The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living

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1800 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
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January 27, 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 27, 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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Describe the overall population of independent living residents at The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Our resident are so unique. The ages of our residents range from 70 - 96 years of age. Our programming/activities are resident-driven so they give an excellent picture of what our residents like to do. We have monthly trips to museums/art galleries, parks, live theater, as well as movie trips. We have up to 23 activities per week which include art classes, book club, album club, political discussion group, English tutoring of local Oakland residents, philosophy discussion group, 6 different exercise classes which include yoga, tai chi, aerobics, etc. We have resident facilitated activities such as meditation sessions and craft classes.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

The Lake Merritt is in the middle of it all in uptown Oakland. We sit on Lake Merritt - the Jewel of Oakland - and its 155 acres including a bird sanctuary. We are 4-5 blocks from 2 different BART (Bay Area Rapid Station) stations and many AC Transit bus lines. We are walking distance from the Oakland Museum, the Main Oakland Library, Cathedral of Light, and a plethora of restaurants in Uptown Oakland district. We are an easy distance from major shopping areas of Oakland - Grand Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, and Lakeshore Avenue.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living has organized?

Our programming is quite unique, as it is entirely resident driven. We center our programming on what our residents are interested in. Our programming director provides: 1) Destination day trips to places like Napa, Benecia, Angel Island and more. 2) Monthly dining trips to local watering holes and fine dining establishments 3) Live cinema screenings of the Metropolitan Opera, National Theater, and more 4) Monthly nature walks such as Baker Beach, Redwood Park, and more 5) Berkeley lectures and storytelling events, such as Ethics & Justice undergraduate studies at UC, Berkeley Book Festival and The Moth in Berkeley 6) Mystery Tour - These tours are entirely a surprise and include many stops and remarkable activities throughout Oakland, all created by our own Programming Director. These tours are always sold-out, and rather famous within our community.

What transportation services does The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living offer to independent living residents?

We offer transportation within an 8 mile radius of The Lake Merritt. Transportation is offered 7 days per week from 8:30am - 5:00pm. We have 2-3 regularly shopping trips each week. The transportation is first come-first serve.

What makes the chef or dining program at The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

The dining experience at The Lake Merritt is different than what you will find in any senior community. Our Terrace Room Restaurant & Bar is a restaurant that is open to the public. Our residents dine in this restaurant as well and enjoy restaurant quality dining. We are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays. On these days, our Chef provides themed meals, such as Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, and other ethnic foods for variety.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

The Lake Merritt has many additional areas for residents to use. Our community room is our multi-purpose room which we use for many of our 23 weekly activities. We have a resident managed library. We offer a conference room for our residents to use for meetings. Our Family Room is for movies and television watching. This room also has our computer lab and is used for other discussion groups. We have an exercise room. There is also a spa room that has a special bathtub with a seat that can be elevated for ease of use. It has a fireplace and heated floors. There is another section of the spa room that is used for haircuts, manicures, pedicures, and more.

What safety features or security measures does The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living offer to independent living residents?

The Lake Merritt provides a pendant system free of charge for each resident. This pendant is worn by the resident to be used in case of emergency. We have 24/7 concierge service. Our concierge contacts each resident to ensure that each resident is up and about in the community on a daily basis. We provide each resident a FOB for the elevator so that only residents (and staff) may have access to the resident floors above the main floor.

If The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We accept both dogs and cats. We do interview the dogs to make certain that they can reside in a community. Within a 2 block radius, the City of Oakland is building a dog park which is very exciting to our current dogs and their owners. The Lake Merritt sits right on Lake Merritt which is 155 acres. There is a walking path that surrounds the lake.

Does The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

The Lake Merritt can provide a list of preferred partners for our residents if they require any medical or non-medical assistance. The Lake Merritt is an independent living community, but we encourage our residents to age in place. Several of our residents use care givers to help them with specific task.

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Services and Amenities of The Lake Merritt - Independent Senior Living

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • Dining Extra: Full Kitchens


  • 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


  • Resident Capacity: 46


  • Independent Living Starting At: $4495/month
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    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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