Resident • 2005 - 2007
NEW COMMENT 10/2013 because I'm smart, I'm good-looking, and darn it people like me...
So ... I would have expected better reviews given the transfer of ownership and the money that had been invested a few years back. Sadly, it seems that it is still "business as usual" at The Views. I have nothing new to report but wanted to move my very detailed (but older) review up the list a little.
Obviously, some things MAY have changed considerably. But, if I were renting in Nashville today, would I go back to The Views/Brentwood Highlands? ~ No, I would not, especially based on the over-arching story being told in the more recent reviews. By the way, in addition to suggestions I've made regarding "good" areas to look for rentals: if you can afford a more pricey locale and you LOVE the urban/bohemian feel then you simply MUST go look around Hillsboro Village and all the way in toward 12th South as it approached downtown. Happy hunting!
UPDATE 3/2010 - NOW CALLED "THE VIEWS OF BRENTWOOD"
Nothing new to report except that these units look 1000% better (okay, maybe 500%) from the outside now. New paint, new windows, and new parking lot have certainly added to this community. I just drove through the old place yesterday since i'm moving away from nashville next week. Alas, it was not to be ...
All I can say is: Beware the overly positive reviews on this site. Sounds like "corporate-speak" to me, if you know what i mean. Liklely, utilities are through the roof (pun-intended), and the neighbors are going to to be less than favorable. Renting a house with some friends is a better option - lots of possiblities in Antioch (toward the lake is best) or Donelson (north of I-40 is best). Franklin is okay, but too much of a Happy Hooterville if you are into urban culture.
Update 9/21 (Happy Autumn Equinox! ... in two days...)
so, i drove by the old apartment the other day and BEHOLD! THE MONEY FLOWETH!
Seems the new company is undertaking the long-overdue window replacement project. Looks okay (though brand new white vinyl windows look a little strange against the faded 1960's grey-blue. Do any current residents know if they are painting the exterior?). I suppose this may help on the HVAC/utility bill front, but you still have the insulation and patchy roof problems.
My downstairs neighbors moved out shortly after we did and rented a house in the Priest Lake area. They are much happier in their new home. Can you believe they actually spent a total of 17 years at Brentwood Highlands?! Crazy. I'm gonna try to convince him to post a review here - it may be helpful to many of you.
I don't see any great advantage or change to the current BH amenities. As always, the view is fantastic, but the management/owners are still on 'honeymoon', and a lot of new tenants have been approved by waiving some of the previous standards; that will happen when you have a mass exodus and have to fill units in a hurry. In fact, my 17-year tenant/friend left for that very reason: when we moved out in April '07, some tatooed, drunken, wife/girlfriend beater, loud-mouthed, ignorant, "i'm-gonna-leave-my-dog's-crap-on-the-stairs idiots moved into our old place above them. It was awful.
Current update: Hold out for better if you can. Your car windows will thank you. (try Bellevue, Franklin, or Priest Lake areas)
Update 3/15 (beware the ides of march!):
okay. three nights ago my car was broken into and they stole the stereo and destroyed my dash. what a pleasant experience. by the way, someone's car gets vandalized about once every three to four months by my estimation. did i say crime was "below average"? maybe i should re-think that position.
I AM MOVING!! the owner's of the complex went into bankruptcy (what a surprise), the property is in receivership, and the new trustee's have raised the rent by about 6% without doing any upgrades whatsoever.
In case you are wondering about utilities, here's a list of what i've paid in the past few months for my 2 bdrm, 1200 sq. ft apt.(electric heat):
prior to december: about 150.00/month (i think).
Pros: The view from the top of Brentwood Highlands is breathtaking. Nearly every apartment can see downtown Nashville (15 miles away) from the balcony. The nighttime ambience, with city lights laid out below you, is quintessential bohemian urban/sub-urban. It helps that the complex is small, nestled into the top of a hill, and at the end of a dead end street.
For the price, it is fairly quiet and crime is below average for apartments.
Cons: Here's where it all comes unravelled. Management is somewhat unprofessional and very slow to respond to issues that will cost the complex money. When you first move in, they treat you well, but after 6 to 12 months, don't expect non-emergency maintenance to be addressed in a timely manner.
The floors in my apartment (and i think the entire building) squeak over about 90% of the floor space. and i don't mean little squeaks ... these things are annoying! I'm on the top floor and i feel so bad for the family that lives under me. I'm not really noisy, but we like to have sex (a lot!) ...so ... kinda embarrassing ... but embarrassment never stopped me before.
The windows, beyond which lies that fantastic view of Nashville, are unfortunately, all fogged and clouded, thereby obscuring the view. When management is approached regarding window replacement/repair, the response is usually, "well i dont' know, ... we'll have to see", meaning 'please go away and don't mention this again.'
Some of the larger appliances are quite old. when they break down, esp. dishwasher breakdowns, you are forced to wait weeks and even months for repair or replacement.
I am currently waiting on a stove element, a small item, really. I have been waiting for over 2 weeks now for this.
The walls are very drafty and the windows leak considerably. Using a small room themometer, I read the temperature in the middle of my living room at 71 degrees while the temperature sitting on the sofa (near the window) was at 65 degrees.
As far as the grounds go, there is a tennis court that looks like it hasn't received attention in about 10 years. The pool is okay but small. oh, and don't walk on the lawns unless you like wading in dog crap.
Per the other post regarding this apt. complex; a murder took place in an apartment adjacent to us. My roommate could hear the noise and screaming. Someone was being pounded against the wall opposite our bedroom. it shook the wallhangings off of the wall. We later found out that someone had been attacked, held against the wall on the other side of her bedroom, and stabbed to death. My roommate was very shaken up, crying, and of course feeling confused and threatened. Did management ever come by to see how we she was doing? No. When she mentioned it once at the office, it was brushed aside like some minor maintenance issue that was now old news.
Verdict: if you really must have the view for soul food, go for it. But if you can find a better deal elsewhere, you should take it. this place is a headache.