You get what you pay for, which is really worth the close proximity to UA campus and restaurants on Campbell. Pros: clean apartments, extremely nice staff, well maintained property landscaping and common areas, gorgeous view of Mt. Lemmon if you have a window facing in that direction, great central location, prompt response from maintenance, and a manager who's willing to work with you on pricing/lease dates. Oh and free cable and internet which works fine 90% of the time :) Cons: windows and walls are not soundproof at all (I can hear conversations in the hall as if they were standing next to me; sometimes I can hear my neighbor singing in the shower), the bedroom and bathroom doors stick sometimes due to being repainted over and over and is a possible fire hazard, lack of parking spaces because no one wants to pay the $15/month for covered parking, really old and worn carpeting, many units have windows that face dark hallways (so be sure to look at the unit before you rent), if you have Macs you'll need to buy an internet router because their internet company isn't too compatible with Macs for some reason... For me the largest issue is the noise level. Sound travels really well in these apartments, and I can hear people's music, TV shows, talking, music from the cars driving by, even people hitting on the railings. After finals there are late night parties and we could hear people vomitting outside. And no one really pays attention to any of the noise warnings if they're not approached in person. This place is okay if you're new to Tucson and just need a year to stay while you look for other places, but I don't recommend any long term living if you require peace and quiet.
I'll be finishing up my last bit of my lease here in a few months and figured I'd write my own review. Some of the reviews seemed a little fishy and not at all truthful. For me personally They did do a credit check and I did need a Co-signer. One of the things I like the most about this place is the staff, The office manager may be one of the nicest people i've ever had to deal with, She'll do just about anything to make your life easier and help out in any way. Same can be said for th Maintenace I had a problem one after hours and he was there within twenty minutes to help fix it. Overall the apartments are rouhgly 3 miles away from campus, and yes in the summer end of spring and begining of fall when it's hotter than the devils crotch it does suck to bike to school but it is manageable. They claim that all the rooms are soundproof and for the most part I can't here much of anyone around me, But I do occassionally here the neighbors loud techno bass music, One talk to the manger however, and it was quickly settled. There is a pool and a "weight room" but don't kid yourself, if your a student take advantage of the gym and what not at campus. The only downside to the place, was my girlfriend had her truck broken into once in the alst 16 month I've been here. Police couldn't do anything, but they generally won't do anything in Tucson anyway. You live with the territory. One of the nicest things about Sierra Pointe, is the lease agreements, you can sign month -month, a TEN month lease (students) or a full year lease, so makes it convient for students. It's a nice place and I'm happy I lived here for the past two years
Just "poor," no "to fair" about it. The only pros is that there is a lot of food joints close by because it's close to the university. The desk staff is almost never present, and when they are, it's hit or miss if they're friendly (more often than not being a miss). For example, today I went to look for a package I've been expecting. The sign on the door said they'd be back at 2:15, it was 2:20. Went back an hour later, the sign had been changed to say they would be back at 2:50 and they still weren't there. It took maintenance an 13 hours to turn my heater off (the entire time my heat was on, making living very difficult). It then took them another month and a half to fix our heat. In which time we had to ask them about it 3x and they couldn't tell us the status on anything. I was just informed (after complaining that it's been in the 80's all week and leaving a pet/child in the car in this weather is illegal, so why can they legally deny us AC) that when they fixed our heater, they broke the AC. Instead of doing a permanent fix, they are going to come into the apartment 2x a year to manually switch the thermostat. Covered parking is a must, but they have no way to enforce that said covered parking spot you reserved is only used by you. They had to change the spot they gave me because they forgot to write down that it was already registered to someone else. My new spot has been stolen 4x. Since there is no security, I couldn't complain to them, and since there are no parking stickers or any visible way to prove the spot is yours without getting into the office, I couldn't call the police. After this last time I went to the desk and complained. While they were very understanding and did not make me pay for my parking this past month, I (along with the building manager) discovered that the towing company won't actually tow the illegally parked cars since there is no sign saying that the spots marked "reserved" are reserved for tenants willing to pay extra. That was a week ago, no sign has been put up, even though the building manager said it would be done within 2 days of our conversation. The units are small and crowded. It is impossible to get a glass of water without being in your roommate's way if s/he is cooking. There is no closet space for a vacuum unless you put it in someone's room. The bathroom has 1 counter, which is mostly used for the sink, and 1 cupboard. The linen closet's door opens up and blocks the master bedroom. There is no patio space, or anything, separating the front door from the sidewalk. So everyone walks by your door/windows all the time. Most of the year it is quiet, since most of the tenants are students and spend their time studying/working. However, when semester ends, everyone is loud at all hours of the night, making it very difficult to sleep when you have a 5 am shift. The units have 1 window per room, living room and kitchen counting as 1 room. The washers/dryers almost always have something wrong with them. The water in the shower switches from what you want it at, to freezing, to scalding and back throughout your shower. They don't require a credit/criminal background check. My house key has gotten stuck trying to put the key in the lock, and trying to pull it out. The door sticks so you have to shoulder your door open. The outlets are so old that some plugs fall out of the sockets. There is a security lock at the top of the door, which has been painted over so many times it is impossible to use without stripping the paint off it. Landscaping is done regularly, but it starts at 8 am. I have only lived here for 1 year. It has been a horrible year and by the end of the 3rd month I had found a place that is 20x nicer and a little cheaper. Never again will I come here.
I've lived at Sierra Pointe for three years now. I'd say that I am a pretty patient person but living at Sierra Pointe has not been that great. The complex itself is about thirty years old. We've had about five water emergencies because the unit above us has had a pipe break. With that said, if you move here buy renters insurance - you'll need it. The restrictions aren't that strict, and anyone can move in. They didn't check our references, nor did they check our banking information. For this reason, you'll see a rapid exodus of about two units per month. The final reason why I will not renew and do not suggest you move in is that the management does not fix things quickly and the answering service for emergencies will not call the manager even if there's an attempted suicide on property (it happened). Please find yourself or your son/daughter a better place to live. They deserve it.