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Positive Apartment Reviews and RatingsI enjoyed it very much ( over a year ago )
Reviewed by: Anonymous
I am not a neat freak by any means, but in the year and a half I lived in this apartment building, I never once saw any cockroaches. For anyone who has had cockroaches, perhaps you need to clean up after yourselves more.
I enjoyed living there in that 1920's New York style apartment building! My husband and I moved into this apartment as newlyweds and Brent (the manager) was more accommodating than we could have imagined. He is a REALLY, really cool, nice guy.
We lived on the seventh floor with a beautiful, beautiful view of Downtown Los Angeles. It was a spacious studio with high ceilings (and a ceiling fan!), an industrial toilet (more important than most people would think), a decent walk-in closet, a cute vanity area, and lots of hidden storage space - my husband and I never needed to buy chests or clothing drawers. There was also this cute kind of caved in area in the living part of the apartment where you could stick a wall-mounted flat screen TV and books. It comes with its own studio-sized refrigerator and a little dining nook that fits an average sized table for two. My husband and I have eaten many nice meals while looking at the Downtown Los Angeles skyline on clear, starry nights. The apartment also had big, bright windows so there is a lot of natural light. You could probably grow some fresh herbs on the window sill. If you're up early enough, you can catch the most gorgeous sunrise you've ever seen.
We did not have assigned parking because there was a two year waiting list, but from what I understood, it was only $40 a month. Fortunately, there is a reasonable amount of parking a block away in the "nicer" part of the neighborhood. Utilities are rounded up into one bill per month and was also a varying, yet reasonable price.
Location-wise, it's pretty central. Fifteen minutes to DTLA, Hollywood, the Westside, and close to freeways. I've had many fun nights out with short driving distances.
I hate to say anything bad about this place, but...
1) since dogs are allowed in the building, many people take them for walks and don't clean up after them. So there is dog poo all over the grass outside. It is both smelly and gross.
2) on more than one occasion, someone has bled a decent amount in the lobby and in the elevator. Disgusting.
3) at least once or twice a month, the elevator will break down. Not so bad if you don't live higher than the third floor. REALLY bad if you live higher than that (we lived on the seventh). Consider it exercise though.
4) It seems like every week they had water repairs, causing them to shut off the water for eight hours at a time.
5) litter outside, usually caused by hipsters or the people who don't speak a word of English.
6) since it's right on a major street (Pico Blvd.), it can get a little loud with the shouting, buses, and the many traffic accidents that occur. You get used to it eventually.
7) yeah, okay, it's a little ghetto.
I almost regret having to move from this place but hubby and I had to be closer to school and work on the westside. I'd still be living there otherwise. Maybe I'll come back if central LA calls for me again someday.
Reviewed by: Anonymous
Somebody is truly bugging about their experience... I mean, seriously, parking is only $40 bucks and utilities are $40.
I haven't seen a roach in my apartment for the past 2 years I've been living here. So she/he must have been nastier than he/she thought. But keeping it real, it may be roaches in the building, but not in my spot! I used to live in a building and paid $1500/mo for rent and had roaches so what does that tell you?
Also, the manager is mad cool. You just have to tell him when you have an issue and all my stuff has been resolved very quickly, like same day or within 2 days.
Reviewed by: Anonymous
After reading the previous review I decided to write my own to give the apartment building its needed justice.
I have been a resident of this apartment complex for a year now and I have to say I love it. The architecture of this 1920's building is gorgeous. It was once a hotel building that was one of a few "fire proof, earthquake proof" models. It has thick concrete/ brick walls/ floors/ ceilings. High ceilings, freshly painted with new flooring including Berber carpet. Each apartment has unique features and are very spacious. There is a wide open lobby and is controlled access (never seen a "spanish solicitor" enter the building ... if by spanish you mean spanish speaking than say that).
The building manager is one of the main reasons why I decided to move in. He is very attentive and helpful. He is always available when needed.
The building is in the middle of everything. On the edge of Mid-City and Country Club Park. You should know what you are getting into when you decide to live in any part of Los Angeles. I love the rich culture of the nearby communities and the art gallery located on the first floor.
This building is very pet friendly so as long as you make sure the window screens are reinforced.
Making the decision to live in an apartment means that you are ready to deal with the basic issues with apartments such as the occasional roach (apartments are sprayed routinely when requested), out of service elevator (consider it a free gym membership when you need to take the stairs), water shut offs when there is a repair being done (I am usually at work so this doesn't affect me), a short waiting list of repairs (with 80 something units it is understandable but emergencies are handled immediately) and a lack of parking (this is pretty much true anywhere in Los Angeles).
This apartment has become the only home that I have known and loved. Moving in was the best decision I have ever made.