The Saum & Hutcheson Arms
Resident • 2001 - 2002 Not Recommended
I fell in love with the building and area when I was looking for an apartment over a year ago. The Saum was once a high class hotel then turned dormitory before ultimately becoming apartments. The hallways were long and haunting (in an exciting mysterious sort of way), the lobby and apartments were filled with character (marble, wood moldings on the ceilings and walls, chandeliers). There was a parking garage available for a fee or a free lot to park in. It is very close to stores and resaturants. Highway 44 is a hop away, so is SLU hospital and directly in front of it is a historic water tower. There is a fitness room and coin laundry in the basement. My complaints grew over time. Just weeks after moving in there were cops and ambulances swarming around a nearby clinic where a crazed patient drew a gun on a Dr and nurse. This set the tone for the rest of my stay. The neighborhood seemed increasingly unsafe (as it is located on Grand, a major artery of St. Louis). Although it is a secure building often times people pff the street or from the nearby bus stop would follow me inside. Regardless of reporting this to the apartment manager (who, by the way, is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet)or paging the building´s maintenance man, nothing was ever done about it. And what could be done? I called the cops a few times to sweep the stairways to make sure these people were gone but grew tired of the neighborhood´s crime and my paranoia that grew from it. There were a lot of tenants who lived there without a problem for years and years - but there were other tenants, like myself, who had problems with multiple car vandalisms and being accosted on the way into the building. In a nutshell: beautiful building, ugly neighborhood. Ladies, don´t live there alone unless you carry Mace.
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