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Beech Lake

4800 University Drive, Durham, NC 27707
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City Average
09/26/14
Resident

I moved here from New York 1 1/2 months ago . I'm glad I found this place . Beech lake is peaceful and clean. I enjoy taking my dogs around the lake, my apartment over looks it and the view is… Full Review ▶

01/31/14
Resident

Beech Lake is perfect for me. There's MORE than enough parking. The office staff is friendly, always available to answer my questions, and are quick to reply to emails and work orders. They're doing it right at Beech Lake. When I… Full Review ▶

12/04/13
Resident

First things first. I am not sure if the people leaving these terrible reviews are crazy, or confused about what establishment they are reviewing. Or perhaps they all moved here from gated communities where there are servants kissing their behinds at… Full Review ▶

12/02/13
Resident

My heat has been out since Friday night (the coldest day of the season thus far). After calling the office and the Emergency Maintenance line over 10 times, the Maintenance Technician finally showed up at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. After "working"… Full Review ▶

11/30/13
Resident

First off, I would NOT recommend living here unless of course you like being without water 2-5 times a month for half a day. Some months it was seriously once a week going without water. I know this may sound like… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
11/14/13
Resident

I have lived at Beech Lake for over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. So much so that I just renewed my lease. The location is wonderful! It's close to UNC, DUKE, NCCU, and plenty of shopping… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
11/12/13
Resident

Woo Hoo I just renewed. I would recommend living here and have in the past. A couple of my co-workers live here. Super close to Duke! Plenty of parking which is nice if you have more than one car. The gym… Full Review ▶

10/29/13
Resident

Beech Lake Apartments are located in a good area based on distance to Duke. However, I would never rent from them again. The staff is extremely unhelpful and hard to deal with. The maintenance is a joke and will take multiple… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
10/24/13
Resident

I am reading all of these other reviews and I feel like they are talking about a completely different complex! I have never had any issues with maintenance or the office staff and have found them to be friendly and very… Full Review ▶

10/23/13
Resident

I moved in last month and I love it here! It is SUPER quiet and just so peaceful. Beech Lake is awesome and the staff is wonderful as well. Full Review ▶

09/05/13
Resident

I'm a long term resident and have no plans on leaving. This is my home :) Full Review ▶

09/03/13
Resident

I feel sorry for the current staff. They can't control everything and it seems a few people are venting frustrations on here because they dont get what they want. Yes, it is an older property. I did my research before renewing… Full Review ▶

08/20/13
Resident

I regret moving here. I like my leasing agent, but I have had many maintenance issues. My air conditioner was out for a week. Frequently, the air conditioner cannot keep up. I have had at least two or three weeks where… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
08/08/13
Resident

I can't say for the entire staff individually (there has been quite a bit of turn over recently), but the management is astonishingly rude and disrespectful. The flippant manager is quick to remind you that your apartment is one of 345… Full Review ▶

08/05/13
Resident

I moved in a couple of months ago. The grounds and lake are awesome! It is very quiet at night which I appreciate. So far the staff have been very nice and maintenance dosent take too long. I heard from my… Full Review ▶

08/05/13
Resident

I really like this apartment (one bedroom). I just moved in last year, and unfortunately will likely have to move when my lease expires because of my career. Things I especially like are the layout of the apartment. It really works… Full Review ▶

07/18/13
Resident

i love my apartment. i have wanted to get into it for awhile. i love the staff they are very attentive to our needs and i really havent had any trouble whats so ever about getting things looked at. the grounds… Full Review ▶

07/01/13
Resident

BEECHLAKE IS THE WORST APARTMENTS EVER! I PAY $800 MONTHLY AND EVERYTIME IT RAINS MY BATHROOM AND WALK-IN CLOSET FLOODS!! I HAVE BEEN GOING BACK AND FORTH WITH THE STAFF ABOUT IT FOR ALMOST A YEAR!!!!I AM BEGINNING TO SEE MOLD… Full Review ▶

07/01/13
Resident

RUN! I wish I was smart enough to visit this site before I moved in. Do not come here, I have only been in this community for a few months and have had several maintenance issues. The last isssue is a… Full Review ▶

06/30/13
Resident

Heed the warnings and please don't be fooled. DONT MOVE HERE!!! All previous reviews are correct. Full Review ▶

06/24/13
Resident

Do not live here. The management people with Westdale Apartment Management are TERRIBLE. I cannot say it enough. TERRIBLE. Customer service is not a priority for them at all. They are accusatory and condescending and just overall rude. The buildings themselves… Full Review ▶

06/04/13
Resident

Im here for 13-months. When I first moved in, the heat was not working properly. They sent a guy out who confirmed that the heat was not working properly. Days passed and they did nothing, so I called the front office… Full Review ▶

05/06/13
Resident

Lived there for 6 years and at the beginning the management was nice, but since new management, everything went down hill. They are very un co operative and refused to give me a full refund of my deposit claiming carpet stains.… Full Review ▶

04/26/13
Prospective Resident

was going to move in but I got screwed over, talked to almost everyone in that office that I was moving in on a certain date. When I show up to get my keys their clueless and say they weren't expecting… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
03/12/13
Resident

Beech Lake when I first moved here was a ok place to live. They are old apartments and a lot of the leasing companies who have taken it over have done NO repairs to the place. Since I have moved here… Full Review ▶

03/12/13
Resident

I've lived here for almost a year now, and I REGRET IT ENTIRELY. The amount of money I spend on rent, you would think I could at least have some running water! Every month there is some sort of "issue" that… Full Review ▶

03/12/13
Resident

Would not recommend someone waste there time and there money here paying for one of these apartments. I live on the 1st floor and have dealt with the person above me music since August. I have complained to the staff however… Full Review ▶

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01/14/13
Resident

Paper-thin walls and floors with poor insulation. Very easy to hear noises in other apartments. Management has an attitude that they are above everyone else. Does not respect tenants. Full Review ▶

11/16/12
Resident

This is not a good place to live. I would not recommend it to anyone. There are plumbing issues, the staff is rude and for the most part incompetant. By far the worst apartment I have ever rented. Full Review ▶

07/05/12
Resident

I am completely disgusted with this apartment complex. I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy. I have been without central air conditioning for six days and the weather is in the triple digits. I have a small child and a… Full Review ▶

06/12/12
Resident

For the rent, I guess I got what I paid for. ***1*** Since I have moved in 2 yrs ago, they (Asst. Mgrs) have tried to charge me for changing apartments ($150), recharge me for Duke Energy utilities ($290), misquoted the… Full Review ▶

05/16/12
Prospective Resident

The property is under new management, and I can see great improvements! The staff is always friendly and does their best to accommodate everyone's need. It is a beautiful property surrounded by trees and it is a gated community. They now… Full Review ▶

05/15/12
Resident

I have lived in this complex with my husband and 2 yr old son since March 2011, so a little over a year. We had to move somewhere quickly b/c the house we were in before was in a horrible ghetto… Full Review ▶

05/10/12
Resident

On May 10, 2012, the water supply was cut off for (as of now) more than 3 hours. Yes, that means no plumbing. The worst water experience I have ever had in another apartment complex prior to this, was a lack… Full Review ▶

04/23/12
Resident

The management at this apartment complex is very rude and disrespectful. I was charged $100.00 for mold in my bathroom when I moved out. I had reported this issue twice and maintenance tried to take care of the problem. When I… Full Review ▶

03/06/12
Resident

Beech Lake has recently changed Management.....again. Westdale is now the Managment Company and I hope they fix a few things. We shall see..... Full Review ▶

10/13/11
Prospective Resident

I toured this property this week. Landscape looked really nice and the apartment that was shown to me was a 2 bedroom/2 bath. The grounds were well kept and I was amazed at how friendly the staff was. They were very… Full Review ▶

10/04/11
Resident

Do not live in this apartment complex. You will be sitting like me a hard working parent with out water all day. Home from work cooking and cleaning and now no water to wash clothes or take a shower. When you… Full Review ▶

08/10/11
Resident

Pros: updating the landscape, looks nice recycling on-site valet trash service 5 nights a week plenty of parking can't really hear my neighbors in the apartments next to me low electric bills (in the $40's during summer and winter peak temperatures,… Full Review ▶

03/18/11
Resident

This apartment complex is one of the worst to reside in in Durham. To start off, the management is unorganized and inconsistent,and sarcastic. They never have their facts together. I have experienced bad customer service ever since I moved out here,… Full Review ▶

02/11/11
Resident

I rented this apartment since November 2006 till the end of 2010. I was satisfied with the conditions and services of Beech Lake apartments for the first two years. But in 2009 the staff was completely changed and problems started. The… Full Review ▶

01/03/11
Resident

My son and I lived there for nearly 2 years. The first year was good, but the second year, the place went to h*** -- rude neighbors, all kinds of illicit activities in the parking lots, including gunshots, drug deals, and… Full Review ▶

10/05/10
Resident

I lived here for two years. The second year was only because we were too lazy to move again so soon. That we regret. My apartment (6G, 2bdrm) and beech lake experience sucked because: -When toured the apt. there we some… Full Review ▶

09/21/10
Resident

I learned about Beech Lake a couple years ago from a friend who lived there. She had a great experience, so I decided to sign a lease. It was great in the beginning. Nice place, good price, etc... My car was… Full Review ▶

05/17/10
Resident

I moved to Beech Lake in January and have loved it ever since. Maintenance issues are going to occur and they have been fixed promptly. Office staff is great and the new management company is great. They have replaced roofs, re-installed… Full Review ▶

10/29/09
Resident

Most people don't take the time to write good reviews. I've written good and bad reviews on here. My stay at Beech Lake has been pleasant so far. Things do break, but they are fixed. Management is professional and prompt. I… Full Review ▶

09/10/09
Resident

I currently live at Beech Lake apartments and it is by far the worst apartment complex I have ever lived in. Mangement is horriablethey dont understad what you want done. The maintance when you summit a work order it takes then… Full Review ▶

08/10/09
Resident

Do not waste your time there are much nicer and more affordable places to choose other than Beech Break. Beech Lake is supposed to be a gated community but the gates have long been removed and many neighbors including myself have… Full Review ▶

02/09/09
Resident

The only positive that I have for this place is the pond and my dishwasher. We moved in August 08 and have wished that we had never signed. On our "walk through" we found that our stove only had two working… Full Review ▶

12/30/08
Resident

well, i've lived in a bad apartment community before, hell, i lived at colonial, but i have to say that other that the lake and the ducks, that this place rather sucks. i think that the worse part is the management… Full Review ▶

10/19/08
Resident

They overcharge and manage everyhting irresponsibly. The bath room was molded when I moved in. The light in the breezeway was gone for 3 months. I complained several times and nothing happened. I had to carry a flashlight with me to… Full Review ▶

09/12/08
Resident

I lived in the community for almost 4 years. I had always had positive interactions with the management staff until the management company changed. There seems to be a general lack of caring now. I moved out in mid February and… Full Review ▶

09/10/08
Resident

A few good things before we get into the awful part of this complex: Usable floorplans.Good parking.Water and Sewage included. Affordable rent, but be aware that your rent price is given as a "concession" so that if you are ever late… Full Review ▶

09/07/08
Resident

We've been living here for 7 months now, and cannot wait to get out. The whole "gated community" sales pitch is a joke. If the gates aren't broken, they stay open long enough for at least 5 cars to pull in… Full Review ▶

07/02/08
Prospective Resident

Upon touring these grounds three times as a future resident, I heard maintenance talking about water leakages, bug issues, and the gate was broken. At first, the managment had promised us a deal of $577 if we acted in the next… Full Review ▶

06/30/08
Resident

Beech Lake is very peaceful. There are mature trees, and great views of the pond if you have a building surrounding it. The gazebo, fountain, and resident ducks only add to it! I have had no problems with noise or neighbors.… Full Review ▶

03/10/08
Resident

My husband and I have completely enjoyed living here at Beech Lake apartments! Every view out the window is lovely. I can even see the lake from my bed. There are nice floors and in the 8 months we've lived here,… Full Review ▶

02/24/08
Resident

i have been here for 6 months--- my laundry room flooded and it took three weeks to fix the moldy room that had made the rest of the apartment smell in the meantime. i have complained about my neighbors many times… Full Review ▶

01/19/08
Resident

Cons: -Bugs, mainly roaches -AC broke multiple times -Windows are the cheapest draftiest windows money can buy -stained bathroom floors, wallpaper missing, paint chips missing from walls, very cheap materials & careless construction. -the hallways/stairwells were cleaned once in the last… Full Review ▶

12/31/07
Resident

Let me first say that my experience at Beech Lake has not been entirely negative. However, when I was first moving in, I sent my sister to get the key. Now, I had called the leasing office a few days before,… Full Review ▶

12/02/07
Resident

I moved into Beech Lake last year. I have had so many problems since moving here that I'm leaving at the end of my lease. First of all, let me say, when i first moved in, things were great. I love… Full Review ▶

07/28/07
Resident

Don't get tricked into living here. The management team may appear to be freindly but they really are a bunch of lying bastards trying to rip you off any way they can. I regret very much having lived here. Worst apartment… Full Review ▶

05/22/07
Resident

Hmm where do I start-we placed in a work order to have the ceiling fan fixed and it's been 1.5 years and it still does not work.....very very old appliances, and incompetence does not EVEN describe the office staff. All of… Full Review ▶

10/01/06
Resident

This was by far my worst living experience ever! I was a graduate student, so the cheap rent was nice. However, the unit was in HORRIBLE shape. My roommate and I made a list of problems with it when we first… Full Review ▶

05/10/06
Resident

I knew some people who lived in Beech Lake before moving here myself. A few of them have great apartments where nothing ever breaks and the cheap rent makes the place a bargain.

I have an utterly rundown unit. Every appliance with… Full Review ▶

05/03/06
Resident

I've lived here at Beech Lake for two years...my lease expires in June and my roommate and I will both be leaving for greener pastures.

When we first moved in, it was great. Beautiful views, decent price, good location. The AC broke… Full Review ▶

04/19/06
Resident

My lease is up in may too bad its the end of May..but im outta here yes!!!!! First things first I love the scenary at beech lake, and the trail around the lake. But lets be honest that's where it ends.… Full Review ▶

04/18/06
Resident

When I first moved in the place was OK. Neighbors were fairly friendly and the buildings looked like they were ready for repairs as was the parking areas. The staff told me everything was in the works to be upgraded.

Now,… Full Review ▶

04/04/06
Resident

Beech Lake apts are spacious compared to others that I've seen for the price. My only complaints are the critters that come out and in during the hot summer months and the cigarette smoke that filters in my apartment. I have… Full Review ▶

03/25/06
Resident

beech lake is a great location, an awesome view and a nice apartment. It is expensive $749 for a 2 bedroom, considering BOTH of our sound systems got robbed in this "gated community" When we moved in they said they'd give… Full Review ▶

02/10/06
Resident

Run.

Apartments are falling apart. Sinks don't work. No insulation. Fixtures,stove,fridge are all broken. If you want your air filter changed you have to do it yourself. Better hope your neighbors don't smoke because your apt will smell like an ashtray. Moldy.… Full Review ▶

12/08/05
Resident

I had mold growing in my apartment, frigde and freezer. The complex promised to pay for my dry cleaning. They did not. I did a survey to see who lived on the "rrivacy levels" throughout the complex. We were all single… Full Review ▶

06/22/05
Resident

I've lived here for a year, and I'm moving out. On the good side, the lake is beautiful, and I loved watching the birds from my windows. Despite comments to the contrary, I've never had a problem with the staff.

On… Full Review ▶

05/02/05
Resident

When we first moved in they tried to get us to move into an apartment that had a lot of mold, but thankfully we asked to see it before we signed the lease. The second apartment had no mold and was… Full Review ▶

04/04/05
Resident

Beech Lake is in a pretty good location and the apartments there aren't so bad. My main complaint is the staff/maintenance there. Nothing seems to work right, and good luck trying to get it fixed. Oh, and one day we came… Full Review ▶

11/06/04
Resident

My Apartment was flooded at one point. The office staff changes constantly. During my stay there was a rape. NOT SAFE. To top it all off, two years after I moved out I was contacted by a collection agency due to… Full Review ▶

07/27/04
Resident

I just graduated form Duke and live at Beech Lake for 2 years. It is an average place to live nothing special. Full Review ▶

07/24/04
Resident

The recent ratings scoring Beech Lake as a wonderful, safe, and cooperative environment have been most likely submitted by the management to mislead prospective renters. The community is NOT safe, apartment and auto break-ins are frequent and the staff turnover has… Full Review ▶

07/15/04
Resident

Beech Lake is a good place if you want to live on an old property. I moved to a new place this year it is nicer but does not have the at home feel I got from beech lake. Full Review ▶

07/11/04
Resident

I have lived in 5 apartments over the years, this was a little above average. Nothing here was great its just a clean place to live. NO BUGS NO CRIME. Full Review ▶

06/24/04
Resident

The only issue I had with this place was the parking, the area near my building had limited spaces and I had to walk to my place sometimes. If I move back to Durham I will move back here. Full Review ▶

06/23/04
Resident

This is a relaxed invironment. The managemnt staff was great, the office is open 7 days a week. I had a couple of my friend move in and they are pleased with the location. Full Review ▶

06/17/04
Resident

I lived there till recently for a bit over 2 years. The maintenace crew was always nice, the management,..that is another thing. However, the worse problem seems to be for those of us that lived on the bottom floors. The mold… Full Review ▶

05/30/04
Resident

I have lived at Beech Lake for three years and enjoyed it very much. The area is beautifully wooded and very peaceful. The apartments spatious and well maintained.

I find the managment to be extremely helpful, especially the staff member… Full Review ▶

05/26/04
Resident

since November 2003 my car and apartment have been broken into, the staff members are rarely in the office and never answer the phone. The maintenance is no better, if something needs to be fixed it it takes at least 2… Full Review ▶

05/09/04
Resident

this is the worst apartment i have every had. the dishwasher is installed crooked and leaks. knobs on the stove break off in your hand. right now, as i'm typing this my ceiling in the bathroom is leaking water, and this… Full Review ▶

03/10/04
Resident

I just moved out after 9 months. I found living there quite pleasant and relaxing. I had a 1 bed den, which was a nice compromise between a 1 bed and 2 bed / 2 bath. There´s only a few 1… Full Review ▶

02/28/04
Resident

This is too funny. We´re back in NC after being away for almost two decades and are looking for temporary housing. Beech Lake was a nightmare - I can still angrily recall our dismal experience there after 18 years.

I… Full Review ▶

02/11/04
Resident

First, the pros. There are many: great layouts, abundant parking, beautiful grounds, a lake with a pavillion you can use for get-togethers. I got a one-bed, one-den since it was me and my husband, not a roomate so we weren´t going… Full Review ▶

01/29/04
Resident

While looking at Beech Lake at first glance appears nice and safe, after living there you learn otherwise. There has been thefts of peoples vehicles and nothing but bugs that clog the stairwell.
I recall one morning of waking up and… Full Review ▶

11/04/03
Resident


I live in a Beech Lake 1BR and really like it.
It´s quiet and close to Duke. The grounds are well cared for and I have had zero bug problems (maintenance sprays periodically). I´ve found the office staff to be courteous… Full Review ▶

10/16/03
Resident

I moved here six months ago from the West Coast and I really appreciate how quite and spacious the apartments are and the adequate parking spaces. Not to be negative, but these are Beech Lake´s only positive attributes. I found more… Full Review ▶

09/29/03
Resident

I live in the "Bastard Child Section" No security,No gates like the rest of the community, Snakes, spiders, roaches, lizards, and any other bug / animal you can think of, paint coming off the walls and doors, apartments getting broken into,… Full Review ▶

09/04/03
Resident

I have lived here for 2 years. My car has been broken into 3 times and the alarm (that I was forced to buy) set off weekly. Apartments around me have been broken into during the daylight hours and at night… Full Review ▶

09/02/03
Resident

Quality of service is appauling. Security is non-existent. Two of three entrances to the complex are gated and at the third entrance, there is NO gate. Perimeter fencing has been in place since November 2001 but the gates were operational January… Full Review ▶

07/30/03
Resident

As a resident of Beech Lake from 2001-2003, I can assure you that you should not live here. The apartments are old and falling apart and I guarantee you that staff will NOT respond promptly to service requests. Also, there are… Full Review ▶

07/14/03
Resident

The three positive comments in a row sound rehearsed and forced. Yes, some people might think Beech Lake is a utopia, but I haven?t met them. Without any disrespect to those raters, I think those comments are fake and might have… Full Review ▶

06/30/03
Resident

I lived at Beech Lake from July 2002 and just moved out in June 2003. My apartment had a great layout, and I found the maintenance staff to be top notch. When something broke, it was fixed within a day. The… Full Review ▶

06/28/03
Resident

Beech Lake Apartments is a wonderful place to live, with an office staff and maintence team that really cares about thier residents. When ever you enter the leasing office you are always greeted by smiling faces. The maintence staff has been… Full Review ▶

06/26/03
Resident

The staff a Beech lake is great. They are new and are really making a difference! My service request always get completed on time and the maintenance staff are very friendly. Full Review ▶

05/30/03
Resident

DO NOT live in Beech Lake! The problems with this place are unparalleled. Two major examples. An animal (presumably a squirrel) was able to get inside the walls of my apartment and we could hear it running around in the ceiling.… Full Review ▶

05/05/03
Resident

VERY overpriced for what is a mediocre apartment. Beech Lake is understaffed, and it typically requires multiple phone calls before you receive a response. I had multiple maintenance problems upon moving in, and these problems were not corrected for 3 months… Full Review ▶

12/20/02
Resident

The office is short-staffed and slow at responding to tenants´ needs. Maintenance was slow to respond and often fixed the wrong thing in my apartment. The appliances were old but run fine. The plumbing was good. I lived in a bottom-level… Full Review ▶

09/30/02
Resident

This may sound like summary execution. But the kind of problems that I have lived through this summer´s 105-110F humid weeks (three of them) and absolutely faulty management caused me to write up so badly for this complex. When I moved,… Full Review ▶

09/27/02
Resident

I was initially drawn to this apt. complex by the "wooded" feel of the place. Also, the apt. model I was shown seemed very nice. I should have been suspicious when they refused to let me see an actual vacant apt.… Full Review ▶

07/03/02
Resident

Security is a concern. Maintenance is usually very good, and quick, but the downside is that maintenance is needed too often, as the apartments are a little run down. New security gates have been promised since at least December 2000, but… Full Review ▶

08/23/01
Resident

As one of the older complexes in Durham, Beech Lake has more space between apartments, more trees, more green. Apartments are generally well built, quiet, well maintained. Sore spots: security in the complex (rashes of car theft, gunpoint robberies) that management… Full Review ▶

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