|Recommended: YesEarly signs point to adequate — Some move-in pains to work around, but nothing egregiously wrong so far.
Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We'd love the chance to talk to you about your move in experience and will be reaching out to you shortly so that we can work through anything that still needs attention. Thank you again. Regards- Karen K
|Recommended: YesGreat people — The people are fantastic, both neighbors and also the people at concierge and leasing office
Maria, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. We're so glad that you are enjoying living at Meridian at Mt Vernon Triangle and look forward to your continued residency with us! Regards- Karen K
|Recommended: YesDowntown DC, newish, reasonably priced, COVID-19 compliant, though somewhat noisy — Location, Location Location i.e., the Neighborhood and Surrounding Area Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle is a conveniently located, reasonably priced for DC apartment community in the center of downtown DC with great access to all that the Nation's Capital has to offer. Located in Mount Vernon Square at 425 L Street NW, the building is very close to 0.5 miles, a 7-10 minute walk from the adjacent Chinatown Penn Quarter neighborhood, and an easy walk about 1 mile, a 15-20 minute trek to the surrounding neighborhoods and vibrant nightlife of Downtown, Logan Circle, NOMA, and Shaw. Commuting and Parking The building offers convenient access to the Green, Red, and Yellow Metro lines via the Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center station Green and Yellow lines 0.4 miles, a 6-8 minute walk and the Judiciary Square station Red line 0.6 miles, 9-13 minute walk . Monthly underground garaged parking is also available in the building for a reasonable fee, though due to the building's layout and structural supports, the spaces, which are unassigned, can be a bit cramped in some areas. Guest parking passes are available for a nominal daily fee. Groceries, Nearby Community and Other Services, and Shopping A 24-hour Safeway is directly across the street, and the building has carts available for residents' convenience. A Harris Teeter is within 0.75 miles, a Walmart Supercenter is 0.5 miles away, and the two nearby Targets are either a 10-15 minute drive about 2.5 miles or a short Metro ride 3 stops, about 20 minutes door-to-door away. Many sit-down and fast-casual takeout restaurants are also within a few blocks of the building. All major pharmacy chains e.g., CVS and Walgreens and convenience stores e.g., 7-11 are available within a few blocks, as are primary care medical, dental, and vision services. If needed, several immediate and urgent care centers are within easy walking or driving distance within about a mile , and the building is also near about a 10-15 minute drive from two of DC's highest-rated hospitals. For those with school-aged children, unfortunately, I have no insights to share on the quality of the nearby schools. For clothes, more upscale shopping, seeing a movie in theaters someday, when it's safe , and the like, the Gallery Place shopping center is also 0.5 miles away, about a 7-10 minute walk. Utilities Residents pay for electricity individually by establishing a Pepco account. The building's management establishes an account for payment of each apartment's individual water bill. Trash removal, which is made easy by the trash receptacles on each floor, and recycling costs are charged by the building monthly as a nominal flat fee currently 10 , which is conveniently added to residents' online portal accounts for payment with but in addition to the monthly rent. Cable, Internet, and Data 5G cellular coverage is available in the building and surrounding area, and signal quality appears good inside, at least on AT T and Verizon though others I simply don't know about, and so may provide good coverage as well . Community spaces include free public wifi. Especially useful for those increasingly working from home, apartments are wired with cable and ethernet outlets for Verizon FIOS and Xfinity Comcast internet service, with each provider advertising up to gigabit wired speeds. Residents establish their own accounts, set up their own modems and WiFi routers, etc., but either company will ship the needed equipment. I was able to get online without needing an in-home-setup service call in about 20 minutes and am averaging upload and download speeds of about 550mbps over WiFi. That's plenty fast to simultaneously host Zoom calls, game, and stream Netflix, etc. Amenities The community's amenities include everything one would expect of a large, newer c. 2012 apartment building, e.g., a gym though without free weights, which they could and should fix , fitness classes, on-site lockers for sending receiving dry cleaning via the Dryy service, package delivery, a 24-hour concierge, a pet run some breed restrictions apply one-time pet fee plus an addition to monthly rent, either of which would be fine, but which together frankly seems excessive , and a pet wash station which is a nice touch . The rooftop includes a community room and an expansive outdoor patio with a fire pit, ample seating, and a view of the Capitol dome. There's also an outdoor rooftop pool, which I understand sometimes at least pre-COVID could be a bit crowded, though management has limited guest access for this reason and has--at least for now--instituted a sign-up system for two-hour blocks to ensure that all residents can still take advantage of the pool while maintaining appropriate social distancing. Staffing The concierge team manages packages and other deliveries and has been great, though admittedly I've only lived here a few weeks. Thus far, they've all been very nice and have been extraordinarily responsive, particularly considering the large number of packages they're now tasked with accepting and tracking to ensure delivery to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, packages are meant to be placed in lockers with a code sent to residents via the online portal--where you can also request maintenance or pay your rent via e-check, debit, or credit card. With the recent volume of packages, especially larger items, however, some packages have been placed in a package room or at least temporarily and for much larger items the lobby, and the concierge will contact you as they are processed and ready for pickup throughout the day. The one maintenance request I made before I moved in was completed before I arrived, and I cannot report on post-move-in maintenance requests as I have not yet requested one. Community Health e.g., COVID-19 and Safety Residents' individual apartment door key fobs also provide access to entry doors including the loading dock, such as for move-in , community spaces such as the rooftop and gym, but only their own residential floor via the elevators, which are plentiful and relatively speedy. The neighborhood also appears relatively safe for any large city, which is to say, I haven't felt the need to do more than exercise the same good judgment I would when traveling alone during the day or at night anywhere else, and so far I've had no issues. But if there are any serious problems, a police station is just a block away. Regarding the now-ongoing pandemic, the building's management team is appropriately very concerned with keeping residents healthy and safe to prevent community spread. Anecdotally, I have never seen a team member without a mask on, and they appear to be consistently cleaning and reminding residents via direct messages and signage to comply with masking and other health and safety guidelines in all common areas e.g., the hallways, gym, and lobby . As for residents and their guests, the response also appears very positive in my brief, appropriately distanced interactions with other residents so far, mask compliance has been at or very near 100 . Speaking only for my experiences so far, I felt safe moving into and have felt safe living at the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apartment Features and Quality Some apartments feature balconies, though those without and on lower floors are naturally less expensive. But even the smallest one-bedroom unit is spacious especially by DC standards , with ample walk-in closet space, a large bedroom which has more than enough room for a king-sized bed, large dresser, nightstand, etc. , and an open floor plan in the living space that includes enough room for a wrap-around sofa, entertainment center, dining room table, and work desk to fit comfortably. The apartment's HVAC system is individually controlled and set in its own locked closet, and the in-unit washer dryer is a stacked but full-sized unit, which is also set in its own closet. The large kitchen has granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and more than enough over- and under-counter drawers and cabinets. The kitchen appliances include a seemingly brand new built-in microwave that has an over-oven exhaust fan so far, I haven't smelled anything my neighbors are cooking , a dishwasher, a full-sized electric stove and oven which was immaculately clean , and a full-sized refrigerator also perfectly clean with a built-in ice maker. The bathroom features a combined shower and tub. It also has plenty of under-the-sink and closet space. The water pressure is fair-to-good, but not great e.g., the toilet flushes fine, but it's possible a different shower head is needed , though the water temperature is excellent. The bedroom is carpeted, the bathroom is tiled, and the living room and kitchen feature faux hardwood laminate flooring. The walls are a generic, inoffensive off-white cream, though I was told that residents are free to paint provided that they restore the original paint upon moving out. I was also told that it is okay to wall mount a TV and hang wall art, pictures, curtain rods though the existing vertical blinds aren't bad , etc. The only apparent downsides to the unit so far are 1 that the most recent painters former residents, maintenance crew, or both, I'm not sure appear to have been a bit sloppy e.g., lots of paint dripped on the counters, the floors, the blinds, etc., so I've had to buy cleaner to remove it and 2 that the faux hardwood flooring in the kitchen area is a bit warped at the seams and joints in some places, perhaps from prior liquid spillage that wasn't cleaned up quickly enough, though that's just a guess. Others might complain about this or put in a maintenance request, but with maintenance busy handling cleaning common areas and everything going on right now, I've decided that, at least for now, it's not a significant enough problem to request that someone risk my and their health entering the apartment to repair or replace that flooring, though I may do so once things return to normal. Neighbors and Privacy All of the neighbors I've briefly interacted with have been pleasant and the community appears diverse and seems nice. I was also delighted to see that many residents like many nearby businesses have in their windows placed messages affirming, for example, the importance of voting and that Black lives matter. The staff puts on events for the residents, though understandably, few of these are occurring now due to the pandemic, and I have not yet had time to attend. But I plan to participate in the building's most recent food drive to help DC residents in need. Noise is the only apparent downside of the overall community living at the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle, as--apparently due to the insulation and construction of the walls--it is relatively easy to hear your neighbors, especially through the vents in the bathroom. On weekends especially, this can mean it is sometimes loud if, for example, residents of apartments adjoining, above, or down the hall from yours host parties, play loud music or movies, or the like. It's hard to say whether or how often this might rise to the level of a problem in normal times, though it is perhaps worth noting that many residents appear to be students e.g., Georgetown University Law Center is nearby or other young professionals. But at least during this pandemic--i.e., when there are presumably far fewer parties occurring than might otherwise--the noise from my neighbors' activities has not been much more significant than I've experienced in other apartments. And so far, the good news is that it hasn't been prohibitively disruptive to the point of needing to either raise the issue with them or to lodge a complaint with the staff. If things stay as they are, the current noise level is sometimes annoying, but ultimately livable. In sum--with these minor, fixable problems aside--I'd highly recommend living at the Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle.
Edward, Thank you for your very detailed review of Meridian at Mt Vernon Triangle. We're pleased to see that you would recommend our community to others. You'll be happy to know that, although we removed the free weights when we first re-opened the fitness center, they have been back for a few weeks now. We appreciate your being sensitive to any additional challenges presented to our team by the pandemic, but will be reaching out to see if we can help to resolve some of the issues that you mention above. Again, thank you for your detailed and thoughtful review and we look forward to having you as a resident for a long time to come. Regards- Karen K
|Recommended: YesGreat experience so far — We recently moved here after living in another building in the area. We have been pleasantly surprised by the quality and amount of amenities available, size of the unit, and friendliness of the staff.
Elise, Thank you for taking the time to share your kind words with us. We're glad to hear that you are enjoying your time at Meridian at Mt Vernon Triangle and look forward to having you as a resident for a long time to come. Regards- Karen K
|Recommended: YesGood building and location, not the best staff — The apartments are spacious and mostly well lit. I work in construction and can see many things lacking quality or detail in this building. All of the inner apartments face a very ugly patio where the loading dock is and have terribly little light. I moved to Phase 1 and find it way more appealing and comfortable. It has not been anything to bother me but I would not call it luxury apartments. The amenities are the nicest part and the staff is not terrible just probably my least favorite. Pretty standard at large apartment buildings but staff is not always timely or attentive to your needs.
Nicolas, Thank you for sharing your candid comments with us. We are glad that you have found your new apartment in Phase I to be to your liking. We are sorry to hear that the team is not living up to your standards, and they will be reaching out to you to discuss how they can better so do. Thank you again. Regards, Karen K
|Recommended: NoUnit nice, getting it ready a hassle — After living here for just over a week, we have enjoyed the unit itself. The unit is what we were hoping for, is spacious, and the appliances all seem to work properly. However, getting the unit ready and dealing with the leasing office was a hassle, to say the least, and made us question our decision to move to the Meridian at Mt. Vernon Triangle. Our first impressions of the complex through the leasing office have not been a positive experience. The apartment did not seem to be in a move-in ready state with non-working light fixtures and obvious paint coming off the wall. Having lived in other apartment complexes, it was disappointing to see the lack of attentiveness and care shown to new tenants. Additionally, we had to follow-up with the leasing office on numerous occasions throughout the leasing process, from first tour to simply getting the lease signed and moving in. Every other apartment complex we looked at, while not having exactly what we wanted in terms of the actual units, had a responsive leasing office and was willing to work with potential tenants on their needs. While I have not used the amenities much in the week since I've moved in, I did notice a Meridian pool security guard not wearing a mask as he checked tenants into the pool area, which seems to go against both the city mask mandate and the notices posted on the front entrance. I also find it odd that for an apartment complex so large, there is only one moving dolly between the two buildings, which makes it difficult if there are multiple tenants between the two buildings moving in or out. The dolly has broken handles, which front office staff know about and warn tenants about before use.
Zachary, Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us and we apologize that our actions have made your experience a negative one so far. If you ever see the pool attendant with no mask again, please let our concierge or the office know so that we can immediately address the situation. We will be reaching out to discuss the other issues that you've mentioned and hope that you will give us the chance to make your time with us a positive experience. Thank you. Karen K.
|Recommended: YesGreat building — Has a lot of good amenities and nice people
Chelsea, your 5 stars make our day! Thank you for sharing with us. We're honored to earn them and are so glad you're a resident with us. Best, Justine Y
|Recommended: YesI love it here. — the best rooftop, and the very nice staffs from leasing office
Tian, thank you for the 5 stars and high praise. We're honored and thrilled to have you as a resident! Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesNew tenant — I am brand new and so far love the property The amenities like the pool gym shared spaces are beautiful Very happy
Parris, we are thrilled to hear you are enjoying the atmosphere and amenities at our community! We're so happy to have you here. Let us know if there is anything you need from us in the future. Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesDistribution, amenities and staff — Amenities are great, the building is always clean and staff is really kind and helpful. Apartments are very well distributed.
Giovanni, we are honored to receive all five stars! We love to know our residents are enjoying all the wonderful features of our community. Our team works diligently to ensure your satisfaction and promise to do what it takes to keep it up. If you ever need anything please do not hesitate to reach out. We're happy to help! Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesGreat windows, nice space — So far it's been great, love the giant windows and the studio bedroom nook
Hi Jamie, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and highlight what you love about the community. We are thrilled you are enjoying your time living here and happy to have you! Please do not hesitate to reach out should you need anything in the future. Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesBetter than most, still room for improvement. Overall good experience. — Apartment complex is very well kept and provides a safe environment to live. Alittle improvement needed for any issues with communication regarding maintenance and front desk staff to residents. More needed in terms of community attitude as well foster a helping hand and positive mentality from all.
Hi Andrew, We are so happy that you have had such a great experience at our community. Thank you for taking the time to share! We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the resident experience and sincerely appreciate your feedback. We will make sure to pass along your comments to the team. Please let us know if there is anything else, we can assist you with in the future. Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesWe are happy here — Nice staff, very responsive. Great service overall. Nice building in excellent location.
Hi Blanca, we are thrilled that you are having a great experience at our community. Thank you for taking the time to share! Our team works hard to provide the level of service you have received, and we look forward to continuing providing you that service. Please let us know if there is anything else, we can assist you with in the future. Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesGreat — live here
Hi Austin, Thank you for the 4-star review! Please let us know if there is ever anything you need. Best, Justine Y.
|Recommended: YesI love the propery, however proper maintenance is needed on some areas. — Bike storage room door locks never work properly e.g. G3 Phase I, next to the elevators .
Hi Ramiro, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review and for sharing your concerns. We truly appreciate your feedback as we are always looking for ways to improve our community. We are disappointed to hear about this problem and will have it looked at and fixed as soon as we can. If you have any additional concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to help! Best, Justine Y.