Anderkoo • Resident • 2011 - 2012 Recommended
Lots of apartment buildings claim to be "green," but Elevation 314 is the real deal - geothermal HVAC is as green as it gets; rain garden in the courtyard is so clean that praying mantises eat our mosquitoes; big bike parking room hosts a freecycle space; there's even a composting pickup station to lower your landfill output. Green for the environment is also green for the wallet: geothermal HVAC is so much cheaper than anything we've seen in the area (and we've lived in two other apartment complexes on this same street corner). Location can't be better: cross the street and you're at Takoma Metro. I can't tell you how good it feels to come home from a long day at work and be 2 minutes from your front door. It's 5 blocks from charming downtown Takoma Park and its famous farmer's market, and the surround blocks are really starting to pop, with a wine bar, quirky furniture store (Trohv), and other mom-and-pop stores. In fact, the building currently houses Souper Girl, a vegan/Kosher high-end soup shop. Management is very responsive and really wants to help. Our refrigerator died and we had a replacement within 24 hours. What really puts this building over the top is the community. As you'd imagine, an eco-friendly place like this attracts residents who share common values. A listserv keeps everyone close, as does a freecycle space and spontaneous get-togethers. There are lots of families and family-friendly / pet-friendly people here, and the general rule is that people work hard to get along. I've lived in apartments where people didn't seem to be willing to make the effort; it makes a difference. The only drawback is noise if you happen to live on the south side of the building, which is about 10 feet away from the freight rail / red line. Of course, this is the flip side of being so close to the Metro. In our 11 months living in such an apartment, we'd experience hourly rumbling when the northbound freight train went by but the walls are extremely well-constructed and it was more a rumble than a noise. I recommend Elevation 314 unreservedly for if your definition of "luxury" is a warm, eco-friendly community rather than, say, granite countertops and greenwashing (ahem, Takoma Gables, ahem).
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