Lived in Ashton Woods, two bedroom one bath, from January 2013 to October 2014 - had an overall lovely experience. Out of the things we care about, here are my impressions: The good: - flour plans, - large balconies, - washer & dryer in unit, - recently updated windows, - programmable thermostat, - adjustable water temperature, - recently made available recycling, - package pick-up at office (friendly and helpful office staff), - same-day response for maintenance requests marked as urgent (up to a week for regular or routine maintenance), - 1.5 miles of walking/jogging sidewalks within community (endless neighborhoods and trails for running on the other side of 108), - Shell Gas station right nearby, - 15 min walk to nearest Starbucks (which is close for Columbia) - tennis court, - LOTS of dog owners, - unassigned parking - there's always enough, even with guests, - plethora of wildlife - rabbits, deer, groundhogs, even foxes Could be better: - the area outside the community is NOT pedestrian friendly, sidewalks are not always present; - street lighting is irregular and insufficient; - the community gym exists, but is meager - only one elliptical, treadmill, bicycle, and some weight equipment. When elliptical broke, took over two months to fix. - no gas stove - everything is electric (supplied by BGE) - no individual water metering (but water bill pretty regular even in summer months, around 22$) Meh: - all in all, a car dependent community (Columbia is a planned community, so some people love that. Us, not so much); - there are kids enough for an elementary and middle school buses, and sometimes you see them playing on the several grassy expanses within the community, but there are no playgrounds. - the nearest high school and small shopping plaza are within walking distance, but sidewalks are missing on several portions of 108, making getting places by foot, frankly, uncomfortable - the nearest portion of 108 is not bike friendly Our main reason for moving was the desire to live in a more urban, pedestrian friendly location. P.S. Early Termination Rules: 60 day notice, 25% of remaining lease or 1 month's rent, whichever is higher. P.S.S. In our location, with our tolerance, noise wasn't an issue. We COULD hear people when they talked while passing by the kitchen window. Our upstairs neighbor chose to vacuum at 9pm and had a toddler who occasionally stomped like an elephant, but those sounds stood out only in contrast to the general quiet of late evenings. And another neighbor placed their small dog on the balcony around 5am which caused her to regularly bark in protest, but we only noticed that when sleeping with our windows open. So perhaps it all depends on the kind of neighbors you get?
Too expensive for what they give you. Maintenance barely comes when you request it, and if and when they do, they do a half ass job. They randomly replaced the windows in our apartment and we all had bay windows and they messed up the insulation so its extremely drafty. You can hear upstairs ALOT. dogs,kids, anything. and you can hear the outside, people walking up and down the stairs, etc. The hot water runs out very quickly. ALSO, there were multiple break ins!!!! Our car window got busted and we had to pay out of pocket for it! There should be way better lighting but there isnt. AND people park wherever they want, they need better parking. They ask you what car you drive and license plate and stuff but they dont enforce it. we've had a SCOOTER. a freaking scooter, not a moped or motorcycle, PARKED in a parking spot and when I told them that it takes a spot they did nothing. I m not parking my car TWO or THREE buildings down where there are NO lights just to have my car broken into again?!!? Think twice before moving here. You can live NEXT DOOR at the Montgomery Run Village for CHEAPER and get the same luxury, WITHOUT the crime!!
Extremely drafty apartments, overpriced. When I say extremely - I am not exaggerating,, we had to use 3 blankets at a time, while our heat was on 74, during the night to stay warm.. the cold air BLOWS in the bathroom, living room, bedroom. Absolutely ridiculous. I was told nothing can be done. Heating bill was 245 dollars for a ONE bedroom apt. If you have any issues and request maintenance - FORGET IT. Unless you become persistent and pester them every day - nothing will get done. Took me several months for any sort of resolution...and still not everything has been fixed. Horrific. I also forgot to mention that you can hear your neighbors - VERY WELL, including their bedroom noise ( if you know what I mean ) and fights, pets, EVERYTHING! These are NOT luxury apartments! +1 star for location and OK parking.. those are the only nice things I can say
I moved there expecting to have "Luxury Accommodations" for what they were charging. In no way shape or form are they anywhere near that. You can hear all your neighbors, upstairs and downstairs as well as your immediate nieghbor. Lets just say, not worth the money they charge.
I have lived in lots of apartment properties, but so far these were the best apartment complex. Noise is not an issue at all, at least not in the apartment that I lived in. I would agree with other reviewers about the lease break clause. It's kind of unclear...do your investigation before you get into it. In our case property manager was really considerate and she helped us a lot with this issue. The gym kind of sucks..but I have never had high expectations from apt. gyms anyways ! Overall positive experience...and Cindy( Property manager) is really professional and helpful.