hinux2 • Resident • 2005 Recommended
I’ve been living at Mission Bay apartments for approximately 9 months. In this time, I have found a few things that I like about the apartment as well as a few things that I dislike. Overall, I would recommend it to someone under the right circumstances.<br><br> First of all, I will discuss the positives. The most blatant benefit of living in Mission Bay is the price. I am currently in a 2 Bed/2 Bath, 900 square ft. apartment that costs me $674 a month. When compared to similar apartments in the greater Melbourne area, it is about $100 cheaper. As far as maintenance issues, I have never had a problem with them. In fact, this past weekend Hurricane Wilma hit while I was visiting with family in the Orlando area. When I got back on Monday, I noticed that my kitchen appliances were flashing 12:00. Today (Tuesday) I came home from work to find out that the maintenance crew had came by and inspected my power to make sure everything was operating normally. I did not contact them; they came on their own. Another positive is my neighbors. I tend to keep to myself, but since moving in to Mission Bay, I have struck up several casual conversations in passing with my neighbors. Most of them a good people who are currently in that low-income segment, but are working towards higher standards. Which is the same as with me, so this gives us a common ground. Another benefit of living at Mission Bay is the community. The buildings look nice on the exterior, the ground crew is out every week, and there are several lakes/ponds to look at. In addition, the surrounding community is very new and has a really nice suburb feel. (Not to mention that the Washington Nationals have spring training here).<br><br> There are also several negatives about living in Mission Bay. The top complaint of mine would be the pests. When I first moved in, we had cockroaches throughout the apartment. A can of Raid and a month later, the roaches were gone and never to be seen from again. Lately, I have had issues with mud daubers (a type of wasp) and small lizards getting into my apartment. It is more of an inconvenience than anything (similar to getting a fly in your house). In both instances I contacted the office to get the pest control guy out. Both times he came out rather quickly (within a week). With the roaches, I had all ready dispatched them with the aforementioned Raid. With the mud daubers, he said that there is no way of preventing them from getting in, my best bet is to keep a can of Raid handy to take care of them individually. My second complaint is about the Mission Bay laundry facility. I decided against buying or renting a washer and dryer for my apartment, instead I was going to do laundry at Mission Bay’s onsite Laundromat. First off, there are only two washers and two dryers, which means that only one person does laundry at a time (using one of each for whites and colors). The second issue is when I was signing my lease, I asked them, “Do you provide change?” They told me yes, but I later found out that this meant I had to get change through the soda machine. Then, the soda machine broke down. So, I asked the office for change and the told me that they did not do that. The third problem with the laundry is that it is open maybe one Sunday out of three. This wouldn’t irk me too much, but the sign on the laundry room door says “Open Sunday from 9 AM to 9 PM.” I just don’t like people who say one thing and then do another. My last complaint is the odor of my apartment. Every time I enter my apartment, I am greeted with the smell of stale smoke. I grew up in a household where my dad smoked in the house, so I am used to it. But it embarrasses me when I invite someone over and their first impression is, “Smells like smoke in here.” I’ve tried using Fabreeze and air fresheners, but they don’t seem to do the trick. <br><br> Overall, I would recommend Mission Bay to the right candidate. The apartments here are really what you decide to make of them. If you come into renting them with a bad attitude, you are going to have a bad experience. For my personally, I tend to let things roll off me, so all those complaints listed turn more into little annoyances to me. So, if you tend to get very irate over little things, then maybe renting isn’t for you. Otherwise, I would give Mission Bay a shot.<br><br>*Just to comment on the other reviews, I agree that at times you can hear your neighbors, but that's the same as in any apartment/condo/dorm.
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