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Ninth Street, 731 9th St | Durham
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  •  Air Conditioning
  •  Doorman Building
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Surface Parking Lot
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7.8
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About this Location

Harris Teeter
1 min walk
Limited nearby
public transit
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
18 min walk

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    •  Elevators
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Washer and Dryer Hookups In Unit  
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Surface Parking Lot
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Overall rating 7.8/10, based on 10 renter reviews

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Pro: The location is perfect, close to HT supermarket, can walk to east campus to take the free school bus in 10 mins. High-performance cost ratio
Con: Very bad sound insulation.

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Good for me, read description if good for you!

I live in the Erwin Mill Apartments and love it. It is right on 9th street and directly next to a grocery store, and the rent is as cheap as you can get in this area. The apartments are unique with wood beams and ceilings. The kitchen appliances are stainless steel, and our unit is a 1-bedroom loft, so we have two floors.

The cons are:
1) The apartment has a lot of undergrads. Some people who have lived here have complained that they're very loud, but we haven't had an issue at all. It might be a matter of luck, and we just got lucky. However, if undergrads annoy you, don't move here. We just don't mind them.
2) There aren't too many amenities. Personally I don't mind not having a pool or gym because we have access to all of that on campus, but if you're a person who likes to use your apartment's services, this wouldn't be the place for you. It's definitely a reason it's so affordable in a great location.
3) You have to rent a washer/dryer for about $50 a month or bring your own. If you rent, they install it for you. We bought a washer/dryer secondhand and that's worked really well for us.

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Good Value on 9th St, with trade-offs

Pros:
+Significantly cheaper per sq/ft than other 9th st complexes
+Location
+Loft-style 2nd floor units with high ceilings
+Free, plentiful parking

Cons:
-Finishings/condition slightly below S9/B9 (still granite/SS appliances)
-Management is minimally responsive/helpful (but not rude)
-No building amenities, W/D must be rented for $46/mo
-Walls are thin

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rare find, very spacious

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Erwin Mills - great spot to live!

I have lived in Erwin Mills for over 2 years now and have found it a wonderful place to live. It is conveniently located about halfway between downtown and the medical campus. I can easily walk most places and there is also public and Duke transportation available only a few steps from the building. The managing company is very personable and attentive to concerns. Would recommend living here.

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Hidden Gem

9th Street apartments right next to B9 and S9 but much cheaper and much larger. $1600/month for 1400+ square feet with exposed brick walls and 12 foot ceilings. The only down side is there is no pool or gym. Brodie gym is a 5-10 min walk and you can go to your friends pool at S9 and B9. Everyone who comes to our apartment is jealous.

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Erwin Mill

Location on 9th Street is great! There are lots of restaurants and a grocery store right next door in addition to 3 different nearby bus stops to get to school in the mornings.

Apartments are very spacious but the utility cost has been higher than expected. The water bill is approx. $70-80/month and electricity runs $80-140/month. You are also required to either purchase your own washer/dryer or rent for $25/month. With internet, each roommate is paying about $200/month in utilities

We were not impressed by the cleanliness of our apartment when we moved in, and management is not particularly responsive. We love the location but feel we could be getting a better value at a different building since Erwin Mill has virtually no amenities.

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Very Spacious

More space and nicer character than S9 for much less money, but easy access when you want to go to parties, etc. Updated appliances and new flooring. Beautiful windows, lots of entertaining space. Love being close to Harris Teeter and Whole Foods. H5 bus has a stop if you don't bring a car.
Giant windows bring in a lot of light at certain times of day, but the interior rooms are not well lit, and there is no overhead light in the bedrooms, so you need a lot of lamps. Kitchen prep space is a bit cramped. There are some Duke seniors, but most of the building is grad students or professionals, so very few loud parties. Overall great place to live.

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Erwin Mill's is soooo much better than S9 or B9

The apartments are massive, tons of natural light, hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and they are closer to 9th street. I lived at S9 first year, and it is definitely acceptable but it is probably the biggest scam of the apartments in the area, my apartment at Erwin Mills is twice the size and only an extra 75$ a month. The reason everyone stays at S9 is because everyone lives at S9, which is nice but I don't think it is worth the premium to stay there.

Erwin Mills vs. Station 9 (S9)
Pros:
-No parking garage - faster to come and go and had no issues with security (unlike S9 that had homeless people living in peoples cars in the parking garage)
-No gym but close to Brodie (S9 gym is pretty terrible, gross, and dank)
-No valet trash - but it is easy to take bags to trashcan/recycle once a week (don't have to pay 25$ a month)
-The place feels like home, instead of a dorm
-No pool, (you can walk over to S9 or B9 for the couple months you are here when the pools are open)
-Management is fast and responsive (At S9 I had a leak coming from behind my washer that covered the entire kitchen area and almost went into the carpet of the living room, I shut off the valve and called management they said to just get some towels and mop it up and they will have someone come fix it on Monday, this was a Friday.)
-No bugs, which is impressive for a place of this size (S9 had a few large spiders, lots of silverfish, and a few roaches).

Cons:
Thin neighboring walls, overall this wasn't much of a problem because MBA's keep pretty long hours anyway, but could be an issue as there are a lot of Duke undergrads in the complex.

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Great alternative to S9 and B9

Loft style apartments, brick walls, old mill building converted to apartments. Most residents are in other graduate programs.

Cons: no amenities (gym, pool etc)

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The Neighborhood

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Devil's Pizzeria
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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...
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Whole Foods
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Median rents in Ninth Street
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2 Bedroom
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Neighborhood has been great. Haven't been commuting to school all that frequently for obvious reasons, but takes less than 10 minutes to do so. I can grab everything I need and meet with friends all within walking distance. Durham could use more street lights in general, but in terms of safety, I think 9th street is your best option!
Best place to live hands down. Next to the supermarket, so many food options and many complexes in the area. Near downtown and Duke. Great if you’re new in town because it is super safe. Perfect if you have a car because the only downside is that depending on what Duke school you’re in it might not be walking distance.
Ninth Street is super walkable and majority of Fuquans live in the area. Definitely worth it to pay a little more to live in walking distance of so many classmates. Plus the restaurants on Ninth Street are great, and a short walk (~3 mins) to East Campus to use the walking trail!
Everything is close: other complexes like S9, B9; bars like flying bull, the tavern, supermarkets like Harris Teeter or Whole Foods, East campus hiking route.

You can get to the school by bus (45 mi) or by car (10 min). Carpooling is very commom.
Neighborhood is fine. All the Duke grad students live in the same area so it makes for a pleasant student community, and there are some decent restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance.
Harris Teeter and Whole Foods are right nearby, and the area feels generally safe. 5 min from the highway if you need to drive outside of Durham. ~10 min to get to the WaDuke/Science Drive.
The 9th St. neighborhood is great because it is within walking distance to all of the shops and restaurants on 9th St. It could be better if it were closer to Fuqua and/or downtown Durham.
All the restaurants around the 9th street area are within 5 mins walk from the complex. The campus is an 8-10 minute drive. Downtown Durham is also an 8-10 minute drive away.

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