i'm going to agree with most of the posts you read about this place, both on the positive and negative sides, and am just opting to throw my input out there as well as another voice in the crowd.
Been at spectrum for about 4 months now, by month 3 the fun of being at a new place had worn off and we already knew that come lease renewal, we would not be renewing. Give it a month and you will start to see what an architectural mess this place really is. It's considered 'new' and looks it from the outside, but this place is falling apart. not to mention small issues on how the place was built. Lights everywhere in the apartment, but there isn't on overhead in the main living room area which becomes annoyingly dark....drawers rub on the appliances when you pull them out because they weren't sized appropriately. and the biggest, main issue of them all. Noise. This place is an echo chamber and the walls are thin enough to drive you crazy. Look, I understand apartment/complex living, but this takes the cake. Last night I heard someone cough through the wall on the other side. Regularly we can hear conversations/arguments in the late night and the people above us sound like they are moving on a regular basis.
It is true and be careful if renting a place on the pool area....it turns into a vegas pool club during the weekends, loud music, drinking all day, you'll never find a spot to lay out, etc.....i'm not a prude, its not all that bad if you are looking for fun, but just know that little tid-bit
Haven't experienced or seen any car break-ins so can't comment on that
There is a new security guy on patrol, but he just wanders the property and I don't see the entire purpose, he's either sitting in the parking garage or roaming the halls.
The parking deck is a nightmare and was built about 20 feet too small. You can hardly take a corner if someone if coming the other way around a turn.
The grill area looks nice and we have enjoyed that, but regularly a grill is broken or out of service, and if you're grilling in the evening (i don't mean midnight) bring a flashlight, there is no outdoor lighting by the grills - there are lights there but they aren't/never were connected to a power source.
Lighting outside around the building, specifically the dog park is terrible. Again, there are lights there but they are never in use - it backs onto an undeveloped/partially wooded area....deserves some lighting to make the space feel safe - would not want to be a girl who has to take her dogs out at night
Dog park is terrible and don't let them make you think they are animal friendly - they will tote about the park, etc...but its a nightmare, dogs are regularly getting sick and again, the architectural genius who set it up should be fired - its more of a kennel run than a park. Also they have let in a couple pit-bulls lately (supposed to be no aggressive breeds) and one of them did attack another dog recently. Spectrum has yet to deal with the issue.
you'll find beer cans, garbage almost everywhere, the other day I came out my apartment to find throw-up in the hallway. The hallways are never kept clean nor is the surrounding property - The first floor is done up nicer than the rest of the floors. All in all - there is just no maintenance.
kitchens are nice, for the most part the apartments are a decent size although i think for the money they could be a tad bigger.
True, you can't beat the location really. It's easy to get to the rail system and numerous bars/restaurants in close proximity.