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Archstone Ballston Square- an Avalon Communities Property
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850 N Randolph St Arlington, VA 22203
850 N Randolph StUSVAArlington22203
(571) 302-7996avaloncommunities.com
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Karen Plessas
reviewed 7 months ago
I have lived at Archstone Ballston for 3 1/2 years and have loved it. The staff is about the nicest of any apartment complex I have lived in, maintenance is wonderful and FAST and my neighbors have been great. I can't think of one thing to mark this complex down for! As typical with DC'ers, I have moved several times in my 8 years in the DC area, but when I found this place, I knew I would never move again while working here. I am only leaving because I am retiring and moving back to the Northwest - otherwise I would be here for several more years! Expensive? Yes, but well worth it if you want to live in a quality apartment with great concierge service, near the Metro, the highway, and shopping!
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A Google User
reviewed 2 years ago
Do you love unexpected 11% rent increases? No? Then by all means continue searching because that is exactly what you will find at the Archstone Ballston Square apartments where Danielle and the "management" team will make sure that you are treated as exactly what you are...a rent check and nothing more. I would not recommend living here to anyone. After two years of fairly happy residence here (in which we were never late on rent and never caused any troubles for management, by the way), my fiancee and I are likely to leave our home after learning that the rent on our one bedroom apartment will go up $190/month this year due to "the market" or whatever the lame excuse was they gave me. What's more, we received the note about this rent increase on May 26 and have until June 6 to inform them if we'll be accepting the new rental rates in order to be in compliance with the 60-day move-out notice requirements. This is a fine building and we really like our apartment but the treatment we've been shown as long-term tenants is just lame, rude and a really lousy way to run an apartment building. Do not rent an apartment here unless you are able and willing to pay much more than your first year's rent in subsequent years.
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A Google User
reviewed 4 years ago
Pros: 1. Super convenient location (right by Ballston Metro). 2. Amenities. W/d, dish washer, and garbage disposal in unit. Water temp and pressure is excellent. 3. Prompt and courteous maintenance staff. 4. Pool (just don't go on a weekend when it's crowded). 5. Decent-sized workout room. 6. Underground parking for only $30/month. 7. Free coffee. 8. Fax machine, printer (always with paper), and computer room. Cons: 1. Rent. They WILL raise your rent after your first lease is up and if you are unwilling to re-up for an entire year, be ready for outrageous month-to-month rates. I had to go month-to-month b/c I was home-shopping and they jacked up my rent from $1,650 to $2,300 for the smallest 1BR model. They WILL NOT NEGOTIATE. The office is unresponsive and simply claims their hands are tied by the corporate office. When it comes to lease renewals, "highway robbery" is a fair assessment. 2. Frat boys and sorority gals. I cannot emphasize this enough: This place has practically become a college dorm. If you're 22 and just out of college, that's fantastic. If you're a little older and a night owl, it's great. But for everyone else, the late-night screaming off balconies, booming stereos, and Cancun-like pool scene gets old fast. I mean, the bros literally play beer pong at the pool and carry around drinks like they're on Bourbon Street. Know what you're getting yourself into. [In fairness, it's a bit quieter during the winter (except during college bowl season)]. 3. SUPER THIN walls. I had the misfortune of being in a 1BR with neighbors on both sides. It's bad enough with neighbors who make a normal amount of noise...God help you if you're next to frat boys with a penchant for playing drunken Rock Band at 2:00 a.m. (I've experienced both extremes). Unless you can get a corner unit, or at least a bedroom without a shared wall, I would strongly advise you to stay away. 4. Blind renting. They won't let you see your unit before you sign the contract. Once you have a unit number you might like to rent, I'd advise you to just knock on the current tenant's door. Simply explain that you're concerned about noise/privacy and they'll understand. 5. Pool is just ok. It's only 3 feet deep, so it's basically only for sun tanning. And it's only worth going M-F when the college crews are not around. 6. Unreasonable pet fees. I can understand charging a $550 pet deposit, as cats tend to exacerbate wear and tear on the rug. But the extra $50 per month "pet rent" is excessive. Over the course of my 3 year, 8 month stay here, this cost me an extra $2,200. They are basically taking advantage of cat lovers. 7. Units not updated. The utilities work fine and the maintenance people are awesome, but for the price, you'd expect not to be using the same stove and microwave from when the building opened in the early 90's. Final Verdict: I lived here for almost 4 years, so the building obviously has a lot going for it. I'm not just writing as a bitter ex-tenant. For the 3 years I had a 1-year lease, the rent was just above fair market value. But it became usurious as soon as I needed to go month-to-month. Don't be so naive as to expect some latitude for being a problem-free, loyal tenant. Archstone cares only about the bottom line. Make sure your specific unit offers sufficient privacy for the price. Also beware the pervasive "college" feel of the place.
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A Google User
reviewed a year ago
Immediately, I would advise anyone considering this building to LOOK ELSEWHERE. Having spent a year with Archstone, I can say that it is not worth the hassle, that the building is overpriced, that the quality of the rooms are sub-par, and that the management team purposefully trick you into paying completely unnecessary fees. Let me explain, as the leasing and management team is the most common complaint of this building. I lived there for 12 months, always being current with payments, never once late on a payment, never having any complaints raised against me, and keeping my room and hallway area clean and organized. I was a great tenant. 2 months prior to moveout, I went to speak with the leasing consultants as to when I needed to inform them I was moving out. They explicitly told me 30+ days, and no charges would be applied. Perfect I thought. So 42 days in advance, I gave my notice. The reason I asked is I was unsure of their policy. It was written in the lease, 20+ pages of text that as a reasonable human being I had no way of memorizing. They knew the lease backwards and forewords, so asking them should have given me the right information. Turns out, its a 60 day notice for moveout (which, if you look around, is one of the highest in the DC area). So, they essentially lied to me, and now forced me to pay 18 days of "pro-rated" rent. They admitted they told me the 30 days. They admitted that its 60 days for everyone. So why did they tell me the wrong information? To force me to pay fees. This is not an isolated incident. I chose this building as it seemed decent, but more importantly, I had a number of friends who lived there. They have had similar incidents brought upon them, and it is just completely foul of a company such as Archstone to use this practice to trick its tenants into paying large fees. Please, do NOT give Archstone your business! They are tricksters who do not practice fair housing standards. They continuously say they are unwilling to work with you on matters such as these, no matter who you are or how clean your record might be. I am in a much better building in the city where the management takes an active role in solving problems with its tenants!
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A Google User
reviewed 3 years ago
I had no problems with Archstone until they showed their true colors. With the current economy, we had inquired about average rent increases upon move-in. At that time we were told by a leasing agent 3-5% had been the average increase after the first year. Worst case scenario we had expected 8%. Imagine our surprise when they slid the letter under the door stating a whopping 15% increase in our rent after the first year. I went and talked to management. Rent increases normally don't soar much higher than current inflation rates. The average rent increase for Arlington in 2010 is 6.3% yet our increase is more than double. I also explained we had been great tenants and very understanding of multiple problems in the building (including a flood), yet this is how we are being repaid. We were even going to sign a new full-year lease. Management's response was that everyone up for renewal in September is looking at a 13+ % increase, and "their hands are tied." What a joke. I WILL NOT BE RECOMMENDING ARCHSTONE BALLSTON SQUARE, or any Archstone property for that matter, to anyone in the future. DO NOT RENT HERE UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO BE PRICE GAUGED!
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A Google User
reviewed 3 years ago