Saturday, January 16, 2010

Carillon House Apartments

Carillon House, 2500 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20007
The Carillon House Apartment building is a massive 50's era apartment building offering up a few amenities for its studio and one-bedroom apartments, like limited garage parking, shared washer/dryer, very small fitness center, 24 hour front desk with some concierge services, storage spaces, bike room, and small roofdeck, but offers decent rates, and a solid Wisconsin Ave location on main bus routes (but not near Metro). The apartment building sits across from a park in the middle of trendy Glover Park, one of the best little retail strips around, with a Whole Foods across the street to boot. And if you're into espionage, the Russian Embassy is next door. The Carillon House lobby is updated and pleasant, though the interior finishes remain pretty spartan, and include the original parquet floors, but are well maintained. Despite the austere white brick facade, which looks like it could be an adjunct of the old Soviet Embassy, the neighborhood is vibrant of full of good retail, and the only large apartment building in Glover Park proper. The Carillon sits on the rise above Glover Park, so the bonus views are on the south side, where going only a few floors up yields dramatic views over the city. The building was topped by an electronic carillon for many years, broadcasting music to the neighborhood every day at noon, and was the first Washington DC apartment building with central air conditioning.

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Anonymous said...

Lived in this building for years and it is a shame that such a great old building isn't even worth the reasonable price any longer. In terms of DC rent, it was a steal until the current management team ran it into the ground. Hoping that one day (currently 2010) the mgmt team will change hands and someone will take this building who sees its full potential.

Anonymous said...

It's a shame the management here is so terrible; these apartments are an absolute steal given the location.

My first apartment here was infested with bedbugs. Though management did their best to accommodate me (they put me up for free in a furnished, short-term-stay apartment and moved me to a new apartment permanently) they were shockingly rude.

If you're willing to make some sacrifices, though, this place is pretty decent. Just know that maintenance will NOT respect your belongings when they enter your apartment, and that management is mostly full of incompetent jerks.

Anonymous said...

I found this 6+ year old post while googling. I've lived at Carillon House for over three years now and it's a wonderful place. The renovated apartments are gorgeous. I have a city view but the embassy views are nice, too. The staff here is top-notch, especially Sharon (but they are all great). On the few times I've had to have something repaired, maintenance came quickly and fixed things efficiently. I even like my neighbors which is something that's just luck. The management office hosts special parties throughout the year. I wish I could live here forever but, alas, I have a political job and the clock is ticking.

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