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Steven Spenser
Resident · 2015 - 2017
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06/05/2017
I have been in Hill Crest Apartments for three years now, and I feel very lucky to have found such a great place to live. The super-friendly, live-in manager, Jay, is one of the reasons that I continue to stay here. His service commitment to residents and the larger Hill Crest community is impressive, and he's remarkably flexible and supportive when you're experiencing temporary difficulties. Jay prefers to try to find ways to keep good tenants in the building, and will work with you as much as he can to help you find a solution that is optimal for both parties. I've seen him recommend charities that provide emergency financial assistance to tenants in distress, and when he hears about job opportunities, he passes them along to tenants he knows are looking for work. The neighborhood, like the building, is quiet. I feel safe knowing that only residents can enter the controlled-access building, and that every exterior door is monitored by video cameras. I like that the building is smoke-free, and that Jay enforces the building's no-drugs policy. Maintenance requests are completed quickly and cheerfully. Every month, Jay puts out a table filled with free Top Pot donuts and coffee for residents. Every October we have a pumpkin-carving event, with free refreshments. This location is *very* convenient. I like that I can hop on a Metro #21 just outside the building to get downtown in 15-20 minutes. The immediate neighborhood includes cafes, pubs, a wine bar, a sports bar, salons, a gas station w/ minimart, a laundromat and a dry cleaner/tailor, all within 1-2 blocks. The public library, Walgreens, U-Haul storage and Pizza Hut delivery are just a mile away on the bus route. Home Depot is a mile downhill, next to the police station. I frequently take the bus 1.5 miles to Westwood Village shopping center, which has a Target, QFC, Staples, Barnes & Noble, Rite Aid, Bed Bath & Beyond, Big 5, a McDonald's & a fantastic Toshi's Teriyaki, along with salons, a fitness center, restaurants, post office and banks. The rents here are no more expensive than the average 2-bedroom in Seattle, but the best thing about Hill Crest is that it accepts pets. I couldn't live without my two cats for company. Most places in Seattle don't accept pets. Jay keeps dog treats in his office for regular visitors, and always has free coffee for everyone. I've been very happy here, and nothing-short of an extremely high rent hike-could get me to leave.
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