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Low-Rise Apartment
Downtown Durham, 501 Willard St | Durham
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  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Covered Parking
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Sun Deck
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

8.8
Great
10 Reviews

About this Location

10A/15/5 (bus) - 3 min
12B/2A/3 (bus) - 3 min
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
Forest Hills Park
22 min walk
In a quiet
neighborhood

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,025+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,009+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$1,538+
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
    •  Smoke-Free Community
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
    •  Conference Rooms with A/V Capabilities
    •  Package Receiving
  • Entertainment

    •  Coffee Bar
    •  Grilling Station
    •  Resident Events
    •  Resident Lounge
    •  Sun Deck
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Landscape

    •  Courtyard
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Living Room

    •  Ceiling Fans
    •  Central A/C
    •  Fireplace
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Covered Parking
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Max Pet Weight  
    •  Max Pets Limit  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
  • Storage

    •  Pantry Closet
  • View

    •  Amazing Views
    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 8.8/10, based on 10 renter reviews

9.2
Location
7.6
Amenities
8.6
Management
8.5
Value
7.5
Social
9.1
Safety
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Whetstone - Student Perspective

The apartment is well maintained, has covered parking, and is located right downtown. Being downtown, its nosier than other places. I wish the windows were not so thin because you hear buses and trains often. The space is on the smaller side but has a nice layout and spacious bathrooms and bedrooms. Management is nice and there are a lot of young people who live in the building.

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Perfect place to live, just a little far of the university

no complaints at all, the place is nice, safe, clean, excellent administration but if you don't have a car, the university can be far from you.

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Hidden Gem

I’ve loved living at the Whetstone. The management is nice and responsive, rent is very reasonable for a managed property in the area and it’s in a great location. Easy walk to the center of Durham (and Shooters) and a great option for Duke grad students with a car. The apartment complex has a small gym/pool and a mini convenience store in the building.

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Best spot for value in American Tobacco Campus

The location, situated just next to the American Tobacco Campus and event centers such as DPAC (and tons of restaurants/coffee shops in walking distance) is absolutely perfect, and the price is far lower than other surrounding complexes. The leasing team are wonderful and frequently host resident events with free food and drinks as well as contests and giveaways. Parking is free and gated, and there is free guest parking as well (a commodity). The bedrooms and living areas are a bit smaller than I would like, though.

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Pretty good, no mayor problems

The building is nice, relatively new, and clean. The neighbors don't bother that much, the building is really safe (no issues so far) and the maintenance service is quick and effective.

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Apartment is great! Very quiet and beautiful floor plan. Management is very responsive. Small pest problem that was taken care of very quickly. Only downside is that the apartment gym is very small.

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Proximity to Downtown is Key

The management at Whetstone is very responsive, the location is absolutely perfect (close proximity to restaurants, DPAC, the American Tobacco Trail), and the other residents are very courteous/clean.

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Great place down town!

It's a beautiful place down town that was just recently constructed. It's near the bus station, and walking distance to downtown (~5 min). Filled with restaurants and bars. Adjacent to the beautiful American Tobacco campus. Definitely cheaper than living by the medical school, and makes up for the cost of a parking pass in like two months worth of rent. Gym, grand pool area, and dog park all available as well as parking.

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Great place, great location

Right next to downtown. A bit pricey but worth it, never loses power during storms because of its central location. Has a gym and pool. Very pet friendly. Lots of dogs, in fact might be a bad place if you are allergic.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 27 Recs

Toast
Dame’s Chicken & Waffles
Pompieri Pizza
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grocery 3 Recs

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convenience 2 Recs

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fitness 6 Recs

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parks 2 Recs

Durham Central Park
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coffee 6 Recs

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About Downtown Durham

Before the 1990's, not much took happened in Downtown Durham. Since then, the area underwent a period of revitalization and has reaped the benefits as it's more populated with businesses, restaurants, and people. Popular spots here include Taste Carolina, Fullsteam Brewery, and Doyle's Vin...
Bars
Noise
Clean
Restaurants
Modernization
Relatively Safe
Local Businesses
Median rents in Downtown Durham
Studio
$
1,150
1 Bedroom
$
1,600
2 Bedroom
$
2,200

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Downtown Durham Reviews

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It's a quick drive to campus which is awesome. It is a prime location however, there are a lot of people loitering in the area and I prefer to drive to go on daily walks elsewhere. Despite it being in a prime location, it can feel very quite at times too.
I love the neighborhood -- it is very walkable with many young professional and students around. It is a little quieter during the week, but that may be due to the pandemic and less people commuting to down town for work.
We have enjoyed living downtown well enough, but we have not been able to take advantage of much of it due to COVID.
Great experience - tons of nice restaurants downtown and away from the 9th St cluster.
Van Alen is in a great spot in Durham. Several large new apartment complexes are being built around it. It is also right next to the Durham Courthouse which has a 24/7 police presence and patrol cars are constantly pulling in and out of the courthouse garage at all hours.
With that being said, Van Alen is still in Durham. It takes on average less than 10 minutes for me to go from Van Alen to the science drive parking garage at Duke.
The neighborhood is close to all restaurants and bars, but at the same time is far enough to avoid any noise issues. The bus station is across the street, so is easy to move around if you don't have a car.
The main problem has been the constant repairs and construction around the building during the whole time that I have lived there.
Downtown has great access to major sites like the Durham Bulls ballpark and DPAC along with several nice restaurants and bars, but it lacks day-to-day living focused amenities such as full-size grocery and drug store in walking distance.
I have always felt safe in the area and love that so many restaurants are walkable. Prior to COVID-19, it was also a huge benefit to walk to DPAC for off-broadway shows or to the Durham Bulls stadium for a game.

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