The Firs

426 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506

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About the community The Firs

Select apartments from $1,900* per month.

The Firs is an ideal community for active seniors on the go located in the Washington state capital. Our stunning location sits right on the edge of a beautiful forest and borders the Chehalis-Western Trail yet within minutes of St. Peter's Hospital. We are located close to the Farmers Market, the unique shopping in Olympia, the waterfront restaurants, the WA Performing Arts Center and within an hour from the beautiful Washington coastline and the rugged landscape and wildlife on the Olympic Peninsula. Our seniors have the opportunity to enjoy their retirement years without the hassle of dealing with home maintenance or winter driving! Join a yoga class, a bridge club, a live music concert or take a course in our seminars. We offer studios, alcoves & one & two bedroom floor plans with decks, patios & full kitchens and plenty of closet space. The Firs is part of MBK Senior Living, a company dedicated to exceeding expectations in the amenities and services we provide. This means we strive to enhance our residents' lives, enabling them to enjoy senior living as much as possible!

*Limited time on select apartments only.

Senior Living Options Offered

Independent living

Pricing for The Firs

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.

Amenities at The Firs

Health Care Services

Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Physical therapist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Anytime dining
Guest meals
International cuisine

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen

Community Amenities

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Property convenient to public transit
Uncovered parking

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Barber shop
Beauty salon


Grocery shopping and errands
Laundry service / drycleaning


Cats allowed
Dogs allowed

Languages spoken


Primary language spoken by staff


Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Fitness center
Game room
Movie or theater room

On-site dining options

Café or bistro
Private dining room


Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Visiting chaplain or priest
Visiting rabbi

Reviews for The Firs


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September 16, 2021
Debra Cooper - Child of resident/client
A great, safe place for MOM!

I rarely ever give a 5 star review because I feel there is always room for improvement. Besides their need to perfect their website to pay remotely for rent and a few bumps in the beginning, I am really happy with the care and activities The Firs provides for my mother. She has made friends already with other residence and gets involved with various activities offered. She also enjoys the salon facilities onsite while I have the comfort of knowing she is safe. Her home caretaker comes as well as her physical therapists. They have weekly cleaning of sheets and light housekeeping. It actually is a wonderful place for Mom to call home!

August 2, 2021
Ruth - Resident/client
Very Thoughtful and Caring Young People Who Care for Us

It's been a good experience so far. I attribute a lot of that to my family that lives here and has been so good to me. They help me out a lot, and they take me to appointments. The Firs does offer transportation to appointments, but only on a couple of days a week, which doesn't always work out for scheduling with new doctors. My apartment is small, and I wish the layout was a little better. The living room is smaller than my bedroom, and the bathroom is very big. So I wish there was more space in the living room where I spend more of my time. But I had to get what I could afford, so I opted to take a smaller apartment. They need more help here, especially with maintenance. I know they're trying to get more help, and I understand that it's difficult right now. I had one big issue, which was troubling, but we worked through it, and it's all been straightened out now. I've been really impressed with the youth that wait on us in the dining room and kitchen. All of the staff have been great, but it's especially nice to see how the youth interact with us. They go above and beyond in caring for us and are very thoughtful. I think they're wonderful kids. If I don't call down and tell the staff that I'm not coming for breakfast, they send someone to my door to make sure I'm okay. And they do the same thing for the evening meal.

June 30, 2021
CM - Child of resident/client
a great place for you loved one

Overall the community is a great place, the staff is amazing and the community feels homey. It is very neat and clean and the staff are very friendly I would recommend this community to others based on my experience.

June 28, 2021
Scott L - Child of resident/client
I would recommend it, and definitely good value

Our first impression of The Firs was just the nice friendly and homey atmosphere it had. Also the activities are starting to pick back up.

April 13, 2021
Denise W - Child of resident/client
We highly recommend The Firs

We chose The Firs because of the amazing care, the outstanding staff members, and they really went above and beyond. They were always checking on her for me even when they didn't have to. The meals provided were great, the food that I saw looked chef prepared. I really like the location of the facility, they are close to a lot of stores so I could shop and take things to my mom if I needed to. It is in the trees so it is beautiful scenery. I wish they had assisted living and my mom would definitely still be living here.

February 19, 2021
anonymous - Child of resident/client
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My review of The Firs

We chose The Firs because she wanted to be closer to a hospital, so the location was the main reason. She has been happy with her apartment size, it is great for her needs. I would recommend them to others looking.

January 12, 2021
Carla C - Friend of resident/client
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a great place for a loved one

The staff is awesome and the community itself is awesome. The rooms are great and have a kitchen to cook. The community is very clean and very helpful. I would definitely recommend the community to others

December 16, 2020
Suzanne - Loved one of resident/client
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Above and Beyond

I would tell others that this is a great place. This is a great stepping stone for your loved one between leaving a home and before assisted living. The staff and community would make sure to check on the residents. They would call and make sure the resident ordered their meals.

December 7, 2020
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
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A good place to live

The staff is exceptional, they do a great job providing safety and assistance when needed. The apt sizes are good, and the food is average. I would recommend this community to others.

November 15, 2020
Cyntha A Lounsbury - Industry reviewer
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Review of The Firs

I have toured this facility and I work in the industry. I am so impressed on how much this company does in our community. I know it is because of [name removed] being the President of Senior Action Network. She does a lot for people. When you enjoy your work and have a company that stands behind you. It is easy to have the community behind you. I am not just talking about The Firs community, I am talking about Thurston County community. Thank you for all you do to help our Seniors...

October 29, 2020
Dayle Workman - Resident/client
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Review of The Firs

This is my home. I am proud and happy living in this community because The Firs is a caring, loving place. I appreciate management and staff.

October 12, 2020
Bruce Schoenbach - Loved one of resident/client
Life at The Firs

Our uncle resided at your facility for many years and was extremely happy there. He was very comfortable in his apartment and enjoyed playing cards with the other residents. When we visited him all the staff was welcoming, helpful and catered to our needs. We especially loved the daily health checks by phone from the staff for him. Would highly recommend your facility. Thanks for everything! PS Your hot chocolate machine is awesome! ??

August 9, 2020
Happy Camper - Resident/client
Home Sweet Home

I did many months of review and careful assessment before deciding on The Firs as a permanent home for my senior years. Many factors contributed to the final decision -- location, services, atmosphere, and price. Now that I've lived here for over two years, I can say unequivocally that I made the very best decision. It's not just the services, the facility, or even the other residents that make The Firs such a great place. It's the staff. From the director at the top to the young dining room servers, we have the best crew of caring, energetic, efficient and effective people that you could find anywhere. For example, one of our marketing managers, [name removed], is a Jill-of-all-trades who serves residents in a myriad of capacities. If something needs to be accomplished, she will get it done. Pleasant, effervescent, energetic, knowledgeable -- and willing to do whatever needs to be done to serve her "family" here at The Firs. Aging senior citizens need the assurance that someone really cares -- and we receive that here. One delightful characteristic of the work ethic here is the opportunities afforded our young people who begin by serving tables and are given a chance to cross-train and take advantage of upward mobility within the organization. It pays off in loyalty and astonishingly good service and care. I never want to move again -- this is home, this is family, this is contentment.

August 6, 2019
Steve and Bonny Schultz - Resident/client
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Living at The Firs - Five Year Review

We've lived at The Firs for 5 years now. Many changes (all for the good) have been implemented in that time. All staff here have been exceptional – everyone knows our name and habits very quickly. Dining room and kitchen crew, maintenance and activities make us happy and a part of The Firs Family. In particular, the young adults from high school that serve us in the dining room, many remain working here until graduation and then move away for college and come back for holidays and summer! Any newcomers learn from them and we get to make new young friends again. [Name removed], our Director has been pivotal in making so many positive changes, providing us with an all day restaurant, among many other things. Our maintenance guys ([name removed], [name removed] and [name removed] – our very own MBK) are always on top of things and rapidly tend to our residents. The activities director, [name removed] is always listening to us and trying out new innovative & fun things. Our concierge, who knew all the building secrets for so many years, recently left us to raise her family, but was replaced with little [name removed] who is a talented individual that is filling the position quite admirably. [Name removed] & [name removed] seal the deal they always want to make us happy. He helps in any way and lends his technology smarts a ton for everyone. Her friendliness is contagious. Busy with organizations in the area, President of Senior Action Network and local fundraising, she leads exercise class every morning for the residents, as well as hosting the Saturday morning Coffee & Conversation. She routinely helps out in the dining room and residents are always seeking her out for help in so many ways. [Name removed] is our lynch-pin at The Firs. The building and exterior grounds are well maintained and quite beautiful. I think I'll go out and enjoy them!

Response from The Firs

August 9, 2019

Knowing what an impact that our staff (throughout the building) is making on you is truly heart-warming. Thank you for your kind words. We believe The Firs is a special place - largely due to the wonderful residents who live here and the caring team members who consider residents part of their extended family. It's our goal to exceed the expectations of those we serve. Your message tells us we're on the right track. Thank you so much for sharing your experience - and thank you for calling The Firs home!

June 6, 2019
Mary Lee Rose - Resident/client
What do I like about The Firs

What do I like about the Firs? There is a lot to like. The location is beautiful. The building is surrounded by tall pine and fir trees, making a great view from each apartment window. In the fall the deciduous trees turn orange to add variety. The interior hallways repeat the natural colors for a pleasant mood. The Firs is a community, and what is especially nice is that the community is roughly equal in married couples, single women and single men. There are a lot of opportunities to socialize and to participate in activities: meals, games and discussion groups. The food in the dining room is good and the menu has lots of choices. The young men and women who serve us are pleasant and make the experience enjoyable. The weekly housekeeping service and the maintenance service is a wonderful addition: the staff help keep us comfortable and happy. Most of us no longer drive and appreciate the excellent bus service. The bus takes us to medical and dental appointments, banks, shopping, church services and community events. The bus also goes to the library (there is also a library in the Firs). Regular trips to the Olympia Farmers' Market are a great outing. I made the perfect choice when I selected the Firs as my home eight years ago.

January 16, 2019
Art and Carolyn Folden - Resident/client
Our view of The Firs

The Firs has all the amenities that you could ask for but the biggest thing that sets The Firs apart from the others is the respect shown, friendliness and the communication from the staff to each one of us. Especially all of our young folks that work in the dining room they are absolutely amazing. Another thing that is unique to The Firs is that it is located in the heart beat of Olympia and next to all of the services a senior could ask for such as all of our doctors, the hospital, and the pharmacy. I love to walk and it is just a minute and a half to walk to my doctor's office. Speaking of loving to walk, The Firs graciously granted the city the right to build an Emergency Access to the Chehalis Western Trail so not only our they serving the community at large but it makes for a great walk to take with my wife. In our time here we have seen that the ownership MBK Senior Living is very responsive to our needs. The leadership team at The Firs is excellent and sets the example of leadership.

January 9, 2019
Sharon - Resident/client
My Home

I just need to say this and let everyone know. My daughter [name removed] looked at all the local communities and The Firs always came out on top in every way. I thoroughly enjoy the activities like Ted Talks, Musical Performers, and the monthly committees like Food Talk, Maintenance Talk and Chat with [name removed]. All three maintenance men are amazing and get whatever I need done so quickly. The hair dresser is great and is so convenient just down the hallway from my apartment. All of the people here are wonderful, everyone has a smile and are always so positive and happy. They always listen to me with such compassion and somehow they always remember my name. I feel like I belong and truly feel that The Firs is my home. In times when I lost loved ones, the shoulder to cry on and comfort given to me by the staff was wonderful and I am so grateful to all of them. It’s been one wonderful year and counting and I think The Firs would be the right choice for anyone that is looking for a place to live.

January 8, 2019
Elaine - Resident/client
Four years and counting

The Firs is incredibly warm feeling, my family and I looked at two or three other communities and it just felt cold, the atmosphere did not feel like home, then we walked into the Firs and it immediately felt like home. The dining room I instantly fell in love with it. My apartment is such a great place and affordable. The residents and staff immediately made me feel at home. The number one thing I can say is I feel so safe here with the residents and staff their sincerity is felt, we truly are a family. The single most important thing that sets The Firs apart from everywhere else I looked at is the people. This is just what I needed after my husband passed. The quality of the food is great and when there is something I do not want they have a list of alternate items to choose from. I could not ask for anything more. I would recommend anyone to choose the Firs as their next place to live. This has been my wonderful home for four years going on five years now.

December 13, 2018
Jaime - Loved one of resident/client

The staff at the firs has made all the difference for our family. I’m so thankful for their kindness and willingness to help during this transition for our family. My dad is very happy with his new place.

June 11, 2018
Barbara Maurer - Resident/client
Happiness Villa

What a pleasurable experience it has been, living at The Firs. Friendly, helpful staff go out of their way to meet our needs and life is so much easier and more pleasant without the burden of home ownership, meal preparation and housekeeping. What a blessing it has been to have this wonderful place available for my husband and me in our "golden years". We plan to live out our years here -- happily.

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The Firs has received an average review rating of 4.5 based on 46 reviews. See all reviews.

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