Resident • 2015 - 2016
I'll start with the good...
This is a lovely location, situated just a few minutes from Capitol Hill, the Arboretum and Madison Park. It's close to grocery stores, a great little neighborhood bar and a few cafes, but far enough away from all the chaos on the Hill. My one bedroom unit was pretty great; a decent size and layout, a peek-a-boo view of Lake Washington, and big windows that let a decent amount of light in. The laundry facilities are in the basement and allow use of credit cards or quarters, which is handy. They are a pet friendly building and there is no weight or breed restrictions which could be nice for those with larger dogs, although I don't see this policy staying in place for new tenants.
Now to the bad...
Similar to the last reviewer, the new management also asked me for $300+ more a month when my lease was up, claiming that they "need to bring rates up to market level rent to fund needed maintenance and expenses of ongoing operation." Had my unit been a renovated unit in a building with great amenities (of which Madison Vista has none of) a price tag of $1770 for a 1 bedroom would make sense, unfortunately, that's not the case. The unit is outdated and the only amenity the building has is a small laundry facility. While looking at other units in the area fitting this new price tag, the common trend is that they're all newer buildings with ample parking, gyms, balconies or rooftop decks, do I need to keep going? In the few (very few) email interactions I've had with the new management team, of which they've already rotated through a couple of, they state "I'm a valued part of this community" and they don't want to see me go, however, these increases are priced to get us "valued" tenants out so they can renovate. That is even more so evident after reading the last reviewer's comments about how they were asked to jump through various hoops when they had a desire to stay.
There is constantly construction, both next door and in the building, which I assume will be going on until they renovate each unit. This is causing half the street parking outside the building to be unusable by residents and they only have 3-4 spaces in the back for residents (for a fee and I'm not even sure those are available right now) And they've turned the water off about 4 times in the period of a month.
They are slow to respond to email communications and it doesn't seem like there's ever management in the office, so if you need a question answered quickly, good luck.
When I moved in I was really hoping to make this a long term arrangement. I loved the location and the unit itself, but it is not worth $1770.
Prior to the new management coming in, I totally would have recommended this place, but, unfortunately, the new management is making a mess of this place.