Resident · 2014
I must start by explaining I have lived in nothing but apartments across the New Orleans area since college life, 35 years ago. The list includes lots of various place in River Ridge, Uptown, and the Warehouse District. From water pressure, to what's on the other side of the bedroom wall, I consider myself an expert on what to ask and check before signing any lease. With that said, I have to say The Preserve has turned out to be the best choice so far. Since I work an overnight shift, my top priority is NO NOISE during the daytime: leaf blowers, lawn mowers, screaming kids, BARKING DOGS, garbage trucks, motorcycles, fighting neighbors, loud rap music...you get the idea. Equally as bad: noisy daytime repairs/construction on the roof, walls, or grounds of the apartment complex. During my first visit here, I shared these concerns with management. Leasing agent Cherie was incredibly receptive. She recommended a top-floor corner unit on the back side of the building that has been perfect. She even spent a lot of time patrolling this area during the day, before I signed anything, to check for any potential noise-making issues. Now, for the first time in years, I'm able to get uninterrupted sleep during the daytime. Even better, management will work with you as far as scheduling routine visits for pest control, fire alarm inspection, etc....and thankfully, these are rare occasions. Other places I've lived, there was zero consideration for shift workers; maintenance and management would think nothing of barging in with no warning, at any time between 9 am and 5 pm. That would never happen here. Another benefit: the value is amazing. I have a huge two-bedroom...full size everything (the large water heater is especially great). It's ALMOST the same price as a cramped ONE BEDROOM in the "trendy" Warehouse district! And parking is free, with a small fee if you have two vehicles. I had to pay an additional $165.00 per month in the Warehouse District for my parking spot, and that was on top of the exorbitant rent. I should have moved here years ago; just never made the time to stop and check it out. Yes, as another review indicated, it's a mixed income property, but so are many others across the city. This is not a concern at all. There's a courteous, alert security officer who patrols all night. The parking is gated, security cameras are everywhere, and access throughout the property is limited to tenants with key fobs. I have never once worried about safety or safety issues regarding other tenants I notice coming and going. Finally, among other "pro's," the gym is open 24/7 and it's clean and well-maintained, just like the rest of the entire property. Other gyms at complexes I've lived are locked overnight, but not here, which is much appreciated. And living in Mid City has been a dream, as far as quickly getting to other parts of the city/region. I realize this review makes the Preserve sound too good to be true, so to be fair, the only thing I wish could be different is the "walk-ability" of the neighborhood. In the Warehouse District, I often walked alone anytime, 24/7, and did not feel unsafe, with the many hotels and bars open all night. I would never feel comfortable walking through this neighborhood alone at night...and even during the daytime, perhaps....but that's the situation with just about every section of this city nowadays. Good luck! if you end up deciding to tour the Preserve, Cherie was quite professional and courteous and always promptly returned every phone call and e-mail.