Resident • 2003 - 2008
Living at Dutch Village for the past 5 years has been a good experience. I've been fortunate that my employment has kept me in the Albany area until now, but unfortunately, I find myself looking for a new place. I happened to find this online guide for the new area I'm moving to, and I decided to randomly check Dutch Village to see the comments. After seeing some of the other comments, I felt the need to add my ratings and opinions.
Living in the older buildings here is great. The buildings are quiet, have an excellent cross-breeze in the summer, beautiful hardwood floors, working fireplaces and much more. The heat in winter is almost too hot and the very few times anyone in my building has had a problem, the staff has fixed it immediately. My heat, hot water and oven are included in the rent and I only average $30.00 monthly for electric. Yes, some of the fixtures are old, such as the doors, windows, lights and kitchen cabinets, but that is the nostalgia of Dutch Village.
The grounds are very well kept and the trees are beautiful. The current staff they have now is excellent compared to past staff and they are very well organized. The maintenance staff works very hard at upkeep on the old buildings and it shows. Mitch is the friendliest maintenance man I have known and is very thorough. Although I miss Georgia in the office, Colleen and Joan are always wonderful and polite.
The negatives are too few. I believe they need more garages and more parking in front of the buildings, although I have always found a spot. Better lighting in the storage rooms and on some of the grounds would be nice. Newer kitchens would be nice as the cabinets in the old ones can be odd sized.
My honest opinion is you get a nice apartment at a reasonable price. Dutch Village is not anymore or any less than some of the neighboring apartment complexes. Menands is a wonderful suburb of Albany, and Dutch Village is very well located.