May 05, 2014
This complex is old, smelly, mismanaged and over priced. The buildings are so old that you can hardly get tv and internet services because the electrical can't handle modern systems. The plumbing seems to be a constant issue as well. The water has been shut off without notice several times, once lasting 2 days and the laundry machines are always broken (and by always I mean, they were all broken for 2 months with no solutions offered by the office). The office staff are VERY rude and unhelpful. Also, there is no visitor parking, which is poorly marked, and my visitors have been towed for $300! Furthermore, there is a massive flock of geese that calls this place home as well and the never stop squonking and pooping everywhere! I can't keep the my unit clean because the air filters are older than I am and I'm sure sucking in geese poop and blowing it in my living space. Oh! And the carpets are old too and smell like cigarettes and musty dirt and no amount of cleaning helps. Terrible property with even worse management.
Aug 22, 2012
I wrote a rather vicious review a ways back but have had time to reflect on it since, so I deleted it. Here's the new take: Pros: Awesome location (close to Whole Foods, Target, great places to eat), cheap to keep warm in the winter, helpful office staff, responsive and efficient maintenance, a pool in the summer, a lake full of fish (rad!), a small exercise room, and Pet Friendly (for a bit extra a month). Additionally, it is extremely helpful that Lakeview provides a comprehensive list of instructions of how to leave your apartment when you are moving out in order to get your deposit back. I appreciate that. Cons: It's an old building so things do break down, or are somewhat worn down already. In our apartment our A/C was basically non-existent so we purchased a couple fans. The halls do have a tendency to smell from the trash chutes which could probably use a good bleach blasting but it doesn't permeate to the rooms. I imagine that living on the ground floor might be pretty miserable as far as the patio goes as I can tell that all sorts of debris ends up down there. We also had a ant and fly infestation, but I imagine that is the kind of thing that sort of just happens. I suppose I am also curious if the sprinklers outside have anything to do with the increase in the water bill. Well, that's that.
A Google User
Nov 14, 2011
The good stuff: Walking distance to Belmar is great - you really can't beat the location for convenience. It's fairly quiet, and even when my neighbors across the hall are blaring their music, I can't hear it once I'm inside. There are lots of places to walk the dog, and I've never had much problem finding parking (except at 2am on a Saturday or Sunday morning, no surprise there). Management and maintenance have also been very polite every time I've interacted with them. Oh, and my arachnophobia has calmed down out of necessity since I have spiders like you would not believe. The bad: This list is, unfortunately, much longer. I was told my unit had "upgraded cabinets" and "hardwood floors," though the exact unit wasn't available for me to see. I needed to move quickly so I said ok since the original unit I saw wasn't terrible. The cabinets ARE much nicer, but 2 of them have cracks in the doors. They were supposed to order replacements and change them out within 6 weeks, but it's been 7 months and I've just accepted that it's not happening. As for the "hardwood"? It's cheap laminate, and the foundation underneath has apparently collapsed in places because it's extremely uneven. I don't know if they think people are stupid or what, but these floors are man-made. Oh, and the carpet in the bedroom had to be covered by a huge rug because it stinks like dog pee so badly, and it looked like the same effort was put into cleaning the rest of the apartment before move-in. My patio space is huge, but it's garden level so it's pretty much unusable since dirt/leaves/trash blow down onto it constantly. They actually didn't even tell me that the unit was garden level before I moved in, or I wouldn't have rented it. When I moved in I was also told that there was a policy that dogs couldn't weigh over 40lbs. Just on my floor, there is a doberman mix, a great dane, and a St. Bernard. I love dogs, but I wish everyone with those huge dogs would pick up their huge poop. Management posts periodic warnings on everyone's door but never seems to actually enforce the rules on that.
Believe it or not, I don't *hate* it there because there are some nice people and I can ignore a lot of the smaller issues, but I also have no plans to renew my lease. It's certainly not the worst place in Belmar and for the rent and the location, it's fine, I guess.
A Google User
Sep 30, 2009
On the plus side, it is very quiet and we enjoy the water view. Love being within walking distance of Belmar Village. Downside and this was mentioned in another review - the halls stink due to trash chutes that don't close properly. The AC in our apartment was a joke - might as well use a fan, which we did. Today, we have a mouse and they wanted me to wait till next Tuesday to have an exterminator come! No problems with neighbors. Did have my car window smashed one night.
A Google User
May 15, 2009
dirty, falling apart, smell due to trash compactors, a/c has never worked in my apt but I still have to pay for it, problem with ants and spiders on main floor, on the plus side very quiet. can't wait to move!