After weeks of research and hunting, I found the Archstone Apartments in Simi Valley to be my new home. From the moment I checked out their website to the moment I turned the key in the front door, I knew I had made the right decision. The leasing staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about everything Archstone. If there was a question I had, even if they didn't know the answer, they would find out within minutes. The grounds are beautiful and perfectly maintained. I have a magnificent view of the valley, but even those units facing into the complex have a beautifully painted and landscaped scene.
The only thing missing from the gym is an ab machine, but with 4 treadmills, 2 ellipticals, a bike and various circuit training machines and free weights, there's definitely enough to keep you in tip top shape. The pools are heated year round to 78 which I've found to be a rarity. Most complexes heat them between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The complex is also very pet friendly. Speaking of water, there are two rain catch basins that are a bit odd, but I have learned to love my evening music of frogs, crickets and the occasional duck. You can find not 1 but 2 dog parks complete with poop bags and scoopers. The complex manager has called me twice in the month I've been here just to say hi and make sure everything was going well. And to make things even easier, there is an Archstone mobile app that allows you to place service orders as well as make your payment from your phone.
You can't get closer to shopping than this. The Simi Valley Town Center is right across the road and has a farmer's market in the parking lot every Friday. Although the mall is currently undergoing a large revamp, there are plenty of great places to eat and shop. I've also found it to be a wonderful spot for an exercise walk at any time of day. Rumor has it there will be a movie theater replacing one of the two Macy's stores and the possibility of a high end organic-based grocery store to be built in the parking lot. If that happens, I can't imagine a better place to live. The seemingly never-ending construction on the corner approaching the mall is a bit of an eye sore, but if that's the worst to contend with, life is good.