Resident • 2006 - 2007 Recommended
I have lived in this apartment for 7 months and overall have been happy with the experience (especially because I took it sight unseen, which was a bit nerve wracking!) My model is quite large for a studio and has a huge walk-in closet. Staff at the front desk are pleasant and courteous. The only problem I've had (saw a mouse once) was addressed promptly. Other than that one random mouse, which admittedly freaked me out, I have never seen so much as an ant. I can't say I KNOW my neighbors, but I don't think that's unusual or undesirable for city living...whenever I run into people in the hallways, elevators, etc. they are pleasant and normal. And the biggest plus: location, location, location (as long as you don't have a car, because the building does not offer parking and street parking is tough to come by)!! Very close to Dupont Circle in a safe area, and the rent is lower than many buildings in the neighborhood.<br><br>With that said, you get what you pay for. There are definitely some significant negatives. The common areas of the building (ie hallways, lobby, laundry room) desperately need a facelift. Elevators are very slow and often out of service. I don't know if it's because the air vents are old or the window screens fit poorly, but I often find a sort of grimy dust on my windowsills and other things near the window. The kitchens only have a mini fridge, which might bother some people (I think it's fine, except that it means the freezer doesn't really work.) My apartment faces an alleyway, which I assumed meant it would be quiet - WRONG. People in the opposite building are noisy sometimes, and the garbage men come at 7 AM every morning and make a racket. And the central air/heat is terrible...ALWAYS too hot. Keeping the window open usually solves that.<br><br>My overall feeling: if you are on a budget or would just rather spend your money having a life, Sixteen Hundred is a really great find, but if you're looking for luxury, keep looking.
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