Immediately, I would advise anyone considering this building to LOOK ELSEWHERE. Having spent a year with Archstone, I can say that it is not worth the hassle, that the building is overpriced, that the quality of the rooms are sub-par, and that the management team purposefully trick you into paying completely unnecessary fees.
Let me explain, as the leasing and management team is the most common complaint of this building.
I lived there for 12 months, always being current with payments, never once late on a payment, never having any complaints raised against me, and keeping my room and hallway area clean and organized. I was a great tenant.
2 months prior to moveout, I went to speak with the leasing consultants as to when I needed to inform them I was moving out. They explicitly told me 30+ days, and no charges would be applied. Perfect I thought. So 42 days in advance, I gave my notice.
The reason I asked is I was unsure of their policy. It was written in the lease, 20+ pages of text that as a reasonable human being I had no way of memorizing. They knew the lease backwards and forewords, so asking them should have given me the right information.
Turns out, its a 60 day notice for moveout (which, if you look around, is one of the highest in the DC area). So, they essentially lied to me, and now forced me to pay 18 days of ""pro-rated"" rent. They admitted they told me the 30 days. They admitted that its 60 days for everyone. So why did they tell me the wrong information? To force me to pay fees. This is not an isolated incident. I chose this building as it seemed decent, but more importantly, I had a number of friends who lived there. They have had similar incidents brought upon them, and it is just completely foul of a company such as Archstone to use this practice to trick its tenants into paying large fees.
Please, do NOT give Archstone your business! They are tricksters who do not practice fair housing standards. They continuously say they are unwilling to work with you on matters such as these, no matter who you are or how clean your record might be.
I am in a much better building in the city where the management takes an active role in solving problems with its tenants!