Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill

2567 Second Ave San Diego CA 92103

4.8 / 5.0 6 Reviews

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About Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill is the perfect future home for any aging adults. Our senior residents are independent, but help is available when needed. Our friendly community is right around the corner from all the best San Diego has to offer. Our residents have several options for entertainment, and other events and activities.

Anyone who has lived in our community has led a life filled with unique and memory worthy moments. It’s one of the ways we’ve redefined senior care and living. We focus on the one purpose of helping residents help themselves as much as possible. We value what every single resident contributes to our community. It’s what builds the meaningful living that makes our community truly special.

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill Independent Living and Assisted Living

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill has built a reputation providing quality independent living and assisted living services for residents. Our seniors enjoy their independence, but also get help with daily activities.

Whether you need a cozy studio apartment, or a larger, more spacious apartment, we have what you’re looking for. We have stylish apartments that deliver a great combination of luxury, comfort, and convenience. We employ very well trained staff that are some of the best in San Diego who care for our senior residents. We do our best to nurture your loved ones and help them age gracefully. The selection of meals at Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill are the results of many years of experience crafting menus. Our cooking staff constantly strives to make sure the dining experience is the best at our community.

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill Amenities & Services

Residents have access to Religious Services: Jewish, Religious Services: Protestant, Religious Services: Catholic, Visiting Chaplain, Free parking, Cafe / Bistro, Free covered parking, Library, Piano / Organ, Beauty Salon, Free cable satellite tv, Meeting room, TV Lounge, Main Street Common Areas, Fitness center, Barber Shop, Outside patio garden, Movie Room / Theater, Bar / pub, Computer room, Raised gardening beds, Arts and crafts center, Free Wi-Fi, Over 55 accepted, Meals Provided, Beautician Onsite, Activities Offsite, Devotional Services Offsite, Kosher, Activities Onsite, Outdoor Common Areas, Vegetarian, Indoor Common Areas, Housekeeping provided, Laundry service / dry-cleaning, Grocery shopping service and other facility comforts so seniors feel right at home. Our fully-trained staff is always friendly and available to help seniors feel right at home.

We know that seniors need varying degrees of help as they get older, but still want to feel independent. Our facility has Resident Parking Available, Transportation at Cost, Complimentary Transportation, Property Convenient to Busline, Vegan options, Private dining room, Special Diets: Low / No sodium, International cuisine, Guest meals, Anytime Dining, Restaurant style dining, Special Diets: Low / No Sugar, Special Diets: Gluten-free, Room service, Professional chef, Aging in Place, Hospice Available, Wheelchair Accessible Showers and other assistance. We try to make sure that each resident is able to maintain a full life while staying with us.

Residents enjoy of a full schedule of social, educational and entertaining activities. Our structured program helps all residents maintain a high quality of life. Many of our activities encourage members to socialize and develop friendships with other residents. We make sure the activities are fun and entertaining.

If you have interest in visiting our community in San Diego and would like to have a closer look, just give us a call at (800) 755-1458 to schedule an appointment.

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Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill – Reviews

4.8 / 5.0 6 Reviews

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August 2019


Renetta Coe

As we approached this very difficult process for my Dad we decided to research carefully on multiple levels each facility we considered. At the various sites visited, staff's knowledge of emergency and safety procedures were queried. How staff interacted with residents and where the residents were at the time of our visit became our focus. The dining room facilities and access to it, as well as the patience and attention of staff were observed. Cleanliness, along with a warm comforting atmosphere were considered. Inspection reports were read and most importantly my Dad's response to the facility was central. We queried how residents were assisted in adjusting to their new surroundings, activities offered and how residents, we encountered on our own described their experience. We found great variation among facilities. I had happened to drive by Merrill Gardens and decided to give it a try. My Dad wanted to be among his age peer group. After visiting a number of facilities and being both disappointed and concerned, Merrill Gardens was an absolute pleasure! Dayna was cordial, with a kind and compassionate way of showing us around. She answered each of the often difficult questions presented with competence and marvelous humor. My Dad was put at ease. We enjoyed a delicious meal, saw the apartments and decided this was the place, when my Dad was ready. Her appropriate continuing contact with us helped. When it was time to move, she was outstanding. We met Lori the General Manager and were impressed with her care, extensive experience and true concern for all of us. She put my Dad at ease and we began to feel this was do-able. Dawn, the Business Manager was extremely competent and patient with our questions and the explanations of what was needed on the business end. They have all been available for the important on going queries in the first month. The front desk staff, the teams that assist with daily care and safety, housekeeping and food service staff are simply wonderful. Maintenance with John and Monaco are responsive and patient. This review is long, but the process is hard in deciding the right care for an aging parent. My Dad has been at Merrill Gardens for a month and is truly happy! He is having a wonderful time, enjoying the staff and residents. He is engaged socially, attends exercise class daily with gifted instructors, enjoys the food and staff who serve it. He says it is like dining at an excellent restaurant three times a day at any point in the day he so chooses. The facility has met all of our expectations and more. The excellent staff morale and their responsiveness, profound care and compassion matter so much. This all matters so much. He feels safe, happy and deeply content.

May 2019


Antonio Pena

I will recommend Merril Gardens for people who are looking for a place to retire. You can't not ask for a better location in San Diego, only a few minutes from the airport, Balboa Park, shops and hospitals. Merrill Gardens also provide to their residents a variety of entertainment, Trip's to many local spots in San Diego and also local artist who are willing to share their talents and time. Lori Hansen is the general manager of Merrill Gardens. Kind, thoughtful and professional are the words that better describe her. I recommend this place and invite you to take a look if you're looking for a place to retire.

May 2019


Sue Cox

My mother moved into Merrill Gardens nearly 2 years ago......not quite kicking and screaming, but with a great deal of trepidation. Within days she was happy about the move and now can't imagine being anywhere else. She was lonely living alone and at Merrill Gardens she never has to be unless she wants to be. She participates in the daily exercise classes, plays bridge, bingo and wii bowling several times a week. She can eat from a menu that varies daily and has gained a much needed 10 pounds on quality fresh cooked meals. On top of her being very happy there, I'm very happy knowing she has companionship and excellent care should she need it.

May 2019


Tami Head

It has been almost a year since my stepmom moved into Merrill Gardens and we are so very pleased with the beautiful atmosphere and extremely friendly staff. Lori Hansen, the GM is amazing. She is such a caring person and she and her entire staff truly look out for all the residents as if they were their own family. I could not imagine a more caring environment. There are so many activities and lovely meals. It's truly a wonderful place to live, when some extra care is needed and living alone is not an option for loved ones. It's safe, pretty, friendly, professional and the rooftop deck is fantastic! We consider the staff like our family, as they look out for our sweet stepmom on a daily basis. Thank you, everyone, for all the blessing that you give.

August 2018


Barney Mccomas

The caveat to this review is that I've only visited for a tour, but my 84-year-old mother and I toured 6 facilities in and around San Diego in December 2017, and this outshined them all. The staff were all very friendly and professional, the residents were friendly and seemed happy, the decor is tasteful and warm, the building is beautiful and the location, 4 blocks from the western entrance to Balboa Park, is pretty close to ideal. The rooftop deck is a wonderful space with spectacular views and the food we had was excellent. The rooms are on the small side, but they are very nice, there is enough natural light and I think most have small balconies. And while they are far from inexpensive, similar but lesser facilities cost the same or more. My mom is very independent so isn't ready to take on the added cost for the services they provide, but it's on the top of our list when she is.

August 2017


Gilbert Lovato

I was there to visit a friend he was happy, clean, in a clean room the staff were nice and caring the food is great!

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Community Details

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill Amenities and Services


  • Religious Services: Jewish
  • Religious Services: Protestant
  • Religious Services: Catholic
  • Visiting Chaplain
  • Free parking
  • Cafe / Bistro
  • Free covered parking
  • Library
  • Piano / Organ
  • Beauty Salon
  • Free cable satellite tv
  • Meeting room
  • TV Lounge
  • Main Street Common Areas
  • Fitness center
  • Barber Shop
  • Outside patio garden
  • Movie Room / Theater
  • Bar / pub
  • Computer room
  • Raised gardening beds
  • Arts and crafts center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Over 55 accepted
  • Meals Provided
  • Beautician Onsite
  • Activities Offsite
  • Devotional Services Offsite
  • Kosher
  • Activities Onsite
  • Outdoor Common Areas
  • Vegetarian
  • Indoor Common Areas
  • Housekeeping provided
  • Laundry service / dry-cleaning
  • Grocery shopping service


  • Resident Parking Available
  • Transportation at Cost
  • Complimentary Transportation
  • Property Convenient to Busline
  • Vegan options
  • Private dining room
  • Special Diets: Low / No sodium
  • International cuisine
  • Guest meals
  • Anytime Dining
  • Restaurant style dining
  • Special Diets: Low / No Sugar
  • Special Diets: Gluten-free
  • Room service
  • Professional chef
  • Aging in Place
  • Hospice Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible Showers

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Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill Housing and Staff

Living Types Available


  • 24-Hour Awake Staff
  • Visiting Podiatrist
  • Visiting Physical Therapist
  • Nurses on Staff
  • Doctor on Call
  • Visiting Nurse
  • Visiting Occupational Therapist
  • Visiting Speech Therapist
  • Medication care managers / Medication Technicians
  • On-Site RNs / LPNs
  • ADL Assistance
  • Nutritionist / Dietician
  • Full time activity director
  • Dedicated concierge
  • Massage therapy

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