NOT HAPPY After we "negotiated" our 14th floor apartment rent, we moved from Colorado and showed up on the day of the lease-signing only to have them add an additional fee. In addition, we get two water bills - one for our apartment (which is based on a "formula," so we pay too much because we do not use a lot of water. The second water bill is for the complex and that bill includes trash removal. SO THE BENEFITS THAT YOU'D EXPECT TO HAVE BASED ON RENTING AS OPPOSED TO OWNING, DO NOT APPLY AT THIS COMPLEX. Our "rent" is about 3-4% higher than what we "negotiated" and I wish to God that we'd told them to pound salt the day that we signed our lease. NOISE, NOISE and more Noise. You have to live hear to appreciate the countless horns that you'll hear from the Wilshire/Barrington intersection; especially at rush hour. If you're not from LA, it won't take you long to figure out that LA residents care about little more than blowing their car-horn for as long as they need to with absolutely NO regard for the fact that they're in a residential area. There is no reason why the management here should not get after the LAPD and have them place an officer at the Wilshire/Barrington intersection with a video camera and record the 100's of automobiles that block the intersection during the traffic light change, thereby inciting a near riot with the car's (and their obnoxious horns) wanting to cross the intersection and ticket those cars (that block the intersection) accordingly. I am NOT exaggerating, it's hundreds (100's) of cars daily which amounts to damn-near a thousand horns (seriously, because there's two lanes of crossing traffic and believe me, both lanes of cars (as well as the cars behind those cars in the lead) are ALL blowing their horns at the fools blocking the intersection!!!!!!). Before you sign a lease here, I CANNOT encourage you enough to hangout at the intersection for 10-15 minutes during morning or afternoon rush hour. Avoid building A at the greatest of cost because it's noisy by nature (residents and the cars in the driveway blasting their music) but you'll hear horns and sirens 24-hours a day regardless which building you live in. The resident-noise from residents in building A will also travel to building B and C and so beware of that too because even though security is in building A, they are oblivious and will not break up a party until they're called. The management at Barrington Plaza Apartments DOES have the ability to do something about building noise. They should also have enough influence with the city to do something about the rude drivers that block the intersection at Wilshire and Barrington. If 200 cars block the intersection daily and the city issues a $300 traffic fine for each that violates the law - than that would generate a daily income for the city of Los angeles of $60,000 until the driver's finally got the message. It's ridiculous and so do not live here unless the EXTREME noises of city living have a calming effect on you. OH, one last thing: You'd better LOVE the smell of food being cooked over Mesquite Wood because the restaurant in the complex (Bandera) cooks on the wood from dinner until about 11:00. The smoke will constantly permeate your apartment and where occasionally, it might be pleasant, it grows old very quickly. Thanks for reading and good luck
I have been living in Barrington Plaza for over 5 years now and in my currently apartment for 4. I live in the A tower on the 9th floor - the 2 floors above me have been under construction since October of last year after the fire. Every single day - 7 am to about 5 pm sometimes 6 pm - construction noise in the apartment directly above me....for the past 8 months. I complained to the property manager about a couple months ago and had to request for a concession on rent (they should have offered this themselves) which he did fight for me for so I want thankful. The concession is small and not enough to be quite honest (It MAYBE makes up for the HUGE trash chute right smack in the middle of my balcony blocking the view and sun I pay thousands for at most) with what I have to deal with - now construction on Saturdays too stating at 7 am (I wont even talk about them starting at 6 am on memorial day weekend which goes against the regulations in this city!!!). I don't think they understand or care that the walls in this unit are already too thin and now the addition construction noise, absolutely unbearable. The property manager, I don't know if he thinks I am just making a fuss, is ignoring my request to transfer. He tried to tell me weekend quiet hours are until 10 am but again woke up at 7:40 to the construction above me and this has been going on for I don't know how long. Quiet hours DON'T exist so don't try to just appease me by lying to me and when I email back he just ignores me. Additionally, this place now rents out like CRAZY to Zuma housing, which are a bunch of students who have nothing better to do than to party all night every night. I have been calling about some people who party a couple floors above me most nights out of the week on their balcony. I have a job to wake up to. I also take classes and need to study at night. I don't have time to have to make 3 calls a night, by which time its already the early hours of the morning, before they call PD. The apartment just doesn't care because they are students and BP does nothing to enforce regulations other than send courtesy patrol when tenants call to complain. Who has the time and patience to call courtesy patrol all night? By the time I get to sleep around 4 am- guess what - wake up to loud banging and drilling at 7 am! So I am the lucky unit that gets to deal with construction 6 days out of the week and then listen to kids yell and scream and throw all their cigarette butts and red plastic cups all over my balcony in the night. BP is doing nothing for a permanent fix about this. (PLUS I get crap from the construction all over my balcony too which I have to clean once a week) They are trying to make up for some things I think by offering free coffee in the mornings and something about movie nights to everyone, but my case is different and this really does not make up for the lack of peace and quiet that they are subjecting me to for over 8 months which has done nothing but get worse. I wish I could move out but I cannot sign a year lease at this point in my life as its a transitional period for me - so I just have to deal. Additionally, we have had problems with elevators and hot water which for the most part have been fixed probably because of how bad things got here after the fire. Before that, NOTHING was done. Maintenance staff is nice. Walls are thin and windows do not drown on noise from Wilshire especially the loud drunk people walking back from the bars at night. Apartments are old and not upgraded enough to warrant the rent. Apartments near the stairs get to hear banging noises when people walk up and down them. First people would get stuck in elevators for hours, then there was a flood, and then there was a fire. SAFETY much? Anyone looking to move here, l highly recommend you looks somewhere else if you A want to be respected as a tenant and B care about noise control.
with all due respect, this is the worst building, i had a bad 6 month experience with this building and the staff (my opinion) .
Needs a bit of outside work and a bit over priced.