Location: 4.5/5 Relocating from Chicago was scary because I did not want to give up all of my favorite "foody" options - however I found myself a wonderful substitute by relocating to Liberty tower which is surrounded by a plethora of high quality quick or sit down dining options (Taylor, sweet greens, rustico, etc...). It is walkable to the metro as the building is smack dab in the middle of the Ballston and Virginia Sq metro stops (about 8 minutes to either by foot). There is a large shopping mall, pet store, and grocery store in the area which makes things convenient even for the laziest of shoppers (me) Amenities: 5/5 The building: Rooftop pool / common area, patio/grill area, a dog park, and of course a gym.. It checked all the boxes on my list Clientele: 4/5 The majority of folks I have seen in the hallway/met are young professionals or a generally nice middle aged crowd, however the pool area can be a bit noisy and is a younger scene.
I love living here. The building is in convenient location because it's only a couple blocks to the metro and some decent food/bar choices are withing a couple blocks. The staff is great and always willing to help. I love the wood floors and view of DC. I would definitely recommend Liberty Tower.
AVOID AT ALL COSTS. I can't stress this enough.To everyone considering moving here - pay attention to all of these negative reviews that have been showing up across a variety of websites during March/April. They all speak the truth. The main problem lies with the management company, Equity Residential, which took over this building late in 2010. To put it lightly, the folks in the leasing office are jerks. They continually make excuses about issues in the building (the loud water pipes and other noises, the garage issues, the calcium deposits, etc.) and avoid returning calls/emails about the problem. They will be happy, however, to raise your rent and change utility companies so that your water bill doubles. Don't move here, it will be the best decision you ever made.
For the past four days, there has been no hot water in this apartment complex. Instead of addressing tenant's concerns and providing some sort of rent credit, the management has been making constant excuses. The management is not even present during this problem, and refuses to acknowledge any sort of neglect. On top of that, there is a recurring overwhelming smoke smell in this non-smoking building and management ignores complaints. Rent is outrageous (even for the area) and they make changes to your billing without any sort of notice whatsoever. We would be moving out, but can't even get anyone to sublet. Do NOT rent here.
After living here for two years, we are finally ready to give up and look for a new place to live in Arlington. It's such a shame that this building is such a disappointment because it could be so great. The biggest problem is with the building's shoddy construction. The plumbing in this building makes you feel like you are living with a ghost-- at all hours of the day and night you hear whining, screeching, whirring, humming noises whenever anyone in the building turns on their sink, flushes the toilet, or does a load of laundry. The building maintenance has been 'rebuilding the water regulators' to help fix this problem, but after a year and half, I'm tired of waiting. The HVAC units are also EXTREMELY noisy because they are outdoor units that were placed inside the apartment. We basically need to leave ours running (fan only) 24x7 because otherwise the noise of the unit starting up and shutting down wake us up in the middle of the night. The parking garage also has serious issues-- they are constantly battling with Calcium Deposits / Concrete condensation leaking onto resident's cars. Additionally, the garage 'clicker' situation is an absolute mess that the (new) building management has been unable to resolve. Lastly, as some other reviewers have noted, the building management changed last year and unfortunately that change was for the worse. The new management company is a complete mess and does not communicate properly to the residents causing a lot of frustration and anger. Additionally, all of the old front desk staff has left and the new hobos they have put in there place are barely worth having there. The old staff (leasing office, front desk, and maintenance) are sorely missed.