Recent AIMCO reviews
Generally Top End Apartment, with a few hitches
This building has been great to live in, and features a top notch staff at both the front desk and maintenance. They do a fantastic job, and should be commended for their professionalism and quality of work.
The management company themselves are occasionally tough to deal with. I'd imagine given the number of leases/tenants they maintain, it shouldn't be a shock - but the personal touch is lacking, which is the reason I wouldn't give them a 10.
The impact of that is on day to day inconveniences - having someone on hand to answer and/or deal with standard leasing / parking questions that the staff at the building are not meant to answer. Sure we could email, but sometimes you just want that conversation in person.
I'd also note the rent on the pricier side for this area of Center City/Avenue of the Arts. Now i don't think it's out of bounds, but you aren't getting the best value either.
Love living here!
I have loved living at the Left Bank, particularly given how spacious the apartments are in proportion to the rent - will never find something comparable in Center City! Plus, as a resident, my walk to work is 10-12 minutes, which at any time of day, can't be beat. I also love that are maintenance is super responsive.
Only negatives are that management isn't visible and doesn't communicate well with tenants. Although there are lots of e-mails sent (sometimes too many), they don't inform tenants about upcoming changes to rent, etc. Sometimes these can come as a surprise. Recently, there is also high receptionist turnover. It was nice to walk in and see the same friendly faces!
Great place to live. Clean and safe. 3 block walk to work.24/7 gym, concierge at front desk, package service, and maintenance. Washer dryer and dishwasher all in unit. Full kitchen
An excellent place to live but extremely expensive
Overall, my experience at Locust on the Park has been excellent and I loved living there however I was paying a ridiculous amount for the space allotted.
PROS: beautiful building, excellent view of the Philly skyline, friendly and awesome doormen, never lost a package because there was always a doorman to accept them, gym included, designated parking (additional $200), TONS of sunlight w large windows, cool lofted ceilings, extremely close to the hospital and buses, live right on the river park, very convenient and easy to live there, repair men help with anything that goes wrong, very secure, extra storage closet (although kinda small), in apt washer and dryer
CONS: big old windows = leaky = expensive cooling and heating bills, overall EXTREMELY expensive for the space (you can barely host anybody), parking is an additional $200-250 (but you always had a spot)
Additionally, I lived on the top floor and had a persistent leak from the roof that caused mold and mushroom growth in my baseboard that they could just not fix. This was a unique issue with me however they never offered to compensate me or understand how distressing water leaking on my face while I am sleeping is not cool.
Overall, when I moved I chose this place because it was secure, convenient, beautiful, and close to the hospital. But as I got more comfortable with Philly I opted to move for more space at a fraction of the cost (plus I wanted some outdoor space and more storage). If I went back, I would probably only live there my first year instead of my first two but I do not regret living there at all.
Modern and convenient apartment building
The Left Bank has been a lovely place to live for the past 2 years- it is just a 10 minute walk from the hospital, located close to the Schuykill river trail and a 15-20 minute walk from most of Center City. The apartments are large, bright, and modern with high ceilings and big windows and laundry in unit. Gym in the building and roof deck with view of the skyline are both amazing and never crowded. The front desk and maintenance staff are extremely helpful too! Rent is not all that cheap compared to other parts of Philly but the convenience makes it a great place to live during residency.
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.
Clean, very responsive to maintenance requests.
Love it here!
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.
Convenient, Spacious Apartment w/ Great Amenities
The Left Bank is great for students, especially 1Ls, because it is a quick walk from the law school. It also provides a lot of amenities that I use a lot (study rooms, gym, rooftop patio). If maintenance issues ever come up they have always been fixed within 24 hours and the staff and management are very nice and accommodating. Note, if you are looking at the building I would make sure you do not sign an apartment on the side that borders the train track (it is very loud) but as long as you ask and are on any of the 3 other sides (or any internal unit with a courtyard view) it is a great place to be!
Generally like living here! Close to school and nice apartments. But be careful about an apartment facing outward- the train is very loud on both sides.
Spacious apartment, amenities and location are worth the price!
Solid choice - good value
Overall a fantastic apartment and really happy with our choice-
Nice, updated apartments with huge windows. Great finishes everywhere and the front desk folks are awesome. Perfect location if you have a pet, and closer to campus/2401 while still being center city. Amazing views depending on the unit. More space for your money since it's outside of Rittenhouse.
There are a few caveats. First - make sure anything the leasing agents tell you is put in writing because there's a good chance it may not be entirely accurate (e.g. storage lockers, renovation timelines, etc..). Second - there is significant train noise depending on the apartment location (downside of big windows). Finally - and this will hopefully not be an issue for future renters, but construction on the facade of the building has lasted 6+ months longer than residents were told (and no end in sight). No big deal if it's finished, but a huge pain for current residents.
It is a great apartment. Perfect location. Very spacious for the rent I'm paying