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We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
I am a resident at this apartment complex for 2 years. I cannot speak for other person since every apartment building is at different locations and different resident lives in it. My experience is and was like this. This apartment appears very good place to live at first. People at the main office are nice at first. Of course if you have great next door that would be plus, but in my case not so much. When I first moved in it appeared nice and well maintained. Next thing I know, they removed part of stairway and started to fix stair to get to my apartment. 2 years later today it still looks like it needs to be finished up, it never got finished. This winter, my tub was leaking and water was running into my living room. Called maintenance, couple days later they came, and I had second bathroom so I didn’t care much about them being late. They did fix the plumbing, and put new tiles and grouts. The grout was crumbling off next day. Called back apt complex, it took 6-7 weeks to get them to come out and fix them after 4 phone calls. And if I didn’t call back and used it, I m pretty sure it would come out of my apt deposit. Also there is a neighbor who lives below me, I do not know what his problem is but he urinates in parking lot and in front of his door which is the stairway I mentioned above where I have walk everyday to get to my apartment. Contacted apartment complex, the office people talk to him and according to him it is water, but it looks yellow and smell like urine. Nothing was done. The problem was solved when he went away due to his medical issue, but now he is back it is starting again. Called apartment complex, they said they will talk to the guy. And at top balcony, there is a nest of carpenter bee. I know it is not harmful for human but it does damage structure of building. So I called into the apartment office, they sent someone to take a look at the situation. No treatment. Called again and 4 days later a guy came with a can of wasp spray. Guess what. There are still bees. Also some reason the apartment complex will not give parking spot in front of my apartment complex. According to them it is marked as side walk parking lot. Which Is clearly not true. Told Apartment complex people but they said it is marked as so in their map, therefore they cannot do anything about it, when I see multiple cars in complex parking at sidewalk parking spot. They cannot give parking spot to me. Right now they are doing outside maintenance. They took down each building exterior a same day, and fixing it one by one instead of taking down one building at a time. My building has been look like 3rd world country slum for a whole month and a half. Since my building is the last building it will take another 6 weeks to finish half way. In summary I had bad neighbor, poor maintenance, and ambient/ discriminating office staff. I took time to write this showing how I hate this place. I will be moving out of this complex and move somewhere better with about same amount of money.
Consider Looking Elsewhere! Lived in Studio (1 1/2 years) Pros of Studio: All electric, with only a water bill you pay with rent. You may ask for a full size fridge. Efficient if you're in a crunch and need refuge for a year, tops. Application was accepted within a day. Friendly office staff, in my experience. Maintenance more efficient with new staff. Make sure you call your work orders in. If no one gets back to you within a week, talk to the office ladies. They're great! I have had no problems with crime, personally. Office always gives you at least 24 hour notice before they enter your unit, if able. Cons of Studio: It was NOT mentioned when I signed the lease that they had the contract with a towing company that could take my car... overnight at that!! I honestly thought my car had gotten stolen when I woke up to go to work. Constant maintenance issues. Sometimes maintenance is quick, sometimes not so much. I have never had emergency maintenance answer my call when needed at night or on weekends. Absolutely no reimbursements for problems involving hot water or tubs. If you can't shower for (x) reason(s), tough luck. Apartment had roaches, and fleas in the carpet from the stray cats outside that the tenants feed on the sidewalk RIGHT OUTSIDE MY UNIT. Some apartments have reported bed bugs. Mini fridge is... mini. Gas stove is very small. Few cabinets, and small amounts of counter space. SMALL sink for washing dishes. No baseboard heat or central air. All heating/cooling is through window/wall units that definitely do not heat up the small units during winter. Solicitors come frequently. Carpets look dirty and old, paint jobs are shoddy, electric bills are ridiculous during the winter time. Strangers have knocked on my door at 3 in the morning looking for previous tenants, neighbors, etc. Lights from cars and emergency vehicles wake you constantly if you don't have thick curtains. You hear EVERYTHING. People outside your window, talking, walking, playing music, etc. Exterminators may not come to your unit, even upon request.
CORPORATE SLUMLORDS! This place rents to 70 percent section eight clients and although there is no problem with that, they treat the area as if it were for the lowest of demographics of people. The outside maintenance is horrible! The pay one guy to cut grass for the entire property, he does not trim or blow grass from the sidewalks or parking areas. You'll find grass on your car and kicked up on you door as you come and go from your property. There are large weeks that grow between the cracks in the sidewalk and around the building that that they totally ignore. Your lucky to see the grass cut every two weeks at this place. Often times the trash dumpsters over flow days before trash pickups and no one picks it up until days after the collection. The management team is not forthright and will tell you anything to pacify you; they have more excuse for the condition of this place than a tenant who is two months behind on their rent. I took over 45 days for them make minor repairs upon my move in and some of the repairs are still not done after 90 days. The maintenance work is sloppy and often just a temporary fix. The neighborhood is highly ghetto and noisy and very prone to crime. Parking can sometimes be an issue; you will not always get to park near your apartment. There are unsightly tall weeds around every building in this place except for the ones facing the main street, they try to represent a false impression from the street view. Please, do a drive through and check this dump out! I could go on and on based on my first 90 days here but PLEASE, HEED MY WARNING, FIND ANOTHER PLACE TO LIVE. Your rent payments can do you a lot better than this dump! I'm out, lease up or not!
I've lived here with my best friend for almost 3 years, and we have had no issues. We did have a mouse at one point, and squirrels in the ceiling. Anytime I have an issue lthey take care of it immediately. Tamera is kind and has made both my housemate's stay and mine relatively great. I moved out here because it was pretty good price wise and yet close enough to campus while I worked on my masters at OSU. I drive a pretty new Mustang as does my boyfriend and our cars have always been left alone. I have LEDs under my car and my neighbors all know my car, when I'm at home and when I'm not. It is a quiet neighborhood, and maybe it's just the neighbors we have had, but we never hear the neighbors except when they walk up the wooden stairs that creak sometimes. The area surrounding these apartments can be dangerous, but I've always felt pretty safe in the complex I live. Everyone I live around is pretty friendly and some long time tenants know the area and keep an eye out on my vehicle and apartment when I'm not around. The fee to keep an animal monthly is reasonable, and my cat, Muffin, enjoys the back patio in the summer. The one thing I am not impressed by is the laundry facility, my clothes never come out smelling fresh and many of the machines eat coins and leave the clothes wet.
i moved in and found a bedbug. They sprayed the apartment three times. I was horrified but they did correct it. It's been two years haven't seen one. Roaches become your neighbors. But they spray every three months and check every ones apartment for bedbugs and pests. They will spray if u ask them to. But it's quiet. They fix everything same day. Don't charge u for anything. no hidden costs. Management is cool and down to earth. Nice apartments. Mine is perfect. Afraid to move again. I could have moved to another place and got bedbugs right off the bat and they may not have been so efficient. They could've charged me or let them run wild but they don't. Moving into any apartment you are taking a chance. But they fixed me up. They don't let nasty people stay nasty. They bleach laundry room and vacuum halls every week. Nice neighbors. Great pool. They Pay for water. I really don't want to leave haha. It's luxury. The $50 ncreade was okay because we are living good. I am always nervous if someone new moves in. Bed bug process is a complete headache nightmare. Most people don't have the issues I had. It's ok to move here just make sure you are clean. If you are a dirty person stay away from us! They will kick you out!!
I have just retired but finding and living in a community like what we have here at Ashton Woods Apartment complex is a must and a plus for people like my wife and I. A residential community mixture of people with varying age ranges makes us feel like we're in a place we can call home. This is close to 270 freeway and 161 to get to the Amish Communities in Berlin and the rest. For somebody like myself who is fond of fishing, Hoover Reservoir is like stone's throw away. It's conveniently located to us and going fishing with our granddaughter is a plus as it's quite near and won't hear "Are we there yet?" from her. It's closeness to the Easton Town Center makes dining out or shopping at the stores nearby a pleasure. The resident manager, Pam and Ira are a great addition to the ammenities in this community. As for me and my wife, living in Ashton Woods is a plus and must. Come on out and try for yourself what its all about. BRomulo Dec. 29. 2011
I would definitely recommend Ashton Woods as a place to live. It’s in a great location, and I love how I can walk down to Strawberry Farms Park and go running on the Alum Creek Trail. All of the rooms are spacious, and having our own storage shed is great, especially for things like Christmas decorations or grills. I feel very safe here, and our neighbors are great and keep an eye on our place when we’re gone. We live on the ground floor, so you can hear a bit of squeaking if people are walking around above us, but it’s nothing that you wouldn’t hear elsewhere. Other than that the walls are pretty thick. The fireplace is a nice touch, and the apartment keeps them well maintained. Our cats appreciate the tall windows! The kitchen is a good size, and it’s so nice to have a pantry! My husband and I plan on staying here for several years.
My 2 sons live in a double at this complex. The apartment complex is clean, requests for any problem resolution seems speedy & pool facilities are amazing. There are alot of families but haven't had too many problems with kids & noise. Laundry facilities are kept well maintained and party rooms that are available for rental are a nice perk. Unfortunately my son's aren't the most tidy of individuals & the routine pest control measures have not been up to my standards simply due to my eldest son leaving his room a mess! As with any apartment complex, you will have those individuals that just hang around, not doing anything of any use to anyone except taking up space in the parking lot but no major issues and the management would take action if there were complaints.
Just moved out. I was there for 2 years...first year was great! The second year the neighbors weren't so quite. Management took the proper steps in handling concerns. The second year my main concerns were: 1. Maintenance guy is great but only has 1 man for the entire complex so my final few request were not taken care of. 2. Heating unit is dated-electric bill was outrageous. It was the first year. I knew how to approach the cold weather the following year. It also helped that maintenance put in a new unit. 3. Applicants are questionable (please do your research) 4. Deposit ( you'll be informed that your deposit will be forwarded a month after you move out). My move out date was Nov 1st..it is now Dec 17th and no deposit and yes, I've followed up with management...twice.
Lived here for 4 years, LOVE when Kathy &- Bob was there! Once they left it all went down hill. A neighbor had moved out and they sprayed her apartment, then I started seeing the roaches. Begged for them to spray my apartment for roaches! They sprayed once, it didn't do a Damn thing. Got another set if new management tland i had asked her twice if she would spary. She asked for my address wrote it down, but never sprayed. A month after that i had asked yet aain, a little irritated that i had already asked twice and still NOTHING. Her response was "There is a way to ask for something, and I have never seen you before so I know I didn't put a work order in for you." Not only was that a LIE but I had finally had enough. I left. I wouldn't recommend anyone live there!!!!