Resident • 2017 - 2018
I don't ever take the time to write reviews, but at this point I am considering all the people who may be misled into thinking that they are coming into a nice apartment, where they can live comfortably. I stayed at this apartment for a year and a half, and I guarantee you, it was only because I happened to meet one of the best neighbors of my life, and decided to stay for that reason only. The area, for starters, seems to be in a nice location, near NASA and the Kemah boardwalk, but what goes on in the apartment complex itself is what is more important. First of all, there is heavy crime activity and the police are indeed a normal sight to see around the apartment grounds, especially so during the first year of my stay. At times there are loud, drunken parties in the middle of the quads, that last well into midnight. The kids do run around pretty late as well, and can sometimes make a fair amount of noise. I haven't seen a drug deal occur, though I had heard from neighbors that they happen quite often. I would have to agree due to many sightings of shady looking characters constantly and aimlessly lurking around the back of the apartment complex at odd hours of the night. And now, moving on to the apartments themselves. My apartment seemed nice at first. I don't need much to be happy with a place. I was on a military patrol ship for three years, so my comfortability requirements haven't been too demanding. However, there was a constant light smell of must, mold, weed, whatever it was, it showed up a month after I moved in and seemed intent to stay. The vents above the kitchen stove and in the bathroom are not vents. They go nowhere, and simply re-circulate the air into the room, which is bothersome after cooking but especially after using the bathroom. The A/C leaks. A lot. So, there was an odd fix that was implemented for this... and drain spout was placed in the ceiling over the bathtub, where the A/C unit resided. This presented two problems: A constant dripping sound into the bathtub and of course, random amounts of ICE COLD water hitting you during the middle of a warm shower. Not as fun as it sounds, I assure you. Unless of course you have a visitor and "forget" to tell them so they can have a mini heart attack in the shower as well. I was also told my apartment would be upgraded little by little while I was there... Counter tops, sinks, etc. Not a single thing was done the entire time I was there. It took a little over 7 weeks to fix my garbage disposal after it broke. I was without a washer for 6 months. Not weeks, months. My neighbor was nice enough to share one with me. When I informed the apartment manager my washer had broken, he informed me that my contract didn't include that my apartment had one in it (thought it was there when I moved in) and this being so he wouldn't be able to fix or replace it. To his credit he helped me to find one from another apartment as long as I moved it myself. But 6 months later. I can only imagine the stress this situation would have caused a busy and active family, or even a couple. It got to the point where I dreaded asking for any repair because I knew it would aways be ten times more difficult than it needed to be. Last but not least, I would like to address the roaches. They showed up around the 8th month of my lease, little by little. I would see 3 a week. Not a big deal. However, a month later I was seeing 3 or 4 a DAY. I was miserable. I didn't even kill them anymore. Every week I would bring this up to the manager as politely as possible, who always promised to address and had my place sprayed ONE time. Which did absolutely nothing. I was desperate to get out at this point, and asked what I would have to do to leave my lease a month and a half early. The manager informed me that I would have to pay a little over $3,000, and that his hands were tied because of the owners policies. Absurd considering my rent was only $1200 a month. I ended up moving out a month early and kept my lease, giving La Maison a month of free money. I felt cheated, and mistreated, which about sums up the way you may feel about this place after a while as well. I have moved out, and they have replaced the apartment manager, with a new staff... but I doubt all the items I have addressed here will change as quickly as that, and I am sure the owner remains the same. Renter beware.