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New Year’s resolution – review Eugenie Terrace on ApartmentRatings

by Joe Zekas on 11/13/12

It’s 2009, and Lincoln Park’s Eugenie Terrace apartment tower is reviewed only once at ApartmentRatings.com. The pace quickens and two reviews are posted in each of 2010 and 2011. Several of the reviews are strongly negative.

It’s 2012, and Eugenie residents – or so they say – flood ApartmentRatings with 23 reviews on January 9th and add 5 more within the week. The reviews are uniformly upbeat, similar to the following:

Eugenie Terrace is a wonderful place to live! The location is ideal, surrounded by so many great restaurants and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. The Eugenie staff is one of a kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. The maintenance crew has even come to my apartment on weekends to help me out, free of charge. The amenities make the rent well worth it. A great gym ,a beautiful pool, and a welcoming top floor common area (with a pool table, wi fi, free coffee, and big screen TVs) are all part of Eugenie’s charm. I have lived in my apartment for a year and a half and the only complaint that I can think of is the air-condition is turned off in September so warmer fall days can be a bit toasty. There is always something fun going on at Eugenie whether it be book club or First Friday of the Month parties on the top floor. I would highly recommend joining the Eugenie community!

Joining the Eugenie community? Who talks that way? People who make their living renting apartments, that’s who.

Is it possible that Eugenie Terrace suggested to their residents that they review the property at ApartmentRatings, and that 23 spontaneously responded on a single day? It’s possible, but the skeptic in me says “highly improbable.”

Ian, in a comment at Curbed Chicago excluded Eugenie Terrace from Curbed’s Rental Heatmap because Eugenie “got bombed on Yelp.” I’d be more concerned about the dozens of positive reviews at ApartmentRatings than the three negative ones at Yelp.

It’s been over 15 years since I last visited Eugenie, but our Lincoln Park High-rise Living Guide sponsor, Jeff Herbert of LincolnParkCondos.com, spoke highly of the building in my video interview with him. And, of course, the appeal of the location is undeniable. As you can see in the above aerial, it really doesn’t get any better in Lincoln Park.

You can see more of our aerial photos of Chicago at Flickr.

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SheridanB November 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’d noticed that post on curbed as well. I think somebody there mentioned that Yelp! isn’t exactly accurate either. In a building that size, only a handful of bad reviews is nothing (and the complaints were ridiculous too).

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