30 Independent Living Communities near Seattle, WA

Northgate Plaza

11030 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98125

Northgate Plaza is a senior living community located in the Northgate retail area of a Seattle neighborhood and close to Kindred Hospital, Group Health Clinic, UW Medicine and Pacific Medical Center. … (read more)
Northgate Plaza is a senior living community located in the Northgate retail area of a Seattle neighborhood and close to Kindred Hospital, Group Health Clinic, UW Medicine and Pacific Medical Center. … (read more)

Bridge Park

3204 SW Morgan St, Seattle, WA, 98126

Bridge Park was nice. The rooms were nice and roomy enough. The staff I met was nice. They were doing some physical activities like bouncing the ball around and painting classes.
Bridge Park was nice. The rooms were nice and roomy enough. The staff I met was nice. They were doing some physical activities like bouncing the ball around and painting classes.

Brookdale Admiral Heights

2326 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98116

Brookdale Admiral Heights is located in Seattle, Washington, a few minutes from West Seattle Golf Course, Puget Park and Westwood Village. Visitors give high marks to the dining room for its cleanline … (read more)
Brookdale Admiral Heights is located in Seattle, Washington, a few minutes from West Seattle Golf Course, Puget Park and Westwood Village. Visitors give high marks to the dining room for its cleanline … (read more)

Brookdale West Seattle

4611 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98126

Brookdale West Seattle was very nice. I liked the amenities, and the staff was extremely nice and very helpful. Everyone was very kind and very nice. I looked at an apartment there that I like a lot. … (read more)
Brookdale West Seattle was very nice. I liked the amenities, and the staff was extremely nice and very helpful. Everyone was very kind and very nice. I looked at an apartment there that I like a lot. … (read more)

Reserve at Seatac

19707 International Blvd, Seattle, WA, 98188


The Lakeshore

11448 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA, 98178

The Lakeshore is an assisted living and independent living facility located on Lake Washington in Seattle. Visitors praise the community’s thoughtful layout, friendly staff and stunning view of the … (read more)
The Lakeshore is an assisted living and independent living facility located on Lake Washington in Seattle. Visitors praise the community’s thoughtful layout, friendly staff and stunning view of the … (read more)

GenCare Seattle: Ballard Landmark

5433 Leary Avenue NW, Seattle, WA, 98107

GenCare Seattle: Ballard Landmark is in the heart of the Ballard district, and it gets high praise from residents who enjoy the many activities the facility provides. The generous food choices and the … (read more)
GenCare Seattle: Ballard Landmark is in the heart of the Ballard district, and it gets high praise from residents who enjoy the many activities the facility provides. The generous food choices and the … (read more)

Ida Culver House Ravenna

2315 NE 65th Street, Seattle, WA, 98115

Ida Culver House Ravenna is a smaller facility in Seattle, Washington offering residents a homey feel and friendly staff. Even though it is located within the city itself, it is surrounded by well-kep … (read more)
Ida Culver House Ravenna is a smaller facility in Seattle, Washington offering residents a homey feel and friendly staff. Even though it is located within the city itself, it is surrounded by well-kep … (read more)

Ida Culver House Broadview

12505 Greenwood Avenue N, Seattle, WA, 98133

Ida Culver House Broadview, located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, is known for its cheerful environment designed to cultivate body wellness. This facility’s campus offers spe … (read more)
Ida Culver House Broadview, located in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, is known for its cheerful environment designed to cultivate body wellness. This facility’s campus offers spe … (read more)

University House Wallingford

4400 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA, 98103

Situated northwest of Seattle, University House Wallingford provides assisted living and independent living close to a variety of unique dining options, including Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine and Tut … (read more)
Situated northwest of Seattle, University House Wallingford provides assisted living and independent living close to a variety of unique dining options, including Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine and Tut … (read more)

Norse Home

5311 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98103

Norse Home has been great for my mother. There are lots of activities that she’s involved in. There’s a fantastic view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and the food has been good. She’s be … (read more)
Norse Home has been great for my mother. There are lots of activities that she’s involved in. There’s a fantastic view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and the food has been good. She’s be … (read more)

Boulevard Park Place

2805 South 125th Street, Seattle, WA, 98168

We are in Boulevard Park Place and like it very much. There is something going on every single day. You honestly do not need a car to live here. They will take you to your doctors’ appointments and to … (read more)
We are in Boulevard Park Place and like it very much. There is something going on every single day. You honestly do not need a car to live here. They will take you to your doctors’ appointments and to … (read more)

Interurban Senior Living

14002 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98133

Interurban was really nice and beautiful. It was fairly new, and they didn’t have an activities director yet. It’s a very large place and a very nicely sized clubhouse. We liked it very much. I th … (read more)
Interurban was really nice and beautiful. It was fairly new, and they didn’t have an activities director yet. It’s a very large place and a very nicely sized clubhouse. We liked it very much. I th … (read more)

SHAG’s New Haven Apartments

13000 Linden Avenue North, Seattle, WA, 98133

We’re moving my father now to SHAG’s New Haven Senior Apartment. The people and the facility are very good. There is a gym and a barber shop outside on the same block. They have a weekly schedule of … (read more)
We’re moving my father now to SHAG’s New Haven Senior Apartment. The people and the facility are very good. There is a gym and a barber shop outside on the same block. They have a weekly schedule of … (read more)

Daystar Retirement Village

2615 SW Barton Street, Seattle, WA, 98126

I was only shown 1 room at Daystar Retirement Village. They were in the process of redoing it, and there was no furniture in it, but it was an OK room. We walked by the dining room, but we didn’t go i … (read more)
I was only shown 1 room at Daystar Retirement Village. They were in the process of redoing it, and there was no furniture in it, but it was an OK room. We walked by the dining room, but we didn’t go i … (read more)

Merrill Gardens at First Hill

1421 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA, 98101

My son-in-law and my daughter found Merrill Gardens in a local big neighborhood, but it’s on a hill where you can’t get out for walking. It also as it turns out has about two-thirds of the people … (read more)
My son-in-law and my daughter found Merrill Gardens in a local big neighborhood, but it’s on a hill where you can’t get out for walking. It also as it turns out has about two-thirds of the people … (read more)

Arrowhead Gardens

9200 2nd Avenue SW, Seattle, WA, 98106

Arrowhead Gardens was nice, well taken care of, and really big. I was in a wheelchair, and they had a really nice big shower, which would have been great for me. The staff was very friendly.
Arrowhead Gardens was nice, well taken care of, and really big. I was in a wheelchair, and they had a really nice big shower, which would have been great for me. The staff was very friendly.

Queen Anne Retirement Community

805 4th Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109

I visited Brookdale and I liked it very much. I also stayed there for three days a couple of years back. It has full, 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. The staff was very nice, they have good e … (read more)
I visited Brookdale and I liked it very much. I also stayed there for three days a couple of years back. It has full, 2-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. The staff was very nice, they have good e … (read more)

Northgate Retirement Community

11501 15th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA, 98125

I almost moved to Brookdale Northgate. The rooms were not that nice, and they did not have showers in all the rooms. They were also not kept up that well. They said they are going to do some remodelin … (read more)
I almost moved to Brookdale Northgate. The rooms were not that nice, and they did not have showers in all the rooms. They were also not kept up that well. They said they are going to do some remodelin … (read more)

Merrill Gardens at the University

5300 24th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA, 98105


What to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Many seniors love how independent living communities reduce unwanted stress, hazards, and fatigue in their lives. Independent living communities take care of housekeeping, yard work and meals while still allowing residents personal space and the dignity of making their own choices. These communities usually provide seniors with an apartment that has a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and one or more bedrooms. Those who want a small space may even find that some independent living communities offer studio-style apartments. Seniors can invite guests over and enjoy their rooms however they see fit.

Independent living communities often also include the following:

  • Numerous opportunities for socializing and exploring new activities
  • Easy access to public or community-provided transportation 
  • Meal plans for community dining as well as kitchens for seniors who like preparing their own meals
  • The ability to keep small- and medium-size pets such as dogs and cats
  • Housekeeping, laundry and groundskeeping services 
  • 24-hour staff on-site who can be contacted if a problem arises

For a more detailed look at common amenities, check out our guide to independent living communities. 

What Couples Should Know About Independent Living in Seattle, WA

Seattle is a large city surrounded by blue and green, with the Puget Sound and Lake Washington surrounding it along with many parks, both big and small, as well as thousands of acres of mountains and nature reserves for active seniors to enjoy. It’s also a cultured city with a great history in the arts and a wide variety of museums, theaters and art exhibits.

The weather in Seattle is pleasant for much of the year, and even in January it’s rare to have more than a couple of days of snow, which is great for seniors who want to get out and see the sights.

Healthcare is relatively affordable in Seattle, with costs 18% below the national average, and utilities are also cheaper by 31%. There is a higher than average number of physicians in the area — roughly 50% more per capita compared to the U.S as a whole.

Paying for Independent Living in Seattle, WA

Independent living communities in Seattle are generally 10% more expensive compared to the United States as a whole. The average monthly cost is $2,850 and the national average is $2,550. The nearby area of Burien is cheaper when compared to both the Seattle and national averages at $2,325.

The annual cost of living in an independent living community can range anywhere from $12,000-$42,000, depending mostly on the amenities, room type and cost of living in the area. In addition to using personal retirement income, annuities, long-term care insurance, or cashing out an existing life insurance policy, some seniors can use Social Security funds, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments granted due to disability or low-income or HUD-provided housing assistance such as vouchers. Another route many seniors choose to fund their independent living stay is renting out or selling their homes that they won’t need once they move or taking advantage of a reverse mortgage

Our guide provides a more in-depth look at independent living costs and solutions for those who want to learn more. 

How to Choose an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community, it’s best to consider many factors, including the community’s proximity to loved ones and medical care, the state of repair that the facility appears to be in, the attitude and efficiency of the staff, the cost of both rent and services, the facility’s pet policy and more. 

Comparing multiple communities can help seniors and their families figure out what they value most in an independent living community. During tours of these communities, staff members should be available to answer questions. To help with the touring and comparison process, we’ve included a checklist full of pertinent questions that anyone can download and print for themselves.

Transitioning to Independent Living

Independent living communities, rather than memory care or nursing homes, are often the first place seniors move to when they realize they need a lifestyle change. The necessity of letting some possessions go and the reality of leaving a home and neighborhood after possibly decades of residence there can make transitioning to an independent living community difficult. These communities are often friendly places, but being in a new environment still initially triggers feelings of loneliness in many seniors. 

Having a strategy for dealing with the challenges of moving can make the transition to an independent living community a positive experience. We’ve created a downloadable step-by-step guide for tips to making this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Independent Living Resources in Seattle, WA

There are many other resources and activities for seniors in Seattle. Use the table below to learn about the options available for older adults in the area.

ResourcePhone Number Description 
Central Area Senior Center (206) 726-4926 Seniors can learn how to use smartphones and computers, listen to music performances, and take part in other activities, such as knitting, quilting and dancing, or just socialize with other locals. An interesting menu of hot, nutritious lunches is also available every weekday for a small donation. Transportation can also be arranged, which is generally used for group trips to eat at a nearby restaurant or go shopping.
Greenwood Senior Center (206) 783-2244 The senior center on Phinney Avenue is another place for seniors to get together to chat, have fun and take part in group outings to local events and activities. Many services for the senior community are also provided by the knowledgeable staff, including health, medical insurance and financial services, legal assistance and support groups on various issues.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (206) 694-6785 Residents aged 55 or over can become volunteers to help serve the community through many projects that are organized by the local government and nonprofits. Projects include bringing food to local seniors, helping non-English speakers learn the language, tutoring and mentoring, as well as other activities to improve the community.
Free Access to Computers and Internet (206) 684-0600 There are dozens of locations around Seattle for seniors to get access to computers and get on the internet to chat with friends and family, pay bills or simply for entertainment. Visit the website and check the map to find the closest spot. Digital skills training is also available in some locations. This can be a great opportunity for older adults to stay connected.