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Swiss Gables

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LabRat38

Resident 2012

6/22/2012

Pros: -I've rented apts in and around Kent for years. This is only one of two places where I was not bothered by neighbor noises on a regular basis. Sure you can hear people during the day - you're still sharing walls. But everything goes very quiet after about 9pm. The walls and floors are also solidly constructed, so that any noise is fairly muffled. I've never heard laundry machines. The floors also don't creak or pop when you walk - probably concrete construction. -Underground parking for $35. Literally. Right under your building. Who needs a carport? Otherwise plenty of spaces open outside. -View from balcony of Kent valley (esp. from certain buildings) -Management team of Jay and Ursula usually does a good job of enforcing rules and following up on complaints. They are also very reasonable when it comes to things to be fixed or replaced. -Locked security gates. Like, really locked. As in I had to jump the fence once when I forgot my clicker. Most apts brag about their gates, then let them break and leave them open. These were 100% locked after 7pm every, single day. Seems to keep random folks out. -Maintenance is fairly responsive, and does a good job. Cons: -Still Kent, still random less-than-savory characters as neighbors. Bathroom smelled of pot every day from one of the neighbors. Mgt tried posting warnings and giving verbal notices. Got better, but still smelled it once in a while. -Old buildings. Cheap appliances. Bit rundown and a little dirty. -Can BBQ on porch. Should be a pro, but wait until you get a downstairs neighbor that bbqs EVERY day and the smoke comes into your apt. -Mgt answers to a corporate office and has zero flexibility and/or a convenient excuse when it comes to special requests or circumstances on the lease. As in, "No, sorry, we can't do that." -Stove vents only filter and do not exhaust outside. So cooking smoke/grease just gets blown all over the apt. -This is a biggie. Bedroom windows face the walkway for your floor. That means people walking to and from their apts look right into your bedroom when windows are open. Conclusion: Live here if you are a light sleeper like me, and enjoy your quiet. Not too many places in this area are better in this regard. Just make sure that none of the cons are gonna really bother you in the long run. Good luck!

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