White Sands La Jolla

Offers Assisted Living, Independent Living, Continuing Care Communities, and Memory Care

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7450 Olivetas Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
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March 29, 2017

By Bert668125

I visited this facility

White Sands La Jolla was upscale, very expensive, and right next to the ocean. The staff was very competent and very informative. They had all sorts of amenities right there. I don't think that there's anything they don't have from the little I know about the retirement community. Of course, that's reflective in the buy-in and the monthly fees. It's expensive. I wasn't able to judge the food, but the dining area seemed to be very nice and very upscale.

Provider Response

We appreciate your visit and compliments, Bert, and I'm glad we were able to provide you some valuable information. We'd be happy to talk further about the value of living here, and all the services this includes. If we can offer any additional information on White Sands, or the benefits of community living, please don't hesitate to let me know. Perhaps you would like to join us for lunch here to get a taste of our cuisine. Gary Boriero, Executive Director, White Sands La Jolla.

March 23, 2017

By Natashajo

I am/was a resident of this facility

There is a lot of information about how to stay healthy and live longer. This includes eating right, exercising, sleeping enough hours, having access to good medical care, as well as and equally important, having a purpose in life and friends you care about and who care about you. I am 90 years old and have all of the above at my fingertips. I live at White Sands La Jolla, a HumanGood retirement community. The nutritionist on staff gives monthly lectures on healthy eating, and our dining room provides us with a multitude of good choices. We have 18 exercise classes a week, with the physiotherapist on staff to advise us on how to deal with our aches and pains. I am lulled to sleep with the sound of waves from the ocean below my window. We also have nurses here 24/7 and a medical director available on site. I am surrounded by friends to eat meals with while sitting outside overlooking the sea. The White Sands bus takes us to all of the theaters, concerts, museums, fun restaurants, shopping malls, and excursions to see the desert flowers or an art exhibit in LA. We are a not-for-profit community with a highly involved resident population. I serve on several committees here knowing that my input is valued. We make a difference not only in our own lives, but in those of others here. We offer four levels of care; I am in independent living today, but know that, if needed, there is assistant living, memory care, and skilled nursing. In the meantime, I wake up every morning and nothing hurts. I look forward to a day full of fun and meaningful activities. Come join me! Natasha Josefowitz, PhD Retired professor of management, author and columnist

Provider Response

What an informative review, Natasha! The best advocates for our community, and the range of services and amenities we offer, are residents like you who live and breathe it daily. It's a joy having you here and we thank you for being such a great ambassador for White Sands La Jolla. Gary Boriero, Executive Director, White Sands La Jolla

November 24, 2016

By Hank555012

I visited this facility

White Sands La Jolla is a very nice place. The rooms seemed very nice, comfortable-looking, and clean. The staff seemed nice, and I like their common areas downstairs. They had a swimming pool, a gym, and a main dining room that were under construction.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts about our community, Hank. We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. As you mentioned, we’re undergoing a significant remodel of some of our amenities, including our lounge, library and a new bistro. When this work is completed, we hope you’ll give us a call for another tour.

Gary Boriero, Executive Director, White Sands La Jolla

September 30, 2016

By dennis92122

I visited this facility

White Sands La Jolla was very nice. It was a little too expensive though. The building, the staff, and the lunch were nice. There are a lot of establishments.

August 12, 2016

By Kay327585

I visited this facility

The rooms at White Sands were very nice. They were under construction, which made it a little difficult to see, but we got to see lots of the rooms that they were working on. It has a beautiful view of the ocean and almost every general/public rooms looked out unto the beach. It is a very beautiful place. We talked to a lady who was in charge of the events and bus trips. The people are very friendly.

December 16, 2015

By Visitor25

I visited this facility

The visit at White Sands At La Jolla was fine. They have newer buildings for independent living, which looked fine. The assisted living and skilled nursing were in the renovated older building. The scenery was beautiful. The dining area was very nice, though the only concern I had was that there were some flies around while we were dining. The facility is right next to the ocean, so there's a great ocean view. It looked very nice and very comfortable. You can either get your own food at open bars or you can sit down and have somebody bring food to you, which was good. I only saw two residents doing exercises in the gym room.

Provider Response

Thank you for visiting our community. In addition to the beautiful scenery we have residents who deeply care for one another as well as professional staff who dedicate their work life to helping all of our residents be who they want to be. Sorry about the pesky flies. There are times of the year they love the beach as much as we do, so we have professional services and measures in place to minimize them as much as possible. Many of our residents enjoy working out alone, while others use the services of our personal trainers during scheduled appointments. I hope you will come back and visit us again soon.

November 22, 2015

By Judy H.1

I visited this facility

White Sands La Jolla reminds of a five-star resort for independent living, but the assisted living did not have easy to access ocean views and felt a little remote. The dining rooms were very nice, but the rooms were just adequate. The independent dining room overlooked the oceans, but in order for the people from the assisted living to go there, it was a pretty long walk. I would love to live there, but I wouldn’t want to be in the assisted living because it is not as close. It is definitely a positive independent living community, but for assisted living, some of the amenities were not as easily accessible. The staff was very nice. They did have lots of events they go to outside the facility. Everything was clean and neat. They also had the amenities, like a nurse on duty and a clinic area downstairs.

November 07, 2015

By Anonymous119198450

I am/was a resident of this facility

I like the exercise classes. We have an excellent 24-hour nurse. I had an injury while on a trip, and she treated me every day.

April 07, 2015

By Caring104765550

I visited this facility

They're in the process of trying to rehab an older building. It's a beautiful large place, and it's right on the beach. It was a hotel formerly. This is what they call a step down unit, so it has memory care and skilled nursing. The guy that took us around was rather indifferent. He just walked ahead of us. It was not as good a visit. I was not impressed with White Sands La Jolla, and there was a large upfront fee.

January 30, 2015

By Henry18

I am/was a resident of this facility

There is only one place better than White Sands: Heaven!!

January 30, 2015

By Cindy105315150

I am/was a resident of this facility

Each day, I receive excellent service from the top administration to the staff at the front desk, maintenance, housekeeping, dining room, outside services (trips)...all that is done for me here at White Sands. The quality of work, assistance, time taken, and expertise is given with patience, a positive attitude, and love. I could not find a better, more friendly place anywhere else. My gratitude to all. God bless you.

January 30, 2015

By Karol2

I am/was a resident of this facility

We live in paradise. It's not just a perfect location (on the beach) within walking to the Village of La Jolla, it is the people -- both residents and staff. We have FUN. So many interesting events and things to do. We love it. Our best decision.

January 30, 2015

By Walker3

I am/was a resident of this facility

A beautiful ocean view location with a caring and attentive staff. There are lots of interesting trips and activities arranged by our extremely creative Activities Director -- theater, museums, symphonies, nature walks, etc. -- and an excellent transportation in-house. No car needed.

January 30, 2015

By Patricia105314750

I am/was a resident of this facility

The outings planned, advertised, and conducted are excellent - both in the variety and the content. Thank you for the support and interest of the staff.

January 23, 2015

By Stan and Liz

I am/was a resident of this facility

We have been residents of White Sands now for a year. Being located on the Pacific Coast, it is like living at a Mediterranean resort. The services provided are excellent, the food offerings have caused me to gain a few pounds, but no excuse as White Sands has exercise classes and a well-outfitted gym.

January 21, 2015

By Carmen14

I am/was a resident of this facility

White Sands is truly a haven for senior living. It has a wonderful, caring, attentive staff and friendly residents. It offers professional medical care, physical therapy, various activities, and entertainment on and off campus with dining overlooking the ocean. An added feature is its location close to town. Transportation is provided or you can walk to the scenic La Jolla beach

January 12, 2015

By Joanne36

I am/was a resident of this facility

In independent living, I receive house cleaning every two weeks and trash and recycle pick up. Emergency attention and limo service in an atmosphere of ocean front charm. Both assisted living and full health care available.

January 12, 2015

By Old Hippie

I am/was a resident of this facility

Very pleased with quality of renovations to our unit before we moved in. The staff has been great in all ways possible -- helpful as can be. Plenty of day trips are available, and the ocean view is great. Food selection and quality has been appreciated and enjoyed. We've been quite pleased with our choice of White Sands.

July 28, 2012

By amomamae

I am a friend or relative of a resident

When my siblings and I searched for the best assisted living for our then 92 year old mother, our main priority was a residence that exuded warmth and security within a family-oriented environment. We found this, and more, at White Sands of La Jolla, situated 20 minutes north of San Diego, California. Now five years later we have not been disappointed. White Sands' staff has been exceptionally helpful every step of the way. The nurses and CNAs have tirelessly provided the best personalized care imaginable. With three of us living out of state, White Sands administration has adapted to our particular needs throughout our extended visits, promptly contacting us in the event of any unusual circumstance. The entire staff is incredibly friendly and efficient, to the point we are on a first-name basis with everyone, including the kitchen servers, maintenance, and all the caregivers. It has been tremendously comforting for us as a family knowing that Mom's needs are being met and she is being cared for with the utmost respect and dignity. I highly recommend White Sands of La Jolla.
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Questions about White Sands La Jolla

What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

Ongoing dementia training

What programs or activities does White Sands La Jolla offer to enrich residents' well-being?

We have programs that involve...cognitive/educational,social/recreational,creativity,spirtual,sensory, comfort/emotional

What places are near White Sands La Jolla or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

20 min walk into La Jolla Village, children's pool (to view the seals), and we are right on the beach for walks along our beautiful coastline

What transportation services does White Sands La Jolla offer to assisted living residents?

Weekday car service within La Jolla Village

What makes the chef or dining program at White Sands La Jolla exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

We have partnered with Bon Appetit that offers a wide range of seasonal, farm to table, organic menu offered in our 4 dining areas

How does White Sands La Jolla keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

Our health team reaches out to the families to discuss health issues, our activities team will also keep the families informed of present and upcoming events. Soon we will have a online system that the family can log into to be informed of current events at the community.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

Many restaurants, attractions, art galleries within walking distance

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at White Sands La Jolla has organized?

PreCovid we averaged 10-11 outings a month. Anywhere from the SD Symphony, SD Opera, Getty Center, Balboa Park, whale watching, private tours of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Del Mar races, Padres game and the list goes on and on

What transportation services does White Sands La Jolla offer to independent living residents?

Weekday car service within La Jolla Village and our own private bus for our outings

What makes the chef or dining program at White Sands La Jolla exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

The restaurant's menu perfectly captures the essence of La Jolla. Executive Chef David Bland and Bon Appetit infuse their distinctive flair into signature dishes that rely on seasonal produce

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

Outdoor heated pool, 1indoor and 1 outdoor spa, fitness center, art studio, wood working shop, game room (pool and ping pong, library, beauty salon

What safety features or security measures does White Sands La Jolla offer to independent living residents?

Daily check ins plus we have a clinic on site that has nurses on staff 24/7. Plus during the weekdays we have a medical director in the community

If White Sands La Jolla accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Yes we accept dogs (some restrictions) and cats. We have a play area for the dogs and a walking area. Plus we have puppy play time almost daily

Does White Sands La Jolla work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

We have our own nurses on staff

How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?

We have 10 apts (10 residents) We have 2 caregivers on staff during the day and 1 at night. Also keep in mind we have our clinic that has a nurse on staff 24/7

What safety features or security measures does White Sands La Jolla provide to protect residents who wander?

In certain parts of our community, a wander guard would be in effect.

What programs or activities does White Sands La Jolla offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?

We have programs that involve cognitive/educational, social/recreational, creative, spiritual, sensory, and comfort/emotional.

How does White Sands La Jolla keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?

Our health team reaches out to the families to discuss health issues, our activities team will also keep the families informed of present and upcoming events. Soon we will have a online system that the family can log into to be informed of current events at the community.

Describe the neighborhood around White Sands La Jolla. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?

We are in between residential and business area. Residential surrounding us but blocks away from businesses

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Services and Amenities of White Sands La Jolla


  • Entry Fee
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $6576/month
  • Independent Living Starting At: $3925/month
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community Starting At: $3925/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $9178/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • In Room Kitchens
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Pool

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Private Cleaning Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Internet Enabled Rooms

Health services

  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nurse On Staff: Yes


  • Offsite Activities
  • Religious Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Arts And Crafts

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Diabetic
  • Low Fat
  • Low Salt
  • Vegetarian
  • Diet Extra: Special Meals: Diabetic, Low Salt, Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian


  • English
  • Spanish


  • Resident Capacity: 299
  • Minimum Age: Minimum Age: 62
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy


  • Licenses: State License #: DSS: 372000641, COA: 303
  • State Licenses: 372000641
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About White Sands La Jolla

Waking up each morning and taking a morning stroll along the coastline before joining friends for a round of golf at the Torrey Pine Golf Course or an outing to the Museum of Contemporary Art. End the day dining alfresco as you watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. For the residents of White Sands La Jolla, they don’t have to imagine this type of retirement: they are living it.

White Sands La Jolla is owned and managed by HumanGood, a nonprofit public benefit corporation serving older adults since 1949.

Featured Amenities

It is not just the oceanfront location that makes our retirement community a one-of-a-kind destination; it is also the care we take to provide the best lifestyle possible. Whether you are seeking an intimate studio or an expansive two-bedroom apartment, we know you will find a floor plan that meets your requirements, such as having a full kitchen, an in-unit washer/dryer or a balcony with ocean views.

From our on-site arts studio and fitness center to the boutiques and golf courses located in La Jolla, you won’t have to wonder how to fill your day. Whether you want to join a group outing or simply explore on your own, you have the freedom to create the day of your choosing - even if it means lounging under a shady umbrella reading a book!

Available Services

Our community dining room features superb meals that are prepared fresh every day by our talented chefs. You have the flexibility of opting for a meal plan if you want to continue cooking at home or choosing to leave the meal preparation to us. You also don’t have to worry about housekeeping or driving, as we take over those responsibilities for you.

When you join White Sands La Jolla, you can rest assured knowing that your future health care needs will be met since our community can accommodate assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. There is an on-site wellness center where you can meet with a nurse to discuss a health issue or receive a wellness checkup. We also provide a full range of programs and activities that will keep you mentally and physically active.

When oceanfront retirement living beckons, White Sands La Jolla is the perfect destination to retire in style.

Property Info
  • Emergency Services: Less than 4 Miles
  • Shopping: Less than 1 Mile
  • Recreation: Less than 1 Mile
  • Minimum Age: 62
  • Resident Capacity: 243
  • State License #: DSS: 372000641, COA: 303
  • Semi-Private Units
  • Private Units
  • Studio Apartments
  • 1-Bedroom Units
  • 2-Bedroom Units
  • Furnished Units
  • Air Conditioning/Climate Control
  • Washer/Dryer in Apt
  • Kitchenette
  • Full Kitchen
  • Emergency Call System
  • 24-Hour Staffing
  • Employee Background Checks
  • Parking Provided
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Beauty/Barber Shop
  • Library
  • Chapel Services
  • Heated Outdoor Pool and Spa
  • Woodworking Shop
  • Multimedia Center
  • Full-Time Activity Director
  • Social Events
  • Trips & Outings
  • Spiritual Activities
  • Exercise Classes
  • Live, On-site Entertainment
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Outside Patio/Gardens
  • Computer/Internet Access
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Dedicated Concierge
  • Pet Policy: Pets allowed
  • Special Meals: Diabetic, Low-salt, Gluten-free, Low-fat, Vegetarian
  • Restaurant-Style Dining
  • Gardening Areas
  • Only CCRC on the Beach on the West Coast
  • Pool Overlooking Pacific Ocean
  • Nurse Availability: On Site 24/7
  • On-Site Medical Visits: Geriatric physician, Podiatrist, Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist
  • Medication Management
  • Diabetes Care
  • Help with Activities of Daily Living
  • Transportation to Medical Appointments
  • Other Transportation Provided
  • Guest Apartment
  • Guest Meals
  • Private Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Wellness Center
  • Additional Languages Spoken: Spanish

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