I stayed here with using BOQ instead of a hotel and it was great! Very nice apartments and I really recommend anyone in the area who is thinking of going to hotel to check these guys out. I stumbled upon them on expedia and was very happy. Hotel rate but twice the size of the room plus a full kitchen and bedroom. I will definitely be using these guys again when I am in the DC area I guess they have a bunch of properties in the DC area.
My husband and I have been living at The Veridian for 6 months and love it. The staff is friendly and really helpful. The complex is always in great condition - the gym, the pool (in the summer) and the lobby / common areas. No issues at all.... We live on the side facing the train and we do hear the train noise. But that is what you should expect if you can walk to the train in 10 minutes! We are urban dwellers - so we like the trains! I suggest that anyone interested take a look at the building. Very easy, quick trip to DC in the morning even if you are driving!
Met my NYC Standards Before I begin, I want to say that I spent a lot of time reviewing various locations both within the DC Metro area and the surrounding cities. In the end, my girlfriend and I found The Veridian to be the best location for us to settle down for the next couple of years. Here's the reasons: 1) Location: I'm a big-city guy (born and raised in NYC), so walkability is a must wherever I live. Fortunately, The Veridian meets all of my requirements, being a six-minute walk from a Giants (supermarket), pharmacies, and restaurants. Another six minutes away, a TON of shopping options, most of which I don't care too much about but my gf really likes (clothing stores and places like that) and two movie theatres. Ideally I'd live in DC, but my commute time is no different and is cut in half for my gf. 2) Price: Yes, it's a new building, and yes, the prices of apartments aren't dirt-cheap. And you pay for ALL utilities. But for what you pay for, it's worth every dollar. Compared to other apartments nearby, it's one of the cheaper options - and you get more. And it's a much newer building - I was told it was constructed about two years ago - which means all new appliances. Take all the factors from point #1 above as well, and you can understand why it costs what it does. 3) The Staff: VERY helpful and well-informed people work here from my experience thus far. Everyone's been courteous and willing to answer my questions, even the many questions I had that got one or two people a bit flustered because of how specific they were. Fairly quick to respond via email. The building manager, Marcus, can get very technical if he gives you the tour, something I really liked. He, too, answered everything I threw at him, including detailed questions I had regarding the lease. 4) Security: There is someone at the front-desk all day and the doors auto-lock at night. However, there are two ways into the building, and one of them is only monitored by a camera (though that entrance is always locked unless you have your keyfob). That said, I did look into crime reports in the general area and despite a single event that happened last year, I'm comfortable with the buildings present security measures which, according to some reviewers on another site, have drastically improved. I dropped a star in my rating because of one thing: cell phone service. So far, my experience here has been flaky at best, as my T-Mobile phone gets practically no service in the main lobby. In addition, service is surprisingly intermetent at times in my apartment. I don't know if it's because of the height in which the apartment is located, but it is quite surprising. The moment I step outside the building I get full bars and maximum data speed. Hopefully this is something that remedies itself, but I'll report back on this... I probably could go into further detail, but in summary, I've lived in a few places already and I believe I have a pretty tough standard of living that places must meet before I'm 100% confident in my decision in going with them. The Veridian has met my many requirements and, in the process, didn't raise any red flags. But do your research, too, and arrange a tour here to see for yourself.
The good--Nice looking building and apartments, great convenient location, friendly staff. The not so good-- amenities are dwindling. The apartments you used to be able to rent when you had guest come into town-- gone. The free coffee machine in the morning-- only gets stocked once a month so you're out of luck for the last 2 weeks of the month. The pool- nice, but if you have a friend join you, it's $5 per guest. I'm guessing the reason that management had to do some of this in part is that we have some loud and messy residents and their guests. Sometimes they'll congregate and make alot of noise and mess in the common areas.
Great new building. Convenient location. Some what pricy.