Once again we have become apartment dwellers. We are going on our 2nd week and for the most part all is well. Every situation has its ups and downs. There are things that you love and there are things that you do not like. Those things you do not like are usually outside of your control and more times than not you have to learn how to live with it.
We love how beautifully kept the property is where we live.
I love how professional and courteous all the staff are. I realize we have only been here for two weeks, but thus far I have been very impressed with how fast they take care of maintenance problems here. For an apartment complex that is saying a lot. We have lived in other apartment complexes over the years, and for the most part, you are lucky if they come take care of the problem the same week you report it.
We live in a 2 bedroom apartment and we share it with our daughter Kristina Lynn. We have the master bedroom and she has a bedroom of her own. The floor plan is well laid out and very cozy. We do not have tons of room but it is plenty of space for what we need. For a nominal fee we rent a garage and small storage space which is well worth it.
When you live in an apartment complex you find yourself in a community of apartment dwellers. The apartments are nice and spacious but they are stacked three deep. We live on the ground floor and the neighbors above us have two 10 to 12 year old boys. We know they are there because we hear them for the vast majority of the day. I think that walking softly is a foreign concept to them. Now that I think about it, when I was 12, I probably stomped around like an ape myself. The only difference is we lived in a one story house and not an apartment complex. I also was not allowed to play what seems to be “inside rugby” for hours on end, while my parents (partners) are way at work.
Listening to the boys stomp around all day is going to take some getting used to. Our first week we got acquainted with our upstairs neighbors, and exchanged phone numbers so we can communicate. Their boys are causing us some irritation, and apparently our dogs are causing them some equal irritation. Our dogs, Frodo and Willow, seem to think that no one should live here but us.
They are not used to the idea that we are apartment dwellers. I figure that it has only been 2 weeks, and hopefully they will settle down and get used to the steady diet of strange noises.
I find it interesting that my upstairs neighbors want us to be courteous of their quiet time, and for us to control our dogs as much as possible. However, it is ok for them to walk their dog behind our apartment which in turn causes Frodo and Willow to go nuts. Needless to say, with hardwood floors, when the dogs sound off it is like an echo chamber.
I also find it interesting that our neighbors know that there is a rule you should pick up your dog poo but lots of folks just refuse to do it. Why do they want us to pick up the dog poo? Because lots and lots of dog poo eventually gets unbearably smelly and looks gross. I have seen the maintenance men walking around with poo “picker upper” devices during the day ridding the landscape of this stuff. I am sure that is the highlight of their day.
Over all we are happy we are here. We are in a much nicer place and a much nicer environment. We probably won’t stay here for 3 or 4 years but it is home for now.
Do you have any apartment complex horror stories? I would love to hear them.