The Student Experience

June 15, 2017

Getting an apartment when you are in college is about the best thing you can do. Dorms are great, at first and then they get old. Really quick. Which is why we moved out to West Ashley.

But think that there are a couple of things that turned me off at first.

  • ISP was always Comcast
  • Parking was limited and filled up fast
  • Roaches can/will be a problem

But the dorm was just a downer after a while and my boyfriend and I finalled made the plunge. We end up in a pretty nice one though. It took some looking around, but it worked out. And we still we think it's a pretty great place to live due to the location and cost.

Roaches seem to be an individual thing. We saw the occasional roach, while my boyfriend had none.

ISP can be either Comcast or AT&T. WOW didn't work there - we checked.

Maintenance is pretty speedy when taking care of things. You put in a work order, and they'll usually have it fixed by the time you get home the next day. I haven't seen parking become a problem in the sections where there's actually parking lots, but if your place is on the street, you might have an issue. It's usually pretty tame around here though - nobody's a dick about parking, really.

Pet fee was $200. Bit steep. But I always wanted a cat so it was doable.

The apartments are close to a school, a church, and plenty of shopping, so you're pretty well set if you have kids. There's also doggie daycares like....everywhere, if you have a dog.

One of the great things about the place, I think, is the bonus room.

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Honestly, I think it's a pretty great place to live. The apartments look great, the price isn't bad at all for Charleston, and the staff is friendly and willing to work with you. I'd say go right ahead and apply. I recall the 1 BR having a living room with a 'foldable wall' which essentially could be used to turn into a bed room on an as-needed basis. I was thinking it might be tacky to stick a bed in there and leave the wall open when not in use though so I was not sure on it.

I don't recall the 2br I looked at having the foldable wall thing though.

But there was still very little storage space

No porches/balconies except in some of the 2nd floor 1 bedrooms

Management was terrible. They went through 3 or 4 different property managers while we were there. When we moved they seemed to finally be getting their shit together though so hopefully it's better now.

We never had any issues living there safety wise, but did see the cops show up for various things several times over the course of the year. The thing about them (which we didn't know till we moved in) is that they used to be "low-income" housing, but the complex was bought by a new management company who did the remodels and then raised the rent, forcing all of the old residents out. But like I said, we never had any problems and everyone was pretty friendly.

We had a ground floor apt and the drainage around the building wasn't great, nor were the seals (? Idk the technical term) between the foundation and the walls, so during the major rain storm of October '15 we had water seeping in at the baseboards and through the front door. Luckily we noticed in time and moved all of our stuff away from the walls, but it still sucked. That was the major reason we moved.

Overall they weren't terrible, but I don't miss living there.

The Bat Cave

June 12, 2017

Has anyone heard of this secret restaurant, The Bat Cave? Alright I know it's not called The Bat Cave but could this be talking about the 'underground dinner club' called the Cheshire Dinner Society.

It has been mentioned in the Southpark Magazine, Creative Loafing, and this blog.

On second thought, the price range thing doesn't add up to be the #1 most expensive in Charlotte... But I did the research so I'll leave it here in case anyone is interested. I think that they are talking about The Haunt Bar, a friend of ours will be having her wedding there this July! And I have heard that the food is simply amazing.

'Brunch Bill' wins Senate Approval

June 7, 2017

I don't understand imposing your values on everyone else. Everyone else has to wait for the christian rites? Crazy. This means that Alcohol sales at restaurants starting at 10AM. I am talking about the 'Brunch Bill.'

"Surely, we can wait to start serving drinks until after the preacher has said the benediction."

If we're in Church... Sure.

But there's no preacher at my brunch though, so I'm not sure why that's a concern.

Your average churchgoing crowd isn't going to stop going to church just because you can order drinks in restaurants. If you think an extra 2 hours of booze is going to lose your congregation, you're just a shitty preacher who needs to work harder.

But Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, urged senators to defeat the measure, saying it poses a danger to public health and undermines the state's control system for liquor.
Calling the Sunday sales provision "sensitive to business interests but insensitive to churches," Creech argued, "Surely, we can wait to start serving drinks until after the preacher has said the benediction."

Separation of church and state please. 10am is nice but the whole restriction needs to be lifted because it's completely unconstitutional.