Crystal Springs Terrace Apts
Resident • 2005 - 2006 Not Recommended
Well, it seems my first review of charming Crystal Springs was removed, due to naming some of the staff in the management office. Okay, whatever. I would imagine that person (same name as a certain famous Trojan prince) just couldn't take some well-deserved criticism. Boo-hoo!<br><br>Much as it pains me to re-visit, even in print, my time at Crystal Springs, let me post this review in the hope that I can warn others away from this cesspit before they move in. This was without a doubt the worst place I have ever lived in my life. You know all those stories you hear about slum-lords? They're all true! And they all take their inspiration from the management of Crystal Springs. Management's attitude is completely unhelpful, confrontational, condescending, and just plain antagonizing. I simply cannot understand why certain people who work in that office are still employed by the owners of the complex.<br><br>The apartments themselves are shoddily constructed; several of the stairs leading up to second-floor units are infested with termites and water-damaged. The walls are paper-thin. If you want to hear every snore, fart, belch, and act of love-making from your neighbors, this is the place for you! There is absolutely no insulation; you will roast in the summer and freeze in the winter (unless you turn on the highly ineffecient wall-heaters, which will jack up your electricity bill like you would not believe).<br><br>The parking situation is atrocious. You are assigned one space (no matter if you live in a studio or a two-bedroom), and you are a rare and fortunate tenant if that space is anywhere close to your apartment. There are very, very few guest spots, and outsiders continually park in resident's spaces.<br><br>There are far too few laundry rooms, and the few that do exist only have two washers and two dryers. You might as well resign yourself to doing your laundry at a laundromat.<br><br>If you are offered a unit near the 280 freeway, you will be constantly bombarded by noise; the hillside on the other side of the freeway acts as a funnel which echoes back the traffic noise, making the simple act of having a non-shouting conversation while your window is open impossible.<br><br>The whole complex is situated much too far away from shopping areas and schools; there is not even a local bus stop. If you are forced to park on the overpass overlooking the freeway (which you'll have to, unless you want to pay an extra $50 a month for an additional parking space), prepare to replace one or more tires on your car every month, since people regularly drink and party on the overpass and throw their broken bottles in the street.<br><br>Speaking of hoodlums, there have been several instances of home invasion at this complex over the last few months. One tenant was using his apartment as a brothel. There have been two drug busts that I know of made by police. Need I continue?<br><br>There are large colonies of bats infesting this apartment complex - watch your head if you leave your apartment after dusk. There is also some variety of large rat or mouse running rampant through the ivy that surrounds the backsides of some of the buildings. I wish I was joking.<br><br>Let me close this review by repeating - unless your only other option for housing is living in your car, pass on Crystal Springs Terrace. I just can't stress it enough; you will hate it. Your friends will hate it. I'd rather live in a cardboard box than this place. There are plenty of other (and much nicer) apartments in the mid-Peninsula area. If this review helps even one person decide not to move into Crystal Springs, I'll be happy.
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