Following are comments from tenants of Metropolitan Properties:
- I’ve really enjoyed living in the Arlington this past year. The building
is very well run and you have certainly been the best landlord I have ever
had. If I should return to Des Moines in the future, I’ll be sure to inquire
about your properties first.
Allan, resident of Arlington Apartments
- I’ve been a tenant at the Ayrshire for Metropolitan Properties for many
years (8 ½) and have been very well satisfied. They show a sense of community
and caring. When you call for something to be fixed, replaced or just looked
at…IT’S DONE. Something that has become rare in rental companies. They also
work with neighborhood associations to insure security and safety in their
Rick, resident of Ayrshire Apartments
- I moved back to Des Moines after being gone for 5 years. When I saw how
much the downtown had changed and seeing the Arlington & Hallett buildings I
knew that is where I wanted to live. It is close to everything and knowing
that the buildings were saved from demolition and are locally owned and
managed means a lot to me. I have loved living here ever since.
- Living at the Arlington & Hallett is more of a community than just another
place to live. Knowing the history of these buildings and how they were saved
as well, the fact they are locally owned and managed is important to me. I
have lived in the suburbs and in downtown areas before but nothing have had
the character and sense of community like living here has. I love my place, it
is unique and has a lot of character, unlike living in a suburb where
everything looks the same and the buildings are owned by some corporation
hundreds of miles away. I highly recommend it!
Tim, resident of Hallett Flats
- In August of 2004, I made the decision to sell my three-bedroom town home
and move downtown to the Hallett Flats. I had read newspaper articles about
Jodi Beavers’ and Leslie Gearhart’s preservation of the historic Hallett Flats
and the Arlington apartments and I knew the English style Hallett Flats would
be perfect for me.
- Since moving in, I have found Jodi and Leslie to be excellent landlords.
They are not only receptive and responsive to tenant requests, but they have
shown a level of compassion that I do not believe exists within most
landlords. On more than one occasion, Jodi and Leslie have sent flowers to
tenants when a parent passed away. I fully realize that owning these buildings
is a business venture however; Jodi and Leslie have shown with their hearts
and actions they genuinely care about their tenants.
- Diversity is very important to me and I also love that fact that Jodi and
Leslie rent apartments to people of all ages and races. It’s just one of the
factors that makes living in one of Jodi and Leslie’s properties so enjoyable.
Dana, resident of Hallett Flats
- I have had the distinct pleasure of being a tenant of one of Mss
Gearhart’s and Beavers’ properties for over five years and have always found
them to be fantastic landlords. Both of these delightful women have been
completely dedicated to making “downtown living” a safe, immensely enjoyable
experience for all who are fortunate enough to live in either of their Locust
Street properties (Arlington Apartments and Hallett Flats).
- I have, on numerous occasions, made suggestions to one or the other of
these ladies concerning matters dealing with upkeep or betterment of the
properties and have always found them not only receptive to my ideas, but
seriously interested in having the input of all of us who reside in these
magnificent old buildings. One example of this is the flower gardens that
cover the small front courtyard of the Hallett Flats.
- My girlfriend Dana lives in the Hallett. Early this Spring she and I asked
Jodi and Leslie if they would mind if we took on the overall management of the
gardens in hopes of making some improvements and as a means of giving vent to
our mutual interests in gardening. Our request was approved without hesitation
on the part of both owners, and they have supported the project
whole-heartedly, to the tune of investing monies in new plantings and
ornamental fixtures to improve the overall appearance of the gardens.
- I also know of at least one instance where a resident of my building was
seriously injured when struck by an automobile and completely lost the ability
to work (and pay rent) for a matter of several months. Rather than putting
this woman out onto the street, Leslie and Jodi allowed this lady to continue
to reside in the building rent-free until such time as her physical and legal
issues were resolved. I know of no other such occurrence in all of the years
that I have been renting apartments!
- I truly feel that one would have to look very long and very hard to find
landlords who are more caring and compassionate in their dealings with their
tenants. I consider myself to be truly fortunate to know these ladies and to
be their tenant.
David, resident of Hallett Flats