A message from the
Being of service to seniors is a special talent and gift to be shared with others. That is my true passion, blessing, and gift to offer.
I've been with Merrill Gardens for the past fouryears and have been blessed to have touched and been touched by the lives of our residents and team members. The ability to continue to invest back into our community has been demonstrated from the corporation to each and every team member on board.
I look forward to welcoming you home to Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria!
Argentum Certified Director of Assisted Living
This is the good life. Conveniently located between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, this campus-style community provides a wide spectrum of care. We are close to shopping, dining, entertainment, golf courses, wineries, and top notch medical facilities.
Our sprawling grounds offer everything you need including an outdoor pool, spa, and walking paths - perfect for living the California lifestyle. When it's time to come inside, you will find spacious private cottage homes and apartments, beautifully updated common spaces with cozy areas for relaxing with friends, and an onsite wellness center.
Enjoy more at Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria. Our community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. We offer the best in independent senior living, assisted living, and memory care from a family owned company that knows connection is everything.
Ask about our special rates on spacious two bedroom apartments!
Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria is honored to be recognized as a "Best of Assisted Living 2017" for excellence in assisted living.
Positive consumer ratings led to this industry leading distinction from SeniorAdvisor.com.
We know you're going to love it here.
It's all about choice
Choose from 242 studio, one and two bedroom apartments and cottage homes! Enjoy concierge services, scheduled transportation, 24-hour staffing, and weekly housekeeping.
Our Anytime Dining program keeps up with your schedule with fresh, restaurant style meals served from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.
You'll live a full and happy life built around your delights and hobbies.
We are so proud of our resident Luella Shell for being named Most Inspirational Senior
The care you need - when you need it
Care is more than a service we provide at Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria – it’s a way of life.
You choose the way you want to live, and we'll help you get there, whether you want to live a fully independent lifestyle, or require some assistance. We are here to help.
An active life is a happy life.
Managing a packed calendar of enriching activities is a full-time job and our Active Living Program Director is up to the task. We're driven by the desires of the people who live here and our days are jam packed with lectures, parties, outings, political discussions, games, social meetups, and religious interest events. More choices than you'll have time for in your day!
Check out one of our residents doing the Hula Hoop at our recent anniversary party!
- Living Areas
- Meeting Spaces
- Central Air
- Movie Theater
- Swimming Pool
- 24-Hour Staffing
- Resident Call System
- Transportation Options
- Anytime Dining
- On-Site Maintenance
- Weekly Housekeeping
- Wellness Program
- Pets Welcome
A word from our residents
Meet your neighbor.
My wife, Sonja, and I live in our very comfortable cottage. In my career I was CEO of a Boston industrial chemical manufacturing company that sold its products throughout the country. I sold the company in 1983 and we moved to the Bay Area. We came here exactly a year ago and have been extremely happy with this community. Always plenty to do and lots of socializing with the other residents. We chose Merrill Gardens primarily because of the grand feeling of total independence it provides.
Dan Merkel - Resident at Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria since 2015
In the community
Our intergenerational lifestyle means more contact and connection with our community, and interaction with families, children, and people of all ages.
We are always looking for the right
people to join our team.
Merrill Gardens at Santa Maria
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