My elderly friend lives at Whitaker Glen, and it's a nice assisted living community. Whitaker Glen is located in Five Points, a trendy area in downtown Raleigh, and it's close to shopping, grocery stores, drug stores and restaurants. Her "apartment" (as I call it) is very spacious and more upscale than most retirement communities I've seen. The "apartment" comes with a separate living & dining area, nice sized kitchen, bathroom, hallway, and large bedroom. Her living quarters include stainless steel appliances with granite countertops, and a balcony outside. The grounds and landscaping are well maintained and the community has some very bright (and active) residents.
My friend has made a number of friends w/ other residents in the community. They offer day trips, shows, activities, concerts and transportation services. There is a restaurant within Whitaker Glen (with decent food), and they also have a wellness center (fitness & workout area). I would definitely recommend Whitaker Glen if you're looking for an upscale assisted living community.