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    Apartments in Ames

    3 of my friends and I are looking at renting an apartment for next year. We have looked at three of them, and had to rule out Freddy court because of the co-ed rule. We toured University West @ Coconino, West Towne, and University Plains.

    Just curious to hear if anyone on here has lived there or could share some insight as to where the best places to rent are.

    I thought the 4 bed 3 bath apts. at U West were way to expensive
    4 bed 2 bath at West Towne were around $300/month
    4 bed 2 bath at U Plains were only $279/month
    Nothing includes utilites

    Right now we are thinking University Plains

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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    I lived in University Plains for 4 years. It started out as Sterling University while I was there. I was in a 3 bedroom with a couple of other guys. I wasn't real impressed with it, but that might just be the way things are in a college town. I don't have any other landlords to compare it to.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Just signed a lease for a 3 person apartment at campus west on hillcrest with first property management. anyone ever rent through them before?


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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Im pretty sure that I rented my second apartment through FPM. Never had a problem with them.



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    Just remember you get what you pay for.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by wags View Post
    Just signed a lease for a 3 person apartment at campus west on hillcrest with first property management. anyone ever rent through them before?
    I had FPM for three years at an apartment on Hyland. Never had a problem.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    I lived at University Plains for 2 years.
    Don't live there, unless you have to. The apts themselves are alright and the pool is nice, but the mgmt is horrible. They don't fix things when needed and they mess of the bills and payments all the time. One month they tried screwing me out of a full month of rent and I almost had to take them to small claims court before they paid my money back.
    I also have a couple of friends living there now and 1 has already moved out 6 months into her contract and the other hates it and is looking for a subleaser.
    Save yourself the headaches and don't go there.


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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Dont live there, but west towne seem pretty nice, havent heard anything too bad about them, but i dont live there so.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    I did university plains\sterling for a year. Pool was nice.. other than that, crappy construction, the buildings leak air like none other, no matter how hard we tried, our utility bills were absolutely insane (the electric furnace and the water heater that is pretty much outside probably dont help)

    Did Fieldstone grand for 2 years, right when they were built. Nice places, dont know what thecurrent management is like. Old fieldstone across the street wasnt a bad place either.

    My favorite place to live was on emerald drive (south of 30 off duff). Takes about as long to get to campus as it does from west ames (since you can zip up elwood from 30 to campus, and theres no great way to get from west ames to campus). 4 of us split a townhome out there that had >2000 sq ft and 3.5 br (3 br and a bedroom out of an office in the basement). 300 each for the 4 of us and tons of space (a living room upstairs, family room in the basement downstairs, and a big storage room in the basement that was perfect for flip cup.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    It amazes me on how many places are available between Welch ave to Ash. Those where prime party places when I went to ISU and hard to rent if you didn't have an "in". Sure they were rat holes, but who cares--the great parties off set that. But now the kids want nicer places and more accomodations.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    I lived at University Plains for 2 years.
    Don't live there, unless you have to. The apts themselves are alright and the pool is nice, but the mgmt is horrible. They don't fix things when needed and they mess of the bills and payments all the time. One month they tried screwing me out of a full month of rent and I almost had to take them to small claims court before they paid my money back.
    I also have a couple of friends living there now and 1 has already moved out 6 months into her contract and the other hates it and is looking for a subleaser.
    Save yourself the headaches and don't go there.
    Hmm. The guy mentioned we have to pay with seperate payments per person in the room. It sounded like a good deal to us, but I'd have no idea. I actually read on their website reviews page that this happened to someone else.



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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    Hmm. The guy mentioned we have to pay with seperate payments per person in the room. It sounded like a good deal to us, but I'd have no idea. I actually read on their website reviews page that this happened to someone else.
    Yes, you do pay separate rents for each person, unlike most other places. But, somehow my rent check got lost and so on and so forth and they tried to charge me double for one month. After about 6 months of ******** and wanting to take them to small claims court, they finally admitted they were wrong and credited me 1 month.
    It's not worth it, the only reason we stayed there for 2 years was because we didn't want to pack all of our crap up and move again, and it was our last year in school so we said F it.
    The maintenance guy is a little shady, too. Like child molester shady.


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    Re: Apartments in Ames

    I lived on Tripp Street for Jensen properties a couple years ago in a 4 bed 2 bath apartment for $900 a month. Big living room with decent kitchen and eating area. Bed rooms were a tad small but overall it was pretty decent. Nothing too nice but it worked well for four college guys who didn't need anything special.



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    i live in WestTowne and ill be moving out asap. the walls are paper thin and do not hold heat! i live in a 1 bedroom and pay almost $200 a month for utilities alone...




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    I lived on Coconino about three years ago. Two friends and myself. We each paid $290 for rent, and $40-60 each for utilities.


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