Pros: Cute apartment, lovely grounds, very charming, nice residents! Killer location! Tons of light, pretty wood floors, absolutely insane sunsets if you have west-facing windows. Good water pressure with tons of hot water and absolutely stunning wreaths and white lights at the holidays. Very magical vibe because I really like old buildings and the architecture is fabulous. Cons: This is not a peaceful place to live or to work if you're remote, and the near constant noise doesn't come from the Village, it comes from: Excessive, constant, daily yard work with loud leaf blowers and mowers (I mean CONSTANT ... it was so hard to hang out/get anything done/nap/watch TV if you work from home or are just home at all during the day), very, very loud hissing radiators which I know can come with a very old building but made it hard to sleep, I could hear next door neighbors' every move on both sides (I literally could hear the woman next to me sneeze) and I was kept up many nights by the neighbor's extremely loud theater-style sound system but could never figure out which unit to politely ask them to turn it down (because management wants you to deal with these things on your own and the building was adjoined to mine but I couldn't access it), a car alarm went off for several hours every night for a week straight which means my kids and I couldn't sleep, and management could do nothing about it even though a few of them live on site and I took pictures of the parking permit and license plates, and they kicked off extremely loud renovations in the unit below me right as the pandemic hit, which made the place unlivable/unworkable and I needed to work from home like many folks. I was told there was nothing they could do as they promised the new resident it would be ready, with no regard for the existing resident who needed to to have some degree of quiet in the apartment to do my job. Internet went out for several days but was never communicated when it was restored so I knew when I could come back (as I was working from home, I had to relocate to do my job). Additionally, I always felt like I was walking on eggshells when I stopped into the office to ask for something. A few kinda snippy/snappy/perpetually irritated folks in there, and one or two really nice ones. There is also a pretty serious centipede problem (I started naming them and it was fun to catch them and try to set them free, but my daughters HATED it, as they'd wake up in the middle of the night with several centipedes on the walls or waiting for them in the shower in the morning, the hallway windows are caked in dirt and cobwebs, and the hallway carpet was only vacuumed maybe twice in a year, and once because I asked. Apartment was not clean when I moved in. I had to scrub top to bottom. With a seemingly large on-site maintenance team, we had to literally kick the bathroom door down when the lock got stuck with my 7yo daughter inside. On call maintenance was two hours away in Mankato and she was panicked, so we did what we had to do. They didn't replace the door nor the lock. Just glued it back together. Quite the adventure!
The apartments are really well kept (and super cute!) and the management is incredibly responsive. I've never had any issues, and when minor fixes have been needed in the apartment (from regular wear and tear) someone is always out to fix it the same day. Plus, it's located in a great neighborhood close to a lot of restaurants, stores, and the river.
My wife, son, and I lived here two years while we settled into the Twin Cities and shopped for a house. The apartments are beautifully maintained, the grounds are immaculate, the management treats tenants like family, and the location is direct in the middle of everything in the Twin Cities. Couldn’t recommend it enough. Thanks guys for a great stay!
A terrific place to live. This is my happy place. I was here for 3+ years before I bought a house and I never had a bad experience. The staff is friendly and responsive. The grounds are well maintained and are plain spectacular to look at in the fall. It’s also a lot quieter than you would expect given the proximity to all of the retail space. The private drive really helps with that. Some other random highlights: - parking area always plowed by 9 AM, usually earlier - brand new kitchens - cheap utility cost - awesomely fast and cheap fiber internet with Arvig (who are also great incidentally) - garden plots available - huge courtyards with squirrels, rabbits, and hawks abound You should live here. You’ll love it.
Loved living here. Great staff, buildings and location.
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