FIRST, I AM NOT RECEIVING ANY COMPENSATION FOR SHARING OUR EXPERIENCE LIVING AT BAY VILLAGE APARTMENTS. I DID NOT KNOW THE LANDLORDS OR EVEN KARADEMAS UNTIL WE MOVED IN AND DID NOT REVIEW ANY COMMENTS BEFORE WE SIGNED OUR LEASE. THIS WOMAN, MARY ANN IS NO LONGER THE LANDLORD, SHERRI M. IS THE LANDLORD AND FROM THE COMMENTS I READ THESE 2 WOMAN ARE AS DIFFERENT AS NIGHT IS FROM DAY. I HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND I HOPE YOU READ EVERYTHING BECAUSE SINCE WE MOVED HERE IN 2014 IT HAS BEEN THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF OUR LIFE PERIOD. Are you looking for a place you can really call home? Want nice neighbors, family friendly if that is what you like or if you wish to live in an area with older residents the management can accommodate this as well. My husband and I have lived in various apartments on the East side of Milwaukee for over 20 years and I have to say that living here at Bay Village Apartments has been the best decision we have ever made. I cant say enough about Sherri and her team of maintenance workers at Bay Village. I have never lived in an apartment where the landlord actually answers the phone and has one of the maintenance workers at our home on those rare occasions when we needed their help with minor problems in our home. Sherri is always accessible for any need Roger or I may have regarding our home and in general she is just a very honest, nice person wanting to make everyone's experience living here a good one. For what we are getting in our town home the price is very fair and it is our hope to live here indefinitely. We have just celebrated our one year anniversary and are starting our second. Now, with the advent of being able to pay our rent on line it will make rent paying a very quick and smooth transaction something I really appreciate as I am disabled and getting around can be difficult. Not only to we receive the amenities listed below we also have FREE CABLE!! Who gets free cable? While we have upgraded our cable package, when we moved in while waiting for our cable to be upgraded all we had to do was plug in the TV and attach a cable to our TV and the wall and wa-la something to pass the time until the upgrade was made. Our town home is more than just a "box" it is a beautiful SPACIOUS three level home. Our livingroom has a beautiful picture window looking out on a well taken care of courtyard, our kitchen is big enough to hold our diningroom table and a few extra tables where we put various knick nacks. We have cupboards to spare, a full size refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposer and windows that look out to our garage and small back yard area where we can grill out in the summer. Our fully finished basement in perfect for watching television and working on various family crafts as well as having a washer/dryer and space to put boxes as well as summer/winter clothes and other things we don't use on a regular bases, all this is included in the rent. In the basement we also have a bathroom with a walk in shower. Our second floor has the biggest master bedroom I have ever had, if we wanted to we could put a California king bed in this room with space to spare for dressers and other things as well as two full size closets and another huge picture window also looking out on the courtyard. Our second floor has a full bathroom with a tub large enough to take a proper soak after a long day at work or a nice long hot shower, our hot water heater holds enough water for 2 people to take at least 20 to 30 minute showers one after the other. The second bedroom is just right for company and it also has a closet. We have a hall closet for all our sheets, towels and other things we need to stock upstairs. In short, you need to come and take a look at Bay Village Apartments, the sample unit is the same setup as our unit right down to the carpet. You will not be disappointed in choosing to live here and maybe you could live in a unit close to ours and come to one of our backyard cookouts. You really have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
My wife and I had a great experience with Bay Village. We lived at Bay Village for nearly 3 years. The actual place is very well kept and if you ever have a maintenance issue, Jim is typically there by the end of that day to fix the issue. We also had a very good experience with Mary Anne. She was incredibly reasonable throughout the three years. She even went out of her way to congratulate us when we had our first child. I highly recommend Bay Village to anyone looking for a comfortable, well located place in Whitefish Bay.
DO NOT RENT FROM BAY VILLAGE! So as it turns out, I rented a townhome at Bay Village for 1 year with my girlfriend and good friend / roommate. We are very responsible, well kept people and have been renting around the East Side now for 10 years. Even though I'm 27 (roommates approx. same age) we were treated condescendingly as children by Mary Ann, the rental manager for the properties. Upon move in, we were greeted with an uncleaned unit (I hope they didn't charge the previous tenants for cleaning, because they surely didn't do it themselves!), which we spent approximately 5-6 hours working on upon move in. And the worst of it was the cabinets in the kitchen which had shavings on the inside of them that closely resembled an animal problem. A few weeks later, and over the span of a month, we end up catching 8 mice. Even though this rodent infestation was obviously there upon our move in, which we informed management about, it was not handled at all. We were told to buy traps and deal with it, even though they had pest control services (which did end up coming over, but only to place more traps which did nothing). Issues such as neighbors who sounded like they were beating their kids, parking issues left and right, and unresponsiveness to maintenance requests really left us with a bad taste in our mouthes. To top it all off though, was that everytime we had an issue with something, Mary Ann tried to say that it was our fault and would argue with us about it needing to be fixed; in addition to the fact that we had to go through a "preliminary" walkthrough and a final walkthrough, by which she tried to come up with ways to charge us for every little thing (wait, even though we spent 5-6 hours cleaning the place after moving in???? does that make sense?!?!). Overall, terrible management (never met anyone that unprofessional), and terrible experience x2. Would never rent there again, would never recommend renting to a friend. Save your money and the headaches that come along with loosing it to such a terrible property and rent somewhere else. Note to Karademas (Management company that owns the property): Find some new management and there may be better reviews. Additionally, inform your managers that it is highly unprofessional to take written complaints to the neighbors and call them out (we were approached by our neighbors asking if we complained about them because Mary Ann told them we did - I've never heard of any property manager using actual names of the complainers to those being complained against - that is a confidential issue that could result in domestic cases... save yourself the legal trouble!)
I'm stunned at the reviews below because nothing could be further from our experience at these apartments. We live in a remodeled unit and it is absolutely beautiful. Any time I've requested assistance with repairs, which has been few and far between, management has arranged to have someone fix it the same or next day. My neighbors are wonderful; one never hears excessive noise (either from inside or outside the units), and it's a quiet neighborhood, positioned ideally for someone who works downtown and wants to limit a commute to fifteen minutes each way. Finally, we deeply appreciate that we are able to live with our pets here; very, very few rental opportunities allow animals and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have found such a peaceful, quality, well-built home surrounded by others who treat their properties as if they owned them.
It seems like a nice enough place.... not a bad value. However, a professional management staff is clearly lacking. I read MULTIPLE negative reviews concerning a Mary Ann who is the main rental manager. I decided to disregard then since they were most likely from a disgruntal renter. I was wrong to do so. My basement was in standing water at least 5 times (just like the other reviews spoke of). My fiance and I had to pay to buy a dehumidifier and run it non-stop (amounted to a high electrical bill) and also deal with the awful smell from the standing water that the maintenance staff looked at, but for some reason decided not to clean up or shampoo after it finally dried up 3 weeks later. The management was very disappointing in how they handled this situation. It is something we struggled with for the 2 years we lived there. The management seemed to be on the defensive the few times we called them in need of a minor repair. I think we called them at most 6 times the 2 years we lived there. Our next door neighbor lived there 4 years and expressed a strong dislike for Mary Ann in particular (professionalism is clearly lacking in management) on the first day we moved in. When we moved out, they came up with any reason possible to keep our deposit. They were a real class act to the end.