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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.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
So, my boyfriend and I have been at the Phoenician Pines a little over a year now. For the price and location, it's good. Not blow your hair back great, but good. We have a two bedroom two bath we're getting for under $800 a month. We're right by the loop 101 and I-17. It's a very average phoenix neighborhood--not the most upscale, but not the slums, older homes with families. I would say this is a great transition apartment if you can afford it. If you're probably in your mid-twenties to mid-thirties and need a "grown up" living space but aren't quite ready for a house, this is a good location. Lately a lot of younger kids (late teens and twenty somethings) have been moving in, but it's not enough of an issue at this point to drive me away.HOWEVER--please be warned. I keep seeing reviews about the staff and I'm surprised any of the renters have even been able to see the staff. I've tried at all hours of the day, every day of the week and no one is ever in the HOA office. If they are, they apparently refuse to answer the door. They take ridiculously long breaks (they are now closed for a week off for 4th of July...seriously, a whole week) and are regularly closed for "training" days. The posted ours are Monday-Friday 9-4. They are never available and do not respond to calls or emails. That being said, it's nice that they leave you alone. They aren't always hounding you about things or nit picking your living. On the flip side, they don't enforce rules. A lot of neighbors don't pick up after their pets in the community areas, which isn't punished. A lot of neighbors have patios riddled with weeds or cigarette butts. There is often scattered trash in the parking lot. Again, these things don't affect me enough to leave, if you're living in an apartment you have to realize you're living around others who don't live as you do, so no matter how respectable and clean you might be, others won't be the same. Some of this the apartment can't really enforce unless they kick people out. The apartment itself is great. Good size, good price. Out unit is perfect space for two. Laundry in unit.The building is older so we've had some garbage disposal and air conditioning issues, but thankfully I'm handy enough to fix them myself. Again, not needing the office staff, which is good because I know I wouldn't get any help. From what I hear from my neighbors, even if you contact the staff for repairs it can take them weeks to get to you. Haven't had any issues with break-ins or theft. Each apartment has an alarm but we've never bothered using ours. We keep to ourselves but we made a point to meet our neighbors. We're always friendly to those in the community--its always a good idea to build that support, it makes it so we look out for one another. That being said, it feels like a pretty safe area. Sort of going off of general lists: the noise is average for an apartment. You're by a busy street so you'll hear traffic and an occasional loud vehicle. Most neighbors are quite, at least around us they are. The grounds are kept pretty well, aside from trash every now and then that flies out of the trash on pick up days. People tend to not pick up after pets, but that's not the apartments' fault, per say. Safety is good, the gate breaks on occasion (usually because idiots drive into it) but they get it fixed relatively quickly. All of the apartments to my knowledge have alarms so that's a plus. Maintenance is below average. Don't expect speedy service. Can't comment on the staff as I have never actually met them. So, out of 10 I would give this place a 6.5, maybe a 7. If you can handle apartment living, this is the same as most places. You'll fight for open parking and deal with idiots, but that's any apartment. Just be prepared to do repairs yourself and not rely on the staff. Honestly though, I would recommend this place to friends that aren't needy renters.
My husband and I really enjoyed living at Skyline; however, oftentimes had wavering feelings about the management throughout our 10-month lease, specifically when we moved out. As an example – I had left my thumb drive in the computer lab. When I went to retrieve it, it had been taken. When I asked the front office to review the tapes (the space is constantly monitored by surveillance cameras), they told me the TV to view the footage was broken; however, would be fixed in a couple days and they would review them then. When I checked back later in the week, they told me the tapes had been erased and they wouldn’t be able to help me. Upon our move out, my husband and I cleaned for hours (we lived in a tiny space – around 670 square feet, no children and no pets). We took excellent care of the room; however, we were charged $50 ($25/hour) for the property’s cleaning team to come in and clean again. Additionally, all residents are required to pay for carpet cleaning (you must provide a receipt) and, if you hang pictures, you will be charged a $45 minimum for them to fill the holes in the drywall. We were told upon move- in that we could hang whatever we wanted at no cost because the team comes in and paints all the walls regardless; however, this was inaccurate. You are required to pay a $300 security deposit. When you vacate, you will not receive the deposit in full, guaranteed. The staff; however, friendly, is highly untrained and doesn’t have a firm grasp on the leasing requirements. My suggestion, if you choose to live at this property and have a concern, is to call the regional office as they are much more helpful than the management team on-site. As stated in another review, the southwest side of the building has an extremely powerful urine smell, which becomes much worse on warm days. I think the staff always has a huge impact on a tenant’s experience and, in this case, the staff is well below par.
Wow. Talk about a dump. The staff is helpful enough with things like taking maintenance requests, but if it's anything that requires them to get out of their chairs and away from their computers then forget about it ever happening.I don't blame the staff or the great maintenance and landscaping crew though: the management is a joke and the buildings are just old and dumpy for the price you're paying, not to mention the place is festering with roaches. Yeah, don't worry about paying the $50 pet rent each month-- you can have a kitchen full of roaches free of charge!!!!! The pet policy is a joke anyway, I've seen every kind of breed of dog here even though there are apparently strict breed restrictions, people have their pets off-leash and plenty of people around have 3+ dogs and cats. Make sure to get anti-tick medication for your pets, my dog has gotten three ticks within the last year.People in the complex are generally nice and help each other out where management fails. Never had a problem with parking. Noise level is average for an apartment: talk it out with your neighbors if you have a noise problem, don't bother trying to get anyone in the office involved. That's a guaranteed dead end.For close to $700 a month, there are plenty of cleaner places to call home. Keep hunting! Will be happy when this mistake is over and my lease is up: if you dare to stay they will put you on month-to-month billing and charge you an extra $100 a month for your tolerance of their crap. My sympathies if you are desperate enough to live here!!!
Considering its a roadside hotel, for a one night, it was very good! I am demanding with two major things when it comes to a one night hotel: needs to be CLEAN (it was.. and it smelled good as well!) and SAFE (i was on the second floor and cannot relate to any of the bad experiences others had, thankfully) and my experience with this hotel provided me with those. The rest of the things, for such a short cheap stay, I am not so demanding about. We arrived late at night and were very well received by the frontdesk, Maisha (?) and we chatted a bit about the region and its history... Having read some bad reviews, I was a bit uncertain about what I would find, but I found a very clean and comfy room, with a clean bathroom and tv/wi-fi that were also available for free. In the morning, breakfast is served and the gentleman in charge was very polite and served us directly, very nice of him as it was not necessary. We were very very pleased with our stay and have nothing bad to say about the place, quite the opposite. I would stay there again, if necessary. Hope other people get more good experiences like mine as well...
A quiet community offering an ambiance of sophistication and relaxation, this brilliant community features five floor plans with spacious interiors for your comfort and convenience. Relax in our beautifully landscaped community.North Mountain Village is perfectly located within walking distance to Fry's shopping center and Ross, the metro mall and provides easy access to major highways. Residents of North Mountain Village can enjoy a wide variety of attractions with fabulous restaurants and retail shopping all nearby. Interior Features • Ceiling Fans• Vaulted Ceilings• Frost-Free Refrigerators• Mini and Vertical Blinds• Space Enhancing Designer Closets• Energy-Efficient Designer Controls• Private Patio/Balcony with Locked StorageExterior Features• Sparkling Heated Pools and Spas• 3 Large Laundry Facilities• Covered Parking • Barbeque Grills• 2 On-site Playgrounds• 24-hour Emergency Maintenance• Located Adjacent to North Mountain Village Shopping Center • 24-hour Fitness Studio• Business Center• Clubhouse • Resident Activities• Coffee Bar• North Mountain Village (602)375-0247 Please Call For More Details.
I walked in and my mouth dropped. Compared to my "home" gym I was floored at how huge this place was, clean, at the many machines, racquetball courts, basketball courts, the huge class room, huge swimming pool and Jacuzzi, the many cycling machines for the cycling class, the punching bags, the weights, so many weights...And it's air-conditioned!And it smelled so clean...I arrived to the class 30 minutes early because I'm used to my overcrowded gym where people arrive an hour early for class, save spots, etc...I grabbed my mat, picked my spot, and waited patiently...I waited and waited for other people to come into the room...About 5 minutes left to class I wondered if maybe the class was cancelled...Then slowly people startled to trickle in... Members here aren't as rude and respect personal space...For those wondering, I did the yoga class with Glenda...She's a great teacher, down to earth and super helpful...She's the type of teacher that walks around to help you correct your poses...
"I have been meaning to write this. EACH time I visit I fall in LOVE with this place. I love visiting these apartments. They are WONDERFUL. Sure, they always help any guest I bring in a professional and timely manner, but it is the combination of the team and their talents with the personality of the community this makes IMT Deer Valley stand out to me. Julia Rich is so kind and thoughtful. I like seeing her in the office because she says hello in such a gentle way that I feel better knowing that she is around. She is extremely smart, and has a heart of gold. Colleen Carlson is a Rockstar she is always smiling and you can tell she LOVES her JOB and SHE LOVES the tenets (and their pets) Just a wonderful person. She does what ever it takes to make people feel welcome. Dominque Bailey is respectful to everyone I can tell he really cares about his tenants and he goes up and beyond as well he looks out for them. They are just - all around - the perfect team.
Dom the trainer is very knowledgeable and has many useful certifications. Although his business is great for some, the vast majority of clients are better off elsewhere. The best way to describe his business model is selective, arrogant, and selfish. He has very high prices, doesn't like to work with you, and will deny you entry due to what he would call "a waste of his time". For the rich, very athletic, back bone lacking people that want to kiss a trainers feet because he thinks he knows everything, this is most definitely the place for you. The other 99.9% of us are better off somewhere else, plain and simple. Please save yourself the trouble and bring your business elsewhere.
I have been a member of Top Gun Fitness for almost 2 years now. Scott Sims and Tom Bass are the owners and I cannot tell you how dedicated these guys are to helping you get results. I know how scary it is to walk into a gym when your 100 plus overweight but It was the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have lost over 100 pounds, gained energy that I never had but most of all have developed great friendships. Everyone there is so supportive and encouraging. If you want a gym that is dedicated to helping you get healthy, strong and encourage you every step of the way Do Not Hesitate. I can promise you if you make the commitment they will deliver.
This Travelodge had a Great Price, Free Fast Internet, Small Breakfast, Free Parking, Heated Pool. It is very clean, new rugs, nice personnel, very hot showers and a quiet area. We were on ground floor but for a quieter experience I would get a 2nd floor, but away from stairways! I would recommend it if you are needing the above andwant to stay on a budget and only come back to sleep anyway....The breakfast is not exciting but they do have apples, oranges, and more. They havepancakes too, (I did not try these)In the areas down the street-- there are lots of fast food and many other restaurants.Easy access to the freeways !!