Vicky

Aurora, CO

#21 Feb 12, 2008
$370 for last months utilities. I am guessing about $320 was heat. The fact that you mentioned the fireplace, I would gather your termastate was set maybe 62 when you were out and 68 when you were home? Would you say this is the norm? Would you say the average over the year would be $250? Anyone out there feel free to chime in on the heating bills, average over the year or a monthly bill. I so appreciate your honesty. Stay warm!
John

Mahwah, NJ

#22 Feb 13, 2008
Vicky,

I keep my thermostat on around 67 during the winter and I live in a top floor unit. My Orange and Rockland bill has never been more than 210 and about 150 of that was for gas.$370 for a month seems to be high for me. My neighbors, who keep their place really warm, don't even pay that much. Also the fireplace is a great way to help out with heating the condo as mentioned in the past. But getting back to the heating bill, my average for the winter and winter only is about 200 for gas and electric. During the summer it is considerably less.

“persistence=surv ival”

Since: Oct 07

Edison, NJ

#23 Feb 14, 2008
Vicky wrote:
My daughter is considering moving into the area.We were checking out Chester (Whispering Hills) but that community appears to have some issues? Anybody willing to tell me what the maintenance fee per month is? How are your heating bills?She is a young 30single lady and mom stills watchs out for her!:)
i would not consider whispering hills , this complex has issues with crime and would not recommend it for a single women .
Carol

Edison, NJ

#24 Feb 17, 2008
One thing I will say is that most of the buildings have horrible plumbing problems. Bottom units are always flooded - always! I've noticed increased amounts of "brown water" coming out of the faucets, which is a result of the buildings itself and not the town water. They've disclosed that the buildings have major plumbing problems which need to be fixed. Other than that, it's a really nice place. I wish that they would just keep up with the codes.
Carol

Edison, NJ

#25 Feb 17, 2008
I agree with Joeed: DO NOT GO TO WHISPERING HILLS! I have a friend who lives right in the first set of condos called Pine Hollow apartments. They are getting old, not maintained properly and the majority of kids there are all in gangs. There have been a number of shootings that have taken place as well as a high drug trafficking problem. Many burglaries have been reported by the Town of Chester. I would advise not to go into the town of Chester, or at least that section.
John

Saddle Brook, NJ

#26 Feb 18, 2008
Living in a top floor unit, I do not know about the water problems in the lower units. I do know that they are fixing the foundations on buildings that have been having problems. It has been in the budget and my building's foundation was fixed a year ago. Other buildings such as building 10 has also been completed. As for the brown water, I have never had that problem either.
Carol

Edison, NJ

#27 Feb 25, 2008
I have a top floor unit, and still, there was a problem with brown water, but they have since resolved the issue. Building #25 is the worst I hear - they do not keep up with it all that well. Other than that, I would suggest people to either rent or buy the middle or top units. It's too risky to live on the bottom units, only because it is technically "basement level".
Marty

Brooklyn, NY

#28 Feb 28, 2008
Here's a virtual tour of a top floor unit in Lexington Hills. The units in this complex are reasonably priced. E-Z Commute! http://www.realestateshows.com/247068
John

Mahwah, NJ

#29 Feb 28, 2008
Wow!$219,000 for a top floor unit. Why are realtors driving down the prices in this complex and why are the people living in Lexington Hills letting them?
HOA Fees

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Feb 29, 2008
My understanding is that the HOA Fees are up to around $350/month. This has an impact on the value. http://www.RemoRealty.com
John wrote:
Wow!$219,000 for a top floor unit. Why are realtors driving down the prices in this complex and why are the people living in Lexington Hills letting them?
John

Mahwah, NJ

#31 Feb 29, 2008
How does the HOA fees affect the value? The fees are higher right now because they're doing a lot of work around the complex to update it. Once all work is completed the HOA fees are supposed to go back down. There is no time frame provided to the residents yet, but why wouldn't that keep prices where they should be since they're making it nicer and?
HOA Fees

Brooklyn, NY

#32 Feb 29, 2008
Here's a link of all the available unit in Lexington Hills:
http://edit.cisdata.net/bin/web/real_estate...

I think that it's great that some of the capital projects in the complex are being addressed. In the long run, it certainly will help the long-term value.

Historically, I have sold many of the units in the complex to first-time home buyers who are shopping for a comfortable monthly payment. A $60-70 increase in HOA is equal to approximately $10,000 that could be added to the purchase price and the payment would be the same.
John wrote:
How does the HOA fees affect the value? The fees are higher right now because they're doing a lot of work around the complex to update it. Once all work is completed the HOA fees are supposed to go back down. There is no time frame provided to the residents yet, but why wouldn't that keep prices where they should be since they're making it nicer and?
Marty

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Mar 2, 2008
Here's a link of all the available unit in Lexington Hills:
http://edit.cisdata.net/bin/web/real_estate ...
Sabena wrote:
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Vicky,
Mom still watches out for me and I'm 37! I'm actually a Realtor in the area and have access to all the condos for sale in Lexington Hills. I will be happy to assist your daughter in finding a place here. I am also certified in buyer representation. By the way, all the positive comments I am hearing on this site are totally on point! Contact me at Sabena@RealtyExecutives.com
Charlene

AOL

#34 Mar 3, 2008
I am looking to rent, does anyone know any rentals available? Please let me know. Thanks
Charlene

AOL

#35 Mar 3, 2008
I am looking to rent 2bd and 2ba. Anyone know if there is unit?
John

Saddle Brook, NJ

#36 Mar 4, 2008
Charlene wrote:
I am looking to rent 2bd and 2ba. Anyone know if there is unit?
There are a few units in here for rent. You should go onto realtor.com and take a look. I believe there are about 6 of them available.
Fran

Edison, NJ

#37 Mar 4, 2008
Please be careful with Lexington Hills. Their gas tanks are located on the outside of the building with no insulation. There have been numerous explosions plus major plumbing problems as said previously. I have had problems not only with my own gas tanks, which belong to my landlord, but with neighbors' gas tanks and pipes leaking into my own unit. I cannot get out of the lease and their plumbing + gas tanks are over 20 yrs old. Please have an inspector look over the unit before buying or renting.

Better safe than sorry.
Marty

Brooklyn, NY

#38 Mar 5, 2008
Here's a link to all the units for rent in Lexington Hills
http://martyremo.org.mlxchange.com/...
John

Mahwah, NJ

#39 Mar 10, 2008
Fran wrote:
Please be careful with Lexington Hills. Their gas tanks are located on the outside of the building with no insulation. There have been numerous explosions plus major plumbing problems as said previously. I have had problems not only with my own gas tanks, which belong to my landlord, but with neighbors' gas tanks and pipes leaking into my own unit. I cannot get out of the lease and their plumbing + gas tanks are over 20 yrs old. Please have an inspector look over the unit before buying or renting.
Better safe than sorry.
I assume you are talking about the hot water heaters? We do not have gas tanks in our units. Each hot water heater and furnace is the owner's responsibility. That includes all the plumbing attached to them. If the owners maintain their equipment properly there should not be a problem. I have been living in the complex for a few years. I have a new hot water heater and furnace and the hot water heater is insulated. I have never had a problem and I continue to maintain my equipment so I do not have any problems in the future. I also have not heard of anyone's stuff exploding. If that does happen it's not your fault, it's your neighbor's fault. There insurance will cover it.
Fran

Edison, NJ

#40 Mar 14, 2008
John wrote:
<quoted text>
I assume you are talking about the hot water heaters? We do not have gas tanks in our units. Each hot water heater and furnace is the owner's responsibility. That includes all the plumbing attached to them. If the owners maintain their equipment properly there should not be a problem. I have been living in the complex for a few years. I have a new hot water heater and furnace and the hot water heater is insulated. I have never had a problem and I continue to maintain my equipment so I do not have any problems in the future. I also have not heard of anyone's stuff exploding. If that does happen it's not your fault, it's your neighbor's fault. There insurance will cover it.
The plumber and Orange and Rockland guy both told me that when there's a leak, and the water isn't getting to the tank - the entire thing can explode. He said that the heating element is geared by gas. There's gas in the boiler room (the little shed) as well as the kitchen area of course, for cooking. Maybe each unit is different? I know that #25 had a huge problem with pipes freezing, tanks exploding and other problems which led to repairs. Thank for responding!

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