U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary
 [Register]
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary The Triangle Area
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 04-08-2016, 01:26 PM
 
1,513 posts, read 1,075,689 times
Reputation: 1612

Advertisements

We are visiting again in a few weeks and although most of our 7 days will be spent enjoying Raleigh and surrounding areas, we are also going to be viewing apartments.

I wanted to get any opinions, good or bad about our finalists, and also share my research for anyone else finding this thread through a search later.

Our list that I'd like your opinions on, in order from best to not-so-best




...So here's the long version...

Some helpful forum person gave me the Wake County Pet-Friendly Apartment Guide here: www.wakegov.com/pets/adoptions/.../Dogfriendly_housing_guide.pdf

I went to the website for every apartment on that list and looked at their pet policy first. These two furry loves are my dogs:



They are on nobody's breed-restricted list, so that part was easy. But combined they weigh 155 pounds and that was a problem on some apartment's pet policies. So those apartments got removed first.

Then I looked up location, focusing specifically on North Raleigh. Then I looked at their websites, amenities, floor plans, and rents. Pretty much everyone has a gym and a pool but the quality of each varies. Some places have 'car care centers' - a vacuum and a hose. I love that they all show the floor plans with the room dimensions (except Autumn Pointe but I've asked them for dimensions), because I was able to come up with a price per square foot. And, pictures can be misleading.

We also checked that the units had a washer/dryer hookup in the apartment, not all of them do. Many places have additional laundry centers but we want in-apartment only.

Then I would look the place up on Google Maps, switch to satellite view, and zoom out so I could see the area and if it had good shopping closeby, a landfill next door, any greenways or parks, etc. Then I went to www.apartmentratings.com and looked at their scores. With so many apartments to choose from, I only considered ones with close to 100 reviews or more, and above 80% ratings. I read the reviews with a grain of salt, knowing that disgruntled people are most likely to actually write a review, and that apartment management companies will create their own fake reviews to inflate the rating.

If there were no really bad/common complaints, and no rape/murders for the apartment complex (hello, Bridgeport Apartments!), I'd put them on the short list and contact them for a full list of fees. I found out that everyone charges an "administrative fee", presumably to run credit, and a "paperwork fee". Additionally, there is a one-time non-refundable pet fee that ran from $150 to $600 for two dogs. And monthly pet-rent which some explained went to pet amenities like waste stations, dog park, drinking water for them.

I think I have a pretty good read on them but I thought I'd share my thoughts and see if anyone had any insight into these places before I schedule viewings.

Although rents and fees change frequently, if anyone has specific questions about these places I might be able to answer, fire away.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-08-2016, 01:46 PM
 
Location: NC
2,968 posts, read 1,977,548 times
Reputation: 7506
Well, if you like to walk them regularly, Cumberland Cove is on Lake Lynn and I love walking Lake Lynn. It's mostly shaded, too, which is nice in the summer.

Hunting Ridge is convenient to a lot of things in North Raleigh, but that's all I know about them.

I'm not familiar with your other choices.

Oh, and your pups are adorable!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 01:55 PM
 
1,513 posts, read 1,075,689 times
Reputation: 1612
Quote:
Originally Posted by goldenlove View Post
Well, if you like to walk them regularly, Cumberland Cove is on Lake Lynn and I love walking Lake Lynn. It's mostly shaded, too, which is nice in the summer.

Hunting Ridge is convenient to a lot of things in North Raleigh, but that's all I know about them.

I'm not familiar with your other choices.

Oh, and your pups are adorable!
Thank you!

We walk them daily but one of them also needs a game of fetch with her favorite ball so that's why the dog park was important to us.

The main reason I kept Cumberland Cove on the list is because of Lake Lynn. There are some iffy reviews, but we'll see what we think when we go there. I read that there's goose poop everywhere too, which would be like candyland for my dogs. Gross.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
10,599 posts, read 21,140,342 times
Reputation: 11869
Mayfaire is near where I live and right next to a shopping center with a grocery store, drug store, gas station, and several restaurants. It looks like a pretty nice place.

Hunting Ridge was quite nice when it was built in the '70s, but I'm not sure what kind of crowd lives there now. It, too, is right across from a shopping center, and right down from another one, the farther one having a grocery store (but probably too far to walk with groceries). You're also right next to North Ridge, a very nice neighborhood with good sidewalk that would be a great place to walk your dogs.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
17,636 posts, read 23,412,818 times
Reputation: 30360
The dogs are great looking! We welcome them AND you.

I don't know any of these apartments specifically, but I also love the Lake Lynn area. But if they are going to eat goose poop, that would not be cool at all. Probably as bad as pigeon poop.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 04:24 PM
 
1,527 posts, read 1,278,886 times
Reputation: 1476
The apartments here are not as "friendly" as you may think.

Most pet charges are not refundable and there are also "pet rents" to continue the ripoff.

Ask for the fees before getting serious.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Chapelboro
12,371 posts, read 13,998,666 times
Reputation: 10463
I don't know anything about apartments in Raleigh, but you've got some fine looking pups there and I noticed that they look to be on a beach. Just wanted to let you know that Topsail Beach is very dog friendly. Dogs are allowed off leash in the spring up until May 15th and can be on the beach on a leash during the summer.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 05:29 PM
 
4,948 posts, read 17,665,895 times
Reputation: 2896
did you check around Apex a few years ago when I had 2 dogs I found a few nice places there.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 06:17 PM
 
14,517 posts, read 8,841,476 times
Reputation: 50645
The Hawthorne apartment complexes (there are three or four in the Triangle) are extremely pet friendly. Bark parks, agility training equipment (not sure if all of them have this), dog treats in the management office, and I know the one in Cary has a pool party at the end of the season where they invite residents to bring their dogs for a dip in the pool before it's closed down.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-08-2016, 08:24 PM
 
4,948 posts, read 17,665,895 times
Reputation: 2896
I was just looking and saw this place in apex which takes pets. Avalon peaks it had good reviews even a dog park
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:




Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina > Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top