The Willows

★★☆☆☆

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The Willows is in a great location: close to banks, the post office, the library, Fred Meyer, and lots of restaurants and bus lines; Lake City Way is only two blocks away and NE 125th Street, one blocks. I did at first find the apartment somewhat cozy and quaint in its own way, but I had problems during the four years I lived here.

First, the top floor is dreadfully hot in the summer, at least five to ten degrees HOTTER than the outside. In the summer of 2009 it reached a blistering 108 degrees inside my apartment and I could not sleep until the next morning. The other major problem is that the walls are very thin, and I could hear a normal conversation next door, and even my neighbor sweeping the floor with the radio at a "normal" level. I could also hear my neighbor BELOW me unloading his dishwasher at 2:00 a.m., and the bathroom fan reverberated through the walls like the motor on a fishing vessel, meaning NO SLEEP while those fans are on. The walls are paper thin. My apartment was barely 500 square feet, and when I moved in, in 2006, the rent was a tolerable $575 a month. Now it's a comical $850 a month, and back in 2007 they started charging the tenants for water, sewer and garbage through Minol ripoff management.

There is no accurate way to measure water usage for each apartment, thus I strongly resented having to pay for the four neighbors next door to me crammed into that tiny apartment who were also doing their laundry in the bathtub and using four times as much water. Strong resentments, terms of which I never agreed to when I signed the lease. Not to mention, the parking stalls at the Willows are 92" wide (I measured them), meaning they are too narrow to get in and out of your car without damaging someone else's vehicle or having yours damaged, and that's just ridiculous. Six inches between doors is NOT ENOUGH! I suppose if you don't drive then it's not a problem.

Two washers and two driers are also INSUFFICIENT for 21 apartments and 30 tenants. NO SECURITY, anyone off the street can go to anyone's door without passing through a locked security door, and I didn't like that, either. I was glad to have moved out! Cornell and Associates, the management company, also billed me OVER my deposit to cover cleaning costs that I already paid for, and that did not sit well with me, because I felt it UNREASONABLE, as I left the apartment in very good shape, having had the carpets professionally cleaned along with all the other rooms by a professional cleaner, and they STILL charged me a cleaning fee, meaning I was RIPPED OFF by CORNELL AND ASSOCIATES. The manager, Shirley, was not very nice during the move-out procedure, and basically demanded that every single nook and cranny be SPOTLESS, which is nearly impossible.

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The Willows is in a great location: close to banks, the post office, the library, Fred Meyer, and lots of restaurants and bus lines; Lake City Way is only two blocks away and NE 125th Street, one blocks. I did at first find the apartment somewhat cozy and quaint in its own way, but I had problems during the four years I lived here.

First, the top floor is dreadfully hot in the summer, at least five to ten degrees HOTTER than the outside. In the summer of 2009 it reached a blistering 108 degrees inside my apartment and I could not sleep until the next morning. The other major problem is that the walls are very thin, and I could hear a normal conversation next door, and even my neighbor sweeping the floor with the radio at a "normal" level. I could also hear my neighbor BELOW me unloading his dishwasher at 2:00 a.m., and the bathroom fan reverberated through the walls like the motor on a fishing vessel, meaning NO SLEEP while those fans are on. The walls are paper thin. My apartment was barely 500 square feet, and when I moved in, in 2006, the rent was a tolerable $575 a month. Now it's a comical $850 a month, and back in 2007 they started charging the tenants for water, sewer and garbage through Minol ripoff management.

There is no accurate way to measure water usage for each apartment, thus I strongly resented having to pay for the four neighbors next door to me crammed into that tiny apartment who were also doing their laundry in the bathtub and using four times as much water. Strong resentments, terms of which I never agreed to when I signed the lease. Not to mention, the parking stalls at the Willows are 92" wide (I measured them), meaning they are too narrow to get in and out of your car without damaging someone else's vehicle or having yours damaged, and that's just ridiculous. Six inches between doors is NOT ENOUGH! I suppose if you don't drive then it's not a problem.

Two washers and two driers are also INSUFFICIENT for 21 apartments and 30 tenants. NO SECURITY, anyone off the street can go to anyone's door without passing through a locked security door, and I didn't like that, either. I was glad to have moved out! Cornell and Associates, the management company, also billed me OVER my deposit to cover cleaning costs that I already paid for, and that did not sit well with me, because I felt it UNREASONABLE, as I left the apartment in very good shape, having had the carpets professionally cleaned along with all the other rooms by a professional cleaner, and they STILL charged me a cleaning fee, meaning I was RIPPED OFF by CORNELL AND ASSOCIATES. The manager, Shirley, was not very nice during the move-out procedure, and basically demanded that every single nook and cranny be SPOTLESS, which is nearly impossible.

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