Resident • 2011 - 2013 Recommended
I am about to sign my third lease with Devonshire and I always sign the longest one they have--15 months, so that is one indication of how I feel about them. I looked at these apartments because of their proximity to Oak Grove Elementary. They seemed like the safest ones in the busing area with all the amenities I wanted. I'm actually in the townhomes, so I can't speak to what the inside of the apartments are like. Having a townhouse means I have private entry and my own garage, which is nice, but it is pricier. I am on the ground floor and can hear the people upstairs, but my neighbors are really quiet as far as noise, etc. When I first moved here I had the "Energy Squad" look things over and they told me I didn't need weatherstripping on my door because there were already two kinds on it. My gas/electric bills are super low. The central heat and air work great. The gym rooms (there are two, one with machines and one with weights) are nice, but I'm lazy and don't use them. The complex is so large that you can get exercise just walking around the entire thing and it's quiet and safe. Things I love about Devonshire: They are serious about keeping their pool clean and usable. I've lived in apartments that are similar to these in price range/quality and their pool area would be poorly kept and people would be swimming with their clothes on, babies would be in regular diapers, etc. This is not the case here. The staff is very kind and attentive, even if I call about something minor or am just having trouble using their "business center." They let you fax/make photocopies there at no cost which is very convenience. Maintenance is very quick about fixing things. They are the nicest maintenance people I have ever met. Most of the time they come within hours, even if it is something minor. Nothing major has gone wrong, which is a good thing, but I can't speak to that in this review. They are connected with the local community. I know they have made donations to the local school, which I think is awesome, and they hold frequent community events, like holiday parties, trick-or-treating at the clubhouse, family-friendly pool parties with a DJ, or Bingo Nights. Things I wish were different/they would change: I don't like that they raise your rent if you want a pet. I would love to have a cat, but since the rent is fairly high, I cannot afford one. I would rather pay a large pet deposit and have the potential of getting some of it back if my pet didn't damage anything. My appliances could definitely use an update. My stove only has one large burner and it won't heat up if anything is placed on it. The dryer is small and takes a long time to dry things. HOWEVER, I can't really complain about this because I haven't told them about it. But, the chances of getting the stove or w/d replaced are slim, so I don't see the point in complaining about something that's not going to change. I wish they had a 24-month lease option. That's what they had at my old apartments and it was nice knowing you're rent would not be raised for awhile. (It's gone up slightly each time.) Other than those two things, I don't have a bad word to say about Devonshire. The grounds are well-kept. Even though I have to shovel my own walkway (in the townhomes, this is not true of the apartments) they provide salt and use a leaf-blower in the fall to move the leaves away from my front door. They always give plenty of notice when they need to come in for some reason, which doesn't happen often. Anybody who has rented knows that no place is perfect, but the important component is how much the staff and management treat you as a tenant. I've had some horrible landlords that wouldn't keep things up to code and would deliberately try to violate your rights, and Devonshire is not like that at all.
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