Lived here for 2 years almost and it's fantastic! Great space, great people in the office, and a lot of amenities!
Great location. Right on the Magnolia strip in NoHo. Amenities are decent. Nothing like a included gym and pool, though if you need more, you are within a block's walk of a 24 hour fitness. Speaking of a block's walk, there is everything around here: bars, restaurants, pizza places, sushi, Hawaiian food, a movie theater, and so much more. Which leads me to a small warning: Do not move here if you hate noise. The walls are paper thin, bar patrons down on Magnolia are always loud, and the younger tenants here leave their stereos up all times of the day and night. I don't mind so much, but it is good to know before you move in. All in all, a decent living experience. Cheaper than downtown, and I don't feel afraid to walk down the sidewalk after dark. Close to the Metro Red and Orange lines, too.
It has been a decent place to live, but most likely will be moving out. It's my first year here, but the huge complaint I do have is that now I've heard from more than one person who had lived here is that they up the rent on the tenants after there first year no matter what and people off the street can move in for cheaper then people already living here who have been good tenants. They don't care about the loyal tenants who have been living there, and it is giving Academy Village a bad name on the street. Unfortunately, I didn't hear about it until recently that they just don't care about their tenants and have no relationship. When it's time for renewal they always bump up the rent like they want you to leave and it can be as much as $100 or more a month. Compared to other places in the area the units need to be updated and I have not heard of them asking to come in to redo a kitchen. If they updated I wouldn't mind the increase.
A lot must have changed in 3 years. We just moved out to relocate to SF, and we're STAYING with Equity because we like the company. Management of this particular building changed in the 18 months we lived there, but always under the EQR structure. If Benny, Thomas, and Summer are there, you're in good hands. Treat them like people, and they're very pleasant to be around. Review below says the gym is tiny -- this is a lie. Two separate areas (cardio, free weights; machines) and the cardio room has something like 20 foot ceilings. Not small at all, and recently cleaned. Parking is fantastic (gated, underground, side-by-side, plenty of guest parking) but you're close enough to the Metro and things to do that you might not need your car. Elevators are the worst part of this building. Always seem to be under repair or someone is moving and has one blocked off, and you can take the stairs OUT of the building, but not in. So be prepared to wait 3 minutes once or twice a week instead of the usual 45 seconds. Reason to complain, but at least they give advance notice. Roaches are an intermittent problem, but they spray every month, and if you don't have food sitting out, it's no worse than anywhere else in LA. Bottom line: there are nicer buildings, but for the price you're getting a great staff and a good management company (way more important than granite countertops in my opinion).
Close to job and easy access to the strip.