I moved cross country to Denver in 2014 on a no-look basis as far as apartments go, and the Mezzo was the only place I could find that was decently priced compared to what was available online. However, now that I am actually living here, the rent is DEFINITELY HIGH for the area. Mezzo upcharges for "amenities" that older apartments in Capitol Hill don't have - basically it's just a dishwasher. My Mezzo apartment was a 433 square ft studio, and I was paying a ton of money for a tiny space in comparison to other apartments - not to mention the actual space engineering in the studio made no sense (tiny living room, big closet with unnecessary vanity), and there was NO WAY that the apartment was actually 433 square feet - they don't account for all of the dead space in the apartment, such as HUGE parts of the wall sticking out to cover old vents, and the new AC units are ENORMOUS and take up tons of space and you're unable to put any furniture underneath them. Here is my honest pros and cons list, as a practical and simple person just trying to make it in Denver without paying a ton for a space to sleep & eat: Pros: 1. The maintenance staff (specifically Terri, Gene and Sean) are AMAZING people. They do a great job and are so incredibly friendly. They make a difference. 2. The office staff, once they warm up to you, is friendly and helpful and try their best to accommodate you within their limitations. Mallory is by far the nicest person I've met in Denver, and it's genuine. 3. It's not noisy. Cap Hill isn't the most quiet place, so you can hear people coming home from bars and random people shouting, but the building itself is quiet and you can get your sleep. 4. The rooftop is really nice as well. I didn't take advantage of it the way others' did, but it's probably one of the best views in Cap Hill. 5. It's secure. Yes, random people can still get in, but some older apartments here don't have a security guard you can call, nor do they have key fobs for the outer door (in other apartments that stays broken half the time and requires an extra key) 6. They allow pets over 40 lbs which is surprisingly hard to find in such a dog-friendly area. Cons: 1. It's too expensive. Don't get sucked into the amenities b.s. It's nothing special enough to pay that price. I was paying $946/month for a supposed $433 sq ft studio, and I found a place 5 blocks away the following year for $900/month for 750 sq ft for a 1 bedroom with no dishwasher. TOTALLY worth the extra savings and space. 2. Not to mention, EVERYONE'S RENT GOES UP every year, and by a significant amount. Mine went up $150/month for my renewal, making my rent $1100...$1100 for that tiny space?! No way. 3. Pet rent is $30/month IN ADDITION TO a $300 nonrefundable pet deposit and a refundable $300 pet deposit. Yes, that's $600 up front for a pet plus $30/month to have them there. Kinda crazy. 4. IF YOU HAVE A PET, THEY WILL CHARGE YOU AN ARM AND A LEG WHEN YOU LEAVE. It's just a fact, and it absolutely doesn't matter how well you've cleaned. It's just too easy for them to say "pet damage" when you get the final bill and too hard for you to dispute. Good luck arguing it, because by the time you get the notice about what's being subtracted from your refund, they've conveniently already torn out the old carpet and replaced it with new carpet. They're not even close to being the only apartment community that takes advantage of people with pets, but DAMN. 5. The elevators suck. More than half the time, there is only 1 working elevator - having 14+ floors... that's not a great combo. 6. There are multiple washing machines, but they seem to always be in use for so many people. And honestly, I did not believe they washed clothes very well at all. Not a huge deal, but annoying nonetheless and thus going on the con list. 7. Packages: Another little annoying thing. If you couldn't get to the office between the hours of 9-6pm, you had to wait until 10pm to call the security guard to go get your package (and I'm sure the last thing this guy wanted to do was get packages).
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.
I have read a lot of negative reviews of this property but I've personally had a very positive experience so far. I moved in recently and the building is clean and nice, the staff is friendly and efficient and yes, parking sucks but we are in the heart of the city - there are ways of making it work if you get creative. I would suggest that people come and take a look for themselves instead of reading all of these negative online rants. I love my apartment, the rooftop, the friendly community and the helpful staff.
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.