Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

1420 Curci Drive, San Jose, CA 95126

About the community Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

Set in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood, Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen offers easy senior living in a modern building with large apartments. Enjoy the small-town feel and being within walking distance of outdoor cafes, coffee shops, boutiques and bookstores.

The high-ceilinged, airy building features a well-appointed library, comfortable living rooms and social meeting areas with Wi-Fi, a piano and pool table. The residence is easy to get around in with its centrally located gym, dining room, laundry room and more. Utilize ample parking available in the residence's underground lot.

Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen senior housing offers:
95 senior living apartments
Choose from studios, one and two bedroom apartments
Independent living, assisted living, and respite care services
Take advantage of personal care services if needed
Anytime Dining
Enjoy fresh, restaurant-style meals served on your schedule — 7 am to 7 pm — 7 days a week
Active Living
Pursue physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual interests

In addition, Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen offers concierge services, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and much more!

Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing for Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

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

Base fees by room type

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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 Willow Glen

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Memory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
International cuisine

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Respite or short term stays offered
Full kitchen
Ground floor units
Private patio, deck, or balcony

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Wander guard or similar system available
Secured community
Designed specifically to accommodate memory loss
Enclosed courtyard

Transporation & parking

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

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Indoor atrium
Barber shop


Grocery shopping and errands
Laundry service / drycleaning


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Languages spoken


Primary language spoken by staff


Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Fitness center
Game room

On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room


Devotional activities offsite
Art classes
Educational speakers / life long learning
Live well programs

Reviews for Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen


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June 1, 2021
R. A. - Sibling of resident/client
Be Sure to Check Them Out

We have been there for a few short weeks so far. We have been very happy with the community. I would recommend you check them out for your loved one. The communication with the staff is excellent so far.

March 18, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client

When my mom first moved in, the facility was not ran properly. They not have a new director and administrator, so since they have made these changes they have come a long ways and are improving. They brought on a lot of new staff as well which has been good. The meals were being delivered and it was cold and they did not have a lot of variety. They only had 2 things to pick from for lunch, and whatever you do not pick that is what you get for dinner. They did just start going to the dining room, so it may improve. They have been doing a little more activities the past month since things are starting to open back up, so we are excited for that.

July 12, 2020
Anonymous - Toured community

This tour was done [date removed]. [Name removed] was very helpful and gave me a great tour of his facility. Price OK.

June 11, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A good residential facility

They take the residents out but it is not really well advertised and they could offer more outing that are appropriate for all of resident's needs . The are always rushing during activities in the building . They just don't have enough staff support for activities. It's a nice residential facility. My mom is happy and the other resident seem to be fairly happy there. My mom says food is good. They have a nice outdoor patio and they offer underground parking for the residents.

January 16, 2019
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client

My parents have lived at Merrill Gardens for the past few years. Staffing is always a problem. Chef quits regularly and any good staff leaves for better paying jobs. Can't keep a general manager. Food is horrible. If you need any help with daily living, they charge even more. Very expensive and rent is always going up. They need to pay a decent wage and try to keep staffing consistent. I do not recommend this place.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

February 1, 2019

Hi there, we regret that your experience didn’t meet our high standards of providing the best care possible. We’d like to hear more about what happened so that we can be sure to address the situation appropriately. Would you mind emailing our support team at [removed] with additional details?

September 10, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Expensive and out of our price range.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

September 13, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. Best of luck in your search for the right home.

July 27, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Located is perfect for shopping

Mom is doing fine since moving here. She seems to be well adjusted however I would like her to be doing more of the activities than what she is currently doing. The community has a piano that the residents can play or sit by the fireplace and listen to someone else play. The staff is wonderful very engaged with the residents and the families. The community is kept very clean and well maintained. They have different areas around the building to sit and visit with family or friends or just the other residents. Mom said the food is ok it could be better.

May 26, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Mom is really happy!!

I have no complaints about the care that my loved one has received at this community. The staff have all been wonderful to her and have accommodated her needs to the best of there ability. She has had no issues with the food and enjoys participating in many activities with the other residents. I would highly recommend it to anyone. My mom is very happy and that is what is most important to me.

May 25, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
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I toured!!

I toured Merril Gardens prior to making a decision, and it was a nice place. The facility was in good shape and the people there were very friendly. It all came down to location, and also the food was not that great there.

April 7, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
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A Visit To The Community

They were a good community and in the mater of trying to fit into what was being offered and finding a good fit for brother was a new experience to me. On the tour they were pretty much professional and friendly. I went through the whole community. It was helpful to have a list of communities to visit from A Place For Mom. This was not the right fit.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

April 14, 2017

Thank you for taking your time to visit Merrill Gardens and provide us with this review. We hope you find the right fit as you research different senior living options. Please let us know if we can offer any additional assistance or answer any questions.

March 11, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community

A finalist for my in-laws. Great location, nice facility, large apartments and good variety of activities and services. No 2 bedrooms are available right now which was important criteria in their decision.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

March 21, 2017

Thank you for writing us this positive review. We are happy to hear that you are considering Merrill Gardens for your in-laws. Please let us know if we can answer any additional questions!

November 27, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

Positives: Super professional but friendly staff. Lovely community facilities. Lots of programming and support. LOVE the fact that once you move in you don't have to move again if you need to shift from "independent" to "assisted" living. Apartments are relatively spacious and contemporary. Cons: Fewer younger, truly independent residents than, say, [Removed]. Setup of building results in long dark hallways that are very nondescript and feel a bit institutional. Quite expensive.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

December 16, 2016

Thank you for writing us this review. We appreciate hearing the pros and cons you found. If there is anything additional we can help with, please let us know!

June 21, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community

not interested - friend lived there - not what I am looking for - small seems like old folks place

March 28, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community
Review of Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen - San Jose, CA

We had lunch and toured with my mother last week and have put down a deposit to hold us in place but we are still looking. The area is great and the apartments are good size. Waiting list of 5 months.

March 8, 2016
dorothybunny - Loved one of resident/client
Great Place

Nice clean friendly place.

March 5, 2016
Dorothy bunny - Loved one of resident/client
Mom moves into Merrill!

My mother has been in a one bedroom apartment for 3 weeks at Merrill Gardens, Willow Glen. I am impressed by the friendliness of the staff and quality of care they are providing my mother. She is making friends and going to activities.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

March 13, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this positive review. We are so pleased to hear that your mother is enjoying Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions or additional feedback.

August 2, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community

Nice building and rooms. However outside area was not as inviting as it was too sunny and looked like it was only used for special events.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

August 7, 2015

Thank you for providing us with this feedback. We will look for additional ways to make our outdoor areas feel more inviting. Please don't hesitate to contact us with additional feedback or any questions!

July 15, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community
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They are very friendly. It is a nice, clean, and comfortable environment.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

August 7, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to give us this great feedback!

May 23, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community

Nice size rooms although the overall layout of the building seemed a little confusing. Much traffic noise on east side of building, but only when window or patio door is open. Nice bathroom set-up.

Response from Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

June 3, 2015

Thank you for writing this review and bringing these issues to our attention. We always look to our reviews to see how we can improve, and will use this information to do so. If you have any other comments feel free to contact us directly.

December 30, 2014
Anonymous - Toured community

Merrill Gardens Willow Glen would have been a fine selection had there been a private room available. The memory community seemed well connected as a group. It felt like a 'family' environment, comfortable and easy, clean and safe.

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Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen has received an average review rating of 4.1 based on 39 reviews. See all reviews.

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