Evanston apartment review, 1303 Maple Ave

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1303 Maple is a 3-story, 52-unit vintage courtyard apartment building at 1303 Maple Ave in Evanston.

1303 Maple was built in 1924 and has been recently remodeled.

The apartments

1303 Maple has a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments, all with a single bath. Floor plans are available online. In late-December 2014 rents started at $1,010 to $1,975 depending on apartment size.

The apartments have hardwood floors, crown moldings, ceiling fans and nice-sized living rooms with bay windows that look out into the large landscaped courtyard.

Updated kitchens have maple cabinets, gas ranges, dishwashers and built-in microwaves, Kitchens have space for an eat-in area, and open onto back porches. Many of the apartments have separate dining rooms.

Bedrooms have hardwood floors and good separation from public living areas. Baths have been refurbished. The apartments typically have good closet space.

The apartments have radiator heat included in the rent.

Amenities, services, policies

1303 Maple, like almost all vintage buildings, has limited common-area amenities.

The building has a fitness room adjacent to the laundry room.

There’s ample bicycle storage and each resident has a large storage locker.

Parking is not available on-site. Cats are welcome; dogs are not.

The location

1303 Maple is at the corner of Maple and Dempster. Dempster St is an interesting, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with a number of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.

1303 Maple is nearly a mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Shopping. 1303 Maple has good proximity to grocery shopping.

Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco are on Chicago Ave, three blocks east and a block south of the building. Whole Foods is a block further south on Chicago Ave

Sea Ranch Fish Market is on Dempster, a five-minute walk east of the building.

A stroll along Dempster takes you past an eclectic mix of resale, antique and specialty shops, salons and the unique pet store that some call “Evanston’s zoo.”

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Dempster Street serves up a number of dining options you won’t find anywhere else.

Nearby restaurants include Blind Faith Café, which bills itself as “Chicago’s premier vegetarian restaurant,” Dozika, Siam Pasta and Wiener and Still Champion.

Coffee is a short walk away on Dempster at Bagel Art and Starbucks.

The popular SPACE is on Chicago Ave just south of Dempster. TimeOut Chicago’s Evanston City Guide recently ranked it as one of the best bars in Evanston.

Bar Louie and Tommy Nevin’s are a few blocks north of 1303 Maple.

Parks, recreation. The location has poor access to public parks and outdoor recreation areas. Evanston’s public beaches are three-quarters of a mile east of the building.

Transportation. 1303 Maple has convenient access to the CTA Purple Line but relatively poor access to Metra stops and bus lines.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Dempster St is just over two blocks east of the building.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is four blocks north of the building. The Metra stop at Main St is nearly a mile southeast.

All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.

The competition

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments.

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1303 Maple

Address 1303 Maple Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 52
Pets Cats only
Parking No on-site parking
Completed 1924
Management BJB Evanston
Website 1303 Maple

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