Recent AIMCO reviews
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!
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.
Great option outside of Rittenhouse Square
The place is very clean, decently priced and having an outdoor swimming pool is pretty nice
Best location for Wharton Hockey Players
If you like the loft setup and have a car/pet, this is the place for you. Students interested in playing d-league hockey, this is the perfect building as it is equidistant between the finest Irish pub in Philly, Bonners, and the Class of 1923 Arena.
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 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
Nothing big to complain about
Great apartment IF there aren't too many maintenance projects
New owners are doing a lot of upgrades but be aware of whether any major work will be done when you move in. They are part way through a disaster of a façade project that took so long and angered tenants so much from noise and dust that they temporarily stopped. It will likely start up again and won't be pleasant when it does
Location and space
The location is ideal--close to university city but still in center city so near social scene. And right next to Pub. The space is unbeatable as well, especially if you have pets. The one downside is that the Aimco leasing/management team that runs this building is the absolute worst. For this much money, Locust on the Park is probably slightly nicer. And 2116 chestnut is a bit more social. But riverloft isn't a bad option, especially if you have a dog, are a couple, or can snag one of the 3 BRs.
Warehouse vibe units, full of character!
I love the warehouse feel, with huge windows, high ceilings and lots of sunlight. The building is very well kept and has a lot of young people (mostly young families and dogs). Close to the park, water, university and Rittenhouse. The price is a bit high but worth it for the character of the units and the friendliness of the staff. Great for pets if you have (or love) dogs. The management and maintenance teams are responsive - our unit was not fully finished when we arrived and they turned it around quickly. Not a lot of Wharton students but it is so close to the Rittenhouse action that it is actually better. The only downside is that the closest grocery store (Trader Joes) and stores are 10 mins walking... small downside for the character of the place. Love it!
The Riverloft Apartments Review
I do not recommend
Mixed experience with new management
The facilities themselves are fine (though the walls between apartments can be thin depending on the apartment's layout and the walls between the rooms within an apartment are very very thin), but I am not sure how I feel about the new management company for several reasons:
-As soon as they bought the building, they tried to layoff doormen who had been working here for decades and replacing them with strangers (disregarding residents' comfort levels).
-They have also been making a number of unsolicited changes to the building, which mean that we have been required to allow maintenance folks in our apartment ~1x/month over the past 6 months and noisy construction can be common.
-I can't confirm this myself, but some of my neighbors have indicated that their rents went up significantly when their leases came up for renewal.
-The building is going to start charging for us to receive packages (and will charge extra for late pickups) via this service: https://www.luxerone.com/
-They're also cutting the weekday morning-early afternoon doorman service (leasing office personnel will man the front desk instead)
On their own, none of these changes are drastic, however, it's emblematic of a fairly cost/profit-focused management style. I understand that this is a business, but this is getting to a point where it's becoming noticeably less pleasant to live here.
Nice place to live
Rooftop pool, lounges and grills are great. Tech lounge is good for studying. Gym is pretty good but not the best for heavy lifting. Concierges are amazing and will help out a lot. The apartments are very modern and spacious.
The cons: windows are thin, so it gets really humid inside the apartments in the summer, so your bed and room may feel damp. The thin windows also make it really noisy, so you need to wear ear plus to bed in order to not hear the street noise too much. Also, the blinds are terrible at blocking out light, so you should wear a sleep mask to get a good night's sleep. also, the shuttle app is not reliable enough to count on it. Also, it’s decently far from Huntsman in comparison to some of the buildings closer to Rittenhouse where most Wharton students live.