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
One of the cheapest buildings in Streeterville, close to campus and with a nice pool/small gym. They're quick to fix any issues if they arise and we haven't had any problems with management.
Lake Shore Plaza Review
The layout of the apartment is really nice! My roommate and my rooms are far apart, which really decreases the noise disturbance. One downside of LSP is the small gym with limited machines and weights.
Lake Shore Plaza
My roommate and I got our apartment with a deal, so it costs about $200/month than others on the floor. I really like how close the building is to class, as it only takes around 7min for me to get to any of classrooms. Our apartment gets a good amount of light, and the bedrooms are on opposite sides, which gives it a feeling of privacy. Management is responsive to repair requests; upon moving in, I found a few issues, which were fixed within 24 hours. There is an outdoor pool for use during the summer, a patio, and a gym all for resident use. The gym doesn't have an abundance of machines, but it's enough for me.
As for things I would change, I think that the walls can be kind of thin. I can hear my neighbor's music sometimes, but they're pretty responsive if I ask them to turn it down.
Pros: location walking distance from campus, lots of closet space, responsive management and maintenance, reasonable cost for the area, gym and sundeck area with outdoor pool, partnership with grocery delivery service
Cons: gym is small with just few basic machines, older building, no in-unit laundry (but there is a basement laundry room with plenty of machines)
My favorite thing about the 2-bedroom I live in is the amount of space for each resident. Both bedrooms have their own full bathrooms, a good amount of floor area, and ample closet space. As a result, the common area is fairly small, but overall I really like the layout. The location is another big positive (close to the medical campus and to the beach), but a downside is that the unit itself and the appliances it came with were not in tremendous shape.
Definitely convenient and close to campus. I love having my own bathroom. Management is definitely a bit difficult to pin down when you need things and the building is not the nicest in streeterville. But I lived there for 3 years and it’s a good spot for the price
Med student + Spouse, VERY pet friendly
We have absolutely loved living in Asbury Plaza. Management, door staff, maintenance staff, everyone is friendly, supportive, and dedicated to making the residents feel like it's their home. We have a pet ferret and unlike some places in Chicago that describe themselves as pet-friendly, there aren't any "except for..." in the leases here. Southwest side of the building have great views with the building oriented diagonally across the block (haven't seen NE, but they just built One Chicago on that side of the building), floor plans are unique, kitchens are updated, gym is well maintained, and management hosts building events ~monthly including a holiday party at a nearby restaurant. The location just can't be beat. Tons of restaurants around, Red line Chicago station 1 block away, Brown/Purple ~4 blocks away, easy access to Loop lines. If you're a Northwestern student, 10min walk to the Chicago campus. Choice of grocery stores (within walking distance: Whole Foods, 2x Jewel-Osco, Aldi, Trader Joes). The only downside I can really think of is the building is either AC or heat, residents don't have control over when that switches due to Chicago heat ordinances. The building tends to run warm, so we often have our balcony door cracked throughout the winter.
Cheaper but loud
Cheaper than other buildings with a gym + underground parking + guest parking. But walls are incredibly thin so there's a lot of noise. Also be prepared to listen to a LOT of leaf blowing. However good layouts for 2 room apartments, good amount of space, and walk in closets.
I have really enjoyed living at the Reserve. They recently were acquired and have new property managers that go above and beyond to make it a great experience. It's in a fantastic location and my unit is updated/relatively large for Evanston! In addition, it is pretty close to the CTA train and a nearby park.
Mostly Great but Thin Walls
The units are nice, and the price is good relative to most of the high-rises. Amenities are nice, and the large property is great for pet owners. We really like it, except the walls are extremely thin. We hear every footstep our upstairs neighbor takes, and if any of our neighbors are having people over we will hear them late into the night until their guests leave. If you're a light sleeper, this may not be for you.
Solid lower cost building
Overall I am pleased with The Reserve. It is lighter on the amenities than other apartment buildings, but the apartments themselves are generally more spacious and less expensive. Shorter walk to Kellogg than other buildings (~15 minutes) but tradeoff being that it's a bit further to downtown Evanston. Walls are a bit thin and sound travels pretty easily, but nothing that can't be managed in my opinion. Overall, I would recommend if you're looking for a lower cost option to E2, Albion, or Centrum.
Kellogg 2nd year
The best ppsf, good amenities, nice staff. It's worth signing a 2-year lease to minimize rent increases. Be mindful of the room selection whether it gets a lot of natural light or not will be important in the Winter.
Good location but with a few sacrifices
I chose the Reserve because it was walking distance to the Hub and is close to lots of other popular, but more expensive, living options in Evanston. Overall it's been an average experience. The location is great, the community is quieter and a bit more family-friendly than others. For those with pets, there is no monthly pet rent. However, the walls are extremely thin and you can hear your neighbors very well. You'll also have to deal with occasional internet outages that, since the internet is included in your rent and you have no choice which provider is used, you have very little control of. The gym is pretty small and doesn't have a lot of equipment. The HVAC system is extremely loud (like, people on the phone can hear it). The property was recently sold and so far the management has been pretty responsive, but is much more "analog" than the previous company. The website is not as informative and they don't have any app for submitting maintenance requests (but are responsive to emails so not the end of the world). Overall, it's a pretty good value if you can tolerate the minor inconveniences.
A solid place to live in the Loop
I love this apartment more than either of the two I had in Hyde Park. The 2 and 6 busses makes transit between my apartment and campus a breeze.
It has been a good experience except for issues with the washer/dryer.