Resident · 2011 - 2013
I toured a few places in Madison in the spring of 2011 and became very concerned about my options. People told me I should live somewhere on the Isthmus. I looked at a few shabby $850/month pits around there before expanding my search. I am glad I found Shenandoah. Marijo and Erin are both incredibly friendly, but take what they do seriously. I have had landlords before who were only interested in maximizing profit, but the staff here are far more concerned with their reputation. They seek to limit turnover--a tough thing to do in a college town, but something they do well. The building is a touch dated, but it is clean. They steam clean the hallway carpets at least annually, and insist that people take care of their units and the common areas. My apartment has a newer (<5 years, probably) kitchen, and the one-bedroom units all have lots of windows on two different walls, providing tons of natural light and nice breezes. It is true that if your neighbors are LOUD, you will hear it. That's not uncommon in apartment buildings. What is uncommon is the way management responds to noise complaints; I have only had to make one. The problem was addressed quickly and I never had another issue. Again, they take what they do seriously. The location is really good. The neighborhood around Shenandoah is seeing a lot of development and is definitely headed in the right direction. It's nice having a grocery store so close (I'll admit I get my produce from a different store; easy to have a car with free off-street parking though!). Also nice having a delicious Indian restaurant so close... People who complain about the price should really shop around Madison a bit and see what else is out there. This is definitely the best value for the money around. Is it flashy? No. Is it a good place to keep your frat-party traditions alive? No. But if you're looking for a calm, quiet, relaxed environment that is live-and-let-live, well-managed, and won't cost you an arm and a leg, then you've found your new home.