Thursday, June 29, 2006

New Bogus Apartment Description Hall of Famer

There are some really bad descriptions of so-called "luxury" condominiums/apartments in Silver Spring out there, but I have discovered one building that trumps them all - the Enclave Apartments in White Oak:

Live the dream... We set out to create an extraordinary residence. Using concrete and steel and glass as our canvas, we soon discovered that our creation had transcended our vision. More than a living space, we had captured the dream of a living space. Having come into existence, there could be no other name for it: The Enclave.
Great, except there WAS another name for it - Berkshire Towers. Before that it was called the "El Dorado". Can an apartment building hide from it's past by continually changing it's name? I bet that's what the owner is hoping. Here's some highlights ("lowlights"?) of comments from past and current residents on the building from apartmentratings.com:

- "We have lived here for a year. In that time there have been multiple stabbings and a rape."

- "It's routine to have the fire alarm go off in the middle of the night."

- "Bottom line: don't even think about living here."

- "These apartments really need to be imploded, like they do the old casinos in Las Vegas."

- "This has to be the worst place in Silver Spring"

- "Negative 15 on a scale of one to five"

- "This place is pure, unadulterated hell."

- "The worst place ever."

- "Last night I found 4 dead rats in the hallway, and 2 were eating on them."

- "The environmental Protection Agency said in their 18 years in Montgomery County they had never seen Mushrooms growing inside the walls."

Live the dream? Sounds more like a terrible nightmare. These are just a very small sampling of the reviews. If you want hours of entertainment, be sure to read the rest.



21 comments:

Twoste said...

My GOD!?!? I almost ended up living there before I discovered the "dream" that is Gramax Towers.
WOW. I'm amazed that it's that bad...it looked a little ratty to me, but damn.
I DId hear about the rape though. That was messed up seeing as they seem to have so much security there.

thecourtyard said...

Actually, before it was called Berkshire Towers (and after it was called El Dorado, I suppose) it was called The Point. I remember visiting it with my parents when they were apartment-hunting. All of the floorplans were named for acronyms - one of the efficiency models was called "C.O.M.F.Y." I forget what the letters stood for, though.

I'm willing to give the management a little credit, though. They're doing some work on the balconies and building a multi-million-dollar clubhouse, suggesting the ads might not be all hot air . . .

Silver Springer said...

Wow mushrooms in the walls huh? Surprisingly I've seen them growing around the kitchen sink of another old apartment building.

Just add this to the list of "amenities" you will only find in old buildings. I really wish someone would take a wrecking ball to some of them in downtown and fix the ones worth saving; they're a health hazard!

Sligo said...

Screw the balconies and clubhouses if there are canniballistic rats running all over the place.

My favorite thing about that building (I think it is that one) is the one apartment that is for some reason covered with tinfoil or something. You can see it from 29 - it's in the middle of the building up at the top. WTF is that all about??

Anonymous said...

As a current resident of The Enclave, I can tell you that those negative comments are very true. What I would like to know, however, is why the author targeting The Enclave? There are many other apartment complexes in the SS area that are just as bad (if not, worse) and are also drawing a plethora of negative comments.

Anonymous said...

Lived there 2 years ago. Some comments are a tad exaggerated, but only a tad, and the one about the rats probably isn't....

eileen blatchford said...

i lived ther in 1973. i remember the mail slots in the hallways on each floor, on the basement floor there was a sauna, small store (deli) a pool table & etc. the phones in the kitchens were something new to me at the time. built flush into the wall with a cord. was 20 1st place away from home, worked at the fbi bldg downtown. oh that bus schedule :( the place wasn't too bad then. we had regular maintenance, the washer/dryers in the halls were fine & handy. i shared the place with 3 other roommates. fun then -- underground parking was different. this place has really changed it sounds awful. glad i didn't have that i would have found new roommates else where. el dorado bldg 1 & 3 i think it was. the pool was nice & some weekends during the summer they would show movies outside. thankful i am not there now.

eileen blatchford said...

i did remember a murder there of a woman, but i never knew what happened. we were always told by the bureau if anyone looked suspicious or was to chatty about where we worked to report them. times haven't changed that much !!!

Jim Rishe said...

I also lived there in 73. At that time is was a really nice place. Clean, safe, and well maintained. Underground parking, nice pool, close to everything. I liked it there, sorry it's gone to crap.

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