Took the tour recently for my great aunt. I toured once on my own, and then took her back for the tour. I was pretty impressed with the place, as I have looked into four different places. In all honestly, I think this is the right place for us.
Here are my very objective impressions:
PROS are this. As others have said, the staff is very friendly and attentive. There is a very good balance of men and women here, which is not very common. Almost 50/50. The residents seems fairly tight knit. The place is only a few years old, so it's in great shape. ALL meals included. Not just two. The floorplans of the units are really spacious with lots of closet space. For example, the regular one bedroom is at least 200 square feet bigger than The Village at Sherman Oaks. The layout of the place is taller rather than spread out. This could be a positive for some, but for my great aunt, it's not so easy to get around and she found the sprawling facilities a bit daunting. Didn't eat the food, but I hear it was pretty good. The movie room was very nice. Great big comfy lounging recliner chairs. Lots of little nooks and places to read and hang out, besides the larger group areas. There was a dog area outside, and a putting green. Very close to St. Joseph's Hospital and various medical buildings.
CONS: Parking garage seemed too small to really accommodate guests on a busy day. (But it is free for guests and residents so not an added expense if a resident keeps his/her car.), As mentioned in another review, it did seem a little too warm in the common areas. Happy hour is only wine. Why not have a full bar?? The other places all did. I didn't notice any kind of shop to buy the basics. All the other places I toured had one. No real computer lab with cameras, which I think most seniors need. So you have to buy that. There are maybe two or three PCs around, but none have cameras and they looked old. No pool or spa, and a narrow small outdoor area with little shade. Maybe most seniors don't really need a pool, hard to say. But I would have liked to see a few more social options like a game room with a pool table. I am not sure about field trips. I didn't see it advertised so ask about that. Nothing seemingly in walking distance like parks, restaurants, coffee. I didn't see this myself, but I had read a review someplace that claimed only one big van for errands was not enough. I asked a few folks about that during lunch and they seemed to agree that the Vintage could improve this. I'd say this is an utmost concern because once you give up your car, you really want to trust that you will those kind of needs met.
NEITHER GOOD OR BAD, BUT GOOD TO KNOW:
Unless you get a two bedroom, you only get a kitchenette. I like this because it gives you more living space. But if you really like to cook, then it's a negative. Pets allowed. You furnish your own apartment. Every unit seems to have a balcony except the two bedrooms. The views are mostly of other roof tops, with some mountains in the distance. Some units might even look straight into other buildings, so not all apartments are equal. $3500 refundable deposit to get on a waiting list. That's a bit higher than other facilities. You get it back if you change your mind, but that could be cost prohibitive for some folks.