The Reserve is a 4-story, 193-unit apartment complex built in 2003 at 1930 Ridge Ave in Evanston.
The Reserve has a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Two-bedrooms have either 1 or 2 baths; 3-bedrooms have 2 baths.
Floor plans and rents and availability info can be accessed online. As of late-December 2014 available studios rented from $1,468, 1-bedrooms from $1,539 and 2-bedroom, 2-baths from $1,867. Two-bedroom, 1-bath and 3-bedroom apartments were fully-occupied at the time.
The apartments have 9-foot ceilings. Apartments are carpeted and have in-unit washer / dryers and good closet space.
Open-plan kitchens have gas ranges, dishwashers, microwaves, disposals and a variety of finishes.
The floor plans are efficient, with little space lost to halls or travel corridors. Most two-bedrooms have the split-bedroom plan preferred by roommates and people who work from home.
Select units have balconies or patios. Heat and air-conditioning are individually controlled.
Amenities, services, policies
The Reserve has an outdoor pool and sundeck with gas grills, a fitness room with cardio and strength-training equipment, and a “cyber café” with Wi-Fi.
Heated garage parking is available with assigned spaces. Free guest parking is available. There’s a bicycle storage area and resident storage.
The Reserve accepts cats and small dogs. The building has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff.
The Reserve is at the edge of downtown Evanston, close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.
Shopping. The Reserve has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.
Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location a few blocks from The Reserve.
Downtown Evanston, a few short blocks south of The Reserve, offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..
The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is just under four miles west of The Reserve.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of The Reserve.
Some of the locals contend that Buffalo Joe’s, a half-dozen blocks from The Reserve, has the best wings in America.
Downtown Evanston is a pedestrian-friendly environment, and a number of restaurants have outdoor seating areas.
As you’d expect in a college town, national brands have a strong presence, but there are enough one-of-a-kind restaurants near The Reserve to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.
A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near The Reserve.
Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.
Evanston’s public beaches are nearly a mile east of The Reserve.
Transportation. The Reserve has good access to public transportation.
Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is about a 10-minute walk from The Reserve.
Several Northwestern shuttles stop at and near The Reserve.
All of Evanston has relatively inconvenient access to Chicago’s airports and to I-90/94 and the expressway grid.
Enterprise has a car rental location two blocks from The Reserve. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Evanston apartments.
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