Avoid this place! Pros: - N/A Cons: - super expensive, the complex as a whole looks very nice and well maintained from outside but once you get inside your unit you will immediately begin questioning why you are paying over $1000/month - told us we would be renting our unit at a specific lower price over the phone, we were promised that price over the phone and then upon arriving after moving from Arizona, we were given a new price and they had told us the employee that promised us the previous price has since left and they no longer can give us the rent/month originally promised to us. - they will do everything they can to not give you back the original deposit. My wife and I cleaned our apartment for 2 whole days making the place look better than when we moved in and were told that if we did a good enough job then we would only be charged a $25 "spiff cleaning," of course they did not think we did a good enough job and ended up charging us $100 on top of another $215 charge for carpet cleaning despite the fact that we only stained one 3 inch diameter of the carpet in the living room. - Speaking of cleanliness, the place barely looked like it was cleaned despite the fact they probably also charged the previous tenants for a cleaning. Moving in we were disgusted with the fact that there were several spots of mold in the apartment. I realize that this is OR and mold is rampant but there are cleaning products that could have wiped out the mold in minutes prior to a new tenant moving in. - EVERY year you sign a new lease, they bump the price up. If this is not extortion, then I don't know what is and I clearly need to review my Websters dictionary at home. - The employees at the office are often times rude w/ every question/concern you have
Rent is very high (after rent, water/sewer/garbage fees, pet fees [if you have a pet], utilities, etc) expect to fork over $1k+ per month. I wouldn't mind that if there weren't a major disconnect between the cost and quality of housing, but the quality is very cheap. Walls are paper thin (so no insulation...expect to pay 100-150$ per month to heat a 700 sq ft apartment during winter). Closet rails will bend and break with normal use. Garbage disposal vibrates so much the sink shakes. Outdoor closet locks can be opened with a screw driver in seconds. They will also raise rent every single time you sign a new lease. Every time. They probably do this figuring you'll be more likely to accept raises in rent after you've already moved in rather than deal with the hassles and costs of moving. Your deposit will also most certainly not be refunded. We were warned of this before we moved out by previous tenants, but we figured they probably were just lazy and didn't clean it well enough, or they were exaggerating. So my wife and I spent nearly 2 full days cleaning the place, making it spotless before we left especially when considering the number of years we were there. The only thing that wasn't perfect was some dirt ont the walls, but we didn't scrub those too hard because they told us not to worry about it too much since they were just going to paint the walls over anyway. After two move out inspections with three different people, they concluded we would only owe money to replace the energy saving bulbs we put in (10-20$). Horray! We thought for sure we would be getting our deposit back no problem. Nope! After we turned in our keys eys and were on the other side of the county, they decided to take our entire deposit except $70 for "cleaning fees", "dirty walls" and a "broken light fixture". This was particularly aggravating. I cannot get over the gall they had to tell us not to worry about cleaning the walls, only to charge us for cleaning the walls knowing full well they were going to paint the walls whether they were clean or not. And you would think that we (having lived there for many years) or they (during two move-out inspections) would have noticed an entirely broken light fixture. My best guess is they either made up the broken light fixture charge or one of their workers broke it when cleaning the place after we left. Either way, it was complete BS. Also, beware of the legality of your lease. When we were signing one of our's, they lectured us how it was a legally binding document designed to protect both landlord and tenant blah blah. A few days after signing and filing the lease, however, they realized they miscalculated the rent we owed by $20. They also told us that if we didn't resign a new lease with the proper rent cost, they would terminate the current one, i.e. evict us. Now I don't know if they were bluffing, but when they lecture you about the "legally binding" nature of the lease, they apparently are referring to just the tenant and not landlord. I found it particularly disturbing that they can terminate your lease for a mistake they made. Seems rather illegal to me, but I'm not a lawyer. Basically, don't be fooled into thinking this a high end, quality apartment complex. It looks very nice on the outside, and they will greet you with smiles and hugs as a perspective tenant, but once the lease is signed the fairy tale ends. Hopefully as more apartments go up in Corvallis and the housing market rebounds, the renting market won't be so saturated so these people at SC/CS realize they can't continue doing what they are doing if they want to stay in business. Please avoid this place if at all possible. (Lastly, beware of the overly glowing reviews you read here and elsewhere on the internet. They were almost certainly written by the manager or employees of the complex)
Although the pricing is a bit higher then we were originally looking for, this has turned out to be an excellent place to live for the year that we have been living here so far. Any issues that we have had with our apartment have been fixed within a day or so of filing a maintenance request. One thing that I have found pleasantly shocking is the noise isolation these apartments have. Our upstairs neighbor has a dog and we have never once heard any barking or whining, except when their window is open and we are outside. The design of the apartments helps quite a bit in this as well since the only wall you share with your neighbors is the kitchen / dining room wall. Bedrooms are separated by a large open area between apartments. Speaking of the design, for what we are paying the apartment is quite spacious (even though we are in the smaller 896 sq ft model), the living room in particular is much larger than I was expecting. The grounds themselves are well maintained, with landscaping taken care of weekly. There are quite a few dog areas located around the area, as well as things like a basketball court and exercise rooms. Pretty much the only thing missing is a pool. Overall from our experience this has been a great place to live so far.
Of all the places I have lived at in Corvallis this is by far the worst. Management is greedy and thoughtless. The complex is well maintained but you will find that once you get baited into a lease that you will regret it. Management is condescending. Parking is outragious. Crime is rampant. All they care about is nickel and diming their tenants through unreasonable fees and fines. They will threaten you if you think about leaving and take advantage of any additional petty fees from your lease the length of a mortgage contract. Seriously they will try and charge you $50 for driving over 5 MPH (and apparently they eyeball it lol) . If you want to renew your lease they will force you into a longer lease than you want and they always hold their "waiting list" of potential tenants over your head.
Not bad, great if you have a dog or cat