Arriving at this superbly located apartment, meeting the rep whose name is Allan and getting the keys and instructions all went very well. Allan was cordial, helpful and we have no qualms about him. I had asked for extra care in cleaning because my wife is asthmatic, and at first impression, it was mostly clean, but once we settled in, we started noticing all the negative aspects this apartment had, including areas that had not been cleaned in a very long time. Grant it that it is an old building, and you must expect some wear but funny enough, the building seemed very well maintained while the apartment itself is far from it!
The pictures and the description of the place seem to be far off from the reality you find (taken when all was bright and new). The most important example pertains to the sleeping quarters. The sofa bed in the living room is not comfortable for sitting but much less for sleeping. It is hard as a rock, and when you open it, there is a bar straight in the middle, one side a bit softer, and the other not tolerable, so adult or child is obligated to sleep in a tight space as half the bed is unusable as that middle bar sticks into your back and ribs! Unless they replace this sofa (which I believe is different from the one pictured in the ad) count it as unusable. The bedroom has a comfortable mattress but without a box spring it is as low as a bed can get, and it so close to the wall that getting out of bed is a feat! The person sleeping on the inside has to roll over their partner if you happen to need to go to the bathroom. If you try to use the 6 inches at the foot of the bed to slip across, get ready for the sharp corners the unsuitable platform has because they will tear into you! Definitely not suited for older people. A simple frame and box spring for the mattress would render this bed better suited for its space. The three of us are in our early 60s, we are fit and healthy, and for us both beds were a struggle. The bedding is extremely poor—bad pillows, extremely worn out sheets (of bad quality to begin with), all in dire need of replacing! Both “shades” in living room and bedroom are broken, and way too thin for any light protection, and they don’t even fit the window spaces. Both shades make the apartment feel like it has been occupied by a poor college kid who has lived there since the 60s without changing a thing! The standing floor fan base is broken so it can only be kept in the corner it is, which precludes it helping with air flow in an apt that has an a/c in the bedroom but no a/c in the living room. We had 8 hangers to share between 3 people (why are there always so few hangers?) and no hook to put anything on in the entire apartment. The closet doors are leaning against the back of the closet and there is an old bathroom cabinet lying there. With such limited space, either these should go out, or the doors re-installed. The bathroom is a nightmare! The shower tiles are stone and they might have been clean, but they are so deteriorated it looks like you are entering a bat cave with grub all over (wish I could post a picture!) The toilet DOES NOT FLUSH with one sheet of paper! Even without it, using the waist basket at all times, you still need to flush more than once! Much of our second day was wasted just to get the toilet to work plunging every time it was used. We called Allan who told us to not use a lot of paper (which we had already realized) but the truth is that you cannot flush any paper. He came to check, plunged some more and said it was working fine: It was not! A simple sign on the wall that alerts one to not flush paper would help... but there is definitely a problem with the toilet. We had to plunge every time the toilet was used and place used toilet paper in the waste basket... Not pleasant when on vacation! Bulbs are missing or not working in the bathroom light, again making the apartment seem unkept and neglected. The ceiling in the bathroom on top of the wash basin needs repair; there is a year of accumulated dust and dirt on some door frames and windows as well as on the heater next to the living room wall. You get 4 cute little stools for the in-kitchen dining table, and they seem ok until you sit in them—2 tilt because they are missing screws, and one pumps you down the minute you sit in it as the mechanism is broken. The kitchen is small but comfortable enough for breakfast if it were better outfitted. But it is poorly equipped and lacks even a kitchen knife or enough utensils and glasses to comfortable prepare even light meals. Plates are missing and some are broken. We dared not use the toaster or toaster oven because they both are ready for retirement—that toaster oven is nasty (again, wish I could post my picture)!
In short, this apartment owner has two choices in my book: pull it out of the rental market until it gets a re-haul or lower the price so that you know what to expect. It doesn’t take much to make it right! But there is no doubt that the way it is now will guarantee renters will not return, once they have come to terms with being sorely disappointed in their first experience here, as we were
Great location for restaurants and shopping. One bed for two in the bedroom and a couch in the living room. When getting keys, check to make sure Internet works, and get written instructions for operating the cable TV. Bring your own hand soap,shampoo and face cloth.