is more than the national and state averages. At $5,250 per month, facilities in Los Angeles have similar costs to Santa Barbara. Seniors in San Diego pay more, at $5,475 per month. San Francisco is the most expensive at $6,319.

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

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Santa Barbara, CA

The average monthly cost of in-home care or home health care is the same at $6,673. The average cost of adult day health care is not listed for the city, although that type of care, generally during business hours on weekdays only, is usually the least expensive. Nursing homes cost the most at $10,737 per month for semi-private rooms.

  • Assisted Living: $5,300
  • In-Home Care: $6,673
  • Home Health Care: $6,673
  • Adult Day Health Care: N/A
  • Nursing Homes: $10,737 (semi-private room)
  • Nursing Homes: $15,665 (private room)

Note: Data for Santa Barbara was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Santa Maria, was used instead.

Wood Glen Hall

Wood Glen Hall sits along 4 acres of lush, landscaped land in the foothills of Santa Barbara. The expensive one-story building is more like a resort than a senior living community, with gourmet meals and luxury accommodations. Assisted living residents receive 24/7 access to caregivers and live a carefree lifestyle with housekeeping, laundry and maintenance services included in rent. Seniors spend their days dining by the fireside, wandering through the elegant flower beds or walking the garden paths with friends and visiting family members. We included Wood Glen Hall on our list for its impressive garden oasis that is unmatched by any resort or senior living facility in the county. 

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Villa Santa Barbara

Situated in downtown Santa Barbara, near a handful of restaurants and within walking distance of Alameda Park, Villa Santa Barbara is an upscale assisted living facility. The apartment complex features studio and one-bedroom apartments complete with balconies and patios that overlook the stunning coastline. The facility is staffed 24/7 and features three restaurant-style meals served in a community dining area. Seniors enjoy the scenic rooftop terrace and dance floor. Regular outings are planned to the beach, wineries and local casinos. We included Villa Santa Barbara on our list because it's one of the best downtown options for seniors who want to remain within city limits.

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Vista del Monte

Vista del Monte is a hidden gem tucked into the Santa Barbara foothills between the coastline and the mountains, just five minutes away from the buzz of downtown. The elegant assisted living community offers a variety of floor plans and chef-prepared gourmet meals. Seniors are encouraged to stay engaged via a full suite of classes and lectures and a fully stocked and curated library collection. Vista Voices, an in-house choir, is another way for artistic seniors to show their talent when they aren’t busy having fun and staying fit at the Fitness and Aquatic Center located on-site. Founded originally to serve as a retirement community for educators, we placed Visa Del Monte on our list for its extensive list of life-long education and enrichment programs. 

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Alexander Gardens Assisted Living

Situated in the Upper East district of Santa Barbara, Alexander Gardens is an all-inclusive senior community that offers assisted living residences to seniors in need of daily aid to maintain independence. The luxury community takes care of housekeeping, linens and laundry so that residents can focus on enjoying life with grace and renewed engagement. The Mission Revival craftsman-style house was renovated to provide family-like care to seniors. The small community feels more like a hidden resort, with a full array of exercise, memory fitness, art and music activities planned daily. Residents receive personalized gourmet meals three times a day crafted from local fresh ingredients. 

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  • Residents are invited to help maintain the courtyard gardens
  • Apartments are equipped with a 24/7 monitored call system

Valle Verde

Nestled into the bottom of the hills at the southwest corner of Hidden Valley Park, Valle Verde is an assisted living and senior living community that offers stunning resort cottages. The community provides continuing care, allowing seniors to age in place in a scenic and elegant community among friends. Cottages are situated along a lushly landscaped garden and terrace-lined walkways. Shared common spaces include a theater, fitness center and large courtyards. 

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  • Outdoor heated pool and poolside grill 
  • Flexible dining plan includes purchase of fresh produce

Maravilla Santa Barbara

Situated right off Route 1 near the San Jose Creek and an array of stunning eucalyptus trees, Maravilla Santa Barbara is an upscale senior living community that offers independent and assisted living, along with a memory care community. Spread over 20 acres, the campus is full of engaging amenities, including large landscaped gardens, swimming pool and spa, multiple movie theaters, internet lounge, clubhouse and lounge, and gift shop. Seniors enjoy gourmet meals at the Monarch and Mariposa Grille restaurants on-site and have access to caregivers 24/7 or as needed. We included Maravilla Santa Barbara on our list for its outstanding list of amenities within a garden oasis. 

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Located off Route 101, just a few blocks from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Villa Riviera is a luxury senior retirement facility that offers assisted living so residents can live carefree. Meal plans let residents enjoy stone oven pizza at the casual Mountain View Cafe or gourmet dinner service in the Oaks Dining Room. There's plenty to do throughout the day, between the state-of-the-art fitness center, heated outdoor pool and spa, painting in the art studio and spending a day in the city. All residents have a customized LifeConnect Wellness plan that aims to create holistic wellness. 

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  • Nu-2-U thrift store on campus 
  • Personal trainers available in the LifeCenter 

Villa Riviera

Villa Riviera is a nonprofit senior living community located in Lower Riviera, just a few blocks away from Orpet Park. Balconies offer scenic views of the Pacific Ocean or the downtown, and grand porch areas provide access to lush garden space and walking paths. Residents enjoy access to 24-hour caregiving staff and security as well as daily housekeeping and laundry service. Seniors spend their days relaxing by the fireside lounge on cooler evenings, taking part in scheduled nature walks and enjoying locally sourced organic meals.

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GranVida Senior Living

Located next to the Albertsons shopping plaza near Route 101 in Carpinteria, GranVida Senior Living offers a resort-like senior living community with personalized care plans and care coordination available. Senior residents are invited to enjoy their days within the elegant campus, playing chess with friends in the living room, enjoying the warm summer breeze on the patio terrace or having their hair done in the salon. In the background, 24/7 care staff ensure every resident has help with ADLs and access to all activities. Menu-style meals are provided three times a day in the upscale dining area, and daily specials like the Winemakers Dinner and fresh catch of the day keep meals exciting.

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Pacifica Senior Living Santa Barbara

Tucked into downtown Santa Barbara near Mission Creek, Pacifica Senior Living offers seniors a base to enjoy the city’s top attractions, such as the Botanic Gardens and State Street shopping. The campus features scenic walking trails through landscaped courtyards, an on-site beauty salon and 24/7 available staff to help out as needed. Studio apartments offer hardwood floors and patios or balconies so residents can enjoy the soothing breeze without stepping out of their homes. Restaurant-style meals are served daily in a community dining area, and snacks are available all day.

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  • Secure campus only accessible via a coded gate
  • Community health resource referrals