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9 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Santa Maria, California

Near the Southern California coast, Santa Maria is a city with a population of just over 100,000 that hosts a variety of activities for seniors. The Elwin E. Mussell Senior Citizen Center provides exercise classes for seniors and a space to play duplicate bridge. All ages can enjoy the many parks, including Waller Park, or visit the Pacific Conservatory Theater, where seniors get reduced prices for concerts and plays. Close to beaches, a variety of restaurants and shopping, there are plenty of activities to keep an active and social lifestyle in Santa Maria. Concerts and movies in the park are regular events, as is Downtown Friday.

Santa Maria has seen a reported decrease in property crime in recent years, with fewer incidents of auto theft and burglary. Seasonal average temperatures vary between 39 and 73 degrees making the city comfortable throughout the year. There are many medical facilities, including the Marian Regional Medical Center.

The average monthly cost of living in an assisted living facility in Santa Maria is about $5,248, somewhat higher than the national average of $4,051.

Here are our top 9 list of assisted living facilities to check out in and around Santa Maria, CA. 

Santa Maria Terrace 

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1405 E. Main Street

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 925-8713

The resident-tended gardens and landscaped grounds at Santa Maria Terrace provide friendly social space for residents when they are not enjoying one of the many scheduled activities or relaxing in their spacious studio apartments. The community offers luxury transportation to appointments and events, restaurant-style dining, a library with computers and a beauty salon. Monthly activities include bingo, poker, exercise classes, movie nights and group outings for shopping and sight-seeing trips. 

  • Wheelchair-accessible studio apartments
  • Small pets are welcome

Merrill Gardens

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1220 Suey Road

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 310-4102

Merrill Gardens, with a campus-style setting, is close to shopping, dining, the Rancho Maria Public Golf Course, medical facilities and wineries. The facility offers beautiful walking paths and an outdoor swimming pool and spa to keep residents active and social. There are 242 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments along with cottage homes. Anytime dining is available to accommodate residents' lifestyles. Services are tailored to individual needs. 

  • Anytime dining
  • On-site wellness center

The Oaks at Nipomo

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177 Mary Ave

Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 723-9788

The Oaks at Nipomo was designed to encourage lifelong learning and community involvement by providing activities to keep residents social and active, which is why it ranked in our top 9. Residents can join a variety of clubs such as ballroom dancing, poker and bird-watching groups or retire to their private studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes. The monthly cost includes all utilities except phone and cable. Community amenities include a full-time nurse, a game room, a theater and private dining. Along with a fitness and wellness center, residents can take advantage of the many classes offered from art to languages and travel. 

  • Scheduled transportation to events and appointments
  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes

Fountain Square of Lompoc

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1420 W. North Ave

Lopoc, CA 93436

(805) 736-1234

Residents at Fountain Square can enjoy a wide variety of activities such as group walks, bingo, board games and movie nights. Private one and two-bedroom apartments are available. The amenities include restaurant-style dining, a rooftop patio and spacious common areas to encourage socializing. 

  • Snacks and beverage service throughout the day
  • Private and semi-private studios available 

Wyndham Residence

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222 South Elm Street 

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 474-7260

Watercolor classes, poetry groups, card games and musical entertainment are just a few of the many activities to choose from at Wyndham Residence. Residents can also engage in a lively game of horseshoes or ring toss, participate in a stretchercise class or enjoy scenic drives and special excursions in the wheelchair-equipped Wyndham van. The resort-like setting includes a well-stocked library, TV lounge and fitness center. One-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment options are available, each with a programmable thermostat and emergency call response system for safety and security. Three daily meals are included in the monthly fee, and fresh fruit and snacks are available throughout the day. 

  • Pet and family-friendly
  • Weekly shopping trips and local outings


Mydor's Open Guest Home, Inc.

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742 E. McElhany Ave.

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 478-0145

Located in quiet residential areas in the Santa Maria Valley, Mydor's Open Guest Home, Inc. provides assisted living care in four different homes. Each facility is nonmedical and has 24-hour care and supervision for the residents. A mixture of private and semi-private rooms are available, all located on ground floors with handicap access. Transportation to appointments, three nutritious daily meals and planned activities such as trips to the beach are included.

  • Facilities all located within one mile of Marian Medical Hospital
  • House cleaning and laundry service provided

AAA Kindness

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3811 Dominion Rd

Santa Maria, CA 93454

(805) 937-6444

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Maria, AAA Kindness has a cozy country feel. The 20-acre facility has only 23 bedrooms so there are plenty of wide-open spaces and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful panoramic scenery. The huge stone fireplace and raftered ceiling in the living room help create the warmth that the outside beauty inspires. Residents can enjoy leisurely walks and gardening in the raised vegetable plots along with many organized daily activities. All private and semi-private bedrooms are equipped with satellite television, phone lines and large handicap-accessible showers. 

  • Grounds are fully monitored by a security system and gates
  • Healthy meals and snacks are provided 

Casa Rosa Living

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2172 S Halcyon Rd

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 473-0306

Casa Rosa is a rural gated facility located just minutes from the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Some of the 15 private and semi-private rooms have scenic ocean views, while a fully monitored security system keeps residents safe on the facility grounds. Spacious common areas, family-style living rooms, an outdoor billiards table and a large patio lend themselves to a cozy lifestyle. Residents can enjoy movie nights, music, gardening and trips to the beach. 

  • Golf putting green on site
  • Gourmet European-style meals

Bella Vita Senior Living

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145 Andre Drive

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 610-0921

For seniors looking for a coastal lifestyle, Bella Vita Senior Living provides one. The property has scenic mountain and ocean views that can be enjoyed while strolling on the beautiful grounds, which are complete with many resting spots. Along with a multitude of scheduled activities at the complex, outings to the beach, local shops, restaurants and parks are frequent. 

  • Physician and podiatrist house calls provided
  • American and European cuisine