When you weigh the luxuries against the annoyances, it's overpriced. THE GOOD: * Thick walls. You don't hear neighbors even if they're screaming at each other (you can hear them from the hallway, but not from inside your unit). I very rarely hear noise from the neighboring night clubs, but they don't last more than a few minutes as the club is opening/closing. Most of the trains that pass by are unnoticeable. * The security personnel is courteous and available 24-7. * The place is kept pretty clean and neat. The views and the decks are gorgeous. It feels like living in a resort. * Very pet-friendly (still the usual breed restrictions though). * Walking distance to lots of stuff, and lots of places will deliver straight to your room. * Friendly neighbors! The overwhelming majority are polite, courteous, and dressed like humans (in case you're coming from an area like my old one where it wasn't unusual to pass "people of Wal-Mart" on the street). * Trash chutes just seconds away from your door, so I never have large accumulations of trash, no annoying trash days to remember, and no long walks to take out the trash. * Tolerance. There doesn't appear to be any overt racism, sexism, or homophobia among the staff or residents, which is always a nice environment to be in. THE BAD: * Noise. When I signed the lease, I knew there would be noise, which is why I sampled the apartment before signing. The train and night club noise seemed tolerable. The problem comes in when people don't abide by the rules and make MORE noise than you expect. The walls are super thick and keep out most noise from neighbors, but not all. One neighbor blasted music louder than the night clubs, and it disrupted me at my desk while I tried to work. Most of the trains that go by are so quick and quiet that I don't notice them, but there is one train driver who does not abide by the legally mandated horn blowing pattern, and instead just crawls by at a snail's pace laying on the horn the entire time without letting up, and he passes by every week night between 1-3am. Police sirens and music from events conducted in the Church Street Station downstairs can be heard at all hours of the night every night. If neighbors and train drivers obeyed the rules, the noise levels would be tolerable. But they don't, so it's not. * The dog walk is sufficient, but it would be nicer if they expanded the area the rest of the way to have an enclosed play area for dogs. It also closes from 10pm to 7am. Many residents don't pick up their dog's poop, so it gets nasty quickly until a maintenance person comes and cleans it up. * The 1-bedroom and studio apartments on the lower floors have ugly exposed concrete ceilings that would be an eyesore for me personally, but the 2- and 3-bedroom units aren't like that. * It's not smoke-free. Therefore, smokers frequently stink up the elevator and the pool deck. If your neighbor smokes, odds are high that it will seep into your unit too. This is especially a problem for me as I have a tobacco allergy. * Potheads are as bad as the regular smokers, and sometimes a pothead neighbor's weed stink seeps into my unit through the door and vents, and it's disgusting. BOTTOM LINE: This place would get 5 stars from me if they expanded the dog walk, extended the deck hours, prohibited smokers, fought for us residents against trollish train drivers at 2am who blast their horns way longer and louder than legal regulations require, and fought to keep events either further away, within a certain noise limit, or outside normal sleep hours on week nights. The rent rate is worth it to stay here for many years if they could work on those issues. Until then, this place is overpriced. Because of the smokers and noise issues, I will not renew my lease.
Been a resident here for 3 years and absolutely love it. However I do understand why some people could have issues, as noise can be a serious issue as you get into the lower levels of the building. My advise is to rent a unit on the north or south side 25 floors or higher. The building goes to 32 floors and in my opinion the best layout is the 3/3 on the south east corner overlooking the city. The prices are affordable in comparison to other downtown spots. Good luck!
Doesn't even deserve 1 star. I went into the building with my wife to get info about the building. The security guard at the front desk was very rude. Total turn off. I will never rent here!