Management pressured me to move out because my roommate decided she did not want to live with me after a minor disagreement. Had I know at the time what a inhospitable place this was to live, I would have gladly handed over my keys. This place is super cold, over-priced, and abysmal. My energy bill was always hundreds of dollars each month. To top it off, management provides a high school level drama to the atmosphere. The only good aspect about this place is the maintenance man, Donald. Even with this, please live anywhere else you can. Unless you love weed, because this place always reeks of it.
An overall great place to live. I lived in building 4 and never had a problem with noisy neighbors. Management: The old management was here when I first moved in and they were HORRID. That being said, when new management took over I really saw a good change. All of my work orders started being processed in a timely manner, they started doing little things for the community, and the pool area got a face lift with new pool furniture and a basketball court. They're very nice overall and they really want to get to know you. Noise: While Building 4 is pretty quiet, I've been to some apartments in building 1 and it is definitely the party building. Avoid it if you actually want to sleep on the weekends during the schoolyear. Utilities: I live in one of the biggest units in Building 4 and yes they were definitely larger than a small apartment because it's like 20 ft ceilings and sooo big. So keep that in mind. Pets: Dog poop was a really big problem when I first moved in, but new management cracked down and it's gotten a lot better. Ultimately, if you're okay with higher than normal utility bills you'll be fine. There's free snacks and drinks in the office at all times and you can customize your apartment any way you like. I'd highly recommend it.
heLL SAMS is the worst place I have ever lived, and this is the most that I have ever paid for rent and utilities. The only good things about that place are the maintenance guy, the well lit parking lot, and the fact that it is gated. The maintenance guy is very nice and very good at what he does. He is the ONLY maintenance person on staff. He definitely needs a couple of people to work under him. It is SO loud at heLL SAMS building one. You can hear everything that your neighbors are doing (ex: take a shower, talking, watching tv, listening to music.) The hallways are very loud on the weekends that it is difficult to sleep even at 3 in the morning. It is not uncommon to walk down the hallway and smell marijuana. LL Sams is the only place I have ever lived where you can smell things through walls (weed, food, cigarettes, etc). There are A LOT of dogs at the complex, and the owners are supposed to pick up their poop but 90% do not. There are dog feces EVERYWHERE. There are TWO common area trash cans on the entire property, and there is trash everywhere. They clean it up around parent's weekend, and when they are trying to get people to sign leases. The hot tub is almost always locked because it is broken, and when it is not locked it is luke warm. The gates to the complex are broken often. The front gate to the complex was open for MONTHS because it was broken. The utility bills are outrageous! The SINGLE PANED windows have condensation running down them in the winter which often causes a puddle of water on your floor. When the sidewalks freeze, they don't put salt on them and you can't walk in the grass because of all the dog feces. Step in poo or fall on your butt, those are your options. When your air comes on, you have to turn up your television ten notches to be able to hear anything. People leave their trash all over the stair cases and the hallways. The "on-site" security guard is never "on-site." In fact, I never saw him. The floors are uneven. I couldn't even sit at my desk in my office chair without it rolling backwards. This place was not originally built for people to live in, and they did a terrible job of renovating it. Management won't return e-mails and they are reluctant to do anything about complaints. They are not apologetic when you call with a complaint. They sound annoyed, and they say that they are going to do something about it, but often do not. I do like the area, and how there is not as much traffic, and how it is so close to campus. I have never been a ranting complainer until I moved to that place. It is truly a very uncomfortable place to live. It is difficult to heat and cool. Rent is expensive, and so are utilities. I could have gotten a 2 bedroom somewhere else for the same price as my one bedroom. The fact that the word "lofts" is included in the name is bogus. There are very few apartments with actual lofts in them. All the other apartments have tiny lofts over the bathroom for storage, and thats it. They used to send out community newsletters and do a pet of the month and a resident of the month award, which they no longer do. Do not move to heLL SAMS. You will be greatly unsatisfied.
Yes, after it's all said and done, it is probably the most expensive place you'll find near Baylor. And yes, this earns LL Sam's the reputation for housing the "spoiled kids". Aside from the price and reputation, there isn't much to complain about here. Management is quick to address problems and the staff is very friendly. The pool isn't the best around, a title I would probably give to The Grove (which is awful in every other aspect), but LL Sam's does have a hot tub, which is pretty rare here. In regard to the noise, I live in building one and have never felt the need to complain about the noise; however, some people, who like to study in their loft or are anal about noise, should probably avoid building one. Each unit is unique and has it's own character. The 20ft ceilings make the rooms feel huge. However, if $300-$400 electric bills aren't your thing, you should look into Oxford Park or Aspen Heights. If none of these aspects are issues for you, I think you will love LL Sam's. It really is an experience you won't find elsewhere in Waco and I have loved every minute of it so far.
I lived at LL Sams for 4 years. Here's the low down. Noise: Building one (the three story one) is the loudest. Most kids live there for the sake of the Loft feel and move after one year. I lived in building 2 for all my years and never had any major issues. I had a neighbor with a dog that would whine and bark but after asking management to address the situation it was no longer a problem. Price: It is very pricey but you are paying for the "loft" atmosphere. Due to the high windows you will need to crank the AC and the Heat during different times of the year. Management: Although management has been changing they are always willing to listen to anything you say. Work with them and they are very accommodating. Maintenance: Sergio is very nice and they generally are able to get your request processed within 3 days at the latest. You can do this by paper in the office or online. Pool: At least you have one! The chairs aren't the most comfortable but on most days it's pretty low key cause everyone goes to other pools. You can always go to the complex's pool that is just north of LL Sams. 2 minute walk away. Aesthetic: The glazed floors are great and the appliances worked well. Oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher. I never had an issue except with the disposal which was always fixed by maintenance in a timely manner. The high ceilings create a bigger feel that is great! If you can afford it....it's a great place to live. Just don't move into Building 1 unless you're up for a party ALL THE TIME. For low-key and quieter areas try Building 2. And in the end, be an adult....if someone is disrespecting the building....either address the situation or tell management about the issue so it can be resolved.