This review is only for the first impression and the leasing process as i have not moved in yet, but will update in a few weeks. Office Staff was amazing. Liz helped me find a great unit and great rate. Very pleasant to deal with and all though she is 8 months pregnant, she didnt hesitate to walk me down to an empty unit to show me. Apartments look great. BELL has started to renovate some units and is scheduled to keep renovating through 2015. carpets, walls, and windows all look good. kitchens are nice, some still have older white appliances, new black appliances are going in to the renovated units. FANTASTIC location, FANTASTIC office Staff. will update after ive experienced the living conditions for a while
Pros - Friendly office staff. Great location. Fairly quiet community(other than during the summer when kids are playing outside....which isn't a problem). Tennis Courts and basketball courts. Plenty of trees and the lake is close. I frequently hear an owl outside hooting, which is neat. The balconies are nice to have, along with the storage area outside. Maintenance has always been quick to respond when I had an issue. Laundry rooms are nice, and the workout area is kept clean. They're also good about having lawns maintained and removing the spider webs on the outside of the building. Cons - The apartments have some age on them. The painting and carpeting were messy when I moved in(but this has been a while, and the apartments are under new management now). Carpet wasn't stretched properly and it looked like the painters just sloppily painted the walls. The windows are also old, and there is a slight fogginess to them. Overall it's a nice place to live if you don't mind an older apartment. I've been here around 3 years.
Worst place I have ever rented. I payed extra just to break my lease to get the hell out. CONS Roaches Old 1980s style apartment with outdated appliances Shotty paint job where they just paint over horrible patch jobs on the walls. bad electrical wiring lights wont even work and power shuts off randomly! drains drain slow floor isnt even level sliding windows dont function and slam shut if you try to open them duck poop everywhere dog crap everywhere horrible maintenance and management Vehicle break ins.. my vehicle was broken into the first month after i moved in! children roaming the streets unsupervised Crappy exterior lighting, unless you enjoy walking alone at night to you car in the dark. PROS there is a lake
I lived here for 3.5 years. The management is terrible. They treat their residents like garbage and the problem has gotten progressively worse. Some highlights of living here: 1- Random eviction notices. We got one placed on our door threatening to start the eviction process in 48 hours. Our rent was always paid in full and on time. This notice claimed our renters insurance had lapsed. The notice was hung up on our door a Friday as a snow storm loomed down on Raleigh with a 48 hr deadline. Our insurance policy was up to date – management had just input a date that it expired and not bothered to check. They make you add them as an interested party to your policy for this reason – so that they can check – but they don’t bother to and then threaten to evict you. 2- Lack of maintenance – if they do decide to fix something the repair can be expected to be shoddy at best. Couple of examples: The outdoor lighting in our building went out in late January. I sent a maintenance request early Feb and was told they were getting quotes to have it repaired. I followed up in March and again in April. The last time I was told the lighting from the parking lot was sufficient and they wouldn’t be fixing the broken outside lamps. Our water heater died. This one they did replace. However, they replaced it with a much smaller water heater. This one is incapable of filling the tub – so no baths if that’s your thing – and you really better hope you don’t need to run back to back showers b/c person number 2 will be shivering. 3- Dog crap, dog crap, and more dog crap. Most people don’t pick up after their dogs. Some people do, but most of them don’t. And with the lighting issues you really don’t want to walk to or from your car in the dark. 4- Rent increase. You can expect a minimum rent increase of $50 every year. If you don’t re-sign a year lease your rent increase can be huge – they double it for month to month. This is to trap you into a huge payment if you need to stay just a little longer before you move or if you don’t give them the full 60 days notice. Example, if your normal rent is $800 and your lease ends on the 20th and your new place isn’t ready until the first of the next month and you want to stay until then your rent for that final month will be over $1000 (with ~$500 for the first 20 days and ~$550 for the last 11 days). Do not be fooled when you see the office – none of the units on this property have had ANY updates done. Everything is old and dated. The kitchens are tiny. The only thing this place has going for it is the location. There are lots of other options on Lake Lynn that are nicer.
I lived here for almost 3 years, and our apartment was filthy when we moved in (dirty carpet, nasty dusty blinds, and some nasty discoloration (possible mold) under the kitchen sink). It stunk like cigarette smoke really bad. They had us sign our lease before we saw our actual apartment (big mistake). When going to walk through an empty apartment, the leasing agent took us an apartment, put her key in the door, and opened it, and low and behold, someone was living in that apartment. oops. After living there for a while, we noticed that the tiles in the bathtub were starting to come loose, so I notified the apartment office, and asked to have it repaired. It took over a month, and several phone calls before someone was able to come out and repair the bathroom tile. When they "fixed" it, all the tile was crooked, and not flat, and did not look nice. The floor in our apartment was very uneven, so much that the toilet sat at an angle on the floor. It was not infrequent for us to see cockroaches in our apartment. The lights in the parking lot outside would stop working frequently, and it would take a long time for them to be repaired. Old appliances, specifically the range. Somewhere along the line a new person began managing the place, and it seemed that the maintenance times improved a little bit after she took over. We started receiving our monthly bill for rent (They send a bill, as the rent includes the water, and it can vary a little from month to month) and it would be wildly above the amount we were supposed to pay for rent. Sometimes double! I would go to the office, and ask about it, and I would receive explanations like "Oh, yeah, that's wrong, it was just the water company screwing it up" and they would give me a new balance that was correct. This started happening more and more of the time before I moved out. Not a huge deal, as they would always correct it, but it was a huge pain in the butt having to go down and explain it. Also, there is no rent drop box. There used to be, but they got rid of it for some reason or another. This really sucks if you work until after 6pm, as you cannot drop off your check. They do have the option to pay online, but its a $25 extra charge to do so. Most of the people who work in the office seem clueless. Tara was very helpful, and I did enjoy working with her. There seems to be a lot of turnover in their office, so you never know who you will be talking to when you go in. They advertise two pools, and a workout center. The pools are ok. The workout center was either locked, or had mostly broken machines the few times I tried to use it. Supposedly it has been remodeled, but I never went back to check it out after that. All in all, I think there are much better options for your money in the area. I would NOT recommend this apartment complex to anyone, based on my experiences here. The only good thing about this place is the security patrol that drives around at night that will shine their spotlight on the ground for me so I can see to pick up dog poop.