Isola Bella Review

bloomer

New Member
We have been at the Isola Bella in a 2-bedroom since 6 SEP 08, so far we think it is a great place to stay. It is a very large apartment complex with a lot of buildings surrounding a large pond. It looks like the place got run down and was purchased by a new owner who is pouring in tons of money to fix it up.



Positives:
  • All Corporate Housing units are newly remodeled: our 2-bedroom was never lived in before since remodel
  • Amazing Gym - almost always empty with no waiting
    • A lot of machines and free weights
    • Aerobic equipment
    • Full basketball and tennis court
    • Boxing and MMA ring
    • Olympic (50m) indoor pool
    • Personal Trainers
    • Sauna (does not work yet)
  • 4 outdoor pools (1 closed for repairs)
  • Large Pond - stocked with fish and free (no-license) since it is private
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • On Academy Bus Route
  • Complimentary breakfast (coffee and snacks)
  • Great 24 hour Security - The Security (tenants) actually drive or walk around at night with flashlights
Negatives:
  • You have to pay two weeks rent when you move in
    • You will not get your first per-diem check for at least 15 or more days
  • A lot of stuff still in progress, with a lot of promises
  • Indoor Pool and sauna still closed as of 12 SEP 08
  • Coffee, spa, and bath Pavilion not finished as of 12 SEP 08
  • Some issues with Wi-Fi
  • Very poor cable - only 24 channels total and only 5-10 good ones
  • A lot of construction - haven’t been around during the day yet to see how loud it is
Apartment Details:
  • Newly remodeled - our apartment was never lived since it was finished
  • New wood laminate floors
  • Large kitchen
    • Full fridge (w/ice maker), dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker
    • Furnished with a lot of minor kitchen utensils and kitchenware
    • Table (seats 2)
  • Combo clothes washer/dryer - small loads though
  • TV and DVD player in every room
  • Tiled bathroom and shower
  • Bedrooms are average size
    • TV and DVD player
    • Walk-in closet
    • Queen size bed
  • Nice porch from living room
 

Craptastic

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Thanks for the pics the place looks pretty nice. I'm deciding between this place and the walnut gardens. Now if I could only find pics of there to compare.
 

Ryballz

New Member
The FAA 2 bedroom apartments have 2 bathrooms right?
Are there desks in the bedrooms?

What's up with the wifi?
 

Joe28

New Member
how's the area the isola bella is located? (i ask because i hear there are shady areas of OKC near the academy :confused:) i'm considering the this place cuz i need to be able to bring my little doggy with me :)
 

utamav

New Member
how's the area the isola bella is located? (i ask because i hear there are shady areas of OKC near the academy :confused:) i'm considering the this place cuz i need to be able to bring my little doggy with me :)
This coming from a person in Chicago? The only "shade" in OKC are those cast by A: trees or B: Tall, gaudy Indian casinos. I kid, I keed. Although I am a total noob to this forum, I can say in my visits to OKC, (even around Will Rodgers),I didn't see anything that compared to Dallas' "rough" areas.
 

utamav

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Joe28

New Member
This coming from a person in Chicago? The only "shade" in OKC are those cast by A: trees or B: Tall, gaudy Indian casinos. I kid, I keed. Although I am a total noob to this forum, I can say in my visits to OKC, (even around Will Rodgers),I didn't see anything that compared to Dallas' "rough" areas.
haha yeah so i know exactly which areas to avoid :)


chicago is starting to look a lot better than it used to though... a lot of the ghettos are disappearing. i think a lot of this, most likely, has to do with section 8 housing... but that's another argument for another day.
 

bosox1207

New Member
I'm currently staying at the Fairways at Moore, so this is what I'm comparing Isola Bella to...
Isola Bella is in a "sketchier" (if that's even a word) area than the Fairways and the complex itself isn't nearly as nice. Others have said that Isola is undergoing renovation and that can clearly be seen when you're on the property. I was in one of the newly renovated apartments and it was small and empty compared to those at the Fairways.
I would recommend the Fairways to anyone but can't say the same for Isola Bella. I'm sure there are nicer places for the same $$.
 

Philip

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how's the area the isola bella is located? (i ask because i hear there are shady areas of OKC near the academy :confused:) i'm considering the this place cuz i need to be able to bring my little doggy with me :)
if you find out exactly what the dog policy/requirements are post them up.
 

Joe28

New Member
if you find out exactly what the dog policy/requirements are post them up.
i don't know very much about the policies and i'm pretty sure each FAA apartment housing location has different opinions on what's acceptable. however, on the FAA housing website that lists several approved locations, if you click on the more info tab, next to the amenities subheading there are several icons. the ones with the dog icon allow for pets. that can be found here: http://www.academy.faa.gov/ama100/apartments.asp .

i don't imagine i will have much of a problem bringing my dog since he is very small (15 pound cairn terrier).

i know that some do, however, require a non-refundable deposit which can be anywhere from $50 to $200 depending on the place.
 

bloomer

New Member
After being here a month, it is time to give some more opinions and answer some questions.

WiFi: The WiFi has been much better, they have upgraded their equipment.

Gym: The gym is still great and never that busy. It is not open 24 hours a day but the hours are not that bad. I will try to post them up here.

Pool: The large indoor pool has been open for several weeks. It is not a 50m pool but maybe around 35m. I have enjoyed swimming in it, there are no lane lines but never more than two swimmers at one time.

Construction: Still a lot going on everyday, looks like they are making a better effort to keep it cleaner and looking like their is not as much going on.

Pond: They are currently draining and dredging it out, so it is a mess.

Drive: The drive varies from 18-25 minutes, depending on traffic. It is real easy though, you basically take a left on 63rd then the next right on McArthur Blvd. and follow that all the way to the Academy.

Bus: Sucks, you are the first one on and the last one off. We no longer take the bus.

Location: Is not that bad, their is one shady apartment complex behind us but it is a better area then a lot of the others I have seen. The apartment complex is now secured by gates and actual security guards who check everyone coming in and walk the premises. There are always at least 2-3 on duty 24/7.

Furniture: Is hotel grade, looks like it was purchased from a closed hotel. Some of the other places to stay definitely have more personal and comfy furniture. No desks in the bedrooms.

Washer/Dryer: Stinks! It takes forever and only does small loads. It just takes planning to do small loads more often than waiting until Sunday.

Cable: Still sucks, but we upgraded through COX, it was easy to get the basic cable package for about $35 a month.
 

bloomer

New Member
Overall I would recommend it here if you are interested in the gym. The gym makes it a plus for me. If the gym does no interest you I would look at some of the others like Walnut Gardens or The Citadel. You could always get a gym membership somewhere else for $30-50 a month also and stay at the others.

For a one bedroom at $52 a day it is way overpriced compared to others, I would look elsewhere. Two split a two bedroom at $35 isn't bad compared to others.

If you were to come to the Isola Bella in 6-12 months it will be the premier place to stay I imagine, they have huge plans and are spending a lot of money to make it happen. They will also make a boat load of cash since we pay around $2,100 a month and they would only get $500-700 for a place like this.
 
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