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Nice building, bad management
The apartment itself is nice - since the building was brand new when we moved in, all the appliances work, it's clean, etc. I will say that management has been consistently poor with very high turnover throughout our time here. It seems like the vast majority of the leasing / management staff (with the exception of emergency maintenance and janitorial, who are both fantastic) are very inexperienced and do not provide the level of service expected for "premium" rent prices. We've had several instances where they will delay responses to emails for critical matters, where building security is breached and there is no real reaction other than to reinstall glass doors, where people's apartments have flooded and emergency maintenance couldn't be contacted during off-hours. There is also a lot of "preventative" maintenance and such where they want to enter our apartment but don't give us sufficient warning / attempt to come on holidays, don't follow up on rescheduled appointments, etc.
Only real gripe about the building is the smoke detectors are SUPER sensitive and placed within the kitchen, so if you ever want to put your oven above 400 or sear something on the stove, you can guarantee the smoke detector will go off.
Albion Evanston Review
Building is all flash no bang
Great place to be
Overall a solid new building. Most of the amenities, like the pool and gym are great. Annoying there is no disposal
Kellogg MBA Student with Roommate and Pets
The interior of the apartment building is very lovely with large windows, good appliances, and much larger layouts than many other apartments in Evanston. Albion is very centrally located and just a short walk to Target, Whole Foods, and the best of downtown Evanston. The train runs right next to the building and you can hear it (even with the windows closed) but it hasn't been disruptive. The building is not as secure as I would like, but it hasn't been the end of the world. As with living in any big city, you need to be vigilant. The biggest problem is the management team - it feels like they are either not experienced with running a building or negligent. They are slow to respond to resident issues and you will get a different answer depending on which member of the staff you ask.
Good experience overall though they have issues with a faulty fire alarm that goes off every now and then. It is very annoying.
Echo exceeds my expectations
This apart is a great value - bigger floorplan than I expected and close to 2 different bus lines to get to campus.
This is overall a wonderful place to live. Downsides include being a bit further from the med school but it is an easy drive or bus ride away. But much cheaper and nicer than places near the school.
The apartments are designed well with wood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. I live in a 1BR with a study (A9 Floorplan) and it is a great use of space. You will have to either rent or buy a washer/dryer for certain floorplans so make sure you factor that into your budget.
The property management team is attentive and is easy to talk to about concerns that you may have. There is a gym on-site and conference rooms available for use as well. Parking is plentiful in the garage and I've had no issues with safety in the building or around it.
In terms of location, the Hyde Park area is about a 15-20 minute bus ride to campus (door to door). If you drive, it is less than 10 minutes.
Overall, this is a great place to live if you like the Hyde Park area, want a nice apartment, and budget friendly.
Awesome location and quiet apartment
I love the location of the apartment. Close to everytbing! Another huge plus is that the apartment is so quiet (except the street noise if you live in the outer layer of the apartment). I was never bother by the neighbor sounds.
Upgraded Apartment Living North of Downtown Austin
The apartment has very nice features and an app that allows for easy maintenance service requests. The complex amenities include a relaxing pool, attached dog park, small gym with upgraded equipment, computer room and lounge on the top floor with a nice view of the city skyline. The management office is often hard to reach but they offer occasional resident event perks such as free wine and products from local companies. Some of the things I do not like about living here is the excessive loud noise in the mornings when the trash and recycling dumpsters are emptied, as well as the sensitive fire alarms.
Management at Albion is super helpful!
New and clean, but misleading for pet owners
The apartment itself is very new with good value for money. There are minor issues with the units at times due to how new the building is (this is very common for newly-opened buildings). The major issue my wife and I have with the complex is their marketing about the apartment being a pet-friendly space. The apartment advertises a "dog-run", "pet pantry", etc. and despite numerous complaints from residents - none of those amenities actually exist. After complaining, the apartment let us know there was a "dog relief area" outside of the apartment that we could use for our pet, but that was also misleading as they have now installed a massive art piece, taking away the only pet amenity (if you can call it that) that they have.
The last thing I'll say is that as a whole, management is not responsive. At all. It took 5 months to get a lease once we had agreed that we wanted to lock in an apartment. After talking to friends, this was extremely consistent across the board.
Bigger apartment, Longer walks
Albion is fairly new, the apartment floorplans are big, and if you're east facing, you definitely get some nice lake views. The only downside is that the walk to the hub is about 25 minutes.