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
Generally, a good value
Flamingo Apartments is quite a bit cheaper than other high-rises and its apartments/appliances/fixtures are just as good.
Pros: Cute outdoor swimming pool in summer, small fitness room, location right up next to the lake and Promontory Point, good package delivery/retrieval system, quiet neighbors, amazing lake view from some apartments, reasonable pet fee, generally safe location.
Cons: Not as many amenities as other high rises, management (although friendly and easy to contact) can be a little sluggish responding to maintenance requests, funky steam heat that can be noisy and only has two modes: burning hot or off.
Cuts both ways: The building shares space with Bar Louie on the first floor. If being able to go down to a bar without setting foot outside is your thing, it's awesome, but bar patrons can get very rowdy/noisy outside, especially during the warmer months (I'm on a high floor, but the sound carries). The 171 bus stops at Shoreland nearby, but since the buses only run one way, it can take a really long time to get back from school by bus.
I really like my building. The maintenance folks are great; there's a decent gym in the basement; the common spaces are well-kept. My apartment isn't huge, but it's perfect for just one person and big enough to have a couple of people over. I have three windows, which are enough to light almost the whole apartment with natural light during the day. My kitchen is really small, but some units have larger spaces.
The walls can be a little thin, and since there's no doorman, sometimes folks who don't live in the building can get inside when other residents let them in. But I've never felt unsafe in the building or the neighborhood.
The radiators can make it difficult to regulate the heat in the winter - but I run cold so the warmth is nice and opening a window can make the apartment comfortable. All in all, I definitely recommend the building.
Budget Place with Maintenance Issues
The apartment is a great value for a studio if you are on a budget, but there are constant building maintenance issues. The washing machines are often broken, the elevator is down (which is okay since it is only 5 flights of stairs). For in-apartment work, they are quick to respond and fix, but the general building amenities are a mess. The apartment is small, but the kitchen is new appliances and location is close to the bus pickup. Worth it for a cheap studio but you get what you pay for.
Maple Grove Review - great value for money
Great value for money, however don't expect something similar to E2 or similar buildings. Floor space is great compared to the modern apartments and a lot is possible. Davis Street Station is a 5 min walk and the building is next to the police station.
Spacious, low frills apartment
Very spacious apartments at great prices. Building has everything you need, but does not have high rise frills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.