This place has extraordinarily high rent, especially in this economy where there are some great deals out there. They have barely lowered their average rent, so expect to pay 30% more than the market value. They charge you for water and trash, and if you have a pet you'll have to shell out an extra $30 per month on top of your rent. Plus, when you move out they'll charge you for everything, from painting to cleaning, even if your apartment is pristine when you move out. Kiss your deposit goodbye. Are their apartments worth the extra cost' A resounding NO. Many apartments are very dark, with little sunlight so you'll have to have your lights on at all times of day. They are also very small, and poorly built. The cabinets have peeling edges, the baseboards & doors are falling off. The closet space is very limited, and the dishwashers do not work. They also have an exclusive contract with Verizon DSL, which is horrible, I think my connection was faster back in the days of dialup. The gym is ok, but the TVs do not get cable so its local stations only, if they work at all. The parking garages get broken into all the time, bikes and cars get robbed often.
So if you don't mind paying through the nose for a crappy, charmless ugly apartment have fun at Archstone Playa del Rey.