The Lake Merritt

1800 Madison Street Oakland CA 94612


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A NEW HOME ON THE LAKE — Small and Intimate yet Grand
The Lake Merritt is an independent lifestyle community designed especially for older adults who want to remain active and engaged with life yet are ready to relinquish daily tasks and home maintenance. Located directly on Lake Merritt, our community enjoys life in a grand Art Deco building hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as 'a jewel on the lake.' We are proud of our talented and caring staff and the community of residents who enjoy each other and our unique location, programming and amenities. People love living here!

Matching our splendid architecture are beautiful and spacious apartments that offer all the charms of home. Most homes feature spectacular views of the lake or the downtown skyline. Each airy and light-filled apartment showcases a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances, abundant closet space, walk-in showers, high ceilings with crown moldings, designer wall colors, wall-to-wall carpets and more. Plus, there is peace of mind knowing that our staff is here residents 24-hours a day.

Delicious and healthy food is served to our residents in our acclaimed public restaurant, the Terrace Room. With its spectacular walls of glass and unparalled views of the lake and cityscape, it offers a stunning and beautiful atmosphere to enjoy meals and host friends. It is welcoming, intergenerational and reflective of our greater community. In 2013, The Terrace Room was ranked in Oakland Tribune's Restaurant Week 'Salute to Dining' as one of its top five 'favorites' in the City's thriving culinary scene. Open Table voters ranked the Terrace Room as its #1 Restaurant with a View.

In addition to our 24-hour on-site concierge, The Lake Merritt residents participate in a community which views growing older as an opportunity for learning, having new experiences and being engaged in daily life. We bring people together, young and old, for our weekly 'Conversations' to learn, discuss and explore a wide-range of topics. We also offer a roster of expert speakers to lead programs on a wide variety of interests, including social, environmental and health topics along with local and regional issues. Residents also enjoy the opportunity to be more active. Three times a week our in-house personal trainer works individually with residents on a program that helps build strength, flexibility and balance. Our location is irresistible to those who like fresh air and walking and our National Walk Score is 97 out of 100!

The Lake Merritt community is directly across the street from Lake Merritt - Oakland's spectacular 140-acre park and national wildlife sanctuary. As part of a spectacular transformation approved by Oakland voters, Lake Merritt has recently completed a $198 million renewal and now boasts: 3.1 miles of shoreline complete with shady, tree-lined boulevards, brand-new walking paths and bike ways, a lakeside park with a nature center, gardens, boating and lots more. Arts and culture goers will be pleased to be just a short walk away from the museums, theaters, gourmet shops and restaurants. In addition to The Lake Merritt's free transportation to our neighboring communities, we are just steps away from BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and local buses.

We are proud of our association with ResCare, which staffs an office in our community. In addition, we are in partnership with organizations that provide credentialed in-home care for our residents. The Lake Merritt is in association with other area communities that offer a higher level of assisted or memory care.

Pricing at The Lake Merritt

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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.

Reviews of The Lake Merritt

  • Great looking place in a good location, but I cannot see much in the way of future care and it could all change its focus if the owners wish it. It is basically a hotel.

  • I liked that the cafeteria is open to the public.

    We liked the Lake Merritt Hotel, it's actually both independent and assisted living. I liked that their cafeteria is open to both the public and the tenants, you can order from a full menu like a restaraunt....

  • Okay - Felt Lonely

    It was okay. I didn't like that people didn't really have many common spaces to talk and hang out. It felt kind of lonely.

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Community Details at The Lake Merritt

  • The Lake Merritt Amenities

    • Vegetarian
    • Activities Offsite
    • Outdoor Common Areas
    • Meals Provided
    • Indoor Common Areas
    • Devotional Services Offsite
    • Activities Onsite
    • Beautician Onsite

Senior Housing Types Provided at The Lake Merritt

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • Nursing Home
  • Care Homes
  • Home Care
  • Senior Apartments