Resident • 2015 - 2016 Recommended
We lived the Glen at Lafayette Hill from June 2015 to April 2016 after moving back to the area from overseas. Two weeks ago, we moved to a complex in Huntingdon Valley to be closer to my parents in Willow Grove. Before moving to the Glen, we viewed a few other complexes. We almost signed at Parc in Plymouth Meeting. In the end, though the units were lovely, the Parc was just too close to the smog of the highway for comfort, and had a huge cell tower on the property. There was also an empty lot nextdoor to the complex, promising the possibility of it becoming a building site in the near future. We chose Lafayette Hill/Plymouth Meeting because of it's proximity to the city, while also retaining a suburbs feel. Pros: -Our apartment kept quite warm during winter on the third floor. Since we've moved, our new apartment has been a bit harder to keep toasty. Air conditioning at the Glen worked very well during summer, too. -Our gated apartment block kept us feeling quite secure, as compared to our present apartment with no buzzer on common door. We've bought an extra lock to secure our doors here as it's just too open to anyone. -THE ELEVATORS!! We looked at renting at The Lincoln near Chestnut Hill College, but decided against it in the end due to the stairs and our situation of having a toddler. Can't tell you how many times I was thankful as I pushed a loaded stroller onto the elevator! -The maintenance crew, Gil and Jay, were excellent. Maintenance issues were always, always handled very promptly--usually same day and within hours. On two separate occasions, each man drove out from his homes an hour away to care for our boiler on two weekend occasions, one at 11pm. Always a smile, always professional and non-judgemental. -Quiet as pertains neighbors. They seem to screen residents pretty well here, so though our neighbors on one side were students, they were polite, hardworking, and very eager to keep noise to a minimum. They were the only students I met at the complex. -On site garages to rent. When our crate arrived from overseas, we were grateful for the opportunity of renting one of the sizable garages to store our things. The price was better than the storage facilities we viewed. It was great having our stuff so close. Other people did park their cars in their garage. Parking overall was usually ok outside. -It's literally a 3 minute drive down Joshua Road to a library with one of the best children's departments in the area--William Jeanes Memorial. They have an amazing toy area, Ipad station, and puzzle area with three long tables. Mondays, there are frequently crafting supplies out on the tables, and my daughter always loved playing at William Jeanes. The library also runs great programs. We lived closer to Abington now, and though the library is great, the staff are less friendly, and there are hardly any toys for toddlers who don't want to help mom find books to check out. -Close to Plymouth Meeting Mall which has a carousel and great kiddie play area. We're closer to Willow Grove Mall now which is nicer for adults, but our daughter misses the kiddie play area. -Close to the city and Chestnut Hill. A quick drive through Conshohocken gets you to I-76 or 476. 15 minutes to Chestnut Hill for shops and restaurants. We'll really miss Chestnut Hill living in Huntingdon Valley! -close to Greater Plymouth Community Center which runs great programs for children and offers an indoor pool and gym. Mid-morning weekdays it took us 8-10 minutes to get to our little preschool music class. -There is a children's park about 1/2 mile away from the Glen, down leafy Crabapple Drive. We'd often walk there in the stroller to play. -Lovely communal area. There was a really nice communal lounge, kitchen, and coffee bar in the central block. It looked very modern and was nice to be in. They do rent the space out, but I think it's quite expensive to do so. If I remember correctly, it was 150 dollars non-refundable to rent the area with the long tables, kitchen, and sofas. We certainly would have rented it if the fee had been a bit lower. -Gym: the gym is sufficient, has good equipment, and feels secure. I often used the machines there at night and felt safe. Good bathrooms. -Really good closet space. We were on a corner unit, so I think the masterbedroom closet was particularly big. It was great, and kept a bit cooler than the rest of the apartment so I stored extra dry goods like cereal and other packaged bulk food I bought in there until I opened it. We had 4 big suitcases in there, open on the floor, and it only took up part of the floor space. Cons: -The kitchens are a bit dated. On the positive side, I will say that they do have gas furnaces, which I really miss here at the new place. They do offer a window into the lounge which older kitchens tend not to have (as at our new rental). We often used to wish for more cupboard space. There was ample room along one wall to install more cupboards, too. (***Also, the washing machine in our kitchen at the Glen held a lot more, and the dryer dried items a lot more quickly than the units here in our new rental.) -We were in a block bordering Ridge Ave. We got a bit of road noise, but wore earplugs to sleep, and had blackout curtains on the windows, and we slept pretty well. -Not much for kids on the property itself. There is a lovely and spacious dog park on the property, but the complex really could benefit from a tot spot or small kiddie playset. Even a single slide or set of swings would have really brought joy to the many kids who actually lived in the complex. Overall, it was a good, warm, safe apartment for us during fall and winter, and we'll really miss all the amenities within such good distance.
The Glen at Lafayette Hill Manager04/06/2016
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