Welcome to St. Paul’s Villa: Under the Tuscan Sun A Virtual Open House Event

Welcome to The Villa on Bankers Hill: Virtual Tour

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Our renovation is almost complete, we are just waiting on new artwork for the walls to arrive! Click through the photos to see how the Villa has been transformed into a brighter and more comfortable community for our residents.

12 Reasons to LOVE St. Paul’s Villa

1. Located two blocks from the world-famous Balboa Park!
2. Recently remodeled community with a fresh, new look.
3. A separate and secure Memory Care floor for seniors with dementia.
4. Amenities like an on-site hair salon, chapel, library, restaurant-style dining room, outdoor patios, and community spaces for gatherings.
5. Experienced and caring staff including CNAs, LVNs, and RNs.
6. Certified nursing staff onsite 24/7.
7. Centrally located in midtown near downtown, the airport, and coastal communities.
8. Three delicious restaurant style meals included daily.
9. Purpose-driven activities and life enrichment programming.
10. Lower month-to-month care costs than many competing communities.
11. Overseen by a not-for-profit organization with 60 years of experience caring for seniors.
12. Spiritual enrichment programs and Chaplaincy services.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Villa

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History of St. Paul’s Villa Assisted Living and Memory Care

Before St. Paul’s Villa was a senior living community, the building was a hotel called the Balbonian built in 1981 and named for its close proximity to Balboa Park. When the building became available in the early 90s, it was the perfect location for St. Paul’s to expand their senior care services to support the growing need for Assisted Living in the mid-town area.

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St. Paul’s Villa Remodel Highlights

Completed in 2020, St. Paul’s Villa got a full makeover from top to bottom! With outdated carpet, wall coverings, lighting, and furniture, the Villa was in great need of an update. A large portion of the funding for the renovation came from generous donors through the St. Paul’s Foundation and the annual SUMMERFEST fundraiser event.

Meet and Mingle with Our Staff!

Reach out to any of the Villa staff members below to ask questions and learn about our community:

Terri Hancock
Terri Hancock
Admissions Specialist
Linda Spence
Linda Spence
Admissions Specialist
LaTressa Downing
LaTressa Downing
Current Available Apartments
See the floor plans in the PDF above

Assisted Living

  • Cedar – 1
  • Coronado – 1
  • Balboa – 1

Reflections Memory Care

  • Maple – 3
  • Cedar – 4
  • Juniper – 2
  • Coronado -1

The Juniper Studio is a spacious and economical option for two people.

The Juniper Studio is a spacious and economical option for two people.

The Villa in the News!

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In 1992, St. Paul’s Villa was officially converted into an Assisted Living community. Many residents from St. Paul’s Manor—an Active Retirement Community just a few blocks away—moved to the Villa if they needed more hands-on care and oversight. The Villa features three floors, which include quaint secure courtyards, private balconies, a ball room, a Chapel, a full-service dining room, and community spaces.

In 2010, St. Paul’s Senior Services dedicated one of the three floors as a secured memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With the growing number of seniors diagnosed with dementia, it became important to provide a safe and secure environment catering to the unique needs of seniors with memory loss.

Today, St. Paul’s Villa features 136 studio, one, and two bedroom apartments on 7,640 square feet of living space, featuring large community spaces, outdoor courtyards, a library, an on-site salon, and a non-denominational chapel. Since 2016, Administrator LaTressa Downing has led the staff at the Villa, bringing with her many years of experience caring for seniors with support needs or dementia.

From the floors and walls to the furniture and lighting fixtures, every detail was thoughtfully designed to create a comfortable and functional environment for seniors. Villa administrator LaTressa Downing and St. Paul’s CEO Cheryl Wilson worked with designers to create a classic look with pops of rich color like orange and teal. Everything was selected to be functional and safe for our seniors, for example, dining room chairs with arms so residents could get up easier, and stackable chairs and the tables that flip down to allow for easy storage for a variety of configurations.

In the ballroom area, the carpet was removed and replaced by hard surface flooring and a bar/service area was created for hosting events and resident activities. In the dining room, walls were lowered in the service area to create open sight lines, and a counter area was added to create an “action station” for residents to enjoy.

If you ask the residents what their favorite part of the renovation is, most of them will say “getting rid of that carpet!” Luxury Vinyl Planks were installed throughout all the hallways and large community spaces, making it much easier for residents using walkers and wheelchairs to get around. They also really enjoy the 85-inch TV and entertainment system that was installed in the living room for movies.