Recent AIMCO reviews
Nice, But Overpriced
Boulder Creek apartments are very nice. The apartments themselves are clean and in good condition, though the apartments and appliances are definitely dated for the price you pay. The location is extremely convenient, as it is right across the street from a large shopping area with a grocery store and bus stops, enabling easy travel to campus and to Denver. My experience with management has always been pleasant, and maintenance is very quick to respond to problems.
The biggest issue with Boulder Creek is that the apartments are insanely expensive: I am currently paying over $1,500 per month for a 500 square-foot studio. That price includes base rent (~$1420), some utilities (not electric, cable, or internet), and pet rent ($70/month). I understand that housing in Boulder isn’t cheap, but the cost of these apartments is far higher than it should be. On top of this, my rent has increased consecutively each year that I have been here— I am now paying $80 more per month than I was when I first moved in two years ago, and this trend shows no signs of stopping or slowing down.
Great bargain for a great location
I love Riverside apartments. I have so much space to put things, there are actual grocery stores nearby, I can have pets, and the gym is pretty great too.
Pros and Cons
Overall I do like living in this building, but it definitely does have its issues. I will start with the pros. The community is friendly. It is mostly grad students from what I can tell. People are generally quiet and respectful. The hallways are a little run down but the apartments are nice. I feel like I have a ton of space for the price. The location is really convenient. It is a 10 minute walk from the law school, and everything you need is in walking distance. The area seems safe as well. It is right next to Penn's undergrad campus so there are always a ton of students in the area. It gets less safe as you go a little bit further west. There is 24 hour security / concierge which is nice. The package system is also very convenient. Maintenance here has always been friendly and helpful and management has always been responsive to issues that arise.
Now to the cons. My biggest issue by far since moving here was a period of 2 months where a tenant was chain smoking cigarettes indoors non-stop - which is against the building's rules. The building is old and the walls are thin so the smoke traveled and it made my apartment smell. To management's credit, it seems like they finally got the tenant to stop. Another issue that has been ongoing is one with the fire alarm system. It goes off randomly, sometimes in the middle of the night and on a few occasions it forced people out of their rooms really late at night. A lot of people think this is connected to the smoking, but management has not given a sure answer. Lastly, I would say that this building has temperature control issues. I am on the top floor, and I actually get a lot of heat from the apartments below me. I rarely even have to use my heat in the winter and sometimes even have to open my windows and use a fan to cool it down. I have heard that parts of the building do not have it as good and I hear some rooms are cold in the winter.
Overall I have liked living here, but like any building there are some downsides that you should consider.
Spacious apartment, amenities and location are worth the price!
It is a great apartment. Perfect location. Very spacious for the rent I'm paying
Great Apartment with excellent facilities
Sterling is very conveniently located on JFK Blvd. Trolley at 19th Market is a 2 minute walk away, which goes directly to Wharton. Trader Joes is a 5 minute walk away. The gym is great, and the rooftop deck has amazing views with a swimming pool! The apartment is huge and has a great living room with new appliances. Overall, great apartment, and would highly recommend.
Note the only drawback is the Wharton community is not big at Sterling. Compared to 2116 Chestnut, Wannamaker (which have ~150 Wharton students each), Sterling has only ~30 Wharton students.
Great roof deck, updated units, good management
No complaints. Location is great, right next to trolley (19 and Market) which is really convenient. Roof deck is really nice. Units are recently updated, but slightly cheap in quality. Includes washer/drier. Overall, just what I'd expect for the price!
Great management, beautiful new building, one of the best rooftop lounges in Philly, decent enough new and clean gym (not for powerlifting, but fine for anything else).
Really enjoying living here. Fully renovated/refurbished apartments, nice appliances inside, dry cleaners + gym + swimming pool + groceries + beauty saloon all on the premises. Any maintenance requests are dealt with very quickly.
Great location. Lots of space. Nice apartment. Not close to much food though. Not a lot of storage space in the apartment.
The location is arguably the best. Across the street from 2401, a direct shot down Walnut to campus, 24hr RiteAid across the street, and about 10mins from Rittenhouse. It is on the pricey side, but worth it for the access.
Couldn't be happier
I love the Riverloft -- outstanding location (right by the Wharton space at 2400 Walnut) , great amenities, and spacious apartments. Management has also been reliable and easy to work with.
Amazing space and location
Very glad to have moved here for the second year. Location cannot be beaten and the apartment is very spacious.
Great location, particularly for people that run, have a car, or play hockey.
Practical and Basic
Pretty much everything about the apartment has turned out to be adequate for all our needs for a couple with one partner in grad school, no kids, and a dog ($500 deposit and $20/month). The staff is friendly and responsive. The gym is basic hotel style, but nice to have when it's cold. The pool and deck are basic, but have nice views of the Lake. Convenient garage with plenty of space and reserved parking spots for $90/spot. The location is a plus over other options for Kellogg for the price range. It's probably a good five minutes closer to the global hub than some of the other options and just as close to everything downtown. Only downsides are the appliances and kitchen are old and there are a lot of undergrads in the building living outside of a dorm for the first time. Most are respectful and good neighbors, but some are obnoxiously loud and throw parties during the week, smoke weed inside, etc. It's kind of a crap shoot depending on what floor you live on. Below the sixth floor, the halls are one-sided (garage is on the opposite side), so you're chances of a loud hall are less. Above the sixth floor, there are apartments on both sides of the hall.