We moved into California Apartments early August, 1988. We were 26 and 1/2 years younger than we are now and we remember it like it was yesterday! In fact, Elaine was our apartment manager, and John was our maintenance guy back then! We knew we “landed” in a good place, and we loved having good management, along with good neighbors. Six years to the day of us moving in, our building was hit by lightening and we had our fire. We’ll never forget that day, as it was a life changing event. But our California Apartment staff made our transition to another apartment smooth, and helped us in any way they could! Eight months later, our new apartment was ready to move into, and again management was most helpful! When shortly after moving back into 338, we were informed of a rent increase. I wrote a letter to corporate, explaining about our fire and circumstances, and they decided not to raise the rent…that meant so much, and made us feel like someone really cared!
Unfortunately, we had serious noise issues. It was a trying time for us; lasting several years… neighbor’s taking us to court, when they were the one’s making the noise, and new neighbor’s calling the police on us for complaining about their noise. That was a very rough time in our lives, and when I addressed it to management; they came up with another apartment for us, in another building, on the third floor, above any noise. Five year’s ago, we moved to 138 from 338, and it was the wonderful change we needed in our lives! We finally had peace!
The third floor apartment was 30 stairs up, and 30 stairs down, which was ok the first couple of years. But as we both got older, 30 stairs up, at the end of a long day, and carrying groceries and such, was very hard on us. So back in July, we decided that we needed a change. We didn’t expect to make a real estate purchase this late in our lives, but after checking on some ground floor rentals, with more room, we realized that with the great interest rates, and Frank utilizing a VA loan, we could make our dream a reality! We found a great home, in a 55 and over community, and closed on our new house February 26th! While we are happily settled in our new place, we left California Apartments a little sad, but with a lifetime of good memories! You guys are awesome! We appreciate everything you did for us! Management and maintenance were always exceptional! Corporate, you can be proud of your Manor Drive management team… they are the BEST! While we will gladly refer people there, we just want to say a HUGE THANKS TO AMY, ELAINE, JOHN, and JACOB, and THE REST OF YOUR TEAM! Keep up the good work!