« on: June 01, 2005, 11:05:41 AM »
did you check it out in person?
apartmentratings.com has some reviews....though not many people go to that site to post positive stuff....
Yeah....I checked it out in person when I visited in January. I wasn't hesitant in the least until I read that website. I read every review for almost all of the apartments in the area. Overall, the ratings were either very high, or very low. I figure it is like LSN, a few self-selecting raters. However, some of the reports were very specific as to certain problems, and those I paid attention to. The apartments that received really high ratings and had more than a few votes to stabilize the score were all EXTREMELY out of my price range. I did take the stories about extreme crime very seriously. Everyone's views on maintenance and hospitality of the front office differ, so I kind of wrote them off. Basically, it seemed if you wanted something under $1000 a month, they all had poor ratings. So, I just took the best after my vist.
BTW, I received some advice from a 1L there. She said some of the students who stayed at Lynn Lakes had a lot of problems with crime, etc. After reading their reviews, I completely understood their concerns.
My fiancee and I visted about 12 apartments in the area. This one seemed to fit our needs very well. There were others that were prolly better for the same price, but I needed a little more room. And there were some that were not very nice at all, fitting the descriptions on the rating site. It is close to school and to the highway so she can commute more easily. The staff I dealed with has been helpful so far (doesn't mean much after the lease is signed). It is a large apartment building, run by a corporation, so you have to deal with that nonsense. But unless, you are lucky, or do some good research for a smaller, individual apartment, it isn't too bad.