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Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009, 06:47 pm
bam602: Suburban apartments ?
Hey guys I am looking at apartments, and i am leaning toward the Suburban apartments at 1305 Annie Glidden. If anyone is familiar with these apartments I would appreciate your input.
Sat, Mar. 21st, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
Whatever you do, don't rent from Mason.
'Round here, that place is fondly known as "Subhuman Estates". But I have had friends who lived there and it didn't seem too roach-infested at least...
My personal bias is always to try and rent from mom & pops rather than mgmt companies.
Sat, Mar. 21st, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
No roaches, but the one my ex rented had millipedes. Lots and lots of very large, very creepy millipedes.
They will do an extensive credit check on both you AND your roommates, so be prepared for that. They'll also ask for references of your prior landlords.
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I didnt get the landlord reference but they did do a cred check and a bank check. I failed the credit check at that time but since my bank account was in good order they still let me sign
Also, repairs have always been prompt and speedy.
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
did you know Mason owns apartments up in Rockford too??? i almost looked at their property when I was looking at places up here, but when I looked into it and learned the property was owned by Mason I immediately ruled that place out!
I know too many people that have been screwed over by Mason!
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
The glidden location is suburban apartments, which i believe is also multiple units\no singles
Suburban estates has the singles(where i live)
Rent is cheap(480-495), gas stove, all you pay is electric, cable and rent
The only downside is parking. People tend to abandon cars all the time and if yer out after 11-12 on a week day, odds are you gotta park a decent distance from your unit.
Bugs-in the 2 years ive been here, ive only gotten flies cuz of a gap in my window ac unit i put in and i had maybe 1 spider. Ive actually been amazed at the lack of bugs
Is it luxurious? No, and its kinda 70s ish dated but for the price, and whats offered, its very good. They also have 2 outdoor pools
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
Each building in suburban apartments has studios, 2 bedrooms/1 bedrooms with study, and 3 bedrooms - the studios share a stairwell on the bottom garden-level floor with the 3 bedrooms... otherwise I don't know what else those smaller 1 roomed apartments next door to me would have been called =)
i forgot about the parking... parking was 50/50 - weekday nights it was not problem finding a spot (and i often didn't get home from work til 1am), but good luck on the weekends - working past 10pm some nights id come home and have to walk at least 3-4 buildings away, or sometimes even on the opposite side of the complex. and the abandoned cars were annoying - there weren't too many over in the apartments (i didn't pay much attention to the estates since I didn't live there) but there were a few, that just sat there... for months... and never moved. Eventually they towed a few of em though, opening up those parking spots.
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
should also mention, the main difference between living in the estates and living in the apartments is that in the estates, they cover your heat, while in the apartments it gets tacked onto your electric bill.
I didn't know this until 1 of our roommates moved out and got put into the estates and informed me of this (she moved into a studio in the apartments, but it got completely flooded the week before classes started one year, so they upgraded her to a 1 bedroom with study in the estates for the price of her studio - again, the staff/management is really good about taking care of ya when stuff happens).
so that's another to keep in mind, as in the winter, our bill would be a bit high during the really cold months.
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
bam602: heating bill
Thanks for the input :) if you don't mind, you said the heating bill was a bit high in the winter, how much was it?
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
lpchick1013: Re: heating bill
when 3 of us lived there (we had a 3bedroom, but the last year just 2 of us lived there) i recall the electric/heat got as high as around $150 total in the really cold months. But that was with 3 people living there so we had the heaters going 24/7 in all 3 rooms. When just the 2 of us were there, i don't think it ever went over $100.
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 07:35 am (UTC)
I lived there for 3 years and had a pretty good experience.
The apartments are pretty big for the price you're paying and you pay electric/heat and internet/cable in addition to your rent. They do seem like they were built in the 70s and 80s though, so the bathrooms and kitchen feel a little outdated, but it's a college apartment so it's not going to be luxurious! Each building has a laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers, both coin operated - but be warned, in winter, mgmt will lock the rooms up after certain hours when it's cold out - they started putting signs up after they did it without telling people enough complained.
The dumpster in our portion of the parking lot caught on fire our first summer there, and burned down the garage next to it and i had parked my car across from it and it completely melted my back bumper, but they were really good about taking care of it and I was able to get it fixed no problem. Not sure what happened to the people who paid extra for the garage and had their cars totaled though... but that was the only major thing that happened the whole 3 years I was there and apparently the fire started when some dumbass dumped their hot grill coals into the dumpster and it caught the trash on fire and spread to the garage...
If you prefer quiet at night, try to see if they can place you into the 'family' section of the property - which are the buildings closest to Glidden - the ones further back are where most the college kids are and Thursday-Saturday nights it can get a bit noisey, pending on your neighbors - I know my last 6 months there, after I graduated and was still working in town I had to yell at my neighbors upstairs several times, as I opened at 10am for work Friday and Saturdays and my neighbors friends they'd invite over would all congregate on the stairwell and sidewalk right next to my window at 4am and carry-on... but even that was only every so often.
But other than that, they're real good about coming to take care of things maintenance-wise in a timely manner, and even though they have a no pet policy, I think half the people in our building had a cat (we did all 3 years and only got fined the first few months we had her, but we think it was someone who was pissed at my other roommate that ratted us out). The only time I heard of them threatening to evict someone over having a pet was this guy I knew who had a dog... so doggies they're stricter about, but it seems like they don't care if you have cats - ours used to sit in the window and watch the guys mowing the grass every week!
They were really good apartments though - plenty of space for being one of the cheaper costing apartments in town. I know people who had rented with Mason, Laing and Pittsley and then moved into Suburban and said it was the best apartment experience they've had out of all the places they lived in DeKalb.
I definitely recommend em!
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
THANKS !! Great info.
Tue, Mar. 24th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
I've lived in both the college side as (LPChick's roommate) and the family side and I have to say, the family side was MUCH nicer. Compared to the other places I have lived in DeKalb, this is much better.
They do run a very thorough credit check and bank check, so be prepared for that. I wasn't asked for landlord references, but the manager sort of interrogated me about my credit when some things came back negative.
In the family section, it is fairly quiet, but on the college side (the back apartment buildings), it was pretty noise at all hours of the night. The family side includes heat and the stove and over are gas, whereas the college side is electric and you pay for heat. We had bugs in our ground floor apartment, but they sprayed the day after we complained. I haven't had a bug problem since I moved to the second floor.
As for pets, I had a cat and no one ever said anything until a pissed off roommate reported me. Even then, it was a $100 fine and they never followed up.
Overall, I would recommend it. For what you pay, it is a lot of space and pretty decent management.
Tue, Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
I've rented from two different Mason properties, and have had zero problems with either of them. All fixed any work orders within 1-2 days. Also, got 100% of my security deposit back!