This place was nice. Very clean, updated, and the kitchen is gorgeous. BUT the parking is outrageous. If you get home after 6pm on a weeknight, you will have to illegally park. And when the sales person tells you, "there are firewalls dividing the apartments" dont allow this to fool you. You will hear your neighbors above, below, and side by side. Every cabinet that shuts, every bed that squeaks. For the price and what it looks like, I could handle the neighbor noises. but BEWARE, the utility companies and Preferred living owners both have the same last name, want to say brothers. The electricity rate is 3 times higher than that of AEP, and you can only use that one company. I graduated from OSU where my last year was spent in a 5 bedroom 100 year old house that you could see through the brick to the outside. My heating bill was the same there (very high) as it was when i spent a winter living in an updated 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment at alexander square. AEP= 6c/kWh...AS = 16c/kWh. the water company is also high compared to standard. My water bill doesnt even tell me how much water i used, just an arbitrary price. Both utility companies charge monthly administrative fees. The free beer they tempt you with closes at 6pm, so good luck using it if you have a job. And the keg is usually out. But tiffany is easy on the eyes. all in all, i might live there again, but id be more prepared for how much it would actualy cost with the utility prices.
My wife and I moved into these very stylish apartments and thought we'd made a wise choice. We were wrong. 1) They lock you in to a fly-by-night power and water company. You pay for the outside lights on the building. You pay a shared water bill. The power company (American Power & Light?) charges you a much higher rate than AEP. You can never get in touch with anyone at the utility companies, you leave a message and someone gets back to you... eventually. Our power bills were regularly over $200 during the winter months. 2) Parking is awful. I hope you don't have a nice car. They made the spots very narrow to try to squeeze more spaces in, so you can expect plenty of door dings and there still aren't enough spaces. 3) Crappy wiring. The electrical wiring barely meets code. Breakers blew all the time when we tried to use any high-power equipment. We couldn't vacuum or use our electric patio grill unless we ran the cord to the kitchen outlets which are the only ones wired to handle more current. 4) Noise. We expected this to be young professionals. It's not, mostly people in college or just out, and you can expect many noisy nights.