In a nutshell, it's "meh". I have always been nice to the office ladies and received nice treatment back - such is life. The rent is slightly high but we've managed to keep it down by simple negotiation skill and know-how. After 2 years of living in the large 1st floor town house floor plan, here are some things to keep in mind: - Spiders. Every year around June/July, large mutant black house spiders (variants of the Hobo Spider) come out to party like it's 1999. I'm pretty sure there's something in the water here because these are the largest house spiders I have ever seen in my life - and I grew up with Wolf Spiders. They are crazy fast for their size and incredibly aware and you will find them everywhere. However, sure as they show up in June/July, they disappear in September/October. - Mold. Yes, we live in western Washington. No, that shouldn't mean automatic mold problems. Unfortunately, at Stonehedge it does. We have been living with mold issues on the walls and all windowsills since we inhabited this place 2 years ago. Not bad visually if you stay on top of it, but if you breath oxygen like most people and you use your lungs to do so, then that mold is going inside you whether you see it or not. This is due to the poor, old construction of these units. - Wasted space. Living in the large, lower level town house, we are given about 1330 sq. ft. of space. Unfortunately, the architect who designed these units was drunk off his ass because most of that space is downstairs (the lower level town houses are actually two-stories themselves). Now, the downstairs is incredibly large and roomie, which becomes one of the largest selling points. However, it is also one of the largest problems. With 22 foot ceilings, you have a ballroom of space to heat and with aging space heaters next to aging windows, most of this heat goes right outside. So buy blankets, and cuddle up because winters get cold on the foundation level. - Shoddy appliances. The appliances leave quite a bit to be desired, namely the wash machine/dryer combo (which is size tiny mouse) and the dish washer (which just doesn't seem to do its job very well). - Electrical sockets. One could go on and on, nitpicking about crooked door frames or exposed nails, but if there is one thing that will ruin your experience here more than anything, it's the junk electrical that runs throughout the units. Almost all of our electrical sockets were lose which means plugs fall out. - Crime. Yep, it's here too. There's a good chance that you have a car (most of us do). Like most people, we park our cars at night and go inside our apartments. Unfortunately, the bewildering parking situation means that not enough spots exist for everyone to park all of their cars within plain sight all of the time. This creates an overflow situation - depending on where you live, this may mean parking in front of an adjacent building.. or parking up the hill. No problem, right? Wrong. That extra distance you parked up the hill means you can't see your car and neither can anyone else. Almost routinely (every few months) a large scale break-in raiding party will clean out the complex. What's worse, everyone knows about it. In the past two years, 30-40 vehicles have been broken into on our hill and 3 of them were either ours or friends of ours. The police show up, write reports, and leave. The apartment complex does nothing to install lighting in the areas of the break-ins or increase the frequency of nightly patrols. Simply put, it's not their concern. Keep in mind, none of these things have severely detracted from Stonehedge. We still enjoy our time here and although the rent is overpriced, the complex is in a very strategic position - close to i405, downtown Bothell, Kirkland, and Juanita. It's just too bad that this place isn't a little bit nicer...
I have read the comments and I agree, this is not a good place to live, day one we moved in there were fleas in the brand new carpet my kids, the dog and myself all had flea bites we got oh sorry and they vacuumed, the washer and dryer is a joke we have to go out to a laundry mat to wash larger things and that costs extra, the rent is to high for what you get in this apartment. There is only one manager that I will do any business with because of the un-professionalism and rudeness from the other manager, the rules they have are assanine, we have mold and are told to deal with it ourselves, the oven and stove do not cook the food evenly, the kitchen is stupid small the list goes on an yet my rent is outrageous and it is going to go up. They do not care if you are struggling there is no compassion, it is all about the dollar I was late paying all my rent and when I was able to pay I was told I had to pay a late fee, if it took me extra time to find the money for the rent it is going to take time to find the hundred and some odd dollars more to pay the late fee. There is no community spirit here, no events planned for the families that live here and we are not allowed to have family events, birthday parties etc in the cabana. I have also complained to corporate and the answer I got was if you don;t like it you can leave and this is how much you will have to pay to get out of your contract early, really wow again they only see dollar signs. Don't move here there are other places I am sure that take better care of their tenants and try to help and not hinder.
I still live here...I have awesome neighbors, awesome staff, awesome location. I love the peace and quiet, sense of community if you will. I am only speaking for my little cul-de-sac however, not for everyone. If you are into the gym, I never have to wait for anything. Showers, racquet ball court, all clean! The pool in the summer is jammed packed, as expected, but fun. Apartments are no fun, especially with poor neighbors, poor community, poor management. I am the most picky person in the world and for apartment living nothing beats this place for me. (Until I get a house). This is our second year and the only issue I ever had was with a repaving crew who were not friendly at all. No matter what it comes to this; "Do I feel comfortable with my wife walking around alone at any time?" I sure do and that's all that counts.
Worst apartment complex ever! I would not recommend to anyone. Poor management. If you have an issue and complain about something...beware. I have had issues since day one. The apartments are expensive, and your rent WILL go up the next year. You have to pay for water/sewer/gas and parking-or you can park on the street and risk having your car hit. Management disclosed personal information to a neighbor about me. I contacted the corporate office and got even more of a run around. DO NOT RENT HERE!
Renting this apartment has been a living hell. The management is completely and blatantly rude to the tenants. When my apartment flooded from the above apartment (due to the maintenance not putting the new washer in correctly) and ruined 6 of my purses 10 shoes and multiple coats the manager told me not to contact my insurance company, i did anyway and they have completely rude ever since. Everything is rigged to just barely work. Closets come off the hinges weekly, and the drawers never stay in place. DO NOT MOVE HERE!!! NOT WORTH ALL THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!