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The Village at Hayes Valley

624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

4.1
(55 reviews)

Studio, Semi-Private

The Village at Hayes Valley is a 47-bed community offering specialized care for high-needs assisted living as well as innovative dementia dementia care. Located in San Francisco's vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood and set in a beautifully restored Victorian, The Village at Hayes Valley imbues a...

Sagebrook Senior Living at San Francisco

2750 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

4.3
(30 reviews)

Studio, Semi-Private

Sagebrook Senior Living is an Assisted Living and Memory Care community located in the heart of San Francisco near Geary and Masonic. Centrally located, we are close grocery stores, restaurants, a shopping center, many tourist attractions, and several churches of diverse faiths. Sagebrook is...

The Carlisle

1450 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

3.9
(4 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Situated in the heart of San Francisco atop Cathedral Hill, The Carlisle offers assisted living and independent living for older adults looking to live within a vibrant community. From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered a friendly, boutique hotel where you...

Coterie Cathedral Hill (Opening Spring 2022)

1001 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

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The Broadmoor

1499 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

4.0
(11 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

The Broadmoor offers the finest in senior living in San Francisco. We are centrally located in Cathedral Hill to shopping, banks, theatres, and the symphony. All our affordable rates include three meals per day prepared by our chef and served in our formal dining room, maid and linen service, on...

Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

348 W Juana Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577

4.9
(198 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Welcome Home to Pacifica Senior Living of San Leandro! We are located in the cozy downtown section of San Leandro below the Oakland foothills. With the cool evening breeze off the San Francisco Bay, you can sit outside in the patio courtyard and enjoy a beautiful Bay Area evening.Pacifica Senior...

Pacifica Senior Living Union City

33883 Alvarado Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587

4.8
(192 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Pacifica Senior Living Union City is an assisted living senior community that is located in Union City, California. What makes our community unique is its program that is designed to enrich the body, mind, and soul. For the mind, Pacifica Senior Living Union City offers services such as...

Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights

2361 E 29th Street, Oakland, CA 94606

4.3
(122 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Pacifica Senior Living Oakland Heights provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of seniors in all stages of life. They offer everything from independent living to dementia care. They even offer support services for family members, including support groups for those interested. Elderly...

Atria Burlingame

250 Myrtle Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

4.7
(124 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

Set within the City of Trees on the San Francisco Peninsula, Atria Burlingame offers a progressive senior living community for active adults. We're located across the street from Washington Park, which provides scenic views for nearly every apartment. We are also convenient to the shops and...

Atria Willow Glen

1660 Gaton Drive, San Jose, CA 95125

4.2
(76 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Atria Willow Glen provides all the comforts of home in a resort-like community. Invite family and friends to enjoy a walk through courtyards with lush landscaping and koi ponds, or take an outing to nearby downtown San Jose. Atria Willow Glen offers easy access to shopping, banks, medical...

Warburton Place

1675 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050

3.9
(58 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Warburton Place provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment.Built on beautiful grounds in a quiet corner of Santa Clara, you'll love the modern quality of our community. We are right in the heart of Santa Clara's shopping, healthcare, dining and wonderful local...

Atria Park of San Mateo

2883 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA 94403

4.0
(57 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

For more than 20 years, Atria has served the families of San Mateo. With a continuing commitment to quality, the community is undergoing an extensive renovation to enhance its beauty and functionality. Once complete, residents will enjoy a host of exciting new spaces and amenities, including...

Atria Sunnyvale

175 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

4.2
(52 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Atria Sunnyvale is a welcoming assisted living community in a lovely, quiet neighborhood situated close to downtown Sunnyvale, California. Residents and their families can enjoy a stroll along winding walkways or relax in the beautifully landscaped courtyard. Or they may prefer to entertain...

Belmont Village San Jose

500 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128

4.3
(49 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

Belmont Village of San Jose, California is located in a city that is renowned for its quality of life, beautiful climate, and variety of exciting cultural, recreational, educational and entertainment opportunities. The facility is ideally situated directly across the street from the famed...

Brookdale Redwood City

485 Woodside Road, Redwood City, CA 94061

3.7
(51 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Make the Most of Your Golden YearsOur warm and welcoming independent and assisted living community is nestled in one of the most scenic areas of the San Francisco Bay. With a convenient location between Palo Alto and San Mateo, you can embrace all the natural beauty and wonder California has to...

Atria Evergreen Valley

4463 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135

4.5
(42 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Atria Evergreen Valley provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable living environment to call home. In choosing this community, our residents...

Redwood Retirement Residence

2350 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558

4.1
(41 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Redwood Retirement Residence provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Nestled within beautiful grounds in the heart of California's wine country, you'll enjoy the elegance of our facilities and all the conveniences of the nearby community. We're just minutes from...

Belmont Village Sunnyvale

1039 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

4.2
(39 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

The community of Belmont Village of Sunnyvale is conveniently located between San Jose and San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The facility is situated in a prime residential area, assisted living residents have easy access to shopping, restaurants, healthcare facilities and places of...

Merrill Gardens at Willow Glen

1420 Curci Drive, San Jose, CA 95126

4.1
(39 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

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...

Atria Valley View

1228 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

4.5
(35 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

With the classic California ambiance of a Mission-style lodge, Atria Valley View is a vibrant assisted living community nestled in the hills of Walnut Creek, conveniently located near downtown, shopping, banking and the John Muir Medical Center.Recently redeveloped to create strong indoor-outdoor...

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What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
Complete guide to independent living

Learn More About Independent Living in San Francisco, CA

A city prone to fog, where mountains meet the ocean and man-made modern marvels seamlessly blend into the landscape, San Francisco has the appearance of an impressionist painting or a hundred-year-old postcard, no matter which direction you turn. The Golden Gate City’s dreamlike qualities have helped make it one of the most desirable — and expensive — destinations in the country.

Independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — in San Francisco are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of San Francisco retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in San Francisco, CA

The median monthly cost of independent living in San Francisco is about $1,900 in the city proper and $3,500 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of California is around $3,000.

Learn More About San Francisco, CA

Cost of Living

The total household expenses associated with living in San Francisco are rated 47 points above the national average. Grocery and other essential costs are also rated significantly higher than average.

Index Scores

All index scores are based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates that the cost is twice as expensive as the national average, while a score of 50 indicates that the cost is half as expensive.

Household Expenses Health Care Insurance Entertainment Grocery Clothing
147 181 143 145 138 134

Income and Housing

Median income age 45-64 Median income age 65+ Median household income Average individual income Median employee salary Average property tax One-bedroom apartment gross rent estimate
$107,199 per year $58,299 per year $91,557 per year $40,830 per year $61,992 per year $6,374 per year $2,411 per month

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service San Francisco include:

UCSF Medical Center at Parnassus

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 780+
  • Specialties: emergency department, joint replacement, ICU

Chinese Hospital

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 60+
  • Specialties: emergency department, ICU, inpatient surgery

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center

  • Facility type: nonprofit, short-term acute care
  • Bed count: 230+
  • Specialties: emergency department, joint replacement, ICU

Weather and Climate

Like much of coastal California, San Francisco has a Mediterranean climate with warm winters and cool summers, where temperatures are moderated throughout the year by ocean breezes. Summers in San Francisco are known for cool winds and fog — an effect of low pressure from California’s interior valleys — so unlike most of the country, July in San Francisco tends to have cooler temperatures than October. The city also has many different microclimates as a result of varying elevation levels and weather influences from the Pacific, which means that certain parts of San Francisco are noticeably sunnier on a regular basis, whereas other areas tend to receive much more rainfall.

Seasonal Temperatures

January Average January Maximum January Minimum
49.4°F 55.9°F 42.9°F

July Average July Maximum July Minimum
62.8°F 71.1°F 54.5°F

Air Quality

  • Relative Air Quality Index: 116

This index is based on a scale that has the national average set at 100. A score of 200 indicates twice the presence of air pollutants than the national average, while a score of 50 indicates half the presence.

Precipitation

  • Average Annual Precipitation: 20.11”

Demographics and Values

Population Statistics

Median age Percent of population over 65 Population Population Density Average Household Size
41 15.1% 320,956 5,383.8 per square mile 2.89

Race & Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Two or More Races White (not Hispanic or Latino)
0.3% 34.2% 5.2% 15.2% 0.3% 5.4% 40.6%

These figures were taken from the most recent U.S. Census.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

These scores were taken from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

  • Non-discrimination laws in San Francisco, CA: 30/30
  • Overall inclusivity: 100/100

2016 Presidential Election

Democratic Republican Other
61.5% 31.5% 7.0%

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

A few U.S. cities have a look and feel so distinctive that they seem like their own separate country — or maybe even a dream. “You wouldn’t think such a place as San Francisco could exist,” the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas once observed. “The wonderful sunlight here, the hills, the great bridges, the Pacific at your shoes.” A city prone to fog, where mountains meet the ocean and man-made modern marvels seamlessly blend into the landscape, San Francisco has the appearance of an impressionist painting or a hundred-year-old postcard, no matter which direction you turn.

Sightseers will have their hands full. San Francisco’s cable cars — part of the world’s only remaining manually operated system — are one of the city’s signature tourist attractions, carrying passengers up and down the steep city streets of the downtown area. Cable car riders have easy access to the garden-lined zig-zags of Lombard Street, the pastel Victorian mansions called the “Painted Ladies” along Alamo Square, and the popular restaurants and shops at the Fisherman’s Wharf. The city’s most well-known landmarks, however, are first viewed from afar and are unmistakable when spotted. Offshore from the mainland, the jagged, weathered exterior of Alcatraz Island — home to the now-shuttered federal prison nicknamed “The Rock” — sits in San Francisco Bay in stark contrast to the undeniable beauty of the surrounding terrain and metropolis. And just to the west of Alcatraz, like an entry point to the Pacific Ocean, stand the burnt orange, art deco towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, a symbol of San Francisco which seems to disappear into the sunset like a fiery, steel mirage.

Naturally, San Francisco has remained a mecca for both artists and outdoors enthusiasts since its founding. Distinguished San Francisco museums include the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and the Museum of Modern Art. Even Alcatraz features art exhibitions in addition to its historical museum. The gigantic Golden Gate Park spans half the San Francisco Peninsula and includes museums, ponds, trails, nature preserves, a botanical garden, a carousel, and countless other attractions. A convenient escape to the wilderness, Muir Woods National Monument is only about a 30-minute drive north of the city and allows visitors to hike among redwoods on pristine trails and forest boardwalks. An added treat is a baby-boomer favorite called the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar, built in 1945 around the indoor pool of the historic downtown hotel Fairmont. This nostalgically tropical restaurant and tiki bar transports patrons to the South Pacific with its dimly lit, lush interior and often showers guests with artificial rainfall.

Transportation

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) provides many options for residents and visitors to get around the city with ease and safety. The Muni is San Francisco’s network of trains, buses, cable cars, and streetcars. SFMTA provides paratransit for riders with disabilities, as well as many discounts and accessibility options for seniors.

San Francisco is also known for its walkability and is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country, with ongoing plans for increasing the safety and quality of bike lanes.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in California

Sonoma Hills Retirement, Oakmont of Silver Creek NOW OPEN and Joy Senior Center are the top rated independent living facilities near San Francisco, California. See full list of communities.

There are 144 independent living facilities near San Francisco, California. See the full list.

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