I am glad that I rented the guest room in January 2017 for 2 nights so that I could get a good idea of what the location, the facility and the people who live at the Evergreens are like.
The location could not be better: directly across the street from Columbia Mall (close to the movie theatres and with a great variety of restaurants & shops), bus stops on the corner and terminal at the Mall, Whole Foods across from the Mall on the opposite end, and library nearby. The buildings are very clean, well maintained, and attractive. The grounds are pleasant, and I could see that they must be lushly green anytime but winter, with outdoor pool, barbecue cookers, and comfortable outdoor seating. My visit must have been timed right because there was a birthday party for everyone born in January, to which all Evergreens residents (& I) were welcome. There were a few games, cake and ice cream, special gifts for the birthday "babies", and a small gift for each of the rest of us.
The Community Room, only a few yards from the cozy first floor guest room, is where the party was held. There is a kitchen where hot and cold beverages and popcorn are available most of the time, newspapers are provided for all to share, comfortable furnishings are arranged for conversation, there are tables and chairs for cards and other games, & a very nice area that has been used sometimes for private parties. Adjoining, is the Billiards Room where Chair Yoga is held regularly. Across the hall is a business center with 2 desktop computers, all-in-one printer, shredder, and other office conveniences. The Fitness Center, in a room down the hall has up-to-date exercise equipment, and scheduled instruction is available. A mirrored exercise room with barre is in the parking garage, and regularly scheduled classes are held there. Please contact the Leasing Office for a schedule of activities.
I took every opportunity to talk with residents, and found most have been there for many years. Some had changed to smaller or larger apartments (there are many different sizes and configurations), were glad to be there, and all encouraged me to move in. Several volunteered to show me their apartments, which were much more spacious than I expected from the floor plan on the website.
If you are considering the Evergreens I advise you to stay a night or 2 in the guest room, which is complete with mini-kitchenette, and is much more reasonably priced than local hotels. (The same room is conveniently available for guests of residents). The 2 nights worked out very well for me because I found the location perfect, the facility pleasing, and "natives" friendly. I was not able to sign a lease because I cannot commit until later this year, but the Evergreens looks like the right place for me.
(4 stars instead of 5 because if I could make one change it would be to have a resident manager for additional security and rapid response).