Housing Reviews 2013: EC Townhouses
Written by Bwog Staff
- Nearby dorms: The rest of EC, Wien. Nothing else. Not that it matters, because people come to you!
- Stores and restaurants: HamDel, Appletree Market, SubsConscious, Kitchenette(!), a handy Citibank ATM on the 4th floor of SIPA.
Cost: $9,096, higher cost range, same as Claremont, 548 W. 113th, Brownstones, Hogan, Ruggles, Watt and Woodbridge.
- AC/Heating: Yes and yes.
- Kitchen/Lounge: The kitchens are well-outfitted and recently remodeled. The island space in the center of the kitchen offers copious counter-top space, making it possible for multiple people to cook in the kitchen at once as well as doubling as a nifty bar for all those late-night reenactments of your favorite moments from Cheers.
- Computers/Printers: Labs with a printer are on the 10th and 18th floors of the high rises.
- Bathrooms: Sharing one between as many as six can be trying. They come with a shower, two sinks, and a toilet in a stall.
- Gym: There are two floors with cardio machines in the high rises. These have several cardio machines.
- Intra-transportation: Just one flight of stairs to get to the upper townhouses.
- Wi-Fi: Yep.
- Hardwood/Carpet: Renovated suites have all-hardwood floors and a linoleum kitchen floor. Other suites have carpeted rooms, and the hallway and lounge is carpeted.
- Laundry: An army of fast machines.
- Storage: Copious storage space! A coat closet, plus as many as two extra closets. Basically, your closet space is nicer than some other people’s living space.
- Mainly six-person suites with six singles, some with four singles and a double
- There are a handful of four-person, four single suites.
- Four-Persons: Lucky seniors. ~30/500, last year was 30/1468, so there’s hope, maybe, but probs not. Don’t bet the house (or friendships) on this one.
- All-single six-persons: Typically midrange, but anywhere from 30/1500 – 30/2500. Last year’s was 30/1677.
- One-double Sixer: They go relatively late. ~30/2500 or later. Last year was 30/2279.
- This is pretty hard to beat for seniors. Be wary if you’re really picky about bathroom cleanliness. You also don’t get a nice highrise view, but it’s easier to get a suite of all singles.
- Complete renovation of 18th floor suites including kitchen and bathroom work, new flooring, paint and furniture
- Electronic lock installation on 18th floor and West Townhouses (H1, H3, H5, H7, H9)
- “My only complaint is the paper thin walls. i can literally hear the folks next door brushing their teeth in the morning.”
- “If you face the courtyard things get rowdy. If you’re on the top floor, you’re pretty sure people below you know what you’re doing all day, but it’s impossible to hear people at the suite door.”
- Facing campus means great light almost all day, facing inward means you appear to be living in a dim murk for all of existence.
- “Bathrooms have no ventilation, which is a problem for me personally as I. Cannot. Air. Dry in them. Otherwise fantastic place to live. Love it. “
- “Lots of mice!!!”
- “If you live next to the townhouse that houses the COOP parties, expect to get no sleep on certain nights of the month.”
- “Sharing a single bathroom between six people usually works out–if you never actually have to use the bathroom. Otherwise, you’ll soon find yourself toying with the idea of purchasing a chamberpot.”
- “EC townhouses are a MUST for anyone who likes throwing parties. The combination of generous space and prime location is unbeatable for cocktails, shindigs, soirees, and even clambakes.”
- “The courtyard corridors are so windy that no matter what hairstyle you enter them with, you always exit with the Bieber.”
- “If you have a choice, pick an upper townhouse facing Harlem (not campus), and remember that the top floor of the upper townhouses faces the courtyard — not the beautiful view of the East Side that the lower and middle room floors have!”