NOISE: Very quiet neighborhood, good mix of families and couples, mostly 30's and 40's ages. As is typical in the DC metro area, some people seems to sublet rooms or have relatives living with them, but very few and it's not disruptive. This is not the neighborhood you move to if you want to have house parties. PROPERTY CONDITION: For the age of the property, it's in great condition. The floors, paint, and kitches and upstairs bathrooms are renovated each time a resident moves out (typically that seems to be every 2-3 years for growing families, or ten-plus years for couples and mature families). There are normal things you'd expect like some sinking of the kitchen floor, or tiled bathroom floors having been covered with linoleum, but overall it's well maintained, especially roofs and landscaping. During 2012-2013, they replaced all the air conditioning units, and replaced the toilets with low-flow water-saving toilets, which made a big difference in our water bill, and improved the cooling situation upstairs somewhat (though it's still problematic in the back bedroom and the hallway is swelteringly hot, having only an intake vent). They replaced the privacy fences in 2013-2014, and painted all the houses that were not natural brick. Community alleys are paved every two years. My biggest complaint is that windowscreens sometimes don't fit the windows, and the air conditioning is next to non-existant in the back bedroom despite being located directly over the utility closet and A/C unit - I suppose the duct work is set up oddly. We had little field mice in the kitchen twice in 10 years, but they were taken care of by the exterminators promptly and the access routes sealed. We had ants during hot weather, but again a contractor exterminator came by and sealed up the hole and laid bait, and we've been ant-free so far this summer. That's been the extent of our problems. I've seen reports of structural issues, but overall not myself or my neighbors have had any. None of us have basements in our group of homes, so I can't speak to the occassional reports of basement flooding. PARKING: Parking is plentiful and easy - even at midnight on a weekend, we can find parking within the designated spaces on the service road or behind the house, even with two cars per house average. Some homes have more than two cars and have to park the third on the public street, but even so our friends have never not been able to find parking. MAINTENANCE: A few years ago Dreyfus centralized maintenance requests through a call center offsite. Repairs are prompt and the guys who do them are very nice, and very helpful. My only comment is that you should NOT try to submit multiple work requests on a single Work Order if you call them. Insist on every one being a separate ticket. Otherwise, after the first item is fixed, they will close the Work Order, and you'll have to call again anyway... this is an administrative issue, not a maintenance quality or responsiveness issue. It shouldn't happen this way, but it does, so just work with it. COMMUNITY PERSONALITY: this is a diverse community, with north africans, east africans, hispanics, caucasians, and african-americans. many people are in the military, and there's a mix otherwise of white collar and skilled labor professionals. Some neighbors all close and hang out together, and others keep to themselves, but everyone has been friendly and when there's a big snowstorm everyone helps out the older folks, or helps get someone unstuck if they're in trouble. I have both my immediate neighbors phone numbers, and we hold packages for each other and look out for each other. It's a nice place. SAFETY/SECURITY: theft is no worse than Alexandria overall, and much better than Foxchase a few miles down the road. never had a package stolen. I had an old rusty bike stolen once that I didn't lock up. WHY 4 STARS: the A/C really is frustrating in the back bedroom, but it's a design issue
I applied for a two bedroom home in this complex, I didn't get approved. The lady that was helping me, Sandy, didn't call me to tell me about the disapproval note until I called her. She was like "oh sorry, you weren't approved!" To make it worse, she said it had been several days that she knew about that. I wondered how long it would have taken her to notify me hadn't I called her. It was very unprofessional.
Townhomes are very well kept and maintenance is very quick to respond. However, you get what you pay for: Mail Theft is common. Many complaints at office, and I've had 2 packages stolen so far. Parking is extremely hard, and not well enforced by the rental office. Rental office employees often seem 'disgruntled', probably a management problem - unless you're paying rent - then they are very happy to see you. Pay the extra 100-150 bucks a month and live somewhere else with less crime. This area is very shady.
This is not an apartment building, so don't expect uniformity among the properties. In fact, the website lists each townhouse separately, because they vary so greatly! Make sure if you don't like what you are shown that you ask to see others. Pros: Quiet, family-friendly, age- and ethnically-diverse neighborhood. Seminary students and military are common. LOTS of parking. Parks and playgrounds