Portola Gardens
Assisted Living Community

San Francisco, California

37,328 SF
Year Built: 1932

Project History

Located in the historic Garden District in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood, the 2.2-acre site has a long, storied history of providing affordable housing and care services for the elderly. Originally built in 1884 as a convalescent/nursing home for elderly women, known as the Lick Old Ladies Home and later renamed as the University Mound Old Ladies’ Home, it was reconstructed in 1932 as is noted as one of the first senior care facilities in California. Designed in the Colonial Revival architectural style that embodies the distinctive characteristics of the period, the building was designated as a Historical Landmark in 2015. The building represents the work of master architects Martin J. Rist and Alfred I. Coffey, who both separately and in partnership were well known for their designs of institutional buildings. Sentinel acquired the asset in January 2018 and renamed the assisted living community to Portola Gardens. Today, Portola Gardens operates as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE) providing assisted living care and services to San Francisco’s seniors.

Project Description

Sentinel entitlement plan is to expand the licensed capacity of Portola Gardens for senior citizens in need of assisted living and memory care services within the City of San Francisco. Along with the proposed expansion, the property is being restored with capital improvements focused around fire life safety issues and updating key building systems. Improvement plans focus on increasing the quality of life for residents and enhancing the marketability of the community within the marketplace. Efforts to reposition the property include carefully designed renovations of common areas, resident rooms and restrooms as well as installation modern features such as state of the art senior care nurse call and wander guard technologies by Stanley Healthcare and WIFI coverage throughout. Finally, the exceptionally large land area within the city limits provide further opportunities to enhance indoor/outdoor living and possible construction of separate dedicated memory care building on the site.

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