Jul 20, 2012
I lived there for 4 months, 1 year ago. Among the issues reported by others, I agree with: -smoke detectors are sensitive: they went off (not in my apt, perhaprs in the hallway or in other apts close to mine) two times in 4 months; -they took a substantial part of the deposit; but this happened to me in all the previous leases in other places. Over all, it is a bit more expensive than other apartment complexes; though if you can afford it, I think it is worth because of the location (5min walking to CSUN) and the good consitions of the building and of the apts. I am considering to return there (if the rent hasn't increased too much).
A Google User
Aug 06, 2010
Part 1 is below because my original review was too long so Google made me split it in two. Maintenance (cont'd from part 1): The smoke detectors in your room though are a different problem. They are very sensitive and can go off even when you are cooking and not burning anything. They do not trigger the central fire alarm system but are just annoying when they do go off. When mine goes off, I just use a towel to fan air at it and then it usually shuts off right away. To the other guy that said maintenance enters without warning, that is a lie. I have always received a notice on my door a couple days before they enter for annual maintenance (check smoke detectors) and if you put in a maintenance request, they ask you if they can enter without you there. If you say "No" then they will schedule to come when you are home. Other tenants: As mentioned before, there is good portion of families living here. I would have expected more college students but a lot of the tenants are families with children. All of the people I have met are nice though. On many occasions I chat with various people while out at the pool, in the clubhouse or gym. Some have even invited me to their BBQs out by the pool. I have had no experience with college students throwing huge parties here because it just be to hard for students to do it. Since you need a scanner to get in the building, it would be difficult to get tons of people in unless you did it all at once. Also, Meridian has hired a security guard that walks around at night and he would shut anything down. Price: Since it is the nicest and newest building around, it will be a little more expensive then some of the surrounding apartment complexes. However, most of the places around gouge students wallets just based on the buildings being so close to the campus. Since the building is owned by a corporation, you have very little power to negotiate on price. That is mainly because they know they will find some eventually so they can firm with prices. When I tried to renew my lease a couple months back, I was hoping to get a slight decrease in price because we had been good tenants (always paid rent on time, did not throw parties or cause problems). However, they actually wanted to increase rent. They wouldn't even match what I was currently paying. So they don't exactly believe in loyalty (also demonstrated by the lack of keeping front office workers around for long periods of time) but just care about the profit margin. So be ready to bring your check book. Current rates are about $1600+ for one bedrooms and $2000-$2500 for two bedrooms. Mainly depends on what floor you are on and if you have a view. Other: Previous rater said that he had problems with mail delivery. That is not on Meridian buddy. That would be the Postal Service at fault. But I have never had the problem of mail not being delivered. Also, Meridian does have a chosen company for the water/sewage/garbage bill but I was able to track the monthly bills online. You can't pay the bill online electronically but I used my banks online bill pay which sent a check to the company if I just provided the name of company, their address and the account number with the company. My bank would then send them a check for me. The same thing as if you were to write the check yourself and mail it yourself. In the end, Meridian Place is a nice, safe apartment building. It is secure because of the scanners and gated entrances and has underground parking. However, the management and corporation left a bad taste in my mouth when I moved out. They were rude about things when I was trying to sign a new lease to stay because of the price and just seemed indifferent because they knew they could charge a new tenant more than I was paying. So that is why I gave it three stars. If you read this far, I would be impressed but when you are making a significant financial decision such as moving into an apartment complex for over $2000 a month for 12 months, I feel you need to do your research. Thus I am providing you with the best research you can find.
A Google User
Sep 27, 2011
LUXURY TRASH HOLE WHERE DO I BEGIN EVEN BEGIN TO DESCRIBE THE HORRIBLE LIVING SITUATIONS I ENCOUNTERED AS A TENANT HERE... The elevators, trash, noise, creepy visitors, and parking situations....anyone else notice that broken down Saturn with the missing bumper and the weed and porn in the car that hadn't moved from that same visitor spot in like 8 months' and how many people have had their grandmother get stuck in the elevator' Can someone please pick up that frozen yogurt cup that has been sitting in the stairwell for 3 weeks ' also loved the lazy sloths that couldnt be bothered to open up the trash chute and instead left their smelly trash inside the room...Tenants, is it really necessary to take home a VONS grocery cart and leave it in the hallways every week' Luxury building' HAH! btw who designs an apartment and puts a smoke detector in the kitchen close to the stove so that everytime I tried to make food it would automatically go off... my husband and I lived in this unfortunate excuse for a luxury apartment building from April 2010-2011 I cannot find enough degrading or angry words to describe how i feel about the evil corporation that runs this place... This was my husbands and my first apartment ever and we were so excited to move in to a new resort style apartment that was close to the freeways restaurants and everything we could possibly need...and for a good price 1299 for 1 bed/1bath...granted there are better deals out there, but for what we wanted and the washer and dryer inside, that was hard to find... After a year later-we were presented with our renewal rates because we moved in on a "special"...can someone please explain to me why the rent skyrocketed to 1800' That put us in a completely difficult situation and we had no choice but to put in our notice and find another place to live after only a year...and we had just gotten settled in! I can't explain what a burden that was on us, mentally, financially, physically.... We left the place in tip top shape, hoping to get our deposit back...guess what' only got 7 dollars back... Didn't get my 50$ deposit back that i had paid for the additional garage remote control, which I also returned to the office upon leaving... I spent 3 months trying to track this money down-spoke to several people... I was told that different people would return my calls and no one did... spoke to corporate, said they had closed out the file and they couldn't verify that the remote had been returned...HEY MERIDIAN PLACE-I WANT MY 50 BUCKS BACK!!!
A Google User
Dec 24, 2009
My husband and I moved into these apartments in March. They were only 6 months old at the time, and lightly occupied so it was very quiet and peaceful. Now the apartments are 75% full and filled with college kids. The walls are thin so you can hear the neighbors garbage disposal grinding, and the occasional party next door, but all in all it's a safe place to live. The exercise room is small but uses Precor equipment, and I've had to ask a few people to take their screaming children out of the there only a couple of times. The pool area is lovely and the residents that use it in the 'daytime' are with family's and respectful. We've only heard on two occasions people having super loud sex from our apartment. You may hear the the neighbors having a three day argument from your bedroom when your trying to sleep, but If you call security the audible arguing ceases in about 20 minutes. Our apartment is a 1 bedroom 750 square foot space. they go for aprox. $1775 a month. The alarm system for the building that triggers the one in your apartment goes off randomly about every 2 months, around 3 in the morning. It generally takes the fire dept. about 30minutes to respond, so get those earplugs ready!! The elevators break down and get serviced about once every three months, but it's nice to burn those extra calories on the stairs (especially if you live on the 5th floor) You are constantly getting notes from the office that people will be doing an annual inspection of your apartment.. every 4 months. Or they are checking alarm systems in your apartment... every 4 months. I'm guessing they really like to make sure your doing okay... which is nice:) The central air and heat is fantastic, and the monthly bills are minimal. The office staff are really very nice and the service guys are very timely if you have a maintenance issue!
A Google User
Jun 10, 2010
The walls are paper thin. The staff will enter your apartment without any prior warning. The fire alarms go off at the worst possible hour of the night every couple of weeks. There are speakers in every room, so you will be woken up. This has been consistently going on for months. Mail never makes it to my mailbox. This includes bills, which are from Meridian's chosen company; who do not allow electronic billing. But on the good side, it is safe.