Review: Villas At Chestnut Ridge

Review: Villas At Chestnut Ridge

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ttt

Bronx, NY

#1 Jan 25, 2009
Great place to live, but they have to do a much much better job with snow removal.

Since: Jan 09

Grand Island, NY

#2 Jan 25, 2009
My apt down the street on Willow Ridge is way better, and also so much cheaper.

Don't by the hype by pissing your $$ away.
Anon

Buffalo, NY

#3 May 17, 2010
Noise is a big problem. They do not follow their leasing standards. Come and take a walk around the community, cigarette butts everywhere, the little pond is filthy and garbage in it. Goose/duck poop all over the sidewalk in the Summer/Fall. Look around down the street or across. Too expensive, one person per lease, where other apts. you can split rent. You pay for electric bill, other than that the other utilities are covered.

Not recommended.
Do not sign the lease

Buffalo, NY

#4 May 17, 2010
Pros: Free coffee, free B&W printing, gym. Rooms are furnished.

Cons:
-Crazy college drivers on the parking lot. More than 25% of the cars parked in the lot have noticeable damages to their vehicle.
- Long weekends = lots of parties. Not a place for serious students to live, it is really annoying at night. The "residential advisers" over night don't do anything. Had to call the town police to get something done.
- No alcohol outside of the building. BULL. You see college students, half probably underaged outside drinking, smoking, throwing their garbage on the grass outside. Disgusting.
- Lease states, NO PETS. Yet you see residents walking their dog, I even saw a resident with a cat once.
- The people at the front desk are college students who live there. Management is another story, but they sure don't keep a close eye on what happens over night.
- Trash littered everywhere.
- In the winter with the heat on, the 3rd floor is broiling (heat rises).
- EXPENSIVE!!! Each person pays for the rent amount. You cannot share.
- The USPS drops off the mail, and the Villas staff sorts the mail into the boxes, which can take up until 5~6pm at night to get your mail.
- They do no accept packages that cannot fit in the larger boxes, will be left at the door or not at all.
- Clique "community events"

Basically an off-campus college dorm without surveillance none-to-less.

Avoid signing here.
Amherst fat gal

Lockport, NY

#5 May 17, 2010
Do not sign the lease wrote:
Pros: Free coffee, free B&W printing, gym. Rooms are furnished.
Cons:
-Crazy college drivers on the parking lot. More than 25% of the cars parked in the lot have noticeable damages to their vehicle.
- Long weekends = lots of parties. Not a place for serious students to live, it is really annoying at night. The "residential advisers" over night don't do anything. Had to call the town police to get something done.
- No alcohol outside of the building. BULL. You see college students, half probably underaged outside drinking, smoking, throwing their garbage on the grass outside. Disgusting.
- Lease states, NO PETS. Yet you see residents walking their dog, I even saw a resident with a cat once.
- The people at the front desk are college students who live there. Management is another story, but they sure don't keep a close eye on what happens over night.
- Trash littered everywhere.
- In the winter with the heat on, the 3rd floor is broiling (heat rises).
- EXPENSIVE!!! Each person pays for the rent amount. You cannot share.
- The USPS drops off the mail, and the Villas staff sorts the mail into the boxes, which can take up until 5~6pm at night to get your mail.
- They do no accept packages that cannot fit in the larger boxes, will be left at the door or not at all.
- Clique "community events"
Basically an off-campus college dorm without surveillance none-to-less.
Avoid signing here.
What's the resident ratio of Moolies to humans?
I AGREE DO NOT SIGN

AOL

#6 May 22, 2010
Truthfully, you are better off in the dorm. At least if you end up with a roomie problem something is done to ensure your safety & peace of mind. Rent is way to expensive. The bus that is supposed to be for residents is usually full of students from other apartment complexes so I'd suggest looking at complexes nearby. The rent will be more reasonable & the management will be more competent
Do not sign the lease wrote:
Pros: Free coffee, free B&W printing, gym. Rooms are furnished.
Cons:
-Crazy college drivers on the parking lot. More than 25% of the cars parked in the lot have noticeable damages to their vehicle.
- Long weekends = lots of parties. Not a place for serious students to live, it is really annoying at night. The "residential advisers" over night don't do anything. Had to call the town police to get something done.
- No alcohol outside of the building. BULL. You see college students, half probably underaged outside drinking, smoking, throwing their garbage on the grass outside. Disgusting.
- Lease states, NO PETS. Yet you see residents walking their dog, I even saw a resident with a cat once.
- The people at the front desk are college students who live there. Management is another story, but they sure don't keep a close eye on what happens over night.
- Trash littered everywhere.
- In the winter with the heat on, the 3rd floor is broiling (heat rises).
- EXPENSIVE!!! Each person pays for the rent amount. You cannot share.
- The USPS drops off the mail, and the Villas staff sorts the mail into the boxes, which can take up until 5~6pm at night to get your mail.
- They do no accept packages that cannot fit in the larger boxes, will be left at the door or not at all.
- Clique "community events"
Basically an off-campus college dorm without surveillance none-to-less.
Avoid signing here.
Rez

Buffalo, NY

#7 Jun 16, 2010
Funny how the people who like living there doesn't support why. Sounds like a college student party haven.

I will pass.
Ellie

Buffalo, NY

#8 Aug 1, 2010
Do not sign the lease wrote:
Pros: Free coffee, free B&W printing, gym. Rooms are furnished.
Cons:
-Crazy college drivers on the parking lot. More than 25% of the cars parked in the lot have noticeable damages to their vehicle.
- Long weekends = lots of parties. Not a place for serious students to live, it is really annoying at night. The "residential advisers" over night don't do anything. Had to call the town police to get something done.
- No alcohol outside of the building. BULL. You see college students, half probably underaged outside drinking, smoking, throwing their garbage on the grass outside. Disgusting.
- Lease states, NO PETS. Yet you see residents walking their dog, I even saw a resident with a cat once.
- The people at the front desk are college students who live there. Management is another story, but they sure don't keep a close eye on what happens over night.
- Trash littered everywhere.
- In the winter with the heat on, the 3rd floor is broiling (heat rises).
- EXPENSIVE!!! Each person pays for the rent amount. You cannot share.
- The USPS drops off the mail, and the Villas staff sorts the mail into the boxes, which can take up until 5~6pm at night to get your mail.
- They do no accept packages that cannot fit in the larger boxes, will be left at the door or not at all.
- Clique "community events"
Basically an off-campus college dorm without surveillance none-to-less.
Avoid signing here.
I am sure I was the person you saw with a cat on a leash; he is a service animal and allowed to live with me. Don't be so quick to judge. Other than that, good points,
Master reviewer

United States

#9 Aug 27, 2010
dont live here when you move out they are going to charge you so much money my room between the 4 of us was $2000 in damage charges....they charge you like 100 bucks for a chip in the cabinet...tiny dent in the fridge was 120 bucks its retarted
Silly

San Diego, CA

#10 May 25, 2012
At first, heat was free (gas), and then when they were renewing the lease for the next year, rent stayed the same (and more of new residents) and gas was NOT free anymore.

Plus, there is a draft under the metal like door which doesn't help in the living room. Also the third floor gets really hot in the winter with the heat on. Didn't really use much of the amenities. The game room chairs were always kind of gross from drink or food residue.
Roberta

New Windsor, NY

#11 Mar 8, 2013
Avoid the Villas at Chestnut Ridge. The leasing manager, Maria, sent my daughter an email telling her they had someone sign a lease to take over my daughter's apartment. Maria gave her specific information on which day to move out and turn in her keys. After moving out, Maria sent her a bill, not honoring the date Maria specifically told her to move out. They are very dishonest and don't care about doing what is right.
Amy

New York, NY

#12 Jul 1, 2014
Management here is terrible. Since I moved here I have had nothing but problems. They waited till the morning of my move in date to call me and tell me that my room was not ready yet. This happened after I took off work for the day. Many of the people in the office have a bad attitude. This place is not at all worth the money.
Samantha

New York, NY

#13 Jul 19, 2014
If I am going to be honest, I can't bash this place completely because it has served it's purpose, providing me a place to reside for the last year. However, hospitalizations due to negligence, dishonesty from management and blatant disrespect from the community assistants has made my time here absolutely horrible. This place has been a nightmare for me and I cannot wait to leave.

The community assistants are so rude. They act like they are better than everyone else and make you feel completely inadequate. The printer (you know the advertised free printing business center) is broken most of the time throughout the school year. When this happens, it is not an immediate fix. A company needs to be called and often times it takes days for the problem to be fixed. This creates a big problem when you are expected to turn a paper in and have no way to print. The scanning option also does not exist, neither does the faxing option. False advertising however has been the lease of my concerns throughout my stay here.

Lets start with the gas leak I had coming out of my water heater in my bedroom. I noticed a faint gas smell when I first moved in. I called maintenance about my concerns and they brushed me off telling me, "This was just how the room smelled." I believed them and opened the windows to allow some movement of fresh air. I slept in my bedroom that night and in the middle of the night the smell was just unbearable and I had to sleep downstairs. The next morning I called maintenance once again and they came up, checked out the water heater and told me there was no problem and to deal with the smell. I was so upset because I knew this smell wasn't normal and definitely seemed hazardous to continue sleeping in. The next day, my Dad came to help move me in and the second he walked into my room he too could not bear the toxic smell. We called maintenance a third time and this time insisted that management come down as well. Management and maintenance all agreed that there was nothing wrong and that although the smell was annoying it was not hazardous. I demanded they switch my room but they told me that they had no rooms available and this is where I had to live.

That night, my Dad, sister and I slept in this apartment and woke up the next morning with horrible headaches and dizziness. I wasn't going through this mess again so I called the gas company directly and told them we had an emergency. The gas company came and guess what. THERE WAS A MASSIVE LEAK IN THE BROKEN WATER HEATER. We not only had to GO TO THE HOSPITAL but we were put in a hotel until this problem was fixed. PLEASE, this was the least the villas could do for us. Unbelievable. Do not tell me there is not a leak when clearly there is.

After this leak was fixed the semester continued into the winter season. My roommate who was living on the 3rd floor and my room on the 2nd floor were a constant 92 degrees at all times. Whether we turned the entire heating system off, put the AC on, or kept the heat at a comfortable 68, our rooms were scorching. We would have to sleep with our windows open and get snowed on our backs just to prevent excessive sweating at night. Both my roommate and I also slept with a big fan at our face. IN THE WINTER, IN BUFFALO. Again, after multiple phone calls to maintenance and management we were told this is just the way it is. ARE YOU KIDDING ME. I AM PAYING A FORTUNE TO LIVE IN WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE LUXURY APARTMENTS AND YOU ARE TELLING ME THIS IS JUST THE WAY IT IS GOING TO BE. NO. After about NO EXAGGERATION 8 more phone calls, finally my Dad took an authoritative stance and demanded I get moved or something get fixed. Finally they noticed my vent was broken and influxes of extremely hot air was shooting through. OH YA THINK? I only have 100 characters left on here so I must conclude without going into detail about fridge, freezer, security, cleanliness and health hazard issues.

DO NOT LIVE HERE.

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