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islandthrift
01-02-2010, 12:34 PM
Kootney Resorts

SpursDoc
01-02-2010, 03:14 PM
Only been here a couple of days but so far I've been very impressed. It is on the pricey side compared to other places, 900+ for a 1 bdr, but you do get what you pay for. The landlady has been extremely helpful, gave us phones, a tour, and took us grocery shopping. She also has given us many recommendations for reliable people and businesses in the area. The complex is actually a series of nicely maintained and fairly updated 1 bedroom duplexes and then 2 bedroom stand alones. A very lush surrounding with fruit trees right outside to pick from and the river runs along side of the complex (you can constantly here the running water in the bedroom , which I really enjoy). Imagine a campground with cottages in the middle of a rainforest and that could sum it up. The bathroom has a extremely large shower and the internet has a decent speed. It's about a 10 minute trek to Ross, but only 5 to the annex. Down sides are the price obviously, and it's a tad of the beaten path so that could be a concern for walking home at night, but they do have a security guard walk around at night. The walk isn't terrible but in the rain it could seem like an eternity. For the price you could find a crummy apt right by campus but I would much rather walk a little and come home, where I do my studying, to a much more serene atmosphere. I'll give an update after I've been here longer but so far I'd give it a 8.5/10.

Dr Fairfield
04-12-2010, 07:57 PM
Can you give us an update on your apartment? It sounds nice. How has the walk been? Any problems? Will you be staying here your remaining semesters? Is laundry/maid service available?

Thanks!

SpursDoc
05-05-2010, 11:43 AM
Apt was very nice, maid service once a week and laundry is available whenever, no problems the whole semester. Electricity went out a couple times and generator was turned on quickly so that was nice. Walk is not bad, but not great either. Overall pricey but very nice/unique and would recommend.

photogrl
09-14-2010, 11:56 AM
Can you give us an idea of the insect & flooding situation at Kootney? Thanks!

SpursDoc
09-15-2010, 01:12 PM
No flooding when I lived there and no major bug issues

photogrl
09-15-2010, 10:54 PM
No flooding when I lived there and no major bug issues

Any landlord troubles? How far away from the annex & main campus is it?

Thank you! :)

SpursDoc
09-16-2010, 03:20 PM
Landlord is great, very accessible. Once you get to the main road it's half way between the Annex and main campus but it's at least a 15 mins to either, so while not terrible, it's not very close and for the price you pay I'd rather be closer to campus.

JDDrizzle
12-23-2010, 08:01 AM
I lived at Kootney for all 16 months on the island and thought it was a big reason why i was really successful.

Its far enough away from all of the morons that go to school at Ross that you have your own peaceful environment. Some people may complain that its too far away, well walking at max 30 minutes a day roundtrip shouldnt be too big of an issue since you are sitting down for the the other 15 hours that you are awake inside of a classroom. If it is you need to reevaluate how you are using your time. Especially since at night there are free shuttles to take you to your doorstep and De Champs will pick you up where ever you live...

The apartments are some of if not the nicest available for students. People who say otherwise have never made it back to Kootney to see it for themselves and are just relying on word of mouth. The Shower is insane. I will leave it at that. Also there's a generator and huge BBQ Pavilion for everyone to use. I lived there for 16 months and still dont know what a centipede looks like and only ever had the company of a gekko or 2 which was awesome since they ate any mosquitos that came out. The water never really turns brown unless its an extreme rainstorm unlike a lot of other places as well....

I think the fact that ValueMed has bad reviews on Kootney is funny and it helps to keep all the whining and complaining people out of Kootney, which makes it awesome for all the people like myself and the 6 other friends that moved back there over our 4 semesters... If i were to go back again i would live at Kootney w/ Trish and Angus

acker004
03-05-2011, 09:06 PM
Does anybody know what the security deposit is here? I emailed (and tried calling) them, but haven't heard back.
I really would like the live here!

sesigs
03-07-2011, 09:08 PM
Anyone know where this is located exactly? Trying to view it on a map to see the walk to campus. Thanks!

SpursDoc
03-08-2011, 07:29 PM
It's on Moo Cow Trail, not sure if that's on the map, but it's the road across from KFC/Rituals all the way at the end. Lived there first semester, nice place, walk takes about 10-15 mins to main campus 7-10 mins to annex.

sesigs
03-08-2011, 08:26 PM
It's on Moo Cow Trail, not sure if that's on the map, but it's the road across from KFC/Rituals all the way at the end. Lived there first semester, nice place, walk takes about 10-15 mins to main campus 7-10 mins to annex.

Thanks for the info! I can see it on the satellite view of Google Maps. So, overall, would you say that the biggest downfall was the walk to campus? How did you feel safety wise? Does the property feel secure? Are you able to take the shuttle to/from campus at night?

acker004
03-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have separate meters for each cottage (the 2 bed, 1 bath)?
I was told the average electricity is $200/month, that seems a lot. Is this true?

medic300107
03-09-2011, 01:32 PM
Thanks for the info! I can see it on the satellite view of Google Maps. So, overall, would you say that the biggest downfall was the walk to campus? How did you feel safety wise? Does the property feel secure? Are you able to take the shuttle to/from campus at night?

I would not recommend a woman live at Kootney, unless they plan on using school txp home every night. There is really nothing around that trail (once you leave Robert Ross Blvd) and has been a hot spot for petty theft by locals in the past.

medic300107
03-09-2011, 01:33 PM
Can anyone tell me if they have separate meters for each cottage (the 2 bed, 1 bath)?
I was told the average electricity is $200/month, that seems a lot. Is this true?

That is a lot for 1 person. I used about $80/mo and I liked my A/C when I was home. Although I did just use a fan at night and not the A/C, I would set the timer for 30 minutes.

acker004
03-09-2011, 01:51 PM
I would not recommend a woman live at Kootney, unless they plan on using school txp home every night. There is really nothing around that trail (once you leave Robert Ross Blvd) and has been a hot spot for petty theft by locals in the past.
Thanks for the quote, I am planning to move there with my future husband, so I figured he would walk me anyways. Is it really unsafe there?
I really like these apartments, but worry about not seeing it before I come down.

medic300107
03-09-2011, 02:52 PM
Thanks for the quote, I am planning to move there with my future husband, so I figured he would walk me anyways. Is it really unsafe there?
I really like these apartments, but worry about not seeing it before I come down.

I wouldn't say it's unsafe, it's just that like most all crimes they are of opportunity. Which is more opportunity a well traveled path next to school or the path away from school towards the treeline? If you are with someone regularly at night then there goes the easy opportunity.

sesigs
03-09-2011, 06:24 PM
I would not recommend a woman live at Kootney, unless they plan on using school txp home every night. There is really nothing around that trail (once you leave Robert Ross Blvd) and has been a hot spot for petty theft by locals in the past.

Thank you for your honest response! I suppose safety wise staying near Ross Blvd is a smarter option for me.

medic300107
03-09-2011, 11:28 PM
personally i loved New Avies - Old Building...so Avies has Old Avies, and then in New Avies 2 buildings, a newer one and an older one. Difference between the two is Older has CRT (tube) tv while newer has LCD. For that LCD you pay 100 more in rent, literally no difference. So I went with Old New Avies. Rent was $650/mo, things were fixed very timely, maid was fantastic. Check them out in the housing thread I posted a longer article.

SizzleChestMD
03-21-2011, 02:46 AM
I lived at Kootney for my entire time at Ross before moving to the Bahamas (so for 8 months). Overall, it was ok. As others have said, it is pricey. There are advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:
1) No prepaying electricity - Kootney invoices you for your previous months usage. This can be paid for by credit card (rent can also be paid by credit card). This was a HUGE plus for me. The only bad part is it is harder to keep track of what you are using. I ran my A/C every day on high. My electricity bills were outrageous, but I hate heat so it was worth it.
2) Made service 1x / week
3) Backup generator (although they pick and choose when to use it during outtages, which is annoying)
4) Trish is a very nice landlord. And she is British.

Disadvantages
1) secluded and down a very shady road. I had two kids ask me for money and then throw a rock at me as I walked away. The rock hit my army and I had and peresthesia of my hand for about a month or two after as well as a number of cuts on my hand after I chased the kid down and tackled him and beat his face in.
2)Bugs. I had a huge cockroach problem, as well as a rat. I came home to rat feces on my bed a number of times. Also, cockroach feces (yes they were large enough to have visible fecal matter). Our cupboard and dish rack was filled with roach poop.
3) Flakey internet. The internet would regularly go in and out.
4) Design: Each apartment has this weird open air design where the bathroom, front room and closet have a screen open to the outside with no window to close over it. So the only way you can run your AC is if you shut the door to your room, closet, and bathroom to lock in the cold air.

Overall I have to say I would not live there again because the insects made me crazy. It was stress I didn't need. So I moved to the Bahamas to a real country and lived happily ever after :)

AF Doc
04-01-2011, 09:39 PM
The deposit is one months rent.

acker004
04-27-2011, 01:12 PM
Thanks for all the advice from everyone! We have decided on staying at Kootney for at least the first 4 months. I plan on coming back here and posting my own thoughts and pictures on the place after we live there.

acker004
03-14-2012, 12:57 PM
Just updating everyone:
I have been living at Kootney since mid-December and I have loved it!
The landlords are very nice and friendly, and my husband spends all of this time hanging out with them.
The apartments are very home-like and I feel comfortable there.

The only downside is the price. I pay a lot more than I normally would be comfortable with, but being that this place makes me feel good about coming home every day, I believe the comfort is worth the price.

If anyone has any questions, I am willing to answer them!

FRNC
09-19-2017, 06:20 AM
How did Kootney Resorts fare during Maria?







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