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Recent PMC Property Group reviews
Franklin Tower Residences
Great location in center city with very short commute to Temple on the Broad Street Line. Amenities are all very nice (rooftop lounge, gym w/pelotons, security at front desk). But extremely expensive for small apartments.
Nothing comparable to price for what you get - But old building
The amount of space we get for just over $900 each is nuts. Huge bedrooms, great common space, two bathrooms. We also have a gym in the basement and 24 hour security at the desk. It's also in a phenomenal location, by the Art Museum, Whole Foods.
However, it's a very old building. Very common to get an email telling us power will be out for a few hours or there will be a water outage. We can hear our neighbors upstairs pretty well.
22 minute walk or 7 minute bus ride to HUP. Maintenance is very responsive. Dog run/courtyard out back. Fairly spacious.
Unbeatable location. Had cockroaches but they went away after extermination (I called as soon as I saw one). Overall reaponsive management but sometimes things fall through - once they forgot to tell us there was work being done on the building and there was a surprise person right outside my third floor window while I was home. The dryer recently ate up some of my clothes (like melted) which is frustrating since I pay like $2 for the cycle. Small gym onsite was nice but now I don’t use it because of covid anyway. I don’t recommend a studio in this building - it’s poorly designed with a barely-a-closet, and no kitchen counter - but maybe the one-bedrooms or larger studios are better.
Big and Spacious but Poor Management
This apartment is very spacious with a gym and security at the front desk. Management could be more accommodating with apartment issues, but otherwise okay. In a central location in Philly, close to Reading Terminal Market, Old City, Rittenhouse Square, and Center City Philly.
Affordable yet modern
I chose 1900 Arch because it's a little cheaper than Rittenhouse Sq. apartments but not too much farther (4 blocks from Chestnut, on Arch), with more than comparable amenities (updated appliances, hardwood, lots of sunlight, gym, outdoor and rooftop spaces). It's walkable to the Trader Joe's, Fine Wine & Spirits, Old Nelson (deli and mini-grocery), and trolley stop on 19th and Market to get to Penn's campus.
Basically, it's perfect if you're living alone, but like living in 2116 with cheaper rent.
Good place to live
There aren't a ton of amenities outside of the gym and management has been slow to respond to a few maintenance requests, but I have no real complaints. It's about one mile from campus and is right near Trader Joes, as well.
Great bang for your buck but don't expect glamor
Right next to the trolley and right on top of Trader Joe's - great location! There are high ceilings and tons of sunlight. There is a decent gym as well. The appliances are not super modern, but any time I've had an issue management has been responsive. Great price as well. Very happy with the building overall.
Decent Value, Poor Management
The apartments are very spacious for the price. If you live below the 6th floor expect to hear lots of noise from the street and on any floor most units can hear sirens all day from the fire station down the block. The heating/cooling is described as central, but actually its just an AC/Heat unit in the ceiling (very unusual) and the ventilation in the apartment is not great (windows do open, but only a small amount). In every unit the dryer doesn't work well or at all because its in such a small enclosed space. Plenty of natural sunlight. Building common areas are cleaned, but not regularly enough so hallways sometimes smell bad. There is a problem with fruit flies in many of the units (they say its for people close to the trash room, but it has been a problem even in further units). There are no service elevators and no trash chute so the trash gets taken down in the same elevators you use everyday and often smells bad. The front desk staff is very nice, but they do not do anything other than monitor packages/ deliveries (they will not call up when you have a guest or send them up, you always have to come down and get them yourself). Cost of utilities is high because heat/cooling is electric not gas, so electric bill is high and rent does not cover water bill. Maintenance response varies, sometimes they can respond to your concerns quickly and other times they say they have fixed something when they haven't. This building is NOT a luxury apartment even though it advertises itself that way. Rent is lower than most high rises, but try to negotiate rent if you can because it is still extremely overpriced for the value. The main positives are that it is in a good location (across from trader joes and close to rittenhouse park), lots of Wharton students in the building, and very big apartment with lots of sunlight. If I had to do it again, I would not choose to live here because of the issues mentioned above.
Better opportunities elsewhere...
Great rooftop, nice gym and recreation center, but an old building with roaches (as is the case for most rental residences in a big city) and too many maintenance issues.
Apartment has ammenities, updated kitchen appliances, a front desk, mail pickup, and more. Apartments are spacious and have internal AC units.
Beautiful apartment close to Jefferson
I moved in a few weeks before starting residency. This apartment complex has some older double loft ceiling units which are beautiful and newer complexes on the upper floors. The doormen are all friendly, and there is a gym on the first floor that is small but has the basics including treadmill, elliptical, and weights.
Great place. Economical, spacious, and great location. Strongly recommend!
Kensington apartment building in the Museum District.
I have been living in my apartment for around 3 months. I really like it. I would recommend this apartment building if you are nervous about living in the city but want to live somewhere centrally located.
I live by myself and I pay around $30 a month for water and $40 a month for electricity. They were having a special and I got one month of free rent when I signed a 13 month lease. Keep an eye out for rent specials.
If you decide to get an apartment in this building, you should ask around to see if you can find someone else who lives in the building because they sometimes have a referral bonus for residents. I have a friend who lives in the building and she got $500 (that we split 50/50 :) when I told the leasing agent that she referred the building to me.
Info about the building:
-This is a large apartment building in the Museum district. Most Richmond apartments in this area are around 4 floors (6-15 units). This is a more typical apartment building that is 7 stories and a lot of units.
-The building is pet friendly but I do not own a pet.
-You can pay to park in the parking lot, but I have never had any trouble parking on the street.
-There are coin operated laundry machines but I have never used them so I can't tell you what they are like.
-The building has elevators
Things I like:
-Quiet. The walls seem very thick and I have not heard much noise from the people around me.
-Safety. I am a generally nervous/cautious person and the building and area seem relatively safe. I do not feel nervous walking outside at night. My apartment door seems pretty thick compared to my previous Richmond apartment.
-Location. This building is right next to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Before Covid, the VMFA used to have a very popular happy hour special that lots of students attended. If the happy hour was still going on, I would definitely be going to it. There is also a lot of stuff within walking distance. Belmont pizza is a really nice pizza place one block away. It's a really nice Richmond neighborhood area with a few small stores around.
-Rooftop seating. There is a rooftop seating area which has a couple of tables and chairs and a really nice view of Richmond.
-Gym. I have used the gym a couple of times and it is pretty nice.
-Maintenance. I have had to put in two work orders and both of them were solved quickly.
-View. I live on the top floor and the view is pretty nice. My apartment is also well lit and has a lot of windows.
-I also like the room layout and size.
Things I don't like:
-The doors to the building have a key fob entrance, but a lot of times the doors don't properly latch so it would be easy for someone without a key fob to get into the building.
- Package drop off is anarchy. There is a small mailbox for letters and a closet where packages are supposed to go, but the delivery people just drop off packages everywhere. Sometimes they are by the front door, sometimes they are by the back door, sometimes they are in front of the mailboxes. If you order something important make sure to keep an eye out for it.
-The heating/cooling unit is really loud. In my apartment it is in a closet next to my bedroom and it makes a super loud kachunk noise every time it turns on. I turn it off at night so it doesn't wake me up.
-The bedroom closet is small.
I love living at Kensington Court! My apartment is quiet and feels safe, and it is amazing living in the Museum District. I am close to school (15 min) but I feel like I am getting to know the city. Walking and running around the area is the perfect study break, and it's amazing to be right across the street from the VMFA. I would say my rent is about on par with what it (usually) costs to live alone in Richmond.