Shopping for a new apartment to rent is always an exciting time no matter where you are doing it and what stage of life you are in. Having new property to call home means that you can move as far away as you like, start a new life somewhere, and even travel more. It highly depends on how much money you have to play with, but it can be said with certainty that it is one of the most positive and encouraging things you can do.
In modern times it is much easier to both buy and rent property, and when it comes to apartments the things have hardly ever been as easy and straightforward. Thanks to modern technologies and the abundance of information at our disposal, we can track down apartments and scour the market for exciting offers as much as we please, basically until we find exactly what we need.
For the purposes of this article we will be focusing on the city of Nashville, Tennessee. This beautiful city is on the rise as many other smaller, less popular and famous state capitals in America. In case you are looking to move and this is one of the possible destinations for you, picking the right apartment for rent will come as a breeze after this article. In the following sections we will help you with the right advice on choosing exactly what you need. More information here.
About Nashville, TN
This city is both the capital and the most populous city in the Southeastern American state of Tennessee. Nowhere near as widely famous or intriguing as some of the other cities in the USA, it is actually a beautiful and peaceful place to call home especially if you do not enjoy huge metropolises like the East or West Coast cities. Tennessee is the 36th largest state by area and the 16th most populous, which may seem like a crowd but only on paper. Out of some 7 million people, less than 2 million live in the metropolitan area of the capital, only 36th on the list of 392 metropolitan areas in the country.
Nashville was founded in 1779 and incorporated in 1806. It bears the name of Francis Nash, a brigadier general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. It stretches across 525.94 square miles or 1,362.2 square kilometers, most of which is land. Its citizens are called Nashvillians and the current mayor is John Cooper. Some of the most iconic landmarks and historically important buildings include the Parthenon, the Nissan Stadium, the Ryman Auditorium, the Tennessee State Capitol, Vanderbilt University and its Wyatt Center, First Horizon Park, and the Bridgestone Arena.
Choosing the Right Apartment
Now that you know more about the city you will call home for the foreseeable future, it is time to see what you need to think about in terms of picking the right apartment to rent. Only after you have evaluated the following factors can you make an educated decision on where to live.
The Right Neighborhood
Nashville has quite a few interesting neighborhoods to rent an apartment in. They vary in size and opportunities from work and entertainment to eating out and meeting people. If you are looking for something urban and walkable, try either The Gulch, or Downton Nashville and Sobro. Hillsboro Village and West End are also great for a more urban life near the center of the city. On the other hand, if you are more about quiet and residential living where you can experience some culture, Germantown, Sylvan Park, Sylvan Heights, 12 South, and Belmont Boulevard should be up your alley. For those among you who want nothing more than to live somewhere where you have all you need, try to shop for rental apartments in Green Hills, East Nashville, and Midtown. These are some of the neighborhoods to seriously consider but no matter where you end up, know that the city is not that big and you will have no trouble reaching far ends of it no matter what you might need. You can also choose the neighborhood based on its proximity to the reason you are moving to Nashville, whether it may be a new job or a new school.
Size and Layout of the Apartment
When you have chosen the part of the city you like the most and where you will feel most at home, the next thing to consider is the size of the apartment and the layout of the rooms. Not all buildings are the same and not even apartments of the same size and same number of rooms are the same. Some will work for you and some will not. To know what will be the best course of action, think about your way of life and how much time you spend in which area of your current apartment. Do you really need a huge bathroom, or that extra bedroom? How big does your balcony need to be? Are you going to live alone, find a roommate, or are you perhaps coming with your family? From small one-room-fits-all apartments to spacious 3-bedroom and up suits, it is all highly subjective and depends on who and what you are. For example, a single working person or a student will do just fine with a 1-bedroom apartment with a separate living room-kitchen-dining room-hallway, while a family of three will need at least two separate bedrooms.
Rent Money and Cost of Living
Last but not least, it goes without saying that the rent money you will have to pay each week or month should be something you can afford without having to risk your livelihood. Also, do not forget about the monthly payments and bills that will be coming your way seemingly all the time. The right total of rent combined with the additional things like internet and mobile phone plans and then any of the entertainment and subscription services could be difficult to calculate and some sacrifices may be in order. In the end, it will surely help you if you put all of your needs on paper, set a budget, and then start hunting for the apartments of the right size in the neighborhood you like the most.