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Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens

851 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Based on 12 reviews

Services and Housing Options

Assisted Living

Estimated Pricing

Estimated $5,532
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Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens Description

What happened to your passions when you turned 70? Did they fade away? Age does not weaken one's interests, if anything it strengthens them. As you age, you may need some assistance. At Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens, we take care of the little things and the big things. We can help you with simple housekeeping and meals, as well as bathing and getting dressed. We will tailor your care to suit your individual needs. Do what you love and we'll take care of the rest.

Assisted Living
Assisted living is a perfect solution for seniors who need help with activities of daily living, but want to maintain their independence. These communities have people and programs in place to help with things like daily living, basic care, recreational activities, and transportation.

A delicious meal is one of life's simple joys. You'll love our delicious, restaurant-style crab cakes, Cajun jambalaya and beef enchiladas served in our elegant dining room! You'll finish the meal with a variety of desserts, including pies, cakes, fresh fruit and ice cream - with sugar-free options included. You can help us plan our menus by sharing your favorite dishes, family recipes and requests during our menu chats.

Price Comparison

  • Estimated Facility Price: $5,532
  • Average City Price: $3,516
  • Average State Price: $3,516
  • Average National Price: $3,545
  • Ranking

  • Ranking in City: 2 out of 18 communities in Santa Monica
  • Ranking in State: 894 out of 2657 communities in CA
  • Parent Organization

    Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a member of a larger group of communities called Brookdale Senior Living

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    Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a luxurious senior living facility that offers a variety of amenities to its residents. Residents can enjoy the convenience of an emergency alert system, pet-friendly environment, and fitness center. The facility also features a library, beauty/barber shop, courtyard and garden porch, game room, Wi-Fi access throughout landscaped grounds, business centers/computers, fireside living room, computer/internet access, piano, and personal solutions program. All these amenities help to make Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens an ideal living choice for seniors.


    medication management

    personal care

    skilled nursing

    assistance with medications


    assistance with daily living




    engaging activities

    board games


    book club

    shopping trip

    tai chi





    housekeeping included



    private balconies


    fitness room

    outdoor pool




    flat screen tv




    wellness center

    dining room

    game room


    wi fi access throughout


    business center/computers

    fireside living room

    on-site salon

    beauty/barber shop

    basic utilities

    activity room

    courtyard and garden

    computer/internet access

    fitness center



    pet friendly

    pet-friendly community


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    Employee Reviews for Brookdale Senior Living in Santa Monica, California

    4 out of 5 stars. Based on 1 reviews

    Employees of Brookdale Senior Living in the Santa Monica, CA area generally have positive things to say about their experience. As the largest provider of senior living, Brookdale has protocols and standards in place that should ensure a satisfactory job experience. Employees appreciate the free lunch and the wonderful staff and residents. However, some have noted that middle management is entirely focused on occupancy and census, and does not care about the associates or the residents. Overall, employees are satisfied with their experience and appreciate the support of the Executive Director.

    Employee Reviews for Brookdale Senior Living

    3.06 out of 5 stars. Based on 1000 reviews

    Employees of Brookdale Senior Living generally have positive things to say about the company. They appreciate the free parking, paid orientation and training hours, and nice residents. However, they have noted that the health insurance is expensive and the deductibles are high. Additionally, CNA's PTO for the first year is nearly nonexistent and the pay deposit system is unusual. There is also a lack of work-life balance, as employees are often called in on days off due to staff shortages. Employees have also reported that management does not advocate for them and that communication is not always good. They have also noted that the pay rate is low and that the facility is often understaffed. Employees have also reported that the security system is an issue and that the training is too automated. Advice to management includes improving communication, fostering staff development, enhancing benefits, and stopping taking credit for work that the front-line workers conduct.

    Healthcare Nearby


    Santa Monica Urgent Care
    1.0 miles away
    UCLA Medical Center - Santa Monica
    1.0 miles away
    Providence Saint John's Health Center
    1.5 miles away
    West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    3.3 miles away
    VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
    3.6 miles away


    0.4 miles away
    CVS Pharmacy
    0.8 miles away
    Rite Aid
    0.9 miles away
    1.4 miles away
    SMC Pharmacy
    1.5 miles away


    Charles C Wood D D S
    0.3 miles away
    William S Wong DDS
    0.4 miles away
    Karen L Nakagawa D D S
    0.5 miles away
    Scott Gould Newhart D M D Inc
    0.5 miles away
    John G Adomian DDS Inc
    0.6 miles away

    Essentials Nearby

    None Found

    Bus Stations

    4th & Idaho
    0.1 miles away
    4th & Montana
    0.1 miles away
    4th & Washington
    0.2 miles away
    4th & Alta
    0.3 miles away
    4th & California
    0.3 miles away


    0.5 miles away
    0.9 miles away
    Whole Foods Market
    0.9 miles away
    Tehran Market
    1.0 miles away
    Coop Market
    1.3 miles away


    Wells Fargo
    0.5 miles away
    Bank of America
    0.6 miles away
    0.6 miles away
    U.S. Bank
    0.7 miles away
    Southland Credit Union
    0.7 miles away

    Things to do in the Area

    Places of Worship

    Wilshire Boulevard Temple
    11.8 miles away
    La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles
    15.4 miles away
    Thien Hau Temple
    15.4 miles away
    First Congregational Church
    24.8 miles away


    Palisades Park
    0.1 miles away
    Mandela Park
    0.2 miles away
    Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
    0.2 miles away
    Goose Egg Park
    0.3 miles away
    Reed Park
    0.5 miles away


    Santa Monica Place
    0.8 miles away
    Brentwood Country Mart
    1.9 miles away
    Westfield Century City
    5.4 miles away
    Westfield Culver City
    6.8 miles away
    Howard Hughes Center
    7.1 miles away


    World Peace Ikeda Auditorium
    0.5 miles away
    Miles Memorial Playhouse
    0.5 miles away
    American Childrens Theatre
    0.6 miles away
    Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
    0.8 miles away
    Eli Broad Stage
    0.9 miles away


    0.4 miles away
    The Bungalow
    0.4 miles away
    Hillstone Restaurant
    0.4 miles away
    Wally's Santa Monica
    0.4 miles away
    Panda Express and Pioneer Boulangerie
    0.4 miles away


  • High Temperature: 79°F
  • Low Temperature: 61°F
  • Average Temperature: 70.2°F
  • Day Breakdown: 57 days of rain and 307 days of sun
  • Precipitation: 0.6 inches a year
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    This community is licensed by the state of CA. It is a large-sized community with 128 total beds.


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    General Staff Rating
    Based on 8 total reviews
    Care Staff Rating
    Based on 7 total reviews
    Food Staff Rating
    Based on 1 total reviews
    Activities and Services Rating
    Based on 2 total reviews
    Frank McCutcheon Jr.

    5.0 rating

    I've never been to Brookdale Santa Monica the Gardens, I actually worked at Brookdale South Bay, I know the Executive Director at the Gardens, Mike Emerson and Mike Emerson was the Executive Director at Brookdale South Bay when it was Pacific Inn and Mike Emerson gave me my start and I will always be forever grateful to Mike Emerson and my days as a Brookdale Associate may be over and in life I learn that you always give credit and respect to the people that gave me a hand up and Mike Emerson is one that gave me a chance and I honestly don't begrudge anyone for moving on and moving up to a better position in their Professional career and I believe that if Mike Emerson was still at Brookdale South Bay, selfishly I would still be there and again Brookdale Santa Monica Gardens is a better place due to Mike Emerson's leadership! I myself is a better person for working under Mike Emerson for almost 4 years.

    Alan Cenon Graza

    5.0 rating

    seth f.

    5.0 rating

    My Mom has been very happy here! This is a caring, lovely place, I have confidence my Mom is well taken care of. Tons of activities from exercise to art and much in between. My Mom has found lots of new friends, a true community.My Mom is very comfortable in her apartment, the entire building is very nice and well maintained. There is a nice outside garden as well, a great area to hang out with friends, family, or eat lunch. There's a community room, a library, and my Mom frequents the in house hairdresser. Ralph Balbin, the Executive Director is beyond responsive, and helpful. Everything I've seen from the staff from Lidia bringing my Mom a gift upon her arrival has been beyond the call of duty, and truly caring.The location is just ideal for my Mom (or really anyone for that matter), being able to walk to Palisades Park to see the sun set nightly, Montana Ave, and the Promenade, it's hard to think of a better location, especially for someone who no longer drives!

    Deborah W.

    1.0 rating

    Not happy with the service that a client is receiving.  A lot of money is paid to ensure that the client is taken care of, yet the staff does not do the work.  I'm not sure why and don't want to say anything unkind if it's not the reason.  I'd be wary bringing someone there.  Need to really be on them to ensure they are doing their job.

    Ben B.

    2.0 rating

    On the surface, they're quite pleasant. However, they're only interested in money. I would recommend it, if you have no alternative!

    Jason C.

    5.0 rating

    I come here 3 times a week and I am greeted by friendly staff and residents like Ben and Helen and the Facility Manager Nancy are so nice to me

    Patricia Summons

    5.0 rating

    Eddy Lank

    5.0 rating

    I am a Senior Placement Advisor and recently visited Brookdale Gardens Santa Monica, What a beautiful and well run community. The Community itself is just blocks from the beach, offering beautiful weather. Their staff Friendly, Kind and Experienced. The Executive Director Kind, Compassionate, and extremely knowledgeable. What an amazing Assisted Living Community, I would be happy to recommend this community to anyone, Bravo!!!

    Louise Rarang

    5.0 rating

    The place looks amazing; i can easily tell it’s very well maintained. The staff are very accommodating and they made us feel very comfortable. Thanks to Lidia, Kevin and Ralph for taking time to answer all our questions; they were very patient.

    Patricia Velasco

    4.0 rating

    This is a good facility. The staff is very caring and they kept all the residents safe and sound during the pandemic. This Brookdale has two elevators but only one seems to always work and the other one is(on the left side) is constantly broken.

    Richard Hewitt (Risbek)

    4.0 rating

    Santa Monica Gardens is a wonderful place for my mother. She is in a great circle of friends, has plenty of fun and intellectual activites, and professional caring staff. The only reason I haven’t given 5 stars is because of the ongoing elevator problems that have plagued Santa Monica Gardens again and again during my mother’s three years here. If Brookdale can go a year without a major elevator delay, I’ll gladly give this wonderful place 5 stars.

    Janet Alicea

    5.0 rating

    This was the best place for my mom! You are in good company and taken care of by the friendly, loving staff. Evelyn and Michael do everything possible to make life work for clients and family.The building is well maintained the food is very good! I can't say enough about Brookdale Gardens they were fantastic!

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