First and foremost, I should say it took approximately 10-15 minutes to activate my Google+ account SOLELY for writing this review. To make a long story short, I LOVED this apartment -- that's why I lived here for 4 yrs -- from 2009 Fall to 2013 July. Here let me provide some WHYs: 1. Apartment Manager: One of the best aspects of this apartment was Linay Marsh, an apartment mamanger. I and my wife loved her ways of dealing with various issues -- quick and accurate -- and always enjoyed to talking with her. She always greeted us with a warm smile and tried her best to take care of things. This must be one of the reasons why we feel our current apartment manager sucks -- Linay was too good. I remember she was a management assistant in 2009 and now a manager -- she is well deserved for this promotion(s). 2. Maintenance: Apartments are new (compared to others in the area) and clean. Maintenance guys were always lightning-fast and took care of everything we asked for. This has been good for last 4 years, consistently. Compared to other apartments in the area, the management/maintenance office takes care of much less number of units. I guess this must be one of the reasons how they could respond to various requests promptly. 3. Location: The apartment is located right across the border of East Lansing, which is a way safer area than downtown Lansing. It's also at South-West of the Michigan State University campus, which has much less traffics. CATA bus stop is also close (3-min walking distance). 4. Value for Money: Lansing-East Lansing-Okemos area is basically a college town. If you do some research on other apartments, you will find the Hunt Club is one of the newest but most inexpensive options. I've been to my friends' places (e.g. Central Park, Homestead, Ashton Lake, Tammany Hills, Spartan Village, etc.) in the area but NEVER found anything better within a similar price range (Some of them were even more expensive). 5. I received the full amount of my security deposit. Seeing my friends' ridiculous experience on refund process with DTN, I guess(!) Concord has a more reasonable refund policy. Of course, I've tried to maintain my unit clean. Anything bad? No carport, and that was it. My 4 years there were that great.
I don't know what everyone is talking about when it comes to trash piling up or crazy loud kids; this location has been one of my favorite locations to live in through Lansing. I lived at Hunt Club 2008-2009 and never had a problem with the neighborhood; as long as you are not living in the center of the area I suspect everything is quiet. Maintenance guys are idiots as they didn't realize the dish-washer top wrack was in the wrong way and they didn't even know how to properly fix a crack in the ceiling. Still I recommend these apartments to anyone looking for a safe and inexpensive location.
I have lived here for three years and plan on moving within the next few weeks. When I first moved the place was quiet and beautifully kept. Now, the teenaged tenants "party" in the court yard at night with no concern for other tenants. If you face the court yard, you will be calling the police nightly in order to get any sleep. The trash will be left outside the gate during the weekends even when the trash compactor works. The maintenance staff is really nice but not very skilled-- Do not let them leave your house to "order parts." They will not be back for days. Oh, and if the office tells you that they will send a letter out about your complaint-- consider yourself ignored.
When I first moved here, it was a dream. Its an attractive complex and the people in the office seem nice. The area is really well kept up. After the first couple months I started to get very irritated with the people running the office. They would never leave me notifications when a package was in the office. And one time I actually had one of the office people OPEN one of my packages claiming there was no address on it. I took the box she opened, flipped it over and the label with my name and address was right there. I was so furious I had to walk away, if I was smart I would have taken legal action. The same chick gives us problems about our dog. The other residents here blatantly break the rules with their dogs. They tie them up outside despite them being noisy and obstructions, or they dont walk them on leashes. Someone here has a dog thats got to be at least 20 pounds over the weight limit. My well behaved dog has been blamed by the office on countless occasions for leaving droppings all over. I've seen the other dogs leave them, even on OUR lawn. We always make a habit to pick up after ours but they still managed to threaten to fine me if they found more droppings that they thought belonged to me. The office seems like its always closed. Every single time I go in to talk to them they're always gone. I've gone in many different times to try and get in but theres always something up. They can be gone anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour and a half, multiple times a day. I left a complaint to them about it and they made the excuse that its only a 2 person office and that they cannot cater to everyone. I'm sorry but thats not the right thing to say to someone who pays their rent on time every month. Our complaints about everything else have gone ignored. If I complain about the dog droppings issue I get called a hypocrite for no reason. We recently had some neighbors move in to the apartment next door, they are constantly blasting ethnic music at all hours of the night. They will sit outside and talk loudly and one day we went outside to find they threw up all over the sidewalk. It was noticeable because it was snowing. When we complain about them we hear nothing. If you're on a bottom floor you can hear everything going on upstairs which sucks if you have a godzilla neighbor up there. The floors are extremely thin and if you drop even a small crumb on accident you will have ants in a matter of minutes. Everyone else mentioned this but I will too, the kids are incredibly loud and misbehaved. They walk in the streets and act as huge obstructions to cars. I guess their mothers never told them to stick to the sidewalk. Oh and one last thing, if you're a full time student do not come here. Why the heck an apartment complex right on MSU would deny you the opportunity to be a full time student is absolutely beyond me. I didn't find out about this until after I signed the lease which screwed my classes over and now i've been pushed even FURTHER from my degree. We plan on moving out in the next few weeks. I've only lived here for a year. I've enjoyed the apartment as a whole but I hate the people around me and I strongly dislike some of the office people (With a couple exceptions). Those smalls things have pushed me enough to leave. The only way to truly pass judgment is for you to live here.