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Old 09-22-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

This question might be a bit too specific, but you seem like a really helpful bunch. It never hurts to ask!

I was curious if anyone here has any experience with apartments in Grandview, or maybe the Victorian Village area. I know it is best going to see apartments for yourself, which I plan on doing every week until I am satisfied, but I figured I would ask if anyone has any recommendations. I am not all that picky either.

Looking for:

$700-$900 a month ($1,000 with utilities) - Could go over slightly if it rocks.
Walkable is a plus
1 Bedroom is fine (No spouse/kids/pets)
Off-street parking

I commonly see ads for:

Colony Club
Alexandria Colony
Heritage Apartments
Arbors of Watermark
Sonnenblick/Thurber Gate Apartments
And other various smaller locations.

Online reviews seems to be harsh for just about every place, which is why I come to you guys for recommendations!

With my job being in the middle of downtown, my 50-70 minute commute from Marysville just isn't cutting it anymore. I plan on getting an apartment much closer to my workplace, and in a more lively area in general. While I am not completely ruling other areas out, Grandview seems to be the Goldilocks zone for me at the moment.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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I would avoid the apartment complexes. Management usually sucks and noise is generally a problem. There are tons of 4-unit apartment buildings in the Grandview and 5xNW areas (5xNW is the area between Grandview and Upper Arlington) that were built in the 1930's and 1940's. They rent in your price range and would be a better option than a complex IMO. Obviously they are owned by various landlords, but I had a great experience living in a 1-bedroom apartment that was part of a 4-unit building on Northwest Blvd. between 5th and King. This was about 2 years ago and I paid $745 plus electric and gas. When I moved out, the new tenant signed on at $835, so rent prices are definitely trending upward. It's a wonderful area, and if I could have afforded to buy a house there, I definitely would have.
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Old 09-23-2014, 04:13 PM
 
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Thank you for the advice! There is a place that I plan on seeing this Friday that matches that very description. A 4-unit building in between UA and Grandview. I will definitely have to give it a shot!
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Old 09-23-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: The Ohio State University Columbus, OH
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Definitely avoid Watermark. Both my car and my friend's car had been broken in there, on separate occasions, it's built on an old landfill and has a spider problem. I live near the Lennox and definitely like the area though. You might check downtown too, like my friends live at Exchange Urban Lofts on N.3rd St, and it's really nice, might be at the top of your budget though. And you have a sweet sushi restaurant on the ground floor.
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Old 09-23-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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Yikes.. that's definitely no good. I have heard similar stories about the spiders as well.... I will be sure to stay away from that place. And yeah, if I do not find a place relatively soon, I may check the downtown area to see if any options exist for me there.
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Old 09-25-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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Let us know how your showing goes. If you don't sign a lease and need help finding a place in Grandview, let me know and I will PM you my old landlord's number. I think he owns a lot of properties in the area, so he might be worth giving a call. He's a fair, honest guy and always quick to take care of any maintenance requests.
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Old 09-28-2014, 04:02 PM
 
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Let us know how your showing goes. If you don't sign a lease and need help finding a place in Grandview, let me know and I will PM you my old landlord's number. I think he owns a lot of properties in the area, so he might be worth giving a call. He's a fair, honest guy and always quick to take care of any maintenance requests.
Thank you! I was going to see 1-2 places this Friday, but couldn't due to some pop-up plans. I am going to check out an apartment for sure this week that is on the corner of 5th and North Star rd (Right next to Mama Mimi's). This may or may not be close to where you used to be. As far as I can tell, the area appears to be pretty nice.

Regardless of how it goes, I still might shoot you a PM just to see if there any other options out there. One thing that I have noticed is that the smaller apartment locations either do not advertise as much as the larger chains, or are simply full 24/7, so it is much harder for me to spot them.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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5th and North Star is a few blocks from where I lived. You can't really go wrong anywhere north of I-670 and west of 315 aside from a few isolated apartment complexes.
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