BJB Evanston, LLC
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- The management is really responsive and quick with maintenance requests
Recent BJB Evanston, LLC reviews
Affordable. Decent Size. Slightly Old. Far From Campus.
Good place if you're looking for something cheap. Lots of Kellogg people live here (but most are married couples). Decent size (~1K sqft) for two people. An old apartment but units are being slowly renovated - my unit received new flooring when we moved in which was nice and makes a huge difference.
Biggest downside is how far it is from campus. About 25-30 min walk. Recommend a bike or taking the bus.
Enjoyed it so far
I have really enjoyed living here. BJB is very quick to respond to concerns and the building engineer is always around and accessible, so problems get fixed very quick. Available on site parking is nice and can be obtained for a reasonable price with a little negotiation.
Cheap but good
This is one of the cheapest places in town, but still a good value. Management is responsive with repairs, etc. You get what you pay for, and it won't be as nice as other apartments in Evanston, but fine if you are focused on the bottom line.
Most of the BJB properties give the same impression-- no fancy trimmings (in-unit washer/dryer, doorman, nice lobby, floor-to-ceiling window, etc) but you get enough space and the right utilities covered for a fair price. My main concerns originally were whether going downstairs for laundry would be a pain and if the neighboring complex (a mental health/rehab facility of sorts?) would be problematic. Neither turned out to be that bad. The neighbors keep to themselves and the shared laundry machines are usually available. Maintenance is very responsible and in the winter, they keep the apartment very warm-- two of my favorite things about this place.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it's a ~20-25 minute walk from the new Kellogg building (Global Hub). Either get a bike or get the schedule for the shuttle that runs right down Chicago Ave.
TLDR; If you want to save that $500/month and don't need to live large during business school, this is a great option.
Serving its purpose for 1 year
Apartment is recently renovated and it's fine. 1 BR is spacious enough for my, my JV and cat. Never had any packages or anything stolen .
Large with natural light
The apartment is large and has great natural light, but, though it is a well-maintained building, it is still an older building, so walls are thin, pipes are cranky, furnace is loud, etc.
Nice and close to campus
The process of moving is was very smooth and the location is great for downtown Evanston. It is a little further away from the Global Hub but really nice and close to restaurants and bars.
All apartments have lots of windows (from about hip-height all the way to the ceiling) so there is tons of natural light.
Also, it is very close to the CTA201 (free for students to get to campus) and the Davis street L & Metra stops.
Not too fancy and not too expensive
The property is fine, nothing too fancy and you don't pay too much.
A pretty middle of the road apartment, but a decent deal for Evanston. Management is very responsive and friendly. Downside is that Greenwood care is next door, but have not had any issues.
Great space, not great value
Building is mixed, not a ton of Kellogg students
Good with some cons
Nice building, simple gym and laundry room. Spacious apartments. Downsides - Far from Glub, not social Kellogg wise and there is a rehabilitation center for mentally ill people next door.
Couldn't be happier with my apartment at 1509 Hinman. The rent has been very reasonable ($2100 for a 2 bedroom), the location is extremely convenient, and as far as apartment management companies go, BJB Evanston has been pretty easy to work with.
Spacious, comfortable, and affordable
Management is responsive. Block away from bus that takes you right to campus when it gets cold. Laundry and small gym in the basement. Overall, a good deal, especially if you want to live alone (more affordable than the other luxury apartments).
Great balance between value and amenities
15-20 minute walk to school, very close to downtown Evanston, the beach, parks, etc. A lot of Kellogg students live here which makes it easy to socialize.
Clean building, few issues with noise. Mix of Kellogg students, NU undergrad seniors, other grad students, and older locals. Maintenance is frequently on-site and it does not take long to get issues fixed. Close to CTA if you have a partner commuting to Chicago for work, short bike ride or walk to Kellogg campus.