First of all, I moved to Columbus less than a year ago, and I chose Arbors of Watermark to be my first apartment complex. I'm so glad that I did! First of all, I wanted to go with a well managed place since I was moving up here site unseen, and Arbors did not disappoint. Yes, the rent is bit on the high side, but compared with all of the other Connor Group apartment options, this is by far the best one (location + price + grounds). My apartment was well kept and clean when I moved in, and I've never had a problem with finding a close parking spot. Also, as they say in real estate: Location, location, location!! Grandview is as safe as it gets in Columbus, and living right across from 670 has been perfect. I love commuting to Hilliard shopping- just 10 min away- or heading into downtown (I always take US-33/Dublin Rd- more scenic by the river, and there's nothing like seeing the skyline pop up as you turn the corner.) OSU is also just about 10 min away- what more could you ask for? By far, my favorite part about living here has been the grounds. The complex sits right next to a large pond/small lake off of the river, and in the summer and fall, I enjoyed walking by it and sitting for hours on a bench and reading. The complex itself is quite large with lots of green space for throwing a Frisbee or hanging out with friends. I even got a dog while I was living here, and he has loved running with me on long walks around the complex. I should say that this is a very dog/cat friendly community, but I rarely hear dogs barking in the complex. Also, my building has been super quiet- I have never heard my neighbors in the 9 months I've lived here. Finally, the girls in the office have always been super nice and easy to work with. They have always gone the extra mile to take care of me. Maintenance has usually been very prompt- resolving requests within 2-3 days. The one time that it took a couple of weeks- they were out of a special light bulb and needed to order it- management called me to apologize for the long delay. The fact that someone realized there was a problem without me complaining about it means that the management is really trying to have happy clients. You've got one here! I'll briefly mention the negatives: at least one pool was out of service at almost all times this summer (green algae), dog owners should pick up after their dogs (though Arbors provides trash cans and doggie bags for this purpose), and rent is a bit pricy (others have mentioned the ~$180/mo water+tv+internet+pest control+admin fees bill). Still, I wouldn't hesitate to continue to live here. Arbors of Watermark is a great place to live for young professionals and young couples.
I don’t normally write reviews of things, but I had to find the address for the main office today and found what I assume to be employees of The Connor Group (TCG) writing blanket “things here are great!” reviews and decided to give my honest opinion of the place to help people make their own decision about living here. I’ve lived at the Arbors of Watermark for about 14 months and signed two leases. So here goes… 1st- Price. If you’re the type of person who likes paying airline fees, Arbors of Watermark is the place for you. I wouldn’t call them ‘hidden’ fees because they let you know up front what they are if you pay attention when you move in. You’ll be required to use the First Billing Service. This is marketed to you as a convenience, but it’s really another way TCG makes a few extra dollars off tenants (Google TCG and First Billing and you’ll find more than a few sites explaining how they’re the same company). Here’s the breakdown of the total cost per month I’ve experienced. FYI- I have a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment with washer and dryer. Rent- $914 (was $799 when I signed, it went up $115 a month when I re-signed) Electric/ Gas- total around $90 a month. Summer months electric is higher and gas is lower, opposite in winter. Cable/Internet- $25 (I have one DVR box and 15mbps wireless internet) First Billing- Total bundled price- $190 -Water- $21 -Sewer- $34 -Trash- $29 -Common Electric- $6 -Internet/ Cable Bundle- $90 Includes basic cable and basic internet -Admin Fee- $9 -Credit Card Fee- $3. Total Monthly Cost of Living at Watermark- $1,219 for my 1 Bedroom apartment. You can decide for yourself if that’s expensive. It’s significantly more than the $799 special they seem to always advertise. A lot of people complain that there is a $100 late fee for paying rent even 1 day after it’s due. That doesn’t bother me- be an adult and pay rent on time and it won’t matter to you. 2nd- Maintenance/Landscaping. Maintenance is awful. It usually takes around a week for them to come fix issues I’ve had. The place is old, my heat has gone out three times and A/C went out once. Anyone in decent shape could kick my door in with ease. The tennis court, basketball courts, and weight room are run down. There has been a broken treadmill in the weight room since I moved in. The pool tends to stay clean for the first few weeks, then it gets nasty because of people partying near it (I never saw the pool cleaned). They just pulled a bunch of bushes up and didn’t replace them with anything-now they’re muddy patches right next to the walkway that my dog likes to track inside. It seems like nobody likes to clean up after their dogs, so the ground is littered with crap. Trash sits on the ground for weeks without maintenance picking it up. One of the two gates was hit about a month ago and has never been replaced, it just sits off the hinges leaning on the fence. The other one is closed probably 1 night a week- it’s just the illusion of being a ‘gated community’-I haven’t seen any crime though. 3rd- Neighbors. When I moved in, it seemed mostly like grad students and young professional. Now they seem to be marketing more to undergrads and younger people. I usually tell my friends it’s like living next to a frat house- it’s loud on weekends and you’re going to wake up to beer cans, trash and vomit on the sidewalks and in the grass. It’s not uncommon for cabs to be sitting outside honking for 5 minutes waiting on people to come out. Overall, I wouldn’t rent here again. To me it isn’t worth the cost, the amenities are extremely lacking, and the place isn’t that nice. Hopefully this helps you make your own decision though.
I have been living at the Arbors of Watermark for a little over a month now and I have had a great experience here. The management has been very up front with me and done everything that they can to make this a comfortable home for me. The apartments are really nice and it is a comfortable, safe place to be in Columbus. The location is perfect, it is only minutes from downtown and also not far from Ohio State's campus. I would strongly suggest to rent from the Arbors of Watermark and make it your home.
I am so happy I have decided to move to the Arbors. It was a hard decision for me. Chloe, whom I feel I have made a friend for life, helped me every step of the way. This included emails, daily, which were answered right away. I also brought everyone under the sun with me to check out the area.These were multiple visits. High praise from all. Chloe never got tired of the people parade. also has a smile and all the answers needed.I am so excited for my lake view. and I know Higgins,my cat will love the views. I will keep you up to date as my time at Arbors continues. looking forward to all the fun events. Christmas decoration adventure should be so awesome. Thank you Chloe and all the girls in the office for their support.
I have only lived here for a week now. Im slightly nervous reading through some of these reviews. I was in such a hurry to find a place I didnt take the time to read many reviews. Im hoping its not as bad as some of you are saying:/ I did notice though, the weird amount of dead bugs in my apartment. Gross. And Im reading that we have to pay for "public lighting" huh?? What is that??? We shall see.....