I currently live in cottage park. This was the worst mistake of my life. You get what you pay for. Yes the rent may be more cheap than other places but the integrity of the people running this place is about equal to the integrity of convicts. I have even filed a complaint with the BBB.
Example, on my move in I paid the security deposit they required, (which was the stipulation for me getting the key. No security deposit = no key). I moved in march, then in June was told that I needed to pay $500 because there was no security deposit on my account. "Somehow" my money orders were lost and only one was recovered. Oh by the way, money orders not applied to accounts are in a box, where they don't even try to find the accounts they belong to.
The maintenance is horrible. The first day i moved in I informed them that my shower only runs HOT water. It is July 25, 4 months later and they still have not fixed it. Regardless of how many times you ask, you will always be last on their list. I know residents with mold in there apartment, which the company has not taken care of. Another resident has a leak that soaks her carpet everyday, still remains unfixed. And although I am meticulous while cleaning my apartment, I have found tiny black ants!
They have two pools and a laundry mat. Though don't count on access half the time. The pools are always shut down for cleaning but no one is ever here cleaning them. The laundry may says its open "9am-Midnight". It should say, "At Managements Discretion". And don't count on going and washing clothes on Sunday.
I strongly recommend people to avoid this place. I thought I was getting a deal when I moved in but now I feel as though I signed a contract with Satan with no way out. I pay my rent every month, in full and ahead of schedule. Yet I am treated with little regard. I don't stand alone. Multiple residents feel the same. Spend the extra money. The Orchard Estates are down the street. They are just as inexpensive as Cottage Park, except they know how to maintain their business. And it only takes two people there.
I hope this has been helpful. Please, learn from my mistake. Turn tail and run!!