The Grove is a great place to live because the rent is cheap and the commute to classes is minimal driving-wise. In fact, for new incoming residents wanting a 3 BR 1200 sq. ft unit, the rent, which always includes all but like $10 of utilities, is only going to be $485/month. In my case, it is only $455/month, because it is my second year here since a $30 cheaper rent was an incentive to sign for another year, six months early. Often times, in my experience, the occupancy level is below capacity; My unit only has two of us, and my roommate is moving out at the end of this month, while I happen to be looking for someone to take my lease because I am doing a leave of absence from school. The free internet and basic cable have been nice. I don’t know if phone service is free or not because I just use my 688,9377 non-Mobile mobile (480) number. There are volleyball and basketball courts and a soccer field for the athletic, and there is a fire pit and grills for outdoor hangouts. If you wanna swim, there is a decent pool, and for those who are into the other kind of pool, there is a pool table at the main office, across from their fitness center which is available 24/7 to only those living in the Grove. I would definitely recommend the Grove to incoming students, whether I was leaving or not.
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I rented a house from Gulfbelt Properties, Inc. in Midtown from February 2011 until April 2015. I can't speak for some of the other reviews on this site but I can personally say that I really enjoyed having Gulfbelt serve as my landlord. They handled all my maintenance very quickly in a professional manner. All maintenance issues I experienced were repaired very quickly with the exception of an issue I had a couple of years ago. My A/C had to be replaced and the owner of the house wanted three prices before Gulfbelt had permission to replace. However, I believe this was only a couple of days before the unit was replaced and Gulfbelt had a very nice technician come out in the middle of the night to bring me a window unit and a couple of fans until they could get the owner's approval to replace. I hated to leave but got transferred to Orlando with my job. I would strongly recommend Gulfbelt Properties to anyone that is looking for a home.
The apartments are reasonable in price in a decent area of Mobile. They are not the newest nor fanciest, but they provide the essentials you need to live comfortably. It is a small complex so you don't have to deal with a sprawling campus. Neighbors are decent and normally quiet. The office manager is a sweetheart and always willing to help you out. If you want the fantastic work out rooms, clubhouses, pool areas and spas...well then you are going to have to pay for it...that's not this place...and that's why the rent is reasonable. This is a place you can afford to live, still be safe, AND afford to eat. Nothing fancy, but still clean, safe, and not in a ghetto. (Many of the apartments have recently undergone upgrades, so the "crappy" cabinets have been replaced by real wood.)