Grand Lake Gardens
Vibrant Senior Living in Oakland

A close-knit, vibrant, urban community just a block from the bustling Grand-Lakeshore District and minutes from Lake Merritt.

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Location: 401 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland, California 94610 | Phone: (510) 893-8897

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Discover what life at Grand Lake Gardens is all about. Take a quick tour without leaving home.

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Meet the People

A community is only as good as its residents. Ours are pretty amazing.

“What do I like about Grand Lake Gardens? I like the way residents and staff treat each other like family.”

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“Grand Lake Gardens is perfect when maintaining your home and yard become a burden, but while you’re still active. Since moving here, I’ve resumed (after decades) playing my trumpet and recorder. Before that, I didn’t have the time to do the things I really enjoyed. Residents are honest-to-goodness, caring human beings—it’s nice to be in that environment every day.”

Ed Bonsey

“My mother lived at Grand Lake Gardens for 18 happy years. We visited her many times and got acquainted with the community. The people are wonderful. Everyone has a story to tell about their lives. The intimate size of the community allows us to eat together, socialize and get to know each other on a more personal level. I love getting together with my knitting group and gardening in the resident gardens. It feels like being around family.”

Katie Bonsey

“I only see beautiful at Grand Lake Gardens, the view of the Zen Garden from my balcony is wonderful! It was the people that first attracted me to Grand Lake Gardens. The residents are welcoming, they make you feel at home immediately. And the staff is so kind.”

Julia Wu

"From the moment I walked through the front door, I felt like I was home. At Grand Lake Gardens, I have found a wonderful group of people my own age who have become the greatest neighbors anyone could ask for. I am creating new memories. The community spirit here is awesome. I feel safe, secure and stimulated. For anyone interested, I highly recommend taking a tour.

Cathy Lackey

Life at Grand Lake Gardens

The energy at Grand Lake Gardens is unmistakable. We offer everything from boutiques and restaurants to the post office and even a restored movie theater just a stroll away. If it’s serenity you seek, our community garden offers a sanctuary for peace and quiet. We’re a small, intimate, easy-to-navigate community offering a world of opportunities.

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A Taste of Our Dining Experience

Day 1


Corned Beef Irish Lamb Stew

Side Dish

Boiled Red Potatoes

Steamed Green Cabbage

Steamed Sliced Carrots


St.  Patrick’s Day Cupcake

Day 2


Asian BBQ Pork Ribs

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Side Dish

Jasmine Rice with Ginger

Asian Stir-Fry Vegetables

Roasted Beets


Green Tea Tapioca Pudding

Day 3


Spinach & Jack Cheese Enchilada

Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit

Side Dish

Brown Rice

Mashed Potatoes

Lemon Garlic Beans


Green Beans


Pina Colada Cake

Meet The Chef

Bill Caps

Chef Bill has been with Grand Lake Gardens since February 2017. Previously he was at Piedmont Gardens, Grand Lake Gardens’ sister community in Oakland. 

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  • Spacious apartments with modern finishes and fixtures
  • Thoughtfully designed studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans
  • Balcony or patio
  • 24-hour emergency call system
  • Pet-friendly
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds, including walking paths, Zen garden, fountains and resident organic garden
  • Top-floor restaurant with panoramic views
  • Movie theater
  • Salon and barbershop
  • Computer lab and library
  • Fitness center
  • Secure, connected garage parking
  • Lounges and game room
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Live a Full Life

We offer a wide range of activities to help you enrich your mind, body and soul.

  • Variety of fitness classes
  • Brain health activities
  • Seminars and special events
  • Current event discussions

Living Options

We offer a full range of living options in one tight-knit community.

Residential Living

Beautifully designed, maintenance-free apartment homes are just steps away from the energy, opportunity and services of our vibrant community.

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Assisted Living

Help with tasks of daily living, as needed, allows you to continue to enjoy your independence and our life-enriching services and amenities.

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Skilled Nursing

Priority access to skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, if ever needed, is provided by our sister Oakland community, Piedmont Gardens.

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Memory Care

Available at our sister community Piedmont Gardens, our innovative care program takes a highly personalized approach to help residents with Alzheimer’s or other dementias live positive, enriched lives.

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Check Out Our Floor Plans


Studio, 1 Bath


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One Bedroom

1 Bed, 1 Bath


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Two Bedroom

2 Bed, 1 Bath


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How to Find Us

401 Santa Clara Ave.

Oakland, California 94610

(510) 893-8897

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