BJB Evanston, LLC
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- The management is really responsive and quick with maintenance requests
Recent BJB Evanston, LLC reviews
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.
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.
Gets the job done
If you're looking for a more affordable option, 1410 Chicago is a good choice. My unit has everything I need, and BJB Evanston is a very good property management company. It's about a 15 minute walk to the Jacobs Center or a 5 minute bike ride.
Great place to live.
I have a ton of room and natural light in my apartment, with plenty of storage space and room for hosting dinners. My long distance JV stays with me frequently and there's more than enough room for two people living together. The building management is responsive and quick when I need things like light bulbs replaced. The location is great for Trader Joe's and both Whole Foods as well as Jewel Osco, and it's a <10 minute walk to most of the bars in Evanston. However, it is a 15-16 minute walk to the Jake and likely to be nearly 30 minutes to the new building. I don't mind walking at all but something to consider - if you have a bike, this is one of the better values in town!
Vintage Building, Relatively Close to Global Hub
The apartment is in an older building, and thus does have some quirks. The interior of the apartment has been updated to include ceiling fans, a dishwasher, etc, but it does not have A/C and laundry requires that you go outside to get to the laundry room. My apartment has radiator heat (which I like, due to the higher humidity level), but others have been upgraded to central heat. Nonetheless, for the space, it's a great deal. It's only a 15 minute walk to the Global Hub and the surrounding neighborhood near the Noyes CTA stop has a very cute coffee shop, a few good restaurants, and a small grocery store that meets the vast majority of my needs. It's a 10 minute walk from downtown, so it's pretty well positioned to get anywhere you'd need to in Evanston easily.
Bonus extra storage units in the basement that are ~ 7x10ft. Property also includes a small fitness center with treadmills, an elliptical, and a stationary bike. Indoor bike storage is also provided by the building.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful, charming and spacious alternative to the high-rises.
1509-1515 Hinman is arguably the best option for someone looking at the "vintage, low-rise" housing stock in downtown Evanston. It's on a beautiful street, within easy walking distance of everything downtown (6 minutes from Davis Street L / Metra) as well as Trader Joes / Jewel Osco and just two blocks from the lakefront park. The building, for being nearly 100 years old, is in excellent condition and very well maintained. The common areas are frequently cleaned, the laundry rooms are great, and the small gym is adequate. The units themselves are very spacious, with large living rooms, a semi-separate dining area, and spacious bedroom. Each unit has a front and back exposure, and given the age, there are nice details within the unit. Electricity and Gas come to about $40/month and although wifi is included, I upgraded to a cable/internet package for $80/month. At the end of the day, you can pay a reasonable price for a beautiful and historic building, incredible space, more character, great management and an excellent location.
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.
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