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Our Neighborhood

Serving North County Seniors Since 1966

Since 1966, Olivenhain Guest Home has been the first choice for assisted living and dementia care for families with loved ones living in Encinitas and North Coastal San Diego County.

Olivenhain Guest Home is the “neighborhood assisted living community” – keeping your loved one in a familiar place, within the area they raised their families and nearby their neighbors. We have been part of the fabric of the community for over 50 years and take pride in our role as the safe, caring place for our residents to call home without the fear of being relocated as they age in place. We can accommodate all levels of care from minimal assist to full care.

Olivenhain Guest Home takes pride in its role as the caregiver for the region’s senior citizens. As active business owners and residents, Hank and Suzanne play an integral role in the community to ensure that the needs of its senior residents are kept at the forefront. Hank has been very active in working with the City of Encinitas, local senior centers, senior advocacy organizations as well as local mental health and medical providers. The Olivenhain Conference Training Center has plans on hosting many senior care and Alzheimers/dementia workshops and seminars for the community.

Our Community

One of five communities that make up the City of Encinitas, CA

Olivenhain Guest Home is located in Olivenhain (pronounced Oh-LEE-ven-hine) which is one of five communities that make up the City of Encinitas, CA. The region provides upscale country living just minutes from shopping, dining, attractions and the beach. The active Town Council keeps an eye on growth and planning in the area and makes sure the voice of Olivenhain is alive and well at Encinitas City Council meetings. This group also organizes several community events throughout the year, including a Halloween Party, Holiday Party, craft fair and Beer and Bratwurst Festival.

Residents and their families enjoy experiencing the beauty of our community by visiting the many local parks and some of North County’s most popular outdoor recreation areas. There’s plenty of trails and nature paths for walking that meander throughout the neighborhood. There’s also a wonderful place to enjoy your furry canine friends on the dog-friendly, three-mile San Elijo Lagoon Trail that’s part of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

There is also Wiro Park on 11th Avenue, which offers trail access, play equipment, picnic tables and barbecue grills, as well as Sun Vista Park, which is located at the corner of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Avenida La Posta and offers picnic facilities, a playground and off-leash dog hours most days of the week. Other nearby attractions include the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, the San Diego Botanic Garden, Batiquitos Lagoon and the beaches of Encinitas, which are just a few miles away.

Olivenhain was settled by a German colony in the 1880s. The name Olivenhain is German for “olive grove,” which was the primary reason for the settlement. The German settlers built the meeting hall which still stands just a few feet away from Olivenhain Guest Home. It is used today for community functions such as the annual Oktoberfest, Haunted House, and Craft Fairs.

Early colonists were committed to maintaining a close-knit community with controlled growth and community meetings where all members could participate in important decisions. Current residents remain committed to preserving their rural way of life and continue to hold Town Council meetings that are open to all Olivenhain residents. In fact, these monthly meetings are even held in Olivenhain’s original Meeting Hall, which was built by colonists and first used for a colony meeting in March of 1895. The Olivenhain Town Meeting Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.

The Olivenhain neighborhood stretches from San Elijo Lagoon in the south, along both sides of Manchester Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road, past the northern edge of Lone Jack Road. With winding two-lane roads, rail fences, and trails for horses, bicycles, and pedestrians, Olivenhain has a rural atmosphere loved by its residents. The “Dark Skies” policy, which limits outdoor lighting, allows an unparalleled view of the evening sky. In 1986, Olivenhain joined with Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia, New Encinitas, and Old Encinitas to incorporate as the City of Encinitas. To learn more about Olivenhain, visit Olivenhain.org.