Seattle, a seaport city on the West Coast of the United States, is Washington State's largest city and home to a thriving tech industry, with Amazon and Microsoft headquartered here and the Boeing Everett factory nearby. It may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a place to retire, but it's worth a look. According to the US News & World Report, Seattle is ranked number 55 among the top 100 cities to retire in the United States.
Seattle itself is surrounded by serene water bodies, majestic mountain ranges and lush evergreen forests, making it a gem for seniors who are nature lovers and who want to maintain an active urban life. It has a prolific shopping, dining and entertainment scene, and seniors enjoy a plethora of attractions and cultural centers, including the historic Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and Mount Rainier National Park. Although Seattle's cost of living is higher than the national average, retirees are exempted from paying income tax on their pensions, Social Security benefits and other retirement income.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019, the average cost of assisted living in Seattle is $6,500 per month, which is quite high compared to the national average of $4,051 and the Washington State median of $5,500.
Check out our list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in the area to see if any of them suit your preferences.
11030 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Situated at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Northgate Way, the Northgate Plaza senior living community is within walking distance from numerous prime shops, eating establishments, entertainment venues and recreational areas such as Victory Creek Park. The facility offers senior citizens an inviting, urban living atmosphere where they can enjoy exploring their interests while making friends and building new family-like relationships. Residents enjoy a choice of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartment floor plans, along with gorgeous courtyard gardens and a long list of exciting amenities, including entertainment rooms, a beauty salon and barbershop, and health and wellness programs. This facility made it to our top 10 list due to its strategic location and attentive, compassionate staff.
3204 SW Morgan St.
Seattle, WA 98126
Residents at the Bridge Park senior living community enjoy the caring support of pleasant housekeepers, compassionate caregivers and helpful maintenance technicians who are always on standby whenever they’re needed. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, the community is close to recreational areas such as the Seattle Art Museum and hospitals such as the Kaiser Permanente Downtown Seattle Medical Center. Inside the facility, residents enjoy warm parlors and game rooms that play host to the facility’s long list of life-enriching activities. Seniors always have something to do, including playing billiards or enjoying indoor golf or relaxing on the outdoor manicured gardens while soaking up views of the city skyline.
Emerald City Senior Living
9001 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Retirees at the Emerald City Senior Living community enjoy a blend of privacy, safety and care support services within a warm, homelike environment. Nestled in the serene Ravenna and Maple Leaf neighborhoods, the community is only minutes from downtown Seattle, the University of Washington, and many senior-friendly amenities in the area. Residents enjoy a full calendar of events at the facility, including gardening, sports, games and regular outings to local attractions. The community has an on-site therapy facility and offers a visiting physician service to cater to all residents’ wellness needs. Seniors enjoy amenities such as a coffee shop, party space, TV room, salon and barbershop and a garden and patio.
Brookdale Admiral Heights
2326 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(844) 647 4423
Senior citizens at Brookdale Admiral Heights enjoy spending their golden years in a relaxing environment within a quaint neighborhood. Plenty of eateries, sidewalk cafes, entertainment joints and stores are within proximity from the facility, and residents enjoy transportation and escort to these areas by the community’s staff. On site, there are plenty of exciting things to do and fun people to do them with, including sharing stories at the facility’s bistro, playing games at the game room or walking with friends and family at the scenic courtyard and garden. A library and a beauty salon and barbershop are also on the grounds.
11448 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178
Located on the southern shore of Lake Washington, The Lakeshore senior living community offers panoramic views of the water body alongside picturesque views of Mount Rainier and the facility’s gardens. Residents enjoy living in a vibrant, welcoming community supported by a care team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A full-service restaurant with chef-prepared meals, on-site wellness center with a registered nurse, scheduled transportation to physician appointments, many common areas and weekly housekeeping and linen services are just some of the benefits available to residents. We included this facility on our top list because of its broad range of life enrichment activities and events.
Merrill Gardens at First Hill
1421 Minor Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Perched above downtown Seattle in the vibrant, friendly First Hill neighborhood, Merrill Gardens at First Hill senior care community is just minutes away from top shopping, restaurants, theaters, the Pike Place Market and other senior-friendly amenities. Residents at the facility enjoy peace of mind knowing that there is a registered nurse among the staff, as well as numerous quality medical facilities nearby. Seniors can spend their time at the facility relaxing in the courtyard, movie theater, or library, or they can sign up for a fitness class and stay engaged at the community's state-of-the-art fitness room. Regular group outings to local attractions are scheduled.
Quail Park of West Seattle
4515 41st Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Residents in the Quail Park of West Seattle senior living community enjoy the support of friendly, compassionate staff available 24/7 and overseen by a team of licensed nurses. This facility makes it to our top 10 list because of its rich list of facilities designed to enhance the quality of life for seniors. The amenities include aquarium lounges, dining areas with fireplaces, movie theaters and outdoor patios with panoramic views of the surrounding neighborhoods reflecting West Seattle’s heritage and landscapes. Residents are encouraged to participate in the different activity plans designed to fit their unique needs and interests, including gardening, games, cooking classes, exercise sessions and pet therapy.
Ida Culver House Ravenna
2315 NE 65th St.
Seattle, WA 98115
Ida Culver House Ravenna is located right in the heart of the Ravenna/Bryant neighborhood, with easy access to the University of Washington campus and the University Village shopping center. Warmth and energy set the tone at the senior living community, and residents enjoy incredible socializing, entertainment and learning opportunities. The facility offers all the comforts of home within the studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring in-room kitchens and emergency call response systems. Additionally, residents enjoy flexible dining options prepared by an in-house chef and served restaurant-style, vibrant life enrichment programs, weekly housekeeping and linen services and lush green gardens with walking paths.
University House Wallingford
4400 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Residents at the University House Wallingford have a selection of one- and two-bedroom floor plans with more than 20 different layouts to choose from. The community offers seniors a vibrant, active setting where they can share a passion for learning and the desire to stay healthy. Residents enjoy a wealth of programs, diets and tranquil atmosphere designed to promote healthy living. The community partners with the University of Washington Retirement Association to offer members a variety of benefits, including access to UW programs. Residents also benefit from easy access to a modern fitness center providing a range of fitness programs and a personal trainer, as well as an auditorium for large gatherings and events.
7125 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136
The Kenney is a continuing care retirement community that hosts seniors age 62 and older in its vibrant and eclectic community setting. Located near some of Seattle’s best coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, bakeries and local attractions, including Lincoln Park and Alki Beach, seniors have plenty of places to go for excursions with friends and family. At the community, residents enjoy maintenance-free living as the facility’s staff takes care of all their housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation. From a fully equipped modern fitness center to hiking trails within the community and off-site, seniors have plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy. Life enrichment programs include gardening, arts and crafts, live music and religious services.