Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

36 Barkley Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33907

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About the community Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place is a beautiful community located in a quiet, charming neighborhood, with shopping, restaurants, and local attractions just around the corner. From the beautiful sun porches, balconies, and landscaped grounds, to the fitness center, library, pool, and social gathering spaces, we offer premium amenities that help you live a full life.

We understand our residents want to do the things they love the most, and every day here is filled with activity and possibility. We have been serving Fort Myers area residents for more than 20 years. We stand out among the other independent and assisted living communities, because the dedicated, compassionate nature of our staff truly sets us apart.

Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Independent living

Pricing for Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

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 Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Memory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site

Meals & Dining

Meals provided

Room Amenities

Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Central fireplace
Outside patio



Recreational areas

Swimming pool
Billiards lounge
Game room
Movie or theater room


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Languages spoken


Primary language spoken by staff


On-site dining options

Bar or pub
Café or bistro


Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Art classes
Educational speakers / life long learning

Reviews for Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place


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August 30, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client
A great place for mother!

For what it is worth, the meals and dining service is good and our loved one is enjoying the activities a lot she is very happy. We would recommend the Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place to families.

August 2, 2021
Anonymous - Toured community

My parents are "small town" people. The intake coordinator was personable and took time to hear their needs and get to know them. Both staff and administration have an excellent retention history. Most of their staff have been there over 5 years. That retention means staff are happy working there, if staff are happy then the residents are more content. We even returned a second time and they were more than willing to show us my parents selected apartment. There is a bit of a wait list for the apartment they want but that gives us time to pack and move them. This became their choice for Independent Living.

June 15, 2021
kec - Toured community
my review of Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place

We virtually toured this community. The staff was very friendly and shared a lot of great information. The tour was good but we couldn't do an in-person tour due to covid

April 28, 2021
Michael - Resident/client
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A good community to be living in for one person who doesn't want to be bothered a whole lot.

Of all the other places I checked out, cost-wise this one was a whole lot better. The other places were thousands a month, and this one is much more affordable. The staff have been great to me. Even the management is nice. They're all friendly, and they all talk to me when they see me. The halls and the reception area, everything is clean. Outside is a different story. By the weekend, the trash gets overly full and people just leave trash bags on the ground and broken furniture sitting around. There is not a rating low enough for the food. It's awfully bland, and I understand that to a point. It's pretty typical institutional food. But the apartments are fine, a little small, but fine. For one person, it's a good deal.

March 18, 2021
Aleese - Child of resident/client
I don't think you would be disappointed

When my loved one visited, she didn't care for it. She found it kind of dark. It could use another coat of paint, and the common areas and courtyards could use some attending to. But when I talked to my family about Barkley Place, we agreed it was the best place for my loved one based on the care that she needed. The staff and the food is great. It's centrally located to a great deal of good medical care. It's close to any shopping you would want, the mall, Publix, Cost-Co. It's not far from the beaches. If your loved one is in better health, we wish there were a place to put in a walking path, because we see a lot of the residents out walking in the parking lot. Housekeeping comes weekly. They don't' clean the way I clean, but they do a decent job. Overall it's a very friendly community. There are some elementary school cliques, but you'd have that anywhere you go. Breakfast is a little monotonous, scrambled eggs everyday. They could use a little more variety, but overall the food is pretty good. I would recommend and have recommended Barkley Place to others.

December 15, 2020
Ted Harrigan - Loved one of resident/client
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We feel safe with our relative in your hands

We went with Barkley Place because we took my uncle to various places and we found that this would be the best fit for him. We looked at a lot of different units and the apartment size he got was great, it even has a little outdoor area which is nice. The food is absolutely excellent, they are chef prepared meals. I would absolutely recommend to others looking.

August 31, 2020
Anonymous - Toured community

Looks nice. The pool,Generators for loss of power,Stackable washer dryer availability in the apartment as well as Happy Hour are all a plus. [name removed] may miss her old church community in Cape Coral, but we shall see how much of an issue that is.

June 8, 2020
Cynthia - Loved one of resident/client
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Great choice.

I have been really please with how the community is handling the pandemic. I feel safe with my parents at Barkley Place. The food is great. My parents really like it. The room sizes are good. The community as a whole is smaller but adequate. When a room come available they redo the entire room, new carpet, paint, kitchen, all new for next resident.

June 14, 2019
Donna - Loved one of resident/client
Safe, warm and comfortable

Our parents have resided at Barkley for three plus years. Staff is very friendly and warm. My parents are in a safe, caring community.

June 30, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Real Clean. Good Layout. [Name removed] interacted with residents by first name. 2 month waiting list for Assisted living. Couldn't really get a sense of the level of care my father would get and he needs a lot of prompting to keep moving.

April 11, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Outdoor area needed some care

March 10, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

We had a tour with Direstor [name removed], who answered all of our questions. A very nice facility, we had a chance to see all variety of housing options; assisted living and independent studios and 1-bedrooms. Pet-friendly option is a plus! We will definitely consider this facility.

September 24, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

Very happy with Barkley place.

August 1, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

My mother and I toured this residence, and found it to be very nice. The apartments are large and cheerful, the staff and residents are welcoming and personable, and all in all, we were impressed. The only thing we didn't like, compared to the other facilities that had pools, is that this pool is not screened in, which would be advantageous. Other than that, we really liked it, and the waiting list is evident we're not the only ones.

May 23, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
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We Were Not Too Impressed

Our visit here was nice but we were not impressed. In the room we saw, the cupboards were too high. We could not reach it. The community was more smaller and we were looking for a big place. .

April 12, 2017
Anonymous - Resident/client
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Very Happy with My Move To this Community

I'am doing very well with my move to this community. Everyone has been very kind, and welcoming. I like the staff, they are great. The residents are nice, and friendly. I've learned a few new games with the activities they have available. I love to read, and they have a lovely library onsite at the community. The meals are great, they have nice selection too choose from. This is a great community, and I would recommend it. I'am comfortable here.

April 5, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

Definitely an affordable option and larger living space.

March 8, 2017
Michael Halberstam - Toured community
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New resident

We were very impressed with the helpful, caring attitude exhibited at Barkley. The residents seemed active and engaged. Facilities are well-kept. Access to everything is easy for residents. VERY helpful staff!

February 20, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
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Nice community!

Everything went well when we went here. The place was very clean and very nice for the most part. The people treated us well and made sure that they answered all of our questions. The price was a big reason why did not pick this community.

May 20, 2016
Maria - Loved one of resident/client
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Great Gem in Senior Care in Fort Myers, FL

My 95 year old aunt just moved into Barkley place! So far we are very pleased. All staff are friendly, kind, and eager to help. The food is very good and the menu is varied and changes constantly. The building is kept very neat and clean and there is an amazing, varied array of activities for the residents. Amenities include a swimming pool, exercise room, lounge, pool table room, beautiful gardens with benches for sitting outdoors and even a hair and nail salon. Their prices are quite reasonable for all they have to offer. There are always nursing staff and therapists available. My aunt is currently renting a studio but is already talking about upgrading to a one-bedroom. She seems very happy there and this is her first experience with living on her own and not with family members.

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Merrill Gardens at Barkley Place has received an average review rating of 4.3 based on 32 reviews. See all reviews.

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