The Arbors at Berkeley
Resident • 2000 - 2001 Not Recommended
This place is basics only. There were two office staff members - one ditzy, one mean. This makes for either inefficient or unpleasant dealings with them. Maintenance staff (one guy when I was there) was friendly, able, and prompt. Puddles are awful in the rain on the sidewalks. Movein was bad - everything has to go up or down stairs or a hill to get inside any of the units. It called Howell Mill RIDGE for a reason. Bugs were infrequent inside - impressive since its so close to the city. No extras at all - no gates, no security, etc. and don´t look for plush carpets or interior accents, anything like that. But it works for the college crowd and folks on a budget. <br> <br>In my two bedroom place, the smaller bedroom (8 x 10 feet) would only accomodate a single bed, and only in one place because of where the doors were. We built a loft. The kitchen/dining area is actually a large roo, m - or it would be big if it were just a kitchen, but there´s not really room to seat more than one or two people. Would be hard for a family. There are no drawers in the kitchen, and only one countertop spot (over the dishwasher) but I bought a utility cart with shelves and a cutting board top and that worked. Used a plastic rolling cart also. <br> <br>The apartments were remodeled about 10-12 years ago (built in the 50´s?) and ended up with a very strange layout. Noise between units is very loud - you can not only hear the neighbors´ stereo, you can hear the lyrics! <br> <br>We had our choice of several DSL providers to the area and had reliable service with only a few brief losses of service. Small bedroom had no phone jack. <br> <br>It did just fine for me as a poor college student. Most of the people who live there are students or recent grads. It´s hard to get an apartment in the summer months or between semesters at nearby Georgia Tech. <br> <br>With all its drawbacks, it makes living in the city possible for those on very small budgets. Loved the commute time: 15 minutes to Georgia Tech or Midtown IN traffic, 20 minutes to downtown, Georgia State, or Atlanta University Center schools. Less time at night. A short walk over the hill to a shopping center with grocery store, gym, and cheap Mexican restaurant. It´s in the middle of an old neighborhood with lots of trees, on a street that runs into a major artery, US 41. <br> <br>I never knew of any crime other than homeless people breaking into cars on occasion, but it´s the big city and that happens.
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