Resident • 2005 - 2007
Ok...I've lived here for a few years now. I've always found it comfortable and safe and have had no real problems to speak of...nothing that would put me off living here or recommending the place anyway.
It's nicely designed apartments with great views of the river and has easy access to 787 and downtown Albany, local restaraunts and shops. Units have nice decks for enjoying the summer nights on every apartment. Parking is fairly ample. There are garages available to rent for $75/month (last I checked) though you may not get one near your apartment as they are first-come basis. Each garage building has a garbage room and a bike storage area. Garbage is kept inside so there are no dumpsters to distract from the grounds look. Mail is delivered to banks of mailboxes located in several locations. Large packages from USPS are left at office and notice left in mailbox. Fedex and UPS usually leave packages by your door. Addressing of apartments do not reflect that you live in an apartment (which I like...no using building numbers, just apt number).
They do keep the grounds clean and put in fresh flowers as the season permits and some longer term tenents do chip in themselves to spruce up the grounds.
Aside from the pool, there is also a excercise room with showers, etc. They have recently upgraded the equipment in there. That room is open 24/7 for residents use.
In general, it's clean, and pleasant place to live. In regards to prices, as someone else said in a review, you pay a premium to live here due to the location (right on the Hudson). Also, to correct a previous reviewer, it's Pebbles Island, not Simmons, that's right next door.
Ok..the not so good stuff:
Management is not so caring as it once when I first moved in. Not at all on top of things that need to be done around here. For example, the hot tub on the pool has been broken for TWO years (despite what a previous reviewer said). The laundry room has had a broken dryer now for weeks (and with only one laundry room with 4 washers and 4 dryers that's 1/4 of the drying capacity gone). Also, the laundry room does NOT have any kind of change machine, so if you need change you need to run to bank or up the street to the local laundromat to get it. My opinion on his is that they want to get you to rent their washer/dryers (yes, they will rent them to you for something like $50-60 a month).
Hot tub at pool been down almost 2 years now. Staffing issues with life guards caused pool to have limited hours early on in the season.
Office hours are not very resident friendly. They close at 5pm most days and 7pm on Thursdays. Closed on Sunday. They don't open till 9am. This means most of us working stiffs need to either wait till Thursday or Saturday to get any packages left at the office. Office hours were 8-6 until this year ond 12-4 on Sundays.
Though they do allow pets, they require a $500 FEE (read..NOT DEPOSIT) per pet (this includes goldfish). This is NON-REFUNDABLE and IMHO is simply a means to put off most people from getting one. You can have 1 dog < 25lbs (though I see a lot of fairly LARGE dogs on the property lately) or 2 cats (something new..used to be 1 cat).