We lived here, working from home, for almost three years, and absolutely adored our time here. First, the obvious benefits: - Perfectly walkable: you are a 3 minute walk to Target, a fantastic grocery store, a veterinarian, a great pet store (Chuck & Don’s), several great restaurants, Panera and a bunch of quick food choices, a movie theater, a library, a really excellent dentist, a Lifetime Fitness gym, and soon, the Highbridge Park complex. - Surprisingly central: you are a 10-minute drive from, downtown Minneapolis, downtown Saint Paul, and an 8-minute drive to they airport. You’re also a 5-minute drive to Minnehaha State Park, just across the river, and a 10-minute walk to the Mississippi River walk, which is just gorgeous. - There’s a good amount of parking on their own private streets, and they offer garage parking. - The courtyards throughout the property are wonderful, open, and incredibly well maintained. - The ivy covered walls are stunning, and keep the buildings surprisingly cool during the summer. And the more surprising benefits: - They are the most responsive management company I have ever seen, or even heard of. In 20+ years of renting, in 6 different apartments, I have never had property management that was this responsive. It’s not even close. They respond to ever email, every time. Nothing gets lost. Nothing gets forgotten or ignored. Ever. They usually respond to emails within minutes, during business hours. The vast majority of the time, repairs were completed the same day. Nothing ever needs to be rescheduled “because there was an emergency”… which is too often just code for “we are unorganized, so everything is an emergency”. They ask for people to report “the little stuff” before it becomes big stuff, and they mean it. They pounce on small stuff, just like the big stuff. They are very communicative, sending very clear, well written emails with timely notices, and posting bulletins in places that you are guaranteed to see. They are clear about their policies, and those policies are enforced. That’s an important point. If you’re sick of neighbors getting away with obnoxious behavior, because management doesn’t notice or won’t engage, that’s unlikely to happen here. - I can’t say enough about how well they maintain the property, both inside and out. Paths are shoveled, lawns are cut, hedges are trimmed, leaves are cleaned up, vines are pulled away from windows, roofs are repaired, weeds are pulled, pests are removed and prevented. Nothing escapes them, and they are consistently proactive. I wish my life were as well managed as their property. While I’m not the kind of person who thinks keeping the lawn short is important, seeing how much the staff cares about the little stuff matters a lot more than you might think. - While they don’t allow pets, they gracefully accept Emotional Support Animals. And their rules only require that you follow city and state ordinances, and be courteous to neighbors. - The neighborhood walking is lovely. If you have a dog to walk, the neighborhoods north and south of Montreal Ave are adorable, with lots of other dogs who love impromptu play dates along the way. - There is a community garden, with openings in the spring each year. If you’re interested, tuned for an email from them. - We made so many friends out in the courtyards. The courtyards are quite, but frequently used. When the weather is nice, you are likely to find someone outside reading, or working. The townhomes along Cleveland Ave, just south of the main office, have their own permanent, year-round gas grill. We used it all year. For extra-easy clean up, get yourself a grilling mat. - The townhomes have two entrances and two floors. I can’t tell you how nice that was, particularly during the pandemic, with two people living together. - The hot water is immediate, at least it was for us. Instantaneous. One second to hot water from any faucet. I have no idea what dark magic they wield - Rent increases were annual, and small.
I lived in Highland Village multiple times across six years, most recently in 2021. I've lived in both one bedroom apartments and two bedroom townhomes. The only reason I moved is a house purchase this summer, and it was so bittersweet to go. My son and I both shed lots of tears during the move, it was hard to give up a place we loved so much. The units are beautiful, wonderful layouts and have tons of windows and natural light. Classic old St. Paul charm at it's finest. The management and maintenance are the absolute best - there is basically a full time crew, many of whom live on site, who take great care of the property and the community. If ever there is an issue, they are right there to address it. Without question one time when my stove wasn't working quite right? They just replaced the whole thing for me. But one of my favorite parts and what makes Highland Village so unique is the combination of the grounds and the fact it's right in the village. It's hard to find apartments in the city that have green space, and the courtyards and little outdoor nooks all around the grounds are STUNNING. My last townhome's private backdoor off the kitchen walked out to a lovely patio and grill. But then on the flip side, I could still walk out my front door and walk one block to Target and Starbucks. The combo of natural outdoor space and walkability is really rare. These truly are homes, not just apartments. Cannot recommend more highly!
I've lived here for over two years. The property management here is amazing and do a tremendous job of balancing overall maintenance while also looking out for individual tenants. The rent is manageable and the area is wonderful. I can't say enough good things. Also, several visitors to our place have mentioned how the ivy gives them a "taste of England", so that's 5 stars from me!
We loved our time at Highland Village Apartments! My husband and I launched our empty nest years there and stayed for almost four years. Our twenty something year old son lived nearby in Building B and our college age daughter stayed with us during her breaks from school. It was an awesome time for our family. The grounds are beautiful and well cared for. The old world charm of the place is just so wonderful. The staff are friendly and responsive. We loved the walkable life and the proximity to the river. Live there if you get a chance. It’s pretty great.
Highland Village is a wonderful place to live. The neighborhood is great - awesome access to highways, close to the airport, and extremely walkable. Despite being just off of the busy Ford Parkway / Cleveland Ave. intersection, it's really quiet. The staff is friendly and helpful, the grounds are well kept, and any call to maintenance is addressed quickly. The apartments are charming but the buildings are not new. The steam heat does make some noise in the winter and I had to purchase the window A/C units (which are also noisy). I don't mind either of these but it is something to be aware of when choosing to rent here. I find the hardwood floors, great natural light and air circulation, walkable neighborhood amenities and care for my apartment and the entire development far outweighs those concerns. If you're looking for an apartment in the area I'd recommend giving this place a chance. You too might find it suits you well enough to settle in and stay a while. (Bonus details for those who haven't TL;DR'ed out follow) The owners have also clearly been investing in the life of the complex - replacing trees, repaving the private drives, re-roofing buildings and replacing cracked and broken pavement over the last few summers. They do a great job of keeping us posted about any related inconveniences of this work, too.
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