I've lived in the Breakers for 3 years, and like all apartment complexes, this one has its pros and cons.
The short of it is...
Pros: Location, well maintained facilities, pets allowed, and extra guest parking passes (for a day).
Cons: Thin walls and floors, termites, office staff, and (possibly) underground parking spaces.
The long of it is...
I've always like the location (it's just a five minute walk to the beach), and the grounds, facilities, and apartments are maintained very well. Living here, I've never had a problem finding parking either, and the leasing office is very nice about letting you borrow extra guest parking passes for a day, if you're having a few people over.
There are some cons though. The buildings themselves are not the best craftsmanship. The walls, and especially the floors, are VERY thin. I've lived in a studio on the ground floor and I could hear the people above walking around and even just opening their closet door. I've also lived in a townhome, which is located on the second floor, and I could hear the creaks I was making walking around, which made me very self-conscious. I imagine, having a party would surly upset downstairs neighbors, and playing Wii or Rock-band also seems iffy. I could also hear my next-door neighbors walking around and at times it sounded like they were in my own home. (And remember the Breakers allow you to have dogs, which is great, but you can also hear dogs running around in the apartments too.) Personally, I can live with noise, but not everyone can.
Another con is that there are lots of ants (that's Southern California for you though) and TERMITES. When living in the studio I had termites infest my bathroom and closet. I had notified the office when I had spotted a few, and they told me that was normal and they were harmless to me. I came home a few days later and found my bathroom floor and connecting closet fairly covered with termites. I stayed in a hotel and brought pictures to the staff to get someone over there right away. It took a day someone to look at my apartment, and then an exterminator came about 4 days after I showed the pictures.
The office staff is friendly, but they don't seem to want to take care of problems (which, I realize is a common trait among most apartment landlords and staff, but I still find it bothersome). When I first moved in, the person before me must have had a pet, because I received 56 fleabites my first night. One of the office staff told me that the previous tenant never mentioned having a pet, so I must have dragged the fleas in from outside. (For the extra rent one must pay for a pet, I can understand not mentioning it to the office. AND I found it a little rude for an office staff to blame me for a problem that occurred before I moved in. Just take care of it, and it?s all good.)
My last word here is about the underground parking. It could be a con for some people with larger vehicles. Before you move to the Breakers, ask which underground spot you will be assigned. Unfortunately, at one point, I was assigned a spot with two large pillars on either side, making the spot just a little bit tinier than the others and bit more difficult to turn into. In short, my car didn't fit. Not a big deal because I can always find an uncovered spot within the gates, but perhaps something to think about if you prefer covered parking.