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 (from a higher floor). * The security personnel is courteous and available 24-7. * Responsive front desk. If you have a noise complaint, don't complain to security. They will quiet the neighbor in that instance, but that doesn't stop the neighbor from resuming the disturbance another day. If you have a noise complaint, take it to the leasing staff. They will take action to prevent future occurrences. * 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. * The dog walk is too small. It also closes from 10pm to 7am, so you might miss it depending on your work schedule. Many residents don't pick up their dog's poop, so it's unhealthy to be there or let your dog lie in the grass. They need to expand the dog area over the garage, build an enclosed play area, hire dedicated poop cleaners, and open the deck 24/7. * It's not smoke-free. Therefore, smokers frequently stink up the elevator and the pool deck. * 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 and cleaned up the poops, extended the deck hours, prohibited smokers, and fought against trollish train drivers. 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 the one obnoxious train driver, 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!
Good luck dealing with the leasing office. Maintenance is great though.
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!