The Overlook at Westridge
Resident • 2011 - 2015 Recommended
My fiancée and I really enjoyed living here. Its in a quiet neighborhood, and the buildings are hidden from the main road. We stumbled onto The Overlook while lost and trying to get turned around. We happened to be looking for an apartment and rented that same day. We moved out of state a few months ago, and I was pretty surprised about how reasonable the charges here were. We got charged for cleaning, carpet cleaning, final utilities and touch up paint and still got a small refund (we originally paid $250 deposit and $200 pet deposit). I asked before we moved in about the charges and fees for moving out, since I'd read negative reviews, and they were up front about the whole process. They also gave us a sheet when we turned in our notice to vacate with info about what to expect. The fact that we didn't let our dog destroy the carpet probably helped too. The staff changed monthly and I think there were 7 managers in the 3 years we were there. The manager when we left was the leasing agent who originally rented to us. She was really helpful (bonus: she always remembered our names, apartment number, and even our dog's name) but she was the only person who lasted more than a few months. As usual with apartments, parking is a nightmare, especially since the city blocked off an entire side of Kenyon and made it "no parking". I recommend getting a garage if you care at all about your car. Mine got hit three times before I finally rented a garage. If it snows, don't expect to go anywhere. Rent has been going up over the last few years, but that is true of the entire city. We would've had a huge rent increase this time (it was about $100) if we'd stayed when the lease ended. The first two years we were there it only went up $10-15 each time. The amenities are fine, but they made it impossible to use any of them. They cut back the hours last year so nothing could be used after 8 PM. When I asked the manager at the time why, he said it was "because the owner wants to save money", which was interesting since they keep upping the rent. He also promised the gym would become 24-hour in 2015, then he vanished about a month after that promise. Definitely factor in having to pay for a gym membership if you move here, just in case. All in all, we enjoyed the apartment itself and recommend living here. If we ever move back to Seattle this place is at the top of our list. Final takeaway: It's an apartment. If you expect a silent utopia where nothing ever breaks or leaks, to always come home at 2 AM and find a parking spot, and for courteous neighbors, you are setting yourself up for failure.
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