The neighborhood was ok to deal with, but there were 2 shootings in the past year, and several people were robbed in the parking lot of lake meadows. The schools include a combination of kids from various apartment complexes in the area, so its a mixture of rowdy kids and kids from higher incomes thrown into one environment.
As for the apartment, the lobby was always nice, but once you stepped off the elevator, it was like stepping into a project building, the old metal doors are a shock to your eyes, and smell on each floor is terrible. my building regularly smelled of various foul odors, and on a good day I only have 20-30 mosquitos and spiders in my house. They finally installed screens in the bedroom windows a few weeks ago, but we still get a few bugs in the kitchen and living room windows. The kitchen cabinets are not wood, they are old metal cabinets that have been been painted over soo many times, that they dont close properly. and the applicances are soo outdated that my great grandma has this exact same stove at her house. honestly, I didnt know these appliacnes were even still in existance. The bathrooms are soo small, I could barely fit a bathroom rug in the bathroom and the plumbing is crazy- my toilet stops up 4-5 times per week. The walls are soo thin that when someone is knocking on the neighbors door, it sounds like they are knocking on our door. Every single morning we can hear the upstairs neighbors yelling at their kids to get up for school. One morning, my entry door was stuck and I couldnt get out of my apartment to go to work. I had to wait until they came and removed the entire door. The heat is controlled by the building, so we have radiators, which are really hard to get used to, if you are used to having central air/heat. They keep the heat on until May 15th, so on those hot summer nights, its practically hot and sticky in your apartment. The most outrageous thing was the air conditioner rule. The windows are soo soo old and outdated that management will only allow certain air conditioners in your apartment. So, In order to have AC in your apartment, you must purchase an air conditioner from Lake Meadows for $250.00 and then you must pay them 100.00 fee to install it. The security staff puts tickets on your car for any given reason, although you dont have to pay tickets, they are placed as part of your record with management and it is stuck on your car glass and very very difficult to remove. So, imagine getting one of these on your car every week after car wash. Its almost like removing glue from your windows, A HEADACHE.. Even though there are over 100 apartments in this building, the laundry room only has 6 washers and dryers, so at any givin time, one or two people will be using all the washers in the laundry room and then security locks the laundryroom at midnite, so you cant even go try to catch a washer in the middle of the nite while everyone else is asleep.. In addition, you must purchase a laundry card for $3.00 before you can begin to load money on it to wash your clothes. So basically you pay $3.00 for the privilage of using the laundry room. The funny part is, I received a letter 6 months after I moved in, asking me to renew my lease for an additional year. They were trying to lock me for another round on this roller coaster. They said if I didnt renew my lease now, the rent will go up an extra 100.00. So I refused and guess what its now 3 months later, and I just got my letter saying my rent is going up and I must notify them if I am moving within 30 days. Although The staff is really nice overall the living experience is not what I expected at all.
That should save you from any further onslaught of generic answers that will do you no good. Now get off the computer and and go chat up some new friends in Lake Meadows.
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As the other Realtor mentioned check with the police department and follow the links she provided. There is crime in all areas. It's a big city. If you choose to go forward, enjoy!