anjmissy wrote:here is what a current resident of retreat said to me about a few weeks ago
Congratulations on being admitted! I'll give you some pros and cons for General's Retreat to give you an idea of what its like.
Its walking distance to downtown and school. To school it takes 10-12 minutes door to door in cold weather. This is nice because going home in the middle of the day is no hassle and there is really no commute to school. To downtown its like a five minute walk which is important for if/when you want to go out to the bars/restaurants or parties. Some of my friends who live a little further out there near Walmart, have a more difficult time finding a way home. There is traveller for those folks but its nice to just be able to walk. Also, this is a second pro, a bunch of friends live at GR so I can always find someone to walk home with. Lexington is safe so I definitely feel fine walking home alone, but its nice to walk with someone.
Its two floors so it feels bigger and works well when having guests over. Personally, I feel like the two floors is awesome and since it separates the bedrooms from the common areas (kitchen/living room) its great for having parties. I know that my bedroom is separate from the party people. Also, related to having guests over, there is plenty of parking and my guests never have a problem parking when they come over. Also, I have a dog so the two floors really works well for me.
It has a really nice and new washer and dryer, hardwood floors throughout, a renovated kitchen with nice counters, and from me and some of my friends, they threw in a free TV. These are all things that some of my friends who live in other places don't have.
The management has been really good with me and responding to any requests or repairs that I've needed. They are really friendly and have been nice to deal with, compared to some of my friend's experiences with old and grumpy landlords.
There are some things that I would want to change about my apartment. Note that many of these things are true for many/most apartments in lexington because the buildings are older. The walls are paper thin. Many times, I can hear my neighbors. However, even though the walls are thin its not noisy. I can definitely study at home if I want to. On Friday and Saturday nights you can expect it to be noisier if your neighbors are having guests over, but I think thats true anywhere where you have neighbors who are students. Also, the upstairs is always nice and cozy but the first floor can be chillier. I have rugs, which help, and I just blast the heat. Surprisingly, my utilities have not been crazy even though I blast the heat and sometimes forget to turn it off when I leave the house ($100ish a month).
Overall, I like it here. Its a nice, clean space and I love the two floors. I live alone and I use the second bedroom as a study/extra storage. I know one of my friends has a roommate and they seem to be doing fine. I happen to think the second bedroom is a little too tiny to fit all of the bedroom furniture in their comfortably, but I may just be a bit high maintenance lol. I wanted to live alone because at this point in my life I'm over the roommate thing. Considering how busy law school is, I wanted to be able to come, home, lounge on my couch and not have to worry about a roommate. However, many of my friends do have roommates and are happy. It all depends on personal preference.
Let me know if you have any other questions about General's Retreat or W&L more generally! Good luck!
her reviews were really helpful and in the end it helped me decided against retreat, but mainly because of price.
Decided to go with General's retreat. I think there's a bunch of living there. I might need to get a bike though.