Having been a renter for many years, I’ve come to realize that renters are often at a disadvantage before they move into a rental property. No matter how cautious they are, there tend to always be problems that arise after they have moved in.
Having lived at 999 Jefferson Street in Monterey, California from February 2010 through April 2011, I’ve decided to post the following review of our experience. The intent is to help potential tenants know exactly what they are getting themselves into.
1. The spacious upstairs has nice views.
2. The spacious garage offers plenty of storage space.
3. Provides a decent location, especially if you work near the High Street gate at Presidio of Monterey. Walking to town is a bit difficult, though, considering Jefferson Street is on a steep hill.
4. Has a spacious master bedroom.
1. House is not energy efficient. Plan on having a very high energy bill, probably in excess of $200/month if you choose to heat the house. There is no insulation in the roof or under the kitchen floor, leading to huge temperature swings. All of the windows are single pane and most of the seals are dry-rotted. In addition, the kitchen uses obsolete T-12 fluorescent light fixtures, wasting a ton of energy. We had to really watch our energy usage to keep our bills at a reasonable level.
2. The interior of the home needs updating from its 1970s roots. The kitchen and dining room, in particular, are outdated and painful on the eyes. We often refused to let company into the kitchen or dining room when visiting. You may think the outdated looks are acceptable before you move in, but you’ll quickly grow tired of them.
3. The upstairs gets very hot during summertime. Because the roof isn’t insulated, and because the windows are not properly placed for good airflow, the upstairs tends to be more than ten degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature. That’s not bad when it is 55 degrees out, but when it gets up into the 70s or 80s, it can be unbearable.
4. M ost of the cabinets and counters are too short. If you’re of average height, you’ll likely have to bend over to wash your hands in the bathroom sinks. The cabinets above the stove are a few inches too low, causing even the most cautious person to bang their head on them at least once a week.
5. The garage has heavy water leakage during rain storms. If you intend to rent this property, keep your belongings elevated a few inches off of the garage floor, or keep them all in watertight containers.
6. Most of the sink faucet handles were incorrectly installed. Being an engineer, this one is more of a pet peeve than anything else. There is a standard direction that faucet handles are supposed to turn. Good luck figuring out what direction that is in this house. One sink’s cold water knob may turn left, while another sink’s knob may turn right. After a year and three months in the house, I still have no idea which way to turn each handle.
7. Most of the bedroom doors stick. Occupants have a hard time closing, and opening, bedrooms doors.
I hope you find this review helpful and that it allows you to make a more informed decision when considering to rent 999 Jefferson Street (Monterey, CA).