Lived here from February 2014 to February 2016. We had an amazing two years here. Sure, there are a few issues, but that's anywhere. First, know what you're getting - an older apartment that is by no means luxury, but is extremely livable, cozy and in an amazing location. You're basically in the woods - hence some of the pest problems, which I'll get to - but also minutes from downtown. We faced Lake Johnson and after Lake Dam Road shut down, it couldn't have been any quieter (minus the occasional motorcycle or sometimes teens messing around in the park). We happened to have great neighbors most of the time, but some noisy weirdos moved in above us for our last few months, and our first few months were filled with a psycho barking dog, so it's all about location. Honestly, what apartment complex isn't? If you want total control of your surroundings, save up for a house (mortgages aren't that much more than rent!). You're also super-close to Cary, which has better restaurants and shopping than Raleigh, IMO. Traffic isn't ever really that bad (don't get caught on Tryon Rd during rush hour). You can Uber just about anywhere if you like bars and if you just want to hang around the place, there are outdoor grills, the pool, tennis courts and of course, your patio. The maintenance team was always one of the best parts about living here. They fixed everything right away, and always with a smile. Most seem to love working there (it really is the most serene apartment complex we found in the area). Depending on whether or not you get an upgrade, the insides can be kind of old. I'd guess most of the kitchen equipment is from the late 80s, early 90s, but everything works sufficiently fine and rarely breaks down. The doors don't seal all too well, which means your electric bill is a little higher than it should be (plus the HVAC systems are on the older side as well), but you aren't going to freeze to death or sweat all night in the summer. Very livable - we did it for two years and only moved because we needed more space and were tired of being in the woods. Which brings me to the bug issue. Yes, you are living in a beautiful place, with acres of forest, trails and an amazing lake behind you - but yes, that nature comes in the house. If bugs absolutely freak you out, you're either going to get used to them or run away in the middle of the night. This isn't the fault of the apartment complex - they will send Terminix to your apartment whenever you request it and will work with you to provide better exclusion, but you're in the woods and the apartments are old. There's only so much you can do. For about a month and a half - during some torrential rains - we were killing up to 20 - 25 millipedes a day/night. They'd just crawl up the walls and never bother anybody or they'd dehydrate in a few hours and die, but it wasn't pleasant. Other little pests made it inside, but, Walnut Creek addressed the issue as best they can - during the millipede invasion, they had Terminix come out and treat the ENTIRE grounds, which put an immediate slowdown to the problem, and within a week or two, no more millipedes. Parking can be an issue at night, especially with people parking their two cars and three worktrucks there, but once again - apartment living. You have some pretty lax rules otherwise, so as long as you're on good terms with your neighbors, you're free to live how you want. The pool can be a pretty cool place to hang out with the right people, but not everyone thinks pool parties are awesome - choose which times you go wisely (i.e., weekend days will have tons of kids, weekend evenings might be more adult, weekdays are girls catching a tan, etc.). If this is in your budget and you're looking to be in nature, but still in the city, I highly recommend living here. We got our full deposit back, so they are honest and fair. We will always remember our Walnut Creek Time fondly! :) (Note 5 stars!)
First, the good: Office staff has been super nice. Grounds are well kept, maintenance has been prompt every time I had an issue. The apartments are older, smaller, with walls and carpet show their age. Kitchen can range from nice to old, depending on the unit. The biggest issue for me was the continual pest issue. There was an exterminator who came around every time you requested, which did help, but never solved the problem. Depending on what kind of a deal you can get, this can be a decent place to live for cheaper and close to NCSU.
I've lived here for several months and I hate it so much. I've never lived in a worse place. It's almost all students and my new upstairs neighbors think it's cool to walk around and make noise all night long... like sunset to sunrise. I can't sleep, at all. The office doesn't care. Nobody cares. People drive too fast in the lot, the parking isn't good, people drink beer while standing in the pool and I've even seen people smoking in the pool using the deck right next to the pool as an ashtray. This place sucks so bad.
I honestly can't imagine a crappier place to live. Apartments are survivable but staff constantly 'lose' packages, internet is poor, and the rent is higher than it has any reason to be.
staff are friendly and remember your name. rent is not bad for being so close to the Cary area. the apartments themselves are in good condition.