Library Gardens

★☆☆☆☆
  • 2020 Kittredge St Ste D

    Berkeley, CA 94704

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  • 510-540-5454

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The place looks cute I'll give them that, but everything else is HORRIBLE. There have been so many problems in the apartment (broken microwave, leaking shower, coffee stains on the carpet when we moved in) and we have had to call multiple times to get management to do anything about it.. still waiting on them to come fix the shower. Management is the WORST. It was my mistake to ignore the bad reviews and move in anyways. They are unorganized, incompetent, and rude. Every time they say they will get something done, you can guarantee that it WON'T happen. In order to laundry you have to pay for a special card (there is no other option) and the machine is completely out of cards. I told management about it and they said they would have it restocked within 24 hours. It has been a WEEK and still no cards. I'm not paying an overpriced rent to not be able to do laundry at my apartment. DON'T LIVE HERE, YOU WILL REGRET IT GUARANTEED. And final note, all the good reviews are posted by people who work here, it's all fake.

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★☆☆☆☆

The place looks cute I'll give them that, but everything else is HORRIBLE. There have been so many problems in the apartment (broken microwave, leaking shower, coffee stains on the carpet when we moved in) and we have had to call multiple times to get management to do anything about it.. still waiting on them to come fix the shower. Management is the WORST. It was my mistake to ignore the bad reviews and move in anyways. They are unorganized, incompetent, and rude. Every time they say they will get something done, you can guarantee that it WON'T happen. In order to laundry you have to pay for a special card (there is no other option) and the machine is completely out of cards. I told management about it and they said they would have it restocked within 24 hours. It has been a WEEK and still no cards. I'm not paying an overpriced rent to not be able to do laundry at my apartment. DON'T LIVE HERE, YOU WILL REGRET IT GUARANTEED. And final note, all the good reviews are posted by people who work here, it's all fake.

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The simple fact is that there are so many, many things wrong with Library Gardens that they astronomically outweigh the good, and when you are paying $2200 for a 2-bedroom apartment, that just isn't good enough.Biggest problem? NOISE! The windows in your apartment are made from something close to ceran wrap. To make matters worse because of the courtyard layout everything echoes and is therefore magnified in volume. If your neighbor has a window open across the yard you will be able to hear everything... I mean, literally everything, even if YOUR windows are closed. It's unbelievable. I have lost count of the amount of sleepless nights I have had because of someones TV or stereo or students partying. It's the same in the corridors and halls. Someone chatting on a cell-phone? You'll hear it! Someone having an argument? You'll hear it! And I don't mean just in a distant, background din kind of a way. I mean in a right next to you as if somebody were doing this in your apartment kind of a way. You simply cannot get any peace and quiet here.There is also a weird amount of internal noise, such as loud water pipes between the walls and "AC units" (for why that is in quotes read on) on the roof that emit a slowly haunting and steadily gnawing "white noise" at night which, over the period of your lease, will draw you to the edges of your sanity.There are a lot of other things wrong too. Elevators that are always broken down, faulty appliances in your apartment, laundry dryers that refuse to dry your clothes, incredibly loud fridges that howl like an angry wolf for thirty minutes at a time. So many things about these apartment are horrific and awful that when you hand over your 2,200 bucks every month you will feel an angry rage in your gut.It's here that we come to the other big problem with these "luxury" apartments. No AC. Seriously none. When I first moved in I thought my temperature control was bust, the place was so hot. There is a a wall unit which gives you a readout of your apartment's temperature. Trust me, never expect it to be below 70. From here you can allegedly program the temp you want it to be and the "cool air" will kick in. Except for one slight, teeny, minor problem. There is no AC! A couple of tiny little fans behind vents in your wall will faintly exhale something roughly equivalent to that which a butterfly's wings flapping from 50 feet away might produce. That's it! Within a week I had to go out and buy fans.Final things to mention: Parking is $100. Make sure to add that on to the rent when you are doing your sums. Also it is worth noting that there seems to be no fixed price on what a place can go for. The apartments are listed on Craigs' List every day and at different times of the year they will be going for wildly different prices. Getting to know my neighbors before I moved proved really interesting when we compared what we were paying, often totally different amounts for identical apartments. At the moment they are advertising 1 beds for 2,000 dollars! Seriously, 2,000 dollars for 500 square feet of misery! If you get signed up in to that deal, then you really are a sucker! Even the staff here suck. They are sullen, unhelpful and only concerned with leasing apartments. The second you have signed the lease, they will treat you like a worthless piece of dirt. Oh.. and they can and will raise your rent whenever they like. We were offered a manager's special after our 9 months expired... which was $160 more than when we moved in!! Seriously. Oh and by the way, they don't advertise this or tell you when you move in, but there is an apartment manager on site. Get this though... she has a 'do not disturb sign' on her door! Can you believe that!? Seriously, this place is the pits! Library Gardens is an outrageous rip-off. The idea that this is luxurious living is laughable. I hated living here. I don't know anybody that has ever renewed their lease. I drew a big sigh of relief when moving out. My advice to anyone thinking of moving here would be don't, don't, don't, DON'T!

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★☆☆☆☆

The simple fact is that there are so many, many things wrong with Library Gardens that they astronomically outweigh the good, and when you are paying $2200 for a 2-bedroom apartment, that just isn't good enough.Biggest problem? NOISE! The windows in your apartment are made from something close to ceran wrap. To make matters worse because of the courtyard layout everything echoes and is therefore magnified in volume. If your neighbor has a window open across the yard you will be able to hear everything... I mean, literally everything, even if YOUR windows are closed. It's unbelievable. I have lost count of the amount of sleepless nights I have had because of someones TV or stereo or students partying. It's the same in the corridors and halls. Someone chatting on a cell-phone? You'll hear it! Someone having an argument? You'll hear it! And I don't mean just in a distant, background din kind of a way. I mean in a right next to you as if somebody were doing this in your apartment kind of a way. You simply cannot get any peace and quiet here.There is also a weird amount of internal noise, such as loud water pipes between the walls and "AC units" (for why that is in quotes read on) on the roof that emit a slowly haunting and steadily gnawing "white noise" at night which, over the period of your lease, will draw you to the edges of your sanity.There are a lot of other things wrong too. Elevators that are always broken down, faulty appliances in your apartment, laundry dryers that refuse to dry your clothes, incredibly loud fridges that howl like an angry wolf for thirty minutes at a time. So many things about these apartment are horrific and awful that when you hand over your 2,200 bucks every month you will feel an angry rage in your gut.It's here that we come to the other big problem with these "luxury" apartments. No AC. Seriously none. When I first moved in I thought my temperature control was bust, the place was so hot. There is a a wall unit which gives you a readout of your apartment's temperature. Trust me, never expect it to be below 70. From here you can allegedly program the temp you want it to be and the "cool air" will kick in. Except for one slight, teeny, minor problem. There is no AC! A couple of tiny little fans behind vents in your wall will faintly exhale something roughly equivalent to that which a butterfly's wings flapping from 50 feet away might produce. That's it! Within a week I had to go out and buy fans.Final things to mention: Parking is $100. Make sure to add that on to the rent when you are doing your sums. Also it is worth noting that there seems to be no fixed price on what a place can go for. The apartments are listed on Craigs' List every day and at different times of the year they will be going for wildly different prices. Getting to know my neighbors before I moved proved really interesting when we compared what we were paying, often totally different amounts for identical apartments. At the moment they are advertising 1 beds for 2,000 dollars! Seriously, 2,000 dollars for 500 square feet of misery! If you get signed up in to that deal, then you really are a sucker! Even the staff here suck. They are sullen, unhelpful and only concerned with leasing apartments. The second you have signed the lease, they will treat you like a worthless piece of dirt. Oh.. and they can and will raise your rent whenever they like. We were offered a manager's special after our 9 months expired... which was $160 more than when we moved in!! Seriously. Oh and by the way, they don't advertise this or tell you when you move in, but there is an apartment manager on site. Get this though... she has a 'do not disturb sign' on her door! Can you believe that!? Seriously, this place is the pits! Library Gardens is an outrageous rip-off. The idea that this is luxurious living is laughable. I hated living here. I don't know anybody that has ever renewed their lease. I drew a big sigh of relief when moving out. My advice to anyone thinking of moving here would be don't, don't, don't, DON'T!

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The management is awful. The walls are thin. To get any kind of maintenance you have to bother them repeatedly. The dryers don't dry. Oh and they treat their tenants as if they're doing us a huge favor by allowing us to pay 2500 a month to live here. Dealing with the management here is like dealing with disrespectful incompetent fools who are on a power trip, but ultimately know nothing about customer service or running a business.

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★☆☆☆☆

The management is awful. The walls are thin. To get any kind of maintenance you have to bother them repeatedly. The dryers don't dry. Oh and they treat their tenants as if they're doing us a huge favor by allowing us to pay 2500 a month to live here. Dealing with the management here is like dealing with disrespectful incompetent fools who are on a power trip, but ultimately know nothing about customer service or running a business.

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The property management has been the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with; it takes forever for them to fix things (we've made requests at least 3 times before the maintenance even responded). At the end of the lease, they hiked the monthly rent by 10% on an already ridiculously expensive rent ($2500 for 2 bedrooms with no utilities included). The on-site facilities aren't that great either. The dryer won't dry the clothes even when you only put in half the laundry load; the public recycle bins aren't emptied regularly, so there's always a mess in the hallway. Even when we decided to move, they only returned 1/20 of our original deposit (which was one month's rent). This is a brand new apartment, and was kept in good condition, yet they only returned about $150 of our rent. On top of all of this, they never honored the referral fees (we still didn't get a check when we moved out) Absolutely avoid this place if you can, especially if you're a student! (Beware: they try to give you a seemingly good deal in the beginning, but if you want to avoid moving at the end of the year, DON'T live here)

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★☆☆☆☆

The property management has been the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with; it takes forever for them to fix things (we've made requests at least 3 times before the maintenance even responded). At the end of the lease, they hiked the monthly rent by 10% on an already ridiculously expensive rent ($2500 for 2 bedrooms with no utilities included). The on-site facilities aren't that great either. The dryer won't dry the clothes even when you only put in half the laundry load; the public recycle bins aren't emptied regularly, so there's always a mess in the hallway. Even when we decided to move, they only returned 1/20 of our original deposit (which was one month's rent). This is a brand new apartment, and was kept in good condition, yet they only returned about $150 of our rent. On top of all of this, they never honored the referral fees (we still didn't get a check when we moved out) Absolutely avoid this place if you can, especially if you're a student! (Beware: they try to give you a seemingly good deal in the beginning, but if you want to avoid moving at the end of the year, DON'T live here)

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