I've lived in the Mezzo for just under a year now and I've really liked it. I think a lot of the poor reviews on here come from before and during the remodel. I can only speak for my place, but everything is nice and in great condition. Management is constantly upgrading things, and the terrace is awesome. The girls that work downstairs are amazingly friendly and helpful. Mallory and Janelle are great contacts. Overall it's a fun, well priced, perfectly located place to live. No complaints.
Just Not Worth It Great location but poor quality. For the money, this is the worst place I have ever rented. Here are some things that make apartments at the Mezzo not worth renting. 1. The management office does a poor job at taking care of the building. For example: a. They do not regularly vacuum the hallways on the resident floors. b. They do not regularly check if locks are broken to doors where the public can enter the building. c. They make no effort to clean when dogs pee on garbage cans or flower pots at entrance ways. 2. The carpets in hallways are dingy, stained, and old. 3. The walls everywhere outside of apartments are grimy, dirty, and haven’t been painted in a long time. (The only reason there are flowers in outside pots and some common area walls are now being painted is because the company that owns the building is scheduled for a visit this week.) 4. They make you sign an agreement that they are not responsible for your personal safety or loss of property but there is almost always a door left open or lock not functioning. Homeless people occasionally get in the building but not often. 5. A majority of the residents are young adults. As a result, you will find vomit in elevators or on carpets from time to time. Noise can be an issue depending upon your neighbors. Doors regularly slam if windows in the apartment are open and someone doesn’t guide their apartment door closed when leaving. 6. They will tout their new apartment renovations. Take some time to inspect the quality of the workmanship on the apartment renovations though. It is not very good. 7. They will rent parking spaces but if anything happens to your car, they will tell you it is your responsibility to deal with it. Again, there is always a way for an outsider to get into the garage. Bottom line, for the money, there are better quality apartments to rent. If you do rent here, you might try negotiating on a lower lease price. The occupancy rate of the building is no where near 100%.
Overall a decent living space. The staff is very friendly from the sales staff to maintenance. They are busy, but I've never had an issue of something getting done. While I see some postings about the walls looking gross, old carpet, etc they just completed the renovations of the common spaces. This changes the entire vibe of the building. I am the first to live in my apartment after the unit renovations. Not sure if it's gilded or just random issues, but the cabinets kind of fall apart and the water pressure is terrible. I generally feel safe, especially for being next to a liquor store, bus stop, and pot shop. I would certainly recommend living here to anyone wanting to move to Capitol Hill. The only reason I didn't renew my lease is that I didn't have enough closet space, and didn't feel it was worth the rent increase for me.
For the most part, I liked the location and our apartments (we had two different ones). They made us move once because they were renovating our apartment but they helped financially with moving within the building. And then we had to move out totally because they were renovating the whole building, just two years later...and, towards the end, I was so ready to move when they were renovating. They were anything but helpful. I am sure they had a ton of things going on with shutting down a quarter of the building at a time but...They shut down the laundry room and when it reopened many months later, they had the same broken down machines we always had. They never even tried to repair the machines that didn't work during the months they were closed. Because the option they offered for cleaners was over 10 times as expensive during the closing, we had to rent a car and drag our clothes out (which amazingly was cheaper than paying the cleaners to do 1/4 of my laundry for one week). They wouldn't let us reserve an elevator for our move out so we spent an extra $400 + dollars while our movers were charging us by the hour to wait for elevators. They didn't want to hear anything about any of this...it was like we no longer mattered as tenants since they were kicking everyone out anyhow. Before that, we didn't have many problems but this really soured me on the whole place. I would not recommend!
Over priced for no reason. Service is lacking security is a joke.