Recent AvalonBay reviews
Huge apartment space. Newly renovated
My unit is newly renovated and very nice inside. I highly recommend this complex. My only complaint is unique to having children- there aren't very good sidewalks throughout the community or a safe place for kids to ride their bikes. I wish it were gated.
Good place to live
Excellent property with nice staff. Residents include families and generally feels very safe.
Nice Apartment but Expensive
Safe, updated apartment but minor build quality issues, thin walls, and expensive.
It does the trick
Maintenance is very responsive, amenities are kept clean and nice, gate isn’t always working so sometimes remained open. Due to this I had issues with theft… my car was stolen. But if the gate is closed I don’t have issues so if I see it open I submit a request right away and it’s fixed within a few days. Super close to freeway for getting to school and walking distance to restaurants and shopping which is great. I did have an ant problem when I first moved in but they sent an exterminator almost immediately 3 separate times and now I don’t have issues with that.
There could be some improvements
I am a student in the building. Our school has a deal with the complex to provide housing for students. These units are a bit rundown and in need of some minor TLC and renovation. The carpet needs to go. There should be more insulated walls to store or release heat or cool air. There should be lights in each room, yes there are no lights in either bedroom, however miraculously there is a light switch… but literally not a light for me to place a lightbulb inside of. There should be a stackable washer and dryer inside the unit.
I have lived in this complex for 2 years and problems that have occurred since move-in have not been fixed, but prices are increasing. The parking situation is less than ideal, with only 2 tandem spots for 3 bedroom apartments and a horrible street parking situation. The parking situation can best be attributed to a design flaw in the apartments. The garbage situation is also bad - it is never picked up and smells (as garbage does) - but the cost to us for "garbage services" has only increased. Like parking, the garbage issue is due to a design flaw in the layout that makes the garbage cans extremely difficult for the garbage trucks to access.
Fine for temporary living
Parking is a nightmare and management isn't receptive to those issues. The property itself is nice but has recurring sink and noise issues. The garbage situation is also an issue, as it is hard to reach by the garbage trucks so it often sits in the sun for days or even weeks, but management's solution is to increase the cost of garbage.
good area, safe and clean
next to whole foods, Starbucks, orange theory
new building, great amenities
about a 20 minute walk to the law school; part of the walk is by the harbor, which is pleasant
The new management is the worst.
Beautifully renovated apartments, spacious, good parking lot, great area, right between Wollaston and Quincy Center T stops, pool, gym
Close to school
Great proximity to campus without having to deal with the mess of commuting and the T. However, area is dangerous at night and not much of a neighborhood. Building is newer and very energy efficient. Management is very responsive but not of a community in the building.
Avalon is a good option for students
I really enjoy living at Avalon! There's a fitness center, an Amazon Hub, 24 hour concierge, a rooftop, and the building is close to the Van Ness-UDC metro station and pretty close to campus. I enjoy my unit because there's a lot of space, natural light, a gas stove, lots of storage, and a bathtub. Some issues I've had is that the building (at least my unit) is somewhat outdated and there have been some issues with cockroaches in the past (I think that's most of DC though), but the building was quick to send someone out and the other positives outweigh those drawbacks. Overall, would highly recommend this building because of the amount of space for the price, it's proximity to campus/metro, and the super friendly concierge staff.
Great experience so far, maintenance is very quick to respond to requests, however there is and will continue to be ver loud construction during the week until 2025
Great building and building staff, a bit far from campus
I love living at Avalon Courthouse. The staff is stand-out and bend over backwards to take care of you and your unit. Special shout-out to Frank! Amenities are good - gym is fairly well outfitted; pool gets good sun and has a fun, but relaxed vibeThe building is a bit older; package delivery is secure; parking and additional storage is available for a small additional fee.
The building is a bit on the older side, but the layouts are great (and thee closets!) and generally a better value than other buildings in the area, particularly newer builds. The building is showing some age - elevators have been a bit unreliable and the jacuzzi was not in service over the summer - but overall I have been happy with the living experience.
The biggest drawback is it is a little less convenient to campus than I expected. It's about a 15-minute walk to the Rosslyn shuttle. Alternatively, you can walk all the way (45 min), e-bike (15-20min), Uber (7min). Also, fewer students live in the Rosslyn/Courthouse area than I expected and I find I'm in DC most weekends, so as much as I love the building, I plan to move into DC proper at the end of my lease.
Great Place to Live!
I love living at Ava Ballston, it has everything I could want! Maintenance requests (which are infrequent, but they sometimes happen) are always resolved quickly (within a day or two). Management is very responsive, and have both email and in-person options. The amenities are amazing, and include a pool, gym, outdoor relaxation areas, grills, and work from home rooms! I've never had a problem with hearing neighbors or feeling too hot/cold in my apartment, and it really just feels like home! Plus, I'm about a 2 minute walk from a metro station and a 5 minute walk from a shopping mall with an underground food market (it has like 10 amazing restaurants). I genuinely love every part of my apartment, and I would recommend that anyone live here!