Senior Housing in the Gold Country

Making the decision to move to senior living and finding the right community is more difficult than it might seem. There are so many variables! Well, if you’re like us, and retiring in the Gold Country area of Northern California is on your mind, we’ve done a lot of the research for you.

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Here’s our comprehensive overview of senior living facilities located near the I-80 Corridor in the Northern California Gold Country. It’s an inclusive look at communities in Auburn, South Nevada County, and Grass Valley. At the end is a handy chart comparing the main choices in the area by features and price.

Full disclosure: we run a senior living community ourselves. We’re the first ones below, just to get it out of the way. 🙂  But rest assured, the info about the other retirement communities in this guide is carefully researched and as objective as we could make it. We’ve included contact info and links to websites for all communities (when available).

We hope this guide is helpful in your search for “abundant living and successful aging,” as we like to say. If you have any questions, corrections, or additions, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know!

Rincon del Rio (Bend of the River)

(530) 269-1047
10450 Rincon Way
Auburn, CA 95602
https://www.rincondelrio.com

We are a proposed multi-level, active living 55+, Agri-hood community offering 300 homes composed of Cottages, Pocket Neighborhoods, apartments, and condominiums. There are 45-units of Assisted Living/Memory Care discretely located in a separate area on-site.

The services are too many to list but include on-site doctor, swimming pools, 160 acres of open space with walking/fitness trails, wildlife/nature, a pond, small downtown, club houses, and sports courts. There are several on-site restaurants, a business center, massage-hair/barber services, transportation, and a consigner.

Rincon del Rio
Rincon del Rio Community Area

The community is fee simple (homes privately owned, and sold [including appreciation] with prices set by home owner). Custom-designed homes range from 1,500 sq ft. – 2,500 + sq. ft. with prices starting at around $550,000. All homes have full kitchens in in-suite master bedrooms.

There is a $4,500 monthly charge for membership in the HOA and Rincon del Rio Reserve which includes river frontage, miles of trails, outdoor recreation structures/areas, all maintenance (interior/exterior), access to a consigner doctor, entertainment, services, and an agreed upon number of no-charge restaurant or in-unit meals. Utilities and internet are also included.

For residents who itemize taxes, there is a pre-paid health deduction and all the other tax advantages of home ownership. There is a small monthly fee for double occupancy.

While Rincon del Rio has an Auburn address, it is located about a mile east of Highway 49 in a quiet, rural/natural setting in Nevada County at the Placer line adjacent to the Bear River. Rincon del Rio is just 5 minutes from Auburn Faith Hospital and North Auburn businesses, restaurants, and entertainment.

While in-home care services are an option, professional levels of care are offered in a facility located on-site. If ever needed, Assisted Living is $5,000, and Memory Care is $8,000 monthly. These prices include spacious private bedroom/bath, standard services, and medication management.

 

Wolf Creek Lodge Co-Housing

(800) 558-3775
800 Freeman Lane,
Grass Valley, CA 95949
http://www.wolfcreeklodge.org/

Wolf Creek Lodge is a multi-story cohousing community for active adults located near a shopping center on the outskirts of Grass Valley, CA. This community is fee-simple; rental opportunities are rare.

At Wolf Creek Lodge there are small one-bedroom homes, larger one-bedroom homes, two bedroom/one bath homes and two bedroom/two bath homes. Home prices (equity model— owners set the sale price when a unit is vacated) range from the $350,000’s to $550,000’s depending on the floor plan and location. The HOA fee for each home ranges from $324 to $390 per month (2018 budget), depending on the size of the home. Add $17 per month if you plan to purchase a covered parking space.

Wolf Creek Lodge offers boxes for mail delivery, a laundry room, an office, storage space, and a multi-purpose room. There are no services offered and community members have responsibilities for group tasks.

 

Solstice Auburn

(530) 888-1144
3250 Blue Oaks Drive
Auburn, CA 95602
https://solsticeseniorlivingauburn.com/

Solstice is Independent Living. Services provided: Three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry room, scheduled transportation, utilities, social activities, and an on-site beauty/barber shop. There is a monthly fee of $25 if a resident has a pet.

This facility is located along a side street in a medical use neighborhood (Bed Pan Alley) in north Auburn. It is one block away from the Auburn Faith Hospital.

Studio 359 sq. ft. $2,500 to $2,800
1 Bedroom 550 sq. ft. $3,500
2 Bedroom 900 sq. ft $5,000

All units have kitchenettes.

 

Hilltop Commons Senior Community

(530) 272-5274
131 Eureka Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
https://www.raystoneseniors.com/senior-living/ca/grass-valley/hilltop-commons-senior-living/

This rental community offers Independent Living. Services include two meals a day, weekly housekeeping, library, laundry, social activities, beauty/barber shop onsite.

This facility sits atop a hill in a single-family neighborhood just northeast of historic downtown Grass Valley. All units have kitchenettes.

Studio 1 bathroom 528 sq. ft. $2,400
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 528 sq. ft. $2,885
2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 528 sq. ft. $2,900

 

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The Bret Harte Retirement Inn

(530) 273-7137
305 West Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
https://www.bretharteretirement.com/

This rental complex offers a variety of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments, and penthouse units. The monthly fee includes two meals a day served in the dining room with a continental breakfast every morning in the library. The evening meal is lighter fare. This facility is an old historic hotel along Main Street in downtown Grass Valley. Surrounding uses include small retail business and restaurants. All units have kitchenettes.

This is a pet friendly community, although it is located in a downtown setting with no open space or dog park. Cable included. Phone & internet available for additional charge.

Studio $1,800
One Bedroom $2,100 to $2,200
Two Bedroom $2,200
Penthouse $2,300
Second Person – All Units $400
Pet Deposit $500

 

Eskaton of Grass Valley

(530) 362-4103
150 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
https://www.eskaton.org/village-grass-valley.html

The facility is located at the center of a 55 and older single-family home sub-division in northwestern Grass Valley. Surrounding use includes Sierra College, a high school, an office park, single family homes and an assisted living/memory care facility (Cascades of Grass Valley) 3 meals a day. Six levels of care range is an additional $300.00-$2,350 per month.

 

Atria Grass Valley

(530) 362-4103
150 Sutton Way
Grass Valley, CA 95945
https://www.atriaseniorliving.com/retirement-communities/atria-grass-valley-grass-valley-ca/

This rental community offers independent-living cottages with amenities including a full kitchen and an attached garage. Assisted living residents reside in private apartments. The community has a beauty salon and Cable TV. Utilities, 3 meals daily, and social events are included in the monthly charge. Atria offers the Life Guidance® memory care program. Medication management is available for an additional monthly charge of $400-$600.

Studio- Private 422 sq. ft. $4,195
1 Bedroom A/L 570 sq. ft. $5,100
2 Bedroom A/L 960 sq. ft. $6,120
Memory Care Shared 422 sq. ft. $5,770
Independent Living Cottages 2-bedroom/2-bath $4,500 (Sizes Vary)

This facility is located at the edge of development in northeastern Grass Valley in an industrial multifamily residential neighborhood.

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Nevada City Senior Apartments

(530) 477-5356
841 Old Tunnel Road #61
Grass Valley, CA 95945
No website available

Nevada City Senior Apartments (60 units) was built in 1999. All apartments come with kitchenettes. The facility is designed to serve seniors on a fixed income below $26,850 a year. Income qualified residents pay 30% of monthly income for rent.

3 1/2 year waiting list at time written.

 

McAuley Meadows

(530) 210-2678
585 Sacramento Street
Auburn, CA 95603
https://www.mercyhousing.org/CA-McAuley-Meadows

McAuley Meadows is an independent-living senior affordable housing community featuring 59 one-bedroom apartments. The three-story property is part of the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn campus. McAuley Meadows is designed to serve seniors with very low and extremely low incomes.

4 year waiting list at time of writing

 

Auburn Ravine Terrace

(530) 823-6131
750 Auburn Ravine Road
Auburn, CA 95603
http://auburnravineterrace.org/

These rental units offer a standard service package including three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry, social activities, medication management, beauty/barber shop onsite.

This senior living and care community is located on a hill along a side street in a residential neighborhood in south Auburn. It has 125 independent living units, 20 assisted living units, and 30 skilled nursing beds. All independent and assisted living units have full kitchens.

Studio-Private 575 to 587 sq. ft. $4,210 to $4,235

 

Sierra Ridge Memory Care

(530) 830-0173
3265 Blue Oaks Drive
Auburn, CA 95928
https://www.milestoneretirement.com/senior-living/ca/auburn/sierra-ridge-memory-care/

Sierra Ridge Memory Care is located in Auburn, CA. This facility offers Memory and Respite Care. Services include three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry, social activities, medication management and an on-site beauty/barber shop. If medication management is required there is an additional charge of $150 – $700 per month. Cable & landline phones are not included in the monthly charge.

Memory Care – Shared 360 sq. ft. $4,300
Memory Care – Private 360 sq. ft. $8,300

 

Brookdale Auburn

(844) 605-5357
11550 Education Street
Auburn, CA 95602
https://www.brookdale.com/en/our-services/assisted-living.html

Brookdale offers Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care.

Services include: Three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry, social activities, medication management and an on-site beauty/barber shop. This is a pet friendly community. Cable TV is included. Medication management is additional at $350 a month.

The facility is located along a side street in a medical-use neighborhood (Bedpan Alley) in north Auburn. It is 2 blocks from Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. All units have kitchenettes.

Studio Private 334 sq. ft. $3,595
1 Bedroom 478 sq. ft. $4,495
2 Bedroom 778 sq. ft. $5,645
Memory Care- Private 334 sq. ft. $4,495
Memory Care- Shared 334 sq. ft. $2,995

 

Oakwood Village Assisted Living

(530) 488-4256
3388 Bell Road
Auburn, CA 95603
http://oakwoodseniorliving.com/

Services: Three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry, social activities, and an on-site beauty/barber shop. Medication management has a scale of monthly charges: 1-5 meds, $375 6-10 meds, $50 11-15 meds, $60.00

This facility is located on the western edge of a medical use neighborhood in North Auburn and is two blocks from Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital.

Private Studios 375 sq. ft. $3,125
1 Bedroom 440 sq. ft. $3,750
Private Memory Care 375 sq. ft. $6,500
Memory Care Shared 440 sq. ft. $5,000

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The Villa & The Almond Garden

(530) 823-3333
250 Pine Street
Auburn, CA 95603
https://www.seniorcareauthority.com/assisted-living/almond-gardens-elder-care-in-auburn-california.html

These two Assisted Living facilities are in the same neighborhood owned & operated by the same entity. The Villa can house 14 residents in 12 units. Almond Garden can house nine residents in eight units. The bedroom units have shared bathrooms. Pets are accepted on a case-by case basis. Levels of care charges range from $750 to $3,300 additional.

Standard Services: Three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, laundry, social activities.

Studio-Shared sq. ft. N/A $3,700
Studio-Private sq. ft. N/A $4,000

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Sierra View Manor

(530) 273-4849
389 Joerschke Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
http://www.sierraviewmanor.com/

This facility is located in northern Grass Valley along Highway 49. This is the oldest assisted living facilities in the Grass Valley area.

Studio-Shared $2,875
Studio-Private 300 sq. ft. $3,200
1 Bedroom-Private Bath 550-600 sq. ft. $4,100

There is an additional charge for medication management.

 

Cascades of Grass Valley

415 Sierra College Dr
Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 272-8002
https://www.cascadesofgrassvalley.com/

This facility offers independent living in the Garden Villas (apartments), assisted living, memory care, and respite care. Pets are welcome.

Assisted Living residents reside in The Manor in a variety of apartment styles and sizes. Each has a refreshment kitchenette, large bathroom with walk-in shower, and an emergency call system that offers two-way voice communication with staff.

Independent-Living residents have access to the amenities of The Manor (Assisted Living) including meals served in a central dining room. There is also a beauty shop and spa on site. Rent is month to month.

 

Brunswick Village

(530) 562-4838
316 Olympia Park Circle
Grass Valley, CA 95945
https://www.brunswickvillageseniorliving.com/

This rental facility is located along a main thoroughfare in northwestern Grass Valley between a retail shopping and a residential neighborhood with apartments and a large trailer park. With the exception of Memory Care, the monthly rates do not include care services, which are offered on an a-la-carte basis to fit each resident’s specific needs.

The facility offers independent living, assisted living, respite care, and memory care. Brunswick Village is pet friendly with an initial $1,000 deposit. Medication management is available for additional charges ranging from $375 – $475.

Studio – Private 336-420 sq. ft. $3,750 to $4,150
1 Bedroom 552 sq. ft. $4,450
2 Bedroom (2 units) 731 sq. ft. $5,450
Memory Care (Shared only) 290-390 sq. ft. $4,095 to 4,150

 

Here are two comparison charts featuring some key info about the communities above. (Click on the chart to view the image at full size.)

Gold Country Senior Housing Chart

Gold Country Senior Housing Chart 2