I was a tenant for Shoreline for almost three years at Marshall Hall. It's a good place if you're in college or graduate school--read: fairly quiet. I have to say the best aspects are the location and the managers. Juan and Martha were spectacular. What's more, I lived in several different apartments within Marshall Hall, one on the 8th floor and the other two on the 9th. The apartments themselves are decent, and the price is not bad for where you are. If you can handle smaller apartments and the occasional need to fix or unclog something, then this is a good place. Of course, like other tenants on this review stated, go over the lease thoroughly. The 60-day written notice for leaving is unfortunate, though. Plan accordingly. If you need a sublease, it's not that hard to get one even in the winter time (I almost moved out one a winter ago). I got my full security deposit back, too, which is something you (I believe) can expect more from a company than an individual landlord.
Absolutely dreadful management. Carefully question the lease, ask them to explain the no winter move-out clause extending the original term of the lease. The building manager at Devonshire simply told me that it was a 6 month lease and I initialed away. Do note, it is not a "lease" per statute, it's some weird hybrid so the requirement and protections that come with a lease does no apply here. However, the "lease" is written in a very disadvantageous manner for the tenant. Even if you do fulfill your "6 month" lease, it disallows any movement until March 31(?). So, if you sign it on May 31, it will be a 10 month lease since you can't move out until March 31. The notice requirement for move-out is also completely disadvantageous. I know, I know, it's my fault for not questioning or reading the lease carefully. But let's be real, who knew that the representation provided to me by the building super is different from the lease? You would usually trust a big company like Shoreline. My friend who practices law in small claims, and general real estate says this is the most absurd and one-sided rental agreement she has ever seen. Despite the ambiguous and disadvantageous "lease", management was unwilling to work with me to come to a compromise. I would love to have fought them for misrepresentation, however, due to my own hectic schedule, elected not to. Renters beware! As for the building: Cons: On the first floor, the dust from Prospect's traffic will create a black layer of soot on the floor and furniture. I am an allergy sufferer so it was also a nightmare. Security is lax. The back door that heads out to the beautiful area to overlooks the lake is usually open, allowing really anyone to come in the building. The washer and dryer needs to be updated, and is constantly busted. Pros: Super is quite a fastidious person. If something needs repaired, the super is one text away, and usually responds quickly. Great location.
It's alright. I have had worse landlords who have literally tried to trick me out of money (one tried to charge me for late rent for 5 months before I was even on the lease). Shoreline has been the most lenient out of the 4 landlords/property management groups I have rented from, even though they probably shouldn't have. Not the most efficient or quick to respond though. Once they lost the records they cashed my check (I had to send them the bank's copy of the front and back of it). Rating goes from good to very good because of Jodi at Embassy Apts. He's definitely the nicest manager I've had. I don't know how the other managers are, but Jodi is pretty great.
I've lived in their 414 N 75th St. building for a year. If I did it all over again. I might not have rented from here. It's not that the Apt. Mgr is bad, he's nice, and tries to get things fixed quickly. When I first looked at the apartment, I was shown his, and since it's the same layout, I thought that would be good enough, however, the windows in my apartment were cracked when I moved in. I was told that since the management company was planning on upgrading the windows soon, that it wasn't going to be fixed right away. You can hear every noise outside, in the hallway, and above you (full hardwood floors), the shower doesn't produce a steady temperature unless you shower in the middle of the day. The prior tenant didn't do a throughout job of cleaning the apartment either. The good parts about the apartment, is that your close to Wauwatosa Village, I-94 (fare enough that you don't hear it), the rent was inexpensive for a 2 bedroom, and it's in a safer neighborhood of Milwaukee. Overall, it has great potential for a building.
I lived at a shoreline property for 2 and a half years and payed my rent ontime and never had guests. I was a perfect tenant, but they had no respect for me or the other renters. Not only was the landlord rude, and never responded to things that needed to be fixed in an appropriate amount of time, but also when I confronted the company about the unkept stairwell and laundry room they sided with the landlord and tried to kick me out. I researched my rights and they had to allow me to stay, but I decided to move a month later anyways just because I was fed up with the unprofessionalism. There were other complaints by other tenants as well. DO NOT RENT FROM SHORELINE. it's only a big hassle.