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University House Issaquah

22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah, WA 98029

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Maria Zambrano - Child of resident/client
5.0
The Place to Get Older

They're the most friendly staff I've ever experienced. They're so helpful. It tears my eyes to think of all they've done for my loved one. I think everything looks really clean, and they really try to keep an organized, welcoming environment. Cleanliness is important to me, so I pay a lot of attention to that. The food is good, and they have a good variety. The kitchen is kept clean, and the kitchen team is just amazing. Overall they provide a good amount of activities. I think with Covid, things have been a little bit slow, but I can still see the effort to get people out of their rooms. A little bit more activities would be great now that Covid is settling. I understand that it's independent living, but I think there's a lot of opportunity there for even more community events.... Read more

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About the community University House Issaquah

Welcome to University House Issaquah, an Era Living community. University House offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, a vast array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care.

University House is nestled among the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountains, and is just minutes from the arts, fine dining, and shopping. There are 184 apartments ranging from spacious studios to expansive three-bedroom penthouse suites.

Residents of University House experience a maintenance-free lifestyle, including a full service restaurant with chef-prepared selections, on-site Wellness Center staffed by a Registered Nurse, weekly housekeeping and linen services, scheduled transportation and professionally maintained common areas and gardens.

Residents enjoy choosing from nearly 200 Life Enrichment events each month, including regular outings to the symphony and other cultural events, a variety of fitness, aquatic, and health classes, lectures, garden parties, chef demos, wine and jazz concerts, professionally curated art galas, and much more. Residents find that there are endless opportunities to pursue their passions, mingle with good friends, or simply sit back and enjoy the ambiance.

Additionally, University House Issaquah is proudly affiliated with the University of Washington Retirement Association. This affiliation provides residents with many benefits including a...

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Senior Living Options Offered

Assisted Living
Assisted Living
Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living
Independent Living
Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
University House Issaquah is a community within Era Living properties.

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Amenities at University House Issaquah

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Memory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice Available On-Site
Nurse
Podiatrist
Dentist

Meals & Dining

Meals Provided
Guest Meals
Professional Chef
Restaurant Style Dining

Room Amenities

Wheelchair Accessible Showers
Bath Tubs
Full kitchen
Ground Floor Units
Fireplaces
Private patio, deck, or balcony

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident Parking Available
Complimentary Transportation
Transportation at Cost

Common areas

Outdoor Common Areas
Indoor Common Areas
Private Bath
Barber Shop

Services

Beautician
Grocery Shopping and Errands
Housekeeping
Laundry Service / Drycleaning

Recreational areas

Swimming Pool
Arts and Crafts Center
Fitness Center
Game Room

Pets

Cats Allowed
Dogs Allowed

Primary language spoken by staff

English

On-site dining options

Café or Bistro
Private Dining Room

Memory care services

Enclosed Courtyard

Activities

Devotional Activities Offsite
Visiting Rabbi
Art Classes
Educational Speakers / Life Long Learning

Reviews for University House Issaquah

4.1

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4.5

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4.1

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5.0

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5.0

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4.3

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3.0
June 14, 2021
KM - Toured community
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Our Tour Experience

We thought the price was too much, especially considering it was an older, dated facility. It felt like the 80s and didn’t offer as much as other places we looked at. So the value wasn’t there. The people were really nice, and they promised they were going to update the facility. The rooms just felt closed in. We ended up elsewhere with higher ceilings and overall a newer, nicer, more inviting feel.

Response from University House Issaquah

June 19, 2021

Kelly, thank you for sharing your feedback with us, and we are sorry to hear you won’t be joining our community. We hope you will come back to visit to check out our renovations that will be starting soon.


5.0
June 14, 2021
Maria Zambrano - Child of resident/client
Verified Review
The Place to Get Older

They're the most friendly staff I've ever experienced. They're so helpful. It tears my eyes to think of all they've done for my loved one. I think everything looks really clean, and they really try to keep an organized, welcoming environment. Cleanliness is important to me, so I pay a lot of attention to that. The food is good, and they have a good variety. The kitchen is kept clean, and the kitchen team is just amazing. Overall they provide a good amount of activities. I think with Covid, things have been a little bit slow, but I can still see the effort to get people out of their rooms. A little bit more activities would be great now that Covid is settling. I understand that it's independent living, but I think there's a lot of opportunity there for even more community events.

Response from University House Issaquah

June 19, 2021

Thank you, Maria, for sharing you and your loved one's positive experience with University House Issaquah! We are so glad your loved one feels at home here :)


5.0
June 7, 2021
Doug B - Child of resident/client
Terrific Facility and Staff

My mother [name removed] lived in University House for three years until we had to move her to Spokane to be closer to another family member. [name removed] loved living at University House and especially enjoyed the other residents and activities there. In particular, she enjoyed the wonderful swimming pool, current events lectures and bridge games. I was so impressed by the caring staff, all of whom took the time to get know my mom and offer help and caring support as needed. The executive director is exceptional and ran the community with care and concern, while always available to our family when we had questions or needed extra assistance.


5.0
March 15, 2021
Jeri C - Child of resident/client
Good choice for my parents!

In 2019 my parents moved from their home of 60 years in California to University House Issaquah. My mother says every day how much she loves living there. We are all so happy they made the move. The staff are friendly, kind, caring and always willing to help. The apartments are lovely, spacious, quiet, and the safety features in place give us peace of mind. We were happy to discover that University House Issaquah offers something for everyone, and the entire staff do their best to meet the needs of the residents. My parents have enjoyed the amenities including a dining room with excellent service, a salon, exercise room and a garden courtyard, just to name a few. Residents can participate & be active in the community, or just enjoy the peace & quiet and homey atmosphere. The University House Issaquah website gives a complete list and full description, if you select “Secondary Menu”. We highly recommend this location for senior living at its best.


4.0
December 16, 2020
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A good fit for my mom

We went with University House Issaquah because of the location and it seemed like it was a more active community than some of the other places that we looked at. They do offer a variety of room sizes, my mom is in a smaller apartment but it is comfortable for her. I have eaten here and the food is really good. The wellness center is one of the weak points of the facility. But they have done an amazing job throughout the shutdown working to keep everyone engaged and less isolated. My mom raves about the staff members here. I would recommend it.


5.0
July 7, 2020
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
A great fit for my mom

I think it is great for someone who want to get involved in activities. The food is good and offera a variety, but less variety since the food is being delivered to the apartments since COVID. We chose this community because the location is close to me I would recommend this community. My mom like staff including the housekeeping staff and dining staff. I didn't feel like i was getting my money's worth on the scheduled checks and the health management part. The community has beautiful landscaping and it is a beautiful place.


4.0
June 30, 2020
anonymous - Resident/client
Verified Review
wonderul location, responsive and caring staff

The staff and the residents are wonderful people that helped us evolve into this new lifestyle which was a new experience for us. The building is older and needs renovation. The food is up and down, it was adequate but not superior. I would recommend this community.


5.0
July 31, 2019
Charles Herrick - Loved one of resident/client
Just what mom was hoping for

University House has been a terrific place for my mother-in-law to live. She wanted comfort, security, good dining and an attentive staff. She got all that with the great people at University House. She enjoys bridge and other social activities. And she loves the food. University House is ideally located near stores, shops and the many medical and dental offices in the Issaquah/Sammamish area. It has all worked out wonderfully well.

Response from University House Issaquah

August 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We are very happy to hear that your mother-in-law has settled in great and is enjoying our community!


5.0
April 5, 2019
Catherine - Loved one of resident/client
University House: An Excellent Find!

Overall, we were very pleased with the living arrangements of University House. My father lived at University House for almost a year and during that time, he had nothing but positive feedback. He appreciated the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to help him. His apartment and amenities were prefect. The cleaning services were greatly appreciated. He was very content with the meals which were provided. While my father was not very social, I was impressed with the activities available. My father often used the exercise room and thought about the pool. He found the hair salon to be quite convenient and was happy with hair stylists. I would highly recommend University House to anyone be it a future resident or a son or daughter, such as myself who was searching for the best accommodating living arrangement for his/her parent.

Response from University House Issaquah

April 5, 2019

Thank you so much for your positive review! We are very happy to hear that your father enjoyed our community.


3.5
December 8, 2017
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Best all around

After a long search and many places we had found the perfect place for my Mom. I rated cleanliness only a 4 star only because of a large center piece of furniture that is in the lobby in front of the entrance smells like an old attic. I am not sure if it has ever been professionally cleaned or not. But the rest of this establishment is quite clean and taken taken well care of. The setting is beautiful. I rated activities only a 4 also because in comparison to some other places they had less activities, but the other places do not have an inside swimming pool which made up for it. My Mom loves using the pool. The dining I feel was the best in comparison to the other establisments also. They have a wonderful chef there that really knows how to prepare the best tasting dishes. The layout of the 1 bedroom apartment was design in a better fashion than most that we looked at around the area.

Response from University House Issaquah

December 19, 2017

Thank you for sharing your feedback. I’m sorry to hear that the lobby furniture smelled poorly to you. I’ve checked it out, and it looks like it’s been cleaned since you were here. Please let us know if you notice this again. We always strive to ensure that our residents and their family members feel at home and find all parts of our community inviting, comfortable, and clean. We’re happy to hear that your mom is enjoying the pool and the food. I encourage you or your mom to talk with me or our life enrichment team if you have special requests on activities. We’re always open to hearing new ideas from our residents and family members. Thanks again for the feedback! Esther Friend, Executive Director


4.0
September 22, 2017
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Seeing The Community

We felt like this community would have been fine. They were a great community to see but the deciding factor was to find a place that had mostly people who could speak Cantonese with the same type of population. They were not the best fit for my In-Law.

Response from University House Issaquah

September 29, 2017

Thank you for your feedback, and it's nice to hear that our community left you with a positive impression. We hope you were able to find the right fit for your in-law.


4.5
June 28, 2017
Robert Odekirk - Loved one of resident/client
Great Staff

My Mom has been there for about a year now. they were very understanding to what she needed and helped her (and me) get a new 'normal' established. I cannot say enough good things about the Front Desk Staff! they have been invaluable for me. When I come in to visit they are a wealth of information about where my mom is and how she is doing that day. Any place where large numbers of people live is going to have challenges but the cleaning and maintenance staff are on the ball when problems happen. I was there recently when they had a fire drill and as someone who runs those for a large company myself I was very pleased with the staff's communication, efficiency, and most importantly commitment to the drill. Well done. The several times I have eaten there the food has been excellent and the wait staff patient and attentive. Great job all around.

Response from University House Issaquah

June 29, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful feedback, Robert! We strive to make what can be a difficult transition easier on both the residents and their families, and I am happy to hear that we succeeded with your family. It's an honor to have your mom as part of our community!


1.0
May 26, 2017
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Rocky road, No dogs in the courtyard!

After a rough start, things are finally settling down. First, two-weeks were filled with inaccurate information. Once taken to management clarification was found on most items. Housekeeping eventually knocks my mother's door while she undressed from the waist down, she asked for him to give her a minute and was unheard. The male housekeeper was asked to leave after entering the room with his key and eventually did. Given that the start of this was not going well my mother was hoping to have dinner in her room but only receiving 50% of her meals. Once again after speaking to Food service manager corrections were made. Last but not least, we chose this place because we were advised it was pet-friendly and dogs could be walked in the courtyard. The dog was not with Mom for move in, when she tried to have the dog come home to her she was told they are not allowed.

Response from University House Issaquah

May 30, 2017

Thank you for sharing your concerns. I understand how stressful this kind of transition can be for the whole family, and I am sorry to hear that you feel it did not go smoothly. I would love to talk with you directly to understand your concerns more completely. I can clarify any communication issues and would also like to take this opportunity to learn from your experience. Please call me at [removed] at your earliest convenience. I’d be happy to talk to you after hours if that works best for you. Thank you very much. Albert Munanga, Executive Director of University House Issaquah.


4.0
March 20, 2017
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
It was on a hill!

The University House Issaquah was really nice and we liked it except for the location. It was on a hill and my husband and I were still driving. That was a minus. Also, the food was not as good as other community that we toured.


4.0
December 5, 2016
anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
My tour!!

This was a larger community and my mother in law felt it would not work for her. It was clean and the people were nice. I would say this would be a community to look at.


4.5
October 11, 2016
Kramer - Loved one of resident/client

I researched and visited numerous properties in the greater Seattle area before deciding on University House in Issaquah for my mother, whom I recently transplanted from her home in Tucson. I’d like to thank Liz and Albert for their assistance and patience. The process of moving her took a little over one year to accomplish. At 92, my mother was understandably scared, apprehensive, and not completely convinced that we had made the right decision. The transition, however, went very smoothly, and she immediately fell in love with her new apartment and the beautiful garden views she overlooked from her living room and bedroom. Newcomers are assigned a personal “ambassador” who introduces them to other residents, shows them around, and explains all the amenities, of which there are many. It is a lovely program that helps individuals quickly get acclimated to their new environment. Residents get to experience a true sense of camaraderie/community because of a myriad of daily enriching activities that are provided, where all can flourish. They also often congregate for dinner in the lovely dining room, where the service is friendly, and the food delicious. The staff is caring and helpful, and always available to provide assistance if needed. I especially want to recognize the maintenance group, and to say thank you for all they do. We couldn’t be happier with the choice we made.


4.0
October 10, 2016
anonymous - Toured community

Liked this place very much, lots of activities, but I feel very it is isolated on the hill.


5.0
August 11, 2016
Nina Parker-Cohen - Loved one of resident/client
A Great Place to Be

Issaquah House has been a wonderful experience for my parents as recent newcomers. Everyone there has been so wonderful and helpful. Couldn't have asked for a better transition into their new home. Thanks to all the great staff!


5.0
July 24, 2016
anonymous - Toured community

Very impressed. Certainly not an inexpensive option, but our tour, led by Liz Murray was splendid and we could have checked in then! We felt welcome, and that the staff made extra effort to make us at home. Having lunch with Dottie, one of the Ambassadors was a highlight. Location may be a challenge for us, but we are certainly intrigued by this ERA Living property. Thanks


5.0
June 6, 2016
anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
My mother in law enjoys the painting class!!!

Since moving into University House my mother in law enjoys the movies and performances they offer. The staff are nice and helpful. She let me know that no one complains about the food. I would recommend this community however keep in mind it is between 2 busy roads.


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University House Issaquah has received an average review rating of 4.1 based on 44 reviews. See all reviews.


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