I have loved my experience living at the Breakers on the Lake in Austin, TX. The view and location sells itself; however, the new manager, Jessica Perry, has brought new levels of professionalism and enthusiasm to this property. I do not know anyone who disapproves of her management style. She is knowledgeable and experienced in the apartment/housing industry. She always has a warm/welcoming demeanor, and I renewed my lease because of her. She is energetic, and she always comes through with her promises. Thank you, Jessica!
The 40 yr old design and floor plans are more assoiciated with a motel than modern appartment. This is compounded with the apparent refusal by the out-of-town consortium of owners and management to repair/replace drafty single pane single hung windows, sprung doors, leaking sinks/toilets/cut-off valves, rotted subflooring, cheap builders grade carpet that is stained beyond cleanability, cheapo reglazed formica counter tops, unlockable windows (so badly sprung they are not able to be opened or closed correctly), externally routed ungrounded 110v circuits to ceiling fans (NEC code violation), and the laughable bug control efforts, OMG. The fleas were brutal. Buy yourself 'OFF' or some sort of bug spray to keep the vermin off of yourself. 2nd floor apartment plumbing leaks cascading through the ceiling was a trip too. The response by "Mingo" the site maintenance guy - paint over the mold and moldy stains on the dry wall. Amazing stuff. Bottom of the rung appliances (Roper) and as mentioned above, the subflooring was distorted so badly that the toilet was not leveled so that the fill valve continuously leaked. It is literally a 'many times painted over' flop house near lady bird lake and down town. There's literally no sound damping from adjacent apartments (above or same floor) - OMG ! Get ready to hear EVERYTHING going on next door. I mean EVERYTHING.
I moved in a few months ago and couldn't be happier. I love the location, especially now that the boardwalk extension is complete. That's what drew me here in the first place and I'm so glad they had a unit available. I love living on the lake and this part is much cleaner and more peaceful. The pool is awesome and overlooks the lake as do some of the apartments. I actually meant to write this review earlier. The management threw a grand opening party when the boardwalk opened and brought in delicious food and hired a dj for the pool party. It was great, that's just not something I usually see in apartments. I used to live on Riverside back in college and it's changed so much. No more ghetto! This area is so much nicer and so close to downtown. The restaurant options and businesses in the South Shore district are great and there's even a place that rents paddleboards next door. I can ride my bike everywhere or take a cab downtown for less than $8. They are being renovated so not all of the units are as nice as mine but eventually they will be. I have granite counters in the kitchen and a HUGE walk-in closet. Love love living at the Breakers and all of the residents seem to be young professionals like myself. It's a much better value than the newer apartments next door so I can actually afford to do all the fun stuff Austin has to offer. Management is really nice and this place seems to have changed a lot from reading past reviews. People that had rodent problems must have been slobs because I've never seen so much as a bug inside my place. I've only had to call maintenance once and they came out fast. So glad I signed my lease here!
So, I've read through the reviews here and a couple of discrepancies: There are more than four washers. That previous reviewer I guess doesn't realize that there are two laundry rooms in the complex. I do agree that the functionality of said washers/dryers leaves a lot to be desired at times. Luckily new management put a code on the laundry facilities. All I have to say is homeless people + poop...Also the whole complex does not have to rely on these facilities as some apartments have hook ups and/or washer/dryers within the apartment. Workout facilities: I have not seen them as I work out elsewhere. Do know they did flood at one point (crazy October 2013 event did it) and they are now opened again. Rats: haven't seen any. Live in one of the buildings closer to the lake, too. I know facilities/contractors sucks at times due to waking us up with weed whackers, leaf blowers, etc., but my experience with pests here this far (coming up on 9 months) are slim to none. Parking: Good. Glad I don't drive an obnoxiously large car. Lighting: Great. After my boyfriend complained heartily on my behalf. You're welcome, building 5. Location: To die for. The lake, the trail, the quick jaunt to downtown, the nearby food... However, here are the two issues I have: (1) the apartments themselves and (2) the water. The apartments are not the highest quality, plus I am concerned about the structural integrity of the catwalk to my apartment. However, they aren't horrendous. They really need to install better windows. The walls are miraculous (or I just lucked out with quiet neighbors). The windows just blow for the amount of noise they let in and the amount of air they let out. And then, there was water...Ohhhhhhhh the water. How I loathe thee. Check out their Facebook page and look at early jan 2014 to see why. Forget ever taking a relaxing shower here. Hope this helps.
Mice have been in my apartment since day one (ten months ago). I've called maintenance on everything possible for a 500sqft studio. My window will not stay open, nor will they fix it. The coils are completely rusted over and they gave me clamps to fix my problem. The units are ridiculously humid and the windows are always covered in condensate leaving a musty odor and black mold (which they claim to not see). The washer and dryers never work. They paint over old refrigerators to look new. Power and hot water have been out days on end in other buildings. I am so grossed out by this place!