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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
Too much money for the headache
The apartment has a great layout, so one could easily be swayed. However, I have experienced many problems that no one would know about until well into their lease. For instance, there are several maintenance issues (e.g. leaking floors, poor A/C in the summer, cheap windows allowing for cold air to come in even when shut in the winter, bad draining systems for water in the bathtub and sink). Additionally, the walls are paper thin, which means that you can easily hear noises of all types coming from neighbors (e.g. TV, loud discussions, showers). Lastly, the management staff is ineffective and often do not even respond to inquiries.
Great student apartment
Overall, the Left Bank is a great apartment for law students. It is two blocks away from the law school (about 10 minutes away), has a gym, a study area downstairs, and two conference rooms that can be reserved for study groups! Management is also very responsive. I was really worried about pests when moving to Philly and have not seen any in this building.
There are a few downsides. The Left Bank is a bit on the expensive side - $1800-$2000 for a one-bedroom and $200 for parking every month. Also, there are train tracks on both sides of the building (the tracks on the east are not that bad but the tracks on the west have trains going by about every 10 minutes). However, the apartments facing the courtyard do not have any noise problems.
The Left Bank: Depends where your room is
The Left Bank is a good apartment - it's near school, there's a gym with new equipment, doorman, and lots of other amenities. The rooms are spacious and the kitchens are well functioning. Everything is pretty nice. HOWEVER, note that if you are getting an apartment on the west side of the building (the one facing university city) there are train tracks that run every 5-10 minutes and they create thunderous noise throughout your apartment. It was pretty miserable so I switched to an inward facing courtyard apartment. Watch out for the train tracks!
Overall, it's been a wonderful experience
Perfect location for law students
In between the law school and Center City - the main two places you will be going for studying/socializing.
Great place to live!
Nice, spacious apartment with lots of great people!
Convenient from Law School
If you want to be close to the law school, but still live in a decent community, Left Bank is your answer.
Good location and nice apartment
Quick walk to school vs Rittenhouse Square
Gym in building
Great lofts, close to campus
Locust on the Park has great, recently renovated lofts. The building is located along the river, very close to a dog park and to school. Management can be annoying but once you have moved in, involvement is minimal. Overall very happy with this apartment.
3 Bedroom at Left Bank
We love living at the Left Bank. The apartment is only a short work to campus, but still very close to everything in Center City. I was lucky enough to get one of the few 3 bedrooms at the Left Bank and have been incredibly pleased. The floorplan is spacious and is perfect for living with roommates.
Locust on the Park
Excellent management, spacious apartments
Very helpful management. Very spacious house with upgraded amenities and household appliances.
Awesome Apt and Building - Location a bit out of social scene
Our apartment is an extremely spacious, high ceiling 2 bed/2 bath. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the building, management, or other residents. In addition, every unit gets an external storage unit which is immensely useful in terms of reducing clutter. They just re-did the lobby and the entire gym so they look really good. In addition, being right on the river offers easy access to running tracks and outdoor space. In addition, it's closer to campus and walk is about 15-20mins, which is 10-15 shorter than Rittenhouse.
Outside of that, the building is a bit removed from the main social scene around Rittenhouse Square so the walk can get a bit tiresome, especially when cold/raining. In addition, the closest corner store/Rite Aid is four blocks away. Nothing outrageous but just irksome enough to be worth a mention.
Outstanding place to live
Convenient to campus, excellent value (my 1BR is 1,100 sq ft), nicely appointed, and excellent management. This is 100 times better than living in Rittenhouse. Wouldn't change for the world.
Super nice place
This is a great building and great apartment, but it's about as expensive as it gets in Philly. That said, Dranoff Management does a great job. They've been extremely responsive and easy to work with.