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8305 16th Street

Silver Spring, MD 20910



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Resident 2001 - 2002 Not Recommended
Reviewed 04/05/2002
Apparently they´re the only place in the area that accepts dogs, therefore the rent is high. I just renewed my lease for a 2nd year stay and the rent increase was 6.5%. The buildings are old so you do get some "character" like all hardwood floors, but the door and window moldings have been painted so many times they´re not attractive. In some apartments all moldings have been removed. All of the windows have been replaced in the past but most have lost their seal and get condensation between the double-glazing. The closets are very small. The grounds are well kept and the cherry trees surrounding my building are beautiful in the Spring. There are only a few laundry rooms and sometimes you´ll have to wait for machines. The laundry rooms are not kept clean. Maintenance is prompt, but also sloppy. When I moved in the square floor tiles in the kitchen and bathroom had been replaced but the quarter molding hadn´t been removed first and you can see the cracked edges of the tiles. I scraped paint off all of the bathroom fixtures...towel bars, etc. Before painting the bathroom walls the room wasn´t cleaned so there are many long hairs embedded in the paint on the walls. They do shampoo the stairwell carpets regularly. Parking is bad...I´ve had to park off-site a couple of times (after getting home very late) and over night guests must pay. The office staff can be rude or helpful depending on their mood and who you talk to. On very cold days my furnace can´t get the apartment warmer than 65 degrees without running constantly (I´m in a top apartment)...I´ve complained about this over 10 times but no service. Jeeze, this isn´t a very "mixed blessings" review is it? Let´s see, some pros... Most of the tenants are very nice and own dogs or cats. I´m only one block from the Metro and I metro to work. I´m two blocks from Giant. I feel safe even though I know of three separate cars broken in to, just don´t leave anything in your car. I feel that the recent murder in one of the parking lots was an extremely unusual event for the area and not related to the apartment´s location. My apartment is very sunny.
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