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Sycamore Bay Apartments

37171 Sycamore Street

Newark, CA 94560



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Resident 2000 Recommended
Reviewed 12/03/2000
The Sycamore Bay apartment community is located at the border of residential and commercial Newark. Access to the rest of the bay area is phenomenal, with near direct access to the Dumbarton bridge, 880, and 680. <br> <br>POSITIVES : <br> <br>Sycamore Bay is a secure/gated apartment community, with a wonderful community room (reservable/rentable), large pool, barbecue area, jacuzzi, and inter-building gardens. <br> <br>The apartments themselves are well made, with good kitchens, A/C, and good lighting. Plus for the kitches is a gas range, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with icemaker. A large capacity washer and separate dryer finish off the apartment ensemble. <br> <br>We are living in the largest apartment floor plan, on the third floor, featuring a gas fireplace, two bed/two bath, and spacious combined living and dining room, with side den. We use the side den as a combination computer room / guest room. (Yes, high speed internet is available from the complex, starting at $50/month .. although the service is not linux-friendly.) <br> <br>The apartments are wall2wall carpeting, medium plush, beige. I reccomend keeping a good large vaccuum cleaner on standby. <br> <br>Pets? Yes, with a $500 deposit. No dogs, up to two cats are allowed. <br> <br>MINUSES : <br> <br>Each apartment comes with one garage, regardless of size. There is limited non-garage parking available, so two-car families will have to play the car fandango. If you have many visitors, parking will be severely limited. <br> <br>Because of the limited parking, the security company are VERY strict. Even stopping your car to unload for an extended time may result in towing. No, no kidding. And at $170 a tow, it could get annoying and expensive. <br> <br>Also, the apartment complex is located in the industrial area of Newark. There is a train that passes on one side of the complex, which causes the entire complex to shake slightly about twice a day. The movement is mild, but is about the same as a richter 2 earthquake. <br> <br>Rent is rather expensive .. our apartment costs $2400, and with the crazy prices for homes in the bay area, rent has been increasing by -15 with each notice. So it is expected that our increase could be easily $200 nine months from now. <br> <br>DSL is available, and the CO is less that 2,400 feet away. However, due to the internet service available from Darwin Networks, some shennanigans have been played with the telephone board. With even the best equipment, and well punched down phone lines ... 26Kbit is the BEST you can squeeze out of a modem. <br> <br>DSL can be installed, however the same sorts of restrictions apply .. most services will guarantee only about 144kbit. The CO is line-of-sight 2400 feet .. so this is rather suspicious. Haven´t gotten down to the bottom of it yet. <br> <br>Cable company is Castle Cable. No digital cable services available... less than 40 channels. STRONGLY reccomend dish tv.
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