Evanston apartment review, 1576 Oak Ave

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1576 Oak is a 3-story, 36-unit courtyard apartment building at 1576 Oak Ave in Evanston.

The brick and limestone building was completed in 1917. The large limestone quoins on the first-floor corners and sunrooms facing Oak Ave give the building a distinctive presence. The building also has frontage on Davis St with ground-level service establishments and retail shops.

The apartments

1576 Oak has a mix of studio to three-bedroom apartments. In mid-December 2014 rents started at $1,050 to $1,725 depending on apartment size.

The apartments have been renovated but retain a number of vintage touches, including crown moldings, stained glass and hardwood floors. Some of the units have decorative fireplaces and built-ins.

A number of the units have nice-sized sun rooms with three walls of windows.

Kitchens and baths have been renovated. The kitchens have maple cabinets, ample cabinet and counter space, and an appliance package that includes a dishwasher, built-in microwave and electric range.

Bedrooms have hardwood floors and are typically large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. The apartments have good closet space.

Radiator heat is included in the rent.

Amenities, services, policies

1576 Oak has limited amenities, but more than you’ll find in many vintage buildings.

There’s a fitness room with treadmills, ellipticals and weight machines. The laundry room is adjacent to and open to the fitness room.

The building has a bicycle storage room and resident storage lockers. Parking is not available on-site.

Cats are welcome, dogs aren’t. The building has on-site maintenance staff.

Ground-level retail space in the building includes Delbe’s Corner Café, a nail salon, a dry cleaner, a yoga studio, a boutique and a florist.

The location

1576 Oak is on the southwest corner of Davis and Oak, at the edge of downtown Evanston. The location is close to shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.

1576 Oak is just under a mile from the Northwestern University campus.

Apartments on the Davis St side of the building look out on the limestone bas relief sculptures adorning the Evanston Post Office.

The McGaw YMCA, which has extensive swimming, fitness and other facilities, and reasonable membership rates, is a block south of the building.

Shopping. 1576 Oak has good proximity to retail shops in downtown Evanston.

Whole Foods, the nearest full-service grocery, is just over half a mile east on Chicago Ave. The nearest Jewel-Osco is a mile away on Chicago Ave. Davis Pantry, a convenience store, is a block west of 1576 Oak.

Evanston’s downtown farmers market, the best on Chicago’s North Shore, draws more than 50 vendors to a location several blocks north of the building.

Downtown Evanston offers an eclectic mix of locally-owned boutiques and name-brand retailers..

Residents of 1576 Oak who are setting up their first apartment will find much of what they need just east of the building at Lemoi Ace Hardware and Affordable Portables.

The upscale Westfield Old Orchard shopping center, anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom, is 3 ½ miles west of 1576 Oak.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of 1576 Oak.

Walk east on Davis St and you’ll feel a great neighborhood vibe, passing a variety of locally-owned restaurants and shops. Cozy Noodles, Dream about Tea and Gigio’s Pizzeria are within a block of 1576 Oak.

Bennison’s Bakery, a block east of the building, traces its history to 1938. Third-generation family members serve up savories that draw rave reviews.

You’ll almost always have a weekend wait for breakfast at Le Peep or its next-door neighbor Dixie Kitchen, a few blocks north of 1576 Oak on Church St.

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 1576 Oak to satisfy almost every palate. And there are scores more a bit further afield in Evanston’s quirky neighborhoods.

You won’t find much of a club scene in Evanston, but you will find drinking establishments ranging from Bar Louie to Tommy Nevin’s within a few blocks of 1576 Oak.

The Century 12 Cinemark movie theater is two blocks from 1576 Oak. Evanston has a respectable live theatre scene.

A number of Evanston’s street festivals and outdoor concerts take place near 1576 Oak
Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas. Alexander Park, a small park with a playground and chess tables, is a block south and west of 1576 Oak.

Evanston’s public beaches are less than a mile from the building.

Transportation. Residents of 1576 Oak have good access to public transportation.

Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is two blocks east of the building.

The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.

Northwestern’s Evanston loop shuttle stops at the corner across the street from 1576 Oak. Four bus routes, #205, #208, #213 and #250, are steps from the building on Davis.

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

Both Enterprise and Zipcar have a car sharing location several blocks from the building. Taxi service can be readily summoned to the building

The competition

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

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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1576 Oak

Address 1576 Oak Ave
City Evanston
# of Units 36
Pets Cats only
Parking No on-site parking
Completed 1917
Management BJB Evanston
Website 1576 Oak

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