By Sue Pak
, May 05, 2017
I've lived here for 10 months now and definitely have had a mix of experiences. To start off with the bad.
- The first 2ish months, the management was partnered with SimpleBills, which is the most idiotic and inefficient method of paying one's bills. However, the management was receptive to complaints and broke the contract early.
- My unit was located on the half-basement floor. Thus, the humidity was always very high. The unit was automatically furnished with a de-humidifier, but that becomes almost useless when the bin is filling up within 30 minutes and the electric bill comes back doubled.
- Due to the humidity, our unit always had a problem with moths. When I first moved in, it took about an hour to clean up all the dead moths in the toilet, in the cabinet, on the floors, etc etc. They finally seemed to have vanished in April/May for whatever reason - good riddance.
- The first month or two, my roommate and I were getting flea bites. Thankfully, the problem resolved on its own without the need for an exterminator. However, following soon after, I started getting bug bites all over my body. (I suspect carpenter ants). However, moving my bed away from the window fixed this issue as well.
- Because of its prime location next to the bars, you will be exposed to random drunken shrieks and annoying shouts late into the night. I have been woken up several times due to this, but it's to be expected.
- The building manager is often non-responsive, not in the office, and is quite slow in drawing up papers. She is friendly enough, but always seems to have an excuse as to why nothing is getting done.
- For SOME reason, all of my complex neighbors on my floor appeared to be loud frat boys. While I didn't have a direct problem with most, there would be random slamming of doors and obnoxious yelling in the hallway.
- Out heater was super inefficient, and oftentimes just felt like it was pushing out lukewarm air. Thankfully, we didn't have to deal with spiking temperatures because being half-basement already provided enough insulation.
- Parking can be annoying. The parking lot is tight, which makes it a pain when you have to back out because there are no available slots open. Thankfully, there is plenty of street parking near the apartment. However, I had to opt for the parking garage during Grand Prix week.
- Maintenance is great. You can call Terry for any maintenance issues and he will pick up and try to fix the problem as soon as possible. He is very friendly and usually very responsive.
- Thicker walls. I've experienced the pain of living in apartments with extremely thin walls. So I greatly appreciated this apartment's padding. I could still hear my upstairs neighbors if they were jumping or yelling or playing loud bass, but usually, it was very quiet.
- Location. Seriously, it's an about 3-5 minute walk to the bars. It almost seems a bit of a waste that I didn't go out as much as I could have!
- Ample space for the price. Our living room is the biggest living room I have ever had in an apartment. It was a good deal, especially for the price of our rent.
- Good initial impression of main management. While you won't ever really interact with the main managers of CPM, they were very warm and friendly when we first met them. Perhaps that's to be expected when they're trying to sell you their apartments, but having met some rude managements, it was an appreciated gesture.
Overall, this is a nice place and a nice location. It is not perfect by any means, but it felt more comfortable and quiet than my previous two apartments on campus.
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