This is a basic "old" apartment, but IMO fine. I'm sure there's better places, for less money, but if you need a house, not a home, this place is perfect. Be aware, however, I live in San Francisco and was just visiting. The current rent for this place ($1,000 for 1 BR) would get you a tenement studio in San Francisco. And of course, nowhere that takes pets. About 70% of the rentals do not have dishwashers and talk about old appliances, I have a friend who has a studio. Although it has a fridge, the building owners left the ice box because it was part of the kitchen counter. Yeah, there's nothing cozy about these units, but there's a lot of positive aspects to it that I saw. These apartments are not bad, not great. They are typical units you can find in any town or city in the U.S. Sure, one can nitpick, e.g., complaining that you have to walk by the bathroom sink to get to the shower and toilet. Come on. That's a very common layout that a lot of people appreciate, because one person can use the sink while the other person is using the shower or toilet. And by apartment standards, that's a more spacious layout than everything crammed into one space. Yeah, pooch owners don't clean up after their dogs. But guess what, that's a HUGE problem everywhere, even in my neighborhood on Snob Hill, where 2 BR condos sell for $1.5 million, and a studio apartment across the street from me rents for $5400 monthly. (I have two dogs and it frosts me that people don't clean up after their dogs.) In any event, how is that the apartment owners' problem? By the way, those $5400 studios, and $6500 1BR have the same period pressed sawdust furniture as this place. In regards to noise, obviously unless you live in the country or a cave there's going to be noise. That's the nature of living like sardines with people above, below, and on both sides or three. You think this place is noisy, try Tokyo, Japan. I almost had to wear earplugs, in my friend's $3,000 monthly studio apt. And it could be worse. My friend said she looked at Westminster-Denver apartments that still had brown shag carpets. (It is a nightmare thinking about the kinds of critters living in such carpet. And another that had green carpet. Her unit has what I call "apartment tan" which is fine.
I'm not sure what others were expecting in an apartment building, but it's very good when going in with the proper expectations. This isn't mom and dad's basement. It's an apartment building with dozens of other families. The management does its best to be responsive. The new management has redone the exercise facilities, which is nice, and the exterior got a facelift. The buildings are a little older, which means the apartments are a little bit bigger, the walls are a little bit thicker, and the management is working on renovating apartments all of the time to catch them up to the conveniences of newer places. Washers, dryers, central air, a maintenance team that accurately and swiftly responds to problems, walking to grocery stores, a coffee shop, easy access to a high school, Stanley Lake--it's a great place. Especially for an apartment.
I lived there for about 4 months. I can confirm that you hear the upstairs neighbors using the bathroom. Nothing was ever done about the dog constantly howling (even though animal control was there). I should have complained about it, but I assumed the other neighbors already had. I had a short lease, but if I wanted to extend it for a year my rent was going to go up by about $75 a month. The kicker was that they double charged me on my final utilities, and then charged me $100 for three gallons of paint to "touch up" 5 scuffs throughout the apartment. They violated state law in regards to security deposits. I will wait and see how they respond to me about it, but my guess is I will have to take them to court to recover my money.
I rented the smallest one-bedroom unit (625 square feet) for a year and a half. I was looking for a very basic apartment, and so it was acceptable. However the apartment had its drawbacks. **Specific to the 625 square foot unit: lacked niceties such as a walk-in closet, and the bathroom was hotel vanity style (you have to walk through the bedroom to actually access the toilet and shower). **Specific to the entire property: poor sound proofing. I mean awful. I suggest you rent a third floor apartment if you don't want to hear the person above you urinating into their toilet. (I kid you not) The insulating is equally subpar. The appliances are older and the carpeting and building materials (specifically in the kitchen and bathroom) are cheap. There are tons of dog owners, and a good number of them do not clean up after their pets. When I first moved into the apartment they were asking about six hundred a month. For a very basic, cheap apartment this was an acceptable price. However, the price skyrocketed on my subsequent leases, which is why I left. As of now, they are still asking the same luxury apartment prices for very basic and cheap units.
For $700+ a month, the outdated 625 square foot apartment with poor heat and sound insulation is NOT a bargain. You can find better apartments for comparable prices in the surrounding area.
This place is joke. Management is rude and not very helpful. Not to mention they never have the same person for more than like three months time. There apartments are over priced and out dated. They charge you a ton of money when you move out even if you have paid security and pet deposits. Be warned you can never be loud in any way and if you are they automatically threaten to evict you from the property with no first warning. Go somewhere else this place is a rip off!!!!!