Freddie was really excellent. He is a good listener and knows the apartment complex well. Combining those facts, he is able to find the apartment you are looking for. When we dropped in unexpectedly for a follow-up visit, Freddie was about to go on a tour and the new manager, John (on his first official day), picked up seamlessly. Gave me the feeling that is how things would work in the future, also. Both were empathetic to our needs. We visited 12 apartments and this was definitely the best feel we had about the people, so glad we also found a fantastic apartment there.
This was our first apartment experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The staff were always very professional and courteous and would go out of their way to be helpful. It's a fantastic location by the Seattle waterfront and close proximity to great shops and restaurants. My husband and I would highly recommend the Olympus Apartments.
Once you give your vacate notice they DO NOT care anymore. - E-mails to lease agents go unanswered. - SODA Rent-Early Term applies if you vacate the night before you lease ends on the next day. - No pre-inspection or Move out inspection is scheduled before you leave the premisses. - They will charge you for SODA cleaning even if you had the apartment professionally cleaned. (Unless you pay them directly for cleaning) - The equity residential payment website is a joke.
Spent several years as a resident, having recently moved out, I can assure you leaving was a fantastic choice. The best thing to say about the Olympus is the maintenance staff is absolutely top notch, friendly, and will do their best. The concierge staff varies wildly, though is a fantastic resource for shipping and receiving, as well as scheduling airport runs and other services. Be careful, though: packages are often left unsecured and unsupervised in the lobby, especially during the holidays. It can also add a few days to receiving time. The leasing agents go out of their way to make the lobby an unwelcome place. They are also dishonest, flakey, and generally not someone you want to trust when you're paying through the nose for an apartment. Don't let them sucker you in with the view; it's nice now, but the Old Spaghetti Factory was recently sold and you can rest assured more apartments will be moving in. The grounds are well-kept about 30% of the time. Water features, grill, gym equipment, etc, tend to malfunction pretty regularly, or suffer from overuse -- one grill for three towers isn't sufficient, for example. The removal of the spa and sauna is a bummer too. The gym has been freshly remodeled, however, so that should be nice for another six months or so. The Olympus also plays host to corporate housing. If you're looking for no interaction with your neighbors, it's pretty great for that. Sound proofing is pretty decent, especially because the windows barely open. Odd floor plans leave useless nooks that get counted as floorspace. Generally, the complex feels like an elaborate hotel, not a home. Expect rent to go up several hundred per year, with a lot of run around and hemming and hawing about "having to see what they can do." You will be passed off to managers, as the leasing staff can't be bothered to assist. Over the last several years, very little attention has been paid to building security. About once a month, residents are warned that storage lockers are being broken into. In the past, security services have been let go to save money. Employees regularly leave secured doors unlocked for smoke breaks, which aren't supposed to happen on the property. Cars should be relatively safe, but Belltown *is* known for car prowls. (Secured parking is available at a couple hundred per month. They may offer to deal on this, but good luck getting that to materialize.) Convenient to downtown by foot, one should not attempt to drive to the Olympus. It gets bogged down during rush hours as the 99 ramps are nearby, the Mercer gridlock backs up, and very little access to the neighborhood is available in general. It is actually quicker to take a bus from North Seattle than it is from Belltown. Oh, and don't leave your windows open -- everything will be coated in a black dust from the yearly construction, as well as traffic. Your nearest grocery store is going to be about a mile away up-hill; Belltown doesn't have these options. Amazon Fresh delivers to the building and is a nice consolation on that front. The experience of moving out is unsatisfactory enough that a lawyer may be required. Red flag. The long and short of it is: this place is too expensive for what you're getting. Many brand new buildings, as well as those contemporary with the Olympus, in the area afford the same luxuries without as many of the problems. Surrounding neighborhoods are also more attractive, offering more affordable dining and nightlife, with less crime. It's a good starter apartment for someone being relocated to Seattle.
My friend lives there. Pretty good complex.