I was an original renter here when the whole complex had just opened for business back in June 2010. I moved into a brand new top floor apartment, which I've been receiving a concession rate on of $999/mo (market value is a ripoff of $1200) for an 875 sq foot 1bed/1bath apartment.
Since I've lived here, minimal efforts have been made by the management to increase the level of security here. Let me list off everything that I know has been stolen from here. Keep in mind that nobody was ever caught for any of these crimes. First, our amenities have been stolen and the management has not replaced. This includes the Mac computer in the business room attached to the lounge was stolen, never replaced. The TV's in the clubhouse on the roof top were stolen after someone THREW A BRICK THROUGH THE GLASS. I'm surprised that the Starbucks machine in the lounge (that never gets refilled) and random gym equipment hasn't gotten jacked yet.
The parking garage here is the WORST of it's kind. Remember, this is less than a year old, and is already FULL of dirt, dust, random trash and leftover construction materials that never got hauled away that people run over with their cars (seen it happen). There are also a handful of vehicles that have been abandoned and left to rot after mechanical failures. Management has been notified and doesn't care.
The security in the parking garage is laughable. They claim to have cameras to catch thieves, but we get crime notices almost weekly now. It's extremely easy for any outsider to follow anyone in through the gate and have access to smash and grab from any car they please. The gate has NO mechanical arms that you see at other complexes to prevent being followed in by another car, which happens ALL day, EVERY DAY. Again, management does not care, and said in security meetings that it's ""too expensive"" to have arms installed. Give me a break. On three separate occasions I've driven down and seen multiple cars up on blocks with their rims stolen, and cars with smashed glass that have clearly been burglarized. People follow residents through the gate, SPEED like CRAZY through the garage and BLAST rap music at all hours. Management does not enforce rules against this, ever.
Marquis Vista also has regular apartment break-ins and thefts. I have a stack of crime notices that management has put in my door to notify me of these over the past year. There are some major contributing factors to why Marquis Vista is such an unsafe place to live. The biggest of which is the fact that the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter is less than two blocks away, and there are constantly homeless people wandering in through the always open gates and scoping out their next theft. This shelter was supposed to have it's 600+ male residents evicted and moved into transitional programs, but the Atlanta Task Force for the homeless (and the delusional couple that runs it) has been digging their feet into the ground despite owing MILLIONS of dollars in past due utility bills for the building. The shelter does nothing but facilitate criminals, drug addicts, and loiterers that come into the neighborhoods on a daily basis and make the surrounding community an eyesore to Atlanta.
Don't let the pool and rooftop clubhouse fool you. If there's something at Marquis Vista that you like, trust me, it will be stolen before you move out. The water in the pool will probably be stolen before this summer is over. Screw this place, I'm buying a house!