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Mid-Rise Apartment  «  TLC Management Co.
Hyde Park, 5254 S Dorchester Ave | Chicago
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  •  Bike Storage
  •  Building Laundry Room  
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Dishwasher
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Parking Available
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets

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4 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods Market
8 min walk
Burnham Park
10 min walk
ME (rail) - 7 min
171/55 (bus) - 7 min

Pricing 
updated 12 hrs ago

Studio, 1 Bath
$792+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,275+
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
$1,385+
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  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Entertainment

    •  Resident Lounge
  • Included

    •  Electricity Included
    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Sewage Included
    •  Trash/Recycling Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Gas Range
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room  
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Move-in Fee  
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning  
    •  Ceiling Fans
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  Large Windows
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
    •  Controlled Access
    •  On-site Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
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Overall rating 7.5/10, based on 4 renter reviews

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cozy

I really like my building. The maintenance folks are great; there's a decent gym in the basement; the common spaces are well-kept. My apartment isn't huge, but it's perfect for just one person and big enough to have a couple of people over. I have three windows, which are enough to light almost the whole apartment with natural light during the day. My kitchen is really small, but some units have larger spaces.
The walls can be a little thin, and since there's no doorman, sometimes folks who don't live in the building can get inside when other residents let them in. But I've never felt unsafe in the building or the neighborhood.
The radiators can make it difficult to regulate the heat in the winter - but I run cold so the warmth is nice and opening a window can make the apartment comfortable. All in all, I definitely recommend the building.

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Expensive, long-term stay

To begin with, the front office management is pretty terrible. There was a change in building managers about half way through, and it was impossible to get any response from that manager via email (I was trying to arrange my summer sublet, and I'm never available during the day by phone, always at school during normal business hours). After I finally got a response (by leaving school early and tracking the manager down), there were several versions of bad paperwork that went back and forth, etc. It was just really a mess. The package room situation is also pretty annoying--again, I'm usually gone during business hours, so I always have to come home early to pick things up. The manager is always trying to come up with some system or another to log packages, but doesn't want to get up from the front desk, so . . .

TLC isn't great, either. I pressed the front office manager about what the "pet rental" fee is for, and the manager had no idea. I asked to speak to someone who did, and the manager said that the manager was the only person I could speak to. Over last summer, my apartment flooded, and my sublessor texted me to let me know. When I tried to call, no one at my building answered--duh--and when I called TLC's main office they had no idea what had happened and told me they'd get back in touch when they'd contacted my building manager, who would be back from vacation in a few days. What!?

Other than that, the building is nice. I like the fixtures in my apartment, the walls are pretty soundproof, and, although it's small, I can afford living by myself which was important to me. The little gym in the basement isn't much to look at, but it works and it's not frequently in use. The laundry facilities were just upgraded. While I don't have a lot of nice things to say about the managers here, the maintenance man is the best--he's very responsive and helpful. (I wish they would put him in charge.)

The reason I paid so much to live here was the location. On 53rd and Dorchester, I'm within a few blocks of three grocery stores (recommend: Hyde Park Produce), two pharmacies (Walgreens and CVS), two liquor stores (recommend: Kimbark), excellent restaurants (Promontory, A-10, Yusho), good restaurants (Native Foods, Hyde Park Taco Station, etc.), the Harper Court movie theater, retail stores (Target, Marshall's, Michael's, Ulta, Hyde Park Records, Freehling Pot & Pan Co.), and my vet is literally across the street (Hyde Park Animal Clinic - 53rd Street). I really like being able to go downstairs and walk across the street for a burrito if I'm low on groceries, or walk to Target at 9:30 p.m. if I started cooking something and realized I'm out of an ingredient.

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Great location, nice apartments

The Versailles is located at 53rd and Dorchester, which is possibly the best location within Hyde Park. I'm within a 10 minute walk of everything I need, and there are bars and restaurants right downstairs.

The apartments themselves are very nice. Upon move-in, everything was clean and newly-painted, and the fixtures (cabinets, counter tops) were great, kind of neutral people-pleasers. Hardwood floors and cabinets are probably fake, but they look more expensive than they probably were. And the building itself has a lot of character--the lobby looks like an old hotel, with brass mailboxes and railings. There's also great big crown-molding throughout my apartment, which I like a lot.

A little pricey for the small space, but I chose clean and well-maintained in a good location over size. Also, management is not /super/ responsive, if that's important to you, but adequately so.

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The Versailles

The Versailles is very good for the scholar seeking a studious spot. Cherry-wood floors and decently newish appliances give the place a remodeled air. The tenants are universally courteous in my experience. Radiator heat.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 25 Recs

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Whole Foods Market
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coffee 12 Recs

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About Hyde Park

One of Chicago's most beloved neighborhoods, Hyde Park effortlessly combines modern flair with a rich historical background. The neighborhood proudly flaunts the fact that they have more Nobel Prize winners per square kilometer than any other place on earth! Though extremely studious, residents of H...
Nice
Diverse
Walkable
Pretty Safe
Easy Commute
Good Restaurants
Quiet Neighborhood
Median rents in Hyde Park
Studio
$
900
1 Bedroom
$
1,450
2 Bedroom
$
1,950

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Hyde Park Reviews

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Hyde park is just the best! It has really blossomed over the past 5 years that I've been living there. It has really become home for me. I have lived on Blackstone, Cornell, Woodlawn, and now Kenwood. Each experience has been awesome. I have felt comfortable and safe at all times - even with my late night walks/runs. My favorite feature of course is Lake Michigan! There's something about Hyde Park's lake front that i just adore!
There's a lot going on off of 53rd. Good restaurants (A10, Promentory, Yusho) and even some worthwhile fast food (Native Foods, Chipotle). There are two grocery stores (Hyde Park Produce is phenomenal), and almost everything else (a hardware store, an office supply store in the Treasure Island shopping center, some doctors' offices off of 55th). Down on 57th there are some other good restaurants (Medici) and 57th Street Books is a cornerstone. Hyde Park even just got an improv comedy place (The Revival) on 57th.

In short, there's enough going on in Hyde Park not to feel isolated, but it's far enough away from the city not to feel suffocated.
Hyde Park is great if you want convenience and safety. Some things are a little overpriced (god help those who want cheap flour) but others are cheap (i.e., square footage of your unit if you aren't in Regents). It's not a neighborhood for those who love nightlife. We have almost none. But there's a professional theater company, some good restaurants, and you can walk home basically any time of night.
Hyde Park is a great place to live for a student or a young family, in that it's relatively quiet, but is growing quickly in terms of entertainment and dining options. It's also very beautiful, being an older neighborhood with a lot of brownstones and castle-like structures, and big trees with lots of beautiful foliage in the fall. I don't like the fact that there's not an L stop central to the neighborhood, but the Metra makes up some of the difference if you live nearby, and the buses to downtown are relatively convenient. Also, people's concerns about "safety" are ridiculous – I think certain people tend to become afraid when they see more brown people than they are used to, but the neighborhood is actually one of the wealthiest and safest neighborhoods in the city, in addition to having the advantage of being culturally and demographically diverse. There's also a lot of really nice park space (you're between Jackson Park and Washington Park, have the Midway Plaisance right in the middle of the university, and other smaller parks like Nichols Park and Harold Washington Park provide a lot of nice greenery).
When you think of South Side Chicago, you don't think of Hyde Park. It's really nice, however it can quickly turn into a dangerous place if you venture too far away from the neighborhood. I've overall enjoyed the neighborhood very much. It has a lot of culture to learn from. If it's good enough for President Obama it's good enough for me.
The neighborhood is decent, but I liked it better when there was another option for groceries beyond Whole Foods. Target Express has some stuff, but not everything. There's a good number of restaurants and a few options for bars. It's relatively walkable, or the buses are good for getting around most of the time otherwise. I usually feel pretty safe, but I don't really feel comfortable walking around alone at night off-campus (as a petite female). I know others who have no problem with it, though.
I love Hyde Park. It's extremely walkable and it is reasonably close to public transportation that's pretty quick into downtown. If you want to do more serious shopping or dining out it usually involves a trip outside of the neighborhood, but most things I need for everyday life are very close.
It seems like it's changed a lot in the past few years. Great new restaurants and bars, cute movie theater, fun shops, I really love this quiet and adorably eclectic neighborhood. Also because my school is here, its extremely convenient. Bus or metra downtown quickly and conveniently.

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