2007-11-06 23:17:48 I lived there last year. I don't care how new the apartments are... it's not worth living there because you will have to deal with Ali, the owner and property manager. There's only one word to describe him: Smarmy. No wait - there's a second word, too: Evil. If you've had the misfortune of meeting or speaking with him, you'll know what I mean. Don't kid yourself and think you can avoid him after you've signed the lease; he frequently checks in on the apartments and will appear when you least expect it. Trust your instincts and look for another place. —sbyun
2007-12-12 01:37:39 How exactly does he check in? It may not be legal.
And is it just me, or is two grand a month pretty ballsy for an apartment with such a good view of the tracks? —MelissaH
2008-10-15 11:04:21 I've lived at the other house that Michelle and Ali manage and it was RIDICULOUS. We told them we had issues with cockroaches and they refused to pay to exterminate or even look at the situation because it was a "natural" due to the change in weather.
They also tried to tack on about $200 in fees a month AFTER we signed the lease, and actually whited-out something on the original lease we signed, and put HER OWN initial next to it and try to pass it off by saying "See! it was initialed!"
Avoid at all costs. —StephZhu
2008-10-30 21:30:54 LOL - I forgot about the extra fees. Want one of the 3 garage spots? $50 a month. Want to rent a washer/dryer? $50. Dog? You guessed it - $50. —sbyun
2009-02-04 16:36:08 I agree smary and evil sum up Ali's approach. Stay away from their properties if you have the option. FYI if you look up Michelle "Mahvash" Ghorbanzadeh she has lost her real estate license due to illegal circumstances. Check out the DRE website to find out more http://www.dre.ca.gov/pdf_docs/rebspr06.pdf —violet45
2009-04-17 15:34:53 These comments seem outdated since i'm finishing my year here at these apts. and they're just great (there's a reason why they have a waiting list)..overall, Ali is real responsive to anything that comes up and is a real good handyman.I highly recommend this place over Tanglewood and Willows which are places I was at before. —darthvader2010
Things here do NOT get fixed- Ali had made a list of things to fix the day we moved in... despite our efforts to remind him of this list, it is June and we have yet to see ANYTHING be done. However, he does not have a problem "dropping" in with future tenants to view the apartment. He has even invited himself in (using his own key) without any of us knowing to show our place. We only know this because one time my roomate was asleep in her room and woke up to him opening the door.
I know other tenants that he has dealt with and I know that he threatened to evict them if they did not pass an "inspection"- only he never showed up at their scheduled appointment and never followed through. They try to make these apartments nice, but the upkeep here is minimal- if you've driven passed it, maybe you've noticed the over-grown trees in front blocking the walkways. There are cockroaches roaming the premises and even bums have chosen the front dumpster area as a hang-out spot.
The bike parking here is poorly planned and not adequate to fit the needs of university students. Ali has made comments regarding "bikes being in the way"- but there is no convenient place to park them without "ruining the vegetation" (which he has complained about as well). Several locked bikes have been reported stolen from the back side of the apartment (4 this quarter to be precise). If you are up to dealing with all of the baggage that comes with the Boardwalk apartment, then this is your dream apartment complex. Otherwise, it is not worth living here- and you should probably find another place to live. —bbice
2009-06-13 13:24:29 does anyone find it peculiar that comments from both davisaggie and darthvader2010 were posted from the same internet address? —palin12
2009-06-14 07:34:42 Placing footnote where it belongs. —DavidRobinson
2009-08-30 23:27:29 I checked out violet45's DRE website reference. It says Michelle had her real estate license revoked in Sept 2005 for violations 490 and 10177(b). A little googling turns up that California Business & Professions Code, Section 10177(b), allows the Dept of Real Estate (DRE) to suspend or revoke a real estate license if the licensee is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude. Section 490 allows the DRE to suspend or revoke a license if the licensee has been convicted of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the licensed profession. —sbyun
2009-09-23 11:18:37 I lived there and the place was pretty nice, but the train was really loud and came early in the morning. The worst part was the management, they were inconsiderate and rude. They would go back on their word and would not allow you to put anything outside your apartment if you lived in the apartments on the street. Overall I would not recommend these apartments because the places were over priced but more importantly Ali was a awful land lord! —davisalum19