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By Maryanne Jackson


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February 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)


Dear Maryanne,


My wife and I are starting to consider options for retirement communities as we are getting on in age. The simple things have become more challenging for us to perform and despite our love for our home we feel it is time to start our search. We are looking for any suggestions you can offer for us as we start our investigating.


--J. Mount Helix

Dear J,


There are many different types of facilities and communities. However, they vary in price tremendously.


I had the opportunity to reach out to several different communities and there were a few that I thought were remarkable. These communities are just to name a few options as you begin your own investigation.


1) Solstice 444 Prescott Ave, El Cajon, Ca 92020. Contact for tour: 619-444-9470



  •  Located nearby
  • Park-like setting
  • 3 meals a day provided
  • Average $3,000.00 per month
  • Gym and Activity Center
  • 1-2 bedroom apartments
  • In business for 33 years
  • No waiting list currently


2) Casa De Manana Retirement Community 849

Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA. 92037 Contact for tour: 858-454-2151




  • Specs and Pricing starting at $4,300.00- $10,000.00
  • Fitness Center
  • Ocean Views
  • Scheduled Transportation
  • Full Kitchen
  • Library
  • Variety of activities and cultural stimulation
  • Transition to Assisted living starting at $6,370.00-$10,000.00
  • May have a waiting list


3) Brookdale Retirement and Assisted Living in Clairemont Ca. 5219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. S.D. Ca. 92117 858-609-6891. Monthly prices starting at $2,175.00 per month.



  • Assisted Living
  • Variety of activities
  • Chef prepared meals
  • Three meals a day included
  • Salon
  • Walking Paths
  • Piano
  • Library
  • Housekeeping and linen service


In order to assure a smooth transition, here are a few helpful hints to start to consider.


  1. The first step is to go on the tours with the different communities and see the what options and amenities are offered. This allows you to be in control of your future home.
  2. Have a plan in place. Start to clear the clutter. Consider a yard sale, or estate sale.
  3. Donate to Goodwill. Organize your personal affairs. Assign an executor to your estate.
  4. Hire a handyman and get your home spruced up. Consider renting or selling your home when the time comes, to generate the revenue you may need. Have a trusted realtor prepare your neighborhood sold and rental comps and keep you updated and informed on market happenings, so you can decide what option is best.


For additional information or to submit a question, please email

All questions will be answered on a first come first serve basis. Maryanne's license number is DRE CA# 01784021

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