Beyond the main controlled-access gate, each of the five three-story, stucco-and-stone buildings has an arched, gated entrance into a two-story vestibule brightened by a large clerestory window. Elevator lobbies overlook the vestibule.
Nine- to 12-foot ceilings - pitched or with crown molding - are featured in the 139 units, as are wall-to-wall carpet, ceramic-tile floors in the kitchen and bath, window blinds, DSS satellite television service, washer and dryer, and a full complement of modern appliances, including microwave oven, self-clean gas range, and icemaker.
"When I came to look at the apartments, I really flipped, they were so modern and beautiful," William Hill Jr. said. Retired from the computer field, Hill has been living in the complex for about a year. "There's plenty of closet space, which is important to me, and plenty of storage space in the kitchen. It's kind of fun living here . . . bright and cheery. It's a good, central location . . . easy to get to Center City and Conshohocken. And I feel safe here, with the outside gate that operates after 4, and the permanent gate in each building."
With 650 to 1,325 square feet of living space, the units offer one, two, and three bedrooms. Powder rooms are in some one-bedroom units. Two- and three-bedroom units each have two full baths, and some have attached garages, included in the rent. Unattached garages rent for $185 to $215 a month.
Cats are allowed, with a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $200, plus $25 a month extra rent. Some dogs are permitted in some units, with a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $275, plus $40 per month.
The community center features a fitness center (open around the clock), a business center (with computer/Internet access, printer, fax), a coffee lounge, a furnished party room (with gas fireplace, kitchen, television), and picnic and patio areas.
Both Hill and Mailey described management as "excellent."
"If you call for service, they're there within the hour," Hill said.