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Villas By The Lake

300 Lakeside Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(40 Reviews)
$1,453 - $1,844/mo

Villas By The Lake Reviews


2.9 rating

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40 total reviews




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Resident 2015 - 2018


They attract because of the school district but the apartments are old. Roofs come down and I heard squirrels come in some how and end up inside your apartment. The washer and dryers stop working. They don't empty the quarters often and ask you to shake the washer and dryer. They are nice at first but rude when you call about something you need. Try Cherry Valley apartments. Trust me. Better experience.

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    Resident 2007 - 2012


    I have lived here for the past 5 years and I think its nice. I have a spacious apartment and the rent is afforadable. They even offered me promotions to save on rent for renewing the lease. If there are any problems, they are fixed and repaird same week. I do need clean carpet and maybe a touch of paint, but its just from normal wear and tear. I always see them cleaning and painting the apartments before they move a new tenant in. there are two parks in the area, great schools, and all the main road.

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      Resident 2011 - 2012


      I moved into this place right after college because my job is closer to Wisconsin. I thought it was a good deal, being free heat and water, and the rent was pretty cheap. However, I didn't realize how horrible this place actually is. It smells like Indian food at all hours of the day. I can even smell it in my apartment with candles lit. There is a child who screams "GABE!" for about 3 hours every day outside of my window. Lots of children run around in the court yard screaming and their parents can't be found anywhere. Sometimes they will do this until 11pm at night...on a week day. There are bugs everywhere in the apartment and everything in it falls apart. My closet door literally just fell on top of me...without me pulling on it or anything. I simply opened the door and it fell off the hinges and on top of me. Everyone in this building is loud...screaming at all hours of the night. Don't live here.

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        Resident 2009 - 2012


        Very Happy!

        We have lived here for several years. Our apartment is clean and the neighborhood is nice. We came here for the school district and are not disappointed with our decision. We read some of the previous reviews and luckily ignorred them. We have never had any issues. If something breaks or we have a problem, the management office has always responded or resolved it in an acceptable manner. Once our heat went out in the middle of winter late at night. We called the office and someone was out in minutes! Our family is very happy here and we plan to stay at least until the kids are done with school. My advice to any one looking is to check it out for yourself!

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          Resident 2010 - 2012


          Noisy, noisy, noisy

          We've lived here for about 2 years now, and I can't wait to leave. The apartments themselves are nice, but the people that live here are extremely rude. All hours of the day people are parading in and out of the hallway, slamming doors, screaming, and the smell of food is always permeating the hallways. The courtyard is extremely noisy as well. During the summer, the kids are playing outside my window from 7 AM - 11 PM like clockwork. They rip up the flowers, look in the windows, and their parents are never anywhere to be found. The maintenance crew always seem to be doing lawn work. The maintenance crew also comes in and out of the apartment as they please, and have let themselves in several inappropriate situations. They began showing our apartment to people without letting us know, without knocking, without warning, and while I was asleep. There is rarely a place to park close to the apartment due to the many out of state cars constantly parked in the front row. Despite the no dog policy, there are several tenants that still have them. Also, if you want to do laundry, you'll have to go to… See More>
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            Resident 2009 - 2012


            Helpful Realty Group

            When I was first looking for an apartment it was in a time crunch, and the people at Pace Realty helped me out big time! I've been renting there for 3 full years now, going on 4. I love the building that I live in, and the grounds crew, realty staff, and owner of the building are so wonderful and helpful. A few months ago I had an issue with whether I was staying in the area or moving, and the realty group was so flexible and helpful that it made me want to stay even more! They helped me work out a deal and I'm so glad I did! This group is awesome to rent from, and I love living in this area!

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              Resident 2002 - 2003



              This apartment complex is set up different from a lot of other apartment communities. Every building is owned by a different person, and therefore can be managed differently. I lived in this complex from 2002-2003 in a building that owned and managed by the owner of the building. The only time the on site management company's maintenance staff came into my apartment was to check for frozen pipes. My neighbor and her daughter got locked out one night and she was mad the managment company wouldn't let her in, but they couldn't, only the building owner could since that is who our lease was with. Therefore, depending on what building you live in, you can have a completely different experience with how your building is ran. The apartments I saw through the on site management company were a little more expensive, but seemed to have much more updates in them. We chose a cheaper unit individually managed with less updates...dark old cabinets, no dishwasher, etc. Overall, its an a quiet area and you can't beat the location right off of 83.

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                Resident 2009 - 2011


                Find a better place...

                The only good thing about these apartments is the layout and the fact you don't have to pay for gas/heat. The apartments are noisy and smell like food (mostly like onions) all the time. The cabinets and appliances are old. Spiders and ants crawl in; at one point, there were cockroaches in the kitchen and believe me I am very clean person and always kept the apartment clean. The maintenance service was OK, we never needed to get anything major fixed but I asked to get the buzzer fixed couple times but it never got fixed. During winter the parking lots, stairs, and entrances (unless there is like a missive snow storm) never get cleaned right away, sometimes not at all. During summer there are always kids running and biking on the parking lots and would seem them too close to the cars, sometimes crawling on top of them. Although it seems like a nice neighborhood, one night my car badges were stolen; the parking lot is not very lit. Also there are many skunks at night; I didn't mind them but had to watch out for them or deal with the smell when they sprayed. Management is horrible. The landlord… See More>
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                  Resident 2011



                  I unfortunately have been living here for almost 6 years with my parents and brothers. I will be moving out as soon as I can when I have money to get my own place, my parents are very reluctant to change and that is the only reason we haven't moved. I think the only positive about this place is the schools and it is a very safe neighborhood. If there's something wrong with your apartment there will most likely be a 2 month wait. We always have to tell them a million times to come fix things and when they fix one thing it takes forever for them to come back and fix something else. Our carpet is dirty and they came to wash it but it looked exactly the same, we regretted bothering even to move everything out of the way. They haven't even put new carpet and we've been living here for a long time. The cabinets and kitchen look really old but the bathrooms aren't so bad. The size of the rooms are very small as well. Our buzzer hasn't worked and it is a pain to walk out to open the door every time someone rings.… See More>
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                    Resident 2008 - 2011


                    Love it here!

                    Our family has been here for a few years now and we couldn't be happier with our apartment. You can't beat the nice quiet community and the schools are great! All the staff are always very friendly and helpful. The snow removal is far better than the townhouse we last rented! Very close to shopping and the train station, which I take every day. Love the location, love the area, very happy here!

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                      Resident 2010 - 2011


                      On the hole I was happy with my Stay....

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                        Resident 2010


                        Beware Don't Rent

                        I have been staying in this place since 1 year and recently moved to a 2 bedroom apartment.They were acting so good during signing the new lease....Now for the first month rent they came up with an issue and now I realize there true reality. The lady God knows what her name is so Rude and is certainly not a Professional.She thinks If she is rude she can get away ...she was Confrontational and bullying. I was lied to treated at poorly and I would not send my worst enemy there.The apartments are not that great ether. Now I regret writing a lease with them and will be moving out as soon as it expires

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                          prospectiveVisited 2010 - 2011


                          great apartments

                          It's a very nice place to move -in i love it.

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                            Resident 2010 - 2011


                            It was okay, I guess..

                            I've lived here for a year and my lease is up in a couple weeks. I'll be moving out. As far as the neighborhood goes, it was mostly ------- families, everyone was pretty friendly, and kids are always out playing, so I definitely felt safe. No one ever stole anything and my car was never touched. Liking your neighbors is definitely important in these buildings because you can hear everything they do -- and I'm sure they could hear me too. When I chose this place, I knew it was old and a little bit run down, but it also felt safe. In this price bracket (around $800 for a 1 bedroom) it is basically the cheapest place in a 50 mile radius where you can pay your rent and also feel like you were not going to get shot. As for the apartment itself... the fridge didn't work when I moved in and it took WEEKS to replace it so I couldn't keep food in the house. The toilet was broken too. The bathroom fan doesn't work. The a/c does nothing but run up my electric bill, my apartment was still super hot… See More>
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                              Resident 2007 - 2011


                              Happy tenant!

                              No complaints here! Quiet neighborhood, love utilities are included! Office staff always nice and helpful and maintenance staff are always out running around. Close to my work and shopping. Nothing but satisfied with my rental experience here

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                                Resident 2011 - 2014


                                when we were first looking for an apartment we though we were making the right choice people in the office "seemed" nice when we were leasing but things really change after you move in. when fixtures are needed things have to be seriously damaged for them to listen to you. I remember that last year we started seeing roaches that were coming from our neighbor. They sent an exterminator that refused to exterminate the places that didn't seemed to have sign of roaches Like seriously??? .... now the biggest problem is the snow that rarely gets plowed and when it does its only driving side and not the actual parking spots... they never seemed to put salt in order for the snow to melt.... Don't be foolish by the plowers that are by the office because they are just there as display the never use them... the other day it was so slippery that I almost felt .. I couldn't see the ice because it was covered with a layer of snow. One of my neighbors that lives in the top floor they have a huge hole in the ceiling.. they call the office and they sent someone not… See More>
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                                  Resident 2010 - 2011


                                  Terrible place -- do not think of staying

                                  This is a terrible place to stay. I only counted days to complete my lease term when living in this apartment. This apartment is an example of why zero or negative rating should be enabled when writing a review. The place is dirty (outside and inside), extremely noisy (you feel every footstep upstairs), you need room-heater throughout winter (they lie that heating is free) otherwise you will freeze. I requested the apartment management to replace the window blind (broken), replace one broken and one missing bathroom towel rod right after moving in but they ignored. They did not even fix the second-key for the apartment unit entrance (which never worked throughout my stay there and request for fix was ignored). The laundry drier does not work (or seldom worked) -- Spent $1.50 (washer) $1.50 (drier -- if it works but anyway you lose $1.50 as you get to know if it is working or not only after putting the money in the slot!!). Also the load the washer can handle is terribly small. Everyday I simply counted days to complete my lease. Before I left I found that I need to "professionally" steam-clean the carpet before moving out (actually lease term said… See More>
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                                    Resident 2006 - 2011


                                    Nice place to live!

                                    Unsure as to why there are some pretty negative reviews. We lived here with our two children for over 4 years. The neighborhood is quiet and safe. THe schools are great, any time we had an issue it was taken care of. I would reccommend this place to anyone looking for a decent apartment at great prices. If your expecting the taj mahal, then you may be dissappointed. additionally, when it was time for us to move due to buying our first home, we were pleasantly surprised to find flexible lease extensions to accommodate our closing.

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                                      Resident 2008 - 2011


                                      great value

                                      Been here for two years and will extend for another year. Really like the area and schools are first rate. The area is always clean and quiet. I had a minor problem and the office staff went out of their way to help me out. Most importantly the rent is cheap in a tough economy!

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                                        Resident 2010


                                        They are nasty. Do not stay here

                                        The apartments are old, nasty, falling apart. The whole place looks like a slum. There are cars under repair in the complex and gives a look of a garage. I can't even invite my friends to visit me here. The girls in the office told all fake stuff before I moved in. Maintenance does not exist. Staff is uncooperative, tells outright fake stuff -- they did sound friendly/trustworthy before I moved in. They did not fix/repair the basic items that they said he would before I moved in. Kitchen oven does not work, entrance lock is broken, bathroom cloth-rack is broken, window-blind is torn when I moved in. Half the kitchen cabinets are broken and smell like *#%^. Repeatedly requested the office but they ignored. The noise in the building is unbelievable -- I constantly hear kids crying and jumping above my ceiling. Don't trust that heating is free here. You pay huge electric bill for water heating. I regret my decision that I moved in here. I am waiting for my lease to get over and wish that nobody else makes a mistake in staying here. Do not stay here at any cost.

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                                          Resident 2009


                                          No Maintenance

                                          Extremely bad and old buildings with broken washers and dryers. Laundry rooms are the worst possible with dysfunctional machines. Hardly any maintenance done. They will not follow up for weeks. If you call them again they talk to you rudely and say that they don't want to argue. Can't wait to get out of here once my lease is over.

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                                            Resident 2006 - 2008


                                            Nice community

                                            My unit faces a beautiful field that is nice to wake up to everyday! I've been here for a few years now, and after reading the other responses for this community I'm shocked! I'm convienced this is where angry people go to vent! I have a quiet unit and building. The building hallways and laundry room are cleaned at least once a week. Maintenance has always responded in a reasonable time...once I had late night incident when my heat went out, and they were very quick to respond. My rent is pretty good for the area and I love it that I don't have to pay for gas or water! I would definitely recommend!

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                                              Resident 2007 - 2008


                                              Horrible Place

                                              Horrible place to stay. Been here for almost an year. Regretting for such a decission. Apt is old. Arnd 30 yrs. But the maintainence is so gr8, it looks like 100 yrs old. Staff is uncooperative. You will have to tell them atleast 5 times to get an issue resolved. Maintainence staff never have a bath and leave a mess in the house after they are done. The whole place looks like a slum. People peep into your house. There are cars under repair in the complex and gives a look of a garage. Laundry rooms are dirty. I am waiting for my lease to get over and wish that nobody else makes a mistake in staying here.

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                                                Resident 2007 - 2008


                                                Shittist Shabbiest Place in the World

                                                I have never seen such a ------ place. This place is worser than slums. Laundry room is dirtier than the garbage dump. The storage place and laundry machines are together. And the storage place looks like a place to store chickens. The laundry machines are 30 yrs old. Never been cleaned. The interior and exterior looks horrible. Esp after the last winter. the passage stink. there is no yard or lawn in front. Most of the people in the apt are illegal immigrants. They play soccer and break peoples glasses. Local police are always around the apt.

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                                                  Resident 2007 - 2008


                                                  Very Unhappy

                                                  I've been very unhappy with this apartment. The building is old and in poor shape and the management staff is uncooperative, incompetant, and unreliable. I moved here without much time to look around at other places in the area and totally regret it. Hopefully I can help other people not make the same mistake I did!

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                                                    2 Beds, 1 Bath

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                                                    • Laundry Connections in Unit
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                                                    Asked on: 03/19/2018
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