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831-226-1847

80 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Enjoy More at Sunshine Villa

Sunshine Villa is a beautiful community located in the center of all the action. We are within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Wharf, beach and boardwalk. Our beautiful building has a charming personality—and a fascinating past—all its own. Sunshine Villa is a historic landmark set in a delightful neighborhood, just steps away from the beach.

Sunshine Villa not only offers the very best in Santa Cruz assisted living and memory care, we tailor our care services to fit you. It’s not just about the services you need, but how you want them to be delivered. We have been serving Santa Cruz-area residents since 1990. Our professional staff members are committed to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Starting at $3,400!*

*Based on availability. Contact us today.

The general manager at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.

A message from the
General Manager

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I love that Merrill is a family-owned organization. It supports my passion to create a true sense of "community". I have the privilege to make a difference in the lives of our residents. From the day I walked into Merrill Gardens I knew this was where I wanted to be.

I am fortunate to lead such a passionate and dedicated team that shares the mission of enriching the lives of our residents by creating a community filled with life, laughter, and a sense of security. Join the Merrill Gardens family and let me be the first to have the opportunity to welcome you here.

Tami Ojwang, General Manager

Our Simple Assessment

We know the decision to move yourself or a loved one to a senior living community can feel overwhelming. Our simple four-minute assessment can help you make more informed choices and match your needs with the right level of support.

The fountain at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.

A Vibrant Lifestyle

Sunshine Villa is tailor-made for seniors. With varying levels of care services, Sunshine Villa allows for needed transitions in services that come over time.

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Focus On Care

Our care services offer the opportunity to maintain your lifestyle, and relax and enjoy life without the hassle and worry of maintaining a large home and yard. Always our goal is to help you live as independently as you wish, and scale up (or back) services as needed.

A resident enjoying a mug of coffee outside at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.

A Happy Life

We plan our daily activity calendar around what our residents are interested in doing, learning how they like to spend their days and seeking out both new experiences and ways to reignite old passions. We love celebrating holidays—both traditional and nontraditional—with fun festivities throughout the year.

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A community room at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.
The back patio at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.
Game room at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.
Fireplace at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.
Covered outdoor dining at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.
A dining room at Sunshine Villa in Santa Cruz, California.

We know you're going to love it here.

It's all about choice. Choose from 107 apartments, including studios, one, and two bedrooms, with services ranging from assisted living senior apartments to memory care options.

Enjoy a variety of amenities aimed at helping you choose the way you want to spend your days.

You'll live a full and happy life built around your delights and hobbies.

Community Amenities

Senior living in Santa Cruz features a library Library

Senior living in Santa Cruz features Beautifully Furnished Common Areas< Beautifully Furnished Common Areas

Senior living in Santa Cruz features a salon Beauty Salon

Senior living in Santa Cruz features ocean views Ocean Views

Senior living in Santa Cruz features Landscaped Gardens with Courtyard Landscaped Gardens with Courtyards

Senior living in Santa Cruz features Victorian Sun Porch Victorian Sun Porch

Santa Cruz senior living includes a private dining room Private Dining Room Available

Senior living in Santa Cruz features a laundry facility Laundry Facility

Senior living in Santa Cruz features walking paths Walking Paths

Senior living in Santa Cruz features a patio/balcony Comfy Community TV Room and Lounges

Community Services

Senior living in Santa Cruz features 24-Hour Staffing 24-Hour Staff

Santa Cruz senior living includes chef-prepared meals Chef-Prepared Meals

Senior living in Santa Cruz includes home maintenance Home Maintenance

Weekly Housekeeping at senior living in Santa Cruz Weekly Housekeeping

On-Site RNs/LPNs at senior living in Santa Cruz On-Site RNs/LPNs

Pets Welcome at senior living in Santa Cruz Pets Welcome

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Making Memories

Our urban lifestyle means more contact and connection with our community, and interaction with families, children, and people of all ages.

Contact us today to schedule a virtual tour!