Avalon Blue Hills
Resident • 2012 - 2013 Recommended
The Good: 1. Perfect floor plan for this newlywed couple and our two cats. Husband works from home & uses the spare bedroom as an office, open layout leaves room for friends to come over and visit comfortably. 2. The gym is adequate for regular cardio workouts (still retain a gym membership for weight training on the weekends though) 3. Office staff is responsive and knowledgeable. 4. Convenient location...as long as you have a car The Stuff that Bugs Me: 1. The doorbell system--there's no buzzer or intercom in the apartment unit. When someone comes to the door, they punch in your name or apartment number and it RINGS TO YOUR CELL PHONE. Hello--how secure can that be if you're not home? Also, you have to walk down to let people in. Annoying. Someone saved some money on that deal, I think. 2. Rent goes up annually. You get nothing in return. 3. The gym isn't open 24/7. Since it's accessible by key fob only, this is pure nonsense. 4. The "amenity" areas are really tiny for the number of units in the community. Tiny playground for kids, teeny tiny pool, and the barbecue areas are not big enough for people to enjoy the grounds. Luckily the community is near the Blue Hills reservation, so you can get your outdoors fix there. 5. Walls are kind of thin, but I don't mind other people's loudness when I know I can be loud too. Overall: We stay here for the convenient commute and the floor plan. If you're familiar with the Boston area, non-managed apartments with responsive landlords are pretty non-existent, so this is a nice change for us from our last 3 places. The corporate practice of automatic rent raising is pretty disgusting though, but funny--they seem to know exactly what price to raise it to so you are better off NOT moving. If you're looking for a place with few hassles (the good actually outweighs the things that bug me in the greater context of being a renter in the Boston area), check this place out..
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