One Lytle Place
Resident · 2008 - 2009
Though One Lytle Place is described as a "luxury" building, it is not. It is an average apartment building that is overpriced. Since it's the only high-rise building downtown that I know of, potential downtown residents don't have much of a choice. The moulding along the floor in my kitchen is made out of vinyl and is glued to the wall. It peels off. When an apartment uses vinyl for decoration, it can hardly be called luxury. The quality of materials inside and outside apartments are average or below: the same carpeting you see in every generic apartment building in North America; cheap fixtures in the kitchen/bathroom; crappy doors for closets and rooms; ugly vinyl kitchen floors; no microwave. Elevators are not air-conditioned which can be brutal in the summer. The windows and glass sliding doors are a joke: zero insulation means sky-high electricity bills. In their desire to occupy as many apartments as possible, management lets in riff-raff that I would rather not have in my building. The shuttle bus is generally reliable and is probably the number one reason to live here. The gym never has towels to clean equipment. Requests to replace shoddy equipment fall on deaf ears. The whirpool, sauna and swimming pool are areas I avoid. Good views, especially on the upper floors. Thick, concrete floors make for quiet apartments and I never hear a peep from upstairs or downstairs. Wall thickness is average. Good height on the ceilings. Maintenance staff is responsive and friendly, common areas are clean enough. Shuttle bus, when it works, is convenient and both drivers are super nice. I've never had long waits for the elevator except when the service one is used for moving which is understandable. I feel safe and Sawyer Point always has police on the beat which is comforting. Location is key but lack of groceries closeby and a boring downtown detract from that - there is zero neighborhood feel. There isn't much choice downtown. If you want to live in a neighborhood, choose another part of town. If you work downtown and like overpriced high-rise living with no community feel this is your only choice.