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Surf and Surfside

630 North Frances Street, Madison, WI 53703
630 North Frances Street, Madison, WI 53703

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Resident 2018 - 2019 Not Recommended

Updated 07/06/2020

Reviewed 07/06/2020

Even though the Surf is at a great location and has a nice lake view and location, I was extremely disappointed with way too many things. First of all, on the move in date, there was still staff cleaning the apartment I was supposed to move… See More
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Resident 2020 Not Recommended

Updated 07/02/2020

Reviewed 07/02/2020

My daughter stayed here and was forced to leave Madison due to the corona virus. She could not go to school and lost her job due to the pandemic. We tried to work with Mary to let her out of her lease early, gave notice agreed… See More
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Resident 2019 - 2020 Not Recommended

Updated 06/18/2020

Reviewed 06/18/2020

DO NOT LIVE HERE! Price is not worth it for the management style and condition of the apartment. They will keep your safety deposit and do everything they can (block phone calls, ignore emails) to avoid giving you back your deposit refund. I got $0 back… See More
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Resident 2009 - 2010 Recommended

Updated 05/06/2020

Reviewed 05/06/2020

Mary was always lovely to everyone in the building. She had two refrigerators in the community room normally fully stocked with goodies. Making certain everyone had what they needed. At the time my room was completely vintage it was awesome. I seen someone wrote a bad… See More
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Resident 2014 - 2017 Not Recommended

Updated 06/28/2019

Reviewed 03/18/2018

I would never recommend anyone living here. The lakefront location is NOT worth having Mary as a landlord. She will keep your security deposit with absolutely no negotiation. We had to go to court and won ALL of it back rightfully.
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Resident 2018 Not Recommended

Updated 12/29/2018

Reviewed 12/29/2018

DO NOT LIVE HERE!! Mary (the landlord) is the most insensitive and selfish person I've ever met. She seems so sweet and innocent in the beginning but uses this to manipulate you! She consistently puts her problems above yours and NEVER follows through with your apartment… See More
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Cathy_K • Resident 2017 Recommended

Updated 09/16/2017

Reviewed 09/16/2017

I recently moved my daughter in as a UW-Freshman to one of the studios at the Surf. The best things about the actual building? This place has a premier location (right on the lake), it's gated and locked to the public, and its super close to… See More
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Resident 2017 Recommended

Updated 07/08/2017

Reviewed 07/08/2017

The apartment is near fraternities and sororities and across the street from campus. It's a kinetic and vibrant atmosphere, but not somewhere that is good for little kids. It's great for single adults and college aged men and women. In fact, if you are young and… See More
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nope_nope_no_no • Resident 2017 Recommended

Updated 06/09/2017

Reviewed 06/09/2017

The good: easy walking distance to restaurants, groceries, bars, Memorial Union Terrace for live music etc. Its on the lake and there is a private dock with chairs right in the back yard. Back yard area is nice with picnic tables, a bench swing, grills and… See More
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Resident 2014 - 2015 Recommended

Updated 01/31/2016

Reviewed 01/31/2016

I was fortunate enough to spend my last year of undergrad studies, and last year in Wisconsin, living in the Surf. Having lived in many different cities and countries, my experience at the Surf was among the best. I was able to land my own chic… See More
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Resident 2013 - 2014 Not Recommended

Updated 10/23/2014

Reviewed 10/23/2014

BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!! I question the legitimacy of any positive review. I wonder if the tenant has had a maintenance issue or has gone through the checkout process. Google the bad reputation of The Surf and Surfside/Devine Apartments, see their rating on The Better Business Bureau website… See More
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badger2294 • Resident 2013 - 2014 Not Recommended

Updated 10/14/2014

Reviewed 10/14/2014

Renters beware, The Surf is a trap. Upon moving into the Surf we found an uncleaned apartment due to a poor sub-leaser from the summer. The landlady Mary told us to clean it and she would pay us for our trouble however one year later we… See More
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Resident 2012 - 2014 Not Recommended

Updated 08/01/2014

Reviewed 08/01/2014

The location of the apartment is ideal, which is the only positive. I believe the practices and unethical tactics of Mary Devine to be extremely unprofessional and I question the legality of their practices. I moved into the apartment and lived there for 2 years with… See More
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Prospective Resident Visited 2014 Not Recommended

Updated 06/25/2014

Reviewed 06/25/2014

Two weeks prior to my arrival to Madison Mary Devine answers my emails asking for the signed contract. The current renter and I had already signed the sublease and we had been waiting for about three weeks for Mary to send me instructions on how to… See More
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skbruse • Resident 2014 Recommended

Updated 05/16/2014

Reviewed 05/16/2014

I honestly can't understand any negative review of the Surf. It is the best location in Madison, reasonably priced, with spectacular views of Lake Mendota. And Mary Devine is an absolutely awesome landlord! She is personable and extremely helpful. Actually have never had a landlord who… See More
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Resident 2013 - 2014 Not Recommended

Updated 02/19/2014

Reviewed 02/19/2014

Little response to phone messages. Promise of subleters not kept. Very disappointed!!! Overpriced. Dirty! See More
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Resident 2012 - 2013 Not Recommended

Updated 11/03/2013

Reviewed 11/03/2013

I could write a novel in this review, but I will try to keep it brief. The short answer is I would absolutely not recommend this building. There are some good points: the staff is pretty friendly and helpful when they are not busy and they… See More
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Resident 2013 Recommended

Updated 09/24/2013

Reviewed 09/24/2013

We intend to rent again when circumstance permits. Mary and the staff are very welcoming. The good condition of the 2 bdr apartment and Mary's accommodation of my furnishing request were wonderful. My wife liked the cleanliness and ease of using the laundry facilities. Both the… See More
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Resident 2013 Not Recommended

Updated 02/11/2013

Reviewed 02/11/2013

The apartment itself is very nice. The management is terrible. Mary is very unorganized and unprofessional. The staff enters apartments with out warning, won't return phone calls, and misses appointments without an explanation besides,"I just can't talk right now, I haven't had any sleep". Mary's mom… See More
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cb11 • Resident 2010 - 2012 Recommended

Updated 09/16/2012

Reviewed 09/16/2012

This is my 3rd year living at the Surf and I am shocked by the negative reviews I have read on this site. Living in this building has been the most positive renting experience I have ever had. Having a property manager like ----, who seems… See More
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Resident 2009 - 2010 Not Recommended

Updated 08/02/2012

Reviewed 08/02/2012

I lived at Surfside on two different occasions for my SASLI at UW-Madison. The apartment was nice but very expensive (looking at the price, it was not that much furnished). The bad thing i saw was the unprofessional attitude of the management. They did not give… See More
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Resident 2012 Not Recommended

Updated 03/10/2012

Reviewed 03/10/2012

This place is very unorganized, She will cheat you out of your money. I would not live here if I were you. IF you like getting lied too, cheated and have the smell of wet dog throughout your building this place may be a good fit.… See More
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Resident 2011 Not Recommended

Updated 11/28/2011

Reviewed 11/28/2011

Mary is literally crazy. My apartment was not done on time, it was almost a month behind schedule and we were expected to pay the full market rent. I am living on the 8th floor and it reeks of dogs and urine, the place is unsanitary.… See More
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Resident 2010 - 2011 Not Recommended

Updated 10/04/2011

Reviewed 10/04/2011

Living on the lake is always wonderful. The landlords are nice if you're nice to them...however, they're very unorganized and forgetful. They need frequent reminders for repairs. In addition, there is a 0% chance that you'll get your security deposit back, so make sure you consider… See More
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Resident 2009 - 2011 Not Recommended

Updated 09/14/2011

Reviewed 09/14/2011

Management- If something happens to your apartment, expect it to be fixed 8 months later. This place is understaffed and under qualified. Nothing gets done, fend for yourself. Internet - It's free but does not work. At all. View - Amazing See More
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  • Dogs Allowed
    Deposit: Required
    Rent: Required
    Restrictions: Breed restrictions apply.
  • Cats Allowed
    Deposit: Required
    Rent: Required

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Studio, 1 Bathroom

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    $900

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    Studio

1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

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    $1,651

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    1 Bedroom

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom

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    $1,900

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    2 Bedrooms

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

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    $2,745

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    2 Bedrooms

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

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    $2,766

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    4 Bedrooms

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Is there a weight limit on dogs that can live here?

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How easy is it to find guest parking?

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Never, Mary advertises the back lot three spots as guest parking but rents them out to tenants (even the handicap one).
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