The 10/2005 comment from Kathryn C. about Essex Meadows is way off base. It is just not true. I have never experienced a bad odor anywhere at all. My parents have lived here for 1 1/2 years and I have spent a lot of time there in the common rooms, lecture hall, dining room, in their apartment and in the health center. It is a wonderful place to live. It is beautiful and elegant. Residents are friendly and neighborly and the staff is knowledgeable and extremely helpful. All sorts of services are available if you need them. And you can be as independent as you like. There are tons of activities & trips. The dining room is like a really nice restaurant & the food is delicious. Call for a tour and see for yourself. Essex Meadows is not just any senior living residence; it is the best one in this area!