Readers’ Choice 2020: Other Community Residence

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The Sequoias

(415) 922-9700  •

New arrival on the Readers’ Choice list, the Sequoias boasts “the finest cuisine that is continually updated ensuring that even the pickiest palate never gets bored.” This among the joys and beauty of living in one of the most walkable areas of San Francisco and enjoying world class amenities. Beautiful apartments with breathtaking views, an onsite clinic for drop-in appointments, and nursing staff on duty 24/7. A wide range of activities includes woodworking, sewing, gardening, art studio classes, billiards, tai chi, creative writing, yoga, musical recitals, art history and current events.

San Francisco Towers

(415) 776-0500  •

Another J. reader favorite, San Francisco Towers, an Episcopal Senior Communities continuing care residence, is located near many of the city’s restaurants and cultural facilities, and some residents volunteer at the symphony, opera, ballet and zoo. Wellness programs include aquatic classes, tai chi, yoga, walking groups and lectures.



Piedmont Gardens

(800) 496-8126  •

Piedmont Gardens boasts beautifully designed apartment homes, many featuring stunning views of the Oakland Hills. Their focus is on helping seniors enjoy community living to facilitate a better quality of life, from community activities to health care, encouraging seniors to stay active and engaged.

Lake Park

(510) 835-5511  •

Easy to understand why this community gets high marks on Yelp along with J. readers. Lake Park, a full-service, continuing care retirement community, is conveniently located in downtown Oakland near Lake Merritt, with views of the lake and the East Bay hills. It’s an easy stroll to the lake, the Oakland Library, Chinatown and public transportation, so residents can be car-free. Features include a fitness center, a computer and art center, and lectures from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The Point at Rockridge


(510) 306-1037  •

The Point at Rockridge has, through stringent Covid-19 procedures in place, managed to stay free of the virus. Tours are resuming — call for the most updated information. Voted Best of Oakland in 2019 in addition to the accolades from J. readers, The Point at Rockridge in Oakland offers weekly housekeeping, educational, social and recreational programs and personal grooming assistance, among other services. Levels of care include independent living, assisted living and memory care. Convenient location just a short distance from some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and shopping.



The Magnolia of Millbrae

(650) 697-7700  •

Declaring that it’s time to celebrate the best time of life is the Magnolia of Millbrae, which offers independent living accommodation. The Magnolia of Millbrae is licensed throughout for assisted living so residents needing care can stay in their apartments. On the menu are restaurant-style breakfast and dinner, fitness activities, cultural activities and holiday celebrations, including a Passover seder.



Drake Terrace

(415) 460-7997  •

For a second year, J. Readers’ Choice recognizes the senior facility Drake Terrace, in the hills of Marin County. Offering a continuum of care with independent and assisted living as well as memory care. A vibrant, active feeling permeates this community, which provides independent living, assisted living and memory care, three meals daily, housekeeping and concierge driving.

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