so i moved here because i was working at the school just down leesville rd in the last semester of college, and i say all the time that i really don't think i'll be moving any time soon. the location is really convenient for the cost-- and even though my rent went up recenty, (it's only because i went from a 15-month lease to a 12 when i re-signed-- and only because they don't have 15-month leases anymore), i still can't find any place that's better for the money. i live in a one bedroom where the floors aren't unlevel, there's no drop off at the kitchen like it's been through some sort of natural disaster, and yes, the dogs bark and there is a parking lot, and sometimes people talk in them at elevated and non-elevated levels, because dogs bark when they are outside and people do too. People also play music sometimes, even in an apartment building. Sure--apparently I have elephants living above me--but i reallize that I live in an apartment building where all walls and ceilings are shared.
so in review:
yah, it's sometimes noisy, it's sometimes hard to get someone on the line at the office, and the laminate flooring and "euro-style cabinets" isn't ideal, but you can not, in fact, find another place THIS close to downtown, IN Northwest Raleigh (very desireable, and not cheap for homeowners) and with this little traffic anywhere that's not in an ACTUALLY scary place to live, and for THIS price. It's all a very small price to pay for the price you pay, and the apartments are what you make of them. all my friends love to come to my place. It's only about 690 sq. feet-ish, but we make it work.
If you are wanting a bigger one bedroom, that's newer and quieter, and you don't have to put up with rental office personnel that DON'T, in fact, LOVE to listen to a complaining tenant--AND affordable-- i would suggest Durham or Knightdale... or southeast Raleigh. You decide ;)