Merrill Gardens at the University


5300 24th Avenue NE , Seattle, WA 98105

(855) 840-7257

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Merrill Gardens at the University is a very new building, constructed around 2009, if I recall correctly. Another new apartment building complex shares the block along with some restaurants and coffee shops. The apartments were cozy with kitchenettes. For those used to city-living, the 2 bedrooms were quite spacious. The halls were wide enough to accommodate those with limited mobility, and the facilities were all very new clean and easy to navigate. The food was prepared by their kitchen staff and was satisfactory, but did not stand out to me. Most people can take my complaints about food with a grain of salt, since I am so picky that very few restaurants in Seattle meet my expectations. They did mention a basic meal plan is basically 1 meal a day, which would allow residents to enjoy the many other dining options in the neighborhood. When speaking with the staff, it was clear that they worked there for the right reasons; they wanted to work with seniors and they demonstrated compassion and care for those who live there, greeting residents by name. Beyond the newness of the community and the enjoyment the residents seemed to have living there, this is what stood out the most to me.

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I toured Merrill Gardens at the University approximately 8 months ago. I was researching possible retirement communities in the area near my home for my newly retired parents (they are looking to retire to a community with amenities in approx 5 years). I cannot say enough about this beautiful community. I almost can't wait to retire myself just to have the option of living here! Merrill Garden's location is ideal. It's within walking distance of University Village, with a grocery store (QFC), shops, and restaurants galore. It's also right on the bus line so if you want to hop a bus for downtown Seattle it's right there. I love Merrill's sense of freedom they provide to their residents; the anytime dining program allows residents to eat when they feel like it...a nice bonus. The common areas are warm, modern, and inviting. They have a wine bar which my parents would love! They also have a beauty salon, work out area, and concierge onsite. I feel like no one would want for anything here. A lovely outdoor area with a fountain is a great touch for the warmer months. I can see my parents sipping coffee out there and reading the paper. I also love the modern, urban exterior. And the staff...so warm and smiley and without a doubt loving their jobs! So important! All in all this place is an absolute GEM. I think anyone would be lucky to live at this beautiful community. Well done Merrill Gardens at the University. I will be calling you in about 35 years myself!

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Costs for Merrill Gardens at the University

Assisted Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 2,950

Independent Living Starting Cost per Month:

$ 2,950

Medicaid/Medicare Not Accepted

Amenities at Merrill Gardens at the University

Property Info

Emergency Services: Less than 1 Mile

Shopping: Less than 1 Mile

Recreation: Less than 1 Mile

Minimum Age: 62

Resident Capacity: 240

Number of Units: 97

State License #: 2132

Enforcement Letters: Check

Private Units

Studio Apartments

1-Bedroom Units

2-Bedroom Units

Air Conditioning/Climate Control

Full Kitchen

Emergency Call System

24-Hour Staffing

Parking Provided

Fitness Room/Gym

Beauty/Barber Shop


Chapel Services

Wine Bar

Social Meeting Rooms


Full-Time Activity Director

Social Events

Trips & Outings

Spiritual Activities

Exercise Classes

Live, On-site Entertainment


Wii Bowling

Happy Hour

Book Club


Outside Patio/Gardens

Computer/Internet Access

Cable/Satellite TV

Dedicated Concierge

Pet Policy: Pets allowed

Special Meals: Diabetic,Low-salt,Low-fat

Restaurant-Style Dining

Anytime Dining Program


Help with Activities of Daily Living

Transportation to Appointments

Other Transportation Provided

Guest Apartment

Guest Meals

Private Laundry

Room Service


Ambulation & Escort Services

Linen Service

Active Living Wellness Program

Activity and Wellness Center

Description of Merrill Gardens at the University


Merrill Gardens at The University is one of our most elegant Merrill Garden Communities yet. With a central location near the University of Washington and University Village shopping center, our residents enjoy close proximity to downtown Seattle as well as scenic walks along the Lake Washington waterfront.

Merrill Gardens is a resident-focused company that provides the best in retirement community living by supporting independence, individuality, privacy and the decision-making abilities of our residents. Our outstanding facilities and the vibrant communities within enrich the lives of our residents.

Featured Amenities

At Merrill Gardens at The University, we provide our residents with a rich and active living experience. Our Anytime Dining program serves restaurant-style meals in our formal dining room offering residents the opportunity to make new friends and welcome visiting family members and friends to dine with us.

Our residents may also enjoy the latest vintage in our exclusive wine bar, get their hair done in our on-site salon and barbershop, and park their cars in our covered garage. Our community also features a modern electronic key-card system for added safety and security.

Available Services

Merrill Gardens at The University is staffed 24 hours a day to ensure that our residents have everything they need to enjoy retirement to the fullest. Our on-site concierge is available to help with anything from making dinner reservations and securing ticket purchases to pet sitting and valet parking.

In addition, our cheerful staff are here to take care of life's everyday chores, from complimentary transportation and grounds maintenance to linen service and housekeeping.

Merrill Gardens at The University is a senior community dedicated to providing a high level of personal service.