Recent AvalonBay reviews
Great place to live
I had a great experience. The location is excellent. Very close to the Scalia Campus and you can walk pretty much everywhere. Everything is so close by. Supermarket, pharmacy, mall, restaurants, bars, metro, UPS, etc.
everything was excellent. best apartment i ever lived in
I couldn’t be happier with AVA Ballston Square! The building was recently renovated, so all the facilities are new. The management has been great to work with so far. We are one block from a grocery store and there are plenty of food services nearby! It is about a 15 minute walk to campus!
Good value for money though a bit of a trek from campus!
I've been here for almost 2 months and am pretty happy thus far:
- I have a studio that faces 11th Ave and the Hudson river, so I get a ton of natural light. Other units I viewed look into our neighboring buildings, so I can't say I can speak for those.
- Unit is very spacious and comes with a walk-in closet, a coat closet, and a laundry closet.
- Our concierge team is fantastic. Always have big smiles on their faces, and packages are handled with care and attention. They're 24x7 as well.
- Small deli a block down, Whole Foods about 5 mins away, and a decent number of food/coffee options.
Some things to note:
- The closest subway station is Hudson Yards and I still have to transfer at Times Sq-Herald to get to campus -- so for those who want great access to the subway, this might not be it. However, an 80% virtual semester means I don't have to trek to campus every day.
- While the area is generally quieter than most of Manhattan, the soundproofing could be better. At night (i.e. when it tends to be quieter), any noise coming from the street becomes amplified. There's also on-going construction that sometimes sneaks into Sunday mornings... but I'll take that over sirens and drunkards in the East Village.
Very close to work
The Avalon has a lot of great amenities and is close to work.
About a 30 min drive from campus in the mornings and a 45-50 min drive home in the evenings. Good area if you want to be close to the beach and tech.
Suited my needs as a student but I'm getting out ASAP once I'm working
There is easy access to several subway lines, including the A/C/F/B/Q and many more. It is also very close to the NYU engineering campus, which is helpful if you need to use the library to print or use the student health services (although the Brooklyn location has more limited health care services). The staff at the front desk are so nice and helpful. Problems (e.g. lightbulb burnt out) are generally solved within a day or two.
The leasing office is horrible and they will raise your rent each year. Some (if not all) of the apartments are rent-stabilized so make sure you read the NYC laws to know your rights. While the location is great for subway access, it's pretty awful in terms of restaurants/cafes/bars/fun things to do. There is Dekalb Market Hall, but that gets old pretty quickly.
Quiet, good for families
I've lived at Avalon Tysons Corner for four years. It has good access to several highways: 267, 495, 7, and 123. It's quiet and easy to get a ground floor apartment. There are a lot of families here and as apartments go it's a good place for children. The nearby schools are excellent. The commute to Georgetown is not good. Very convenient to Dulles Airport. Maintenance is very responsive. Crime is more or less nonexistent.
Great for a law student
I love my apartment because it is perfect for my current law student needs. The building is very modern. The gym, coffee machine, common areas with barbecues, Amazon lockers, and in-apartment washer/dryer are all very convenient. It is also just across the street from two grocery stores, the bus stop to UW and to downtown, and is also now right next door to a Target. The rent is a little high, especially because no utilities are included, but the convenience is worth it.
I truly love the management at avalon courthouse place. The apartment are on the larger size and the location is excellent.
Avalon Irvine Review
It's a good place to live.
Great Neigborhood - Nice Housing - Little Setbacks, though.
The apt. building is in a great neighborhood, right next to Howard Law and UDC. Van Ness Metro Stop is right around the corner just like many shops and grocery stores. Building has many amenities (pool in summer, gym, amazon hub, free printing ...) and every apt. has a balcony, that may even give you a great view on the are and the mall. Common areas are very modern and in good shape and there is a person at the front desk 24/7. Repair service is included and they do a quick and good job. However, the apt. itself is a bit out of date and could use some modernisation. Laundry machines do not work all the time (which is really annoying) and the garbage disposal is a mess (way too small and smelly). The 2BR apt. is only affordable for students because we have someone living in the common room.
I debated between the Statesman and Columbia Plaza because both seemed to be very close to the law school. I am extremely glad that I went with the Statesman because the relatively small difference in distance actually makes a big difference. I am a big homebody and focus much better on schoolwork when I am at home so it helps that I can walk 5 minutes back home in between classes (I have a 1.5 hour break in between some of my classes and usually come back home to work or eat lunch). I also saved a lot more money by being able to run back home and cook something simple.
Far Away But Worth It
Love my apartment. The commute can be a bit of a hassle sometimes, particularly when I'm staying at school later than the metro runs. However, because the commute is significant enough, I wind up going to school in the morning and staying until I finish my work. I really like that setup because it forces me to keep work and home separate, which means that at home I can actually relax.