Warning!! DO NOT LIVE HERE! It will be the BIGGEST mistake of your life and a waste of money. After touring Gables of Midtown I was told that the area is safe and the apartments were "high end". I did think $1400 was a little high for a one bedroom apartment less than 800 square feet but I thought it would be worth it- as the managers explained there was 24 hour security officers, a gym, gated community, rooftop area, ECT. I figured I would bite the bullet, thinking that I would have an awesome first few years in Atlanta staying in my new 5 star apartment. WELL did I get the wool pulled over my eyes... 1) Trash- There are 8 floors at Gables of Midtown and over 300 residents living here. Everyone is expected to walk their trash through the halls to trash shoot. Well let me start by saying the hallways are ALWAYS covered in a film of filth. Trash juices up and down the hallways. Then... when its time to throw it down the shoot it is almost always filled to capacity with trash spilling out. These shoots all end on level T. Take note that the elevators for guests and residents to come upstairs is also on level T- the elevators are literally right next to all this trash. I gag every single time I come up this way and my guests complain as to how bad it smells. This is not a joke. Management did nothing about this issue, I called more than 8 times to complain and also spoke with corporate who also did nothing about the issue. 2) Pets and Animal Waste- The hallways, elevators and parking garage smell so bad its repulsive. Literally it smells like a barn in all 3 areas. I have to cover my nose everyday when I leave my apartment because I will gag. Animals use the bathroom in all 3 areas on a daily basis. Management does nothing to fix the issue and even told ME to find out who's dog was using the bathroom (like thats my job). Residents are too lazy to walk their dogs downstairs so they take them to the parking garage and let them do business there. There have been multiple times where I have stepped in urine in the hallway and brought it in my house. Management claims that they are only allowed to clean the floors once a week. Even when they do clean the floors they use a machine that doesn't do the job. It pretty much just moves the dirt and filth around. After the floor is cleaned with the machine it almost smells worse. They are obviously using dirty water to "clean" the hallways. SO GROSS! STEP IT UP. 3) Security- When I moved to Gables they claimed to have a guard 24 hours on grounds. When I got here I found out that the guard is only here during the weekends and of course that was short lived. There is now NO GUARD AT all even though they advertise like there is. As for the "gated community" the gates are always broken and open. People get their cars broken into every weekend and car parts stolen. There is only one or two cameras in the WHOLE 8 level garage so its pretty easy to steal and not get caught. There are also no security cameras what-so-ever in the hallways or common areas. 4) Elevators- As I said before... be prepared to cover your nose when you walk in. It smells so bad and there is often urine in the elevators- at least once a week. The elevators are slow as ever and thats IF you catch them on a good day and they ARE in fact working. They are almost always broken and the floor plan makes it hard to just take the stairs. 5) Management/Office- AFWUL. They have no idea how to treat residents. They are rude and short and never can find a solution to problems we residents have. It is also their job to receive and issue larger packages from UPS, FEDEX... They can't even do that correct and have lost or misplaced my packages many times. After losing packages they claim its not their responsibility even though THEY are the ones who signed for package and then THEY misplaced it. Like I said they can't even own up to their own actions. Just a complete mess. OVERALL I would NEVER again live in a Gables community and I would defiantly NEVER live in Gables of Midtown. Couldn't wait for my lease to run out!
Staff is very rude and condescending, and scam you for every penny they can. Charged me $150 at move out because "sheetrock repair was needed on a bedroom wall due to holes". The problem is: I only lived there for 4 months and never hung anything on the walls in my bedroom. I am also being charged for "extreme pet odor" which is absolutely absurd. No one that has ever come over has noticed any pet smell, and whatever little smell there is would easily be gone after painting and cleaning the carpets. Trust me I know how pets can smell, but my apartment was always cleaned and kept smelling fresh. I guarantee they charge every single pet owner for "damages" regardless of how the apartment smells. The $500 non-refundable pet fee covers NOTHING. They are liars and I HIGHLY advise against living here.
I hate to give Gables a mediocre review because the front office and maintenance people are very nice and responsive, but there have been a few instances of pulled fire alarms in the middle of the night and break ins in the past year that prevent me from giving a better score. Overall the security is getting better with occasional security guards but the complex needs to find out who might be assisting in those crimes to prevent any future incidents.
BEWARE. Gables Midtown runs off of what I describe as a "turn and burn" policy... That is to say, once they get you in (and their rent rates are already higher than most in the area) they increase your rent exorbitantly thereafter. We started at $1,900 for a 2-bedroom at the end of 2010 (high already), and by the end of our lease in 2013, they were trying to renew for $2,300 a month. We were able to get a place just as nice (if not nicer) literally less than half a mile away for $750 LESS per month. And they do this to everyone there... So many residents there are unhappy and looking to get out. It's also a very LOUD place to live, so know that going in. There are lots of people crammed into a very small, cramped complex. There's also an extremely loud and constant knocking noise we suffered through during our time there. They never fixed it, saying it was something in the construction of the place and the roof. Several residents complain about it, and nothing is ever done. And don't expect any concessions for being a long-time resident with good standing... This means nothing to them. They run the place under a strict, cold and confounding business practice... where churning new residents is more important than keeping good ones. Case in point, instead of keeping us as residents of 3 years with perfect standing and timely payments, they opted instead to try and gauge us with higher rent. Once we declined their offer, they put our place back on the market, and subsequently rented it, for nearly $500 LESS per month. Make sense to you? ... Us either. We're so much happier in our new place, and only wish we'd found it a lot sooner! I'd advise anyone considering Gables Midtown to look at all your other options before you commit. You'll be glad you did!
A nice apartment complex that in 2013 is charging a $350 administrative fee as part of entering a lease. I'd love to live here, but until I become _certifiably_ insane, I'm not paying that kind of fee.