Current resident of almost 2 years. There are pros and cons to this place, so take this review as an honest overview for those thinking about staying here. Pros: Location - it is almost dead center between 315 and Sawmill Rd. Everything you need is within a 10 min drive...And then you have 2 bars, several places to eat, hardware store, gas station, Laundromat, auto repair, floral shop - all within a 5 minute walk. Several dumpsters - most units are very close to one. Car maintenance area - Not sure how many there are but there is one next to me. It offers a hose for free and an industrial vacuum for 50 cents. 24-hr gym - pay a $20 deposit to get an RFID access key...all equipment is new and well-kept. Pool - It is nice and well-kept. It doesn't seem to ever be busy either so you can have it all to yourself most of the time. Floor plan - I'm in a 2BR end unit (without a fireplace). The living room/dining room are together as 1 big open space, so there are a few options to setting up your furniture. Washer/dryer - full-size in unit. Mine was close to brand new when I moved in. Kitchen - They were updated within the last few years and look nice. The all black appliances including refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, and microwave, go well with the dark granite counters and mid-tone cabinetry. There is plenty of storage and counter space. Attic - decent size attic for storage. Cons: Price - They were already on the higher end of the average 2BR in the area when I moved in. Rent increased $10/month last year and now this year will be another $20 if I stay. I have seen them listing for $995 on another website for new residents. Again, these are 2BR/1BA that I'm referring to as they don't offer 2BA units. Utility Bills - These are all electric units. Due to having the original aluminum cast windows installed, energy efficiency is non-existent. There are several properties in the area that have the same windows so this info shouldn't be surprising. However, you will have to cover your windows with plastic or whatever else to have a chance to stay warm in the winter. These heat pump systems can't keep the unit warm if the temperature outside drops below 20 degrees for more than a day or two. For the 2nd winter in a row now my electric bill has averaged over $200/month - and I still use a blanket while watching TV. Talk to any resident and they will confirm this issue...They use a company called AUM for trash/water/sewage and your bill will fluctuate between $30 and $50/month - all complexes charge you for these things but its usually just hidden in your rent. But with the rent being on the high end here, I don't agree with the fee. Neutral: Parking (unassigned) - Only 1 spot per resident, not bedroom. This will affect those who have a separate work vehicle or frequent guests. However, there is always open parking due to occupancy never being over 75% (my estimation). Neighbors - nobody above or below you but you can hear those beside you sometimes. In 2 years I've only had to deal with infrequent noise from 1 apartment (he's apparently into loud video games). I am near Hard Rd so I hear the bass-thumping cars randomly, as well as some bar customers from Chubby's late at night. Overall, though, this is a quiet community. Apartment Quality - other than the kitchens (and bathroom sink and cabinet), the apartments need updated. All the trim/baseboards, doors & closets are outdated and tacky. Of course this is tolerable but I'm a little unsure why you spend $2-3K to upgrade the kitchen but not an additional couple hundred to replace all the trim. Overall I will say this: if you're single and don't need much space, this is probably not the place for you. If you are married or have a roommate to share bills, this is a decent choice. Just be sure to have extra blankets ready for these cold winters!!
I am speaking on behalf of a friend who wishes to remain anonymous. My friend was a tenant at this complex for 3 years. There were no issues on either end during this time period. My friend moved a great distance away for personal reasons. When moving day came, the unit was neat, clean and tidy with no damage. About a month or so later she received a litany of charges for the unit. They informed her she would not be receiving her security deposit, nor would she receive her pet deposit. The charges included cleaning air ducts, carpet, and completing replacing the blinds, among other things. There was no pre-inspection of the unit and no communication about any issues to resolve prior to the move. As a frequent visitor to this unit, and a person who helped the tenant move, this damage was fabricated and priced unfairly to fix. Perhaps these experiences are common in apartment communities, but please consider this story before leasing.