The Montera

5740 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA 91942

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About the community The Montera

Tucked away on a gorgeous property in La Mesa, CA, just minutes from downtown San Diego, The Montera defines care-focused senior living. From well-appointed studio and one bedroom apartments, to personalized care plans designed for each Assisted Living resident, to rejuvenating short-term stays, to our Memory Care neighborhood, our warm and welcoming community offers a spectrum of senior living solutions for discerning residents. This is the place to enjoy the CA sunshine and lifestyle, free from the obligations of household maintenance. Our energetic community has a monthly calendar packed with engaging opportunities and activities, and beautifully designed spaces for movement, celebration, reflection, and fun.

Assisted Living residents can select their ideal living space from elegantly designed studio and one bedroom floor plans featuring 9-foot high ceilings, convenient kitchenettes, and individual climate control. Amenities are reminiscent of your favorite resort, with a lovely heated pool, lush landscape, koi ponds, and water gardens. Our MBKuisine gourmet dining program serves three delicious, healthy meals a day that you can enjoy restaurant-style in our private dining room or in the comfort your personal suite. Our dedicated and compassionate team of senior care professionals pull the experience together with around-the-clock assistance onsite to...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted living
Memory care

Pricing for The Montera

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 The Montera

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
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
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
Main street shops
Indoor atrium


Laundry service / drycleaning

Recreational areas

Swimming pool
Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Languages spoken


Primary language spoken by staff


On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room


Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Protestant services

Reviews for The Montera


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August 23, 2021
anonymous - Toured community
Our tour experience

Our family was able to do an in person tour and The Montera is a great community, this was one of our top choices. Unfortunately they only had an upstairs apartment, and the other community we checked out had a first floor apartment with a yard which we felt would be best for our loved one.

August 13, 2021
anonymous - Friend of resident/client

Very nice people

March 30, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client
Good for Alzheimer's, not so great for lewy body dementia

The staff here are nice and friendly. I think communication needs to be improved, all the communication was always with activities or on covid, but it was not separated so we did not know what was going on on the memory care side. Our experience has been gated with covid because they did have an outbreak so I could not get a good picture of what was going on. My dad has Lewy body dementia, so if your loved one has that I would not recommend them for individuals who have that since it is so different than Alzheimer's.

March 26, 2021
Susan - Child of resident/client
Just What We Were Looking For

We really like it here. The biggest standout to me is the community adapts well to what the needs are of the family and residents are. No matter what stage of health your loved one is in, they have a plan and a wide range of services to help provide care for your loved one.

March 18, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client
My review of The Montera

The staff members are brilliant, very responsive and friendly, however there has been a lot of turnovers on every level. Our loved one feel the community is very clean, well kept and taken care of. The food is being delivered to their rooms now since the dining room is closed so sometimes the food is cold, and there pretty much have been no activities since they moved in. They did just have their 60th wedding anniversary so the staff went out of their way to get balloons, wine and flowers.

March 16, 2021
TC - Sibling of resident/client
not a viable option for memory care patients

Our experience with memory care was awful. Communication was awful between the staff and the family, When you called you could not get ahold of anybody and sometimes they didn't even call us back. I would not recommend this community to others.

January 12, 2021
Robin M - Child of resident/client
Verified Review
Highly recommend

We had a great experience at The Montera. We chose it because we were in a hurry to find a place, when we toured they were very friendly, helpful, and accommodating and made a great first impression on us. His room was great size. The director was really great to our family, very accommodating. I would absolutely recommend this facility.

January 10, 2021
Terri Clark - Child of resident/client
Horrific experience for my mom and our family

DO NOT entrust your loved ones to this facility, especially if they need memory care. My mom spent a total of 2 1/2 months there, and in that short time fell numerous times, (laid on floor sometimes in her own waste), went from ambulatory to wheelchair-bound, without so much as a call to any family members to inform us. This happened within a week!! When we would get to visit there were times when she had not been showered, was in her p.j.s and unkempt. Memory Care NO ONE EVER answers the phone. You leave a message, NO ONE calls back. All for the low price of $7,500/mo., and the "non-refundable" $2,500 move-in fee. So, for the 2 1/2 months she was there my mom spent $17,000 dollars. This place is nothing short of horrific. I wish I had read a few reviews or dug a little deeper before entrusting my loved one to this horrific situation. Their marketing manager sells you something that the Montera could never deliver.

December 17, 2020
anonymous - Child of resident/client
my mom happy and healthy

They take good care of the facility and it is always clean, the food is good we enjoyed thanksgiving dinner there a year ago. They work hard to address any issues that we have had. I would recommend this community to others.

May 24, 2020
Anonymous - Toured community

Virtual tour was good. Units are small and expensive. Would not consider this facility

July 31, 2019
Jean - Loved one of resident/client
Loving life at The Montera

My mother has been a resident of The Montera for a few months now and I can say that she has been receiving excellent care. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. I needed to have mom checked on today and that was done within 5 minutes of my call. It is a comfort to know that she is in good hands at all times. The programs and activities are very comprehensive and enriching. From my experience they seem to add new and interesting activities every month, such as wine tasting. The management is very approachable and there is a high level of caring about the residents.

October 26, 2018
Terrible, incompetent management

Current management has driven out MANY good employees. Residents are DISAPPOINTED that [name removed] was made ED. She treats employees very badly, has a long record of people leaving the company due to the treatment they received from her. Many good people work there, but are treated horribly by management.

October 26, 2018
Stephanie - Loved one of resident/client

This is the worst place to place your elderly family member!! I have a family member who has lived there for 9 years. Every time management/ownership changes we were told it was for the best and it just seemed it was for the worst. Med techs and RSA do the best they can and The Montera needs to decide weather their employees are Med techs or RSA. I have seen the employees Med techs one day then the next they are RSS!!! All this causes confusion to the residents. Management is the worst especially the GM Mercedes she is one NOT to be trusted. She has made promises on Monday and by Wednesday she swears she didn’t. Be careful with The Montera their are a lot better places in SD and you will get your monies worth!

September 17, 2018
Nancy López
New Management again but lots of Hope

Great staff, amazing people. Too many changes but they promoted a very genuine, compassionate lady. Old management sucked but luckily they now are owned by MBK. Lots of hope for this place.

May 8, 2018
Looks are deceiving

My mother had been there for several years ! The looks of the place seem great but they are soooo deceiving when it comes to care! The staff had changed over so many times as well as management ! We found cockroaches in her rooom and the maitance man never called the pest control people to take care of it ! She was invaded with roaches and they barely did a thing!!!! Most of the time the Med techs don’t even know what meds they are giving my mom when she asks ! In the evening the Med techs answers phone calls from the desk and deliveries meds at night! My mom just recently went to the hospital in an ambulance. I had to find out from the hospital a day later. No one at the front desk told me she had gone. Horrible care!!!!! No matter how good it looks and how good the food might be the service is terrible ! Getting my mother out ASAP

April 10, 2017
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
A tour for care

I toured this community and liked the staff. This community was nice. They do not provide that type of care I needed for my father's care. The community is older, but we found it to me clean. The staff are very caring. Families might tour this community for the care needed for a loved one.

March 28, 2015
Peg Cuppy - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
very satasfied

I was apprehensive about placing my mom into a care facility until I started touring some of the locations. I love Oakdale of La Mesa. The staff is friendly and helpful. The facility is cosy and clean. The food is great. My Mom is doing better at oakdale than she was living with us. I think she likes the Independence that it gives her, and the staff is available if she needs assistance. I am 5 minutes away and can drop by to see her anytime. Oakdale of La Mesa was the perfect answer for my mom and I.

February 5, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community

Very nice, not an option. He would not be comfortable with this price point or lifestyle.

January 13, 2015
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Highly recommend!

I like that the staff is so friendly and they really care about the clients. They are also very respectful to the families. I would recommend this facility to anyone that has a loved one with memory problems.

June 23, 2014
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Here is what we liked about...

Here is what we liked about Oakdale: Services - such as visits to the bank, doctors offices, grocery stores, trips to Wal-Mart, scenic drives... Laundry service Activities such as Happy Hour and onsite chapel All inclusive meal program (and everything else for that matter, minus internet) Life Alert type services for all residents Price was very reasonable for what they offered Location to our house Pet's accepted If you move from independent living to assisted living, the service comes to you - changing rooms or buildings is not necessary Pricing is up front and listed in their website Here is what we did not like about Oakdale: The front of the building was very nice, but the hallways, dining areas and rooms were a little tired With all due respect to them, the residents we encountered seemed very old. My mom's immobility is decreasing but her mind is fine and I just don't think she's quite at that stage yet. It's hard to describe, but I hope you know what I mean.

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The Montera has received an average review rating of 3.7 based on 43 reviews. See all reviews.

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