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Ninth Street, 704 15th St | Durham
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  •  Business Center
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  High Ceilings
  •  Parking Garage
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

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8.1
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42 Reviews

About this Location

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
8 min walk
400/405 (bus) - 8 min
11 (bus) - 5 min
In a quiet
neighborhood

Pricing 
updated 11 hrs ago

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,314+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,536+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,360+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,749+
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
    •  Smoke-Free Community
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
    •  Conference Room
  • Entertainment

    •  Coffee Bar
    •  Grilling Station
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Luxury Cabinets
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  High Ceilings
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Parking Garage
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
    •  Pet Grooming Station
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
    •  Yoga Studio
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Overall rating 8.1/10, based on 42 renter reviews

8.8
Location
8.8
Amenities
7.1
Management
6.8
Value
7.5
Social
8.5
Safety
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Berkshire Main Street reviews and highlights

  • excellent building amenities and beautiful facilities
  • plenty of parking available
  • close to center of social life
  • one of the best gyms of any complex in the area
  • pricey compared to similar buildings in the area
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Amazing place with some minor issues

It is the best apartment building (infrastructure and amenities-wise) in the 9th street area. However, it does come with some minor issues:
1) It's a couple of blocks from the rest of the 9th street buildings, but the area is very walkable
2) Beware of the apartments that are close to the train tracks, the train noise can be very uncomfortable
3) There were some issues with cockroaches and fire alarms going off this year

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Nice Apartment but Unimpressed by Management

The apartment is much nicer than any walk up I lived in in NYC, but the management company won’t take responsibility for some very real problems we’ve had here. The building was overrun by roaches earlier this year (I probably saw one in my apartment per day at the height of it). We also have had fire alarm problems that remain unresolved. It’s pretty ridiculous.

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Nice apartment complex

Nice apartment complex but management is not great. Amenities are great.

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Great Place to Live with a Pet

This is a very dog-friendly community. Management and maintenance staff are very friendly and responsive. The apartments are just a few years old and in great condition. Beware of the train that runs along Main Street as it can be loud at night. If you live towards the back of the building, you can hardly hear the train. The apartment is a short walk to campus, especially to the Duke Gardens.

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Berkshire Main is the best I lived

Personally, I changed four apartments when I came to the Durham. By far the best I had was Berkshire Main. It is 35 minutes walk from Fuqua Business School and 5 minute walk from Harris Teeter Grocery. While going to the school you will have an opportunity to pass through Sarah P. Duke gardens which is an amazing experience that is not possible for most of the available apartments in Durham. Staff at Berkshire Main is the best I saw, compared to Trinity Commons, Heights, Flats, Duke Manor, Chapel Hill, Berkshire Ninth, people who work here were really helpful from the first step we took in the building. They were very friendly and helpful.

The only negative aspect that those apartments have is that the building is close to the railway and trains by pass once in an hour. But, you will be too tired after MQM classes to react to that.

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Overall great unit

Fair price and good sunlight in south-facing unit. Right next to train tracks but hardly notice the train anymore. Close to Fuqua. Walls are relatively thick in my building but can't speak to other B-Main building.

Management could be slightly more proactive in communication, but overall not really an issue.

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There has to be somewhere better to live

Berkshire Main street will fool you -- it is an extremely nice building, with a nice gym and pool area and all your MBA friends will be living there. However, if your apartment is near the train, you will not be able to sleep for WEEKS after move-in. It took me months to adjust to the train (it is the loudest train ever). Once I had finally adjusted to the train, the fire alarm was faulty and kept going off. It went off in the middle of the night at 4:00 am and we all had to evacuate. The management team blamed the fire alarm management company. This would all be fine if I didn't have very important tests, recruiting events, etc. that I need to be well rested for! I suggest a movement of Fuquans to another apartment building...perhaps a cheaper one farther away from the train.

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Great apartment complex with a couple of problems

We are very happy with our apartment decision as it is very close

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Nice amenities but overpriced

Management is difficult to work with. Apartments are very nice and spacious.

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Nice Apartments but overpriced and poor management

The apartments inside are really nice - spacious, nicely designed, huge closets, nice bathroom.s

If you're on the side near main street, the train is extremely loud. It comes all day and during the night.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 31 Recs

Devil's Pizzeria
Vin Rouge
Blu Seafood & Bar
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grocery 3 Recs

Whole Foods
Food Lion
Harris Teeter
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convenience 1 Rec

Rite Aid
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fitness 5 Recs

Ninth Street Dance
Pure Barre
Maitland’s Method
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parks 1 Rec

Oval Park
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coffee 3 Recs

Ninth Street Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop
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About Ninth Street

This neighborhood refers to the apartments (Station Nine, Berkshire Ninth, Berkshire Main, etc.), townhouses, and houses on Ninth Street and surrounding roads like Hillsborough Road and Main Street. Ninth Street is by far the most popular neighborhood for Duke graduate students and young professiona...
Safe
Social
Duke Grad
Whole Foods
Harris Teeter
Very Walkable
Great Nightlife
Median rents in Ninth Street
Studio
$
1,200
1 Bedroom
$
1,550
2 Bedroom
$
2,650

Getting around Ninth Street


Ninth Street Reviews

137 reviews
Tiny "neighborhood" (does this one street even count as a neighborhood?) but has several key institutions, like supermarket, 5-7 nicer restaurants, 2 bars (both dive-y), a Duke store, a Pure Barre, several cute coffee shops, and random hipster shops. Short walk to Whole Foods, Cocoa Cinnamon, and Duke's East Campus (and Brodie Gym).
Close to 24Hr open Harris Teeter supermarket and many other small restaurants (including the famous Heavenly Buffaloes). There have been in the last two years about 4 assault reports that occurred at the Harris Teeter parking lot.
The 9th Street corridor is really pretty great. You are within walking distance of everything you'd need from a barber and a bank to beer and books. It is probably 5-10% more expensive (between Harris Teeter, apartment, and other shops markup) than other areas of Durham, however it is a great community if you're single and want to socialize.
limited immediately in neighborhood but 24 hour Harris teeter across the street is convenient and most grad students live in the area, which helps with carpooling, group work and socializing. Quick drive to school, Costco, bar/restaurant scenes etc. so far have felt pretty safe.
Ninth street is the place to be as an MBA student. Between Station 9 and Berkshire Ninth, the majority of MBA students live at these properties so it's great both for social interaction, but also planning work meetings with your team on the weekend.
This is where the majority of Fuqua students live. If you don’t live here you will still probably come here pretty frequently for social events. It’s waking difference from Tavern and Dain’s which are two bars that Fuqua students frequently go to.
Proximity to grocery store is a huge plus. Like the restaurant scene a lot more since Healthy and Hale opened. Bruggers and Elmos have decent breakfast. Locale 22 is nice if you want a more upscale meal. Overall decent not amazing location.
Its fine. Nothing special. Just where most of the MBA students stay. Access to grocery store and some shops/eateries on Ninth Street.

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