CH and I have been looking for an apartment, so we checked out two swanky new rental complexes on the Peninsula. One of the them, Jefferson at Bay Meadows, was surprisingly shoddy in the details. The other, Franklin Street, was lovely. We'll probably wait for a three bedroom to open up there.
Jefferson at Bay Meadows was a real disappointment. It advertises itself as "luxury living," but they missed a lot of details. Or just decided not to pay for them.
The most hilarious thing was the kitchen sink in the unit we looked at. These people must have searched the ends of the earth to find the shallowest double-bowl sink they could find. Then they paired it with a super-cheap contractor special faucet. The result: about 6 or 7 inches clearance between the bottom of the sink and the faucet head, which I think would make it impossible to clean many of my pots - much less fill up a stockpot with water.
Other kitchen design details were missing; the formica counters were a tacky faux-stone look, the cabinetry all looked slightly askew, and there was no pantry, either walk-in or roll-out. This looks like a kitchen that is not going to wear well at all.
On the outside, the main problem with the complex is that the hallways are long, narrow, and dim, giving it that massive impersonal apartment complex feeling. This was the main reason Christopher nixed the place. For $3,000, we should get something a little nicer.
Franklin Street, on the other hand, got these details right. The kitchen materials are generally nicer, including white ceramic tile on the countertops and shallow pantry shelves. And the flow of the complex is really lovely, with a feeling more of a courtyard than a complex.
Both places have the requisite pool, hot tub, and fitness rooms - which I'm looking forward to using. It'll be like living in a hotel!