BJB Evanston, LLC
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- The management is really responsive and quick with maintenance requests
Recent BJB Evanston, LLC reviews
You Get What You Pay For
For the price this place is great. Apartments in Evanston are expensive and 1410 nails its price point. It is close to the grocery stores and a 5-10 minute walk to downtown Evanston. The apartment itself is also nice for its price and I don't have any issues with the unit.
However, there is no front desk or mail check-in. As a result, people steal packages on a regular basis. There is a free gym but it is only good for treadmill work and they face a wall, giving way to paranoia if you're trying to run at night. And you have reason to be paranoid because the area isn't the best. I once woke up to a woman being assaulted in the alley outside my window. The building is also next to Greenwood Care, which you can look up and see how that is an issue. The residents of Greenwood Care are not supervised nearly enough and roam the sidewalk and area next to their (our!) building. I live here with my fiance and am concerned for her safety. I'm planning to move for my 2nd year at the school.
Best value, but longer walk
I have a huge one-bedroom with tons of storage space and room for entertaining and overnight guests - way bigger one bedroom than any other apartment building I've seen (also the least expensive I was able to find anywhere). I also have a corner unit with tons of natural light - it's good to get as much as we can in the winter! The walk to the Jake is very pleasant - it's close to great spots like Vinic Wine, Coralie coffee, good bars and restaurants (Nevin's, Cheesie's, Bar Louie, Bangers & Lace, Lyfe Kitchen, etc.), Trader Joe's (closer than any of the other buildings farther north), Whole Foods, and the lake - the proximity to the running trails and beaches along the lake is one of the main reasons I chose to live here. It is a 15-20 minute walk to campus depending on how fast you walk, so 5-7 minutes longer than other spots, but I don't mind. If you have a bike it wouldn't matter at all.
Very close to Trader Joe's, Jewell Osco and Whole Foods which is amazing. Nice to be away from downtown.
Management could be better
BJB Management is pretty bad. They don't do a whole lot for the tenants, and the wifi was horrible during the first year living here. The saving grace is how cheap it is. Definitely a trade-off.
1576 is a smaller, vintage courtyard building about a 20 minute walk from the Jake. Overall, I've really liked living here!
Pros: great value for your money (especially for students who want to live alone); the studio apartments are larger than what you'll find in most places and include a separate kitchen; management has been very responsive whenever maintenance requests come up; the apartments have a lot of nice vintage features (e.g., built-ins) and are in great shape.
Cons: it's a bit further from the Jake than most buildings (and will be even further from the new building) but it's usually <10 min to other apartment buildings, only a few Kellogg students live in the building, no in-unit washers and dryers, building has pretty basic amenities (e.g., very basic gym).
1576 Oak doesn't have its own parking, but BJB owns the apartment building across the street, so 1576 residents can rent spots there.
It is a good, recently renovated apartment with excellent value for what you are paying, wooden (fake) floors, laundry room and gym, good noise isolation. However, it can get noisy being next to Chicago Avenue and you are next door to a rehab/mental health facility
Relatively close to everything
It is a 20 minute walk (or 5 minute bike ride) to the Jake. However the grocery store and the best bars are walking distance. The building is a little bit old but the apartments are renovated which makes all the difference. The building has a little gym in the first floor. One warning: the building right next to 1410 chicago is a mental clinic. I've never had a problem but I heard some people that had apartments in the lower floors contantly heard screams and disturbing stuff. You better check this first.
Great place to live
I have really enjoyed living in 1410 Chicago. I think it it one of the better values in Evanston. The studio is really big, and there is an updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, as well as laminate hardwood so you don't have to deal with nasty carpet. There is also a small gym and laundry on the first floor. Super convenient to get to Trader Joe's, Jewel Osco and Whole Foods.
Solid basic option
15-17 min walk from the Jake. 7 minute walk from the center of downtown Evanston. Reasonably priced for downtown Evanston location. 2 minute walk to CTA Purple Line (Dempster stop) for my wife, who commutes. Well-maintained on-site laundry facility, small, basic gym and bike room. Modern (~2010?) kitchen and finishes. Additional storage closet provided for each tenant. Mix of Kellogg students, other grad students, undergrads and non-student adults. Both covered and uncovered parking available but not included.
Great value for the money
The exterior and hallways of 1575 Oak leave something to be desired, but the renovated, sunny units are wonderful. Pros: affordable, lots of sunlight, spacious, responsive maintenance team, very close to CTA, Metra & downtown evanston, Cons: 15-20 minute walk from Jake, old radiator heating, coin-operated laundry, poor amenities
Solid Building, Great Management
We are happy with the building and our unit. The location is great. Management is responsive. We were able to quickly make a home of it, which was important for both me and my partner.
Good value for a one bedroom apartment
This apartment is a little further from campus, but if you're willing to walk a little more (~15 min), it's a really good option for a one bedroom apartment. It's cheaper than the big buildings like Park Evanston, but has a really nice interior. Everything has been recently refurbished - new hardwood floors, kitchen appliances, etc., and the apartment is really spacious. The main downside is that the package and bike rooms have been a little sketchy - my bike and several packages were stolen and I know that other tenants have had similar issues.
Good value with lots of Kellogg students
Not that much further than the Optima buildings and many more Kellogg students than you would think. Right near Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Jewel Osco which is amazing. Small gym in the building which is great for the cold nights. Great rent price for the space and close to the bars and restaurants
Value play for a cyclist
A bit further than your typical Kellogg apt, but I ride my bike to school every day so it works out well. A lot of bang for your buck here. Can't find a 1BR for as cheap as this in the modern high rise buildings. Lots of good light. The elevator and hallways have a little character, but once you are in the actual apt unit, it is quite nice! It has been recently renovated so the kitchen is modern and things don't feel old.
Great option for people looking for cheap and good apartment, beat McManus in price and quality.
Downsides: Far (15min) from Northwestern, old building