Avalon The Albemarle is a stunning collection of apartment homes in Washington DC that offers residents gorgeous studio, one and two bedroom Washington DC apartments with practical features that include central heat and air conditioning, massive storage space, walk-in closets, modern appliances, and private balconies or patios. These apartments also offer oodles of charm with beautiful oak parquet flooring, walls of windows that offer sunlight and picturesque views, oversized bedrooms and formal dining rooms. Residents can also enjoy luxurious amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, beautiful rooftop sundeck with lounge seating and patio tables overlooking the lush Rock Creek Park.
I have lived at the Avalon Albemarle for 10 months, and have been very pleased with everything. Move in was easy, repairs are taken care of promptly, and all of the staff are super friendly and helpful. The apartments are spacious, and the building location is so convenient to the metro, stores, restaurants, and Rock Creek Park. It's also walking distance to great public schools (March, Deal, and Wilson). I have absolutely no complaints about the Avalon Albemarle - we plan on living here for years to come!
Would absolutely NOT recommend living at the Albemarle. I've lived in two separate units in this building, and my experience has been awful in both. Avalon will try to get you to sign onto a lease with great deals (free month of rent, etc.), but will raise rent rates astronomically after the first year of the lease. My leases have lasted one year, and two years respectively because of that reason. I even decided to stay for a second year on my second lease even after Avalon raised the rent by *ten* percent.
The front office staff is incredibly rude, and frankly, will lie to you if it means Avalon losing money. Our apartment floor was damaged when water from our AC unit leaked underneath. The repair crews damaged furniture. The office staff (Jackilu, specifically), denied that the repair crews had caused the damages without even as much as an investigation. I escalated the issue to someone higher up in Avalon, and after their investigation, determined that the repair crews had, in fact, damaged our furniture.
In my two years on the second lease, Avalon lost three packages that were to be delivered to my apartment. Again, Avalon denied culpability, which cost me over $250.
While Albemarle advertises quality amenities, it simply isn't worth it. The gym is so small, I used it maybe three times in the three years I lived there. Same with the rooftop deck.
The cost savings in the first year is not worth the headaches throughout the term of the lease and the significant cost increase after year 1.
Moving out in July, and never ever looking back. Hopefully this review will deter you from making the same mistake I made (twice).
An excellent building with great amenities, and a wonderful place to live at any age.
In general, in my daily living, I am very satisfied with the office staff and maintenance team responses. However, during the moving in process from one apartment to another, apparently, there is not enough turn around time in between moving out and moving in... or staff is over-worked. There is no reason why my new unit was not fully functional from day one when I moved in. Having a soft floor with high out-gassing, a dysfunctional kitchen sink and dish-washer, plus a plugged tub: these are MAJOR issues. My fees and rent were all paid in full on time. Why is it that the work was not completed on time? Another week was required to get the unit up to standard. Management suspected this, and should have been allowed to factor this in to my move in process. Instead, my family and I were inconvenienced and very stressed by these maintenance issues during an already stressful time. A family cannot function well in a new apartment over the weekend with no sink, tub, or dishwasher use while being gassed-out from a newly varnished floor. I am not satisfied with the move-in from our previous apartment at the Albemarle. I read of the Avalon Move-In 100% satisfaction guarantee : where is it?
Although the building managers give the impression of really trying to help the maintenance team has shown on numerous occasions their lack of professionalism, care and competence.