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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

8.2
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97 Reviews

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
$1,895+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,575+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,500+
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(872) 704-8022
  • 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 8.2/10, based on 97 renter reviews

8.5
Location
7.1
Amenities
7.0
Management
7.9
Value
6.9
Social
9.4
Safety
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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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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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Optima Views

Right beside the railway so might get little noisy. Some issues with elevators.......

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Pretty solid

The building won’t wow you by any means, but it’s spacious and gets the job done. If given the opportunity to do it again, I would live here.

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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 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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Beautiful view and spacious room

What I like about my condo the best is space and view (18th floor). Two bedrooms are really spacious. Since there are two bedrooms, I can use one as my study room and the other one as a family bedroom. I also highlight convenience. My building is close to McManus and other major apartments like E2, Optima Horizons, and Sherman that I can go anywhere quite easily for group meetings and get-togethers.

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Best value apartment in Evanston

Spacious apartments with good amenities. Heated parking for the winter is great, especially if you have kids.

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Good Value

Very good value in terms of quality of apartment and building amenities vs. rent cost for Evanston

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Great property and unit; terrible property management company

We love our building and apartment. The apartment is spacious and filled with lots of natural light. My only complaint is that the heat/AC seems to only have one level (high) so when we use the system its either really hot or really cold. We tend to leave it off most of the time which means lower electricity bills. The building is conveniently located in downtown Evanston and the building staff are great. Each unit is independently owned so experiences will vary greatly from unit to unit. Our owner hired Renters Warehouse to manage the property and we had a terrible experience. The unit was filthy (stains, dead bugs, white appliances were brown/black, old food in the freezer) when we moved in and it took them 3 days to send someone to clean it (and they sent a maintenance person not a cleaner). Bottom line - the unit and building are great but avoid anything managed by Renters Warehouse.

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We got lucky

Optima Views itself is nothing spectacular, but we got lucky with our landlord and the fact that our apartment has a large patio. One bedroom is half the size of the other and there's a HUGE pillar in the smaller room. Blinds have problems. Our landlord was great and was able to fix most things that weren't structural problems.

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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
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convenience 2 Recs

Walgreens
7-Eleven
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fitness 36 Recs

Pure Barre
Evanston Athletic Club
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parks 5 Recs

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coffee 14 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
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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