Recent UDR reviews
Fantastic Housing for Obscene Cost
As a medical student at Penn, the location is incomparable. 9 min walk to the medical campus, 10 min walk to Presby, 15 min walk to the VA, 5 min walk to undergraduate campus, and 4 min walk to MFL 34th street station.
The apartment is incredibly nice and quiet, with granite countertops, steel appliances, wood floors, the works. I have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the adjacent street, though the view isn't amazing. Animals are allowed but incur a small monthly fee. Central heat and AC, hotel like conditions. There's a built in parking garage for about $160 a month (slightly cheaper than long-term use of adjacent garages). There's an outdoor pool open during the summers and a nice indoor gym. Several multimedia rooms and study rooms.
The problem is the cost. $2900 a month for a 1 bed, 1 bath. Might be worth sharing with a roommate, though; both of you would have great housing in a fantastic location at $1450 a month. But I wouldn't recommend going it solo.
Great Place to Live
Very happy here
Terrible place, don't live here
Look at all the reviews on every platform like Yelp and ApartmentRatings. The Westerly is horrible.
UDR let's dog poop and pee stand for days, residents leave trash in the hallways. They don't stop other residents from blasting music at all hours of the night, and then when they finally have a conversation with the offending neighbor they take no action (because the property manager developed a crush on him as I learned from other leasing office people).
Security almost doesn't exist. I heard so many neighbors tell stories of their cars getting broken into or stolen from the Westerly's own parking lot.
View 14 - Huge gym, beautiful common areas, friendly staff, A++ location
View 14 is not cheap, but if you are a couple and want to splurge a little on living, I cannot recommend this building enough. The building is in prime location, right next to Adams Morgan, U Street corridor, Dupont Circle, and Shaw. The staff is extremely friendly, from the leasing office to the 24/7 doormen to the maintenance staff. The gym is by far the largest of any gym I saw touring buildings (I would estimate at least 2x the size of the 1BR apartment) - lots of treadmills, bikes, machines, free weights, and a yoga studio where workout classes are held. The common areas include a pool table, shuffleboard table, lots of couches and chairs, public wifi, conference rooms, a business center with free printing (!), and there's even a small movie theather. There are 2 separate roofs so when one is reserved for a party, you can go on the other one. The roofs both have BBQs and chilling fridges (for water..). The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer/dryer, and feel fancy. No pet restrictions!
Loved my time here
Great time there, good staff. They’re not sympathetic to Howard giving students their financial aid late though so last January I was pretty close to being evicted. Other than that it’s a great place to live
This apartment is pretty new so everything is up to date. The apartments are spacious and the amenities are amazing. Definitely would recommend
Pricey, but worth it
I love living here. Luxury Upper West building with fantastic amenities. Doorman are really nice, the fitness center is outstanding, and the neighborhood is quiet but fun.
Quiet & Mostly Reasonable
The townhouse itself looks great. It has plenty of space for three students to each have enough space to study. We each pay roughly 500-600 per month. The only problem we've had is occasionally it's difficult to reach someone at the office. With my limited experience, it appears there is a fee to do anything with your lease or make changes, so sub-leasing and changing roommates is not as simple here. The maintenance man, Stanley, is on-call 24/7, so you never have to worry about that. He's fantastic.
One of the best blocks in NW DC
Great building, arguably on one of the best blocks in NW DC. Free coffee, small rooftop with a grill, and a small gym. Not a ton of storage and expensive for what you're getting, but on par with other buildings in Logan Circle. If you want to put 3 people in a 2 bedroom (or 2 in a 1 I guess) they'll put up a wall for you (not a divider, a wall) for $45 a month and no construction costs.
Really nice building. Balcony with each apartment. Gym and club room. In unit washer and dryer. Very large bathrooms. Pet friendly.
Domus is extremely expensive compared to other apartment buildings in the area. However, you definitely get your money’s worth. The apartments are fairly new, spacious, and beautiful. The building has several great amenities like conference rooms for studying, a gym, pool, club house, outdoor fire places, etc. The staff is extremely attentive, and if you submit a work order in the morning, there’s usually someone there within the next couple of hours to take care of the issue. The building is also located between Drexel and Penn’s campuses, which, apart from being a convenient location for students at either school, means that campus security officer are constantly patrolling the area. This makes makes you feel really safe when you are walking home, especially at night, and provides a nice sense of security. The building also has fob access to the main entrance and elevators, further adding to the safety of Domus. There is also a Starbucks conveniently located in the lobby, and the building is a 10 minutes walk to market street station.
My only complaint is that the building permits undergraduate students to reside there. Although most undergrads don’t cause trouble, the halls will sometimes smell like marijuana, and sometimes students will throw parties that can be a bit annoying. However, this is pretty rare, and not limited to the actions of undergraduate students.
Beware of Scam
We were 2 summer interns who decided to live in Seattle instead of in the suburbs like had done the prior summer. We liked the Lightbox apartment and location. The problem is, they have a history of scamming you after you vacate the premises. There are many reviews out there just like ours that attest to our experience. They do this especially to out of state students. Once you leave and go back home they hit you with made up and unsubstantiated charges like smoke damage and having to paint the entire apartment and ceiling twice! They can't supply pictures or receipts for the repair work. The comical aspect, if there is one, is that during our 3 month stay, we did not cook and we do not smoke. They know that the amount they charge is not high enough to expend the money necessary to retain an attorney, fly out for court appearances, and fight them, so in the end, after you try to reason with them, you end up begrudgingly giving them the $1100 they require just to make the situation go away. We did so because of their threat to go to collections and ruin our credit. The irony, we couldn’t pay online or mail them a check. We had to give the thieves our credit card number over the phone. As college students, bad credit is a big concern of ours and we were told if we didn’t pay that day over the phone it was going to collections. This was a horrible situation and we were so taken advantage. I've learned a great lesson the hard way. Before moving into my next apartment I will read reviews first, check with the local police department, and force a final walk-through prior to leaving. Thank you for allowing me to share my experience.
Good location, quiet
It's been really good. The facilities are great, there's an underground parking garage that's convenient, and as a side bonus, you can pay rent through rentpayment.com (for all you gamers out there). The major downside is that it is a bit further from the office and not located where most 1st year analysts live. It's near Shirlington, Alexandria. It's a bit cheaper than living in Ballston and it's super close to DCA and Alexandria. It's also about 10 minutes from Ballston and the Pentagon and 15 minutes from DC without traffic. There is no metro stop conveniently close, so even though you can take the bus, a car is almost a necessity.
One final benefit is that it takes less time to commute by car than if you lived in DC. At worst my commute is 40 minutes, but normally it's between 19-30 minutes. And there are 3 main routes (George-Washington Parkway, I-66, and I-495) so if one way is really backed up, you've got other options
Perfect location, very expensive, but we added a third wall to make it cheaper
Great place for a 1st time renter
Recently renovated. Great new appliances. Looks great on the outside. Some but rare spiders or insects. No rodents. Spacious living room, dining, and kitchen. Maintenance is usually very responsive. Very pet friendly, but with a high deposit per pet. Great crowd of diverse occupants. Close to lots of food and shopping centers. Right outside of Arlington. About 15min outside of DC. Not close to a metro station, but there are close bus stops. Walls aren't TOO thin.