I was moving up to Seattle from San Diego, and my boyfriend ended up finding us a place. Lynn and Johnna are amazing! So welcoming, friendly and will do anything they can to help you get into an apartment. I have less than perfect credit but a perfect renters history, so there had been some trouble before when looking for an apartment. ANYhoo, let's talk interiors: You get an accent wall, which is really nice because the ceilings are pretty high with big windows. The mock-hardwood floors are easy to clean and look pretty nice and make the granite counter tops pop. Everything has a nice modern feel, and we have TONS of storage room. Appliances: Yes, the washer/dryers are a little small and not the quietest, but they get the job done quickly and effectively. Rent new ones if you don't like it! The dishwasher is also pretty noisy, but I'm a weirdo and like to fall asleep to the sound of the dishes being sloshed with hot soapy water repeatedly. Noise: We have some elephants walking around above us, and if the windows are open (we face Green Lake Way N), you have to turn the Music/TV up a little louder because of traffic. Everything quiets down around 7 though, no complaints. Dog friendly!!! This place is very dog friendly, and even supply poop bags for residents. Awesome! Price: Not bad, it's in a safe central location.
We had a hard time communicating with the Property Management Staff. Partly because they changed companies shortly after we moved in. There was a LOT of noise coming from above that was never resolved and eventually led to us moving out. The whole building was nice and appealing at first but upon living there felt sterile and too stark to feel like home. We were also paying for a "view" even though there are large trees blocking most of the windows facing Green Lake. The building also sits at an angle from Green Lake making the "views" not worth the money. That pretty much described our whole experience living there... not worth the money.
Greenlake is of course in my opinion one of the best places to live, however I would not chose Circa Greenlake to live at. These apartments are overpriced. Yes, they have stainless steel appliance, but they are the cheapest ones on the market. The flooring is crappy as well as the cabinets. The staff are nice, but the owners are extremely cheap and will raise rent every time your leases is up. I would also caution anyone who lives on street side where the bus stop is, it is the WORST location, but they will forget to mention this to you. I guarantee you will wake up with some bum who threw up, pee'd on your porch. My neighbor even had a homeless guy poop on her doorstop twice. People will also throw garbage out in front of your door and the bus is very noisy, thus you cannot open the one window in the entire apartment. On the upside the staff is super friendly!
I've lived at Circa since the complex opened (April 2009). It has gone steadily downhill while the rent prices have steadily gone up. My neighbor and I both had a $300 increase with the first annual lease renewal. My neighbor just learned from the Circa staff that her next lease renewal would be increased $700 per month. My neighbor already pays $2,400 per month for an apartment that is nice but very noisy due to continual street / crowd noise. (my neighbor ended up buying a very nice townhouse in Madrona and pays the same monthly amount she was paying at Circa BEFORE rent increase). ALSO, My car, parked in the security parking garage was broken into twice within the first year of living at Circa. When I tried to discuss the problem of cars following residents into the security garage as a security concern and recommended the Circa manager notify building residents about the break-ins (I was not the only car broken into....several cars on serveral occasions were broken into IN THE RESIDENTIAL SECURITY GARAGE). The Circa manager stated she wasn't going to bother residents with negative messages (she would not tell residents that break-ins were occurring and that they should watch who follows them through the gate). The former manager, Geoff, was a great manager and very consciencious about keeping residents informed and was customer / resident oriented. The current manager has very poor customer service skills and instead of listening and actively responding to residents needs, she defends her lack of action and instead of "talking with you" she "talks at you" (doesn't really listen to your concern). Overall, great location, nice apartment, but very overpriced and poor, disrespectful manager. When I first moved in I would have recommended the place. With current manager and management style, continued rent increases I cannot recommend Circa Green Lake as a good place to live.
Run the other way. Lived here for 1 1/2 years. Staff ranges from clueless to downright dishonest. Circa advertises 24 hour maintenance but forgot to tell their maintenance staff - twice I had a emergency in the middle of night or on weekend and no one responded. Once I came home late from an all day flight from Europe and couldn't get the gate to open - I finally gave up waiting for someone and spent the night in the hotel (no, they didn't reimburse me). This place is way overpriced for what you get. I can't believe what I paid for a studio apartment. I now have a newer, nicer 1 BR just down the street for less money. The apartment finishes and appliances are very low quality. The dishwasher is so loud you have to leave the apt while it's running otherwise you can't hear yourself think. Washer and dryer are tiny and also loud. Very little cabinet space in the kitchen. They advertise free wi-fi on the roof or clubhouse but it rarely works. The final insult to injury was the keeping of $50 out of my security deposit for "miscellaneous charges". I left the apartment so clean and pristine you could eat off of every surface! It was just one more excuse to suck more blood before I left. Good riddance.