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1717 is a new 8-story, 175-unit apartment building at 1717 Ridge Ave in Evanston.
1717 has a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in both loft and traditional styles. Floor plans are available online.
In mid-December 2014 studio rents started at $1,520, one-bedrooms at $1,690, two-bedroom, two-baths at $2,440 and three-bedroom, two-baths at $3,390.
First-floor units have a loft aesthetic with high ceilings, exposed ductwork and concrete ceilings. Some of the loft-style units have a full laundry room, an office nook and a walk-out terrace.
Apartments have high ceilings, wood-look floors in living areas, and kitchens with ample cabinet and counter space. Kitchens have granite counter tops, tile backsplashes and stainless steel appliance packages with gas ranges, dishwashers and built-in microwaves.
Interior finishes are available in both dark espresso and light wheat finishes.
Bedrooms are typically large enough to accommodate multiple pieces of furniture. Several two-bedroom plans have the split-bedroom layout that’s popular with roommates and people who work from home.
Baths have large vanities. All of the units have in-unit washer / dryers.
Most of the units have balconies or terraces. Penthouse-level units have floor-to-ceiling windows.
Views. West-facing units look over the homes of the Ridge Historic District.
Higher-floor east-facing units have views of downtown Evanston.
Some of the penthouse-level units have views of the Chicago skyline.
Amenities, services, policies
1717 has unusually extensive amenities for a 175-unit building.
There’s a large landscaped pool deck with multiple seating areas and gas grills.
Adjacent to the pool deck there’s a resident lounge / café and a fitness room with strength training and cardio equipment.
1717 has a first-floor theater / game room adjacent to an additional resident lounge.
The building also has a business center.
1717 is pet-friendly and smoke-free. The building has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff. Garage parking is available on-site.
1717 is on busy Ridge Ave at the edge of downtown Evanston. The location is a few blocks from shopping, bars, restaurants, coffee shops and public transportation.
Shopping. 1717 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 several blocks from the building.
Downtown Evanston, a few blocks east of 1717, 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 3 ½ miles west of 1717.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are dozens of restaurants and bars within walking distance of 1717.
Some of the locals contend that Buffalo Joe’s, a few blocks from 1717, 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 1717 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 1717.
Parks, recreation. The location is not convenient to public parks and outdoor recreational areas.
Evanston’s public beaches are about a mile from the building.
Transportation. 1717 has good access to public transportation.
Metra’s North Line stop at Davis St is about a 5-minute walk from the building.
The CTA Purple Line stop at Davis St is just beyond the Metra stop.
Northwestern’s Evanston loop shuttle and four Pace Bus routes, #201, #205, #208 and #213, are steps from the building on Church St. Northwestern’s Intercampus shuttle is just north of 1717 on Emerson.
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 just over a block from 1717. 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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