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25 Independent Living Communities in the Novato Area

Atria Tamalpais Creek

Embrace Engaging Senior and Assisted Living in Novato, CA, at Atria Tamalpais Creek!

  •  853 Tamalpais Avenue, Novato, CA 94947 $$$
  • Courtyards, outdoor grilling space and front deck with fireplace to gather with friends
  • Fitness center with instructors and accessable equipment
  • Day spa offering a range of services, including massage therapy
  • Concierge service
  • Delicious meals served restaurant-style each day

Deer Park

Novato is a wonderful little town, perfect for the retiree still on the go!

  •  646 Canyon Road, Novato, CA 94947 $$
  • Chef-Prepared Meals: Enjoy three home-cooked daily meals prepared by our chef, served at your table in our dining room.
  • Fun Social Activities and Outings: Access a full activity calendar including: games, exercise, movies and many more fun weekly events.
  • Transportation: We offer local transportation for shopping trips, doctor's appointments and other scheduled activities and events!
  • Weekly Housekeeping Service: Enjoy your own personal housekeeper who will clean, vacuum, do light dusting, change your linens and bring you toilet tissue weekly.
  • Caring Live-In Managers Available to You 24/7: You'll have peace of mind knowing that our mangers live here too. Each apartment has an emergency communication system.

Drake Terrace

There is a vibrant, active feeling evident throughout our community

  •  275 Los Ranchitos Road, San Rafael, CA 94903 $$$
  • Scheduled daily transportation - shopping, medical appointments and errands
  • Personalized care plan that can include assistance with dressing, bathing and other activities of daily living
  • Emergency response system and daily check-ins
  • 24-hour security / front desk staff / manager on duty 7 days / week
  • Supportive guidance for residents and families

Springfield Place

Senior Living in Petaluma, California

  •  101 Ely Boulevard South, Petaluma, CA 94954 $$$
  • Two-story building in historic Petaluma in beautiful Sonoma county
  • Spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • Private dining room for family and guests
  • Comfortable lobby and lounges
  • Outdoor courtyard and walking path

Vintage Chateau

No matter your interests, Vintage Chateau will satisfy.

  •  333 N. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954 $
  • Personal security system available
  • Furnished clubhouse with adjoining fully equipped kitchen, recreation room/lounge and dance floor
  • Planned social activities
  • Sparkling pool, spa and gazebo
  • Walking distance from market, movies, restaurants and more

Aldersly Retirement Community

Cozy, Comfortable, Connected.

  •  326 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 $$$$
  • The immaculately maintained 3 and a half acre Aldersly garden campus is situated just a few minutes north of San Francisco
  • Independent Living - Private, garden apartments offer a range of floor plans, many suitable for couples.
  • Assisted Living - Rosenborg Assisted Living Center offers 30 state-of-the-art private apartments designed to provide more responsive, personalized assistance for its residents.
  • Health Care & Rehabilitation Center - Professional nurses provide daily oversight in our Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in the Kronborg Building.
  • The entire Aldersly staff is dedicated to the idea of providing the highest level of appropriate, knowledgeable, and personalized care.

Cogir of Sonoma

Discover the rewards of a life well lived!

  •  800 Oregon Street, Sonoma, CA 95476 $$
  • One and two bedroom apartments
  • Library, comfortable living rooms and social meeting areas
  • Month to month rental, no buy-in required
  • Anytime Dining served restaurant style
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

Heritage Park at Hilltop

Heritage Park is a place where you can make yourself at home.

  •  3811 Lakeside Drive, Richmond, CA 94806 $
  • On-Site Management
  • Private Patios and Balconies
  • Electronic Entry Buildings
  • Beautiful Clubhouse
  • Sparkling Pool

Cogir of North Bay

Discover the rewards of a life well lived!

  •  2261 Tuolumne, Vallejo, CA 94589 $$
  • Studio, one and two bedroom apartments with kitchenettes
  • Walk-in closets and private balconies/patios
  • Month to month rental, no buy-in required
  • Anytime Dining served restaurant style
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

Truewood by Merrill, Pinole

San Francisco California Independent Senior Living

  •  2621 Appian Way, Pinole, CA 94564 $$
  • Comfy Community and Social Meeting Areas
  • Landscaped Gardens with Courtyards
  • Laundry Facility
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Flexible Dining

Holiday Redwood Retirement Residence

Napa California Independent Senior Living

  •  2350 Redwood Road, Napa, CA 94558 $$
  • Full Calendar of Enriching Activities
  • Three Homestyle Meals Prepared Daily
  • Light Linen Service, Weekly Housekeeping
  • Pets Welcome
  • Most Utilities Included

Cogir of Vallejo Hills

Discover the rewards of a life well lived!

  •  350 Locust Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 $$
  • One and two bedroom apartments
  • Library, comfortable living rooms and social meeting areas
  • Month to month rental, no buy-in required
  • Anytime Dining served restaurant style
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

Cogir of Rohnert Park

Discover the rewards of a life well lived!

  •  4855 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 $$
  • Studio, one and two bedroom apartments
  • Full kitchens in every apartment
  • Month to month rental, no buy-in required
  • Anytime Dining served restaurant style
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

The Springs of Napa

Napa California Independent Senior living

  •  3460 Villa Lane, Napa, CA 94558 $$
  • Comfortable apartments in a variety of sizes that allow you the freedom to furnish in any style that appeals to you.
  • Perfectly balanced, perfectly delicious meals made from scratch and served in our restaurant-style dining room.
  • We love having cats and dogs as part of our community. After all, they are part of the family.
  • All of your utilities are included in your monthly rent. That includes cable TV, heat, and air conditioning,” everything except your phone bill.
  • We know how much seniors value their freedom, so we offer month-to-month leases with no long-term commitment. Enjoy this all-inclusive lifestyle on your terms.

The Reserve at Napa

An affordable apartment community for Seniors 62 and over.

  •  710 Trancas Street, Napa, CA 94558 $
  • Historical Landmark - The Grant House
  • Community room with computer and internet access
  • Sparkling pool and spa
  • Private Patio and balcony entries
  • Dishwashers & garbage disposals

Oakmont Gardens

Connect to Your Best Life

  •  301 White Oak Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 $$$
  • 163 Apartments
  • Bistro, library with fireplace, intimate conversation areas
  • Spacious, light-filled restaurant-style dining room
  • Pool, spa and fitness center available all year
  • Social, recreational and life enrichments programs

Vintage Park

Welcome home to Vintage Park.

  •  147 Colgan Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 $
  • Furnished Clubhouse with adjoining fully equipped kitchen, recreation room, and dance floor
  • Community Garden Area
  • Planned social activities
  • Sparkling pool and spa
  • Walking distance from shopping, park, library, banks and more

Vintage Zinfandel

The perfect apartment community for you.

  •  2037 Zinfandel Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 $
  • Clubhouse with adjoining kitchen
  • Community room with computer and internet access
  • Laundry facilities on each floor
  • Controlled access building with elevators
  • Relaxing pool and spa

Merrill Gardens at Rockridge

Concierge services, scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping and much more!

  •  5238 Coronado Ave, Oakland, CA 94611 $$$
  • 127 senior living apartments. Choose from studios, one and two bedroom apartments
  • Independent living, assisted living, memory care 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

Fountaingrove Lodge

We are the LGBT & Friends Retirement Community you have been searching for...

  •  4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403 $$$
  • Fountaingrove Lodge provides luxury living that cannot be explained but must be experienced
  • Full time concierge, health & fitness programs, world class chefs, and even chauffeur service
  • Swimming Pool, Orchard, Bocce Court, Pet Park, Lanai Dining, and Resident Gardens
  • Residents feel peace of mind knowing they have the option of Fountaingrove Lodge's Signature in-home continued care services
  • Schedule a tour today to experience the luxury

Varenna at Fountaingrove

We are the Luxury Retirement Community you have been searching for...

  •  1401 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 $$$$
  • Each of our floor plans offer a luxurious aesthetic and unrivaled amenities for maximum comfort.
  • Our private theater is complete with popcorn machine, luxurious leather seating, and surround sound.
  • Our fitness center has the latest exercise equipment and a layout that makes working out enjoyable.
  • Our elegant restaurant-style dining along with our Executive Chef make each meal an experience.
  • Additional resident meals, guest meals & catering, meals delivered to your home, day trips & excursions, personal assistance, chauffeured transportation beyond ten miles, grocery shopping, errands, guest suites, pet care, dry cleaning, personal laundry, and more, are available at an additional cost.

Solstice at Santa Rosa

Fall in love with Solstice

  •  3585 Round Barn Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 $$
  • Comfortable apartments in a variety of sizes that allow you the freedom to furnish in any style that appeals to you.
  • Perfectly balanced, perfectly delicious meals made from scratch and served in our restaurant-style dining room.
  • We love having cats and dogs as part of our community. After all, they are part of the family.
  • All of your utilities are included in your monthly rent. That includes cable TV, heat, and air conditioning - everything except your phone bill.
  • We know how much seniors value their freedom, so we offer month-to-month leases with no long-term commitment. Enjoy this all-inclusive lifestyle on your terms.

Cardinal Point

We are the Luxury Retirement Community you have been searching for...

  •  2431 Mariner Square Dr, Alameda, CA 94501 $$
  • Cardinal Point brings waterfront views together with luxury living.
  • Our Executive Chef makes each meal a fine dining experience.
  • Complimentary Concierge Service makes daily tasks easier than ever.
  • Complimentary Chauffeur Service makes getting around town a breeze.
  • Professional and Courteous staff that is here to serve you 24/7.

Merrill Gardens at Lafayette

Lafayette Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care

  •  1010 Second St, Lafayette, CA 94549 $$$
  • 85 senior living apartments. Choose from studios, one and two bedroom apartments
  • Independent living, assisted living, memory care 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

What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.