BJB Evanston, LLC
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- The management is really responsive and quick with maintenance requests
Recent BJB Evanston, LLC reviews
Has pros and cons, but great deal
This apartment is better than it seems at first. The lobby/hallway is a bit shabby and the elevators are super small, but once getting into your apartment it's decent and can be made very cozy. I wish they did a better job of cleaning/maintaining those common areas, but at least my apartment is clean and comfortable. It's an older building but in decent shape and all maintenance requests are responded to within 1-2 days. The gym is small but gets the job done with basic machines, ellipticals, and treadmills. Laundry room has 4 washers and 4 dryers, and takes credit card for payment so it's super easy to use. Air conditioner is a wall unit so it's loud during the summer (and we had to turn on/off regularly). Heat has been fine but you can only select a setting 1-5, not a certain temperature. It's not a huge apartment but definitely spacious enough for 2 people. Decent closet space, not a ton (3 closets total).
Get what you pay for
A much cheaper studio apartment than those in downtown Evanston, so it's more no-frills. Worth it to me because my focus was to save money while living alone. Also, I LOVE the location of this apartment because Trader Joe's and Jewel-Osco (aka cheaper groceries) are so closeby. You'll appreciate that in winter when you don't want to walk more than 5 minutes! Train station is right behind the apartment building as well.
I like the size of the apartment since it's cozy, but doesn't feel claustrophobic. There's lots of closet/storage space. It's been getting colder, and the apartment has been very warm, which I really appreciate as I'm having to do less on my own (i.e. heated mattress pad, weighted blanket, etc.) to make the Chicago winter bearable at home! There's a small gym with some treadmills and weight machines and a laundry room with 4 washing machines and 4 dryers.
The apartment wasn't very clean upon arrival. Do a deep clean! It's not a very aesthetically appealing building. There is a package room, but it's not really used well, so the packages kind of just lie around near the front door of the building. I wouldn't ship anything expensive here just in case. There are maintenance issues around things like the shower drain or dishwasher, which can be frustrating. The maintenance staff is very kind though.
1420 Chicago Review
1410 Chicago Review
Low cost but outdated apartment
Decent apartment, mediocre building
The apartment overall is comparable in size and location to Kellogg vis-a-vis some of the pricier buildings. The cost is unbeatable. The building though is not as nice as the pricier buildings and management has not devoted enough resources to keeping the apartments up to date (old appliances, need for many maintenance requests). It's livable but I'm not sure whether we'd do it again.
The house is not so sound proof. Good thing is that it’s close to school
Good and price is fair. However, the gym in the basement really needs some upgrade, improvement, or maintenance.
1420 Chicago Avenue Review
Good place to live, if you don't care about the noise
Many apartments in the unit were recently renewed, and we have clean kitchens and bathrooms. Our apartment locates near Trader Joe's, Whole foods, Jewel Osco, and many other Asian restaurants, what's more, it is a 15-minute walk from the apartment to Northwestern campus. However, it is a little bit noisy here, due to the busy Chicago Ave and the metro station nearby. Also, the walls are thin and sometimes you can hear people talk in the rooms next to yours.
Cheap and amazing
1410 Chicago Review
1509 Hinman Review
Perfect location, great vintage style, old utilities
Close but old
The location is 10 minutes’ walk to the McCormik Foundation Center, where IMC students take classes. But the building is rather old, and the facilities breaks a lot. Also, the building doesn’t have elevators, so it’ll take efforts bringing large furnitures upstairs. And the wall is not soundproof so your living condition partly depends on your neighbors.
Good for Students at NU
It is not far from the NU campus. It only takes me 12 min to walk to school. But my classrooms are on the south side of the campus. You should not live here if you usually have classes in the north of the NU campus.
I am satisfied with most of the things of BJB and the apartment except for the internet included in our rent. It shut down a few times during the last five months. The speed is not very fast. You could, of course, buy a different internet provider's service though. Besides, walls are relatively thin.
Other than that, whenever there is a problem, BJB will send someone to fix it within a few days. Very responsive.
Great Apartment, Helpful Landlord
The apartment unit is great - there is plenty of sunlight on the upper floor, lots of windows and the unit is fairly spacious. If you’re particular about having your own bathroom, this is one of the rare few options available in Evanston. It is a 12 minute walk to the university arch and great for students with classes on south campus (like Medill students), but can be far for north campus/Kellogg students.
Trader Joe’s and Jewel Osco are 2 blocks away, and Whole Foods is 3 blocks in the other direction. It’s a great location from downtown, everything is in walkable distance and about 10-15 minutes away. The train station is also 2 blocks away so it’s really convenient for when you want to go to Chicago.
BJB Evanston keeps the heat on at a very cosy temperature (but you cannot control the temperature) and is very responsive to repairs and maintainence calls. There are air conditioners installed with the unit as well.
The bus stop towards university is about 3 blocks away and is only a block away on the way back, so it’s fairly convenient. The internet covered by the rent works well on most days. There is also coin-laundry in the basement.
For the drawbacks: The building itself doesn’t look the nicest when you enter, and the elevator is painfully slow. The gym is not great but has basic equipment and will do if you really want to workout. There also isn’t any mailroom for package delivery so packages end up staying out in the lobby itself, but I haven’t had any issues with stolen packages so far so it isn’t a big deal.
Overall I’d say this is a really great apartment!