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- Highly reputable in the Philadelphia area
- Create a social environment in their buildings
Recent Pearl Properties reviews
So happy we live here!
Part of our criteria for choosing an apartment in Philadelphia was a new building with full amenities, gas stove (not electric), plenty of space/storage, good location, and a front desk attendant for packages. I couldn't be more satisfied with all of the above. If anything breaks or goes wrong, Pearl Properties is VERY responsive and will be there within 24 hours. The building was remodeled in 2015 so we are the second people to live in it. The closet is enormous, and we have a bunch of storage. Not to mention, there's a nice wine rack above the fridge for storage! The gym isn't HUGE, but it's very nice and clean and has pretty much everything you need. There is also a very large studio area where there are bikes for spinning and an open space for any other activities. The common area is beautiful and clean with various spaces for different activities. Theres a large kitchen area with a pool table and couches that you can rent out, or there's a movie room that you don't need to reserve. I looked at many different apartments with similar amenities in the area and 1700 was definitely the best bang for our buck. We are also in a great location, we sold our car before moving to Philadelphia and I have never felt like I need a car. We can walk to trader joes or uber anywhere we need to go. Target is 2 blocks away, there are CVSs and Rite Aids all around and plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance as well! You can walk to the train station or take a 5 minute cab ride.
Brand new but issues with common area and noise
We were the first tenants in our unit and it is beautiful! Very nicely done with great high end finishes. The kitchen is very large with lots of storage. The corner of 17th and Chestnut is a great location, very close to many bars and restaurants, however, there is also a lot of traffic on that corner and it can be very loud from cars honking. Our bedroom does not have any windows so the noise is not a problem in our bedroom. Additionally, the common area is gorgeous but the process to reserve and use it decreases our likeliness us to utilize it as much as we would like.
Great location but poor management and lots of noise
Although the building was newly renovated, there were just too many issues: electricity out for several times, elevator not in service sometimes, the mice problem, false fire alarm, etc. The walls were thin, so you could hear the crowd on the Walnut Street. What's worse, there was one unfriendly neighbor who made a knocking noise in the early morning at 6 am... I think the management really needed to be improved. Regardless of all the problems, the doormen were pretty friendly.
Management Services are below par
Since I've moved in, first few months I couldn't sleep because of construction on the 3rd floor (woke up almost every night to loud drilling noises, elevator has been in a terrible state, there has been a blackout for about 8 hours, I've been locked out of my apt because the door lock wasn't of quality (it had to be changed), there's been mice infestation (I slept one night with a mouse running around my apt. I called Maintenance and they had me wait till the next day before someone was sent), doorman is not allowed to accept large packages for you or have you drop off stuff to be picked up, apartments are tiny for the price you pay.....need I say more? I will not recommend this place to anyone. Only good thins is the friendly staff.
Pretty great, except for a few things
Pros: Attentive management company, very nice common areas (though shared with separate building across the street), nice apartments, accept packages and dry cleaning on our behalf, close to 21 and 42 buses, close to restaurants and bars
Cons: Lots of street noise, unclear use policies for common space, two separate buildings share access to common space (mine and the building across the street), slightly difficult for people to find due to misleading name
It is what I expect for but renovation has not been completed
The room is small but the rent is quite affordable at $1,195, one of the lowest rates that you can get in Rittenhouse square. However, the building has still been under renovation and, hence, it may be inconvenient from time to time. In addition, maintenance services are not that responsive to certain issues such as broken internet connection or even electricity (for 1-2 days without electricity for the entire building). However, since it is owned by one of the largest property managers in Philly, I hope things are going to be better soon.
Would not recommend to a friend
Mice and ants in building(I heard ordinary ants and termites, that live in damp wood, are on many of the floors).
Internet is very slow and in some parts of your room you will loose wifi.
All units are very very small. It's more like a dorm than a house. Note that just looking at the square feet can be deceiving. Other apartments with similar square feet seem to be more spacious.
False fire alarms go off often. Once a month on average for the entire building and more often by each floor.
Building in front is quite close (unit facing west) and so you can see what they are doing and vice versa.
Building does not seem to be very energy efficient. The unit is warm while the heater is on but drops a degree approx every 2 mins (A/C or heater not included in rent).
No amenities. We share the lounge and gym that are in Chestnut 1700.
The doormen are very kind and Pearl Management is responsive but non of the problems have actually been resolved.
This building also became an apartment starting summer 2016 so many things were not in place. Hopefully it'll improve over the next few months.
What we've experienced so far:
- Very unstable internet
- Low quality keys unable to enter your own apartment
- Black out
- Noisy air conditioner
- False fire alarms! (5 times between late July to early December)
- the amenities are not in this building, they're in 1700 Chestnut which is inconvenient for us, and there's no social opportunity because of this
- Elevators look awful
- Maintenance people could come into your apartment without prior notice
The few good things are:
- location: a block away from Rittenhouse Square and it's on Walnut street, no other place could beat this
- front desk people are very nice
1700 Chestnut Review
Great ammenity space. Many Wharton students live here. Centrally located in Rittenhouse neighborhood. Very Responsive management. Property well-maintained.
Very satisfied with this apartment!
A friend recommended the building to us. Pearl Properties (the management) is VERY responsive. Taking out the trash/recycling is very easy, and the common space is great. Many students live here but not too many (it doesn't feel like a dorm), Our unit has a dishwasher, washer/dryer, gas stove and wine rack. Bedroom fits a king-size bed easily. The closet is huge. The bathroom has his and hers sinks. Air conditioning and heater work great and our utilities bill isn't very high each month. Hard wood floors. The location of the building is very centrally located- we are able to walk to anything we need. Overall, great value for money. The building has a gym with some cardio equipment, weight machines, and dumbbells up to 75 lbs.
Amazing apartment with great amenities. Great location. A bit loud for the apts facing the street
Amazing quality, sunlight, and open floorplan!
The common space in the apartment is absolutely amazing. The huge windows let in a ton of natural light, and the fixtures and finishes in the apartment are modern and beautiful. The counters are a luxurious granite (or at least look and feel like it), and the appliances are stainless steel. When people visit, they are always really impressed with the living space! Management is incredibly responsive when maintenance issues or needs arise, which is really great.
There is great access to transportation nearby. SEPTA buses stop at 15th and Walnut, and SEPTA has a trolley/train stop at 15th and Market, which is a 5-min walk away. There are a lot of great options for restaurants, shopping, and nightlife in the area. In terms of downsides, the area can be very noisy at night - I'm on a higher floor, and it still is a bit loud for me sometimes. This includes weekdays, not just weeknights. The building also doesn't have any amenities (gym, pool, common studying space), so don't expect to get very close to your neighbors.
Great units in a nice building
I live in a 6th floor one bedroom (lofted bedroom) and love it.
-Recently remodeled building
-High (~16 foot) ceilings on 6th floor
-Lots of Wharton students in building
-Never had a bug/pest issue in two years of living here
-Gym leaves a lot to be desired, but if you only need a treadmill/elliptical it does the job
-Can be loud due to nearby construction and the street drummers at 16th and Chestnut
Layout of my studio is a little odd, but closet is huge, and all appliances are new (I'm the first resident). There have been a few hiccups with thins like the fire alarm going off at random times, but after a few months of the building being open, I haven't experienced any more issues.
Great location and finishes-no parking
We loved 1700 chestnut. It was a great building. Only issue was parking. It's a little tricky unloading groceries from a vehicle.