Sierra Vista Apartments
Resident • 2000 - 2002 Not Recommended
My first apartment on my own and so, in that sense, it´s okay. Enough space for a single person out on own for first time. <br> <br>Everyone is assigned one carport at no extra cost but it is not necessarily close to your apartment. I cannot see my car from my place, a bad thing as within a week of getting my car (having already lived there two months) someone ripped off the ornaments (front and back Honda insignias, other lettering). "Courtesy Patrol" wrote up the incident and promised they would watch the area more but did little else. I´ve not personally had anything further happen since... but about two weeks ago (this being over a year since my incident), at least THREE people all had the Honda ornaments stolen from their vehicles. Luckily I was not home at the time. The late afternoon/early evening time (people just getting off work and "courtesy patrol" not yet on duty) is when troublemakers like to do such things, I guess. <br> <br>But otherwise I have never felt as though it is an unsafe neighborhood. Mostly younger (late teens thru 30s, I´d say) live there. Lots of kids but largest apartment size is only 2 bedroom so families can´t get TOO big there... there are just, well, lots of small families. In nice weather sometimes it may seem like too many children are playing out in the driveways/parking area so you´ve got to watch for them when driving through. There is a playground and a tot lot for the kids as well as a basketball half court/tennis court/volleyball area. <br> <br>Not a very noisy community at all, which is nice. I might be fortunate though just because I have a single bedroom apartment on the end which, the way the buildings are designed, means I am on the ground floor, no one is above me, and I only share one wall (kitchen & living room) with my neighbors. So I rarely hear noise from next door. Only real noise is the very-occasional (once a month?) loud driver with radio blaring through or something. <br> <br>All mail is delivered to one central location. Only good thing about that and the location of my carport was that after parking my car, the mail boxes were on my way to my door. And speaking of my door... all apartments have private entrances. If you´ve got an upstairs apartment you have a spacious balcony and if you´re on the ground floor you have a spacious patio but it´s not fully enclosed -- it has an open entrance on one end -- which means anyone could walk onto your patio. Which means I don´t keep a chair out there or anything. <br> <br>Two laundry rooms in the complex. The one closest to me is reasonable but can get busy. Oddly enough there are 5 washers but only 4 dryers, and of course the washers are faster than the dryers, which means that sometimes your wet clothes just have to sit a bit while you wait for a dryer. Cost is reasonable though -- 75 cents to wash, 75 cents to dry. This is less than I´ve seen elsewhere. <br> <br>Appliances are all kinda old and basic but at least they do function. No refrigerator or microwave with the place so bring your own, but there is a dishwasher. Have occasionally had problems with the shower (temperature control) and the toilet (backups thanks to others in building) but nothing catastrophic. <br> <br>Basically the place has been "good enough" but it´s not a dream home. One good thing -- you go month to month rather than sign a lease -- so you can leave anytime. So if that´s a convenience you need, cool. Otherwise I wouldn´t really recommend the place too highly -- with more research you can find another place to live that´s better for the money.
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