So, I've lived a few different places since I've been at DePaul. I've tried the sharing a dorm room thing, didn't work out so well. Second time, maybe a little better, but soon, I was over sharing a room. I still wanted roommate but I needed my own space. Tried the off-campus apartment, it was definitely OFF campus, finding something affordable meant an hour of travel time! Not fun when you have to carry around tons of books or video equipment and it sucked every morning hearing the neighbor upstairs go through his morning three S's -_-; After hearing about if happening to a few friends, It definitely wasn't fun wondering if I was going to come home one day and find myself robbed, I owned a lot of expensive equipment for work. Finally gave in and paid a little bit more to live at 1237 West, best decision so far! Convenient, 10 minutes to class, 30 minutes to the loop, 15 minutes to work, minimized frustration with public transit so much! I love that it's on a main street and that we have front door security. After roasting all summer of 08' in my off campus apartment because my landlord refused to fixed broken blinds....I'm happy to say that after being here for 2 years, I've never had anything sit unfixed for more than 24 hours after submitting a repair request, pretty awesome. I've also never lived anywhere where they have two giant big screen TVs and a pool table in the lobby either! Speaking of things close by, laundry is in house, and not just one or two broken down washers and dryers, try about 20!!!! I've never worried about not being able to do laundry. There are also places to eat, a bank, AND Starbucks to hit up on the way to work, all on the ground level. While I think paying a little bit more is not so much fun, I'd definitely say not being responsible for deadbeat roommates not paying billls/rent (yes everything's included in what YOU pay), convenience of nearby surroundings, and everything else that comes with living at 1237 West, it's definitely money well spent. No place is perfect, but this has definitely been the best so far.
Our HOA association chose Stellar Property Management after our contract was up with another property management company (feel free to ask via PM if you want the name of our previous property management company, they were horrid). Stellar has been amazing to work with, helped us get our HOA in a good financial state, creates a proactive maintenance calendar for our "vintage" building and is an active participant in the well-being of our building and condo community. I cannot say enough good things about Stellar, especially after previously being under the management of another company that was running our building into the ground, and charging more to do so. Mirsad (principal) attends our board meetings, stops by the building to address issues if one of his staff can't get there within 24 hours, and responds to requests in a timely manner. I am very impressed with Stellar's professionalism and furthermore, their knowledge in the property management industry. Mirsad has years of experience and truly understands building architecture and maintenance, and isn't just in the business to make money off of our HOA: Mirsad and his staff at Stellar have truly been partners with us, and genuinely care about the state of our building and association and have given useful, practical advice on short- and long-term repairs and practices we need to put in place to maintain our building and association for years to come. I highly recommend Stellar Property Management--within months of signing with Stellar, I knew we were in great hands. Our HOA has now been with Stellar for 2+ years, and we don't plan on going anywhere
Trust. That’s really what you want in a realtor, right? When it comes to the largest purchase you will probably make in your life, there’s a lot of trepidation. But when it came to looking at houses, we had lots of fun. Lee was completely professional, always showed up on time, was courteous to the other realtor even when they were not, and asked all the right questions. We had so much fun that we’ve joked about looking at houses again just for kicks. At our closing, everyone thanked us for such a smooth and laid back process. It wasn’t until afterwards that we heard all the horrible things that could have gone wrong: being sold a house out of your price range or with hidden pitfalls (we love our house and got a good deal), getting a mortgage that was different from what you thought it was (nothing could be further from ours), losing all contact with your realtor after closing (we talk with him all the time). I would whole-heartedly recommend Lee Diamond to everyone, you must get to know him!