Oct 22, 2015
I've lived at Camden Grand Parc since April, and I have been very pleased with the facility and the Camden staff. I discovered the property online, and from the first meeting with Alejandro (leasing agent), I have had nothing but very good to great experiences. Among the positives - - the building is well maintained and the public areas are unusually clean and nice for an apartment bldg - the concierge staff is very helpful, friendly and a great resource - the population feels like a great mix of ages and backgrounds. It doesn't feel like an "old folks home", nor does it feel like a college dorm - the maintenance guys are skilled, prompt and cordial. Problems get fixed promptly and they never act like it is an annoyance. - I can't believe I'm even giving praise to a big corporation, but I'm also impressed with the parent company, Camden, and how they interact with residents. Very customer focused and easy. - tons of restaurants (from upscale to a burrito wagon) are all very nearby and very good. Among the not-so-positives - - It IS an apartment building with lots of neighbors. Sometimes, I'll hear something from neighbors - but rarely. Not a big deal. BTW, I'm in the historic part of the building, so I probably have thicker walls than the newer part of the building. - It is at the corner of 3 very busy DC streets and directly across from a Metro station. That is really convenient, but you're kidding yourself if you don't expect to hear horns, sirens or traffic. - The nearby CVS drug store is dirty and small. The nearest grocery (Whole Foods) is a 10 minute walk. Getting groceries is not a "run down the block" option - but thank goodness for PeaPod. Since "fake reviews" have been in the news this week, here's my disclaimer - :) I don't own stock in Camden, don't know anyone that works the company except our staff, I'm not getting paid for this, I'm particular about quality and service and I actually live in this property. I'm sure I could find another very nice place to live - but it is hard to imagine I could be anymore satisfied than I am at Camden Grand Parc.
Oct 22, 2015
I've been living here for about 15 months now and it's overall been a great experience. The location really can't be beat--it's right across the street from the McPherson Square metro and walking distance to Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Logan, Chinatown, etc. Its proximity to the national mall is nice as well when friends and family members come into town. Yes it is in close proximity to homeless people, but that's just downtown DC in general and pretty unavoidable with close proximity to any park/square. But what is really great about this building is the people that work there. Services are provided 24/7 and the concierge actually make an effort to greet you, make sure all of your needs are met, etc and are just cool people overall. Maintenance is also immediate and thorough--I've never had any problems. And no bugs either, which is a plus! The amenities are nice if you're the type who doesn't have time to make breakfast, and the gym is pretty basic but you can get a pretty good workout in there if you know how to make the best of it. I've seen the place improve and respond to what its residents have been saying a lot over the past year. Yes there is noise, but then again it's downtown DC. Thus far I haven't been bothered too much by it from the fifth floor, with the exception of the occasional musician in the metro.
Jun 09, 2015
I lived in Camden for 2 years and it has been the worst living experience of my life. - Incessant noise (alley facing units): The trash trucks arrive at 4am in the morning and are active for several hours (incredibly loud, earplugs do nothing). There was also illegal construction going on in the building across the street (starting at 3am) that we, the residents finally put an end to. Management did nothing to help with the noise issues, the alley facing residents worked together with the DCRA to end the illegal construction. Trash trucks will continue as Camden is in a commercial zoned district. I, and other residents, were told there is not noise in the alley when we moved in. Be warned – if you face the alley you will be able to get little sleep. - Rent: Camden draws people in with low initial rent than massively raises the price the second year. My rent was raised 17% year over year and I was only given 1 week to confirm or turn-down the new rent (not enough time to look at other apartment buildings). - Horrible amenities: You are charged several hundred dollars per year for an “amenity fee”. This building’s “amenities” are atrocious, not worth a dime. As an example – the gym contains 1 treadmill. - Lost packages: I had a package signed for by the front desk but the front desk could not locate it when I went to pick up the package. The building told me I could petition the delivery service (even though the front desk had already signed for the package) and that the front desk accepts packages as a “courtesy”. It is not a “courtesy” – residents pay a premium for a doorman building for this purpose. I have also been given other people’s dry cleaning mixed in with mine – you need to cross your fingers and hope your dry cleaning isn’t given to other people. - Homeless people: This building is surrounded by homeless people. In addition to the park across the street completely filled with homeless people, there is a man who stands steps away from the front gate begging for money. Many nights I have stood alone on the empty street and fumbled around in my purse for keys while being asked by homeless people for change. To say this is uncomfortable is an understatement. - Horrible management team: High turnover – There is a new management person every ~6 months. When a recurring issue pops up, they claim no knowledge and therefore there is no accountability. - Parking and elevators: The parking is out of commission several times a week. If you park here, be prepared to rely on cabs instead. The elevators have been in renovation for 6 months. There never appears to be anyone working on them and there is no communication from Management as to when this will end leaving residents with only 1 functional elevator at a time. During this period the 1 functional elevator has gone out of service which turns this “luxury” apartment into a walk-up building. - Wifi – As the building is old, the materials used to build it block WiFi. After many attempts of working with Comcast, I can only access WiFi 3 feet from my modem/router as the building materials prevent WiFi from traveling throughout the building This list can go on but is a flavor of the issues at Camden. Given all the options of buildings in the area (including the new apt/condo building a few blocks away) I would highly recommend seeking a different alternative.
Aug 06, 2011
Location was amazing! The studio apartment was very space efficient. Only 2 blocks from the White House. Restaurants & shops within walking distance.
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Mar 12, 2010
Beware of noise!! This is a beautiful apartment in a great location but I agree with the previous reviewer on the noise if your apartment faces 15th St. or I (eye) St. It is not like normal levels of city noise, which of course I am very accustomed to having lived in NYC and other big cities in the US and overseas. The main problem here is that the windows and balcony doors are incredibly poorly insulated, so not only do you hear every bit of street noise, but your AC and heating bills are much higher than the norm. The management and front desk people are really nice and maintainence is great, but I'll be moving out because I can't sleep here at all. Even weekends! In addition to the poor insulation, the acoustics of the buildings around this apartment even amplify the street sounds. But the biggest factor is living right next to the Metro - they start their maintainance each night around 1 or 2am and loud banging sounds and beeps continue till 6am, after which time the street traffic starts to take over and the garbage truck comes before 7am (although city ordinance says they can't!) 3 days a week. Stay away if you value your sleep OR make sure you get an inside/fully walled off unit. On the plus side, you can't beat the commute if you work downtown, and you're close to all the big museums/White House. But there are no supermarkets within reasonable walking distance (Whole Foods is closest and is about a 25 min walk) and all the cafes in the area close after 4:30pm on weekdays - its basically a business only area. It's a great place to live for work and sightseeing, but not for "normal" day-to-day living. The gym here is pretty poor - very small (only 1 treadmill and 1 bike). Very cramped and not in great condition. You pay a hefty "amenities" fee and I'm not sure it's worth it.