I've been living here for about a year and so far it's been great. The two things that are usually sticking points for me when it comes to apartments are noise and inattentive/rude/bad management. Neither of these have been problems at Harbor Park. The management and maintenance staff have been top notch. The few times there have been issues with the apartment (nothing major, just stuff that could happen at any apartment), the office has been very quick to send someone over to fix the problem. I've been in places where management drags its feet when it comes to repairs, so this was a welcome change. Noise has not been a problem either, as the units seem to be very solidly built. Even between rooms within the apartment, someone talking in the living room area isn't really heard in the bedrooms or kitchen. The one exception to this is the wooden staircase adjacent to one of the bedroom walls. The wooden slabs resonate almost like a makeshift xylophone when someone is walking up or down the stairs. But other than situations where someone is moving in (and making many trips between their apartment and moving truck), this isn't a big deal. There are two minor criticisms I DO have of Harbor Park, but neither are quite enough to lose a full star over. The first is that the rent is a little steep. In my mind it's a pretty good value for what you get out of it, but it is still a little pricey if funds are tight. The other issue is the size/layout of the kitchen. The kitchen has a decent number of cabinets, but curiously few drawers. And by "few" I mean there are only 2 half-width drawers and that's it. To be fair, there isn't really any unused space where they COULD have put more drawers, but that size is something of a problem in and of itself. It may be due to factors specific to our unit and not just the size of the kitchen, but we always need to have the oven vent fan on when using the oven or stove in order to keep the smoke detectors from going off. But the vent fan (usually) does a good job at keeping that under control. Someone doing a lot of cooking/baking might have some problems with the layout, though.
Pros: -Received a nice discount for the first year (usually, this place is on the expensive side, but the discount made it worth it) -Grounds are always kept clean -Plenty of parking -I haven't heard my neighbors through my walls much -Wonderful jogging trails (Lake Newport, Baron Cameron Park both within a 5 minute walk) -Brand new kitchen appliances (but fake granite counter...not a big deal) -10 minute walk from shopping center with grocery store -Haven't seen any ants, roaches, or rodents. Gnats might follow you in from the deck or main door. Cons: -Fireplace never worked (not a big deal for my roommate and I) -Maintenance can sometimes be quite loud outside in the morning -I can hear the steps of the people living upstairs. This can be problematic if they have toddlers jumping around. This didn't bother me much, since it died down by the time quiet hours (10 PM) were in effect