Not good. Management is horrible and the place is disgusting. Area manager is rude and loud and I hate talking to her.
I have lived here for 9 years and this will absolutely be my last year. When I first moved here, management was pretty good. The grounds were kept nicely or at least somewhat nicely. They had semi-strict requirements for renting to people. They used to also be an income based/ lower income complex. I know people have a bad outlook on people who have section 8 but believe me I am one of the quiet ones that likes to keep to herself, take pride in my surroundings (inside & out) and I actually pay my rent 2 or 3 months in advance! Since these new "young" managers have been here, this place has gone to Hell in a handbasket! The security doors are never fixed in a timely manner so where's the security? They let anybody move in here and I can say that and I'm a minority!!! The apartments are CHEAPLY made and the windows do leak which causes mold to grow. The heating and ventilation is horrible and you do have to turn the thermos up really high or low so the bedrooms can regulate themselves. I have had my bathroom and various other parts of the ceiling leak from the people above me. I hear every footstep and woman getting beat up by God knows who. NO, I am not exaggerating this! The rent goes up every year and I swear the only requirement now is "Can you pay the rent? OK you're in!" I learned to deal with the spiders and silverfish but when the roaches came, I said "OH hell no, we've got to go!" I truly have been here for 9 years and never seen a roach but now because of the constant turnover rate, I'm sure they came from someone who lives above or on the side of me. The management is only concerned about putting bodies in these apartments and that's it. I used to love it here but it has become my private nightmare and I'm terrified to go in my kitchen now because I always see a roach! I travel a lot and when I'm faced with the thought of returning home, I cry a little. The pool is a joke, it's just a big kiddie pool that has tons of bad kids in it everyday. The mini blinds are cheap and tear up with very little effort. They will replace them with cheaper blinds without you asking and then charge you for them. My fridge is leaking now and for some reason they can't seem to figure it out. The hallways used to be cleaned by a very nice lady but they ran her off so now I come home to garbage that's been in the hallway for the last two weeks. We are supposed to have a 10:00 no noise rule here but that's a joke also. Oh yeah, when the maintenance guy came to replace my daughter's blinds in her room, he stepped on her bed with his shoes on when he had no idea I was behind him. It would seem I stayed here 5 years too long but I thought it would get better. Sometimes being optimistic will drive you insane!
Pros: - Affordable: myself and two friends shared a three-bedroom apartment for roughly $250-$300 each. - Location: a five-minute drive gets you to 27th and Superior, a very big shopping area. There's also a library, an Ace Hardware and a Walgreen's within walking distance. - Maintenance: the one time we needed our refrigerator worked on, the maintenance folks were efficient, going so far as to tell us what they did (and how it applied to us). - Heating and air conditioning worked very well. - Clean: no bug issues. - There's a pool. Cons: - Activity: though I never witnessed anything myself, a fellow apartment renter (different apartment) had their vehicle broken into at least once, and I'd heard from them about suspicious activity happening within the apartments as well. - On weekends, available guest parking spaces are nil: the place is almost guaranteed to be completely full (in fact, guests cover several blocks' worth parking on the street). - Hours for guest parking within the apartment's parking lot are not posted. - A guest of mine had their car's driver's-side mirror knocked off twice during regular visits. - Old windows means a potential rise in heating/air conditioning bill (though we as renters were made aware of the complex's plans to install new within a few years). Artificial insulation highly recommended during particularly hot and cold months. - Unless your guest gets one of the few dedicated guest parking spots, overnight guest parking is only achievable if one gets a parking tag from the office, (though you need to do so during office hours...). - Security: front door's locking latch would frequently malfunction, leaving the door completely unlockable. The poor thing was always getting fixed, and it would work for about a week or so before going right back to not really being a lock. Mixed (or at least, not so bad): - Lack of trees means lots of sunlight, though if you like trees this can be an issue. - Neighbors: soundproofing is pretty weak, meaning you'll probably hear kids if some live above you (or next to you), and you'll most certainly hear them outside (though I myself never really minded). Conclusion: if you are adaptable, or at least able to tolerate a few inconveniences, Bridgeport does have a lot to offer, especially in terms of location.