I have lived here for more than a year. Like many people here, I was lured by the area, not so much the apartments. And like many people here, thinking this was a huge mistake... Shortly after moving in I started to notice that management was not only bad, they were really, really bad. Management really only consists of one supreme A-hole, the property manager, two or three inferiors whom he micro manages so hard you can see the fear in their eyes. As a consequence, they're about as helpful as a paper weight when you need something done. Your package will sit in the office for months and no one will reach out to tell you. and on and on. They recently removed the security cameras after the girl was killed at Gables 17. Gables clearly believes the less people see the better but I won't let them get off that easy. I'll tell you and everyone else who will listen Gables is one of the least secure places to live. Every day, I see people sneak in who don't live here. Management knows about it yet turns a blind eye. (Too busy creating office drama remember) I've seen as many as 7 random unauthorized cars follow in a resident who opened the gate to drive in. Neighbors are generally cool, yet don't expect to see much of anyone. I've seen 3 people who live on my floor in the year plus since I moved in. And I'm out a lot. It's just not some place that is conducive to meeting new people. The parking garage is always filthy and really designed for ultra compact cars. I've seen more than a handful of cars with the tell tale concrete scrape all across the right rear fender from not clearing the super tight garage turns. The trash room always smells like a landfill despite that poor maintenance man's best efforts to keep it clean. The chutes are just too small so everyone dumps their garbage on the floor! It's just a bad bad design. The one thing I would consider to be working correctly is maintenance personnel's response time. They're usually here within a day after submitting a request online. Some walls are concrete in the apartment, that's true. Mostly the ones parallel to the street. I still hear neighbors upstairs and next door (sound travels better through solids) so really the concrete walls are just a nuisance to deal with since you'll have to rent or buy a hammer drill to get hang up your pictures/art etc. On top of it all, they keep raising the rents. I'm writing this in hopes you'll pass on this dump and spend your hard earned money elsewhere. I wish I would have. Looking back, I realize things like safety, property cleanliness and quality of living are worth more than saving a few bucks.
I lived there for 13 months. It was the worst apartment living experience I have ever had. The only thing the apartment has going for it is the location. Cons: Management is apathetic. The office attitude is that you're bothering them when you need assistance. The fire alarm went off 7 times during the first 6 months I lived there. Management nickels and dimes over every cost - ie you must pay for your lightbulbs. The garage - extremely tight and the "reserved" spots fill up the lower 3-4 levels. Expensive - there are much better apartments in the same area for less cost. Management will not inform you of packages. If you don't know you're expecting one, a Christmas gift can sit in the office for 3 months (this happened to me). During the 13 months I lived there, for various reasons and "inspections" they needed to enter my (and all other) apartment(s) 8 times. They would inform the residents less than 48 hours before. Pros: Location. Maintenance is prompt. I implore you to look for other apartments before signing a lease with this property. After the experiences I have had there, I will never live in another Gables property.
Awful awful. I have had my car stolen. Packages lost. As much as they charge they could afford security at night.
I have hated this place more and more every day since I have moved here. Management is terrible, and they just lose your packages and could careless. I can't wait to move back into Park 17. I love you Gables but State Thomas Ravello is TERRIBLE.
The Gables State Thomas Ravello is a larger, Mid-Rise apartment residence in the quieter State Thomas area of Uptown. The area has a distinct neighborhood feel, with primarily apartments, and private residences, and a small amount of retail in smaller shops. There are many trees around the area, and this is a great part of Uptown to go for a run or just enjoy outdoors. There are also some popular “insider” night spots for Uptown in walking distance. The apartments were built in 2000 and are more mid Rise in style. The style/design of the apartments is more “Traditional” in some ways, with primarily carpet interiors, crown molding, etc. However, they also have been nicely upgraded in the kitchens and other areas. Access in the inner buildings are all controlled access. They are secured with a key fob. And, the hallways are air conditioned/heated with carpet. The controlled access is important because it gives you more security, but also a lower utility bill and more comfort in the hotter/colder months. The style is pretty basic overall, not flashy. The apartment value for the money is VERY good here in comparison to Uptown. There are a SMALL amount of floor plans here. They have a lot of 2 bedroom and several three bedroom floor plans as well. Features: Here are some of the features I like at the Ravello: • Good sized kitchens – the kitchens here are bigger than average for Uptown. They also include more cabinet space than most. • Newer appliances – The majority of apartments and the townhomes have newer (black) appliances. The COLBY units have black appliances. • Patios/Balconies INCLUDED – The majority of apartments have a patio or balcony. • Washer/dryer included – The apartments include washer dryer sets. Very appreciated! • Nice size Closets – These closets are great sized. In some cases, they are HUGE! • Interior storage on the balcony – This is very rare…most of the apartments actually have extra storage on the balcony. ! The Gables State Thomas Ravello has some areas to improve: • Carpet interiors – most of the apartments have carpet interiors in the living/dining rooms. However, for a $50 a month upgrade, you can get hardwoods installed if you want. • No walk in showers – Most of the apartment floor plans do NOT have walk in showers. • Very standard interiors – The interiors are basic and I have no problem with them. However, they also don’t show much imagination with designs or features. Please see my further thoughts at Uptown101 .