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High-rise Condo
Downtown Evanston, 1580 Sherman Ave | Evanston
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  •  Cat friendly
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Indoor Pool
  •  Parking Garage  
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

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About this Location

Whole Foods Market
7 min walk
UP-N (rail) - 7 min
Purple Line (metro) - 7 min
The Lakefill
21 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,100+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,600+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,900+
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(872) 704-8022
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Entertainment

    •  Resident Lounge
  • Included

    •  Basic Cable 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
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
    •  On-site Maintenance
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Indoor Pool
  • View

    •  Amazing Views
    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 8.0/10, based on 37 renter reviews

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Management
8.1
Value
5.1
Social
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Optima Towers reviews and highlights

  • Indoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Lots of space to entertain
  • Great amenities
  • All the appliances you need
  • 5 min bike ride to campus
  • Heated parking garage
  • Great for families
  • Lots of retirees
  • Close to all of Evanston's nightlife
  • Maintenance varies by your condo owner
  • Building is quiet
  • Large walk-in closets
  • Great view of Lake Michigan
  • Spacious bathrooms
  • Amazing location
  • Huge master bedrooms
  • Building has been wonderful
  • Modern apartments that are in great condition
  • Small, but functional gym
  • Close to lots of restaurants
  • Parking is included
  • Rent is very reasonable
  • Washer/Dryer included
  • Amazing balcony
  • Large modern kitchens
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No frills, but gets the job done

Large apartment with nice views. There is no common area or study rooms, and the gym is bare bones. But all in all it's a solid, affordable condo building that is super conveniently located. You really can't beat the location, especially if proximity to the L and the Metra are important to you.

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Great value, spacious but maintenance needs work

We got great value for the amount of space we have, heating is great. However, after staying here for 3 months we already experienced a lift breakdown, two occasions of hot water being down and a problem with the flush in one of the bathrooms. Could be due to issues caused by the cold weather last year though.
Location-wise, it's further from school/E2 but near to pubs like Whiskey Thief, Evanston Pub, Target and McManus

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Affordable

Well priced and lot of space

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Central location, lots of space

The Optima Tower apartments are located in the middle of downtown Evanston and offer plenty of space. Not as many Kellogg students live here as I would have expected. The residents skew older (retirees). The building is 15–20 years old and is beginning to show its age.

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Lots of space, but older unit and cumbersome rental process

Pros:
- quiet building
- very spacious
- in-unit laundry
- gas stove, which is covered in rent
- heated parking garage
- property management company is responsive
- expensive (but everywhere in Evanston is)
- pool and hot tub in building
- my roommate is awesome

Cons:
- older building - had to get our dishwasher replaced after one week
- gym in building but it's very small (only 4 cardio machines and one weight station)
- no security/management on site to deal with issues (e.g. someone parked in my spot and it took 2 days to get someone to move that car)
- process to finalize the lease was very, very cumbersome and required a lot of documentation and paperwork

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  • 2 beds / 3 baths
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Great location but building could be better

Location is right in the middle of downtown Evanston but the building itself doesn't have much. Depending on the owner, you could also have good or bad experiences.

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Good location, large apartment

The location is pretty convenience (close to a bunch of Evanston Bars and restaurants and only about a 20 minute walk from the Global Hub). The apartment itself is large and fairly nice. Floor to ceiling windows in the living room. It's also very close to the L and Metra station which can take you downtown and other Chicago neighborhoods.

Some complaints are that (1) the master is much bigger than the other two rooms (2) there is no doorman, but it hasn't really been a problem.

Overall I think it's a great value.

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VERY Spacious Apartment, Fully Furnished, Ideal for 1Ys

Right in the heart of downtown, best location possible in Evanston (near Davis St. train station, near all restaurants and bars). Apartment is very spacious, well furnished, and comfortable. Building is mediocre (few amenities, gym is old and small, the 'pool' is absurdly small).

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Central, spacious, surprisingly few Kellogg students

Fewer Kellogg students than Optima Horizons, E2, and Optima Views. It's in a convenient location and most units come with a parking unit. Spacious living areas, but each unit looks different.

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Cheap, a little Cheerful

The building is 85% old people who have tiny dogs they like to walk 9 times a day and are clogging up the elevator.
But if you get past that the rent is cheap, the place is nice enough, and the location is in downtown Evanston. Its very sunny which is a plus as floor to ceiling windows.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 27 Recs

Buffalo Joe’s
World of Beer
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 35 Recs

Pure Barre
Evanston Athletic Club
Akemi Fitness Method
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parks 7 Recs

Dawes Park
Merrick Rose Garden
Clark Street Beach
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coffee 16 Recs

Andy’s Frozen Custard
Cupitol Coffee & Eatery
Other Brother Coffeebar
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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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