My honest review:
The Pros: Easy access to major highways, shopping for everything you need is across the street, nice neighbors, nice staff, relatively safe, competitive renting price, spacious apartments.
The Cons: Shared water bill with your building, no amenities, 1 laundry facility per building (just 1 washer and 1 dryer), tenants unconcerned about cleanliness, overflow of trash by the dumpster most of the time, potholes in front of my building for months which have yet to be fixed, filthy sidewalks in each building that never seem to be pressure cleaned.
When I first moved in, the apartment reeked of cigarette smoke. I brought it to the front office's attention, and they went ahead and "steamed cleaned" the carpets in the rooms, but to no avail, it still stunk. I had to hire Stanley Steamer to come in and clean it, and you wouldn't believe the mass amount of dirt that was in the water. I honestly don't even think it was initially cleaned at all. I even had the grout of the tile cleaned and it made a complete difference. The cabinets had/have these strange purple marks on them from God knows what. The leasing consultant I was dealing with said he'd have it taken care of, but nothing ever happened. The appliances are old, so expect a higher electric bill. I believe I was misinformed before moving in here. The leasing consultant was brand new at the time, and he gave me some false information. Nothing major, but I felt like I had to ask 100 questions to get a straight up answer. Overall, the staff means well. They are nice people. I just wish the property was cared for more. I also wish they did something about the people who leave trash by their door, because it's always the same people that do it and nothing ever happens. One of my favorite things about this place is the maintenance crew. They are a bunch of nice guys, and they have a great turnaround time. This is a great starter apartment, and also great if you can't afford the much higher rent around the Pines area. I will not be renewing my lease at the end of my contract due to the issues, but I also do not regret my decision of staying here for the past year.