Mystic Woods is ‘home away from home’
Mystic Woods living spaces give students more than just somewhere to sleep. They provide Grand Valley State University students with a home away from home.
“They’re spacious, reasonably priced and it has a great community feel,” said current resident Brad Wandschneider. “I wish I would have moved here sooner!”
Mystic Woods has it’s own unique community environment as well.
“I think we’re unique because of the type of housing we are,” said Jodi Dekkenga, owner and property manager. “It really does feel like a home. Students will get more of a ‘home-y’ feel. It’s a close community feel and unique experience.”
Mystic only offers 12-month leases, management said because of such a high demand and all options are four bedroom units which means students must find a group of four to sign a lease along with a guarantor form. Most units come unfurnished, but there are three or four furnished options.
Two addition things residents receive is free, covered parking and the ability to keep pets, although having a pet does require management approval.
Mystic Woods also offers a few new amenities including a beach volleyball court and basketball court.
“The reason I enjoy living in Mystic Woods is because it has it’s own sense of community,” said current resident Brittani Hudson. “We all know who lives in what place and are friendly when we see each other. From playing volleyball or basketball to hanging out on the front porch, we all enjoy our community.”
Each duplex has bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a kitchen and living room on the main floor with a half-bath and laundry room on the main floor as well. Two bedrooms are upstairs and two bedrooms are downstairs.
“It’s the only place at GVSU that offers larger units,” said owner and property manager Scott Dekkenga. “It’s the closest thing to renting a house – it’s like a housing community.”
Rent includes cable, Internet and trash but tenants are obligated to pay utilities – gas, electric and water.
They currently have security, but only as it is needed. Maintenance service is available by request and emergency maintenance service is available.
“The landlord Scott is amazing as well,” Hudson said. “He makes an effort to get to know each of the residents and respects every single one of us. We don’t have to wait weeks to get anything fixed, he usually comes over within a day or two to make sure it’s taken care of. Mystic Woods is by far my favorite place to live as a college student.”