Close friend lived here for two years. We loved coming down for its proximity to events in the city. With all of the changes going on in Cincinnati this is a great place to live.
Lytle Place is a terrible place to live. My wife and I moved in a little over a year ago and were promised a renovated apartment. It was renovated, but the sort of renovation that is "new" not "nice." The materials are all very cheap. Although most of the staff is somewhat friendly, the way they conduct business is deceitful and conniving. To echo an earlier sentiment PLEASE READ YOUR CONTRACT CAREFULLY. Our contract requires 60 days notice prior to termination, and also requires a "Buyout Fee" equal to two months' rent. When reading the contract, you might think that the Buyout Fee (which is approximately 60 days) is related to the 60 days notice. In fact, you must provide 60 days notice, and continue to pay rent during that time, then pay the 2 month Buyout Fee. Essentially YOU PAY 4 MONTHS' WORTH OF RENT TO LEAVE EARLY. If you plan to buy a house, as my wife and I are doing, you may think twice about finding your dream home - you will instead want to make sure you fit in the right window so you don't have to pay the Buyout Fee. What other place charges you the equivalent of 4 months' of rent for leaving the lease early when they fill the apartment back up within days or weeks? This is a true example of exploitation from a powerful bargaining position. They are extracting everything they can. And in addition, our rent amount, which was exorbitant when we first leased our apartment, increased significantly the second year, and our parking spot payment also increased by 14% from year one to year two. They benefit from being in a decent location (though don't fool yourself, the central business district is a farther walk than you might think). Other than that, they clearly make no effort to appease residents or make the building an attractive place to live. I am extremely disappointed, and I'm certain that the new addition to the Banks will (and should) take their business.
Went and looked at the place and of course fell in love with it. I mean-the pool, the gym, sauna, the park, and downtown?! How could anyone NOT love it. At One Lytle they do have more affordable apartments than the 2g a month weirdly shaped ones+ the obscene parking fees. Of course, we added onto a wait-list for one of the more affordable apartments and a few weeks ago they called to say they were going to have one available right when we were looking to move. Excited, we filled out the Application ($49). The 'nice' leasing consultant told us that we needed to also pay the security deposit of $250 + the $200 pet deposit before she could run our application. So we did, like complete idiots. After a few days and given the thumbs up from management that we were most likely getting the apartment and that it just needed to go through corporate, I began doing my normal moving ritual, like calling the Duke energy to get an average electric bill for the new place. Per duke, the average electric bill for THE apartment we'd be inhabiting was nearly 200 a month, with a 'normal' bill of about 300 in the winter. This was the past 2 years average bill for a 775sqft apartment! Apparently the stone building isn't insulated well at all. The 'nice' leasing consultant indicated it'd be about 50 dollars a month-lies. The day after this we received our confirmation letter saying we'd been approved for the apartment and the steps we needed to complete to move in. Well lo and behold that the supposed ample $50 a month parking, that was promised to us when we filled out our application less than two days before, was gone and they only have $90 spots left. At this point, after reassessing the amount of bills we'd have there (all utilities are the tenants responsibility-even trash), we decided there was no way in hell we were moving in. We let them know, and now they are refusing to give back our security deposit because it's "company policy" even though we'd never even seen a lease-nor does it say ANYWHERE on their site or application that this would happen. Super disappointed in a place that I was so excited about a few weeks ago. All the other reviews online are right, they will try to squeeze every penny out of you! Beware, people!
I lived at OLP for almost 4 years. I'm not going to talk about the positives (which many have attested to and I agree) only the bad taste they left in my mouth upon leaving. My suggestion to anyone who decides to live here is READ THE FINE PRINT AND MAKE REMINDERS IN YOUR CALENDAR TO AVOID FEES. My belief is that this company intentionally puts you in positions where you pay fees and they could care less about helping you out. i wonder what their fee revenue looks like, I bet it's through the roof! They always say you agreed or were contractually obligated to pay. In my particular case they charged me a whole month's rent because I only gave them 27 days notice to vacate instead of 60 days. I offered to pay 50% but they refused and sent it to collection. I was successful in knocking down the debt with the collection agency but is this anyway to treat someone who just paid upwards of $60,000 to live there for 3 somewhat years? Other than that watch out for noisy apartments. I had to deal with an awful chilling station located on the top of a neighboring building which forced me to wear earplugs each night. Of course when I wanted to move to another apartment there would be all kinds of fees and I felt like I was duped! The walls are very thin, you hear everything. The carpets and materials they used are of the lowest quality. They have a saying, how can you make sh** shine well OLP did a masterful job! Having said all that. If you like to party, make a lot of noise, be in a great location and don't mind paying absorbent fees when you miss something this is the place for you! I think there are better choices...
I've lived here a few months and love the location. I can walk to a Reds or Bengals game, walk to Fountain Square for shopping or some Greaters ice cream, walk to work downtown, walk across the river on the Purple People Bridge to Newport on the Levee for restaurants, music, shows, the Aquarium ... or just walk outside to festivals and activities on the riverfront. It's not the cheapest place downtown, but it seems clean and safe and quiet and the staff has been nothing but helpful. I don't have a car so the daily downtown shuttle and weekly grocery shuttle are a great benefit. I'm not into pools and saunas and gyms but they seem decent enough here. Heck, they even bake fresh cookies for you every day. Gotta' luv that. That's my three cents.