Hate is a strong word, but I was tempted to use it. For one, there are absolutely no reasons for this place to be as expensive as it is, I've lived in better areas for cheaper prices with more accommodations. Granted, there are some nice accommodations... Gym; out of date, cramped and for some reason they only allow the windows to budge ever so little... Yoga room: Sub par videos. Pool that they shut down so they don't have to clean it. Hot tub, Okay that thing is awesome during the rain, they did something right : ) So far as the apartment itself, Everything is sort of shaped in unaccommodating ways. The balcony is cool but almost nothing could actually fit on it. The walls are so thin I had to put my fan on blast while my neighbors were having parties. The drains are annoying and don't drain from time to time. Everything sort of just falls apart... Literally the moment we moved in, the toilets wouldn't stop clogging, eventually we got that fixed. Neighbors, drug addicts. I've literally just sat back and watched them tweak out as pure old good entertainment but maybe not the best for children. So I guess, If you have a lot of money, don't really mind where it goes, don't have to be up early for work, and don't have children.. go for it : )
So, I've lived here for two years. I live in a corner unit on the second floor of a building. Aside from the ceiling and floor, we share one wall with neighbors. We hear nothing. From them. Granted, our upstairs neighbors sound like they are constantly moving furniture at 11pm... but they quieted down eventually. We are just off a very busy road, which is annoying, but hardly something you can blame the apartment for. Once the windows are closed, it's pretty quiet (not always possible in the summer as we haven't sprung for a window AC unit). Someone said they have high bills because of the thin walls... I'm wondering if they realize that there is always a rate hike by the electricity company in winter? I mean, yeah, it's a bit chilly. My roommate and I are more of the 'wear more layers than run the heater' mindset, so we still keep the bill a a reasonable rate. To top it off, our rates in the summer rarely breech $40. Split between two people in 817 square feet, that's not too bad. I haven't experienced any real problems with the management. They are nice, generally try to engage the community with relatively frequent events (none of which I've actually attended, but still), and as for the grounds - they've replanted flowers and freshened up the grounds within the last couple weeks. Just yesterday, I cam home to them steam cleaning the hallway carpets. They are proactive and have a security car patrol the area at night, and while they can be a little slow with the repairs at times, they've always been pretty nice about it. And if the request is something pretty dire (like when our smoke detector would NOT. STOP. BEEPING - they took care of it the same day it was reported -they came in while we were at work, and they LOCKED UP after they left. We are planning on moving once our lease is up, but my roommate and I regularly comment that if this apartment was fifty blocks closer to downtown, we'd never want to leave.
Lived here for 6 months and didn't mind it at first, then the new management came. It went from good neighbors to having drug deals happen in front of my door. When we moved in we had a very respectful family living next to us in our loft, and a nice older guy renting the unit below us. After a month both moved out and we had a person who was addiment on staring at my wife and daughter through the blinds any time they where outside. On top of that we had a family move in next to us that made noise all day and night and refused to clean the area in front of their apartment. With only 4 dedicated parking spots for 10 units they would take 3 most days and all other days would park so no one else could. The management is terrible and so are the people who are drawn to the place, avoid at all costs.
Russelville used to be a great place to live, but hasn’t been since new management took over some time ago. At first things looked really promising, like upgraded pool and gym facilities, but in terms of service, the place has gone way downhill. To be fair, the units are quite nice and the facilities are generally good quality. It is not the property itself that is not good, it is the management and the services. Maintenance requests can take days to be resolved, sometimes not showing up until they are called twice. Management is never apologetic, and one of the staff in the office appears annoyed when we go in to speak with her about anything, as if the tenants are just a nuisance to her daily business. The neighborhood used to be kept spotless on a daily basis by the maintenance people and the gardens were beautiful, but now moss grows on the parking lot curbs, the garbage rooms stink like cat urine, the flowers throughout the neighborhood have been significantly reduced, dog poop is left on the grass, garbage is left wherever it may lay on the property for days or even weeks. The bathrooms and the gym equipment is often not properly cleaned, and the pool area is often left locked up when it is supposed to be open for the tenants to use. Maintenance staff come and go regularly so the high staff turnover says something (not sure what, but something). Rents have gone up significantly and we have had 5 other neighbors move out when they were notified that their rent was going to be jacked up significantly when their leases came up for renewal, so understand that you may like your rent when you sign up, but the management have no compunction about raising it significantly once they have you on board. We can't wait to see what our rent is going to be in another 5 months. This new management also did something really underhanded. We used to pay for our actual water bill, but when they took over they put everyone on a flat monthly fee that was at least $5.00 higher than any water bill we had ever had in the past, then they went through all the apartments and put water flow limiters on all the taps. A nice gig if you can get it! Worse yet, they recently arbitrarily raised the water bill another 20 bucks per month, so now we are handing over somewhere between (at least) 20 and 30 bucks per month to them, over and above our actual water bill for their little water for profit scam! I could probably think of other ways that this place has gone downhill, but the gist is, that the management appears to be heavily focused on maximizing their income and not all too focused on providing good service to their tenants. It appears the few property improvements they did were done to justify raising the rents. I wouldn’t recommend Russelville to anyone. There are better deals and better management companies throughout the area.