AVA Theater District in Back Bay, Massachusetts offers studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments just steps from Boston Common and one block from the Green and Orange metro lines. AVA Theater District features a rooftop sky pavilion and chill lounge, a 24 hour fitness center with state of the art cardio and strength training equipment, and garage parking all within a pet friendly and smoke free community. Customizable apartment homes include in-unit washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and open floor plans.
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Too much noise from neighbors
For the price of a modern new apartment, there are better places to live. The decor and amenities are pretty nice, the gym is acceptable and the lobby is welcoming. But the d eal breakers are especially thin walls, allowing conversations happening between neighbors to be heard. Smoke detectors need to be wrapped up when cooking with just a tiny bit of smoke, and a lot of the time, dog feces is found on the elevators.
Had I written this review a few months after moving in approximately 2 years ago, it likely would have been a 4 or 5. At that time, however, the building was not yet fully occupied, and since things have filled up the building management simply hasn't not been able to or has not made the effort to cope with the various aspects of managing the building.
In general, I'd caution readers from heavily weighting reviews that mention only having lived in the building for a couple of months or less, as many of the building's most significant management issues are the kinds of things that you begin to notice after they happen repeatedly over the course of months. While it seems a bit silly to complain about many of the things in isolation below, I have tried to outline what has led me to feel this way about the building below.
Quick, attentive, and effective maintenance team.
Great views from many units when not obstructed by construction cranes.
Good amenities (when not "reserved" at the last minute, see below).
Lack of any effective action from the building regarding construction/noise issues.
Prepare for a pond of pet urine upon leaving and returning to the building each day.
Poorly programmed elevators.
Parking service leaves much to be desired, given the $350/month cost. Since it is effectively the only parking option for residents, it is inexcusable when you follow the specified texting procedure to have your car retrieved only to find that your car is not available for 30 minutes.
Building management has fallen into the habit of announcing same-day reservations of the building's amenities that prevent residents from using them.
General lack of response from management. It seems to me that the leasing office is generally responsible for managing the building, rather than having somebody that is actually responsible for community/building management.
I love AVA!
The staff is so friendly and helpful, the building is always so clean, and the location is wonderful. I love the fitness center, and they have on demand fitness classes in a private fitness studio so working out never gets boring!
I work form home, so in AVA I have the opportunity to work from different places, like the lobby or the rooftop deck and avoid been bored. The fitness center is also other great thing, full of brand new equipments and allways with plenty space for everyone. The staff is always helpful and friendly.