Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana is beautiful on the exterior. Groundskeepers do an excellent job of trimming bushes, mowing lawns, and taking care of the hundreds of flowers they plant each spring, but as the old saying goes, a book cannot be judged by its cover, and apartments are no exception. I once praised this Valparaiso Indiana community of apartments and townhouses, but that was shortly after moving in. After living at Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana for several months, I realized that looks are truly deceiving, and it is of the utmost importance to carefully consider the interior as well as the exterior of apartments in comparison to the cost before signing on the dotted line. Unfortunately other aspects of apartment living can only be discovered after moving in and experiencing what life is really like inside and out.
Before moving into Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana, with reluctance of management, my husband and I were given the opportunity to see the condition of our apartment prior to maintenance doing any of the required cleaning, repairs, and painting. It was obvious the people who lived in the apartment moved out without doing any type of cleaning. The carpeting along the baseboards was littered with the shells of dead bugs, the downstairs toilet was black inside, and the entire apartment was a mess to say the least. I hoped the apartment would be in much better condition upon moving in less than a week later, and surprisingly it was. Considering how it looked before moving in, the apartment was much cleaner, and it smelled fresh. However, although we were told the carpets had been cleaned, dead bugs still littered the carpeting along the baseboards, and chocolate remained on the carpeting upstairs, but it was otherwise in move-in condition.
I promptly pointed out major cosmetic defects I found since I was afraid Williamsburg on the Lake apartments would try to blame my husband and I for the damage when we moved out, but I did not point out the dead bugs or the dirty carpet upstairs. I did not want to sound like a complainer immediately after moving into Williamsburg on the Lake in Valparaiso Indiana. I had high hopes for living in my Valparaiso Indiana apartment, but my hopes were soon shattered by broken rules, parking woes, and a lack of updates and solutions recurring problems.
My husband and I began noticing that certain rules were not enforced at Williamsburg on the Lake apartments – depending upon who you were. I had given up my cat of 13 years before moving into Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana because only two pets were allowed, and I had three. I am not a rule-breaker. I try my best to follow the rules in any situation, but other neighbors admittedly had more than two pets, and the day we moved in they said that no one ever checks. Their two large dogs were often seen looking out the window or heard barking out back, and maintenance surely noticed the cat litter box in the same apartment. Management turned their heads time and time again. If I had kept my cat, more than likely my husband and I would have eventually been evicted. We followed the rules, but we were unpopular because we expected the rules to be followed.
I was once politely scolded while living at Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana because my son’s bike remained in the front yard for a night, but others were allowed to get away with much greater infractions such as having extra pets, grills, tikki torches, and satellite dishes inside the fence. Also, residents were not allowed to wash vehicles in the parking lot because the soapy water would drain into the lake, and this is understandable, but it was okay for the maintenance man to wash his motorcycle. It soon became clear that rules were not enforced at Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana. I had once planned on staying for three to five years, but it did not even take a year before I realized that Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana was no longer a place I wanted to call home.
We stuck it out for a full year at Williamsburg on the Lake apartments in Valparaiso Indiana, but at the price of $1007 a month, which included the added cost of having two pets and a fireplace, we eventually decided we were paying entirely too much. Rent was going to go up $2, and we certainly had nothing to gain. Also, trying to find a parking space became next to impossible in our section of Williamsburg on the Lake. Although we were in a corner apartment, and the furthest from the parking lot in comparison to our other neighbors, we were rarely able to find a parking space in front. Bringing in groceries became a terrible chore, especially since I am physically disabled when it comes to lifting and carrying heavy items. A spot once existed for handicapped individuals at the corner closest to our home, but when the parking lot was repaved the handicapped spot disappeared.
After living at Williamsburg on the Lake in Valparaiso Indiana for almost a year, my opinion of the community changed as I watched other residents continually ignore the rules while management smiled and turned their heads. They did not turn their heads when my son made the mistake of leaving his bike on the front lawn all night, but they smiled while telling me to put it in the backyard. In time I realized this was a place where rules were enforced according to who you were. Seeing the rules continuously overlooked eventually led to my mistrust of the apartment community.
The grounds are beautiful, and the maintenance crew does their best to keep it looking nice and running smooth, but the interior of the apartments definitely needed updating, and it was clear this would not happen in my apartment the foreseeable future. The metal closet doors in the kitchen that hid the washer and dryer were continually requiring readjustment and became impossible to open and close, but they were probably at least 20 years old. If they were mine they would have been replaced. The countertops were just as old, outdated, and terribly worn as was the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Maybe other apartments were nicer, but ours needed updates. The price we were paying for the convenience of shopping and living in Valparaiso Indiana really was not worth the expense of this outdated apartment and the different rules that applied to different people.
Choose Williamsburg on the Lake apartments if you do not mind paying around $1,000 a month for a three bedroom townhouse apartment in need of interior updates. Otherwise, check out some of the newer apartments nearby such as The Masters. They really are beautiful apartments, and contrary to rumors, The Masters allows pets. They allow cats and dogs in specific sections, and a lower rent payment for a much newer apartment is well worth the cost of living in Valparaiso Indiana.