AZCOM housing

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  1. kowboy

    kowboy Junior Member

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    My wife and I will be moving down to AZCOM this spring and we are in the process of looking for housing. We've found a couple places that look great from pictures on the internet (like Meadow Glen), but I've heard mixed reviews from other students. Any one familiar with this apartment complex or others?
     
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  3. Hawk

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    Hello KowBoy, you can check out our Utah AZCOMers string which has some conversation on this topic. I will be going down to AZ in two weeks with another couple to check out housing. I am sure we could supply you with some better information when we get back. We have a whole list of apartments we will be checking out. Let me know the information on the meadow glen apartment and we can check it out when we go down and give you a review. Anyways hop on our utah string, we are always anxious to get to know a couple that is coming from Utah, so far we have about 5 or 6 that will be going down. This way people already know each other before they move. Let me know that info and I will check it out for you when I go down, unless some one already knows about it. Nice to meet you. Take it easy.
     
  4. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    kowboy, e-mail me privately. I gave someone else an entire rundown on about 18 apartment complexes I visited last tuesday. Meadow Glen is definitely one I owuld stay away from though. The area seems decent, but the apartments themselves are extremely run-down. To me that makes me think the landlord doesn't care and would be difficult in correcting matters like broken sinks, etc. But that's just me.
     
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    Out of the 18 that you checked were there any that you thought were good. I will be going down in a two weeks to check it out. It would be nice not to waste a lot of time on stuff that you saw that wasn't worth seeing. Thanks.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Kadyra:
    <strong>kowboy, e-mail me privately. I gave someone else an entire rundown on about 18 apartment complexes I visited last tuesday. Meadow Glen is definitely one I owuld stay away from though. The area seems decent, but the apartments themselves are extremely run-down. To me that makes me think the landlord doesn't care and would be difficult in correcting matters like broken sinks, etc. But that's just me.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Kadyra,

    Thanks again for that thorough message about apts. in Glendale. It really helped!!

    titan
     
  7. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Hawk:
    <strong>Out of the 18 that you checked were there any that you thought were good. I will be going down in a two weeks to check it out. It would be nice not to waste a lot of time on stuff that you saw that wasn't worth seeing. Thanks.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Well, I e-mailed you privately about it, but I guess I could post it here if anyone else wants the info. It's easy for me to get up to Glendale since I'm only a 2 1/2 hour drive away, so I am happy to provide the info. Of course, it is just my opinion about the complexes. Although knowing what someone else thinks can help you narrow it down. Also, if anyone wants more info than what I post, I can answer that, too.

    And you're welcome kowboy.
     
  8. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    And I just realized I misread titan's name for kowboy's. My brain is apparently non-functional right now <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Anyway here is what I have sent a few people.

    I would definitely be on-campus if I didn't have my dog. You can't beat the price. I will have to find a roommate because I can't afford a one bedroom on my own. I'll definitely be advertising for one if I get rejected from the University of Arizona (it's cheaper for me to attend school and live in Tucson so...). Anyway, here were some of my favorite places.

    The Isle at Arrowhead Ranch- 2 bedrooms starting at $890/month and 1 bedrooms starting from $722/month. It's located at 20250 N. 67th Ave, which is pretty close to the school. They had full sized washers with gas dryers, frost free refrigerators with ice makers (the newer complexes all had ice makers), dishwasher, garbage disposal, ceiling fans (these really cut down your summer electric bill), and it is a gated complex. It also has a couple lakes in the complex, which cut down on your summer electric bill a little, too. I liked the floor plans here a lot. I don't have app fees or deposit amts for this property for some reason, but most were similar. The company that owns this community puts a percentage of your rent down toward a house in a neighborhood owned by the company, and they also offer incentives if you move to other complexes owned by them. The Retreat is another complex close to school that was nice that is owned by the same company. They didn't say if they paid any utilities.

    Before I write more, let me tell you my criteria. Garbage disposals, dishwashers, and washers and dryers are a must for me. I hate laundromats and doing dishes by hand is a pain. I once had an old old duplex with no garbage disposable and a non frost free fridge. It sucked! And since this is my first time moving to a new city by myself, safety is a big issue. I liked when communities were gated and if the places offered free alarm system activation and stuff. And then there was my dog. I love her to death and can't leave her behind in Tucson. I also only looked at schools within a 5 mile radius of AZCOM and nothing further south than Peoria Rd, since that is where the ghetto part of Glendale begins.

    Arrowhead Landing- 15740 N. 83rd Ave, which is farther away from school than the Isle, but still not too far. Security deposit is between $200-$250 depending on the size of the apt. App fee is $35.53. All complexes in the Phoenix area charge a 1.8% renters tax on all fees and rent payments. They pay the trash and that's it. You pay all other utilities. One bedrooms stat at $690/month and 2 bedrooms start at $815/month. They have alarm systems, full size washer and dryer, frost free fridge w/ice maker, and ceiling fans. I liked this place a lot. I forget why though. It just has a star next to it on the list :)

    The Springs at Arrowhead Towne Center- 17722 N. 79th Ave, right by the mall. Farther than the other two places, but in a good area. Very close to Target and Costco and all that. However, they said traffic gets hairy because the 101 ends right around there and everyon exits. They are extending the freeway though, which should improve traffic. A lot of places gave sheets with stuff close by-- grocery stores, post office, schools, library, churches, movie theaters, etc. One bedrooms starting from $670 and 2 bedrooms starting from $810. I liked this place a lot too. App fee was $35 (all places had a $50 app fee for married couples) and security deposits from $250-$350 depending on apt size (all apartments I looked at also had 3 bedroom sizes). They had wine racks built in, which I thought was funny. Full sized washer and dryer, frost free fridge with ice maker, alarm system, and it was gated. A lot of complexes also had fireplaces. I don't have it written down if they paid any utilities.

    Sage Stone- 6233 W. Behrend Dr, one city block away from school. This was my favorite place. It was also, of course, the most expensive. But they have a lot of stuff for Midwestern students. All security deposits and app fees are waived for us-- except pet deposits, which is fine by me. Their one bedrooms start from $765, and their two bedrooms start from $945. Also, they have a $99 move in special for students and you get 4 weeks free rent on a 12 month lease. Plus 5% off the front of the lease. I'm not quite clear on how the 5% works yet. This place was so nice! It was also the last place I saw. they have ceiling fans, frost free fridge with ice maker, dishwasher, garbage disposal, full size washer and dryer, and it was gated. I don't think they pay any utilities.

    OK the following apartments are old, but nice. And more importantly, less expensive. They also were not gated, and did not have alarms or alarm capabilities. I'll just put the name, address, and rent down. Most of these did not have washers and dryers or ice makers. If they had w/d, they were TINY. I don't know how you could wash more than one pair of jeans in them.

    Cantamar- 16630 N. 43rd Ave, $680 1BR, $830 2BR. BIG

    Thunderbird Paseo- I saw an AZCOM student getting his mail here. 5757 W. Eugie Ave. $615 1BR, $725 2BR. Big kitchen. They pay all but electricity, phone, and cable.

    Eagle Crest- 6451 W. Bell Rd. For some reason I don't have a price sheet.

    Greentree- 5959 W. Greenway Rd. Right by the business school. 1 BR $569, 2 BR $604. I liked these.

    Deer Creek- 20244 N. 31st Ave. Creepy leasing agent. 1BR $570, 2BR $715. Seemed run down inside, but nice outside.

    I also went to The Pavillions 7400 W. Arrowhead Clubhouse Dr, Arrowhead Summit 18330 N. 79th Ave, The Retreat 20808 N. 27th Ave, Strayhorse20707 N. 67th Ave, and Laguna 20251 N. 75th Ave (this one also had lakes in it), but nothing stood out. I went to Sierra Canyon17500 N. 67th Ave and to Adagio 15645 N. 35th Ave, but the leasing agent was busy and I didn't have time to wait. If I go back, I will tour them both. I hope this is helpful to you.
     
  9. Yah-E

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    Congratulations to your acceptances at AZCOM everyone!! I'm currently doing my post-bac. program with AZCOM first year medical students and I have to say that our second quarter is the toughest thus far! About living situations and apartment complexes, I strongly recommend the "ARROWHEAD HIGHLANDS"!! Currently, this complex houses probably close to 50 of us first year students with luxury amenities and setting! I have enclose their website for your viewing:

    <a href="http://www.mark-taylor.com/Arrowhead/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mark-taylor.com/Arrowhead/index.htm</a>

    Reasons why I would strongly recommend these apartments:

    1) you'll be right across the street from campus (walking distances), no car needed!

    2) great move-in incentives

    3) all the amenities you can think of! A pool with a sandy beach entrance!

    4) reasonable rent ($~900 2 BD) plus many more!

    Only negative I can think of:

    1) no dogs!

    Happy apartments hunting! :cool:
     
  10. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    I also heard good things about Arrowhead Highlands, but as Yah-ZZZ said, they don't take dogs. So I didn't even bother going there. So, while the list I gave you is a pretty big one, it is by no means inclusive of all decent housing opportunities in the area.
     
  11. kowboy

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    Man, you guys are the best. Thanks for all the dirt and the low-down on housing. My wife and I are seriously thinking about making an emergency run down to Glendale to check out housing. Despite all the pretty pictures on the net and the stuff they send in the mail, I'm hesitant to do anything without checking out the places first. We have a 1 year-old girl, so we are looking for a 2 bedroom. Like ya'll said, a dishwasher, Washer/Dryer in the unit is a must...especially with a little grumplet running around! The on-campus places look nice, but just too small, and the bigger places are bank. Anyway, thanks again for the info!
     
  12. Hawk

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by kowboy:
    <strong>Man, you guys are the best. Thanks for all the dirt and the low-down on housing. My wife and I are seriously thinking about making an emergency run down to Glendale to check out housing. Despite all the pretty pictures on the net and the stuff they send in the mail, I'm hesitant to do anything without checking out the places first. We have a 1 year-old girl, so we are looking for a 2 bedroom. Like ya'll said, a dishwasher, Washer/Dryer in the unit is a must...especially with a little grumplet running around! The on-campus places look nice, but just too small, and the bigger places are bank. Anyway, thanks again for the info!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Kowboy, when we go down in a week in a half we will let you know what we find. I have a 7 month old boy and it sounds like we have a lot of the same requirements. We too liked the highlands but have since found some that are nice, but way less expensive. I guess we will see how everything is when we get there. We will let you know.
     
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    I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I am looking for a place with some special features, like: a roomy apartment that has a noxious smell to overpower all the crack production, and a place that I can find free needles, better if they are left on the ground near my door. Security is a big issue with me as well, the lower the better, helps me jack cars with out getting caught. I am an animal lover and would love to live in a place that is overrun with cats...the stray, ferrel kind are the best. I will need a place with a pool in case my toilet stops up and I need to go out and relieve myself with all the neighbor kids. Most of all I want a window with a view, so if any one knows of a place that's adjacent to a pealer bar or porno shop I would be stoked. I know I am looking for a lot but I think Im worth it. :D
     
  14. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    LOL Sport, you are terrible. However, I think I know an area of Phoenix that might suit you. On Van Buren St, near the downtown area, is where a lot of prostitutes hang out. I am sure you could find a nice no-tell motel with hourly rates that would accomodate you nicely around there. Now that I think about it, there is a no-tell motel here in Tucson that I always pass on my way to work. You could commute! There are always cars parked outside it, too. I think that's funny. If I were the type of person to frequent such a place, which I am not, I would not want my car out where it could be recognized.

    OK, enough with the toilet humor <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> But seriously, I also know a lot of the areas in the Phoenix metro area to avoid (i.e. Van Buren). I can give that info to anyone who wants it, too.
     
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    Kadyra,

    I knew I could count on you to set me up with the digs on where to live. I have always wanted to live on a presidential street, and it sounds I would have no problem getting a roommate. Sweeet!

    If that doesn't work out sounds like you know of just the spot in Tucson. I like it already. If you see an Oregon license plate stop in and say hi. I am sure there is extra parking around back. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    Fellow Utah AZCOMers and others - My wife and I just returned from a quick trip down to AZCOM in search of housing. We found a great deal and wanted to let others know about it as well. We were looking for a 2 bedroom with W/D and dishwasher, preferrably close to campus...not too drastic. A few places are currently offering one month free of rent with a year lease, including Arrowhead Highlands, Sierra Canyons, the Pavilion, etc.

    However, Sagestone (3 blocks from AZCOM) offered us two months free rent, a 5% discount for being a MWU student, only a $17 move-in/application fee and a reduction in rent for a specific 2 bedroom plan!!! The apartments are GORGEOUS!! Anyway, we hope others can take advantage of the same deal because we'd love to have other AZCOM neighbors and friends close by. My one-year old girl is looking for swimming buddies. If you have any Q's, feel free to ask. Best of luck!
     
  18. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by kowboy:
    <strong>However, Sagestone (3 blocks from AZCOM) offered us two months free rent, a 5% discount for being a MWU student, only a $17 move-in/application fee and a reduction in rent for a specific 2 bedroom plan!!! The apartments are GORGEOUS!! Anyway, we hope others can take advantage of the same deal because we'd love to have other AZCOM neighbors and friends close by. My one-year old girl is looking for swimming buddies. If you have any Q's, feel free to ask. Best of luck!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">This complex was my #1 choice for these reasons too. I'll know by next weekend if I'll be going to AZCOM for sure. If I do, I am definitely leaning toward Sagestone. So you never know... we might be neighbors <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> Scary huh? hehe
     
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    Kowboy, we will definately check that out this weekend. That sounds great. My 7 month old boy needs a swimming partner also. How many places did you check out and which ones would you suggest to not even look at? Any suggestions. Thanks for the info.
     
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    More fun looking for a pad. When we arrived in Glendale, we picked up a fat "Apartmentguide" booklet at the grocery store for free, and we checked out more apartments in the Northwestern Phoenix area that weren't on the net. I wasn't too familiar with the area, so I was pretty shocked at how busy the area was. I guess I imagined little roads with hardly any traffic. I guess I was pretty ignorant.

    Originally, we were looking at places, like Meadow Glen and Newport Landings, that were a little further from campus but less expensive. I was hoping I could just bike to and from school, but soon realized that it wasn't too practical with the busy traffic and streets. SO, we started checking out places closer to campus like Pavilion, Sierra Canyons, and Arrowhead Highlands. A lot of the nice places were willing to offer one month free rent with a year lease. Other places we were hoping to check out were Strayhorse, Archstone at Deer Valley Village, and Cantamar, and Greentree, but we didn't have time and we didn't think we could find a better deal than Sage Stone.

    We figured that if we lived more than about 1 1/2 miles, I wouldn't be able to ride my bike (especially in killer Arizona heat), and we'd have to get some other form of transportation, like a tough moped or scooter. Then, we started figuring in the Scooter factor (initial cost, insurance, gas, etc.) into the monthly rent, and it almost equaled what we would pay in lots of the much nicer places that were close to campus with a month free of rent.

    I guess it depends on what you're looking for and what you are going to do about transportation. If you will be driving to school everyday, you can find less expensive places further away, like Greentree, Newport Landing, Cantamar, etc. Also, my wife really wanted a W/D to make her life a little easier, so that kind of limited our choices. I know there are other places without a W/D that are cheaper and still fairly close to campus, like Eagle Crest and Sagewood.

    Well, I guess I've rambled a lot. Hopefully, it's helped a little. I didn't think any place was terrible, not even Meadow Glen. It's still a step up from where we are at right now, but it's definitely not as nice as a lot of other places. I'm excited to live close to campus. Now, I can come home for lunch and see my family a little more than if I lived further away. Even though it's tons nicer than what we were originally checking out, with all things considering, it was about the same cost, but lots closer and nicer. Anyway, good luck to you. Hopefully this helps. If you have any further Qs, let me know. Take care!
     
  21. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music.

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    Little roads with hardly any traffic? I think towns of less than about 20,000 people are the only ones in Arizona that fit that description. And only if they're off a main route-- Kingman is that size, but it's on the way to Vegas so it's very busy. Same with Yuma, it's slightly bigger, but it's also on the way to San Diego. Arizona cities are suburb-like, but they have horrific traffic. And because everyone is from all over, no one knows how to drive, so that just compounds the problem. I could go on and on and on about Arizona traffic. Although I did think Glendale wasn't quite as bad as some of the roads down here. However, the freeways in Phoenix are definitely much worse than down in Tucson.

    Kowboy, I'm really glad this trip down here was successful for you.
     

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