SCORPIONS, SCORPIONS, SCORPIONS! Since I've moved out of this place, I finally feel free to warn possible future residents of the danger of Talus Ranch. Here is my review. Cons: I lived there for two years and found a total of 15 Scorpions IN my apartment, 3 dead, and 12 live. Living there was a total nightmare of constantly checking my apartment for Scorpions. My daughter even got stung by one while sleeping in her bed (on her lower back) one night. Not good to say the least. I even lived on the second floor, and still had the Scorpion problem regardless of having the Pest Control come at least once every 3 weeks to spray my apartment. The Scorpion problem is chronic there. They must have been coming through the vents or attic access because along with having the Pest Control come often, I sprayed religiously myself with Scorpion spray especially around all the doors and windows- thinking that would keep them out. Well nothing worked except for moving to another local apartment complex. What an unneccesary pain and cost! So far no Scorpion problem here in the 9 months I've lived here. Not one bug or insect of any kind so far. Sure, North Phoenix is a rural area, and having Scorpions is part of living here (outside), but the problem is IN their buildings. I wasn't alone with the problem, I spoke to many other residents who had the same problem. Oh, and I'm a clean freak, so there was no other reason other than building infestation for them to be coming into my apartment to look for their natural prey (cockroaches, crickets, etc.). Also, don't go to the pool areas (there are two) at night because they are ALL over, along with their prey like cockroaches and crickets. Management must be ignoring the base of the problem because I never saw once the Pest Control spraying around the pool areas - buildings, nor spraying the crawl space between each level of the apartments. Again, I was on the second floor. Pros: A little bit cheaper rent than other apartments in the area. The maintenance crew is great. The front office staff is ok, depends on who you spoke to- but you'll run into that anywhere, like where I live now.
Just had to vent (finally) and warn any possible future tenants what they might be getting into. If you're serious about living there- ask the staff about the Scorpion issue, but I highly doubt you will get a straight answer. I can assure you I am a real person who lived there for two years, and I am SURE Talus Ranch or MAAC Properties (the major corporation that now owns/runs Talus) will try to have this review removed, or discredited by saying I never lived there. Take it for what it's worth, just be forewarned- I sure wasn't. Enough said.