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Old 04-09-2007, 12:30 AM
 
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What is everyones position on this complex? They seem to be perfect. The towers are literally 2 seconds from my job and centrally located in close proximity to the loop (madison and canal), and great views (49 story buildings).

There is a class action lawsuit against the owners due to bed bug problems. So, I guess I should avoid the place. However, they seem to be perfect in everyother aspect. A studio is about $1000 and a convertible is about $1200. Do you all think it is worth it?

Have you all heard much about the Presidential Towers? There seems to be terrible ratings on apartment rating sites which is a shame. These would be perfect for me.

Any info/insight?

Once again, thanx in advance
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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How much are you willing to pay for convenience? That kind of money can get you a pretty spacious 2-bedroom spread in many safe neighborhoods in this city. A friend of mine lives in PT, and he's pretty indifferent about it. For him the convenience of being downtown is worth it. That's his only reason for living there though. He doesn't care much for it but he says it serves its purpose so he's still there.
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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A friend of mine lives in PT, and he's pretty indifferent about it.
Everyone I've known who's lived there seems indifferent to it. Not bad, not great, just.... enh. If it is super convenient for you it could be worth trying for a year, I've never heard any horror stories about it.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:13 PM
 
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If you are bringing your own bed, you will be fine. You can rent a furnished apartment (short term) or you can furnish it yourself.

If you want to live near work, this is the perfect place. If you want to live in a real neighborhood, there are a lot of other places.
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:26 AM
 
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I lived in PT for one year in the mid-90's. I'm surprised to hear there are health issues there since it seemed well kept-up back then. The multiple restaurants, grocery store, health club, pool, etc. were enticing to a first-time high-rise resident, but the thrill faded quickly once I learned the social lay-of-the-land in Chicago.

You're very isolated from the 'fun' areas like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, and even the MI Ave shopping. It's not really a neighborhood and the area is a ghost town on weekends. A high-rise complex that big kind of feels like living in a hotel after a while. Elevators are slow and crowded during peak times, so it can sometimes take 5-10 minutes just to get outside. Finally, climate control is not totally in your hands. The air system can only pump heat or air, and they pick a date to switch it over. So if you have an 80 degree day in late April or a 50 degree night in early September there's only so much you can do.

Still, if you work in the loop, don't have a problem venturing further away on weekend, and really hate a morning commute it might still be a good option.
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:54 AM
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So you can't open the windows? I would not want live in a place where I cannot get fresh air at anytime I choose.
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:43 AM
 
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You can open the windows, but you can't make the air system blow cool air unless the whole building has been setup for A/C.
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Old 01-22-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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Moving to Chicago from Florida... was recommended Presidential Towers by head hunter, but found negative reviews online Presidential Towers Apartment Ratings, Reviews, Map, Rents, and other Chicago apartments for rent from ApartmentRatings.com

Anyone here have any recent reviews of this place?

Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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Well there actually are a couple of fairly recent reviews on apt ratings.com. You can find a handful of other reviews here:
Presidential Towers - Near West Side - Chicago, IL 60661
but they're pretty much singing the same tune.
Though these apt. ratings always tend to be rather negative (probably cause unhappy tenants have a bigger urge to tell the world), it seems pretty obvious the place is not too great. AFAIK the PT are also a bit pricey, so it doesn't really seem such a great choice.
If you just wanna live in a high rise close to the loop you can get much better deals in streeterville, south loop etc.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Moving to Chicago from Florida... was recommended Presidential Towers by head hunter, but found negative reviews online Presidential Towers Apartment Ratings, Reviews, Map, Rents, and other Chicago apartments for rent from ApartmentRatings.com

Anyone here have any recent reviews of this place?

Thanks!
It's mostly students ( avoid tower 2 - undergrad institutions rent out large chunks of space as dorms) and Indian IT workers, so, for a short term corporate gig, it's OK, but as a more permanent place you can do much better for the same or a bit more money renting a condo nearby ( or one of the newer rental building a bit further north ) ... It's not what it was in the 90s ..new management cuts corners on upkeep, security, etc , and will nickle and dime on security deposits, fees, etc .. The place now has the sense of 'going downhill' .

If you choose it for the convenience, recommend looking at the renovated apartments in Tower 3 .. Market is great ( especially when you discover you're out of milk , and it's below zero or pouring out )
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