Glebe House Apartments
Resident · 2012 - 2013
I have lived at Glebe House for almost a year and will soon be moving out. It's been a satisfying stay, although I am happy to be moving on to a more modern building. Let's get this out of the way first: Glebe House is not the Ritz, not does it pretend to be. This is a very low-frills, 1950's building, without a lobby, gym, or any of the other trappings you see at more upmarket apartments. The neighborhood is OK; it's really a mix of all kinds of different people. I've never had safety issues, but it's not the most charming part of Alexandria to walk around in. But now the good: Glebe finds a niche and fills it. You can get a short-term, flexible lease (mine was 6 months and then month to month after that), and the apartments are furnished with basic but perfectly acceptable furniture. That makes this place perfect for anyone new to town, here on a short-term basis, etc. Although dated, the apartments are impeccably clean. Never had so much as an ant, never mind a bug or roach. Tom, the maintenance man, is awesome; he'll fix stuff the same day and does a good job keeping up the small flower beds. Joann and Lee in the office are very kind and accommodating. Perhaps the best thing about Glebe is that you don't have to deal with the nonsense or drama that other buildings in this price range often present. The shower water pressure, heat, and AC are all excellent (they switch in April and October). The kitchen is outdated, especially the stove, which always gives off a faint smell of gas from the pilot. Laundry is reasonably priced ($1.25) and cable with HBO is free! Parking is also free but if you get back after 7 or so you'll end up on the street, which isn't that inconvenient. The other tenants here have always struck me as kind of miserable. I'm a recent grad in town on my first job; most people here are older than me and seem to be either divorced or in town on a short-term contract. The upside of this is that Glebe is pin-drop quiet, I've never had a noise problem. There are barely any children, and everyone here works for a living. Overall, Glebe was exactly what I needed: a short-term, hassle-free apartment fully furnished at a great price. But after a year I'm ready to move on.