Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas
I have lived at the Windrush apartments for over two years and I have renewed my lease for a third year. Overall, this apartment complex has a lot going for it given the rents they charge. The positives include a very kind front office team, same-day maintenance, a fairly new fitness center, two pools, a hot tub, and (usually) monthly resident get-togethers, which are free.
The office team does what it can to make your apartment a home. They fulfill maintenance requests very quickly, usually on the same day you submit one. I have made unorthodox requests in the past only to have them happily fulfilled, including free annual carpet cleaning for renewing the lease, having the drip pans on the stove replaced after they get pitted with use, and adding a ceiling fan in all of the rooms. The team also attempts to conduct semi-monthly resident get-togethers, such as holiday dinners, summer barbecues, and pizza parties (it may be cheap Little Caesar's, but it's free, nonetheless). These touches make the apartment more like a home and allow you to meet your neighbors. This is key to ensuring people looking out for one another and property. It builds a sense of community. The grounds are constantly being maintained and trash is always picked up.
Additionally, it is located on a quiet street on the western edge of Fort Worth between White Settlement and Benbrook. It is across the street from a senior living center and within walking distance of a Kroger and several other stores and restaurants, including CVS, Walgreens, Sonic, and Domino's. It is also served by the #26 bus right outside the complex.
There are certainly negatives, and you would need to weigh those against the positives and determine for yourself what you can live with and what you cannot live with. These include very small kitchen space, including a lack of cabinet space, buildings that were built in the 80s, so they look somewhat dated, a lack of electrical outlets where you would think they should be (near the pass through between the kitchen and dining room, on balconies, etc.), poor insulation, which can increase your heating and cooling bills, and the fact that it is about two miles from a slum on Las Vegas Blvd. As a result, there is an occasional problem with non-residents driving in to use the pool/gym. The onsite police do help.
In summary, if you are looking for an apartment with a great value, given the average prices of apartments in Fort Worth, look no further.