This place is terrible. I try and tell myself otherwise, just to get through with living here, but even the other person I live with is terribly upset by this apartment. The area is nice during the day around the park, there are actual families that come. People who come from blocks away to play with their dogs, get out for a jog, and even walk across or to hang out at from and to VCC. But the apartment itself is terrible.
The first month having moved in was fine. Everything looked like a us
e able, boring apartment. Hot water worked fine. Shower worked fine. Kitchen was fine, sink, stove, and refrigerator. It felt warm, which I found great for the upcoming winters. The carpets looked a bit dusty, but I'd figured that was from the repainting and what not. Then the balcony, which looked in good shape, felt solid, and the railing seemed just fine. It seemed decent, for our income, and really just the essential requirements for a decent living. Though it seems I was wrong.
The apartments allows pets, and that's mostly why we moved here. Our other reason being, it was either we find more space- or we stay in a one bedroom off of a friend of ours house. Literally, just living in a bedroom. It's really hard to find a place in Vancouver to move into if you have a pet, and I find that a bit ridiculous. It leaves you to only buy a house, and not everyone could afford that. Right away, my partner said there was an issue with mice. The kitchen was infested with them. Not even a week living there, and you could really smell the urine emanating from the walls. It's disgusting. There were droppings everywhere, and it wasn't even that we weren't tidy. All we had were boxes so far, and yet there were mice everywhere. It was found on kitchen counters, our setup dining table. Even the radiators. Behind our TV. In our closet. It's completely unsanitary. I also remember quite vividly how when viewing the apartment, there was a much more pleasant odor of air fresheners, like Glade or Air Wick. I'm really assuming this was the reason why.
A second issue is the plumbing system. This really gets to me every day, every time. Taking a shower, running the water, or taking a bath (which is beyond my recommendation, the bath tubs aren't at all trustworthy in my opinion)- the water turns from a warm temperature, to a freezing cold temperature, to a scolding 3rd degree burn temperature. To top it off, I'm not quite sure I even trust the water here. I've had questions and discussed it with my friend about having test the water out, and to see if it's really any clean or not. The change in temperature isn't at all good for you skin, and needs to be steady. If not, at least turn the temperatures down closer to a warmer heat.
As the heat got hotter, summer's coming around. The place is still the same, mice problems, odor problems, feces problems, plumbing problems- then there's the parasites. Now I haven't had a bed bug encounter yet, and I'm quite certain we don't have that- but as soon as the heat came in.. Not even in one day, I had a surprisingly quick amount of 33 flea bites in less then a days time. There is absolutely no way my pet would have had enough fleas to cause that many within under a day, or even 5 hours to be exact. I did a bit more reading on fleas, and turns out areas untreated will have blood thirsty adult fleas. I am guessing that the previous owner, owning a pet who had fleas, left this place untreated. It left my dog with a very bad flea infestation, and for us, health/skin problems.
My partner has also even complained about this place, and has really thought about moving. In time, like the rest of the tenants coming and going, we will. Life is hard on us for now and sooner or later, will get out of this rut. Literally. I highly do not recommend this place. All we have been told is how terrible this place is, and some of these we have and are already experiencing. Bed bugs and mice are the major complaints about here that we've been getting.
This place is terrible, and coming home late is always a scare. Coming "home" is always a terrifying thought.