Responsive management, nice apartments, good location, nice neighbors..what more could you ask for? We are just coming up on our 1 year mark and in reviewing the past year, we can see no reason not to renew our lease. The management has always been responsive to any issues, when they say "welcome home" you feel they mean it! :) Maintenance is prompt and efficient as well. I love that you can request these kinds of things online and they are responded to quickly. The just installed active building which makes many things easier as well. This is an up-and-coming area with a lot of construction going on. It's loud during the day, but should be done soon enough. We are in a 1 bedroom with den apartment on the 1st floor with a west facing view. Well, not much of a view as there is an apartment building going in behind us. ;) The upside is that is blocks most of the afternoon sun helping to keep the apartment cool even on the hottest day of the year. We feel there is a lot of space in the apartment, even has a proper laundry room! My few complaints would be the option to have an apartment with no carpet (this is available on the studios only) and a full size washer and dryer. Other than that, its a great apartment! The den is a good size, can fit a twin bed in it for the occasional visitor. There are no windows in it so it may not be appropriate for long term. Close walking distance to Lake Union, a brand new Bartell's Drugs and medical care. If you are an Amazon employee, all of the buildings are well within walking distance, the farthest would be Blackfoot which is about a 15 minute walk at a regular pace. There is a Whole Foods in that same area so also with in walking distance. With all the construction in the area, they are going to be putting in more retail so there is a possibility of another grocery store in a closer proximity. Some may balk at the pricing, but we think its quite fair given the location and the amenities. Our rent isn't going up too much for the 2nd year either. I do wish they would bring in internet access for the building so we aren't tied to Comcast or Century Link (can only get the 1.5MBS from Century Link so for higher speeds you are stuck with Comcast) They are very pet friendly! The roof top even has a "puppy potty" area for the times when you really don't want to take the woof on a walk but they need to go. Well behaved pets are very welcome! All in all, I highly recommend this location!
Let me get the good things out of the way first. My wife and I were very excited to move into this apartment complex near Lake Union, coming from an old building on Capitol Hill, we were looking forward to modern amenities such as hot water! AMLI offered a beautiful rooftop community area with a dog potty area, barbeque, a picturesque view of the city and Lake Union, a gym, and on-site storage. Neighborhood amenities included walking-distance to ZAW Pizza, REI's flagship store, boutique shopping, a dog park, walkable distances to Lake Union, and downtown Seattle. After having spent a year in the apartment and leaving, the luster wore off a bit on the benefits of the building and some of the negative aspects of the complex reared their ugly heads. 1) You can expect an average "community" at AMLI 535, although there is a great chance you may never see your neighbors - as Jose pointed out, the place does have the feeling of a hotel to it. At night, the hallways reminded me of The Shining. Even though the management provides poop bags in the dog area, you could assume that many of the other pet owners can't read English and subsequently did not notice the sign asking them to clean up after their dogs. The roof common area was a popular place for throwing parties and probably the same kind of people who left their dogs' crap in the dog area would happily leave their party's beer bottles and other trash to clutter up rooftop, diminishing the enjoyment you might get out of taking a friend up to see the view. We had a neighbor who kept his sub against a shared wall. It took a few friendly chats with him to reach an understanding; we never needed manager involvement, so that was ok. We did also make a good friend down the hall from us. 2) The management in this complex won't scratch their butts without asking the corporate offices what they should do, which makes customer service fairly impersonal and potentially frustrating. 3) Management requires corporate guidance to scratch their butts. You can expect customer service to be friendly, but impersonal and potentially frustrating. It may have just been us, but with my wife's cleaning OCD, it seemed like we left the apartment cleaner than when we moved in and we didn't see a penny of our cleaning OR pet deposits and felt pretty sore about that. Once we were halfway across the country, there was not much we could do to pursue anything in that matter. 4) The biggest complaint we had was the "green" lack of room A/C in this brand-new building. Previously living on Capitol Hill without A/C, we figured Summer would be a breeze, literally. WRONG! We did not take into account the fact that each apartment has exactly 1 glass door or window, which means you can expect your room to absorb heat all day long and retain it through the evening. The summer of 2008 did not seem overly hot to me, but our room was an oven from about 10am till several hours after sunset. Steps I took to keep the room cooler included building a blackout wall to place in each window consisting of 3/4" foam insulation sided in foil (shiny side facing out) covered by white cloth to keep as much light and heat as possible outside. By August, we had to open the hallway door and stick our turbine fan out in the door to blow cooled hallway air into our apartment. We weren't the only ones with this idea as EVERY door on our floor would be opened in the evenings by desperate residents. We did find ourselves concerned about security as T pointed out. There was a drug rehab house just across the back alley that was a source of some disturbing night sounds (stories for another time and place). I think overall, had we stayed in Seattle, we would have left AMLI 535 at the end of our lease for a different apartment complex anyway. As it is, we had to move halfway across the country. Oh, one last thing; screw those street parking prices!
Off late AMLI 535 has been suffering on account of the quality of the neighborhood as well as the building management's reluctance to incorporate better security systems in the building. Security and illumination in the neighborhood is poor. The walk up from Minor St through Republican is scary once the sun sets - with a ramshackle of a house on one side, dirty sidewalks and very poor street lighting. AMLI provides just one strong lighting at the corner of Pontius and Republican but that doesn't help much - in stead there should be suitable lights set up on the side of the house on Republican St. The dark neighborhood is also home to a bunch of homeless who scream their heads off every other night or so. On more than one occassion, I've seen them attempt to enter the building at night. Since Dec 2007, I think I heard about three break-ins. Don't know how many more weren't reported to us. Can't believe how some dudes managed to walk away with the huge TV from the Cafe in the building in one night. Today I see a flyer in my door saying - some folks raided the storage facilities in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. It scary that the breakins are moving from the more public parts of the building like the cafe to apparently more secure areas inside the building. Break-ins happen. What irks me is the building mgmt's apathy toward it all. AMLI still does not have a doorman after the leasing office closes. Nor are is there any CCTV monitoring the entrances, gyms/cafe, corridoors or other common areas. Security just doesn't seem to the prime concern here.