By Robert Biggs
, June 29, 2015
Overall, this is a nice place to live. I'll talk about some of pros of living here. First of all, it's hard to beat this location. A mall, a strip mall, a shopping square, a grocery store, a hardware store, and a couple hobby stores are literally across the street or less than 2 blocks away. The only downside here, if you're a student, is that you are a couple miles off of campus. Second, it's a nice neighborhood; there hasn't been any big crime, vandalism, or theft around here that I'm aware of. And people here are comfortable enough to leave their belongings on their porches, and I've yet seen anything missing. Third, the rent is reasonable for the apartment you'll get; it's not a crazy deal, but it's not overpriced either. Fourth, if you live around the courtyard, the landscaping is beautiful; the landscapers really put a lot of effort into making the place look nice, and it's appreciated.
Now I'll discuss some of the downsides. My biggest complaint is about the weathering of these apartments. In the summer, it'll be hot as hell in your apartment, and, in the winter, it'll be as cold as Scrooge's lobby. Your electric bill and your gas bill will be nightmares if you don't invest some of your own money into weathering your apartment yourself. The doors here are French doors, and they didn't line them very well. You do have air conditioning units and not central cooling. You can feel wind drafts through some of the electrical outlets. And the windows in the bedroom are horrible too. Second, there seems to be quite a few maintenance problems around here. I haven't made any maintenance requests myself (I haven't had any problems), but the neighbors have had several plumbing problems which has affected me (staff will make requests that you don't use your water for a while). On the up side though, these repairs are completed in a couple hours, and they are very good about giving you notices ahead of time. Third, the parking lot is quite ugly and embarrassing: there is a large pothole near the entrance of this place, and it's quite annoying. There used to be cracks in it, but they've taken care of that now. There are two buildings here which are not adjacent to the courtyard, which means you won't have as nice of a view and will have to make quite a walk if you want to do your laundry here (which is in the basement of the office).
Fourth, many of these apartments were 'renovated' right before I moved in, but I'm unimpressed. The following is probably more of a criticism about the renovators the complex hired, and is perhaps more of a rant. There are units with (real) granite countertops which is nice, but that's about all the compliments I have to give. The paint here easily scuffs and is an ugly eggshell color. In fact, there's little variation in the color scheme around here. The tile and the carpet unnecessarily match the eggshell: you'll have to add your own color. The electrical outlets are placed in strange locations (like a third of the way up the wall). And if you want to use your phone jack, it might not actually be hooked up (as mine wasn't); also, it's located as far as possible from any outlet in the apartment. If you want internet, go with cable and not DSL. The CO2 detector is located near the ceiling (CO2 sinks people); make sure you buy your own detector. There is not a lot of counterspace, especially if you have a couple appliances. I had no kitchen drawer (really?). There is no medicine cabinet. The stove is located next to the carpet, so you shouldn't use two of the burners. There's this interior window-like opening between the kitchen and the living room; it's pretty aesthetic but creates a lot of unusable space. I was tempted several times to fill it in, attach cabinets there, and alter the cabinets under the counter to have a drawer. There is no light fixture in the living room area. Might not seem like a downside when you're given a tour midday, but there is next to no light in there during the night without a lamp.
I hope I've given the reader some valuable info about considering living here.
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