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High-rise Condo
Downtown Evanston, 800 Elgin Rd | Evanston
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Indoor Pool
  •  Oversize or penthouse units
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

8.6
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214 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods Market
10 min walk
UP-N (rail) - 5 min
208/250 (bus) - 4 min
The Lakefill
18 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,000+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,750+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,600+
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(872) 704-8022
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Included

    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  Large Windows
    •  Lots of Sunlight
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Indoor Pool
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
  • Unique Unit Types

    •  Oversize or penthouse units
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Overall rating 8.6/10, based on 214 renter reviews

9.4
Location
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Amenities
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Management
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Value
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Social
9.3
Safety
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Optima Horizons reviews and highlights

  • Modern finishings and appliances
  • Gorgeous view of Lake Michigan
  • Indoor parking garage is a big plus in the winter
  • Excellent amenities
  • Expensive for Evanston
  • Great bathrooms
  • Indoor Pool is great for kids
  • Great for retirees and seniors
  • Building is clean and well maintained
  • 5-10 min walk to bars and restaurants
  • Lots of sunlight
  • Condo rules can be strict
  • Allows large dogs
  • Great place to live
  • Tons of Kellogg students
  • Amenities in units vary
  • Building is pretty quiet if you aren't on the side next to train tracks
  • Friendly landlord and management
  • Gym is small, but enough for simple workouts
  • Front desk personnel are extremely nice
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Fee required to reserve the elevator
  • Fantastic location
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Great Amenities, Nice and Quiet

Management is on-site and responsive. Each unit has a different owner, the owner of ours has been responsive and quick to come on-site to fix problems at the apartment.

The building is well-insulated and quiet. Some units have fantastic views and good natural lighting but it depends what side of the building you're on.

Many amenities including laundry in-unit, Internet and Cable TV, pool and hot tub, and a small gym.

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Nice Amenities, Quiet Building

Pros: our apartment has two walls that are floor to ceiling windows so we get great natural light. This varies based on where your unit is located though.

Building is really well insulated and has stayed warm throughout the winter so far without us

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A good value in a social building

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Wonderful value!

Not the most updated building but it's a great value and location.

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The most Kellogg Dorm after E2

Can't beat the great location which is a few blocks closer to campus.

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Great apartment for couples downtown

Great apartment, great building, close to everything, love it.

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Good apartment for roommates

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Great spot to live!

Optima Horizons, or "OHo," is an awesome building to live in. It's close to everything, isn't too expensive, and has a great hot tub too!

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Great option for Kellogg students

Optima Horizons is a more affordable alternative to other downtown Evanston apartments while still having a lot of Kellogg students and amenities like a small gym, roof patio, and doorman.

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Good bang for your buck!

I chose OHo because of the large apartments and "all inclusive" price - with internet, cable, water, gym in building, and parking all included in my rent, I felt like I am getting good bang for my buck. There are a ton of Class of 2020 Kellogg students in the building, and everyone who works there (doormen, building owners, unit owners) are so nice and responsive. I would recommend seeing your unit (or pictures of your unit) before signing, since the layout / "newness" of the apartment depends on how the owner has renovated and/or kept up the apartment.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 29 Recs

Buffalo Joe’s
Bat 17
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
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grocery 2 Recs

Whole Foods Market
Trader Joe’s
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convenience 2 Recs

Walgreens
7-Eleven
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fitness 34 Recs

Pure Barre
Evanston Athletic Club
TITLE Boxing Club
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parks 7 Recs

Dawes Park
City of Evanston Recreation Divi...
Merrick Rose Garden
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coffee 14 Recs

Andy’s Frozen Custard
Bennison’s Bakery
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About Downtown Evanston

Since it's home to Northwestern, Downtown Evanston is the most popular residential area for Kellogg students. Most apartment buildings in Downtown Evanston are a 20 minute walk from the Donald P. Jacobs Center, and several public transport options can cut that commute even further. This safe and hig...
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Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
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1,650
1 Bedroom
$
2,100
2 Bedroom
$
2,150

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Downtown Evanston Reviews

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All in all ideal downtown Evanston location. Very convenient for public transportation to Chicago, next door to local favorite Bennison's (love the late night smell of donuts baking), and walking distance to plenty of bars, restaurants, and stores. Once the Target goes up by Sherman Plaza and we have an alternative to Whole Foods close by this will be perfect.
McManus is located right next to Evanston downtown, so everything (restaurants, bars, groceries) is very close by. It's also right next to Northwestern campus (~15-18 minutes to Kellogg Global Hub by foot), which helps quite a lot, esp. in the winter when you'd want to keep your commute as short as possible.
We are across from the movie theater and Chilis. In our local neighborhood, we have shopping, events, bars, restaurants, and are a close walk for the Tuesday night parties. The Frost Bite stops by our front door, and both Davis Street stations are a block away or less.
I don't think there is any other place to live if you are a Kellogg student. Almost all the students live in this neighborhood, it's where all the restaurants are, and near the University and the train. The only place in Evanston that doesn't feels like a suburb.
Good central location in Evanston
Close to bars and other apartment buildings that other Kellogg students live in
~25 minute walk to the Global Hub
Evanston itself is just a little boring - no night life
Very close to Davis Metra station and Purple Line
The neighborhood is great and it is centrally located. There is grass around for walking dogs and the movie theater and restaurants are close by. It is somewhat far from the new Kellogg building, but most everything is now.
Great, quiet neighbourhood. Lots of students around obviously (mainly grad students in this area).

Pricey, for sure. Not a lot of cheap grocery/food options within walking distance.

The bar scene is mediocre at best.
Most Kellogg students live in downtown Evanston, everything is walking distance, and the building is a block away from the Intercampus bus stop, and 7 min walk distance from Davis station, which is very convenient.

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