Resident • 2006 - 2007 Not Recommended
Overall, I do not recommend living at the Triangle. You pay a lot of money for an apartment that is poorly constructed and made with very cheap materials. It looks good to the eye, but once you move into your apartment you will quickly see what I mean. I live in the loft style apartment with concrete floors. These floors scratch very easily, and if you're not careful you may even wind up putting gauges in them. In addition, the countertops in the bathroom have a very fine black veneer. I was the first person to move into my apartment, and when I moved in they were already badly scratched and showing the white underneath. I fear for what these apartments are going to look like in 5-10 years because these shoddy materials are not going to last...especially with the way some of these college kids behave.<br><br>The Triangle is located in a nice central location - it is not to far to North Austin where the big box shops are and is also within a 5-10 minute drive to UT. Your experience at the Triangle will greatly depend upon which building you live in. I have heard that building B is by far the worst and has the most problems with rowdy and destructive college kids. The A building also has quite a few college students. The C building is the newest and is the quitest, although I do occasionally hear girls running through the halls screaming and every once in a while there is a party at 3am. Supposedly after 3 noise violations the person is supposed to be evicted. Also, the concrete floors mean that you will likely hear the person that lives above you everytime they walk, move furniture, or play music. You may also find that your utility bills will be higher, due in part to the concrete floors and the high ceilings. Your front door is also thin, so you will hear anytime someone walks down the hall. And I have found that I can hear it when people are outside talking. The windows are double-paned but this doesn't keep out the noise. I have been awakened several times in the night by people standing on the sidewalk talking on their cellphones at 2 and 3 in the morning or construction guys talking on their walkie-talkies at 6-7am. <br><br>The construction of the C building is almost complete which is a good thing, as you will not have to deal with some of the headaches that those of us who have lived here during this process have had to contend with. There is still a lot of construction underway, though, as they are building a large retail center and possibly another apartment building on the property. <br><br>The place is under MUCH better management now that Gables is gone and Capstone is in control. It is nice to have a parking garage with nightime security and mail boxes in the building. The workout facilities also have more equipment than the average Austin apartment complex; however, all the t.v. remote controls in the gym have disappeared except for one and often you can't even find that one, no matter how hard you look.<br><br>If you decide to take an apartment here, be very sure you know what you are getting. I personally would recommend going elsewhere. You can find equally nice apartments in North Austin for 1/2 to 2/3 the price of the Triangle that require either no deposit or about a $100 deposit, vs. $500 here, and you'll also get older, more professional neighbors.
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