The Habitat Company
- Management are very response and attentive to any residents' needs.
- Maintenance crew are extremely professional in their timing and efficiency.
- Front staff office are extremely sweet and polite.
Recent The Habitat Company reviews
You get a lot for the money!
The rent is really affordable at the Reserve and you get a lot of space for what you pay! The bedrooms are much larger than most apartments I've seen in Evanston. The management is great and very quick and responsive. Overall great place to live. Still close to the "action" at Kellogg and not too far of a walk to campus.
The reserve: good bang for your buck with a few downsides
Overall I’m happy living at the Reserve. I was looking for a larger apartment (space matters to me) that didn’t break the bank. There have been some good/bad things I’ve learned since living here, outlined below:
- much larger apartments for much less money (1900 or less for 700 square foot one bedroom apartment)
- closest to the action (E2) without being the action
- homier feel
- very thin walls. This is something they’ll tell you about Evanston place or park Evanston, but did not tell me about the Reserve. Your experience will depend heavily on the behaviors of your neighbors, including whether they have dogs and/or kids
- electricity is more than expected ($40/month) likely given poorer insulation
- package delivery issues - if you anticipate getting tons of things delivered, I would look elsewhere as we have had a lot of stolen package issues given that the package room is not locked or monitored
Escape the undergrads and live happily with your pets!
618 may be pricey, but it has been worth every penny, especially since we've had to be inside more during COVID. The Management is great, the amenities are unparalleled, and it's a building for grownups rather than a dorm (cough cough, Yard).
618 South Main Review
Best place to live if you want a quiet, amenity building
Very nice building with only graduate students and working professionals
Great Location and Amenities
Very safe building, full of MBAs. It is also close to the Yard and Hill Street, where many other MBAs live. Only issue with the building is the cell reception is not great.
One of the best options honestly
While the rent is insanely high, especially for this small town (for those of us who come from big coastal cities), it's honestly one of the best options. They have a clubhouse, complementary coffee machine that makes all kinds of flavored lattes, complementary donuts every Friday, a gym, underground garage, 3 outdoor firepits with big cushioned seating, a decently sized pool/spa combo with lounge chairs outdoors in the warmer months, a conference, a printer/scanner with 10 free b&w prints per month, and a lending library with books for leisure reading. I live in a 600+ sq ft studio which is really large. I will say the windows aren't the most insulated as many resident units are still chilly even with the heater on.
High Quality and Great Value
I think The Reserve is the best value in Evanston. It has great amenities (gym, pool, lounge w/ coffee bar, etc.), the location is within walking distance of Northwestern, and the interior of the units are updated and high quality. The only real complaints are related to noise - the walls and floors/ceilings are thin so it is not uncommon to hear neighbors - but that isn't really unique to this complex and is just part of living in an apartment.
I’ve enjoyed living in the Reserve. It’s much quieter than some of the surrounding buildings. Amenities are nice - small gym, free coffee, quiet pool with lounge chairs, grills and a fire pit. We like our unit and the upgraded finishes it comes with. Staff are extremely friendly and keep the property really clean.
Only 2 negatives:1) walls are thin... I’m not easily bothered by noise and even I notice 2) we live overlooking Ridge and it’s a bit busier and louder than we expected.
High-rise management with community feel
The Reserve is a solid option if you want more amenities like a pool, gym, lounge (granted, all very modest in size) with attentive management and repair services with spacious floor plans for the market rental price. Rent in Evanston is more than you might expect, especially for the shiny high-rise or managed buildings like the Reserve, but early promotions can help offset the average monthly cost. The amount of extra storage was a significant factor (between a coat closet, linen closet, and walk-in bedroom closets) as well as indoor, heated parking if you're bringing a car (this is an additional cost however and is considerably higher than other buildings' parking options). Overall its ~15-20 minutes walking to campus, located across from E2, closer to Ingraham Park and shops on Noyes, and is a block from the L train purple line, Foster stop.
Very nice and family-like environment
Spacious updated apartments
The apartments are a great size and there is plenty of storage. The management is very nice and responsive, and quickly fix maintenance issues. The one downside is that is can be a little noisy - I hear street noise from my apartment, and I have heard others complain about thin walls, but I personally don't have that issue.
Great value for a nice apartment
My roommate and I have been living here for about 4 months, and we've been really pleased with the Reserve. It's conveniently located to campus and E2, has a nice community within the building, is reasonably priced, and our apartment is big.
Perfect for Kellogg students
The Reserve is incredible. Management is super responsive and accommodating. The apartments are big and much less expensive than the other managed buildings. There are espresso & Bevi machines in the lobby that I use pretty much every day. I really like the courtyard style (less time waiting for the elevator!). I've heard the walls can be thin, but I haven't had any problems with noise in my apartment.
The only con is that it's less social than E2. There's still a good Kellogg contingent, but I head over to E2 for pretty much every social event I go to. Thankfully it's only 1 block away.
Reserve & Kellogg
I have enjoyed living at the Reserve! Close to downtown Evanston and Kellogg, and best dog friendly. The fire pit is a nice touch when it’s cold! Lots of Kellogg folks too.