I lived here for 13 months and had a terrible experience with roaches. A couple of weeks after I moved in, I came home to 3 big roaches scurrying around in the kitchen. I'm terrified of roaches (like most people are) so I had my friend kill the ones we could find and got the heck out of the place. Orkin came that week and sprayed, I set off roach foggers, I bought boric acid and sprinkled it everywhere, I bought roach bait and sticky traps, caulked any holes that I could find, used the canned foam to fill up any holes under the sinks, bought those silly buzzing roach plug-ins, and bought drain covers. Extreme, right? That's how much I hate roaches. Despite all of these measures and despite NEVER eating or cooking at my apartment, NEVER leaving water anywhere, and getting rid of ALL of my food, I had roach problems for the entire year. I shut the drains when I wasn't using them and I stuffed towels underneath my bedroom doors at night because one night I woke up to a "friend" right next to my bed (on the carpet). Oh and I'm like the cleanest person around. Monica on FRIENDS? That's me. Now it was rare for me to see big roaches alive (mostly in traps) but the tiny baby roaches were everywhere. Most were dead but some of the suckers were still alive. Over the course of living there, I saw AT LEAST 150 baby roaches (yes, I counted). Orkin probably came to my apartment at least every other week for an entire year. The office staff knew about the problem and the managers did too. It got to the point that I literally had allergies walking into my apartment... that's how much poison was in that place and STILL, roaches. Disgusting. The manager blamed the neighbors which may or may not have been the problem but the point is, they are in the building. I'd see them in the halls and the pools occasionally and the thought of them in the trash chutes grossed me out. So please, please take my advice and don't live here. Don't get stuck in a 13-month lease if you don't like roaches. It was such a bad experience and such a shame since the apartment itself was very nice and in a great location. And I can’t believe I was paying SO MUCH to live with roaches. I mean, this is an upscale place. And I didn’t even really live there… I was at my boyfriend’s as much as possible because of the roaches and my allergies, I didn’t eat there (the one time I did after like 6 months of poison, I saw a roach), I didn’t have any food there, I wore socks everywhere because of the boric acid… it was such a hassle.
If someone tries to say that all apartments have roaches, well, I have lived in four apartment complexes and two college dorms and have never had any roach problems. Nor have any of my close friends. Especially not to the extent of my roach problem either. Looking back, I think I would have contacted the health department and fought to get out of my lease. But it’s hard to be assertive with the ladies in the office (at least for me) because they won’t really give you the time of day.
Other than the roaches, I never had many problems. I think it would have been great had I not had that experience. The gates didn't work all of the time so that was a nuisance and the elevators broke A LOT so that was too. I don't really care too much about that stuff though. I never really saw any break-ins and felt relatively safe there. Also, parking was always available and it was nice that your visitors could park anywhere. The place held community events every once in a while too.
I actually moved out of my apartment a couple of weeks before the lease was up and missed the office hours to turn in my keys by an hour. I called and left a message, said I was moved out of the apartment (and had been), and offered to bring by the keys ASAP. The lady I spoke with the next morning said it was no problem but when I got there, the manager said I was going to be charged rent for the day (so like $60-$70 or something). I realized that I had made a mistake but tried to fix it quickly. So I got pretty angry and mentioned the roaches and was immediately reassured that I would not have to pay anything. They definitely didn't want me making a stink in front of the future residents in the office.