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Depends on the unit!
Building is great overall, but each unit is different and individually owned. 10 star versus 5 star rating dependent on the side of the building you are on and floor. If you look over the loading dock it is noisy!! Can’t sit on the balcony due to noise and must have the updated sound proof windows. Staff is nice. Great pool. Perfect location. Package room Monday-Saturday with text alerts. Frequent fire alarms in the middle of the night. $300 moving in/out fee.
We have loved living in the Hopkinson House. It is convenient to campus (~8 minute walk) and to many restaurants and bars. The price is good for what is included. You can pay extra for a pool membership during the summer and for parking. We also have a balcony off our bedroom and there is a roof deck that all residents can use for free. The doormen are really friendly.
Hopkinson House is great. Right in front of Washington square, only an eight minute walk to Sidney kimmel medical college, the doormen are great, the mailroom is very useful, and I haven’t seen a single bug since moving here 6 months ago.
Very comfortable but some headaches
I've lived in this apartment my whole time in Philly and in general have been really happy with it. The location is hard to beat, it's extremely safe, maintenance is responsive and it's great to have a front desk to securely receive packages and hold a spare key. That said, it's a big building with some of the associated headaches; there are some floors where units aren't kept clean and consequently there are rodent and roach problems (have only seen once or twice in my unit over years). Also, I've had a lot of problems with building maintenance affecting my unit, like leaks coming into my apartment from the unit above -- it gets cleaned up pretty quickly but I still have to deal with the intrusion of repairmen and damage to my belongings.
decent apartment building
The doormen are great, it’s a pretty building, location is great, price is good. downside : management isn’t great. built 40 years ago and things are falling apart. our floor is literally coming out of the floorboards ! owner owned, so if you get a nasty owner, you’re stuck. also no dogs or cats allowed which is a bummer. but i think for the price location and proximity to the downtown area it’s pretty good
Some pros, lots of cons
The Dorchester has its pros and cons. On the positive side, the building is clean, has 24/7 security and is quiet. Most of the residents are senior citizens so if you prefer to live in a place without many parties or noise, the Dorchester is good for that. Cons: the building is a co-op and has strict rules. One involves not being able to Airbnb the apartment. This makes it inconvenient to rent out the place when on break or over the summer. The building is not pet friendly at all. You will be fined $2,000 for ANY infraction, including just bringing a dog into the lobby. The apartments are cold and the heating system does not work well enough to heat a studio apartment properly. Additionally, the heater is extremely loud and distracting so I keep the central heat off and at times use a floor heater, which barely circulates heat well. My apartment faces the park so I get a little but of natural sunlight during the day. However, the apartment does not have sufficient overhead lighting, so you have to have a lot of lamps on at night. The security guards are kind and helpful, but the Dorchester building manager is a pain. He is rude and very unfriendly. Allan Domb, the owner of my studio, is decent. They respond pretty quickly to maintenance issues, but I have heard other students complain about their customer service. The building has a gym in the basement, but the gym is small and some of the machines are old. The building does not have a common space like other buildings around Rittenhouse. Having a common space is helpful when studying or hosting events for Wharton students. Also, you have to pay for additional services like the gym, parking and the rooftop pool. Lastly, the fire alarm goes off way to often! It has gotten to the point that residents don't even leave when an alarm goes off, which is dangerous. If looking for a similarly priced property with more amenities, try the Rittenhouse Claridge, on the other side of Rittenhouse Park. They may not be listed on VeryApt.
Old but good!
The best part of the Wellington is its location and its management. Very convenient if you are Wharton MBA student. It is close to all your friends and around a 30 min walk to Campus ($7 approx is you go with Uber or Lyft in pick hours, so try to share it!). Regarding management, the person who runs the building is very efficient and responsive. Any time I found that something was not going as I expected, he solved it.
The worst part of the apartment is that the building is very old. The unit I got is not great; it is on the back of the building, so the view is another building with people working. That also makes the unit kind of dark, especially during winter! There are no lights in most of the units in the building, so get ready to spend some mone getting lamps and bulbs.
Most units are very big with a lot of storage, which is great! However, some of the appliances are quite old (air conditioner, kitchen for example), so if you don't care about it, go ahead!
Another thing is that if you rent a studio, consider that you won't be able to host any dinner or lunch with your friends! And believe me, you're gonna want to host events!
Good apartment for value, not as good building amenities
I love my apartment itself. I think the gym is somewhat lacking and it's unfortunate that it doesn't have common space that we can use (e.g., lounge). That being said, it is decently affordable for a 1BR luxury high-rise, so can't complain!
Good price with no bells and whistles
This apartment is great value for its spaciousness and location. It's nothing fancy and the management isn't very responsive, but with enough persistence things get done. It's an older building, so the amenities are not anything special (small gym in the basement), but that's compensated in the cheaper price.
Studio at the Savoy
This apartment is absolutely perfect for what I was looking for. It's a cozy studio with giant windows that take up the length of the room (facing south so get tons of great light). The kitchen has new appliances, including dishwasher.
Building itself has been great so far. Very nice front desk and maintenance staff. It's a lot of Philadelphia residents versus Wharton students, which I appreciate because it's nice having a space that feels removed from the social scene. Perfect location on Rittenhouse Sq Park. I think I pay $30/month for the gym, which is basic but has everything I need (TVs, good AC, usually empty). Laundry room is also nice and clean and never crowded.
Great location, big apartments
Wanamaker House is in a great location - 2 blocks from Rittenhouse Square, close to tons of restaurants and bars, and an easy walk or bus ride to Penn's campus. The 2-bedroom units have huge living spaces and big windows, and having 2 en-suite bathrooms is great. The front desk staff are generally friendly and helpful.
The downside is that the gym is quite outdated and there is no good common space. The hospitality suite is very old and can only be used with a reservation / payment. They are planning a renovation of the common space in the next 1-2 years, so that may change.
The Wanamaker House Review
Excellent location and value
Apartment - disintegrating; no help from mgmt
We had multiple problems such as (i) shower heads not releasing warm water or water with pressure, (ii) cupboards not straight or hanging off the hinge
Our closet door FELL on one of us, and broke into two. It has now been 8 months since we have told management - who say the owners are not going to fix it. This response was only gotten AFTER we withheld rent because the management would just say "we have contacted the owners". They are STILL refusing to fix the door even though it will be a full 16 months before we move out
Pool - NOT open during the school year; Gym is small; Management is unresponsive until you threaten them; Two of the rooms share one thermostat - so if one roommate is hot and one is cold, only the person that has the thermostat in their room can change it
Gas is VERY expensive during the winter. Costs of $300/month
DO NOT RECOMMEND ALLAN DOMBE OR WANAMAKER
Convenient location, decent amenities, love the doormen