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
Good, though not always responsive
When dealing with property management, it is quite convenient and they are kind of efficient. Yet, the heat is not always functioning well in winter, though still tolerable.
Pretty cheap rent and square footage is a lot more than units for a comparable price. Easy walk to the law school and close to all the transit, 53rd street.
I have a large and beautiful apartment with a lake view at a much lower cost than in other high-rises. The downsides are that management sometimes need several reminders before maintenance gets done, Flamingo doesn’t have some of the perks other high-rises do, parking is expensive, the steam heat system is old and raucous, and sometimes the noise levels from outdoors are really high all through the night because there is a bar on the first floor and the sound carries clean to upper levels of the building. On the plus side, it has a nice little outdoor swimming pool, the common areas are well-maintained, you’re just a couple minutes’ walk from the beautiful lakefront and walking/biking paths, the management and staff are very pleasant, and the immediate vicinity is safer at night than most other parts of Hyde Park.
Extremely Affordable and Spacious
The apartment is less modern than other Evanston properties, but is more spacious and rent is ~60% of what other Kellogg students are paying to stay in more modern luxury buildings. Getting to places in downtown Evanston is very easy by foot, and the only downside is the Global Hub is about a 30 minute walk. If you have a bike, it's an easy ride and a moot point. All in all I think the cost savings here makes this an excellent spot for Kellogg students without compromising much.
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.
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.
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).
Good for the price
It's inexpensive, which was our main criterion. It's been fine for the price.
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.
Great Value for the Area
My roommate and I looked around at a lot of apartments in Hyde Park before choosing this one. The apartment is a 20 min walk, 15 min bus ride, and 7 min drive from the law school. It is on the same street as the Regents, Shoreland, Hyde Park Tower crew, but the management company is amazing and it is much cheaper than those other options. There is always street parking within a block, and there is a gym in the building. The management company has someone on site 6 days a week to get your packages and answer any questions. The only drawback is you have to pay $1.65 a load for laundry.
Overall I think we've got the best place with the best amenities at this value.
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.
Much smaller than the floor plans they have online, but otherwise a really great apartment - cozy, nice interior, good heating, etc.