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Living in small space doesn't mean you can't have a furry friend -- it just means you have to do some planning.
Living in small space doesn't mean you can't have a furry friend -- it just means you have to do some planning.
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I love Hill Place! I have lived here nearly the whole time I have been in college and moving has never crossed my mind.
Great price. Lot's things to do. 2 pools, hammock park, fire pit. Lot's of cool people live here. Definitely better than the dorms and there is a shuttle that goes to campus everyday.
Do not rent here. Maintenance is lazy, groundkeeping is lazy, and office staff are rude & uncaring.
The apartment complex is in the business of taking advantage young college students. Stay away!!!!! After placing a deposit on the apartment and one of the 2 tenants signing a lease the apartment complex tried in increase the amount of the rent. They claimed that an employee quoted the incorrect price for the apartment. They notified the tenants 2 days prior to move in. They tried to convince the tenants the other contract was not enforceable because they had not yet given them the keys to the apartment, even though a deposit and contract were signed. Had to contact the corporate office in California in order to resolve the issue. When it came to time to renew the lease, the apartment complex rented out the apartment from underneath the tenants even though they had issued a letter stating that tenants had until June 30 to renew the lease. Apartment complex would not honor their written letter. They did offer another apartment, but required that a new deposit and pet deposit be paid.
Hill place is awful. The office isn't helpful at all with anything, leasing options are bad, and you'll probably get charged for something.
This is one apartment complex you need to steer clear of. I moved out today. In the eight years I lived there I saw several management changes and a recent ownership change. Formerly the "Crowne at Razorback" this property was sold earlier this year and renamed "The Spectrum". The property has really gone downhill since then and an apparent exodus has begun. The property is starting to take on a blighted, half-empty appearance. But that's not the worst of it. Read on...The grounds: Parts of this property were built on very marshy ground. The lawn around the building I lived in (1665) was constantly saturated and muddy. The grass is long and seems perpetually wet. Only during the drought of 2011 did it ever totally dry out. Mud is everywhere and ground water constantly oozes into the parking lot. The maintenance staff does not even seem to make an effort to clean up the property anymore. Trash is everywhere. The trash cans in the common areas go un-emptied for weeks. The one nearest my apartment went several weeks with trash overflowing and spilling to the ground. It smelled as if there was a rotting corpse inside. The bathrooms at the "Sparkling Pool" are dirty, smelly, and have no soap, no toilet paper, and no paper towels. Debris often lines the bottom of the pool. Trash cans at the pool are uncovered, seldom emptied, and attract hordes of flies and ants. Maintenance: I refused to sign a new lease at this complex and moved away primarily because I had very poor water pressure in my apartment. My kitchen sink would deliver no more than 1.2 gallons per minute. (I had it checked). The bathrooms were no better. One of the showers delivered little more than a trickle. The problem seems to be that gravel (rocks) have somehow partially blocked the water line coming into my apartment. They managed to get a few thumb-sized stones out, but it made very little difference. Incredulously, I was told my water pressure was normal and that these was nothing that could be done, anyway. The management: Be prepared to be treated like an irresponsible tenant. I'm a 57 year old business owner. I paid my rent by bank draft for eight years with never a problem. When Spectrum assumed ownership they stopped drafting my account and didn't bother to tell me (or any other tenants, for that matter). Instead I found the first of many nasty notes on my door threatening legal action if I didn't immediately pay my delinquent rent and late fees. So, I had my secretary call them and attempt to straighten it out. She was told they had a new online payment option which she immediately attempted to complete. Apparently the bank transferred the money to Spectrum but since they (Spectrum) were not set up on their end to accept the money, the money was returned to my bank account. A new nasty note was placed on my door telling me I now owed a $35 "returned item fee" for the rent money that was sent back to my bank. Once, I got a note in my door threatening legal action over $5 they thought I owed. Folks, I can't make this stuff up. By this point my lease had expired and I refused to sign a new lease, primarily because of the lack of water pressure in my apartment. Rather than allow me to go month-to-month I received a certified letter telling me I had until June 15th to leave. Then I got a second certified letter telling me to be out by June 7th. Each note and letter gets a little nastier. But my all-time favorite "nasty note on the door" was one threatening $25 fines for leaving bags of trash at your doorway, despite the fact we nor any of my neighbors had ever done so. A week later they came by and changed A/C filters in my building. And what do you suppose they did with those dirty filters? They threw them on the ground in the breezeway where they sat for three weeks. Welcome to Spectrum.
I've lived at Hill Place for two years and I've never had any problems at all. There was one point where the dish washer was acting up but I called maintenance and it was fixed within the HOUR. The staff cares about their residents and they are constantly trying to improve things. I see workers picking up trash every single day in order to keep the grounds clean. I've heard that there sometimes can be noise problems, but I live on the third floor and have never had trouble. Parking is never an issue, and I love how my friends never have problems with parking either.All in all, it's a great apartment and i recommend living here.
These apartments are cheap, but you get what you pay for. Management is nice but not very professional. Parking is supposedly limited to residents, but that is not the case at all, making it difficult to find a spot close to your building at night. Each building has two washers and driers for 48 residents. People often take their laundry down and leave it for a few hours, holding up everyone else who needs to do their laundry. The best thing about these apartments, other than price, is their proximity to Razorback Transit. Overall, I am very unhappy with this complex and do not recommend it.
I lived in a single bedroom, which cost me around $750 (utilities and furniture included). Yes, that is extremely high, but I knew what I was paying for so to complain about this price is stupid. But be aware that you can absolutely get a better apartment for cheaper. What WAS ridiculous was the $250 non-refundable pet deposit and the $25/month I had to pay for my dog to be there. This approach being acceptable if these fees covered damage your pet may incur, but it does not. I found this out after I was forced to pay $125 for some (extremely minor) damage done to their very cheap blinds. Another expense was when I had to board my dog for four days because they had to replace all windows in the apartment and told tenants to not have their pets around when this happened, while giving an extremely general date for when they planned to do it. I ended up paying $80 to have my dog boarded, which brought the cost of having a dog at Hill Place to a total of $755. That is positively insane.There was partying, but it didn’t bother me much. The only issue I had with noise was when the neighbor that shares my bedroom wall had an alarm that would blast unbearably loud for two hours at 5 AM. This went on for over a week and as my neighbor never answered his door, I contacted the main office to see if they could at least try and speak with him about the issue, but they flat out refused to claiming "there was nothing they could do about it". I feel as though that was an absolute lie, so if you're planning to live here do not expect any support from management when it comes to issues like this. Be aware that management WILL be in and out of your apartment.. They have apartment checks about four times a year and will give you warning about such checks, but they will absolutely enter your apartment without any warning whatsoever. When I left my apartment I would only lock one deadbolt and have come back with both being locked. This happened about eight different times, without warning. As a single female living alone, if I had known that they would be entering my apartment so often without prior warning I would have lived somewhere else.Also, be careful not to lock yourself out. I did once, around 8 PM, and when I called management I was informed by an very annoyed employee that not only would it cost me $50 to open the door, but it take over an hour because "he would have to drive from Rogers". Um, okay. Thanks for the help. I stayed at a friend's house that night and the next day had to wait for the office to open for I could pay $25 for a new key (if I had asked them to open it the night before it would have been $75 total. $75. Let that sink in).When I moved out they charged me $250, on top of my initial deposit, for some damage that existed before I moved in and some ridiculously minor damage. This is not including the $125 blinds. The charges included cleaning the couch, which was filthy when I moved in and really should be cleaned every new tenant anyway, and around $20 for two overhead light bulbs. Not special light bulbs might you, light bulbs that probably were worth $4 for both. I was also charged with "tampering" with the fire alarm after it went off from a very slight amount of smoke from food I was cooking. It happened after hours and the office was not open for someone to come fix it, so I removed it myself. Apparently I was supposed to let it go off until the next day so they could do exactly what I did. Who knows.Overall, you can find a better place to live than Hill Place. They will try to get as much money as they possibly can from you and do so because they know their customer base are a bunch of college kids who either don't know better or can't afford a lawyer. I would recommend Hill Place if you love to party and have a lot of disposable income, but otherwise, you should probably stay away.
The place itself isn't the worst one in the world, I mean it might be worse. The manager, Christy, is pretty sneaky and nice, but not help at all. Took us two weaks to only get a mailbox key after a passive-agressive push. We had a good pack of roaches cruising aroung the kitchen every morning. The pest control guy, coming every second week, was very nice and demonstrated very high theoretical knowledge regarding the roach lifestile but practically was nought. Traps bought at walmart for 5 bucks did in a week what he'd been trying to do for half a year. And that seemed to be the only solution as the roaches were most likely visiting us from our neighbors, so the traps can only catch and control them. As a top cherry in this cake, the deposit return took her two and a half month and she charged us 115 (!) $ cleening fees. She stated that that was a typical price for carpet and overall cleaning. We left the appartment in same condition as it was when we moved in and left nothing in.