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Resident 2001 - 2005 Recommended
Reviewed 10/31/2005
People who post on this site tend to post here because they are dissatisfied, but what you expect of an apartment experience varies. I wanted to lend a more positive view for balance.<br><br>I've lived here for almost four years now. The apartments are clean. The door staff is nice and helpful. The building's maintenance staff is diligent. Exterminations are timely. I have personally have never seen a mouse or a bug in my time here, and I have lived on both the 1st and 5th floors. There are more than an adequate number of washers and dryers for the residents. <br><br>I've had problems with noise from neighbors twice, but each situation was remedied by a polite exchange. In general, there is very little noise that comes through the walls. It is true that the Meridian Hill/Malcolm X drum circle takes place across the street in a lovely park every Sunday. It's been taking place there for years -- long before and long after most folks will come and go from the Envoy. It is part of the city's heritage, and if you don't want to live in a city, then don't. <br><br>The building houses families and folks of every ethnicity and age. The majority of residents are young, college-age professionals and students. In the 1970s, the building was popular with recent African immigrants. (Now, no one new to the states could afford it.)<br><br>I've lived in some real sh*tholes in my times, so my perspective may be skewed, but I have a feeling that many posters here may also have rather skewed ideas about apartment living, as well. <br><br>In the end, you'll have to decide for yourself. That's the only way to know these days.<br><br>(The person who called the doorman John an "embesil" probably meant "imbecile," and their remark wasn't especially nice considering that the man works here constantly and is probably not paid much. While admittedly a bit eccentric, he does a fine job, and as far as I can tell takes a great deal of pride in his work. I think this remark reflected more on the name-caller than on the Envoy's head conceirge.)
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