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Vista Condominiums



Resident · 2008 - 2009
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This building is now a mix of renovated apartments and un-renovated apartments. Many of the renovated ones are available for lease, while other have been sold. The unrenovated ones are less expensive & clean, but pretty basic. The renovated ones are divided into categories something like silver, gold and platinum. My husband and I leased a platinum 1 bedroom for a year. He's a KUMC student, so it was super convenient for him, and lots of med students and residents live in the building. I commuted to Lawrence for KU Law, and it wasn't bad. The apartment manager is great to you if you are nice, pay rent, and don't give her a hard time. She loved us. We only ever had minor maintenance issues, and sometimes they took a week or so to be taken care of (like when a handle on a cabinet broke or our dishwasher broke). But, they were doing a lot of remodeling in the building at that time, and we made it clear they didn't need to rush it. Noise: The apartment is near a hospital, and ambulance house, and a fire station. Get ready to hear sirens *all the time*. We lived on the 11th floor, (which is actually the 13th, after the ground floor and mezzanine level), and our window faced the street the ambulances and firetrucks used. We heard the sirens, but they didn't wake us up at night. I'd be hesitant to live below the 7th floor. I didn't have people living in the apartments that shared walls with mine, but sometimes I could hear someone's footsteps above my apartment. I didn't hear voices *once*. Sometimes there was construction noise when they were renovating a nearby apartment. A couple times I heard the bass of someone's speakers; he was one floor down and on the other side of the building. But, he was super nice and turned them down when we asked - he was just testing out a new toy, apparently, and we didn't have any problems after that. If we did, the manager made it clear she would take care of it for us. The gym suited my needs, but not my husbands because they don't have any weight equipment. They claim the pool is heated, but I never experienced that. It was nice to have and use. The laundry room is fine and kept clean, and rarely so busy I couldn't do laundry. There are w/d hookups in the apartments, but we didn't use them. Parking was great; covered and assigned, no extra charge. The amenities are nice; we especially liked using the theater with its comfortable armchairs and big projection screen. Our heating bill averaged $40-50 a month, but neared $100 in the worst of the winter and summer. The heaters they've installed aren't designed to deal with our cold temperatures, so they had to work really hard in the dead of the winter, and the noise of the heater turning on would wake me up at night. But, I'm a lighter sleeper - it didn't bother my husband at all. They paid water and trash. No gas bill. In the winter, our apartment never got sunlight. When you're choosing an apartment, think about whether you'll be okay with that. Our apartment sometimes felt a little cave-like because we faced north-west. Great view of downtown KC though! And, it wasn't anything that couldn't be remedied with a couple lamps. The neighborhood isn't that safe, but it's not terrible. I wouldn't walk around alone at night, but I'm over-cautious in that department. It's easy walking distance to the 39th street corridor with several really great restaurants. (D'bronx, Blue Koi, a Thai place, Po's Dumpling Bar, Friends Sushi, Chipotle, a Starbucks, and more). A decent, well-stocked grocery store is a 5 minute drive west on 39th. This is a great place to live, and we want to move back. It is priced a little high, perhaps, but definitely worth it if you're wanting to be close to the medical school.
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