Overlook At Magnolia Apartments
SeattleExpat • Resident • 2015 - 2017 Recommended
My wife and I lived here for two years after spending several years renting a condo in north Seattle. The monthly costs of renting here were a bit more expensive than we were used to (sewer, garbage, parking, etc.), but we really enjoyed the view from our living room and the neighborhood was much nicer than the Aurora corridor. Our neighbors were extremely quiet and we rarely heard them, but I realize that was likely not the case for most residents. My biggest noise complaint actually comes from the nearly constant use of leaf blowers during business hours. Plus, several nearby properties were being renovated, so the sound of tile cutting added to the cacophony. If you have a work-from-home style job, this may be a problem for you. The apartments themselves were in decent shape, and the appliances are old but functional. There is evidence of ongoing water damage based on warped under sink cabinetry and a damp, moldy smell in the bathrooms. You could often hear dripping behind the walls, and we had a problem with silverfish. If you have a mold or mildew allergy, be careful here. It's only after we moved that I discovered that my chronic stuffy nose wasn't just part of me getting older. The maintenance team was very helpful, but sometimes their repairs wouldn't stick. We had a problem with our bathroom fan that persisted even after someone fixed it. Occasionally the response times would be more than a few days, but in general the maintenance team was dependable and quick. I've never had any issues with the office staff, and they were always polite. They were always helpful holding our packages for us, and would even deliver them if you couldn't make it to the office that day. Our biggest mishap was a delay in getting our security deposit check sent to us, and they were quick to fix that problem as well. The workout facility is handy and has an adjustable bench, free weights, a few treadmills, two ellipticals, and a pair of spin machines (one recumbent-style). It was rarely crowded and if you visit during the off hours, you'll have the entire place to yourself. I never took advantage of the sauna, but it looked nice. The neighborhood is very residential, but there are still some solid amenities nearby. It's a little bit of a hike to the bus stop, especially if you're going uphill, but it's a nice walk with pleasant scenery and we never felt unsafe, even at night. The buses will basically only take you to downtown, so you'll need to rely on a vehicle if you want to get elsewhere in the city quickly. That said, there are still plenty of places within walking distance. A short downhill walk will get you to Mulleady's Irish Pub, Red Mill Burgers, Pagliacci, Tuk Tuk Kitchen, and QFC. A little further out lands you in Magnolia Village and has some nice restaurants and shops, but you're looking at 40 minutes of walking there and back. Ballard and Queen Anne are nearby, but I'd recommend taking a car or a rideshare. Rent has increased steadily and quickly over the time we spent there, but I'm aware that's probably the case for all of Seattle. I'd recommend the Overlook, provided you are able to tour your actual apartment beforehand and check out it's condition. We ended up in a slightly less maintained apartment than the one we toured, but the view was still gorgeous.
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