Do not move here. They seem nice but they are just out to screw you over. Here are my biggest problems with the place: The heat: no control and boy is it HOT and all year round, I couldn't believe it was still on in the summer! The freeway: it's really loud and the windows suck at keeping it out, not to mention the need for them to be open due to the heat. The utilities: you pay for other people's wastefulness ever month. It's a shared bill that is divided equally between all the tenants. They also take for ever to start billing you which means that upon move out you pay a whooping 2.5 months all at once. Not so great. Deposit: When we moved in and asked them about the deposit and what we could expect in the way of fees and what we would need to do to get it back they said if it's clean and shows only normal signs of wear and tear it's fine, NO. We were charged for touch up painting which sound like minimal painting and just normal upkeep after a tenant moves out. Their response was "why should we pay for the painting when you lived there?" because you make a profit off of people living there and should expect normal maintenance upon someone moving out, NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR can not be charged for by law but they seem to not care about that. I am very grateful to no longer live there and warn you not to even go.
My boyfriend has lived in these apartments for the last year and here is what I have seen. The location is excellent I have to say a PSU student is basically on campus and can walk to classes in minutes. Also the floors are nice, the paint color is nice, and getting into the apartment with the fob seems to keep out people that shouldn't be in the complex; however, there are some major problems. The biggest problem is all of the apartments in Park Plaza that I have seen don't have dishwashers and garbage disposals like they say on the website. Even the pictures of the kitchens on the website don't have dishwashers in them as you can clearly see. Where are the dishwashers and garbage disposals???? The other problem is noise. We can constantly hear people outside the complex laughing, yelling, and fighting. The noisiest is the dogs, we constantly hear barking and scratching from the floor above us. You don't even get free parking. It is $100 a month just to get an outside parking spot, not even a spot in the garage. Also there is street parking that guests can come visit, but it is Portland street parking and costs $8.00 every 5 hours!!! With all this said I think the apartment is nice but way overpriced for not having a dishwasher, garbage disposal, or even parking spots. I think the only way this apartment would be worth it is if you were a PSU student without a car, but even then I think there are cheaper ways to go.
I'm not entirely sure why other reviews of this apartment are so negative as I have not had nearly as bad a problem as these particular tenants. Here's my experience: We have a fairly small (about 400 sq. ft.) one-bedroom apartment on an upper floor facing west. Nice wood floors, beige walls, tiny kitchen, bedroom big enough for queen size bed and two end tables but not much else, a cute bathroom, one big bedroom closet and two narrow closets. There's also a "crawl space" with shelves the same size as the other two narrow closets. All three are 18" wide and 36" deep. Bedroom closet is not big enough for a girl with lots of clothes with live-in boyfriend. We bought a second "closet" consisting of metro shelving and a zipper covering to "hide" the shelves. The freeway noise is without question my top complaint outside the small living space. There is always traffic on the freeway. Open west-facing windows are exposed to heavy traffic noises 24 hours. How we deal with it - open one living room window at night for air circulation, leave bedroom door open and have a small fan running through the night on a timer. Freeway noise is barely audible over the fan and the single open window provides fresh air. Kinda nice if you ask me. The small kitchen is particularly bothersome as there's hardly any counter space to speak of. We typically use TV trays for extra counter space... haha. You just make-do, ya know? It's not THAT big of a deal but yes, it's a drawback. Yes, there is the smell of pot every now and then. And yes, I do hear dogs barking. But seriously... those are hardly unbearable nuisances. There is the occasional and unfortunate vandalism (I.e. broken floor sign panels, pulled fire alarms, trash in elevator) but generally speaking, it's cleaned up quickly. What makes this place especially awesome is the rooftop deck. It's open from 9am to 10pm every day and offers absolutely spectacular views of downtown. You can see Mount Hood over the roof of an adjacent apartment building and Mount St. Helens is also visible through downtown skyscrapers. The sheer urban awesomeness that is the rooftop deck makes Park Plaza fantastic, really. Showing friends is the highlight, no doubt. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. I have not at all had the same experience as previous reviewers. I can honestly say each and every time I've dealt with the staff, problems have been resolved immediately and to my satisfaction. As another person said, you do not control the heat. They try to maintain a pleasant temperature for everyone in the building but I'd imagine it's a difficult process. You can't fault them too badly for this. Heat is expensive no matter where you are anyway... and $50 is an exaggeration. Our power bills range from $75-$95 (summer & winter, respectively). I knew there wasn't a dishwasher here before I moved in so I'm not sure where that complaint comes from either. And the garbage disposal... well, put a drain stopper in the sink?! Garbage disposals are completely unnecessary. Parking is $50/month for an outdoor spot, not $100. And our rent is $723/month, not $1200. Laundry is $1.55/wash and $1.30/dry and the machines send you text messages when they're done. $$ Look. This is a downtown apartment with an absolutely outstanding location. MAX and streetcar are only a couple blocks away. Safeway, McDonald's, 7eleven, Cheerful Tortoise, o.k. chinese food, Chipotle, sushi, three Starbucks, post office, access to freeway, Saturday market, Park Avenue, downtown library, art museum, etc. It's all right here within a few blocks!! Amazing. Bottom line: If you can deal with freeway noise and a small place, Park Plaza offers urban living at its finest. For what it's worth, I love this place.
Lived here in 1996 and moved back in April 2008. I'm happy with the place, staff has been helpful, the noise isn't bad, just took a couple nights to get used to it again.