Apr 12, 2016
Amli 535 was our first home in Seattle. We lived there for a year and have only good things to say about. The location was great. The price was better than everyone else (as of 2015). And the amenities were as good as any of the other properties in the area. But by far the best thing about this property is the staff. Megan, Ken, David and Leigh Ann were always friendly, welcoming and accommodating. I've heard some horror stories about the nice looking property up the street having nightmare personnel. Without a doubt, the AMLI 535 folks care about making your home life easy and enjoyable. My favorites were the wine tastings and Seahawks viewing parties with free food and beverages. Definitely helped us to get to know neighbors and build a sense of community. Oh and the package room is a huuuuge bonus. You don't have to worry about rushing back before they close to pick up a package at the leasing office. There is a dedicated, secure room that houses your packages. It is code accessed and monitored which gave me a lot of confidence. In the end we were sad to leave the AMLI but my girlfriend's new job was outside the city and the commute comparison would have been a quite lopsided in my favor. Would have loved to stay longer!
Harsha Chandra Shekar
Jan 05, 2016
Here is a review of my stay at Amli 535. I stayed here for 2 years from 2013 to 2015 and this review is based on my experience over the 2 years. Pros: Management Team: The biggest pro of living in Amli was the management team. David, Meghan, Ken and Stephanie are really great people and make living in Amli 535 a pleasurable experience! They are extremely helpful, cheerful and accommodative and I have innumerable examples of that. If any appliance is faulty, they are usually very quick to have that taken care of. They are always on top of tracking your packages, collecting your laundry etc. In fact, even after I have moved out, they have been kind enough to hold packages for me! Move Out Process: I always believe that the real test of a lease is at the time the lease expires. I have heard innumerable horror stories from my friends about being charged exorbitant amounts by other apartment complexes in the name of damages, cleaning fees, wear and tear etc. This is not the case with Amli 535. They have a hassle free cleaning option available - you pay $75 and they take care of the cleaning. You are off the hook unless of course you have broken an appliance. Alternatively, you can clean the apartment yourself. I chose the hassle free cleaning and it turned out to be hassle free indeed. At the time of moving out, David and team even went above and beyond by providing me with a trolley, being very flexible with reserving the large elevator etc. Conveniences: The Starbucks coffee machine in the game room, ability to reserve the game room, laundry pick up and drop off, package room, gym etc. offer great convenience. It is hard to switch to brewing your own coffee after you've moved out. :) Location: It is pretty obvious that the location is fantastic. It is right by the lake, close to Amazon, close to the freeway entry and Exit 167. Cons: I can't really call these things "cons". I would say these are 'good to know' items. Rent hikes: I did see the rent go up around 7-8% year on year. To be clear, it isn't just an Amli thing - it is the increasing demand for rental properties in SLU that is driving the rents higher y/y. Car Parking: Again, you might find it helpful to know that if you add the car parking to your rental agreement, it is going to stay on it through the period of the agreement. You can't give up your parking spot in the middle of your rental period because you choose to avail the Zone 24 RPZ parking. Of course, the management team is reasonable and under exceptional circumstances such as you totaling your car or selling it, they might create an exception. Summary: I really enjoyed staying in Amli 535 and a lot of the credit goes to David and team for that. I recommend this place to anyone who wants to live in SLU.
Sep 20, 2013
Responsive management, nice apartments, good location, nice neighbors..what more could you ask for? We are just coming up on our 1 year mark and in reviewing the past year, we can see no reason not to renew our lease. The management has always been responsive to any issues, when they say "welcome home" you feel they mean it! :) Maintenance is prompt and efficient as well. I love that you can request these kinds of things online and they are responded to quickly. The just installed active building which makes many things easier as well. This is an up-and-coming area with a lot of construction going on. It's loud during the day, but should be done soon enough. We are in a 1 bedroom with den apartment on the 1st floor with a west facing view. Well, not much of a view as there is an apartment building going in behind us. ;) The upside is that is blocks most of the afternoon sun helping to keep the apartment cool even on the hottest day of the year. We feel there is a lot of space in the apartment, even has a proper laundry room! My few complaints would be the option to have an apartment with no carpet (this is available on the studios only) and a full size washer and dryer. Other than that, its a great apartment! The den is a good size, can fit a twin bed in it for the occasional visitor. There are no windows in it so it may not be appropriate for long term. Close walking distance to Lake Union, a brand new Bartell's Drugs and medical care. If you are an Amazon employee, all of the buildings are well within walking distance, the farthest would be Blackfoot which is about a 15 minute walk at a regular pace. There is a Whole Foods in that same area so also with in walking distance. With all the construction in the area, they are going to be putting in more retail so there is a possibility of another grocery store in a closer proximity. Some may balk at the pricing, but we think its quite fair given the location and the amenities. Our rent isn't going up too much for the 2nd year either. I do wish they would bring in internet access for the building so we aren't tied to Comcast or Century Link (can only get the 1.5MBS from Century Link so for higher speeds you are stuck with Comcast) They are very pet friendly! The roof top even has a "puppy potty" area for the times when you really don't want to take the woof on a walk but they need to go. Well behaved pets are very welcome! All in all, I highly recommend this location!
A Google User
Dec 01, 2011
Let me get the good things out of the way first. My wife and I were very excited to move into this apartment complex near Lake Union, coming from an old building on Capitol Hill, we were looking forward to modern amenities such as hot water! AMLI offered a beautiful rooftop community area with a dog potty area, barbeque, a picturesque view of the city and Lake Union, a gym, and on-site storage. Neighborhood amenities included walking-distance to ZAW Pizza, REI's flagship store, boutique shopping, a dog park, walkable distances to Lake Union, and downtown Seattle. After having spent a year in the apartment and leaving, the luster wore off a bit on the benefits of the building and some of the negative aspects of the complex reared their ugly heads. 1) You can expect an average "community" at AMLI 535, although there is a great chance you may never see your neighbors - as Jose pointed out, the place does have the feeling of a hotel to it. At night, the hallways reminded me of The Shining. Even though the management provides poop bags in the dog area, you could assume that many of the other pet owners can't read English and subsequently did not notice the sign asking them to clean up after their dogs. The roof common area was a popular place for throwing parties and probably the same kind of people who left their dogs' crap in the dog area would happily leave their party's beer bottles and other trash to clutter up rooftop, diminishing the enjoyment you might get out of taking a friend up to see the view. We had a neighbor who kept his sub against a shared wall. It took a few friendly chats with him to reach an understanding; we never needed manager involvement, so that was ok. We did also make a good friend down the hall from us. 2) The management in this complex won't scratch their butts without asking the corporate offices what they should do, which makes customer service fairly impersonal and potentially frustrating. 3) Management requires corporate guidance to scratch their butts. You can expect customer service to be friendly, but impersonal and potentially frustrating. It may have just been us, but with my wife's cleaning OCD, it seemed like we left the apartment cleaner than when we moved in and we didn't see a penny of our cleaning OR pet deposits and felt pretty sore about that. Once we were halfway across the country, there was not much we could do to pursue anything in that matter. 4) The biggest complaint we had was the "green" lack of room A/C in this brand-new building. Previously living on Capitol Hill without A/C, we figured Summer would be a breeze, literally. WRONG! We did not take into account the fact that each apartment has exactly 1 glass door or window, which means you can expect your room to absorb heat all day long and retain it through the evening. The summer of 2008 did not seem overly hot to me, but our room was an oven from about 10am till several hours after sunset. Steps I took to keep the room cooler included building a blackout wall to place in each window consisting of 3/4" foam insulation sided in foil (shiny side facing out) covered by white cloth to keep as much light and heat as possible outside. By August, we had to open the hallway door and stick our turbine fan out in the door to blow cooled hallway air into our apartment. We weren't the only ones with this idea as EVERY door on our floor would be opened in the evenings by desperate residents. We did find ourselves concerned about security as T pointed out. There was a drug rehab house just across the back alley that was a source of some disturbing night sounds (stories for another time and place). I think overall, had we stayed in Seattle, we would have left AMLI 535 at the end of our lease for a different apartment complex anyway. As it is, we had to move halfway across the country. Oh, one last thing; screw those street parking prices!
A Google User
Jun 26, 2008
Off late AMLI 535 has been suffering on account of the quality of the neighborhood as well as the building management's reluctance to incorporate better security systems in the building. Security and illumination in the neighborhood is poor. The walk up from Minor St through Republican is scary once the sun sets - with a ramshackle of a house on one side, dirty sidewalks and very poor street lighting. AMLI provides just one strong lighting at the corner of Pontius and Republican but that doesn't help much - in stead there should be suitable lights set up on the side of the house on Republican St. The dark neighborhood is also home to a bunch of homeless who scream their heads off every other night or so. On more than one occassion, I've seen them attempt to enter the building at night. Since Dec 2007, I think I heard about three break-ins. Don't know how many more weren't reported to us. Can't believe how some dudes managed to walk away with the huge TV from the Cafe in the building in one night. Today I see a flyer in my door saying - some folks raided the storage facilities in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. It scary that the breakins are moving from the more public parts of the building like the cafe to apparently more secure areas inside the building. Break-ins happen. What irks me is the building mgmt's apathy toward it all. AMLI still does not have a doorman after the leasing office closes. Nor are is there any CCTV monitoring the entrances, gyms/cafe, corridoors or other common areas. Security just doesn't seem to the prime concern here.