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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
$2,800+
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,900+
Schedule Appointment At
(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 39 renter reviews

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6.2
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6.6
Management
8.3
Value
5.5
Social
8.8
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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great, super underrated property smack in the middle of downtown

Apartments in this building are super spacious especially at a low price point. It is right in the middle of downtown - less than 1 min from Target, 3 min from Whole Foods, 7min from Trader Joe's etc. Lots of really friendly neighbours. Since it is a condo and not an apartment building not a ton of Kellogg students. Fantastic apartment with lakeviews at a low price point.

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Great Value Apt, with the best location

The apartements are pretty spacious compared to other Kellogg apts. The location is unbeatable, very close to Albion, Centrum and Evanston Place, as well as Target and Whole Foods.

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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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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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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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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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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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Downtown is the place to live. You can walk to get groceries, get to campus within 20 minutes walking, even shorter by bus or quickest by bike. Most people live downtown so social activities revolve around apartment hangs/pregames and local bars.
Love the location of E2. While it's not quite in downtown, it's closer to the Hub than downtown and a 5-10 minute walk from any restaurants/bars
This is a prime location - 5 minutes from E2, Optima Horizons, and McManus. Across from the movie theater and Chili's
Easy access to Target, CVS, Coletivo. Also bus stop that goes to school right across the stret!
Everything you need is close by. 2 minute walk to the L and the metra (train to Chicago)
Kellogg students, NU students and some elderly. Few families. Lots of pets.
Evanston is great. The apartment is near Trader Joes, Jewel Osco, Binny's and Whole Foods (5 min walking). Lots of restaurant options nearby as well as anything you'd need for errands (post office, target, gyms, etc).
Perfect for grad school at Northwestern, but otherwise feels a bit suburban without a booming downtown. There are some good food/bar options, but also a handful of abandoned/empty retail locations -- I'm hoping that means new coffee shops/food venues are coming, but it doesn't look like it just yet.

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