160 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148
160 Pleasant Street Apartments
Resident • 2007 - 2015 Recommended
I lived here for eight years from January, 2007 until January, 2015, so I was among its first residents. The management and the maintenance crew, although they changed hands several times while I was there, were always quite friendly and helpful. No complaints. The location right in Malden Center could not be better with a Stop&Shop, CVS, Walgreens, the orange line, restaurants and pubs, the library, city hall, and a park all within easy walking distance. The apartments themselves had limited wall space for large furniture because of the design with abutments, wide doorways and closets. However, each apartment has its own washer and dryer which was a major perk. The trash room with a chute is right down the hall. Vinnie, the current maintenance manager, has managed to keep them reasonably clean and sanitary considering it's a trash room. The building amenities are varied and accessible. The gym is sufficient with cardio equipment and weights. There's a computer room but the internet connection is very slow and outdated. The sun deck which faces the Boston skyline is not especially maintained anymore with a welcoming array of plants like it used to be. In fact, it's now rather stark but has plenty of furniture that is comfortable enough. It is surrounded by apartments that do present a fishbowl kind of environs and few people use it. However, the front of the building with plants, shrubs, and flowers is very nicely landscaped with regular maintenance. The lobby and common room decor are also well presented. The three garages are well laid out with secure remote accessibility and mere steps to an elevator up to your floor. Package delivery is well organized by management, and they will deliver right to your apartment if you wish. Small pets are also allowed. The demographics are heavily made up of foreign students living here for a year before returning home when the school year ends. A few times a month loud parties are thrown, and I had the reputation of knocking on many a door at 3am. However, this is not representative of the majority of students there who are respectful and on the studious side. Within the past few years, there has been a steep increase in small children who tend to run amok in the lobby if they're not supervised by parents and monitored by management. The entire tenancy is not an especially varied one that encourages a community spirit. There are a few functions a year in the Common room that are totally sponsored and provided by management, and continental breakfast is served in the lobby once a month. One major problem is the frequency of fire alarms going off at all hours of the day at least once or twice a month despite bimonthly inspections which have been ongoing for the eight years I lived there. Very strange indeed. Should there ever be a real emergency or fire, fewer people may take the alarms seriously. Overall, I enjoyed my stay there, but the increases in rent reached the level of diminishing returns. Despite the building's location and the attentive management and maintenance, I no longer felt I was getting my money's worth. Delete review
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