Awful place that threatens tenants with eviction for distributing information about renters rights. I distributed info to my resident neighbors about our rights as tenants. The next day there was a 3 day Notice to Quit on my door stating that I had violated the lease by "distributing pamphlets not approved by management". I had to call a lawyer friend in Southern California to write a letter telling them what they were doing was illegal. Park Ridge also frequently "tents" buildings using sulfuryl fluoride to kill termites. What they don't tell you is that in studies about this chemical have caused dogs to lose weight and lowered the birth rate of rabbits. While I realize these are animal testings I can only wonder how the chemical affects cats, small pets and pregnant women. A safer alternative called high heat is available but Park Ridge uses the more dangerous method because it kills other pest making building pest control cheaper for them. Park Ridge seems to place priority to cheaper methods over the health of their residents and residents' pets. I regret ever having moved here. 9/15. Update, First residents weren't compensated anything. They were given only a 2 night stay at a low grade hotel. This is lodging, not compensation. Second, residents were not evacuated for a few days only 2 nights. In fact when my lawyer told Park Ridge and Manco Abbott that a 5 night evacuation was necessary to ensure toxic chemicals were not inhaled Park Ridge and Manco Abbot outright refused. Second, the pest control agency was licensed. They were licensed to use products that had not been adequately tested and had poor results in the studies I noted.. One of the chemicals they used was used in mustard gas during WWI. Third, the high heat method that doesn't contain hazardous chemicals has been known to kill termites. Rather than using this method, Park Ridge opted for the cheaper yet more toxic health hazardous method.
I've lived here for 2 years and have enjoyed my time here. I'm moving to LA for work; otherwise would continue to live here. I thought I'd leave my experience for those looking for a good place to live. It's a good location and sufficiently quiet, in a nice neighborhood. Conveniently located: close to freeway, woodward park, river park shops and restaurant. Has good amenities (gym, pool, tennis court, basketball court, volleyball court) and pet friendly (although I don't have a pet), I enjoyed saying "hello" to my neighbor's pets. No issues with crime or trash as some previous posts in the past. In my two years, I heard of one car-break in, but I think that can happen anywhere. It is safe and we do have a security car at night that keeps surveillance. Management is responsive and flexible, and usually gets things/repairs done; however, sometimes does need a little reminder. Katrina, is super helpful! I would definitely recommend this place to a friend! If you are budget conscious, the first floor is cheaper than the 2nd floor apartments. If you do live here, take a walk around the neighborhood. It enjoyed looking at the landscaping of the nice houses nearby and loved the trees /greenery in the complex. The gardeners do a good job keeping the place in shape. I also love that I could pay my rent on-line, very convenient.
False promises and a rip off. The website claims the gym has cable tv. It's a lie. Technically the gym does have cable but it NEVER works so it might as well be a lie. Even though this amenity doesn't work they still charge you the same in rent. Our neighbor complained to Management about it. A month later there were 3 cable boxes in the gym and the cable tv was working. A few weeks after it appears Management thought they pacified everyone so they took 2 of the cable boxes out. Now AGAIN the cable tv in the gym doesn't work. Since diplomacy was brushed off I wrote Management an anonymous note calling them out on ripping us off and taking the 2 other cable boxes out and making it so the cable tv in the gym doesn't work. You know what Management did? They posted the note I wrote on the wall of the gym. Yes, Management posted my note on the gym wall just like 9th grade teachers do to their 14 year old students. Apparently, they believe residents should be handled like 9th graders. Then Management wrote a response on office Post Its. The Post It response from Management tells the "concerned resident" that Management never took the cable boxes out, that the cable boxes were still there. Notice Management's response said "boxes" meaning more than one. However, this was a lie since there is only 1 cable box in the gym now and one cable box is not plural. In addition, in the Post It notes they said they weren't ripping off residents. Then Management went even further with their lie by trying to make the complainer (me) look like the complainer was the person at fault. How you ask? They gave step by step instructions of how to turn on ATT cable tv. This way others will believe that the person complaining just really doesn't understand how to turn on a tv.The lengths these people will go through just so they don't have to pay for 2 more cable boxes. Park Ridge Apartment would rather lie on their website, charge the same amount of rent as they would if the cable tv in the gym worked, and twist the facts around to look innocent, and let their residents be unhappy. All this just because they're too cheap to rent 2 more cable boxes so the tv in the gym works? Awful, right? This is the mentality of Park Ridge Apartments. And if they're willing to rip people off on watching cable tv in the gym then its a sign of how they'll treat residents on other issues. Update 6/15/14. After my other neighbor wrote another note calling Management out on their lies Management finally fixed the cable tv-kinda. It's horrible that it had to get to this point for them to almost do their job, but they even got that wrong. Management placed step by step instructions on the gym wall of how to get the cable tv working. But the INSTRUCTIONS ARE WRONG and you'll end up turning the tv on and off again. See, they'll do anything to deter residents from using the amenities. Yet someone did figure it out and now the cable tv works. But wait theres more! Now that the cable tv works in the gym the Management turns off the air conditioner in the gym so it's stuffy and warm in the middle of June. As opposed to when the cable tv wasn't working the room temperature would be appropriate. Then there's a workout machine that they promised to fix by now. Of course that machine is still not fixed. Park Ridge Apartments is managed by Manco Abbott. I bet Manco treats all their building residents like 9th graders and rips them off too. So if you're thinking about moving to Park Ridge Apartments or anything else managed by Manco Abbot don't do it.
I have lived out there for 2 years, got stuck in the contract which they increase the lease every 9 month. The apartment was so dirty and moist, close to the freeway so a lot of dust. The most disappointed is the management, the manager is really suck, she treat you really nice at the beginning,, and that was it. They will never care of you after you sign the contract. My apartment ceiling was leaking from the toilet of the above, I called them for maintenance and it took about a month for them to come and fix, without an apology. Be sure that you will never get your deposit back because they will charge you an arm and a leg when you move out, even the inside paint, they charge you $500 for that and so on, so be ready to pay out of the pocket or they gonna send your bill to collection. You will experience cars broken, almost every night, 3-4 cars was broken. I guest the tenants was so angry about the manager. My car was not broken, luckily, but they towed my car one night because they said that I parked on the red, which is not true, but you can not do anything for that. I don't know why the Manco Abbott still keep her as a manager??? Some of my friends out there also move out because they scare of everything out there. I will never comeback to this nice looking apartment just because I don't want to deal with these kind of sucking management.