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Stone House Development - 3 Reviews - 132 E Wilson St, Madison, WI - Construction & Repair Reviews - Phone (608) 251-6000

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Stone House Development specializes in Section 42 affordable housing. Their properties are beautiful and feature clean modern design with green appliances and in some cases, gree...

APPLICATION DIDN'T EVEN REACH THEM!!! 5/14/2012

Do not apply at the Marshall Apartments in Janesville, WI.!! I turned in my application and even came back the next day with a co-signer and the $20 fee. In the end the Manager (Becky) didn't forward it to the company. The only reason I received my $20 back is because it wasn't made out to anyone yet. I tend to wonder if race wasn't an issue because my son in half black\white. Some Janesville places to rent are like this. Another joke was the fact that the carpet smelled so bad with cat urine and they do not have the funds to replace the carpet in the apartment I would have rented. What kind of place even shows apartments that they do not have the funds to fix??? Glad I found a great landlord in the end and did not end up here. The lord must have been looking out for me on this one. more

Underwhelmed. 9/30/2011

Stone House Development specializes in Section 42 affordable housing. Their properties are beautiful and feature clean modern design with green appliances and in some cases, green energy. I live in one of these properties, and have acquaintances who have lived in others (Overlook at Hilldale, City Row, and Park Central Apts.). My apartment is very nice. Why only 2 stars? Because management is subpar regarding these properties. Communication and returned calls from management to both tenants and applicants is a joke. You will have to make several calls to confirm your rent amount, for example (yes, you have to beg them to let them give you money). Other calls are not returned - while it's true that sometimes the problem is resolved, a phone call or a message in return is a basic courtesy I expect even if the problem is corrected. When we moved in, I was shocked that we were allowed to fill in our check-in sheet on our own, but even when we moved into our brand-new apartment and indicated some minor items that already needed repair, nobody acknowledged or communicated with us about this. Important notices about parking, repairs and other major issues are put up the day before your car or your apartment are impacted. In addition, advertising is misleading - you may see on the website that the apartment offers a fitness center, but it's really for the building next door and you have to pay for it, for example. You may be told that you can have a pet, but the building has an unpublished capacity for pets that they don't communicate with you. You get the idea. Additionally, we were told we would have bike racks and storage units, none of which were ready when we moved in. After we'd been living there for about three weeks, they asked us if we wanted a storage unit, even though we'd been waiting for our storage unit to become available from day one. Meanwhile, management leaves condescending notes on everyone's doors about not leaving garbage outside the apartments and picking up after dogs. Duh. Just because it's affordable housing doesn't mean that the tenants are all irresponsible pigs. Any building will have a couple of bad apples - find them and leave the rest of us alone. Which leads me to a final point - you might think, oh, this is affordable housing, aren't you expecting too much? Keep in mind that affordable housing under section 42 is not really ""affordable"" - we pay competitive market rates for our rent. A comparable apartment with similar amenities from Urban Land Interests (which is an excellent management company) within blocks of the Capitol Square would only be 100-200 higher per month, and we aren't even downtown. Companies like Stone House make a good deal of money in terms of tax credits for doing what they do by providing this housing (and whether or not it is truly affordable to the people who really need it is another story). I don't begrudge them making money at all, but because it's ""affordable"" housing perhaps they don't feel that they need to look after their tenants the way they might otherwise. more

Not the best 7/6/2011

The only thing that is good here are the prices. Two tenants this year have had items stolen out of their garage and the company stated on the final report that ""it was not in their responsibility as a landlord to pursue this issue"". Which is alright by my term but then make it a free service to park in the garage. My second issue is that this building is falling apart and its new. Five walls in my apartment have cracked sense I moved in and two of them still need to be repaired. It is not the corners that have it is the center of the wall. No big deal as it may be the foundation settling but my issue is it takes them almost a month and a half to come repair it. The hallways are not painted completely (missing areas), some parts on the ceiling are very chipped. more
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