A Decent Apartment|Recommended: YesI've lived here since December 2016 and just recently renewed my lease. For the market and area, it's the cheapest apartment my partner and I could find when moving up from Florida. We're getting a 1 bedroom for just over 1600 for the base rent. We pay extra for our dog and for each parking space. 100 for the first space and 75 for the second. There are some pros and cons with living here. I will start with the pros. Pros The Metro is less than a thousand feet away. It is absolutely wonderful to be able to walk such a short distance to take Metro to work, to the mall, and to run errands. Some people have posted reviews about the noise, but I have never noticed it unless the windows are open and I still don't think it's very loud. The station isn't a very busy one so it's not hard to catch a train before they become crowded. The area is being redeveloped and has some good amenities. There is a post office and a park just two blocks away. Lost Dog Cafe, Mason Social, and Lena's all offer different food and are all short walks away. Old town is 7 or 8 blocks, which I've walked several times before. It took me about 10 minutes. There's a McDonald's, 7-11, Sugar Shack Donuts, and Liberty Gas station within walking distance as well. Harris Teeter is also just four bIocks away. Many of these opened in the last few years, so they're very nice and new. Lost Dog and Mason Social opened around 2015 along with several of the new apartment buildings. The park also just opened and the Harris Teeter was built in 2014. I walk my dog all around at all hours and always feel safe. I've walked her at 2AM before and never felt that there was an issue. I've seen a few comment on the safety issue, but I've never had a problem. The apartments are decent and can be cute more on that later. The underground parking is a massive savior in the winter and when it's raining. The Harris Teeter that's 4 blocks away also has underground parking so you never have to be outside when going to the grocery store and back. The entire building is key card entry only so it is not easy for just anyone to get in. It's a plus for safety, just don't forget your key because they'll charge you 35 for getting locked out. The hallways are all indoors and air conditioned and are really well kept. We have a sunroom which is great in the winter. We can warm up our apartment by almost ten degrees on a sunny day. From my buildings roof and gym, you have wonderful views toward Maryland and Old Town Alexandria. You can see the river, Old Town, and The National Harbor. We were able to watch the cities New Years fireworks from the roof and had a perfect view. There's also a convenience store attached to the second building and it is amazing how much stuff she has in there They are currently as of January 2018 redoing the Courtyard area into a brand new grilling area with a dog park. Now for some of the cons While the area has been redeveloped, there are still some sore spots. Across the street is a car shop that is just a total hovel and is responsible for a lot of litter on that block. Yes, car shops aren't going to be five star resorts, but this place is covered in grime and rust and the fence is falling apart. There are several income housing complexes that are just old and need to be cleaned up and rebuilt. The city is working on this and like I said earlier, safety is never a concern for me and I've lived here for over a year now. I've lived in an urban neighborhood before but I have never seen litter in a place like this before. It makes the place feel dirty. It is constant and all over. I pick up as much as I can but it's just always being thrown around. Maintenance has been really responsive and great in general, but there are just some nitpicky issues. Some of the grounds issues took awhile to fix or just has never been addressed. The sidewalk needed fixed and I had to say something twice. Several lights that the property have never been fixed no matter how many times I've asked. Not big deals, but it makes it seem unkempt and harder to see since these lights are in the drive areas. It's also a little annoying seeing as you put in requests for them and they just close them out. This isn't anything against the cleaning crew and management because I've seen them do a good job at keeping the place cleaned up. But some of the people that live here must be slobs. So many people leave their mail on the ground in the mail area when the trash overflows. It's literally accumulating on the floor and they must be just throwing it on the ground. There are three trash cans and I'm pretty sure they change them twice a day. Management tries, but the people here are apparently inconsiderate slobs. The coffee area becomes a sticky mess because people for some reason don't clean up after themselves or throw the trash in the trash can right next to the machine. As for the apartments themselves, they're just ok. The cabinets are pretty cheap and ugly and the linoleum floors in the kitchen and bathroom are horrible. I've had linoleum in many places I've lived before, but it has never before so easily ripped. We don't drag stuff across the floor or wear shoes around the house but I've had them come and fix the kitchen floor three times because its ripped up. I just stopped asking because it ripped up again and the bathroom ripped as well. It's not major, but it's still ugly. You also really have to stay on top of the carpet or it'll look dirty quick. That's fine for me because I'm a clean freak but it does not last long. They bill this as a luxury complex and the lobbies are beautiful and the apartments are decently nice. However, the floors and cabinets are horrible and the apartment is not luxury. Like I said, it's the cheapest apartment in the area and I get that, but paying almost 1,800 a month I think you can ask for a nicer apartment with newer appliances. Don't get me wrong, it's not some ugly, broken down building but I wouldn't call it luxury either. All in all, the area and easy access to so many great amenities and Metro make up for any drawbacks. The area is being gentrified and they do maintain the building well. For this metro area, the price is decent and the apartments are decent as well. We just renewed our lease for another 15 months.
Great property|Recommended: YesEnjoy being close to old town and the Braddock bus station. Close to everything. Very happy that I chose this location to live.
Location Convenient to Old Town Metro|Recommended: YesThis is the perfect location to both enjoy the magic of Old Town and be close to metro for your commute. The views from the all glass sunrooms are fantastic. The complimentary coffee machine in the lobby makes delicious lattes, I seriously can't get enough. The office and concierge have accessible hours and have always been very polite.
Great place to live |Recommended: YesThe Meridian really is a great place to live. The location, staff, cleanliness, amenities, common areas, and even the all the cute dogs I see everyday are all pretty awesome. The apartments could use some new renovated kitchens and appliances to be a little more modern but it's still really nice. I feel cozy and at home here.
Wonderful Maintenance and Concierge|Recommended: YesOverall a good place to live.
Resident review|Recommended: Yesyou get what you pay for, i have signed for a second year because of the price and proximity to metro location. staff are nice but unorganized and do not seem to work cohesively. the amenities are so so and the gym is outdated. updates are being made to the courtyard which are long over due and necessary to compete at all with the far nicer buildings in this area. Price is the best thing
A great place to live|Recommended: YesThe property is perfectly centrally located for access to DC and Arlington, but also to Duke St. and 95 495. The apartment layouts are great for space and separation from neighbors. The staff here are just wonderful and are always kind and helpful. The parking, the grounds, the location and proximity to Metro, the condition and amenities of the apartments, all are excellent. New paint, beige with white trim and new beige carpet is refreshing and something you can coordinate furnishings and decorations with, instead of plain white everywhere. The view is beautiful from the West side of phase 2, with the Washington Monument visible in the distance. Move in is easy, parking is adequate.
The Meridian is a good place to live|Recommended: YesIt is a good place to live. The people are nice and it is well maintained.
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Great Place |Recommended: Yes- great location - 4 min walk to train station, 15 walk min to trader joes and harris teether, 20 min walk to old town - friendly staff - the security at the mail desk is the best He's so friendly and jolly. And if you have an maintenance issue, they come immediately to fix it. - awesome amenities - pool gym balcony - fun building activities aka free food - awesome view of Washington Masonic temple and the river
Gtreat location, great people, and great service|Recommended: YesThis apartment is in a great location for people in their twenties to people in their sixties. A stones throw from the metro, a short walk to Old Town Alexandria, and close enough to D.C. to easily get to any event in the district. All of the staff is helpful and kind, and maintenance is quick and professional. My only gripe is with the older appliances and carpeting in the apartment, it could use an update. The facilities are well kept and the community is relatively nice.
If you are a millennial, this place isn't for you.|Recommended: NoIf you are a millennial like me, you probably use Amazon a lot to save lots of time going to grocery stores at what not. I have so far lost two packages since moving here. The front desks receive all package on your behalf, but they have a TERRIBLE system. First of all, the system doesn't even take down the full tracking number the package had, so when they lost my package, I didn't even have a tracking number to tell the carrier. Second, these people are too busy defending themselves more than trying to figure out where the lost package went. They didn't even apologize. SMH... We also had fly issues in my APT. My wife is super clean, so no, it wasn't us being unusually clean. Fly problem is one thing, but they called the bug squad. They called to ask permission to enter the premises, and I specifically told them which area of the APT had the issue. The flies were coming out from the fluorescent light casing above the kitchen. I taped the gaps so no more flies would fly out of the casing. When I came back home that day, I found the tape still there and saw shadows of the flies corpses still on the light. When I called them, they were oblivious to everything and said they would have someone come back out again that week. That was two to three weeks ago... I usually like Meridian Properties, but this wasn't one I was impressed by. Save yourself some trouble, and find better apartments nearby or move closer to the old town.
Hi Jay Jay, Thank you for submitting a review about our community and sharing your concerns with us. We want to sincerely apologize if there has been any miscommunication and want to assure you we take your concerns very seriously. Our property manager is out of the office today but will be contacting you directly on Monday to discuss the package and address any pest issues promptly. We truly appreciate your patience and look forward to resolving your concerns shortly. Sincerely, Taryn S.
Love where I live, minus construction of building next door noisy |Recommended: YesBest staff, timely fixtures, good price for apartment
I hope things don't start going down hill in this place|Recommended: YesWe have loved living here for the past three years. Today I went down stairs when I got home from work to get a cup of coffee from the coffee machine, like I have every day for the past three years. The coffee machine was off with a sign that read Coffee Machine hours 5 00 am to 2 00 pm. How terrible and stingy Why would you put hours on the coffee machine I don't know what it was that prompeted the building to put hours on the coffee machine, but I hope the decision is reconsidered. And I hope this isn't the beginning of taking away all the things that make this building such a great place to live.
Quaint, clean and efficient.|Recommended: YesIf you are looking for an apartment not in the city but within a close driving distance to many amenities, this is a great location for you. Right by a metro stop as well.