Overall, I really enjoyed Rio Vista. The location is great (I walked to Trader Joe's and The Union every once in a while and I used the river path constantly). The rent was reasonable. The free AC is really nice. The maintenance staff was awesome and hard-working. For example, my freezer wasn't actually freezing stuff when I first moved in. They came and worked on it and said to let them know if that fixed the problem. It didn't, and I let the office know and told them they could come in while I was at work during the day. I came home to a whole new fridge, which was much nicer than having to try to deal with one that was just too old. Speaking of old, the apartments are pretty old. They're in decent shape, but it definitely shows in places. Also the residents are pretty varied, but there are a lot of retirement-age people, if that matters to you. The management is obviously trying to change the appearance of the complex to make it more modern. While I lived there they painted everything and cut down like all the trees (we need more trees, not less... in my opinion), which was pretty annoying. This probably won't be an issue for potential residents, but waking up to chainsaws on the weekends or constantly having to walk/park around workers was not great. I liked the place for the price, but here's some cons to keep in mind. I had some issues getting hot water at times. The staff said there was always plenty of additional parking, but this wasn't always the case. I occasionally had to park pretty far away (my roommate got the covered parking spot), especially when they closed like half the parking for the painting (not very well thought out, in my opinion). The laundry card situation is stupid: if the office is closed you can't put money on your card and even then there's a $5 minimum (why??). Don't expect to use any of the additional rooms: the workout room is basically nothing and super hot and the "sauna" doesn't work and obviously hasn't been maintained in a very long time. Finally, living on the first floor led to some loud footsteps from above at times, but that's probably to be expected for most apartments.
I have live here for 15 months, I love the area. I can go walking for groceries to Trader Joe's, for a nice dinner next door at Pizzeria which is delicious, Vivace or for drinkis at The Union... across the street I have more options, and until now all of them great! The area is secure, I have take night walks with my husband and baby at Rillito walk. Every time that i need it something to be fix it gets done almost right away. At the office everybody is nice and very helpful, even by phone. The whole area is nice, well care taking of, plus AC included.