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- Helpful maintenance staff
- Well-maintained properties
- Management company is always available
- Receptive to any issues
What could be better
- Sometimes slow to act on issues
Recent Dranoff Properties reviews
Southstar Lofts is an amazing apartment community. The apartments themselves are essentially brand new, open and more space that typically offered in CC. The staff is awesome all around and are very attentive to any needs. Having Big Gay Ice Cream , Kosmos Pizza and a new diner coming soon is all just a bonus.
Luxury in Camden
Advantages: The Victor is < 1 mile from Cooper. There is a shuttle (across the street from the apartment building) that takes you directly to the hospital. It's very clean! There is a front desk concierge 24/7. There is gated parking (relatively inexpensive $70, $85, or $135 per month depending on which lot you choose). There is a gym inside the building open 24/7. There is a rooftop with Philadelphia skyline as the view.
Relative disadvantages: If you like going out for dinner, shows, etc - you will have to uber/drive/Patco across the bridge to Philadelphia because Camden does not have that atmosphere.
Great if you are lucky enough not to live by noisy neighbor
Have no complaints other than there are Med students and other young professional students from Rutgers in the building that are are disrespectful in terms of noise. Have submitted multiple noise complaints. Management seems limited in what they can do.
Full Featured Apartment in Great Location
There's really nothing bad to say about SouthStar. The building is gorgeous, LEED certified, and very well maintained. The staff is friendly and courteous. There's a concierge person 24/7 who lets your visitors up and accepts your packages. Full gym with nice cardio equipment, free weights, and a weight machine.
The apartment itself is really well laid out, with a door to my one bathroom from both the bedroom and the hallway, which is perfect for when I have guests. I love the southern exposure I have, which provides a ton of sunlight. Even though my window faces South St, I very rarely get too much noise.
The apartment is very well finished, with granite counter tops, gorgeous bamboo hardwood flooring throughout the main living room, and a few good sized closets. There's also a storage unit down the hall, which holds all of my seasonal decorations, camping supplies, and random boxes. I have a washer/dryer in-unit and there are a few community washer/dryers for use in the building as well.
The only downside is that I don't have any outdoor space. Some units in the building have a balcony, but very few.
Awesome building and people - but too much $$$!
I love everything about the apartment but the parking and rent are so high and keep going up, eventually we will be forced to leave. The amenities are amazing and we love the view. Management is great - I wish we could pay rent online though and that concierges would deal with all packages instead of residents having to call ahead to carriers for pick-ups. If we are paying that much we should get all the services...
Fantastic Apartment if you like living close to the law school
Conveniently located only a few minutes away from the law school. Spacious apartment that has been recently renovated. Large kitchen with granite countertops and nice appliances. Plenty of storage space. Concierges are very helpful and always friendly. Convenient to have a gym in the building. Several dining options on lower level. Only downside is feeling like you're stuck in the law school "bubble" sometimes.
I have been fortunate to live at The Left Bank during my first year. It is only two blocks away from school and when you spend most of your day there it is nice to know that you don't have a long commute home. The building is very safe and the staff friendly. There are restaurants adjacent to the building which is always a nice option. A lot of other law students live in the building so you can meet people walking to and from school. Downsides are that it is a bit pricey compared to some of the apartments in Center City, the gym is small and slightly outdated equipment but it is never crowded, and if you want to go out at night it is a bit out of the way to get downtown CC so you will most likely have to uber everywhere. Other than that, I love where I live.
Expensive but worth it
A one-bedroom at the Left Bank is definitely a pricey option. No amenities are worth a stressful rent bill every month so be honest with yourself about budget! However, if it's within your budget, it comes with amazing natural light thanks to several large windows, high ceilings, incredible storage (separate storage unit in building, kitchen cabinets galore, linen closet, walk in bedroom closet, front hall closet, pantry), security, a helpful maintenance staff (they hung all of my art and mirrors and random wall things for free) (obviously I tipped them), a fantastic front desk staff, dry cleaning pick up and delivery service, a totally adequate if not elegant gym, furnished roof deck, convenient trash disposal, laundry in unit, and parking on premises. I personally love the convenience of a short walk to the law school and find it super easy to either walk or hop in an uber to get anywhere else in Philly. Law school can be stressful and exhausting and the sense of comfort coming home to an apartment that I love helps me maintain my sanity. It's also great to be a short walk from 30th St Station (Amtrak + Bolt Bus). Two bedrooms are a less expensive option but definitely go quickly and my personal opinion is a bad roommate can ruin even the best apartment. The bottom line is if it's within your budget and proximity to the law school is appealing to you, it's a great place to live, but there are definitely cooler neighborhoods and much less expensive options. Good luck 1Ls!
Wonderful Place to Live
I've really enjoyed living in The Left Bank so far! It's very convenient and comfortable. It's everything I thought it would be and more!
Great place to live in
This is the closest you can be to campus, but still live in Center City. The building is well maintained, and the gym is great. It's in a quiet area, which is great if you are not the party type.
Locust on the Park
Location is perfect for MBA students wanting to live within a reasonable walking distance (~20 min) of school. Loft apartments are absolutely beautiful, huge windows and a lot of sunlight. Management is fantastic. Prices very reasonable. Plenty of closet space. Pretty good gym included.
Great building for Wharton students and young professionals
Locust on the Park is a nice well-maintained property on the river. The neighborhood feels safer than Rittenhouse and there are lots of trees in the area. Our unit is large for a two bedroom and the ceilings are very high. We opted for the upgrade (new carpets and appliances, paint, etc.), so out unit is in great condition. The gym is quite large, but the party room is a bit outdated (still totally fine though). Management is professional and responsive. It would be nice to live a bit closer to the square for social reasons, but I actually like our neighborhood better as a place to live. It's much closer to campus than some other Wharton buildings and the square isn't a far walk at all. The only issue with the building is the construction going on near by. The road construction should end soon, but the building across the street may take a while. We don't hear the construction for the new building, but if you face 25th Street, it could be an issue. Overall, we are really happy living here and think we made an excellent choice!
Good "happy medium" location
Locust on the PArk is great because its halfway between the two places I spend the most time: Huntsman and Rittenhouse Square. It's a 20 minute walk from campus, so it's an easy to walk no matter the weather, and I've saved a lot of money on ubers and buses compared to friends. It's also a 2 minute walk to 2401, which is extremely convenient for team meetings, printing, etc. The apartments have ridiculously high ceiling and massive windows. Management is very receptive to any issues, and the doormen are very friendly. The gym is convenient, but nothing special. If you are a runner, you can't beat the proximity to the Schuykill River Park.
Negatives are that there isn't a ton within a 1-block vicinity (or anything?). You have a 5-10 minute walk for eggs, milk, etc. Also before signing a lease, see how the progress is with the construction next door. The management is building a new swanky high-rise, so you don't want a window facing that and be aware of the noise (this might be a good negotiation tool to get rent lowered!!).
Great for families
Park 1 minute walk, river trail 1 minute walk, school 20 minute walk. Very roomy and good sunlight. Little noisy from construction and train.
Amazing spacious apartments - great value for money
There is nothing about Locust on the Park that I do not like. Everything is perfect and amazing value for money. We are paying $2575 for a very spacious 2BR / 2BA apartment, and even received a sign-up special of $2000 too!
Some great things about the building:
1. Excellent gym
2. Pleasant doormen
3. Management and maintenance and are responsive and effective. I managed the entire lease signing process remotely (from Asia), and had no issues figuring it out. The management team was most helpful.
4. Proximity to school (a center city apartment complex that is closest to school)
5. Gorgeous walk by the river next door
6. 10min walk to Rittenhouse square - it has never been a problem for me to get where I want to in no time
7. Proximity to 30th St Penn station and bus stop for Megabus /Bolt. This is super important if you anticipate frequent trips to New York as part of recruiting. I travel to NY at least twice a week, and the busstop / train station are just 10mins walking
8. Easy accessibility to busses 21 and 42 via Walnut St. if you don't feel like walking to school.
9. Excellent apartments with all amenities - washer / dryer / dishwasher / cable etc.
Only downside is that there is no grocery store very close by. However, South St Supermarket and Trader Joe are each a 15 min walk away, and a weekly visit is never a problem. Besides, for more urgent needs, RiteAid is a 3 min walk away.