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Positive Apartment Reviews and RatingsThe greatest loft I've ever seen for the money.. Rent increases are just a fact of life! ( over a year ago )
Reviewed by: Anonymous
My husband and I were on the waiting list for a loft at Block24. We had been searching endlessly online and in person for an apartment that was well set aside from all of these other cookie cutter apartment communities. We actually used to live at Austin Ranch which is one of the most sought our properties in all of the metroplex, and let me tell you, they don't even compare to block24. I feel that Block24 is actually priced very well seeing as our loft has spectacular 20ft ceilings, huge granite counter tops throughout, custom art deco track lighting, plenty of closet and counter space with a standup shower and tub.
I am appauled that someone would actually take the time to write petty complaints about Block24, that in my opinion could easily be taken care of if any action was taken in a positive manner to resolve such issues as trespassing kids, broken gates, broken gym equipment, thin walls, or loud nighbors.
First off, I find it funny that someone actually takes the time to write an essay about their problems when rarely anyone takes the time to write anything positive. And no, I do not work for Block24, I just feel almost offended that someone would slander a place that is my home and will be my home for several years to come.
These negative issues that have been mentioned could have easily been resolved with a forceful yet positive initiative to fix them. I will start with the kids. If I saw ANYONE at any age constantly being destructive to a private property I would simply call the police because that is actually called tresspassing. You wouldn't let 8th graders play in your backyard and destroy things and I sure as heck wouldn't let them "play" where I reside.
Broken gates? Call the property manger and express how unsafe you feel and tell her you refuse to pay your rent as long as the gates remained that way. Yes, there is a very good chance that she may say "don't want to pay your rent then don't live here" and I'd that happens, simply call Tonti properties and express your concern not just for your safety, but for everyone who lives there including small children. If kids can infiltrate the property, so can rapists and murders of all types ans I am positive Toni would like to actually keep their residents happy and their apartments rented, full, and leases resigned.
Thin walls? You have to expect some sound coming from above you seeing as there are people actually living above you. They wouldn't be thin walls, those would be called thin ceilings. The fact of the matter is that most of the second story apartments are lofts with concrete flooring. Meaning there is no carpet to dull the sound of your neighbors. Also, you catch more flies with honey. Why not introduce yourself to them and ask nicely if they could be weary of your sensitive hearing and light sleep habits. Make friends with them or simply make friends in general. The best thing to block out any racket that's annoying to you is to create some of own. Apartment living is meant to be somewhat of a more social setting than a house and to be honest with you, every apartment I have ever lived at where I was on the first floor I did hear the people above me, but I did just what I said I'd do and befriended them and poof, suddenly they seemed to walk so much lighter. Now if you have just a blatant jerk above you always keeping you awake for the simple fact that he knows you are annoyed by it and you can't stop it, file a noise complaint with the police. This shuts people up more quickly than you'd think.
Broken gym equipment? Again, explain nicely to the office manager the situation. Maybe even volunteer to organize a community cookout or garage sell to not only help people get rid of things they do not need or use any more to help purchase new gym equipment. Express that you feel you all should think of the community more of a neighborhood and start a neighborhood watch comitee. I am from Coppell so believe me when I say these actually work and anyone suspicious or lingering gets reported and it only takes one time to embarrass someone for sneaking around your home by calling the police ans reporting them instead of actually complaining directly to them, in turn, making it obvious that these actions annoy you and continuing to do so in spite of your feelings of being unsafe or intruded on. Distruction of private property as far as the gym goes, is a punishable crime. Once someone is actually caught, they are warned to never return to the property at all or atleast 6 months. Now if these kids live there I would just partake in my own sneaking around and find out which building and see if their obviously neglected parents were even home and I'd they were, I would be as nice as possible to them ans explain that they'd never catch you loitering around there place taking the peddles of their bikes so why should they be allowed to damage something they do not own. When it comes to kids, you really have to think like one sometimes. When it comes to parents, you really have to make sure that you are not attacking their crude parenting skills, and even if you don't have kids, for 10 minutes pretend to. I know kids can be an absolute single persons nightmare(my husband and I do NOT have any children and we don't plan on having any) we actually left a leasing office even before entering once because a certain property seemed to have a lot of them and to me, kids can be disrespectful and annoying. The last thing I need when I get home is some kid destroying things when I myself don't even have kids, and know that if I did, they wouldn't be caught dead partaking in destructive behavior on private property.
Now the rent increase. I can honestly say I have never paid less than $1000 a month for a one bedroom loft, and I actually have not seen the smaller one bedroom apartments that Block24 has to offer because my husband and I hate carpet and we prefer a lot of space and 20ft ceilings. Now, if your rent was increase $60 in one year, it was simply because people know that 1st floor apartments aren't always the best idea seeing as statistics show that 1st floor apartments tend to have more issues than 2nd, 3rd, or 4th floor apartments. First floor apartments are more prone to pests and ants especially if even one tenant decides not to participate in their apartment being sprayed. They are also more likely to be broken into as opposed to other floors for obvious reasons(easy access and a quicker get away)....so if you live on the 1st floor and I'm just guessing the majority of people who have lived in apartments before kind of know better than to have a first floor apartment, that clearly means that your particular floorplan, no matter how cool it may be, is not renting at the rate of which the owners had expected for that year, and so you are basically having to make up for all of the other empty apartments. Why do you think there are always "look and lease first floor specials" ? I really couldn't stomach living in an apartment that was over $1.50 per square foot, that's absolutely redicillis. I think that I'd you would have fixed all if the other tiny problems, you should have addressed management nicely and expressed that you didn't think the increase was fair, and now you are curious to see how they could accomidate you. They only charge $200 to move to a different apartment and I'm guessing that's because of situiations like this or people being on the list for the loft or the cottages.
Just remember, you always catch more flies with honey. Apartment communitites hate bad press and online reviews from disgruntled tenants. I'm thinking they actually hate their constantly negatively complaining tenants even more. You may have the notion as to "why Should I have to go out of my way to fix these problems, that not my job!". Well, it is simple. If you aren't a part of the solution or resolution, you are just another part of the problem. more people need to learn to stick up for their homes and yes, it may even take a little tact and fake smiles and the motivation to actually change your situation that you are so unhappy in. Afterall, this is a free country. You weren't told you HAD to live there and I think by being such a borhersom annoying complainer you just made your own situation worse.
You failed to mention they provided a free washer ans dryer, garbage pick up, no lawn upkeep, several gyms and amenities all for you to enjoy at your lesiure. I don't know about your floorplan, but our second story loft is like a gift from the heavens! What other apartments that are actually within a recent price range offer real granite counter tops, 20ft ceilings, art deco lighting, artistically designed small tiled multi colored back splash in the kitchen, double sided stainless steel fridge, an accent wall( the color of your choice) and already come pre painted in duo two toned cream ans dark beige paint? I honestly have seen apartments like ours... But they are extremely expensive. Price increase on apartments is really just a fact of life. If you have not noticed, it's actually less expensive to own your own home than it is to rent for reasons that I've listed above. My husband and I are very prepared to have our rent inceased most likely every year. But, the lofts at block24 are always rented out hence us being on the waiting list for months. Good luck finding an apartment that looks so well designed for less somewhere.. that's not in the middle of no where or in a bad area. I would absolutely recommend everyone who loves the feel of a down town loft in the heart of richarson to definitely more than consider moving to Block24. As of now there are no lofts available for rent BUT often times, people do prefer to get on the waiting list ans while doing so they will choose a different floorplan and just pay the $200 transfer fee when ones comes available. Aparently they are very popular because people are often on waiting list for months if not a year, so if one comes available I'd definiely jump at the oppertunity to live in such an amazing place!
Reviewed by: Anonymous
722 sq ft for $825 mo. rent increase of $60 mo at one year renewal
Reviewed by: Anonymous
Coming to Dallas from Arizona about two weeks ago for a new job. I gotta tell you, the help I got from the office staff in the process was the best I've ever got from any apartment complex. I'm only a couple weeks into the lease, so I can't say how the rest will go, but right now i'd give it a really solid rating on my experience so far. I had a problem with some paperwork that normally would halt the move in process, but I will still allowed to move in while it was worked out and they even help me work out the paperwork issue. In addition they've been helpful getting me acclimated to the area.
The walls do carry sound more than places i've been in the past, probably from the concrete hallways, doesn't bother me, but I can see if a person wants complete silence in an apt they'd have issues. I read some reviews on here, and was a bit nervous about getting a place here, but i gave them their fair shot at getting me into a place and I am happy thus far :)
One thing though, might want to pay your rent on time, I already missed my first month and you pay big for late fees.
Reviewed by: Anonymous
While the office staff may be friendly and helpful, there are still numerous maintenance issues.
Several of the security gates are still broken, and as a result the basketball courts are constantly filled with kids from neighboring communities. There have been several incidents of residents items gone missing.
EVERY single piece of equipment in the exercise room is broken and has been for months. Everyone is tired of the offices claims to fix these issues, as we have heard too many empty promises. One of the latest promises to fix the exercise room is to put yoga mats down. Well, if they deliver on that promise, at least the yoga mats probably won't break.
The quality of tenants has been in a slow decline, and noise issues have been increasing.
Reviewed by: Anonymous
I AM CURRENTLY A NEW LEASE AND EVERYTHING FROM START TO FINISH HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. THE STAFF WHO IS SUNNY, JESSICA, AND TIFFANY ARE WONDERFUL, SOFT SPOKEN, AND CURTEOUS. WHOEVER THOSE PPL THAT ALL THE PREVIOUS REVIEWS ARE TALKING ABOUT IT...WELL IT IS NO LONGER THERE. "DONT BELIEVE A WORD." IT'S THE BEST AND THE CITY DOESNT CONTROL THE RULES OF THE APT. LIKE THE OTHER SURROUNDING APTS YOU SEE LISTED.