BJB Evanston, LLC
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- The management is really responsive and quick with maintenance requests
Recent BJB Evanston, LLC reviews
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.
Cost effective but no frills. Coin op laundry. If something breaks they fix it.
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.
Simple, but great value
It's a simple apartment, but the rent is low and already includes water, heating, internet, and TV. Property manager is very responsive and overall we really like living here.
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.
Have had very few maintenance issues for price, except shower draining, below average dishwasher, coin laundry, no garbage disposal. 5-10 mins from key bars and restaurants but will be 25 mins from Global Hub.
Adequate value for price
For the price, it's a decent quality apartment. Not very modern, but few complaints and maintenance issues besides shower occasionally not draining, below average dishwasher, and coin laundry. Great proximity to restaurants and bars in downtown Evanston (5-10 minutes). Will be longer walk to Global Hub (25 mins).
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.
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.
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.