Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill – San Diego, CA

2567 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill is a relatively new, contemporary senior living community with accommodations in Independent Living and Assisted Living. Merrill Gardens is an elegant community in an urban environment of downtown San Diego. It is adjacent to a number of upscale shopping options, restaurants, Victorian homes and Balboa Park within walking distance.

Details You Should Know

Care Types Provided
Assisted Living, Independent Living
Pricing Tier
Location Type
Apartments Furnished
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General Information

Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill is one of the premier senior communities in San Diego that features Independent Living and Assisted Living. It was recently in the heart of downtown San Diego, which offers spectacular views and all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities. Special amenities include the “Dine Anytime” program, music program, fully-equipped fitness room), lounges, and high-ceilings throughout the building. The community is within walking distance of the renowned Balboa Park. Since Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hills is located right in the middle of the city, residents have access to a number of local attractions, restaurants and high-end retail shops.

While the staff is present at all times, residents have room to enjoy themselves in activities like music classes, a good read on its rooftop patio overlooking downtown San Diego. Since the apartment suites have modern kitchens, residents may either choose to prepare their own meals in an upscale kitchen or walk over to the dining room for chef-prepared meals.

Pricing & Financials

  • Community Fee $5,500
  • Assisted Living

    Studio: $3,950

    One Bedroom: $4,850

    Two Bedroom: $6,000

Lease Terms

Month to month

Pet Fee

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*All prices listed above are "starting at" monthly estimates. Monthly resident fees may be higher depending on the level of care required.

Community Details

Dining: Each resident of Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill will receive up to 3 meals per day. As a side benefit, this community offers “Anytime Dining,” which gives the residents the option to eat their meals anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The menu at Merrill Gardens features an array of seasonal dishes, vegetables, and exotic cuisine in addition to traditional cuisine.

  • Cafe or bistro
  • Guest meals
  • International cuisine
  • Meal preparation and service
  • Meals included in base rent
  • Additional meals available
  • Daily snacks
  • Private dining room
  • Professional chef
  • Room service
  • Accommodates special diets

Care Services/Staffing:Like all senior communities in San Diego with a license for Assisted Living, Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill has a Licensed Vocational Nurse on staff on the weekdays, plus a number of medical assistants for any of the residents who need assistance at all times of the day. In addition, Merrill Gardens staffs a full-time Activities Director, Fitness Director and a Concierge.

Room Features:

  • Large living spaces w/ high ceilings
  • Modern kitchens (including all appliances)
  • Washer/dryer
  • Closet space
  • Emergency communication system
  • Basic cable TV

Community Amenities & Activities

Building Features:The community of Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill has 3 floors, plus underground parking and a rooftop patio that gives residents a stunning view of the San Diego Harbor and downtown. It also features:

  • Indoor and outdoor patios
  • Library
  • Bistro
  • Activity room
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Beauty salon


  • Beautician onsite
  • Housekeeping services
  • Laundry and linen service
  • Parking/valet
  • Concierge service
  • Located close to restaurants
  • Located close to shopping centers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Rooftop patio w/ seating and BBQ
  • Fitness room
  • Jacuzzi
  • 2 pianos
  • Billiard room
  • Library
  • Bistro
  • Massage room


  • Happy hour
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Dancing
  • Movie nights
  • Game nights
  • Computer classes
  • History classes
  • Garden club
  • Tai Chi
  • Knitting
  • Arts & crafts
  • Musical performances
  • Picnics
  • Wii bowling
  • Choir

Other Features/Amenities:

  • Free shuttle for outings
  • Weekly linen service
  • Shopping trips
  • Sunday church service


Bankers Hill is directly adjacent to downtown San Diego, Balboa Park, the Hillcrest neighborhood and Little Italy. The San Diego International Airport is practically right down the street. Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill uniquely has sweeping views of downtown San Diego, the San Diego Harbor, Coronado, and Wrigley Field. Bankers Hill is known for its Victorian-style architecture from the 19th century. It continues to be home to a number of affluent San Diego residents. The community sits on top of a “hill” that is near the flight path, but you cannot hear the planes from within the community.

Local attractions

  • Balboa Park
  • The Old Globe Theater
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World
  • USS Midway Museum
  • The Maritime Museum
  • Seaport Village
  • Petco Park

Parks, Beaches & Trails:

  • Balboa Park
  • Balboa Public Golf Course
  • Cabrillo National Monument and Trails
  • Torrey Pines
  • Sunset Cliffs


  • Downtown San Diego Retail Shopping
  • Horton Plaza
  • Fashion Valley Mall

Things to do:

  • Petco Park
  • Balboa Park
  • Coronado
  • Seaport Village
  • Horton Plaza

Nearest hospitals & doctors

Sharp Coronado Hospital  

250 Prospect Pl

Coronado, CA 92118

Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego   

4077 Fifth Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

UC San Diego Medical Center  

200 W Arbor Dr

San Diego, CA 92103

Nearest places of worship

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

1770 Kearney Ave

San Diego, CA 92113

First Presbyterian Church of San Diego

320 Date St

San Diego, CA 92101

Harbor City Church    

705 16th St

San Diego, CA 92101

Community FAQ

Does Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill require a long-term contract?

No. It bills on a month-to-month basis.

What types of health assessments are performed routinely?

Merrill Gardens at Bankers Hill performs a health assessment at move-in, and every month thereafter.

What types of community events does Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill offer?

The community regularly hosts rooftop patio BBQs, happy hours, music nights, trips to Balboa Park, concerts, museum visits, and baseball games at Petco Park.

Are the apartments furnished at Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill?

Please contact the staff at Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill to inquire about furnishings.

Is there a licensed nurse on staff at all times?

No. However, there is a Licensed Vocational Nurse on staff Monday through Friday.

Is Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill able to accommodate a special diet?

Yes. You’ll need to inquire directly to discuss your individual dietary needs with the staff.

Are pets allowed at Merrill Gardens Bankers Hill?

Yes, but there is a weight limit.