Used to be nice here several years ago, no longer today. Upon visiting the rental office to view apartments the first question they will ask is , "Do you have a pet"? Answer yes, and you automatically will gain an increased monthly rent and increased deposit and you lose every penny of that deposit and pay to have the entire apartment installed with brand new carpet on your departure. Smokers, smokers, smokers, hope you enjoy cigarette smoke in your condo, clothes, furniture, through your heating and air conditioning vents. Barcelona is so outdated they allow smoking and its everywhere. If you are not a smoker, guess what you are now! And your totally screwed. Kids play in the parking lots daily, parents where are you? Amazing no one has been run over, I cant see your 5 year old over my back bumper. There are a few large parks for children within walking distance. Why are little children unsupervised riding bikes, running around, kicking & throwing balls daily in a high density, high traffic parking lot community of more than 500 condos and at least 1000 cars?! Security gate, wide open evey day. Sometimes closed after 6pm, however anyone can enter by foot right next to the front main office side gate that is left open ajar 24 hours a day. What are we paying for? I'll tell you, for homeless people to walk in and ride bikes in to rummage through the dumpsters and lurk through the parking lot, feels so unsafe early morning and late night. Why is this happening, because the security advertised, sold to you, and you pay for in definately not happening. Your friendly office staff is not so friendly once your a resident. Carol is just rotton to the core, its generally the 'snitty' totally fake fake stab you in the back and kick you in the ass on the way out the door. Fabulous Tow & Mo scam, you will be towed if you live here, period, the end. Low, low end people moving in, in droves I seriously have no idea how they're affording it. Family of 4 in a 1 bedroom condo, all day, and trust me you dont want to be their neighbor. Dogs barking in condos where there are no dogs allowed, never and I mean never will find a guest parking spot anywhere near your condo because all the jam packed residents with way too many people living in a 1 bedroom box, have way too many cars than allowed and fill every guest spot every night except a handful that are all the way back at the front office. Every contractor on this property dumps truck loads of garbage into the double set of dumsters that are supposed to be for residents. This to the point you are walking around with a bag of trash from dumpster to dumpster just to find one to toss it in. And here's the kicker, you and every resident pay every month for Barcelona and all of its contractors to fill up these dumpsters, nice hugh.
Lived here for 2 years. I was new to apartment living having just moved from London. This is a great location and off all the apartment places we checked out in Aliso Viejo, this was by far the best value for money and best kept. And after we moved in the quality continued, we always got a really responsive service from the maintenance crew and the entire property was always very well kept. They also seem to do a decent job of picking tenants so that everyone we encountered was always ver nice. Our 2 bed apartment was right at the bottom which faced 73. Although it was really nice to be at the bottom and have a lovely uninterrupted view of the hills, 73 is a little noisy, so if you like it quiet better to be in the middle of the property or towards Windsong. Good experience overall, only moved out to get closer to a new job.
Beautiful pool and a great location. Rent is high, but it keeps it nice :)