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Royal Crest Estates: Where people pay a stupid amount of money to live just because It says North Andover on the bills in their mailboxes. This place has been the subject of many topics over the years, 99% of which aren’t positive. Why? Because the buildings are dated, falling apart and usually smell like a combination of wet dog, 100 different types of cuisine and black mold. The walls are paper thin, the washing machines are broken and management/maintenance workers are lazy as hell, rude and essentially ripping off every person who moves in and out of there.
What does $2,000 a month get you at Royal Crest?
Usually around 900 square feet of shabby living space, assigned parking spots that are constantly filled with cars that aren’t yours and this immaculate shower oasis.
I came across this picture in a local Facebook group. The woman who posted it explained how Royal Crest had resurfaced the bathroom before she moved in but the mold crept it’s way back through pretty quickly. She pays $2500 a month to live there. $2500! That is a fucking disgrace.
(All I can think of is the movie Dark Water with Jennifer Connelly where her ceiling starts leaking gross black stuff.)
The best part is that Royal Crest has an endless supply of unwitting suckers willing to move right in. North Andover is a pretty nice place to live and for people who either can’t afford to/don’t wish to buy a house or are looking for the added amenities, the place seems pretty legit. The apartments are directly across from Merrimack College, central to 495 and the website makes it look fabulous.
I don’t know what sort of black magic sorcery they used but I assure you none of these photos accurately depict what Royal Crest looks like. It’s like they used a Snapchat filter on substandard housing and voila! People are lining up to sign lease agreements, fork over hefty security deposits (which they NEVER get back) and live among college kids from Merrimack in misery.
This place wasn’t always a shitshow though. I remember when I was a kid I was jealous of my friends who lived at RC. They had a pool, clubhouse and a security guard who had to actually buzz you into the gated community. The place was maintained and not at all dumpy or littered with needles but everything went straight to hell when ownership changed hands years ago and Aimco took over. I wasn’t even aware that there were multiple Royal Crest locations but Aimco has sister properties in Fall River, Nashua, Marlborough and West Warwick.
This isn’t some small time slumlord situation. Imagine how many hundreds (or thousands?) of families are getting ripped off and living in overpriced, shabby housing while they rake in money and paint over mold.
I looked up reviews of the other locations In MA/RI and they have the exact same complaints.
This is what the apartments actually look like:
Let’s not forget about the time people were displaced from their apartments without warning because water damage caused ceilings to cave in and exposed asbestos. You know, the asbestos the renters has no idea existed..
Nothing like a luxury stay at La Quinta to take your mind off of things.
Aside from the buildings being a hot mess, the amount of crime that goes on has also gone up since Aimco took over.
-Last month two guys were caught impersonating maintenance men in order to steal a safe full of jewelry from a little old lady.
-There were sisters from RC who got caught printing out funny money and buying candy and cigarettes around town in order to keep the change.
-A Shirley corrections officer was arrested for driving drunk in 2010 after his girlfriend threw herself from his moving truck during an argument.
The list goes on and on. People have reported being robbed and residents say they often complain about people dealing drugs in the parking lots and college kids having loud parties. They are told to call the police and otherwise blown off by management.
Hell, these families could jump on over to Lawrence and have the same quality of life for half the price. At least they wouldn’t have to listen to Timbo shotgunning Natty Light with his buddies and blaring Dropkick Murphys at 1 a.m.
So let this be a warning to anyone thinking of moving into Royal Crest in ANY of these locations. They’ll rope you into a long lease and jack up your rent. They’ll tell you utilities are included when they aren’t. They will claim you damaged your apartment in order to keep your security deposits and force you to pay the cleaning fees when you move out. You’ll pay for parking spots that are taken when you get home. Your heat won’t work, your windows won’t open, you’ll step in dog poop and you’ll find centipedes that look like they crawled over from Chernobyl.
For those of you who have been royally fucked by Aimco, go online and put them on blast! Just don’t review them on their website because those write-ups are clearly bogus. Go on yelp, post pictures, tell it like it is and share this post because the only person who should be showering in that bathroom is Satan himself.