TLC Management Co.
Apartments located in
- The property manager is attentive and maintenance is helpful and quick.
- Quick access to restaurants, stores, and public transit.
What could be better
- Units are on the small side.
- Amenities could use a face lift.
Recent TLC Management Co. reviews
Park Wellington- Great Location but Limited Amenities
It's an alright apartment building. It's cheaper than the other apartments around and in a great location but no where near what you should be paying for the limited amenities and service. They went through multiple property managers at first but are now set on one who is very helpful.
Affordable apartment in a great neighborhood
The building is old, but well-kept. The property manager is attentive and maintenance is helpful and quick. The building is quiet and is placed on the edge of Lakeview East, making it affordable with quick access to restaurants and stores. Overall, have had a great experience here.
Good Building for the Price
I lived at this address for 5 years. Management is usually helpful and quick. The apartment is small, but it does the job. If you have western facing windows, the apartment heats up a LOT in the afternoon. Generally a good building with good management.
Expensive, long-term stay
To begin with, the front office management is pretty terrible. There was a change in building managers about half way through, and it was impossible to get any response from that manager via email (I was trying to arrange my summer sublet, and I'm never available during the day by phone, always at school during normal business hours). After I finally got a response (by leaving school early and tracking the manager down), there were several versions of bad paperwork that went back and forth, etc. It was just really a mess. The package room situation is also pretty annoying--again, I'm usually gone during business hours, so I always have to come home early to pick things up. The manager is always trying to come up with some system or another to log packages, but doesn't want to get up from the front desk, so . . .
TLC isn't great, either. I pressed the front office manager about what the "pet rental" fee is for, and the manager had no idea. I asked to speak to someone who did, and the manager said that the manager was the only person I could speak to. Over last summer, my apartment flooded, and my sublessor texted me to let me know. When I tried to call, no one at my building answered--duh--and when I called TLC's main office they had no idea what had happened and told me they'd get back in touch when they'd contacted my building manager, who would be back from vacation in a few days. What!?
Other than that, the building is nice. I like the fixtures in my apartment, the walls are pretty soundproof, and, although it's small, I can afford living by myself which was important to me. The little gym in the basement isn't much to look at, but it works and it's not frequently in use. The laundry facilities were just upgraded. While I don't have a lot of nice things to say about the managers here, the maintenance man is the best--he's very responsive and helpful. (I wish they would put him in charge.)
The reason I paid so much to live here was the location. On 53rd and Dorchester, I'm within a few blocks of three grocery stores (recommend: Hyde Park Produce), two pharmacies (Walgreens and CVS), two liquor stores (recommend: Kimbark), excellent restaurants (Promontory, A-10, Yusho), good restaurants (Native Foods, Hyde Park Taco Station, etc.), the Harper Court movie theater, retail stores (Target, Marshall's, Michael's, Ulta, Hyde Park Records, Freehling Pot & Pan Co.), and my vet is literally across the street (Hyde Park Animal Clinic - 53rd Street). I really like being able to go downstairs and walk across the street for a burrito if I'm low on groceries, or walk to Target at 9:30 p.m. if I started cooking something and realized I'm out of an ingredient.
The Flamingo is across from the Shoreland, so it has the same perks as far as location goes (lake views, right by a 171 bus stop, huge park for pets, 57th St Beach, Promontory Point, etc.). However, The Flamingo is quite a bit cheaper, and the apartments, in my experience, tend to be much larger. Our apartment has an updated kitchen with new appliances, beautiful hardwood floors, awesome lake views, two huge walk-in closets in the bedroom, 2 more large storage closets, and a ton of sunlight. That said, there is not in-unit laundry (it's on the main floor, though the washers and dryers were brand new in Oct 2015), and there are not dishwashers in the apartments. But if you are looking to save a few hundred bucks a month and have a large updated space with a ton of storage, definitely check out the Flamingo! The largest one bedrooms (and best views!) are the front corner units (this is what we have).
You get what you pay for
It's difficult to find a one-bedroom for under $1000/month (including utilities) so in that sense, it's a great value. It's also near the 53rd Street restaurants and shops, which is definitely a plus. The 171 bus picks up just a block away. They also recently re-did the kitchens, and the unit was very clean when I moved in. However, appliances are still outdated and the units are small. Air conditioning is not included, but you can rent a wall unit from the building. Heating is radiator heating - very little temperature control. The building often smells of cigarette smoke and there are tons of pets living in the building, including birds. So you have to be able to put up with a few things, but overall it's met my expectations.
Good for the price
It's inexpensive, which was our main criterion. It's been fine for the price.
Great location, nice apartments
The Versailles is located at 53rd and Dorchester, which is possibly the best location within Hyde Park. I'm within a 10 minute walk of everything I need, and there are bars and restaurants right downstairs.
The apartments themselves are very nice. Upon move-in, everything was clean and newly-painted, and the fixtures (cabinets, counter tops) were great, kind of neutral people-pleasers. Hardwood floors and cabinets are probably fake, but they look more expensive than they probably were. And the building itself has a lot of character--the lobby looks like an old hotel, with brass mailboxes and railings. There's also great big crown-molding throughout my apartment, which I like a lot.
A little pricey for the small space, but I chose clean and well-maintained in a good location over size. Also, management is not /super/ responsive, if that's important to you, but adequately so.
Quite and safe apartment, but pricey
I have lived in my apartment for two and a half years. While I thought I'd move out after the first year of law school to find something more affordable, I stayed because I really love my apartment.
I have a spacious studio with a view of the lake. I have lots of storage space, with two huge closets that have lots of shelving. The apartment is so warm in the winter that I never turn on the heat. It's typically very quiet, and my neighbors are friendly. I love the location--I'm steps away from the 171, 6, and 55, and three blocks from the grocery store. A property manager works in the lobby most days, which is helpful for getting packages, maintenance help, and getting locked out.
My biggest complaint is the price, but if someone stayed here with a roommate it would be more affordable. They charge $30/month for one pet (twice that for two), which also isn't great.
The Versailles is very good for the scholar seeking a studious spot. Cherry-wood floors and decently newish appliances give the place a remodeled air. The tenants are universally courteous in my experience. Radiator heat.
The building location is great for law school. Easy commute through all weather conditions. The apartment building, however, emanates knocking noises from the heating furnaces of the apartment. Additionally, maintenance is incompetent and/or lazy. Perks of the apartments here are they are carpeted, have many appliances, and are close to campus security
Much smaller than the floor plans they have online, but otherwise a really great apartment - cozy, nice interior, good heating, etc.
The apartment itself is nice, but the location leaves much to be desired. Only one bar nearby. Thankfully Jewel and Target are in walking distance and I go there quite often. It is an old hotel building so there are many people living there, but I always feel safe and the management company is very prompt.
Great location and Price
Great location, not too busy and very residential. Steps away from gym, grocery store, target, red line, and bus stop. Gym in building is very convenient. Open spaces. Great 1 bedroom for a 400sqft apartment. Newly redone apartment. Great dark hardwood floors. Walls are plaster, be careful hanging things on the walls. Main floor has doors to backstage of a theater, pretty cool.
Great place for the money
If you're looking for a cheaper option than the Optimas and a nicer option than 1500 Chicago, this is a great place!