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High-rise Condo
Downtown Evanston, 1720 Maple Ave | Evanston
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Indoor Pool
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

8.1
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About this Location

Whole Foods Market
7 min via 213 (bus)
UP-N (rail) - 4 min
208/213/250 (bus) - 5 min
The Lakefill
20 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,300+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,000+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$4,200+
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  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • 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

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Parking Garage  
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
    •  On-site Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Indoor Pool
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
  • View

    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 8.1/10, based on 105 renter reviews

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Location
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Management
8.3
Value
5.9
Social
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Optima Views reviews and highlights

  • Building has heated parking
  • Heat and cable included are huge perks
  • Nice amenities and considerate staff
  • Ample natural light
  • Great amenities
  • Very close to all the bars and nightlife
  • Great building with lots of Kellogg Students
  • Landlord is great
  • Small gym, pool and hot tub
  • Fairly high rent prices
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Feels safe and secure
  • Awesome views of Chicago and the Lake
  • Amazing upscale building with good amenities
  • In the heart of downtown Evanston
  • Units are spacious
  • Great location
  • Very comfortable, convenient and clean
  • Most of the doormen are really nice and helpful
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Quiet Building - Good Location, Great Value

Great value! We have a very spacious one bedroom apartment. Layout is a little odd, but we love the storage space, especially the large walk-in closet and additional storage unit. Each unit is individually owned so it can be hit or miss when dealing with the property owners. Overall building management is just ok. There has been a ton good amount of turnover and it can sometimes be hard to reach the Property Manager.

The location is great as well! It's right next to the Davis Street L stop and Metra stop and a just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Evanston.

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Great location and price, but few students

The good:
Spacious condos. Some of the units are a tad bit dated, just depends on the condo owner you're renting from, but no major issues overall.
Price. Super affordable compared to where 75% of the student population is living (i.e. E2, Centrum).
Location. You're right next to E2 and next to the Davis CTA and metra stops. One of the closest buildings to all the downtown Evanston stuff, grocery, etc.

Not so good:
Very few amenities here. There is an outdoor space but it's generally been closed during covid. There is a gym but limited equipment, strict capacity rules etc. The building has many older residents so they're super conversative about this type of stuff.
Few students. Quiet building.

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Great value, rent is much lower than neighboring apartments while still very close to friends at E2, Centrum, etc. Much of your experience will depend on your individual landlord. Building management is just ok, but I don't interact with them a lot and the building is mostly well maintained. Not much of a social scene, but I don't mind as the other buildings are so close. Walls between units are thiccc, I never hear the neighbors.

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Spacious and quiet

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Less Perks, More Space

While this is an older building and thus isn't as nice as some of the other options in the area, you are able to find a much larger unit for a lower price. Each unit is owned by a separate landlord so the updates/appliances in each unit are different and it is important to make sure that you have one that seems responsive. Overall there are much fewer students in the building so there is not much of a social scene, but the building is located within a 5 minute walk of where most students live.

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Quiet Building - Good Location

Pros: Building itself is a pretty good deal relative to many of the other buildings in the area. Our one bedroom is very large and has a good amount of storage space (huge walk-in closet plus a storage unit). It's nice to have so many utilities included as well. We only pay for internet and electric. Everything else including cable, parking and our storage unit. There are also a few common areas, although everything is still closed due to COVID as of December 2020. Location is great. It's right in the hard of downtown, a 2 minute walk to the trains, and about a 20 min walk to the global hub.

Cons: Management can be difficult to reach. Heat/AC isn't great. It has been very hot throughout the colder months. Train is right next door so can be loud at times if you're a light sleeper. The building is also pretty quiet, and, although there are other Kellogg students, it is not very social (I realize this may not be a con for everyone).

Note: This is a condo building so each unit is likely to be different based on the owner.

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Quiet building close to the action

Not many students in this building, which may be good or bad depending on your perspective. Only a block from Optima Horizons and E2, where the bulk of Kellogg students are. Lots of space for the price, thick walls so no issues with neighbors. Pool, gym, and outdoor common area have been closed for the entirety of the COVID pandemic, a negative point of contrast with some of the other area buildings.

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Optima Views: 2019 - 2021 Tenant

The views are great. Our broker and the building management are extremely responsive and genuinely caring. Cold has been hard on us given we are from Texas, but with the our central heating, in unit washer-dryer, and quick walk to multiple take-out spots, OV has made things simpler.

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Great building, inept management

We have a great one bedroom in a prime location within Evanston. It's a 20 minute walk to the hub and close to all the necessary amenities: Target, restaurants, grocery stores, bars. The biggest downside is the building management who can't do basic things like keep the elevators running or the pool filter working, but will send emails almost daily badgering tenants about the most inane issues.

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Great location, fine apartment, old building, terrible management

The location is in downtown Evanston and about a 20 minute walk to the hub so couldn't ask for more. The apartment is nice enough - the kitchen is dated and small things break (i.e. - faucets) but its fairly big and you can't hear your neighbors at all which we like. The floor to ceiling windows are nice but it can make it really cold in the winter so heat is more expensive. The building itself is old which is evidenced by the 3 pipe bursts last winter that resulted in flooding in apartments and that our elevators have worked 50% of the time we've been here. The management's response to the flooding and elevators has been atrocious. After ripping up our baseboards and putting holes in our walls they went silent for 3 months. We finally had to finish the work ourselves. Because the units are condos renters have no leverage with building management and owners are remote and unresponsive. If you want something similar I would pay a little bit more and opt for one of the other optima properties.

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The Neighborhood

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dining 29 Recs

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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
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1,650
1 Bedroom
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2,100
2 Bedroom
$
2,150

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Downtown Evanston Reviews

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Downtown Evanston has everything you need. E2 is walkable to campus, a Target, and plenty of restaurants, as well as Metra and L stations to get to Chicago. Right across the street is a Subway, a Thai restaurant, and a pizza place, plus there’s a 7-Eleven about a block away, so you’re very close to options if you need food in a pinch.
Close to downtown Evanston but a bit far from E2/the reserve. One of closest apartments to Trader Joes/Whole Foods/Jewel Osco while also being close to campus. Very close to the lake!
Downtown Evanston has everything you need from a downtown including grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores.
Downtown Evanston is great - plenty of great food within walking distance, Metra and El trains right nearby, a really nice place to be. Only downside is it's far from school and the only truly walkable grocery store is a Whole Foods, which can get expensive. Overall, wouldn't want to live elsewhere though.
Close to grocery stores and restaurants. Very easy access to Lake Michigan as well!
There isn't much to do here, but that's true pretty much everywhere in Evanston. We're in walking distance to all of "downtown" Evanston, so restaurants / fast food / subway, etc. It's a slightly longer walk than desired to Kellogg, but that's fine.
The apartment is central to downtown and is walking distance to most bars, restaurants, shops, beach, etc. Evanston is a bit of a sleepy town (especially during the pandemic...I've been told it was much more vibrant pre-pandemic).
I live just south of the main downtown area, and it's the perfect intersection of being close to the action but also a bit removed when you want some quiet. I like being a in a more residential pocket, so there is slightly less foot traffic and really nice areas to walk around with a dog, etc.

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