The Palisades

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  • 13808 NE 12th St

    Bellevue, WA 98005

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  • 425-747-5522

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Upon initial appearance, this place looks decent. But I was fooled. I moved out of the Palisades last March, ending what I feel was a completely draining, stressful experience. I now live in Metro 112, in downtown Bellevue. It's a brand new apartment, super nice, super secure, super quiet, with my own washer and dryer...and it costs exactly the same, if you account for the fact that although the rent is a little bit higher, the electricity bill is about $150 lower! I LOVE it, and I've been at the Metro now for 9 months. I put this here so that you don't think I'm a negative Nancy, because I'm about to tell you how bad the Palisades are:

1) Bad insulation. In the winter, it was impossible to keep warm, and SUPER expensive. I had a thermostat in each bedroom and the living room, and I had to just keep the living room one turned all the way down, and just shut my door and live in the bedrooms to even VAGUELY afford the electricity, as all the warm air was nullified by the single-paned, sweaty, moldy windows. I even hung up thick curtains over every single window to keep the heat in, but it only helped so much. My electricity bill in the winter, heating only the two bedrooms cost me $185/month! Just to compare, my current electric bill in the Metro 112 is around $35-39/month. During that summer, the Palisades BAKES. The walls get very hot, and they don't cool off until late at night. If you are unfortunate to have bad neighbors, you won't get any sleep, due to the partying, smoking, and misc. bedroom noises you'll get to hear all night long.

2) It seemed like every other week or so, maintenance felt the need to come into my apartment. I had a pet, and they would tell me a range of days they would come in, but as the door lead directly to the outside, it always caused me quite a bit of stress wondering which day to "lock up" my cat, as I didn't want to leave my cat just wandering around the apartment, as I had caught them several times just leaving my door open when they entered!!! Also, I don't wear shoes in my dwellings, and every time they came in, they tromped around in their muddy shoes on the (new) carpet, and I'd have to carefully clean it up afterward, otherwise, I'm sure I would have had to pay for the damages.

3) POTHEADS!!!! When I first moved into the apartment, I had decent neighbors on either side of my apartment. There was no one below. Then, a couple guys moved in below and they were heavy smokers, not just cigarettes, but also pot. They also partied, played their music so loud I couldn't hear my roommate, vomited loudly at 3:00 a.m. off the patio, and cursed at people as they walked by in the neighboring apartment complex. I called the police on them twice. I complained over and over and over again to management. Management occasionally would give them a note about quieting down, but that's it. The main management lady started treating me as the trouble maker. She acted like I was making stuff up. It was horrible, and nothing ever happened to them. Also, they would come up to my door and pound on it, making threats. They came up to my roommate, who walked her dog outside, and cursed at her (about me). It was the most horrible experience I've ever had, and I dreaded coming home from work every day. It made me so nervous I would start shaking when I saw them. It was very hostile. I think I also forgot to say that all the smoking they did came up through their ceiling, through the floor, and into the apartment. I couldn't get away from it. Everything smelled of cigarettes and pot, and as I am not a smoker, it was very gross to me. Also, I had a lot of allergy problems while I was there.

4) On top of all that, there was only one washer/dryer per building. At some point, someone kicked in the door to the washer/dryer, taped the dryer door shut. Why? I don't know, and also my roommate's clothing was stolen. Specifically, t-shirts with video game references were stolen from the laundry. Everything else was left in tact. I mean, seriously???? I stopped doing my laundry and would just take my clothes over to my boyfriend's every few weeks. Sadly, Bellevue doesn't seem to have any laundromats, so laundry was just always an ordeal.

There were other little irritations, too (like neighbors or their visitors parking in my numbered and assigned parking spot over and over again, double-parking behind each other, circuit breakers having issues if you used a space heater, refrigerator going out--they "fixed" mine by exchanging it with one from an empty apartment, they also fixed my door sill by taking one from another apartment...also, my nicer neighbors had packages that were stolen).

You won't get your refundable deposit back 100%, no matter what you do. They will take out $50+ for carpet cleaning.

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★☆☆☆☆

Upon initial appearance, this place looks decent. But I was fooled. I moved out of the Palisades last March, ending what I feel was a completely draining, stressful experience. I now live in Metro 112, in downtown Bellevue. It's a brand new apartment, super nice, super secure, super quiet, with my own washer and dryer...and it costs exactly the same, if you account for the fact that although the rent is a little bit higher, the electricity bill is about $150 lower! I LOVE it, and I've been at the Metro now for 9 months. I put this here so that you don't think I'm a negative Nancy, because I'm about to tell you how bad the Palisades are:

1) Bad insulation. In the winter, it was impossible to keep warm, and SUPER expensive. I had a thermostat in each bedroom and the living room, and I had to just keep the living room one turned all the way down, and just shut my door and live in the bedrooms to even VAGUELY afford the electricity, as all the warm air was nullified by the single-paned, sweaty, moldy windows. I even hung up thick curtains over every single window to keep the heat in, but it only helped so much. My electricity bill in the winter, heating only the two bedrooms cost me $185/month! Just to compare, my current electric bill in the Metro 112 is around $35-39/month. During that summer, the Palisades BAKES. The walls get very hot, and they don't cool off until late at night. If you are unfortunate to have bad neighbors, you won't get any sleep, due to the partying, smoking, and misc. bedroom noises you'll get to hear all night long.

2) It seemed like every other week or so, maintenance felt the need to come into my apartment. I had a pet, and they would tell me a range of days they would come in, but as the door lead directly to the outside, it always caused me quite a bit of stress wondering which day to "lock up" my cat, as I didn't want to leave my cat just wandering around the apartment, as I had caught them several times just leaving my door open when they entered!!! Also, I don't wear shoes in my dwellings, and every time they came in, they tromped around in their muddy shoes on the (new) carpet, and I'd have to carefully clean it up afterward, otherwise, I'm sure I would have had to pay for the damages.

3) POTHEADS!!!! When I first moved into the apartment, I had decent neighbors on either side of my apartment. There was no one below. Then, a couple guys moved in below and they were heavy smokers, not just cigarettes, but also pot. They also partied, played their music so loud I couldn't hear my roommate, vomited loudly at 3:00 a.m. off the patio, and cursed at people as they walked by in the neighboring apartment complex. I called the police on them twice. I complained over and over and over again to management. Management occasionally would give them a note about quieting down, but that's it. The main management lady started treating me as the trouble maker. She acted like I was making stuff up. It was horrible, and nothing ever happened to them. Also, they would come up to my door and pound on it, making threats. They came up to my roommate, who walked her dog outside, and cursed at her (about me). It was the most horrible experience I've ever had, and I dreaded coming home from work every day. It made me so nervous I would start shaking when I saw them. It was very hostile. I think I also forgot to say that all the smoking they did came up through their ceiling, through the floor, and into the apartment. I couldn't get away from it. Everything smelled of cigarettes and pot, and as I am not a smoker, it was very gross to me. Also, I had a lot of allergy problems while I was there.

4) On top of all that, there was only one washer/dryer per building. At some point, someone kicked in the door to the washer/dryer, taped the dryer door shut. Why? I don't know, and also my roommate's clothing was stolen. Specifically, t-shirts with video game references were stolen from the laundry. Everything else was left in tact. I mean, seriously???? I stopped doing my laundry and would just take my clothes over to my boyfriend's every few weeks. Sadly, Bellevue doesn't seem to have any laundromats, so laundry was just always an ordeal.

There were other little irritations, too (like neighbors or their visitors parking in my numbered and assigned parking spot over and over again, double-parking behind each other, circuit breakers having issues if you used a space heater, refrigerator going out--they "fixed" mine by exchanging it with one from an empty apartment, they also fixed my door sill by taking one from another apartment...also, my nicer neighbors had packages that were stolen).

You won't get your refundable deposit back 100%, no matter what you do. They will take out $50+ for carpet cleaning.

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The rent is very cheap! I rented a 1-bdr and the price is about 620, which is the lowest price I can find around this area. Usually a one bedroom cost you about 800. Yet I had to consistently ignore the miscolored carpet. Every fice or six days I can find police cars inside the community.

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The rent is very cheap! I rented a 1-bdr and the price is about 620, which is the lowest price I can find around this area. Usually a one bedroom cost you about 800. Yet I had to consistently ignore the miscolored carpet. Every fice or six days I can find police cars inside the community.

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