Discover a charming senior living community in Santa Cruz right near the beach.

Sunshine Villa is located on Beach Hill in Santa Cruz, California in a lovely Victorian home, and historic landmark, with breathtaking ocean views.

Located in the center of all the action, we are within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Wharf, beach and boardwalk. Our beautiful building has a charming personality—and a fascinating past—all its own. Sunshine Villa is a historic Santa Cruz landmark set in a delightful neighborhood, just steps away from the beach.

Sunshine Villa not only offers the very best in Santa Cruz assisted living and memory care, we tailor our care services to fit you. It’s not just about the services you need, but how you want them to be delivered. We have been serving Santa Cruz-area residents since 1990. Our professional staff members are committed to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.

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Meet James McKie, Executive Director at Sunshine Villa

With a background in real estate and residential property management, James jumped into the senior housing industry in 2008.  Since that time, he has held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, and operations.  His passion for senior living goes far beyond the brick and mortar aspect of the business.  His real passion is to provide quality solutions to residential care and to create a sense of community for the people served.  In McKie’s own words, “Senior Living solutions are first and foremost about offering a resident the best quality of life possible.  However, our business is also about offering the families of our residents the peace of mind that their love one is safe, happy, and well cared for.  My goal is to be of service to the entire family, whether that be a family of one single resident, or an extended family of many.”

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It’s lovely having our folks living at Sunshine Villa. The rooms are cozy, the views are spectacular and all the people who work here are so kind and respectful. We know our folks are safe and honored here.

Daughter of Resident

Living Options At Sunshine Villa

Assisted Living

If you or a loved one struggles a bit with daily tasks then assisted living in Santa Cruz at Sunshine Villa may be a perfect option. The nice thing about this option is that you will receive as much help as you need - not too much and not too little. We can help as needed with bathing, medication assistance, escorts, and more. And we’ll take care of many chores, too. Imagine not having to cook meals, wash linens, clean your apartment, or do maintenance! It all makes for a much more relaxed and confident retirement lifestyle. So, when it comes to Santa Cruz senior living, please think of Sunshine Villa if you’re considering an assisted living community. Questions? We’re always here to help. Give us a call at (831) 459-8400 or come see for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour.

Memory Care

There is no doubt you’re doing all you can to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. And as you know, memory care can get overwhelming. But what if there was a place that could help the whole family? A memory care community in Santa Cruz, California that is secure, nurturing, and approaches care just like family? Wouldn’t that alleviate some of the stress? Wouldn’t that bring the family closer together? We know it will, because we’ve seen it happen many, many times. Sunshine Villa Senior Living isn’t a memory care facility, it truly is a memory care community and you’ll notice the difference right away. Questions? We’re always here to help. Give us a call at (831) 459-8400 or come see for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour.

More about Sunshine Villa

California sunshine and smiles. That’s what you’ll notice first about your beautiful new home in Sunshine Villa. Of course the Victorian architecture and ocean views make Sunshine Villa stand out, but the compassionate hearts of the staff members here are irreplaceable. It’s their smiles, warmth, and sincerity that mark Sunshine Villa as an extraordinary senior living community.

Our retirement community is just the right size, too. With about 125 residents, we are like a great, big family, and there’s always something interesting going on—whether it’s painting lessons, Tai Chi classes, a music appreciation seminar, a book discussion or a jigsaw puzzle. Our activities program is designed to bring out your passions and help keep you engaged in our community life.


We encourage you to take a tour to see for yourself what life at Blue Harbor is all about. Our tours are really laid back. No pressure. Remember when mom used to pressure you to eat your veggies, or do your homework, or do your chores? There will be none of that.

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