Park Crossing Apartments Informative - A Nice Rental Community in a Great Location
MAPLE SHADE, NJ, USA -- My wife and I recently had to sell our home after I lost my job. I’ve since found a new job but unfortunately it brings in much less than my old one. Long story short, we could no longer afford our home and found ourselves needing to both downsize and rent.
Due to my joint-custody situation with my ex-wife, we needed to stay within about 5-7 miles of my ex’s house in Collingswood. This limited our selection of locations but, on the flip side, it did force us to really do our homework for the places that we did have to choose from.
After much research and visiting more rental communities than we could shake a stick at, we decided to rent a townhome at Park Crossing in Maple Shade. While it has not been perfect, it has been quite good and we are so far very happy to be residents here.
The townhomes are quite spacious—I believe they’re about 1,200 sq. ft. but I’m basing this on my recollection of one of their brochures—and are in the process of being updated. In our case, we were the first tenants after the update of what would become our unit.
Back during our search, we were told that all units were in the process of being updated. Since having signed our lease, they’ve changed things by making updating optional. The updates are wonderful but had this been an option for us we would have opted for a non-upgraded (“Classic”) unit and pocketed the savings. No biggie since each has its pluses and minuses but I thought it worth mentioning.
The unit has a TON of storage space, a very large master bedroom, a large 2nd bedroom (larger than many master bedrooms at some of the other places we visited,) 1.5 baths (full upstairs, powder room downstairs,) a generous sized living room, a modest dining room and non-eat-in kitchen with an adjoining laundry room.
Heat (gas forced air) and gas cooking are included with the rent and our unit came complete with a full-sized washer and dryer, central air, a dishwasher, garbage disposal, gas range, built-in microwave and fridge. All were brand new, as were the windows and interior doors, light switches and outlets. For us it was like moving into newly built home.
One nice feature is that they allow pets. On a related note, our unit has a rear patio area that we’ll be enclosing so as to allow us the ability to let our dog—Marty—out when we’re too lazy to walk him. Do be warned, however, that some of my fellow residents don’t pick up after their dogs like they should so you’ll want to keep your eyes down when you take Fido for his walks.
There’s a huge, well-maintained pool that is free of charge and a small but beautiful new health club/recreation center have just opened up. Unfortunately, management has yet to figure out a way to permit the new center to be opened beyond their office hours so at present it’s only useful to those who don’t work “normal” business hours which, for many, makes it practically useless. They say they’re working on it so we’ll see. Seems to me this is something they should have thought about before they opened the damned thing. But I digress…
The office staff are for the most part competent and pleasant, though some of them seem to be a bit lacking a bit in the personality department. Calls are usually returned promptly, depending on who you leave your message with. Generally, they seem to be genuinely interested in assisting their tenants, which is more than I can say for some rental staffs I’ve heard about.
Maintenance has been slow to address some of our (mostly minor) concerns but from what I’ve heard from my neighbors this is not unusual. “They’ll get around to it,” we’ve been told, “but it can sometimes take a while.” I’m sure they have to triage their service requests so my wife and I can live with that.
One thing we’re VERY happy about is the complete sense of safety here at Park Crossing. I’ve asked all over and so far no one has experienced any sort of vandalism or foul play of any kind. This was a huge relief since we had also considered renting from another nearby community (Fox Meadow) which had a less than stellar reputation in that regard.
There is a nice mix of retirees, singles and families and I see lots of kids running around (but not too many so don’t worry about it if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.) My son has made some nice, new friends and now that the weather’s starting to warm up my wife and I are looking forward to getting to know more of our neighbors a bit better. “Friendly but not TOO friendly” seems to sum up the tenants here at Park Crossing. For us, it’s been the perfect degree of friendliness.
Unlike so many other rental communities, finding available parking spaces is never a problem. There’s no assigned parking but for the most part everyone seems to park in front of their own unit and there are plenty of additional spaces all over.
The environment is pretty quiet and, as I mentioned, seems to be very safe. Many times I’ve forgotten to remove my GPS unit from car overnight and it’s always there in the morning. I’m told that the local police make numerous patrols through the complex each evening but so far I’ve yet to see so for myself.
The complex is located on Route 38 in Maple Shade, NJ between the Cherry Hill and Moorestown malls. We couldn’t be in a better location in terms of being close to all of the major highways and for the most part nothing in the area takes too long to get too (not accounting for traffic, of course.)
PC hasn’t been perfect but it’s been nice, very nice. Our rent is $1,425 per month and while I do wish it was a bit lower, the fact that it does include tenant controlled heat makes it a bit more palatable. The attractiveness of the grounds is about average; some very nice spots and some spots that are in need of attention.
To summarize, the units are spacious, attractive, mostly well-maintained, and have generous closet space. The community itself is very friendly and seems very safe. The location can’t be beat and pets are permitted for a one-time $300 fee (which can be offset by a $300 credit for signing the lease within 24 hours of your initial tour.) As rental communities go, if you can’t afford one of the premium rental communities in the area and are in need of something moderately priced, Park Crossing could very well be your best bet.
Of course, what you really should do is take a nice, long walk in any rental community you’re considering and ask any of the current tenants you might come across for the REAL story of what it’s like to live there. My wife and I did this at a number of places and the feedback we got was worth a million on-line reviews.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review and good luck finding your next new home!