Recent AIMCO reviews
Great amenities & Center City location
I love living at the Sterling! I'm a 1L at Penn Law. The trolley is very convenient to getting to campus (door to door in 10 minutes), and the building also offers a free shuttle. The management and building staff are friendly and extremely responsive to repairs. Very close to Trader Joe's and all the great shopping, restaurants, etc in Center City. Coming from NYC where the housing market is very expensive, I appreciate being able to live in a "luxury" building with all the amenities (package service, doorperson, pool, gym, laundry in unit!!!) on a budget. Only con is walls are a little thin.
Close to law school
I love living at Chestnut Hall! The apartment is quiet, very close to the law school so I can run back and grab something I forgot easily and don't have to walk too far in the cold, surrounded by great food and convenient shopping, and my 1-bedroom apartment is spacious and cozy. The staff at Chestnut Hall are friendly and there's a donut shop in the building!
The Left Bank Review
Nice apartments, very convenient location
Beware of Utility Bill
My utility bill is about $100 each month for a studio apartment.
The building is designed for graduate students and young professionals with several individual and group study spaces available. The one bedroom apartments also have a build in office space. The price is on the pricey side but the location and building is perfect for being outside of university city without being too far from school.
Great Location, Great Price, Comfortable and Safe
This apartment is clean, safe, well-organized, and comfortable. It has been a great value for the money. It's close to Rittenhouse Square and a quick trolley ride (or walk) to the law school. It is quiet and has everything I need. Management is incredibly responsive. I had never rented an apartment before coming to law school, and the Sterling made it very easy.
Chestnut Hall Review
close to campus
biggest advantage is close to campus
Good thing: Evanston Place has a good location, which is 12 mins walk to the MFC building. They allow pets(with fees), and they just newly constructed.
Bad thing: The overpriced rent, small gym(couple running machines), prolonged response from the office(bad management). The apartments facing Chicago Ave. is terrible because not much sun received and the extreme noise level (whole night).
Pet friendly apartment in central location
A bit expensive without a ton of restaurants/ bars nearby, but very quick drive to campus and great location for dog owners!
Please, don't move here
My husband and I have lived at The Left Bank for 4 years (our entire time in med school). We chose the building due to its proximity to HUP/JMEC and the on-site parking.
Pros: Our apartment is large and the kitchen appliances are new and high-quality. There is an in-building gym with good cardio equipment. The location can't be beat as far as proximity to HUP/CHOP/PCAM. Waterfront Gourmet is on the ground floor and is an awesome deli. There is on-site garage parking.
Cons: Our apartment has flooded repeatedly. First, we were on the second floor (courtyard level) with a patio. It constantly flooded from outside and from our malfunctioning AC unit. When we got back from our honeymoon, our apartment had flooded and our belongings had been left outside on the patio to "dry." We were moved to a unit on the 6th floor. The A/C unit in this apartment still floods. The drainage line is clogged with algae, so the drainage pan continually overflows. Every time it rains, the ceiling also leaks. They have been "repairing" the roof for several months, but the problem continues. They recently replaced all of the conventional locks with "smart locks" that require a key code. This is a much less secure option and there have already been break-ins. Security in the building is non-existent. Maintenance workers have repeatedly let themselves into our apartment without permission, several times when we were in the shower or asleep. At other times, they claim they will come within a given window and then never show. The garage gate is frequently broken and the bars on the gate have recently been bent to let someone through. Management is hostile at best and resents any questions or requests. There is an automated package delivery system that charges $40/day for every day you're late to pick up your packages. The fire alarm goes off at least once a month and is deafeningly loud, to the point where it has given our pet health problems. The building has been one headache after another and we never feel at peace in our own home. The only reason we haven't moved is that it's so convenient to HUP.
Good Luxury Building with Few Downsides
Building itself is great, newly renovated with nice amenities (biggest rooftop pool in Philly, grill in rooftop, decent gym, study rooms). Also right next to good delis, pharmacies, dry cleaning less than a 10min walk from Trader Joes.
The biggest downsides are:
- No view (building is surrounded by tall office buildings, leaving you with views into people's offices)
- Thin windows!! The streets can get pretty loud during weekedays, so I always have to sleep with earplugs in. The shades are also terrible so eyemasks are sometimes required.
- Could be a block or 2 closer to campus, but not a dealbreaker by any means
The building is located on busy Broad Street, however it is as quiet as a church inside. Residents are young professionals and the units are built with solid concrete walls separating each from the other to further reduce noise. Pets are welcome and the building services include a wonderful concierge staff as well as innovative package delivery through LuxerOne and pick up dry cleaning. I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a more private experience than the typical Rittenhouse buildings.
Sterling is convenient, spacious, and massive
Apartments have incredible square footage and tons of natural light in each room. Quality of finishings is medium to high. Amenities, including the doorman, rooftop, etc. are top of the line and management is extremely prompt with questions/service requests.
The building is really close to the 19th/Market Trolley stop which makes it super easy to get to and from Penn's campus.
Only gripe with this place is that the backside of the building now looks into the Comcast2 offices. At times, it can be a bit annoying.
Good amenities, helpful staff and apartments in good shape
I love living at Sterling. The apartment is well located, a little bit outside of the Rittenhouse bubble. It is very close to the train station and to the bus station, if you use this to travel around. Also, the building has a shuttle that takes you to the university so you don't need to spend a penny with uber if you plan accordingly.