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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

User Rating

8.2
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25 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods
7 min walk
UP-N (rail) - 7 min
201/205 (bus) - 2 min
The Lakefill
21 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby

Pricing 
updated 11 hrs ago

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,850+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,500+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,300+
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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 8.2/10, based on 25 renter reviews

9.1
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7.2
Amenities
7.1
Management
8.0
Value
6.6
Social
9.0
Safety
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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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OK place - cheap and cheerful

No more Kellogg students live in the building.

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Optima Towers

The apartment works great for myself and my family. We had some trouble finding apartments that would work for our two kids and golden retriever, but we were very happy to find this one. The complex is a blend of older individuals that work in the area or are retired as well as some Kellogg students. It is very quiet, which we like, and has a nice pool and small workout facility. Location is convenient to school (approx. 3/4 mile) and situated in the middle of downtown Evanston. Our unit is not the most updated, but has much more space in the living room (including an area for a full dining table) than some of the other high-end apartments we looked at.

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Optima Towers

Awesome, spacious 2-bedroom in central location downtown. Available move in pre-CIM.

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Spacious apartment in great location

Though the building is a bit older with some outdated elements (e.g., popcorn ceiling, orange patio railing), but you get a ton space for the price and the floor to ceiling windows offer a ton of natural light. It's located right in the middle of most bars and restaurants, a 5 minute walk to Whole Foods, and a 15 minute walk to Northwestern.

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Wonderful other than management

This condo building is in a great location central to bars and restaurants. It's also right next to the metra and purple line station which is convenient for getting downtown. Each condo is a little different in terms of appliances/hardwood floors, but generally it has been maintained well. The biggest issue we had is with the management staff-- the move-in process was a huge pain.

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Great apartment, close to everything

Quiet, very centric and spacious apartment. Close to school and other apartment buildings were Kellogg student live.

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Great place to live

very reasonable - more quiet than most kellogg buildings - great location - affordable price - no doorman is annoying and very long hallways - view is not stellar

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Roomy and quiet

I love the space we have - tons of natural light, a view of the lake, and tons of room for storage. I have no complaints about the building but you do have to go through a landlord which is less convenient than going through a management company. The gym is small but there is never an issue getting to use the equipment you want to. The pool isn't glamorous but it's nice that it's indoors to use the Jacuzzi in the winter. It's also in a great location for bars and restaurants but a bit far from campus.

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Great Location, Limited Kellogg Community

Optima Towers is located right in the center of downtown, so it's close to all the bars, food options. Rent is also reasonable for the huge amount of space in the apartment. My only complaint would be there are very few Kellogg students who also live in the building. There also is no doorman, if that is important to you.

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Great apartment in 10th floor, very illuminated. One of the best I've been during my time at Kellogg too. Perfect location, near lots of bars and restaurants. Building has a very nice pool and hot tub, which is always available. No noise in the building, very tranquil place to be. Perfect for families too.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

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Buffalo Joe’s
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Bat 17
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Whole Foods
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CVS Pharmacy
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BOX Evanston
Green Bay Trail
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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 highly walkable area has an open feel that one would deem “semi-urban”, and hosts most of the restaurants and bars popular with the student population. Most find this convenient and well established area an ideal place to call home.
Walkable
Easy Commute
Great Location
Student Friendly
Social Community
Great Accessibility
Proximity To Amenities
Median rents in Downtown Evanston
Studio
$
1,125
1 Bedroom
$
1,480
2 Bedroom
$
2,200

Getting around Downtown Evanston

UP-N (rail)

7 min

Purple Line (metro)

7 min

201 (bus)

2 min

208/213 (bus)

5 min

250 (bus)

5 min

93 (bus)

7 min

Downtown Evanston Reviews

48 reviews
Great downtown location, two blocks to Whole Foods, 8min walk to Trader Joes/Jewel, 2 blocks from the lake front, across the street from a park, decent walk to campus (and campus shuttle stop outside). It's a quick 1.5 blocks to Nevins, Prairie Moon, Bar Louie, Cupitol and Bangers and Lace, and less than 10min to all the other bars students frequent.
There's plenty to do, but it still takes some effort to get downtown. If you want the quickest ride (metra), then you have to plan ahead and deal with the (infrequent) train schedule. The purple line only runs express during rush hour. Depending on the time of day, your commute can run 20 minutes to an hour and a half.
Optima Views is in a great location. It is a two minute walk to the CTA and Metra and is also close to all of the downtown Evanston restaurants and shops. The building is also in close proximity to good workout options including Evanston Athletic Club and studios (Pure Barre & Cyclebar).
Everything is good. Except that E2 is on the western edge, slightly north of downtown, so not exactly smack in the middle. There are better properties if you want to be in the middle of downtown Evanston, all of which are no further from NU campus anyway.
I love being close to both stretches of downtown Evanston - the Dempster and Chicago intersection with Union Pizzeria, etc. and Nevins, Coralie, Vinic, etc. as well as close walking distance to Whiskey Thief, Found, Bat 17, World of Beer, La Macchina, etc.
The neighborhood is great and we are directly across the street from the movie theater and restaurants. It's easy to take the train into the city from here as well. However, when the new building opens the walk time will increase significantly.
I like being in downtown Evanston because I'm close to both the Metra and L. I also like being close to the restaurants, bars and to a decent gym. I have to walk a block to get to a park for my dog but it's not that bad.
Its nice to have everything you need within walking distance - from fast casual restaurants to bars, sit-down restaurants and CVS. It provides all the convenience you need for your busy student life.

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