Resident • 2006 - 2008
I have been a resident for 2 years. I first lived in an old, small 1BR -- it was horrible. I unfortunately did not get to see it before moving in, and it was SO small I could barely move. Not to mention the place was falling apart, and every time I called maintenance to "fix" something, I'd have to call them again to re-fix it a week later. My oven apparently had an "electrical problem" that they chose to ignore for the entire year I lived there... so every 3rd time I tried to use it, I'd have to call them to re-fix it. Oh, and the smoke alarm was right outside the bathroom door.. so when I got out of the shower and steam came out, the smoke alarm would go off.
Last year, still having a crappy job, I decided to give them another shot, and try a remodeled, large 1BR instead... I don't hate it, but it definitely isn't the best. The one upside is that the kitchen has been totally remodeled, and it is NICE. The bathroom had only been partially remodeled, however... the shower is awful (the water randomly switches between cold and scalding, without you touching the faucet), the drains don't drain very well, and whatever paint they use on the windowsills instantly rusts a week after you move in. It looks disgusting.
The rest of the apartment is kind of a mess. The walls crumble when you try to hang anything, there was a gaping hole in the wall around my air conditioner, which they "fixed" by stuffing an UN-insulated piece of foam around it, the windows and the wall around the air conditioner LEAK (also supposedly "fixed", but it isn't), and one of the electrical outlets actually pushed through the wall when I tried to plug something in.
Maintenance is quick, but half-assed. I've had to call at least 3 times for every problem. They've also tracked muddy footprints all over my carpet.. if I lose my security deposit over that, heads will roll.
Worst of all is the heating issue. There is no thermostat. The only control we have over the heat is how far we open the vents. And last winter, despite calling maintenance AT LEAST 10 times, my apartment remained in the 50s for much of the winter. They kept promising plastic for the windows that never came (eventually telling me that they had "decided it wasn't worth the money"... yet every time I asked, they had continued to lie and say it was on its way). The heaters are inefficient (except when the boiler broke and it was over 90 degrees in the apt), and since there are so many large, single-pane windows, what little heat you do get goes right back out. I finally had to threaten to call the housing authority and report them for not meeting the minimum heat requirements of a residential building, and then lo and behold, they did something about it. The office staff are very nice, but they'll say what they think you want to hear, and not necessarily follow through.
The reasons I am still there include the price, the kitchen (I do love my kitchen now), and the fact that they are pet-friendly. The area is also convenient for me, and relatively safe. I like the large windows in the summer (lots of light, and a good cross-breeze), but in the winter, I'd like to slap whoever came up with the stupid idea to make a WALL out of a single-pane window. You can actually feel gusts of wind going through the apartment.
That being said, I will still recommend Grant Village because you get what you pay for. If you don't have a lot of money, and you do have a lot of patience, it's decent. I may end up staying for another year just because it's cheap, but I'm definitely looking at other options before signing that lease.