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- Hire reliable staff
- Very knowledgeable about the condo market
- Requests are tended to promptly
- Management staff are extremely friendly
What could be better
- Many maintenance issues within the units
- Can be rude when dealing with requests
Recent Allan Domb reviews
Dorchester is great value for location.
Amazing Location and Wonderful People
Right on the corner of S 19th and Walnut, this is the perfect location for my husband and me since we have a dog and my husband is a Wharton student. All the doormen, front desk, and maintenance workers are extremely friendly and professional. The building is smaller than others, making it easier to come and go. Our apartment has lots of windows and great lighting, I wish it was a little more updated in the appliances, the flooring, and and the bathroom. There is also no gym or garage, but there are plenty of studios and gyms close by and we tend to walk everywhere. There is a garage behind the building and others close by residents can use.
If you need storage they have areas you can rent in the basement.
Overall, we absolutely love our building!
Overall a great experience
The Dorchester couldn't be in a better location. The co-op building has a gym (needs work and located in the basement), a package room, friendly doormen, a complimentary storage unit for each unit (relatively small, holds about 5 suitcases), and a rooftop pool. They do not allow pets. The one caveat we did not fully understand before signing our lease is that you must pay for access to both the gym (approx. $15 per month) and the pool (around $200 per person for a season). It's not the newest building on the block, but it has been a great home to us.
Highly Recommend the Carlyle
A lot of space for the cost. Washer and dryer in unit (not true for all in Carlyle). Space is a little dated, but a lot of old, cool charm. The building staff and doormen are also so nice and helpful. They take care of all packages and deliveries.
Decent building with great staff and great location
The building had a doorman and has a full service and responsive staff, so if there is an issue they will pretty much always fix it that day. It is a little older building but it's in a great location.
Great location, great apartment
The apartment is modern, central and convenient. 24 hours porter, the management company fixes things if they are broken in the apartment. I am very happy with it.
Great place to stay but expensive to live at. Lots of Wharton students, great location, and convenient to get around the city.
Building is awesome! Doormen are the nicest people in the world. Property managers can be difficult/rude but don't have to interact with them much.
Love the Wanamaker
Wanamaker has been great so far - the building is in such a convenient location, the doormen are incredibly friendly and helpful. I also love living in a building with so many other students. I'm constantly running in to people and it's easy to coordinate meeting up, whether its for group projects or social activities.
(Note that I rent directly from my landlord, so don't have to deal with the management company)
Avoid at All Costs!!!
Horrible experience in this building. I've never lived anywhere with more rules. Management is incredibly unfriendly, and try to make everything you do complicated.
I am very happy with my experience at The Carlyle. It is a great, intimate building with a doorman and small gym for an excellent value. Our apartment has a stand-alone dining room, in-unit dishwasher, in-unit washer and dryer, and nice hardwood floors.
Though it is an old building and some neighbors have experienced minor plumbing or heat issues, the management company is always very quick to respond and resolve issues. The doormen and staff are very friendly and attentive. Overall, this building is great value for a very comfortable and spacious apartment with old building charm.
I really enjoy the Wanamaker building. Here's a run-down of my pros(+)/cons(-):
+ Excellent location close to campus and close to Rittenhouse activities. I feel like I'm at the center of everything.
+ Social atmosphere with lots of Wharton students in the building. Great for building relationships and Ubering to campus.
+ Relatively affordable -- feels like a good value
+ Good neighborhood amenities: Revolution Taco, Irish Pub, Vernick an upscale bar and a few other bar options are all across the street; several dry cleaners <1 block away; 7-Eleven <2 blocks away, the other major apartment buildings are all nearby; Rittenhouse Park is 1 block away
+ Management is pretty hands-off, but they're institutional so imagine they would be responsive with anything needed
+ Excellent views of the city if you're on a higher floor
+ Gym is functional but not great -- if you're a workout buff this won't cut it
+ Rooftop with pool is great for socializing in the warm months of the year
- Fully immersed in the "Wharton bubble". You can definitely get your quiet time in your apartment, but you are almost always going to run into someone you know coming in/out.
- Older building with wide variance in unit quality. Some have old carpets, tired finishes, etc.
- Walls are thin (problematic if you have a roommate or a penchant for playing loud music)
- Utility bills are unusually high
Good value and location
Great apartment and location for the price. Lots of other Wharton people in the building. Deal with Comcast for cable is a good value. Nice to have a gym on days when it's cold, rainy, or you're in a hurry. The people at the front desk are amazing. Maintenance is responsive and thorough. No dogs is nice. Quiet building.
Rooms overlooking Walnut may hear the trash being collected in the mornings. It's noisy. Also, some of the bay windows are noisy when the wind is blowing.
Decent apartment but horrible management
The apartment building is nice and the location is convenient. The apartment itself is fine but has some annoying inconveniences. The air conditioning went out during the hottest stretch of the summer when temperatures topped 100 degrees. The dishwasher and combination washer/dryer run extremely loud so definitely cannot run these machines if you're trying to sleep. The required membership with Comcast makes negotiating a contract very difficult. The sink is comically small, it's not possible to fit even a frying pan inside. There is 1 drawer in the entire kitchen and with the current setup, the drawer doesn't open fully because it bumps into the washer/dryer. The combination washer/dryer takes 4 full hours to run one small load. I'd be willing to swallow all of those inconveniences, but the management group at Allan Domb has to be the most incompetent group of "professionals" that I've ever met. Upon move-in, my unit was not move-in ready. They had forgotten a repair to the bathroom, so I walked into a half-finished construction site. I spent 4 days without a functional bathroom, and then when they came back to finish the job they butchered it so horribly that it had to be re-done. This meant another 2 days without a bathroom. When I complained about the service the team was completely unresponsive and when I threatened legal action they finally agreed to meet with me. They acted as an intermediary between myself and the condo owner during negotiations for reimbursement, and somehow managed to communicate the wrong offer to the condo owner. All this to say, they have successfully mishandled EVERY interaction I've had with them and I would never live in an Allan Domb unit again.
Great bang for your buck!
Old apartment building but refurbished! Super responsive management and very secure building. Great windows with laundry and gym in building. Great views of the park!