The Stratford San Mateo, CA

Offers Independent Living

6 Reviews
601 Laurel Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
Call (800) 385-2527
The Stratford (800) 385-2527

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Independent Living Reviews for The Stratford

July 22, 2014

By Caring84558250

I visited this facility

We have visited The Stratford. It was very delightful. The location was delightful. It's across the park, and it had everything we were looking for. It was a nice visit. I like the spaciousness. The staff was nice. It was very clean.

March 29, 2013

By George12

I visited this facility

The Stratford was perfect. We went there for a visit and everything was just what we wanted. The apartments were cozy and fully furnished. The food was excellent. And the residents seemed to get along with each other.
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Questions about The Stratford

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at The Stratford. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Our residents are interesting, intelligent people who come from all over the world, as well as the local bay area communities. They enjoy fine dining and appreciate the personalized services we offer. Our residents are engaged in life, and they love to travel, enjoy going to the symphony, opera, or theater, or visiting museums. Many residents are active physically and enjoy playing tennis, golf, swimming, hiking, or walking.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

The Stratford is located across the street from Central Park in San Mateo, which features the Japanese Tea Garden, the Senior Center, tennis courts, walking paths, and a dog park. We are close to Draeger's, well-known specialty grocery store, outstanding restaurants, cafes, shops, the Post Office, and the public Library. Nearby are hiking trails, wetlands preserves, and the Coyote Point recreation area. The charming towns of Burlingame, San Carlos, and Belmont are close and provide unlimited opportunities to explore the community. We are also have easy access to San Francisco and Palo Alto and the Stanford campus.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at The Stratford has organized?

Trips to: The San Francisco Palace of the Legion of Honor: Casanova: The Seduction of Europe; Broadway by the Bay: The Music Man; The Apple Park Visitor Center: Tour of "The Spaceship"; The Tech Museum: Body Worlds Decoded; The Orpheum Theatre: Aladdin.

What transportation services does The Stratford offer to independent living residents?

We have a staff of four drivers who provide transportation services using one of our two Lincoln Town Cars, our Cadillac sedan, or our Mercedes van. For special events or activities, we also provide limousine or bus service. For residents who drive, we have parking available in secure two-level underground garage. We also provide parking for visitors and guests.

What makes the chef or dining program at The Stratford exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

We have an executive chef and pastry chef on staff. Our menu changes daily, and meals are prepared using market-fresh ingredients and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

We have a living room, a card room, a library with a wide selection of books, magazines, and newspapers, a salon, a movie studio, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, spa, dry sauna, dining room, game room, rooftop clubroom with a wraparound terrace featuring 360 degree views of San Francisco and the bay area, a rooftop garden, and greenhouse.

What safety features or security measures does The Stratford offer to independent living residents?

Our building is a post-tension concrete building, we have a generator, private well, and cameras monitoring common areas. All condominiums have motion sensors, emergency contact systems, smoke detectors, and sprinklers. We also have a 24-hour concierge and 24-hour nursing staff on site.

If The Stratford accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Pets are welcome at The Stratford! Pets can access a resident's own balcony and the elevator. Being located across the street from Central Park makes it easy for residents to walk their dogs. We also have pet sitters and dog walkers available.

Does The Stratford work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

The Stratford has nurses available 24 hours a day. Since all of the condominiums at The Stratford are licensed for assisted living services, residents can receive nursing care in the privacy of their own condominium. We also have an assisted living wing containing nine private suites that residents can use. The Stratford also works with various agencies to provide nursing or medical assistance if that is a service residents desire.

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Services and Amenities of The Stratford

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • 3-bedroom apartments
  • Companion Suites: We Do Not Offer Companion Suites

Dining options

  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals
  • Dining Extra: All Condos Have Full Kitchens


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Security Gate
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Features Extra: Library, Fitness Room/Gym, W/D In Apt.

Cleaning services

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

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Hospice Care
  • Medication Management
  • Nurse On Staff: Yes


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Book Clubs
  • Tai Chi
  • Fitness Room
  • Gardening
  • Arts And Crafts

Financial guidance

  • Home Sale Assistance

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Diabetic
  • Low Fat
  • Low Salt
  • Renal


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 96
  • Pets: All Pets Allowed

About The Stratford

Centrally located between San Francisco and Palo Alto, minutes from the airport, The Stratford is ideally situated in San Mateo, California. The ten-story structure offers spectacular views of the Bay and foothills, with 16 verdant acres of park across the street. A block away, San Mateo's comfortable downtown beckons with banks, shops and services.

Sunrise Independent Living is for seniors who want to maintain their rich and rewarding life without the responsibilities of running a household. Here, you're given independence and options. We offer a choice of apartment floor plans, restaurant-style dining, housekeeping services, exercise and wellness programs, and much more. It's ideal if you're an active senior who wants to focus on the things you enjoy most in life, but yet have assistance available should you need it.

What Makes Us Special

Sunrise is ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Senior Living Communities" in J.D. Power's first ever Senior Living Customer Satisfaction Study. In addition to earning the highest overall customer satisfaction in J.D. Power's study, Sunrise achieved the highest score in five out of the six study factors. Sunrise ranked highest among its peers for caregiver/staff, which examined customer experiences with responsiveness, concern for needs, professional skill and appearance. Sunrise also ranked highest overall in senior services/activities; resident setup/orientation; rooms, building, and grounds; and food and beverage.

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