The grounds are beautiful and the price was reasonable. But the management is utterly and completely idiotic. Most of the services they announce (spa, tanning, classes) are never available to working professionals, one pool is closed most of the year and never heated, and the other pool is constantly closed and on a reduced schedule. Further they will go out of their way to mistreat people and raise prices and overcharge as much as possible. glad I'm out.
I wish I had read a review like this before I moved in. Hope it helps.
I leased an apartment at Forbes Creek for almost 11 months. Be very careful to read their huge contract. Everything is in their favor and allows them to do spot inspections, or access your apartment for any number of reasons. They give very short notice, like two days if you're lucky. They will need a lot of action taken from you throughout your stay and there is usually an implied threat at the end of it (car towing, fines) so be prepared for that as well. Your utilities are estimated and you will get no detail. They just bill you what they feel like, apparently based on usage divided among all tenants in a building. If you take an awful lot of baths, or produce a huge amount of trash, or just like to run water all the time, this may work out well for you.
Your "deposit" is likely not refundable. I was told because of my good credit I had to pay only a 250.00 deposit. When moving out, they pointed me to page XXX of the contract that indicated that was an "administrative fee" and not a deposit. I said they should have called it that in the first place, but really I should have been more careful reading the contract. This is my own ignorance. Live and learn.
The units (and appliances) are really bottom shelf, and things just don't work very well. Not the dryers, not the oven. It's just chintzy. The towel racks weren't even level. Seriously. They have a neat trick of showing you this beautiful little unit, then you go through all the paperwork, then they show you where you will actually be living. You can believe there is a significant difference. When I moved out, I was told by a fellow tenant that the rents were less than half the current amounts until the did a huge upgrade of the property, which according to him, was cosmetic only. This is easy to believe, as the overall quality of the place is a feeling of cheap shoddyness. No air conditioning in these "luxury" units either! I asked about it when moving in and was told "Oh, you don't need it here." Ridiculous. It is hot, miserable, moldy, and damp for several months in spring/summer. Of course, it was October when I moved in and it took a while to find that out, since I am not originally from the area.
They did a very surface job of cleaning prior to my occupancy also. My bathtub was almost completely clogged when I moved in, though it was probably a week before I got home and realized the water from my morning shower was still sitting in the tub. I plunged it for probably 45 minutes and out came blob after blob of the most disgusting black gunk. It still makes me retch thinking about it. Moving out, I spent 7 hours cleaning the apartment, top to bottom. It didn't make any difference to Forbes Creek management apparently, because my final invoice included 3 hours of cleaning charges, including wiping off the window sill in the bedroom, and cleaning the patio surface (which I had barely ever stepped foot on (but did clean when I moved out), that they had scheduled and rescheduled for pressure washing 3 times, but never actually did) and an additional 143.00 in utilities on top of my regular monthly fees. Really, I was so happy to be gone, I paid it anyway. Still, it shows what kind of people you will be dealing with if you choose to reside there.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the mold. If you like mold growing everywhere, due to the damp, dank condition of this sweatbath, then by all means, do consider moving in!
Overall, I give them a 1 on a 1-10 scale. There may be worse places to live, with even less responsive and more duplicitious management, I just haven't found it yet.
I hope I never do.
I've lived here for four years and on the whole it's a great place to live. I've had very few maintenance issues with my apartment in four years and when I have had a problem, they've sent someone out promptly and fixed the issue without fuss. The few issues I had were with appliances acting up; zero problems with mold, pests, weather stripping, etc. The location is safe, quiet, low traffic and off the main roads. Easy driving access to downtown Kirkland with its many lovely parks, shops and restaurants. Ponds and trees all over the property, and there are a few walking paths around. My rent has gone *down* twice when I've renewed my lease. No issues with the neighbors; I rarely even hear them. There are cooking classes and other social events at the clubhouse, though I haven't gone to any. They've been proactive at upkeep of the property - patching potholes in the parking lot, repainting the buildings, installing upgraded mailboxes. The gym is small and can be crowded on weekday evenings. Bus access is not great - the nearest stop is a half mile walk down a road that's dark at night, has no sidewalks, and where people love to drive way too fast. (Once in awhile there is a police speed trap on this road in the mornings.) It's true that cell phone service is not great, but that doesn't bother me personally since I have Wi-Fi and rarely make voice calls. I haven't had any trouble with my Comcast service; it's been solid in the last four years. Each apartment gets one reserved, covered space, and once in awhile someone will park in mine, but I just park elsewhere and leave them a note; it's no big deal. It's true that the lawn sprinklers sometimes run too much, leading to overly wet grass and muddy spots. All in all, the cons are pretty minor and occasional annoyances at worst.
They also negelect to tell you the cell phone service is horrible to nothing at all. This complex is a dead zone for calls. Comcast also has alot of problems with the cabeling; regular cable service outages are common. After the lease the cost goes up alot on month to month, beware, not much notice on this. Parking violations are not addresses and often a problem. The grass is always soaked and not very useful; lakes bring the mosquitoes. PASS
We love living here ... appreciate how much care is taken to keep everything beautiful.