This lovely older garden apartment complex is a great place to live for people of all ages. Beautiful trees and landscaped grounds, close to DC, walk to stores and restaurants, clean apartments with modern equipment, cheerful, efficient and helpful office and maintenance staff, and VERY pet friendly - a super place for both people and pets!
We have a new team at the leasing office, Sheffield Court Apartment. And new team is the most lazy and rude team I worked with. They ignore service requests. And too lazy to check if we have delivered boxes. Location is great
Oh, how I hate this place. My apartment was broken into Memorial Day weekend 2012. None of our neighbors called the police. When we returned from vacation, the door was completely banged in. When I spoke to management, Adam (?), he told me they wouldn't change the locks because it would be too inconvenient to all those in the building. Initially, the manager only painted over the area where the intruder banged through the door. However, after constant requests, I explained that I still, in fact, saw that the door was inverted and wanted it replaced. When we explained our concern for safety, we were told that "these things happen" and "it was a drunken intruder who got lost". If it wasn't for the police, I feel like Sheffield would have brushed it under the carpet. Very disappointed, will not rent from an Equity apartment again due to local management. The worst part is that we enjoyed the on-site staff. It was truly the area staff that were not on-site who were horrible to deal with.
Good place to live, but watch out for Rent Increases! My wife and I lived at Sheffield Court for three years ('08-'11), so we had a long experience with the place. I would say right off the bat that the value we were getting diminished significantly with the years, but not because the place changed any (it did not) but because the rent went up SIGNIFICANTLY. So my quick review is - good if you like the initial rent you are offered, but don't get used to it - we were offered a 10% rent increase in 2009; a 12% increase in 2010; and a whopping 17% increase in 2011 (which we declined and we left--I don't know if everyone else's salaries were skyrocketing during the recession, but ours sure weren't, so they basically priced us right out of our apartment). That said, we really did enjoy living there. Aimee Bouitteax, the property manager, is extremely helpful and easy to work with. The office staff varies, but if you have an issue you can always go to Aimee (which isn't the case everywhere) and when at all possible she fixes it for you. She even helped us out after we had moved to a different place, so that speaks pretty highly about her.
Also the location and community life is pretty good. My wife and I walk everywhere, so a 0.8 mile walk to the metro is no big deal, and it's pretty close to the restaurants and nightlife of Clarendon/Courthouse. Also the office staff hosts a community get-together about once a month, which is a good way to mingle with neighbors. Finally, they are VERY pet friendly, even having a little dog park to walk your dog, so it's good for that too.
So I would say, this is a good place to live if you don't plan to be there very long and won't be risking a series of large rent increases. The apartments themselves are very liveable, and while you won't mistake it for the Ritz Carlton, it reminds me of everywhere else I've ever lived or visited in NOVA so what's the difference. We did have some problems with mold, insects, and one rat, but if you live in an urban environment long enough that happens, and they took care of it right away.
The bad points outweighed the good. They were not honest about the utilities. I was told that I would only be responsible for cable/electric but I was billed for water, sewage, garbage, and the typical cable and electric/gas. I was also told that they replace carpet between each tenant but was charged for carpet replacement for pre-existing carpet damage. We had a longlasting flea problem even though we did not have an outdoor pet. A few small cockroaches were found in the kitchen even though we were on the second floor. Rats near the garbage area; fridge leaked multiple times throughout the year, oven did not work properly, VERY close to Fort Myer which means you can hear bugles and gun shots at random times, very old tile in the bathroom which was falling apart and molded easily! The price was VERY high in comparison to the location, age, and quality. Apartment has some good points: decent floorplan, storage, community center (pool, movie room, gym), washer/dryer in unit, and garden style layout.