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Berkshire Apartments

4201 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
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05/07/14
Resident

I wish I could charge rent to the roaches that live in my apartment, since they never leave and are here as often as I am. Management is kicked out a lovely Korean family that operated a store in the building… Full Review ▶

08/30/13
Resident

I've heard a lot of bad reviews about Berkshire Apartments, but honestly I don't know where it's coming from. I have been living here for 3 months and I really like living here. A little about my apartment: it's a medium-sized… Full Review ▶

08/13/13
Resident

A sincere review on living at the Berkshire for law students, grad students, and anyone else for that matter.... In a nutshell, avoid "the Berks" if at all possible. Several cons to the location and very few, albeit only one, pro… Full Review ▶

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08/08/13
Resident

Leasing office engages in ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES: 1. They require unqualified tenants to FALSIFY their income....ie, in so doing, they misreport the income of prospective tenants to their own bank. This practice is characterized as part of their "system" and is ILLEGAL.… Full Review ▶

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08/06/13
Resident

While the staff is generally friendly and the grounds are well kept, I am at wit's end with the ROACH problem and wholeheartedly regret signing a 1-year lease. Even when we were first shown the apartment (Dec 2012), there were baby… Full Review ▶

07/23/13
Resident

The leasing office here is poor in many respects, but obviously over stressed and agitated with its' tenants. The place itself is fairly dingy and not very well-kept. The maintenance staff will simply tell walk into your apartment and USE A… Full Review ▶

07/17/13
Resident

I subletted a space in an apartment for two months and can tell you that in the short time that I stayed, I would NOT recommend Berkshire Apartments. The building itself is very basic, but fine for low-cost living in DC.… Full Review ▶

Manager Response
06/28/13
Resident

Do not consent to leasing office's requirement to falsify income to accommodate "our system." Basically Berkshire has a predatory leasing office. They want as much money as they can get from you and then evict you (ruining your credit and reputation)… Full Review ▶

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06/26/13
Resident

I moved into this apartment because of its proximity to American University. They offered me two months of free rent but I've have come to learn that this deal is an insurance policy so you don't break your lease. I have… Full Review ▶

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04/16/13
Resident

I've heard bad stuff about the Berks, but to be honest, my experience has been quite good. For what it is, it's overpriced, but it's basically AU housing so what do you expect. At first I had hordes of cockroaches, but… Full Review ▶

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02/17/13
Resident

Everything people have written in the previous comments is 100% true. This is an awful place to live. I lived there two separate times. The first time, I had a small (350 sq. ft.) studio and did not have any pest… Full Review ▶

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01/01/13
Resident

The floor is too thin!! My neighbor who hold parties twice a week until 3am makes me crazy! The security can not do anything to stop! I have to call the police by my self. The roach is a big problem!… Full Review ▶

04/06/12
Resident

Do not rent from this estabishment under any circumstances. You will regret it. Many people have remarked on how you are paying premium prices for a substandard apartment. The reason this is so is that few people who can afford the… Full Review ▶

03/02/12
Resident

I am taking the time out to warn all those who are even mildly considering moving into the Berkshire Apartments. I am bitter, but I am heeding accurate and constructive advice. I have been a resident here for three years and… Full Review ▶

02/21/12
Prospective Resident

I'm really not impressed with the leasing office. Mr. Glenn is not helpful, and quite rude. He did not answer any of my questions, he hid behind his telephone and answering machine.. So, when I popped in his office, he said… Full Review ▶

01/09/12
Resident

This apartment building has screwed me over in every single way possible, and I mean, EVERY single way possible. I have lived in two apartments here. The first apartment had a move-in date of May 1st, and my roommates and I… Full Review ▶

11/13/11
Resident

I moved in and I don"t have too much longer before I have the choice to move. I thought that being here was ideal. However its been issues on top of issues. They are slow with resolving resident issues. I had… Full Review ▶

10/27/11
Resident

1. It's been more than four months since I moved out and I still haven't had half of my deposit back. After I moved out in June, they mistakenly only returned half of my deposit back. I contacted them and they… Full Review ▶

09/25/11
Resident

The apartment is a constant flow of irritations. Let me count the ways: 1. Every morning you have to run around the huge parking lot trying to figure our where your car is as there simply aren't enough spaces to go… Full Review ▶

09/09/11
Resident

This apartment complex tries to exude an air of superiority, when in actuality it is a ---- hole. I have lived here for three years, and yes, the close proximity to American University is a benefit, but is the ONLY reason… Full Review ▶

08/21/11
Prospective Resident

I have been living in this place for a week or so. My first impression of the place was pretty good as expected from a student filled accommodation. The Good -There is an asian convenience store at the bottom floor and… Full Review ▶

06/14/11
Resident

Leaving this apartment was the best thing that has happened to me in a while. The administration and staff are so completely incompetent that I'm not sure I can accurately convey it without seeming like im exaggerating or joking. When I… Full Review ▶

10/02/10
Resident

I have lived here for many years and it is and always has been the best place to live. I love having the students here, they are respectful and kind - keep me young! The place has undergone a recent renaissance… Full Review ▶

07/30/10
Resident

I was an AU student living in the Berks when I had a severe allergic reaction to the bed bugs that had infested my apartment. It turned out that multiple apartments on my floor and tower had the same problem, but… Full Review ▶

06/16/10
Resident

I just moved out of that hell hole known as the Berkshire. The only thing good about it is the distance to AU, other than that NOTHING good can be said about it. I lived there for a year and had… Full Review ▶

06/01/10
Resident

I recently graduated from American University and moved back to the west coast. Weeks after I returned home I got a panicked call from my roommate that the Berkshire Leasing Office was threatening to take legal and financial action against us… Full Review ▶

05/03/10
Resident

Much of what is posted on here about the Berks is true. It is generally a haven for AU students seeking to save money by moving off-campus/out of the dorms. AU also has been taking more freshman in the past two… Full Review ▶

01/09/10
Resident

It's ridiculars I still haven't got my sucurity deposit after almost 4 MONTHS!!!!!! Everytime call the financial office there is no body. And this is a BIG problem to international students who go to AU. Some of you may go back… Full Review ▶

09/28/09
Resident

This apartment is too old. The heaven of Bugs. Staffs are extremely unkind.(Gangsters are angel compared to them) Very noisy. You will never get your deposits back. Full Review ▶

08/08/09
Resident

I am a former resident who lived from 2000 through 2009. Whether the Berkshire is desirable to you depends on what stage of life you are in. At the outset I am going to say that, if you're young, right out… Full Review ▶

06/04/09
Resident

I have to say I have quite enjoyed my stay here at the Berks. I also do not believe that the Berks deserve such a low rating, but that depends on what kind of standard one is looking at. For a… Full Review ▶

06/03/09
Resident

Yes, the staff are for the most part courteous, especially when you are looking to move in. However, I noticed a substantial decrease in responsiveness when I bring up issues or problems with my apartment. Although maintenance is fairly quick to… Full Review ▶

05/19/09
Resident

I like this place! When I was doing apartment hunting, I was reluctant to visit Berkshire because of the negative reviews on this site. No one wants to live with bugs and rude staff! I visited a couple apartment buildings around… Full Review ▶

05/12/09
Resident

There was a work order which led Mr. Hector Perez to my unit on 5.12.2009, to do some work in my unit. The work that he did left me quite satisfied. He was courteous, complete, and neat, as well as thorough… Full Review ▶

05/09/09
Resident

This apartment is terribly bad. First, Noise. American University Underdraduates are doing party every weekends. I went to front desk to make complaints. However, only the complaints will be accepted from 11pm to morning 7am. This will be totally ineffective. Second,… Full Review ▶

02/24/09
Resident

I have lived her for one year and I like it, the location is great. The building is old but it's clean and people are very friendly. Full Review ▶

02/06/09
Resident

I've lived in a few highrises in the past twelve years. I must say that this is not the best place to live however i have lived in worse conditions. Generally the staff has it's ups and downs depending on the… Full Review ▶

01/25/09
Resident

I have lived in the Berkshire for just a few months and I like it. It is close to school and I have never had a problem with bugs. This place rocks in my opinion. It is cheaper than most and… Full Review ▶

01/19/09
Resident

I have lived at The Berkshire for a while now and I love this place! Maybe if the people writing these reviews would contact management about their issues, they would like this place too. They can't fix what they don't know… Full Review ▶

01/08/09
Resident

I feel like a sucker for actually paying these people to live here. The apartment has been cockroach infested for over a year, and they do nothing about it. Most of the equipment in the gym does not work or perform… Full Review ▶

12/28/08
Resident

No one in their right mind could truthfully say that the berks is a good place to live. I constantly have to kill anywhere between 8 to 10 cockroaches per day - and that's after deciding to no longer use the… Full Review ▶

12/07/08
Resident

I came across the reviews about my home and I have to strongly disagree with these. I have had some issues but really what apartment doesn't? The management has responded to all of my concerns and needs immediately and with a… Full Review ▶

10/13/08
Resident

I bet the person who posted the last review is from the management of this place! its ridiculous! I cant wait until my lease is over! bugs are everywhere! the lady from the management is not polite and has an attitude… Full Review ▶

07/13/08
Resident

My fiance and I were originally quite pleased with the Berkshire, which we rented online before moving to DC, but after living here nearly a year (thank god our lease is almost up!), we cannot wait to get out! The pluses:… Full Review ▶

06/24/08
Resident

1) The cockroach "problem" in this building has surpassed being ridiculous and is now an out of control infestation- to the point that the management suggests you keep your sink stopper in your sink at all times so roaches do not… Full Review ▶

06/18/08
Resident

We'll get this out of the way first. The minuses are few: During college semester enrollment, since a lot of students rent here, the noise levels can get quite bad. Some do treat it like a dorm off-campus, and that's just… Full Review ▶

06/01/08
Resident

I've lived here for over 12 years and this place is more than ahome to me, it's my life, it's all i've known. I have to admit that over the years the berkshire has gotten worse. It all began when Gables… Full Review ▶

05/27/08
Resident

I had roaches in my apartment and nobody took care of it for months. I inevitably had to look up the wording of my leasing agreement and send a letter to Gables Residential (the managing service for the apartment building) to… Full Review ▶

05/18/08
Resident

The management is ridiculous! Most of the front desk people are extremely rude. Bad cockroach problem no matter how clean you are - it only got better after the building finally sprayed the whole thing instead of individual apartments. It's really… Full Review ▶

04/29/08
Resident

I lived at the Berkshire for a year and I couldn't wait to leave. The staff has a good general manager but everyone underneath him were some of the rudest and uncaring people that I've ever met. The door man watches… Full Review ▶

02/19/08
Resident

My boyfriend and I have been living in the Berkshire, or the "berks" as it's called by locals since August of '05 Our rent is quite hefty ($1650/month) for a 1/1 with about 700sqft, but our bedroom is huge and the… Full Review ▶

01/28/08
Resident

I lived in the Berks for a year as a college student at AU. It was convenient because it only took a couple of minutes to walk to campus, but for me that was not worth the rest of the experience.… Full Review ▶

01/11/08
Resident

.....the laundry room is located way down in a sub-basement of the basement level at the farthest end of the hallway away from all other signs of life and safety....despite all the video monitors you see up at the front security… Full Review ▶

01/03/08
Resident

I lived in the Berks for a year and it was not a pleasant experience at all. The Berks staff are not nice and they don't care about the residents. If you're an AU student, it's close and not too expensive.… Full Review ▶

10/09/07
Resident

This was a fine place to live as an AU student. I did it for over a year and I didn't have bug problems or noise problems very often. But the good review stops there, with the fact that my security… Full Review ▶

09/24/07
Resident

-There is a big pest problem. Roaches are everywhere and the pest control service they use is ineffective. -At least 1/3 of the washers/dryers in the laundry room are broken at any one time. -The gym is dirty and outdated. -The… Full Review ▶

08/09/07
Resident

Lived here for about 9 months or so...absolutely horrible! They seemed to have made no repairs before we moved into the apartment. There was a loose floorboard going into the kitchen with nails sticking up, took them about 6 months to… Full Review ▶

07/16/07
Resident

This is an AU dorm that AU doesn't own. I would venture to say that close to 2/3 of the building is AU students. The management staff is awful. They are unresponsive and uncaring. If I were not a student of… Full Review ▶

06/12/07
Resident

The management team really sucks!! Don't expect any kind of service from them. They are extremely RUDE, getting them to do anything is extremely difficult, not to mention that you have to deal with their nasty attitudes (especially the nasty woman… Full Review ▶

05/26/07
Resident

I've been here a few months and while I love the location and the neighborhood, the building is filled with AU students and it's very noisy. The sound insulation between the floors is poor, so you will hear everything the people… Full Review ▶

04/30/07
Resident

I lived there 2 years while at AU, The apartment and my friends apartments worked for us.Top floors are better.Caution: Wing E while smaller and somewhat quieter does not have a freight elevator. My parents felt I was safe there and… Full Review ▶

02/22/07
Resident

They advertise free parking, but that is a complete joke. First of all, all of the spots are taken by people that do not have parking permits, and yet you just might get ticketed even if you do have a parking… Full Review ▶

02/13/07
Resident

The Berkshire is convenient if you go to American University because it is close and affordable for the area. However, the maintenance and up-keep of the apartments is horrible. There is no ventilation in the bathrooms which means that when you… Full Review ▶

01/28/07
Resident

Roach infested, drunken student-infested NIGHTMARE. Fire alarms go off every weekend. Avoid at all costs!!! Full Review ▶

01/21/07
Resident

I've lived here for three years now. The location for me is quite good because my work is right off the N3 line (which picks up right in front of the building), and a short walk from AU's campus. The latter… Full Review ▶

01/09/07
Resident

I have been living at the Berkshire for over 3 years now. The only reason I continue to stay here because I am a student at AU. Moving is difficult. It takes a lot of time and effort and the managament… Full Review ▶

01/02/07
Resident

I was hesitent to move into the Berkshire after reading all of the reviews on this website. I did anyway because it is so close to AU (and I'm and AU student). I'm not in a fraternity, I don't stay-up till… Full Review ▶

12/11/06
Resident

I've been here for 2 and a half years. asking the management for a simple letter or getting the apartment checked for any problem is like pulling teeth. Parking is a pain and rent keeps increasing every year by a ridiculous… Full Review ▶

12/04/06
Resident

Hi, I have lived here for two and a half years. It is really awful, but I hate moving and I am a law student with no time and the Berkshire is walking distance to the AU law school. (Further down… Full Review ▶

09/11/06
Resident

This is my second apartment in DC.

It is cheap and the bldg itself is relatively clean (compare to other apartments in that price range).

I don't interact with the management folks or the service men at the front desk, they… Full Review ▶

08/29/06
Resident

I lived here for about 2 years in a 1 BR apartment. All of the things you've read about this building are completely true:

The management is horrific. There is absolutely nowhere to park after 3:30 pm during the week, unless you… Full Review ▶

08/15/06
Resident

I can honestly say this is the worst place I have ever lived. The parking situation is terrible--given there are only limited spaces, but managment allows preditory towing. The apartments are small and dark and there is often a strange smell… Full Review ▶

08/01/06
Resident

The management is crooked!! They lost my rent check and charged me a late fee ($75). When I approached them about the late fee and that I turned the rent in on time, they told me to "prove it." Of course,… Full Review ▶

07/25/06
Resident

the rooms are poorly planned (I live with a support collumn about 2 feet from my front door, and the kitchen is ridiculous)

The staff does not care. There is zero security and the "gym" is in shambles Full Review ▶

07/25/06
Resident

Been in the US working and studying for the last 7 years, renting had been very convenient for me. I would not call myself an expert on the area, but after moving more than 8 times and leaving in more than… Full Review ▶

07/25/06
Resident

You MORON. Like we don't know it's a fukking OFFICE GRUNT writing that review! LOL! Horrible building from the pits of hell. Dirty, unsanitary, fires, ------- AU students roaming the halls day and night, screaming at the top of their lungs… Full Review ▶

07/21/06
Resident

The Berks is no palace BUT it is not horrible. It is one of the most affordable places in town. I lived here for over two years and never had any problems with roaches or bugs. The walls are thin, and… Full Review ▶

07/09/06
Resident


Dear Madames and Sirs,
With all due respect to you and your

families, we, the tenants of the

Berkshire Apartments petition you to

remove the ING/Gables Realty

Management from the Berkshire

immediately.
The ING/Gables Realty Management

company has destroyed your property

and ruined… Full Review ▶

06/01/06
Resident

I live in an apartment here and I have never been more miserable. The noise is horrible and the services suck. The staff acts like they are doing you a favor anytime you ask them for help. The only reason they… Full Review ▶

05/20/06
Resident

I lived in a studio for a number of years. The only reason I lived here was because it was convenient for work and school. If I worked anywhere else in the city I never would have stayed in the Berkshire.… Full Review ▶

03/21/06
Resident

I have been living here since August 2005 and it has been nothing but a nightmare. I had a roach problem that took 3 MONTHS to get under control because management is so inadequate here. One of the women in management,… Full Review ▶

02/21/06
Resident

The manegement sucks,They dont know what they are talking about,they will never accept there mistake.
Never returns phone calls or voice messages.The manager is the worst.
Dont know why Gabrial management is hireing such idiots. Full Review ▶

02/20/06
Resident

This building is a slum. You will know everything about your neighbors, whether you like it or not. You can hear every conversation and alarm clock and television surrounding your room. The staff is obnoxious and rude, and can not be… Full Review ▶

08/31/05
Resident

rip you off and are mean to you during it Full Review ▶

08/23/05
Resident

I am literally breaking my lease and eating a month's rent. Where do I start? 1. ROACHES GALORE. 2. It's a dorm, and a bad dorm at that. I know people who live here who have actually been attacked by drunk… Full Review ▶

08/22/05
Resident

I've had a pleasant experience at the Berkshire these past three years. Most people have been nice. Management was attentive when I had any problems and when things needed fising were always there. There is some noise from College kids but… Full Review ▶

08/10/05
Resident

I have lived here for a total of two months, and I'm already looking. I have no qualms about breaking my lease. I cannot believe the rundown condition of this piece of junk. Students roam the halls day and night, drinking… Full Review ▶

08/02/05
Resident

The upside:
Convenient for AU students.
Bus stop to Dupont/Farragut and other areas right outside door.
Gym in building--small but decent.
Free parking--but fills up quickly.

The downside:
Walls thin; can hear my neighbors' voices and TV sometimes. Can hear person who lives… Full Review ▶

07/25/05
Resident

Horrible experience here. Talking about living with roaches. Doesn't matter how clean you keep your place. It comes from the garbage dumpster located on your hall. have seen many many roaches roaming the hallway. If you live close to the trash… Full Review ▶

07/21/05
Resident

I have been living here for quite some time and have seen enough to comment. Briefly:
- The management sucks: They dont care what problems you have and dont understand your problems.
- Store downstairs: Canned food and Junk..dont expect any thing more… Full Review ▶

05/28/05
Resident

my experience at the berkshire has been mediocre. other than the tiny kitchen with the gas stove with two settings (burn everything and cook nothing) and the fact that i can hear what goes on in my neighbors places, and the… Full Review ▶

01/05/05
Resident

The Berkshire was a roach motel when I lived there 20 years ago. I had heard it had improved, and maybe at one time it had, but when I visited some friends there the cockroaches seemed to be alsmot obnoxious has… Full Review ▶

12/07/04
Resident

The area is very nice. My bedroom faces Mass Ave, so I hear the traffic all the time but I don't mind too much. However, it is expensive, and the management has been horrible. Only a couple could I speak with… Full Review ▶

10/18/04
Resident

You should by all means stay away from this building. The management rents primarily to undergraduates and DOES NOT enforce any of the rules and regulations. It is incredibly loud, there are fire alarms at least once a week and always… Full Review ▶

09/16/04
Resident

I originally wrote a great review for the Berkshire, based on my experiences living there in 1996-1997. I then wrote a second review responding to another poster's criticism (who apparently lived there the same time I did). Clearly the building is… Full Review ▶

08/13/04
Resident

Management Company failed to provide required documents, sign releases and respond to requests for documents related to lease dispute. Blocked phone calls and refused to meet regarding complaints. Unprofessional. Full Review ▶

08/11/04
Resident

After living in the Berks for 1 year, I am happy to say that I will be moving out. Although, my experience wasn't nearly as bad as described in some of the postings.

Yes, it is little a dorm. Which is okay… Full Review ▶

08/09/04
Resident

TERRIBLE place to live!!Overpriced! OLD amenities, smelly halls, drunken loud disgusting students, and fire alarms going off 4-5 in the morning at least 1/month!!!
Staff does NOTHING about the drunken loosers who screem their lungs out outside and inside the building, yet… Full Review ▶

07/24/04
Resident

Anytime someone says "Frankly, I'm surprised" and "a good place to live," it's the MANAGEMENT of a building posting. You disgust the tenants, management. Get off your ---, --- -----, stop posting to boost ratings, and ------- DO SOMETHING about the… Full Review ▶

07/19/04
Resident

To tell you the truth I was surprised with the comments I have read in this site. I have never encountered cockroaches, drunks or excessively loud college students. I have lived there now for about 2 and half years and have… Full Review ▶

06/15/04
Resident

smelly, poorly lighted halls, especially during the summer. cheap floors, ancient fixtures (A/C, heater, bathroom things, oven..etc) thin walls, half the population was students (loud ones)..the other half were the elderly(for some strange reason). you could only ecpensive get direct TV… Full Review ▶

05/23/04
Resident

I haven't actually lived here, but feel I have to comment. I live directly across the street from the Berkshires (in Foxhall condos), and I can tell you that in the two months we've lived across from the Berkshires, I've seen… Full Review ▶

05/17/04
Resident

No way will you like living here! I hated everyday of it!

Walls are paper thin, you can hear everything...EVERYTHING! People above you, next to you, even accross your unit. TV, telephone conversations, music(thank's to my neighbor, I can't listen… Full Review ▶

05/11/04
Resident

Down sides? Drunken students yelling in the middle of the night, false fire alarms (one on the night of the Super Bowl final in 2001!), roaches, and the visit of a particularly large rodent on the night of
the NBA finals!… Full Review ▶

05/10/04
Resident

Lived here with my husband and year-old son from 2000 - 2001. Extremely convenient in that it was within walking distance of Tenleytown, AU, bus stops, Giant, and a really nice and quiet neighborhood, which was stroller-friendly. The apartment itself was… Full Review ▶

05/09/04
Resident

I lived here from 1999 to 2001. Parking was "interesting." On weekends you'd usually have to park down on Macomb. If I got home by 7 pm during the week I could find a spot. Otherwise, I would park on Macomb… Full Review ▶

04/29/04
Resident

I lived at this dump for the first two years of law school. Simply put, the Berkshire Apartments are infested with cockroaches! The roaches in my apartment go so bad that the apartment staff sprayed my apartment at least once a… Full Review ▶

04/23/04
Resident

Come to the Berkshires -- where the students and cockroaches are treated like royalty and occupy 75% of the building!

Want to hear your neighbors´ alarm clock and their conversations? Come to the Berkshires!

Want to smell your foreign… Full Review ▶

03/31/04
Resident

I?ve lived here since 2003 and will be moving out as soon as my lease is up. I?ve had (as have several adjoining apartments) cockroaches since November which seem to go away for a week or two after the exterminator visits… Full Review ▶

03/18/04
Resident

I lived here for a year from 2003-2004 and I had a great experience overall. Yes, the rent is not cheap but you knew that before you moved in. The staff were generally polite, granted some are idiots. Atleast they are… Full Review ▶

11/18/03
Resident

Of course you live in NW DC so you better expect to shell out some money to live here but I´ve loved it for my first "real" apartment experience.

The staff is nice & helpful - occassionally rude people but… Full Review ▶

07/24/03
Resident

I have lived at The Berkshire for 5 years, and I will be moving out as soon as possible.

About a year ago, the building was converted to a dormitory for students from American University and a new management company… Full Review ▶

06/22/03
Resident

i lived here for a year, and i actually needed a ROOMMATE to afford a studio. all the reasons i moved to DC... i couldnt enjoy them in this apartment. first of all, its nowhere near a subway line, and the… Full Review ▶

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