Grand Lake Gardens

401 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

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About the community Grand Lake Gardens

Grand Lake Gardens is a residential independent living community in the heart of the Grand-Lakeshore District, offering a lifestyle filled with engagement in and outside the community. Access to higher levels of care are available at our sister community Piedmont Gardens.

The intimate, boutique-style atmosphere sets the community apart from other large high-rise or expansive communities. The residents and team members come together to create a vibrant lifestyle in which each person has the opportunity to grow and learn intellectually, socially, spiritually and physically. Grand Lake Gardens is centrally located in Oakland, close to the renowned Grand Lake Theater and within walking distance of Lake Merritt and the eclectic Grand-Lakeshore district which offers shops, restaurants, post office, drug stores and many other businesses and services.

Grand Lake Gardens is a non-profit residential living community owned and managed by Human Good, and has been serving seniors for over 50 years.

Services included in the monthly fee are bi-weekly housekeeping, maintenance, a flexible dining program, 24/7 emergency response, and most utilities. A variety of life-enrichment programs are scheduled seven days a week, and complimentary transportation is offered Monday-Thursday. Secured garage parking is also available for an additional fee....

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Senior Living Options Offered

Independent living

Pricing for Grand Lake Gardens

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at Grand Lake Gardens

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Guest meals
International cuisine
Restaurant style dining

Room Amenities

Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Ground floor units
Private patio, deck, or balcony

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Main street shops
Barber shop


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Primary language spoken by staff



Laundry service / drycleaning

Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Fitness center
Game room

On-site dining options

Private dining room


Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Art classes
Educational speakers / life long learning

Reviews for Grand Lake Gardens


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1-8 of 8 reviews
May 22, 2020
Evelyn Dolven - Resident/client
Great People, Great Neighborhood

I am writing this review as we are being severely limited by Covid19 restrictions. But I began this before the abrupt change. My husband and I have lived here for 3 years. We chose it after visiting 6 other places. Our first impression was of a residence with a lot going on and with residents out and about. The hallways weren't empty; residents were reading or visiting in the lounge or at activities. Since that first impression we have experienced many of the choices. We have out little garden plot. There is a spacious courtyard; we've come to know most residents because dinner dining protocol is to sit where there is space at a table. There is quite a span of different backgrounds from all parts of the country . And we spend time with others because there is a rich assortment of classes and programs. GLG is situated in a neighborhood that allows walking safely to a large variety of services and stores. And bus transportation is excellent from here. Now that we are very restricted, the qualities of staff are particularly evident. Without exception staff members are capable, friendly, kind and very much in evidence when we need something. The activities director has arranged Zoom activities of all sorts; meals are delivered to apartments hot (or cold) on time. The security at the front desk is thorough. We are kept informed about what's going on RE the restrictions. If asked, I couldn't think of a single negative. Only there is no space at all for a swimming pool.

August 2, 2019
cathy lackey - Resident/client
my second year at grand lake gardens

the first time i walked into grand lake gardens i loved it!! i felt "at home" at that very moment. i was greeted by our gracious front desk staff person and was delighted that she already knew my name! my favorites here at grand lake gardens include the marvelous staff, loving and friendly residents, our rose, vegetable and zen gardens, the awesome courtyard and superb food in our dining room. please come by for a visit and tour. you will be glad you did! we look forward to meeting you!

Response from Grand Lake Gardens

August 6, 2019

Cathy, it’s been a such pleasure to have you as part of our community these last two years, and we’re delighted to know you felt so comfortable here from your very first visit. We want everyone who walks through our doors to share that sentiment and know they’re among friends. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and we hope Grand Lake Gardens continues to be a place of comfort for you.

March 17, 2019
cathy - Resident/client
my second year at grand lake gardens

this is an update review from my last one in 2017!! i have lived at glg for 2 years now and continue to love everything about it. the friendliness of residents and team members is awesome. i always feel cared about. we have a new chef and his name is [name removed]! welcome, [name removed]!! we are so happy that you are with us and look forward to new and creative menus. we have lovely gardens at glg. i enjoy gardening and have a raised planter box . we have marvelous activities here with anything from exercise to art to life stories. please come by for a tour. we will greet you with smiles !!

Response from Grand Lake Gardens

March 27, 2019

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary at Grand Lake Gardens, Cathy! It’s our hope that moving into our community is one of the best retirement decisions our residents make, and your experience sure sounds like it’s living up to that. Here’s to many more years of wonderful memories. Thank you so much for the five-star review!

September 24, 2017
cathy - Resident/client
our luau at grand lake gardens

we had a wonderful luau here the other day at our lovely courtyard!! i loved the hawaiian music and dancing and awesome food!! it was a delightful time visiting with other residents and family members and friends. i love every part of living here at grand lake gardens!

Response from Grand Lake Gardens

October 23, 2017

it's always great to see a resident's happy review of one of our special events. we'll keep 'em coming.. Phil Brandmeier Executive Director at Grand Lake Gardens

September 7, 2017
Evelyn - Resident/client
An Informal Classy Place

We had the experience of visiting a number of retirement centers and staying at 3, and when we visited Grand Lake Gardens we know this one for for us. We needed to be in a place where we could walk or take public transportation to do our errands. We can walk to 2 grocery stores, post office, hair salon, barber shop, etc. Our medical offices are a10 minute bus ride away. We found fellow residents friendly and happy from the first day we visited. Being new, we've sat at dinner most evenings with new people. Folks are really relaxed and informal. The staff members are capable and accessible. All parts of the place are cared for; even the stairways -- which we use in addition to the busy elevators -- are newly painted and well lighted. The top floor dining room is a gem.

Response from Grand Lake Gardens

September 14, 2017

Evelyn - it is really gratifying to receive such high praise - thanks for sharing so that others can read about our great community, and have it come form a new voice.. Phil Brandmeier Executive Director

August 8, 2017
cathy lackey - Resident/client
Visit Grand Lake Gardens

From the moment I walked through the front door I felt like I was home! After moving in I began to count my blessings. At Grand Lake Gardens, I found a wonderful group of people my own age who have become the greatest neighbors anyone could ask for. I cannot begin to express how impressed I am with the staff. They are professional, loving, and caring about each and every resident- and it shows. We have abundant menu choices and our transportation driver it the best. The grounds are so pretty and I love the gardens reflections and visiting. Now friendships bring chances for fulfilling lifetime interests. I am creating new memories. The community spirit here is awesome. I feel safe, secure and stimulated. I highly recommend taking a tour of Grand Lake Gardens.

Response from Grand Lake Gardens

September 14, 2017

thanks Kathy for all your kind words. we're glad you're here with us. Phil Brandmeier Executive Director

July 2, 2015
Carole Jan & Henry Lee - Resident/client
Why we like Grand Lake Gardens

We have been residents here for six years; moving here from San Francisco to be closer to daughters. We are a very diverse and friendly community with a wide range of activities, both in-house and outside. We have lunch and dinner outings every month; van trips to malls, museums and other places of interest. Our driver takes you shopping at grocery stores, but Trader Joe's Walgreen's , the post office and library and many nice restaurants are within walking distance. Our driver also takes you and picks you up from medical appointments. Our sixth floor dining room with views of the Oakland hills is unmatched! You will be warmly welcomed here!

January 14, 2014
Son - Toured community
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Large Buy In

Really, really nice, but you have to effectively do a $65,000-$100,000 buy in in the beginning. Their selling point is that they will never kick you out, ever, no matter how far you decline. You will never have to worry about going any place again. I liked it but it was cost prohibitive, plus too far from my house.

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Grand Lake Gardens has received an average review rating of 4.8 based on 8 reviews. See all reviews.

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