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Forest Hills, 2950 Van Ness St NW | Washington, D.C.
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  •  24-Hour Front Desk
  •  Building Laundry Room
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Parking Garage
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Tennis Courts

User Rating

7.8
Great
24 Reviews

About this Location

Giant
5 min walk
In a quiet
neighborhood
Rock Creek Park and Piney Branch Parkway
16 min walk
Red (metro) - 5 min
D32/L2 (bus) - 2 min

Pricing 
updated 10 hrs ago

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,830+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$2,964+
Schedule Appointment At
(202) 930-9485
  • Entertainment

    •  Resident Events
    •  Resident Lounge
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Gas Range
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room
  • Living Room

    •  Central A/C
    •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
    •  Parking Garage
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog friendly
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24-Hour Front Desk
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
    •  Tennis Courts
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
  • View

    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 7.8/10, based on 24 renter reviews

7.5
Location
7.9
Amenities
8.4
Management
7.7
Value
7.3
Social
8.3
Safety
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AVA Van Ness reviews and highlights

  • great pool and patio space for the summer
  • wonderful staff
  • updated and great amenities
  • safe neighborhood
  • convenient location
  • extremely pet friendly
  • carpeted floors are not great
  • responsive maintenance
  • great views of the city
  • older kitchens and bathrooms
  • old building
  • very close to public transit
  • friendly and helpful front desk staff
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Pricey, But Great Apartment and Management

AVA Van Ness is a little pricey, especially considering its distance from GW, but the management is great and truly cares about residents. They have monthly social events. Management responds to any issues residents have with their unit promptly and the apartment complex is always updating and improving units. It is a pet-friendly apartment, located right next to a Giant food and a red line metro stop. There is a small gym in the apartment. Each unit is pretty large, with a big bedroom. It takes about 25 minutes to get to GW from AVA Van Ness, using the metro. It takes about 15-20 minutes to get to GW by driving.

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Comfortable

I love AVA Van Ness and have zero complaints. Building management is helpful, there’s no problems with insects/rodents, and my room has loads of storage space.

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We love living here!

Amazing staff, decent building. For our price point and area, we are paying a really great rate for our 800ish sqft 1br apartment. While they aren't the nicest places (no luxury counter tops, galley kitchen, carpeted apartments) they are very clean and well kept, and maintenance works incredibly fast in order to keep them that way.

The front desk is always there to assist and the concierges are all incredibly personable, organized and knowledgeable. The leasing office and property managers are always quick to respond as well and are happy to address any issues (which are usually rare) that come up.

The building is undergoing a construction project to update the facade, and while living here during that isn't the best time, they have done absolutely everything to ensure we are well taken care of and the interruption to our daily lives is minimized. The building updates have been relatively quick and the new building face looks really great!

We plan to renew our lease (for the first time ever) and would absolutely recommend living here.

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Nice place to live

Nice, comfortable apartment very close to public transit. Great that it has a pool and tennis court. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. Neighborhood is very safe. It's not the hub of town, but groceries and a few good restaurants are very conveniently right nearby. It being an older building, repairs are needed sometimes, and the staff is always very quick with them.

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Nice location

Excellent location - Can't be beaten!
Nice outdoor pool and small gym in basement.
Parking is expensive - but it is everywhere in DC!
Carpets are not great - hard floor would be better.
Staff are friendly - especially the maintenance team. They are all great.

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Good Location

The apartment is in a great location, right next to the Metro station. The complex is made up of a lot of students from the nearby school. As a result, it can get very noisy (loud music, parties, etc).
Staff are friendly.
Kitchen/bathrooms are quite outdated. Carpets and walls mark easily. Electric is expensive.

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Great value and staff

We've been living at AVA Van Ness for about 8 months, and love it. The building has a huge in-ground pool, outdoor spaces, a tennis court, grills, and a gym, as well as a great staff. Plus, it's way cheaper than most other buildings we saw. The value is seriously high, and we plan to stay for a few years, at least. We rarely hear the neighbors, and there's laundry on each floor (we actually prefer it to having one in the apartment, because you can get multiple loads done at once). If anything in the apartment breaks, maintenance comes quickly to fix it. All the apartments also have balconies - it's really nice to have a small outdoor space (especially in the summer!).

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Great value

I really like the neighborhood and feel that this building provides a lot of value. I have a spacious apartment and access to high-quality amenities at a price I wouldn't have expected to find in the city. The building is a bit old, but staff and maintenance are responsive.

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Great amenities off the metro

I enjoy living at AVA Van Ness. I'm on my 3rd year here--it's a pet-friendly building with great amenities (pool, small but decent gym) and right off the metro. I've always felt safe living here and after doing research it's really one of the largest 2 bedroom apartments you can find that is in a convenient location and pet-friendly. The kitchens and bathrooms are older and there are no washer/dryers in the units but you'd have to pay $500 more per month for that.

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Excellent Apartment

Staff are great and very helpful. Facilities are nice overall; includes pool, patio with two gas grills, gym, and tennis court. Gym access and proximity to metro and grocery store are a big plus. Apartments are spacious with lots of sunlight. I highly recommend for families/students.

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The Neighborhood

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dining 36 Recs

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Tempo Di Pasta
Sang on Wheels
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grocery 1 Rec

Giant
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convenience 2 Recs

Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
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fitness 24 Recs

DC Running Coach
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UDC Tennis Courts
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parks 3 Recs

Melvin C Hazen Park
Soapstone Valley Park
Dupont Circle Rat Sanctuary
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coffee 8 Recs

Bread Furst
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About Forest Hills

The name Forest Hill itself describes the exact nature of the neighborhood. Its uniqueness is that it promotes recreational activities in a natural setting. The number of embassies in the area bring in a lot of diversity into the neighborhood giving the residents a remarkable global experience. Rock...
Safe
Not Lively
Family Friendly
Convenient Commute
Quiet Neighborhood
Grocery Store nearby
Close to popular locations
Median rents in Forest Hills
Studio
$
1,550
1 Bedroom
$
1,950
2 Bedroom
$
2,900

Getting around Forest Hills


Forest Hills Reviews

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The neighborhood is very nice. Many things are in walking distance like a few restaurants, a movie theater, and the Cleveland Park Metro stop. It is a bit of a food desert in that the grocery stores and restaurants that are accessible are a tad on the expensive side. The neighborhood is pretty quiet and people are usually pretty friendly. Overall, a decent neighborhood for people at different stages in their lives.
There are not a variety of restaurants around and the area is not very diverse or cultured. It’s very white with the exception of the Howard law and UDC students and a few people from the embassies
Van Ness is on several bus routes and very near to the (Van Ness) metro stop. Moving off of Connecticut Ave. quickly becomes entirely residential, but there are restaurants and other amenities (such as grocery stores, dry cleaners, etc) along Connecticut. It's not a crazy or busy neighborhood like several others, which personally, I appreciate, but it does mean you'll have to go a bit farther than home if you're looking to go out for the night.
Pros: safe area (I can let my dog out after midnight and feel safe), <10 min walk to metro, bus stop right outside, grocery store/CVS <10 min walk away (although the giant isn't the greatest), lots of on-street parking available (great for guests),
Cons: not a lot of activities within walking distance
Van Ness/Forest Hills is quiet and a little boring. Not a lot of places to go out to eat or grab a drink in the immediate area. However, Cleveland Park and Tenleytown are fairly close. I love walking our dog up around International Drive and the embassies there. We frequently see deer coming up from Rock Creek Park, and the UDC/Howard Law students are mostly very courteous (many of them live in the neighborhood too, so they care about it also). The neighborhood feels very safe--lots of police presence, Secret Service sub-station in the neighborhood, and the local vagabonds are not aggressive to pedestrians--they mostly mind their own business.
The neighborhood is very nice and very quiet. It has a metro and a nice size grocery store, right next to it.
It is a very safe area, very family friendly.
The only con is the fact that it is not a very vibrant neighborhood.
Metro and grocery stores very close by. Some good restaurants also very accessible, with Cleveland Park easily walkable for more options and some bars. A bit far from downtown but plenty to do.
Pros: Safe, quiet, near rock creek park and zoo. H busses are convenient, as is the Metro. Cons: a little too far away from things, expensive, not much going on in the neighborhood.

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