Our residents and family members provide an added perspective of what makes The Woodlands special.
“ My wife and I moved 22 times during my military career and we lived in many interesting residences and locations in multiple states and countries. In 1990, we settled in Fairfax in a wonderful house in the Summerset South community next to the Fairfax Memorial Park. We had planned to stay there for the rest of our lives.
As we aged and all the work in and around the house became a bit much, we visited Army, Air Force, and commercial retirement communities in the area. When we found The Woodlands we knew right away - this is the best. Everything one needs is in or near the community. It is family-owned and expertly managed with emphasis on needs and desire of the residents and has a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The facilities are eye-appealing, with nicely decorated common areas, the apartments are spacious, and weekly cleaning and maintenance is performed by qualities staff. The five-course dinners in the luxurious dining room are excellent with many choices every day, including vegetarian and vegan meals, and are served by friendly young people. Menus change weekly and additional specials are offered every Thursday and Saturday. Sunday and holiday brunches are superb and a nicely furnished Bistro is available for tasty lunches during the week.
When having dinner with the diverse residents or joining them for many available activities, you learn that they had many interesting professions and originally came from the many of the 50 states or other countries such as Australia, South Africa, Greece, Philippines, Germany, Belgium, Spain. All are friendly and help each other. It is easy to make friends.
The Woodlands has many recreational and educational facilities and activities. Monthly calendars inform you of daily free movies at the in-house theater, concerts and musical performances in the plush Living Roo once or twice each week, warm-water indoor pool activities, exercise classes, health or religious educational meetings, conversational Spanish session, BINGO and card games, table pool and ping pong games, bus outings for lunch or dinner at local restaurants or local area art performances and shopping trip, transportation to medical appointments, and so much more. We are glad moved to The Woodlands – we feel at home here. ”
Hank & Christa Eckel
“A few things I love about The Woodlands: a quiet, friendly atmosphere from staff and residents. A secure garage has spoiled me, no frost to scrape off windows and the care is cool in the summer. The convenience of shopping cars at the elevators. A little garden plot to dirty our green thumbs if we wish.”
“Wow! The Woodlands – a great place to live! Our daughter found The Woodlands and said she knew we would love it. Moving from Vienna after 48 years was not easy, but she convinced us it would all work out. W’ve only been here six months but have to admit it is great. The building and our apartment are lovely and from day one everyone has been so friendly, the staff, the waiters and most of all the residents. Throw in the good food and the entertainment and we feel it has been a wonderful move. Thank you one and all.”
Tony & Pat Cutonilli
“ My wife and I moved to The Woodlands six years ago, following our search of local retirement communities. We found the setting, the warm community atmosphere, and all the amenities that we would ever want in a retirement community. After our visit to The Woodlands, we decided immediately that there was no point in looking elsewhere. We found it easy to continue our own intellectual pursuits by giving community seminars, my wife on Russian literature, and myself on topics in psychology. When we had friends visiting us for dinner or for the Sunday brunch, the continuing comments were, 'This is like living on a cruise ship.' Since I'm physically very active, I particularly enjoy using the gym, conveniently located in the apartment house. I also find a wide range of activities to choose from for participation, a virtual smorgasbord. I like to play bridge, and with the announced schedule of twice a week, it is easy to find one or two tables. We found it easy to make friends and were very appreciative of their support in times of need. We also appreciated their intellectual prowess and varied, world experiences. The Woodlands is indeed an ideal place to spend my retirement years. ”
“After my husband Robert died in 2015, my little Corgi and I tried living by ourselves in our large home in a Boston suburb, but I was unhappy being so far away from family. Since on son lived in Fairfax, Virginia and the other in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania the internet seemed the best way to search for a retirement community that both my dog and I might join. The website for The Woodlands immediately caught my attention since the first picutre I saw had a dog in it. Then, looking through the photos of The Woodlands I was very impressed by the spacious apartments, the nicely decorated common rooms and the outdoor surroundings with its walking trails. I came to visit at Thanksgiving of 2015, with both sons there to help me decide, and moved in April 1, 2016. As wonderful as the building itself is with its beautiful Dining Room for dinner, Bistro for lunch, Living Room for in-house concerts, Theater for evening movies, Fitness Center, Pool, numerous other rooms for playing cards, making puzzles, sitting and chatting with friends, I found that the most important aspect of living here is that it is like being part of a large friendly family. The residents are all very interesting people, as you discover when eating with them at dinner, and the staff have all been chosen to have the temperament to make the residents feel at home. Also, the menus of both the Dining Room and Bistro are very impressive, with guests always marveling at the number of entrees and the variety of food, including vegan and vegetarian options. For those wanting more variety there are scheduled outings for lunch, dinner, museums tours, concerts and even overnight stays. By the way, my new little poodle puppy, Ollie, who replaced the now-deceased Percy, is also very happy here and loves all the attention he gets from residents and staff. ”
Mary Jane Spiro
“Michael and Janet moved to The Woodlands in the spring of 2017. Our decision to downsize and move to an independent living apartment took time and, was a challenge. However, we are very happy that we made the move and out children are very pleased that we are living here. The Woodlands provides the perfect environment for us. The facility is secure, the staff are very supportive and courteous. We have met many new friends with whom we frequently meet for dinner. Also, we have a large family with whom we interact, including hosting them for dinners which Janet does not have to cook! We work out in the gym three mornings each week and are never alone trying to prove we are still youthful! Lastly, The Woodlands sponsors many and varied programs for the residents both onsite and throughout the metropolitan area, including attending excellent theatrical programs at George Mason University. ”