After getting married, my husband and I wanted to find an affordable, good-sized place, but we didn’t want to move too far north. We looked everywhere, but the places we liked were all above what we wanted to pay monthly (we were moving away from uptown, so we didn’t want to keep paying uptown prices). The places that were on the more affordable side were slightly sketchy, with exactly one exception—Ilene’s properties. As soon as we reached out to her to look at the property, she was extremely accommodating with our schedules and very patiently answered all of our questions. She wasn’t pushy in any way and just genuinely seemed like a nice person.
Fast forward three years later, and my husband and I are only leaving her cute little duplex because we finally have the means to buy a house of our own. Although we are a younger couple, we both rented multiple different places throughout college and for several years after before meeting Ilene. We have never before had a landlord who was so responsive, friendly and responsible. It’s obvious she takes pride in her properties with the care and maintenance she puts into them. She personally knows each contractor she works with (and has been working with them for years), so it is easy for her to get someone out to your property promptly to look at any issues that may come up. She also makes an effort to get to know you, which comes in handy in so many different ways, and honestly, is quite refreshing coming from a landlord. At the same time, she respects your privacy, and I really felt like it was our own home for the entire time we lived there. Both my husband and I now consider Ilene a good friend, and I highly, highly recommend renting from her.