The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living

1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA, 94612

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January 28, 2014

By Meghan1

I am/was a resident of this facility

I told my children "Well, ok. I'll look but don't be thinking I'll move into one of those places." Then we came to the Lake Merritt and I thought "I could be happy living here: and I am. It is truly independent living. No institutional flavor to it. The staff seems to operate on the principle of trying to give residents a happy, comfortable and interesting daily life, instead of decreeing rules and schedules designed for their own convenience. This is as beautiful an urban setting as you could find anywhere. I never tire of seeing Lake Merritt from the blue in the morning to the sparkling at night. It is a great walking neighborhood. Besides walking the Lake, I can walk to the Oakland museum, the main library, BART the post office and shops. Lastly, the place is not too large. There are enough other people to provide variety, but it's the right sized group to farm a close community. I've found good company here, and people are friendly and accepting.

January 28, 2014

By Marcia14

I am/was a resident of this facility

I have been living at The Lake Merritt- Independent Senior Living since July 14, 2013. Prior to that I visited several other places in the East Bay. There were several reasons why I chose The Lake Merritt. The "hotel was originally built in 1927 and is a lovely, restored Art Deco building. It is much smaller than the other places I saw- only 46 residents. The move-in fee is a fraction of that required at other places. The food is excellent, served in a beautiful restaurant, The Terrace Room, which is open to the public and has panoramic views of Lake Merritt. They offer intellectual and cultural stimulation plus transportation. Another resident told me that the reason he likes The Lake Merritt is that residents are intellectual, progressive, and caring. The staff is friendly and efficient. The thing I like best about being here is the location. It is right across the street from Lake Merritt with walking paths and beautiful birds. It is far less than a mile from the main library, post office, downtown senior center, Oakland Museum, several BART stations and shopping. My children urged me to move in when I sold my house in Mendocino County. I am glad I did!

January 23, 2014

By Bob83860750

I am/was a resident of this facility

I really appreciate my fellow residents at the Lake Merritt. They are intelligent, progressive and caring. We enjoy spending time with each other and have developed meaningful friendships here. This is a big reason I feel so comfortable with the community here.
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Features of The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living


  • Minimum Rate: $4495/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Resident Parking
  • Features Extra: Lake Front Viewing And Walking Path; Gym; Library; Media Room ; And Spa

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms


  • Fitness Room

Guest services

  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests

About The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living

YOUR NEW HOME ON THE LAKE - Small and Intimate Yet Grand

Our special one-of-a-kind independent lifestyle community is designed for older adults who want to remain active and engaged in life, yet are ready for an easier lifestyle. Now, residents can have more time and energy for the things they really enjoy: family members and grandchildren, outings with friends and outside interests and activities. At The Lake Merritt, residents will discover a new community of people to enjoy life with.

  • Large beautiful apartment homes, many with views of the lake, designed for vibrant gracious living with Art Deco touches
  • Delicious food featuring fresh, healthy, restaurant-quality dining at our Terrace Room Restaurant, which is open to the public.
  • Unique programming, and services including 24-hour on-site concierge.
  • Scheduled transportation within 8 miles
  • Home Care partners available to help as you "age in place."

Dining that is different than all the rest!

  • Every day our residents dine in our stunning restaurant with an unparalleled view: The Terrace Room.
  • Residents enjoy delicious meals prepared by our dedicated culinary team.
  • Our restaurant is open to the public bringing extra enjoyment to daily living.
  • The atmosphere is welcoming, intergenerational and reflective of the greater community.
  • Meals are prepared with seasonally-fresh, locally-sourced meats and produce.
  • The bar and lounge area offers a great place to entertain family and friends.
  • Residents receive quality restaurant dining services and special menu options.
  • The Terrace Room can provide meals with reduced sodium, reduced fat, low sugar and will assist with other special dietary needs.


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