Although it's only been a month, so far so good :) Maintenance staff has been super speedy and helpful with any issues, office staff is friendly and knowledgable, the complex is close to stores and I-25 (which was a must have on our list), the pool is beautiful and clean so that we can swim daily with our 2 year old, and there have never been any problems using the gym when we want to.
Pros: +Maintenance Staff is very friendly and reliable. Always smiling and will greet you. + View of Castle Rock Cons: - Parking. If you come home any time after 9 pm, forget about parking anywhere near your building. We have complained about it numerous times and nothing is done about it. There's not enough spaces for the buildings, garages are overpriced, and people park their motorcycles and boats around all year without use. We have 2 kids and always have to double park to unload, and then try to find somewhere for our car. - Management. If you have any kind of problem with your lease or renewals, forget about them helping you at all. Any problems brought to their attention are largely ignored. If it's an issue with renewing your lease or extending, expect HUGE rent increases after the first year. - Tenants. A lot of violations of the drug free property policy, also ignored by management. Someone had a grow operation in their window! People have taken to putting motion activated spotlights on their patios to keep strangers away. Some porches look like junkyards, with fridges and car parts sticking out onto the lawns. - Buildings. Though only a decade old, they are wearing out quick. Shoddily built on a hillside, most rooms show wear in cracks, floor bucking and bubbling, and porch sag. They look pretty, but you can tell most everything has been covered up with a cheap coat of paint to conceal the flaws. I fully expect one of the Western buildings to collapse onto Allen in the next decade. - Cost. Rent is exorbitant. Expect an increase of around 10% each and every year. NO utilities are included, so you will be paying extra for everything from water to trash, which themselves will set you back $50 a month. Overall, if you have a ton of money to spend and just want to live in Castle Rock, feel free to live here. If you have a little more time, you can easily find townhomes and even houses for the same as you will end up paying here for rent and utilities. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!
Unable to move into this complex because I have a banned breed dog. She's a Blue Heeler people one of the smartest breeds around not one of the most vicious. Completely baffles me that you can be turned down because of one of your family members. Wanted to give them no stars but I think you have to give them 1 in order to comment.
Inflexible would be the way I would summarize this complex. In spite of many inconveniences I never recieved any compensation or adjustments to my rent. Only; "That's the way it is and if we made an exception for you we would have to make it for everybody!" Well then be kind to everybody insted of being hardasses to all of us out there trying to make a living. I was on auto pay and when I renewed my lease I figured it would continue. My assumption was wrong and I got an eviction threat notice on my door for all my neighbors to see and an $85.00 fine plus $10.00 per day charge while I was out of town. They would not reverse these fees and required me to get a cashiers check in spite of my exemplary payments.
Overall, my unbiased opinion is that I've had a very positive experience at Echo Ridge. The office staff has been extremely helpful with every issue that I've had, and the maintenance staff always get back to you the same day you put in your work request. Maybe a day later at the absolute most. I had not been in an apartment for years before moving to Echo Ridge, and ER really blew my image of what an apartment can be. Garages, 10-foot ceilings, views to die for, arched doorways, discreet (rather than central) hot water and HVAC, a usable deck...this place has it all! And I didn't even have a west- or south-facing apartment that faced the open space; those apartments must be absolutely idyllic. Any problems I had were mostly inconveniences with other residents. The 3rd floor apartments have hardwood in the main living area, at least in my building, which is great for them but not so good for the 2nd-floor apartment dwellers below them. the heavy footfalls and lord knows what else, all reverberate from that hardwood down to the 2nd-floor folks below. Also, if you have a smoker above you, you can pretty much count on stogy ash and cigarette butts on your deck. I would also have like to see the windows cleaned more often than they were. But the entire time I was there, the building improvement that went on really impressed me. They repainted, redid the parking lot asphalt and lines, and did concrete repair over the course of 2.5 years. That tells me that ER and Wasatch are more than just a nice veneer covering a lame, unkept cluster of apartment buildings, but rather a dedicated apartment community. There are events, parties, and other fun activities all the time. I don't have kids but this is one of the few apartment complexes where I would be OK with raising kids. The swimming pool and exercise area are popular meeting areas for the residents, the sociable ones anyway, and it makes for a really nice environment. Oh, and the online rent payment is nice too. The only down side to this is that if you're even a few hours late on your rent payment, they disable your ability to pay online, so you have to go get a cashiers check for the rent payment, and it's a real hassle. Whereas if they would just leave the rent payment function active, you could pay in seconds. But other than that, it works well. Well done ER and Wasach!