I lived here for two years, and it was the worst place I have ever been in. The manager, Stacy, is either incompetent or an idiot, I'm never sure which one. She is almost never in her office. We were BURGLARIZED here, and she and the maintenance crew acted as though it was our fault and as if they didn't believe us- the thief climbed in by popping out the AC unit, which they had only secured by a piece of plywood, some plastic, and two screws. They claimed they had previously had bars on the windows, but that it "looked bad" with the apartment's aesthetics. There is little or no lighting around the back and sides of the building- a friend of mine called the alley leading towards the dumpster "rape alley"! We have had serious problems in our apartment (including what management *assured* us was most certainly *not* mold growing on the ceiling of our bathroom) that were not addressed for months. If you want any maintenance done in this building, you need to contact Maryland Management directly. We had consistent roach problems which management never addressed despite our complaints- we had to put down roach motels ourselves. The price is also far, far too high for what you're getting- a horrible, run-down apartment with incompetent management and lead paint in the walls. Management also slaps subpeonas on you if you're literally five minutes late with rent- and, since Stacy tends to leave work much earlier than she should, often you're slapped with a late fee even if you did pay rent on time. Management also once raised our rent and didn't inform us of this for three months, suddenly slamming us with a subpeona- Stacy claimed to have put a note on our door informing us of this, but neither I nor my two roommates, nor any of our guests, had seen such a memo. This place is DEFINITELY not worth it, and I've never been happier to leave an apartment.
I lived here for 3 years, and overall, I found the place to be OK. I liked the location, aesthetics of the apartment, solid brick wall construction, 10-foot ceilings, and fully equipped kitchen. It looked cleaner that the other very old apartment buildings I have seen around Baltimore. However, I have several complaints about the place. The window AC they give was not sufficient to cool my entire apartment, and it was also very loud. At the time of renting, the maintenance man Cliff had assured me that AC+ceiling fan will cool the whole place. The heating is old fashioned radiator style. It makes clanking and hissing noises throughout winter. It's wither too hot or not working. They also turn off the heat in April, and I had to buy a room heater. My bike got stolen from the basement. Once there was a leak in the bathroom ceiling, and the entire ceiling came down! Fortunately, I was not using the bathroom when this happened. They fixed everything quickly though. It is also too pricey for what they provide. My 1-bedroom was about $1040, including parking across the street at a Hopkins garage. They raise the rent about $50 per year. I must say, though, that they gave me back all of my security deposit when I left. In summary, I would only recommend it if you want to live close to Hopkins, and you make enough to comfortably afford it.
It's very clear that most of these reviews are written by the site manager herself - just read how similarly they are written and how obvious it is that it's not an actual review. The management is very slow to respond and the site manager is NOT nearly as great as these reviews would claim. She is almost never in her office during the hours she lists and I've never gotten a phone call returned when I left messages. God forbid you are late on your rent by 2 minutes, because you will have a $100 dollar fee + a warrant out from the sheriff for you. The heating was so poor that we lived in an apartment for an entire week that was near 50 degrees. Our water and electricity was turned off with absolutely no warning for hours and when I tried to contact her, I received absolutely no response.