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3939 Chestnut Street

New Construction
University City, 3939 Chestnut St | Philadelphia
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  •  Air Conditioning
  •  Bike Storage
  •  Controlled Access
  •  Elevators
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  High Ceilings
  •  Parking Available
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

6.0
Average
3 Reviews

About this Location

CVS Pharmacy
4 min walk
In a quiet
neighborhood
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
MFL (metro) - 4 min
30/40/LUCYGR (bus) - 3 min
Hamilton Field
6 min walk

Pricing 

Studio, 1 Bath
$1,100+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,400+
Schedule Appointment At
(484) 418-8181
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Kitchen

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

    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  High Ceilings
    •  Large Windows
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Bike Storage
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  Controlled Access
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Overall rating 6.0/10, based on 3 renter reviews

8.7
Location
4.7
Amenities
4.3
Management
6.3
Value
4.3
Social
6.7
Safety
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Management could be better

The building overall is nice - new with good appliances. The management could be a lot better. For example, they were not very communicative when the building next door was demolished (creating a lot of noise/dust) and gave us very few details about the 2-year long construction that is supposed to start in place of the demolished building.

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Fine, if you are content with the bare minimum

The building is not great and I will not be renewing my lease with them. The major cause of my frustration is having to deal with the management in any fashion. My lease expires in June, but they expected me to make a decision in December about whether I wanted to renew. Though this is student housing, that is a bit ridiculous. Oh and if you do not renew, they will traipse people through your apartment every week to show it to prospective tenants.

The management is occasionally rude and rarely sympathetic to your situation. It is their way or the highway and there is not negotiating that whatsoever. I tried to get keys to my apartment slightly earlier (like an hour before the move-in) so that I would not have to miss class and they absolutely would not budge on that. Why? I have no idea, but it is so aggravating working with them.

There are no amenities whatsoever. There is no concierge, no gym, no foyer/lobby. You literally pay for the square footage of your apartment and that is it.

If you live here, expect noise. Lots of it. In the middle of the night. They are currently doing some sort of construction for about the past five months on the first two floors. That will be retail space. But every so often at about 4am there will be loud clanging from goodness knows what. This happens about once a week and can go on for thirty minutes at a time. In the middle of the night.

I also have concerns about the security of the building. The building is located right off of Penn's campus and is across from a police station, but there are elements that are cause for concern. I will not give specifics here for the safety of myself or my neighbors, but if you decide to tour the building, make sure to ask questions about the security. And direct them not just to management but also to current tenants. I will say though that one night I came home and the door of my apartment was open (and yes, I did close it that morning); nothing was taken and I never did understand why that was the case, but it was cause for concern.

The bottom line is that for what you spend, the value is not great. It is a new building, but I already see signs of disrepair. I give it a couple years before it degenerates into a dump.

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3939 Chestnut

A new building, opened for the first time in August 2015. It is close to school and right by Fresh Grocer, includes a washer/dryer in the unit, and although it is simple and doesn't have many frills, it is the perfect size for one person. My studio is spacious enough that I can fit a full size air mattress for visitors. It is also right by 40th Street station for the Market Frankford line and not a bad walk or Uber ride to Center City. The building contains mostly studios and also some one bedrooms. It is by a lot of good restaurants and a CVS pharmacy. It is pretty basic and doesn't have as many amenities as some of the newer buildings nearby, but I think it is worth the lower price.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 30 Recs

Zesto Pizza & Grill
Distrito
New Delhi Indian Restaurant
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grocery 1 Rec

Aldi
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convenience 2 Recs

CVS Pharmacy
Wawa
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fitness 27 Recs

Bikram Yoga West Philly
Penn Campus Recreation
Fit Gym University City
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parks 12 Recs

Dilworth Park
Clark Park
Logan Square Park
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coffee 12 Recs

Capogiro Gelato
Winterfell Dessert
Beiler’s Donuts
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About University City

Sitting west of the Schuylkill River, University City is the scholastic center of West Philadelphia. University City combines the diversity of a college town with the energy of a large metropolitan area. Public parks, farmers markets, restaurants, and theaters, this neighborhood has it all.
Fresh Grocer
College Feel
Very Walkable
Heart of UPenn
Lots of Students
Cheaper than Center City
Solid Restaurants and Bars
Median rents in University City
Studio
$
1,300
1 Bedroom
$
2,200
2 Bedroom
$
2,950

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Parking Near 3939 Chestnut Street

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University City Reviews

85 reviews
My wife & I lived in Center City for a few years before moving across the river here. University City is a ton of fun! Definitely not as many restaurants and bars at each corner, but the ~10 minutes shaved off my commute to HUP / the VA each day makes it well worth it for anyone who works at any of the healthcare sites or at UPenn / Wharton.
Has a down-to-earth vibe with a lot of ethnic diversity (and lots of amazing and cheap food!). Is also convenient to UPenn if you attend school there. Clark Park is also super lovely (with a great farmer's markets throughout most of the year), and there are a ton of adorable dogs around.
There's definitely enough restaurants, bars, and shopping to get you through the week. On the weekends I think it's a lot more fun to head to the Rittenhouse/Center City area, but there's certainly nothing wrong with UCity.
I enjoy living in University City. It is perfect if you want to live in a low key area very close to school. Most people in the area are affiliated with Penn, so the community is generally pretty young and active. You are in walking distance from everything you might need. You do not need a car to get around. Even if you plan on spending a good deal of time in Center City, you can get there easily by rail or by Uber. I wouldn't have chosen to live anywhere else during 1L.
It is really close to campus, so the campus security is always around making the area very safe. The noise level never gets too bad, during class hours there are people everywhere. However after evening classes everything dies down as people are either going home or are inside studying. The closest grocery stores are Fresh Grocers (on 40th street and Walnut) and Trader Joe's (on 21st and Market). Because this is an area that is mostly college campus there are not a lot of social places near by, you typically have to head into center city for most of the good places to socialize.
University City can be fairly noisy due to the students and many nearby hospitals and it lacks the nicer restaurants you find elsewhere in Philadelphia. Grocery shopping is fairly convenient but if you need to buy furnishings for your apartment, you may need to make a special trip elsewhere in the city. The bookstore is convenient but is a bit overpriced and has al limited selection.
Great neighborhood. The area is close to Walnut Street which is full of restaurants, bars, and anything you need really. There are a lot of students in the area and I have always felt safe here.
Nice area, but there have been a fair number of robberies in the neighborhood at night. Though they never occurred in Sansom, I would not walk alone especially as a female at night West of Sansom. As long as you are careful where you are walking and going towards campus or center city you are ok.

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