I am a parent of a nursing student that leased an apartment from Medical View Properties/Bluegrass Rental Properties at 160 Gazette. First of all, location is everything for med/pharmacy/nursing students to be close to the hospital...less than a block. My daughter did not drive nor had a car, so this was very important to us as she walked to all her classes and clinicals, and we never worried. She had a two bedroom apartment and it was not brand spanking new, but it was clean and it suited her needs. Matt (owner/landlord) went out of his way to make sure any issues with her apartment were addressed. Anytime we had an issue, he immediately got back with us whether through email or text with a solution. His maintenance crew is above and beyond kind, helpful and capable. They made sure each issue was corrected and did so in a timely manner, usually immediately. It is a quiet complex with serious students renting with no loud parties! Move-in and move-out were so easy, as he has written instructions on how to do so. We left the place better than we found it (which is how we were raised) and got back all of our deposits. If you are a respectful and mature college student, then you should have no issues. I highly recommend them.
My two roommates and I have had a very poor experience. We attend UK and chose the merrick because of it's cheap and professional environment, come to find out it was a terrible choice. We constantly had to call maintenance for fixtures that they never completely fixed, not to mention severe water damage. The worst part was the terribly expressive utility bill. Before applying to the Merrick we were told utilities on average was $90. our cheapest bill has been $500 this winter, the most expensive has been $640. This is excluding TV, laundry, and using a dishwasher. We had to cancel our cable at the end of the summer because utilities were so high, we wash our clothes at our parents, and do our dishes by hand. The utilities will rip you off. The complex uses YES energy and not KU. Please look up the utility information before applying to this place, it will make you change your mind on living here.
I will give this property a negative rating. The guy who took over the property in 2013 is not managing it well. Tenants always have a lot of issues with maintenance that is never taken care on time. The landlord & manager Matt Jones knocks on residents door without notice and asks for rent when they have already paid it. He also emailed several people that they did not pay full rent when the people had already paid the rent mentioned in the lease. They do not have any onsite office which leads to a lots of trouble to tenants. Overall from the time new landlord Matt Jones took over the property, the management is complete mess. Many people who were living in these apartments for 3-4 years are planning to move out now due to mismanagement. In short, tenants life has become hell. Review for apartments managed by MVP at Gazette Avenue and Leader Avenue