“Meh. Depends on your needs and your lifestyle.”
OK, so you want the lowdown on the Oakwood at "Toluca Hills". Here it is.
- Set on a hill adjacent to Griffith Park. Wildlife sightings and plenty of trees give it a refreshing atmosphere away from the hustle & bustle.
- Convenient location between the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood, close to freeways (but not too close), CBS Radford, Warner Bros, ABC/Disney, and NBC Universal studios, attractions, restaurants, shopping etc.
- Huge gated community with nice public amenities: 2 pools/spas, tennis courts, volleyball courts, playground/jungle gym. 2 huge clubhouses with fireplace lounges, TV theater rooms, business centers, barbecue grills and the South one has a convenience store. There is also an on-site Tennis Pro shop, Dry Cleaners, and Beauty Salon.
- Every unit (I think) has a balcony, and corner units have wraparound balconies. Depending on your location, you could have a nice view of the San Fernando Valley.
- Furnished apartments have good furniture, full kitchen amenities, nice carpeting, ample linens, and comfortable beds.
- Most buildings have a laundry facility (kept clean) and mail boxes (be sure to ask).
- Maintenance requests are fulfilled promptly.
- Security seems pretty tight. Lots of roaming employees and guests practically need a background check to get on the premises.
- Pets allowed (1 dog max per unit) for an additional pet deposit.
- You can sometimes get a ride in a golf cart to your unit from the South Clubhouse.
- Occasional fledgling celebrity residents.
- Depending on the time of year you are staying here, this place can be a bargain or a total rip-off. "Pilot season" (when the TV studios are casting and filming their new shows) is January through March, so it's very crowded with writers, actors and kids trying to get a break in the entertainment business. The summer is also crowded. Rates/rents are high and parking (unless you have paid for premium reserved space) is a battle.
- Many units have windows that face parking lots or other units. If they give you a few units to choose from, location is key. Take the time to tour.
- 2 bedroom units have two floor plans: Dual Master (900+ sq ft) vs. Master w/ 2nd bedroom (1000+ sq ft, with 1 bath off the hallway and 1 bath in the Master). I would say the Dual Master floor plan is best for roommates (those who want their own private baths) or parent(s) with an older child. These units are located in the middle of buildings and basically consist of only 3 rooms with a balcony off the living room. Whereas the Master w/ 2nd bedroom floor plan is best for families with young children, or people who intend to entertain while they are living there (longer term stays). This floor plan has a hallway that divides up the rooms, more windows/light and has a wraparound balcony since they are corner units.
- Some units don't have laundry facilities so you must walk to an adjacent building to wash your clothes.
- The leasing agents are no more than glorified car salesmen. They are slick and probably work on commission, based on how high they can get your rate/monthly rent. Don't be afraid to ask for discounts, and be sure to ask lots of questions and explore all your options. The leasing costs are on a tier system based on how good they consider the unit's location and amenities. There are plenty of options including furnished (all furniture & amenities), partially furnished (they supply the furniture, you BYO pots & pans and linens), unfurnished, as well as daily rates, 30-day rates, and 6 or 12 month leases. They will also allow you to leave your lease early with sufficient notice, for example on a 6 month lease, leave at 4 months with 30 days notice at 3 months, but this is something you must pre-negotiate.
- This road among the buildings has annoying speed bumps and depending on where your unit is located you may have to do a lot of driving over them during your stay. There is also no designated pedestrian path around the entire complex so if you plan on jogging or walking, you must follow the road.
- Oakwood's WiFi is pretty spotty and slow. Best to hook up your own. Also each device you use to access their WiFi requires a separate connection fee.
- Kitchens and bathrooms are small and desperately need updating (think 1990 and you get the picture). Electric stoves, small cabinets, noisy dishwashers and refrigerators.
- Walls seem pretty thin. You can hear the water go on in the unit next door and you can hear people's conversations through closed doors in the community hallways.
- No credit check for short term residents means there are a lot of floaters mixed in with the long term lease residents. May not feel as secure to some.
In summary, this place can either be an oasis or your worst nightmare, or somewhere in between. There aren't a lot of options in the area like Oakwood, so investigate carefully and be sure it fits your needs. Good for short terms stays, or if you are in transition between housing arrangements, but may not be the best for longer terms beyond a month or two.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC