What Does the Phrase ‘Rehab’ Mean in an Apartment Listing?

There’s a reason all those HGTV home-renovation shows are so popular. Folks love historic properties, but they don’t want to give up modern convenience to get it. The same goes with apartments. Often highly desirable, the phrase “rehab apartment” means the unit has been recently renovated, either in full or in part.

What you can expect

When you read “rehab” in an apartment listing, it most likely means that while the property and structure are not new, the living space will feature modern upgrades, such as a renovated kitchen with new appliances, new flooring or lighting fixtures, a sleek bathroom or an alluring combination thereof.

Additionally, it could mean that the building itself – in particular if it’s historic in nature – has been brought up to code, with new plumbing, electrical wiring and HVAC, and that older materials now deemed unsafe, such as lead paint or asbestos insulation, have been removed. Hence, the term “rehab” might even give you peace of mind where your family’s health and safety are concerned.

The bottom line is that it can mean anything from a couple of aesthetic renovations, to more internal (but important!) features that greatly affect your standard of living to a complete overhaul, inside and out – which may mean “dream apartment,” but likely comes with a price tag to match.

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Is a rehab apartment right for you?

Some apartment-hunters want a rehab. Depending on where it is and its current condition, a rehab apartment could have lower or higher than average rent for the area.

For example, a completely rehabbed apartment in restored turn-of-the-century building could be your dream flat – historic digs with modern convenience. But it’s likely to command a high price.

Conversely, the partial rehab in a complex with a desirable location (maybe the floors are new, but the kitchen and bath still need updating) could be a great, cheap find in a neighborhood where your friends are paying hundreds more!

Keep in mind as you begin your search, that the word “rehab” has a broad scope. It’s important to do your research so you know if a rehab is what you’re looking for, or perhaps it will open your mind to options you hadn’t considered.

Find out what you’re getting

Ask the landlord or property manager about the specifics of the rehab apartment in which you’re interested. Check out the photos and, if possible, give the place a drive-by. There’s no need to waste anyone’s time when you’re on the hunt for a new home.

Once you have the information and you’re still interested, set up an appointment to tour the apartment. Bring a list of further questions and don’t be afraid to poke around. If you’re worried about the age of the apartment, check out the plumbing and electrical. If you’re looking for higher-end finishes, pay attention to the countertops, appliances and fixtures.

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Can I Ask My Landlord to Redo My Kitchen?

Most renters want to live in a decent place. While it doesn’t always need to look high-end and fancy, nobody wants to live somewhere disgusting or run-down. The kitchen is the heart of any home, so it should be an inviting place to cook, eat and entertain in. At the very least it should be functional.

But not all renters are particularly fond of the kitchen they have. Many ask themselves “Can I ask my landlord to redo my kitchen?” The short answer to this question is yes. But there’s more to it than that.

It doesn’t hurt to ask

You can always ask, but that doesn’t mean it will happen. That being said, be careful if you decide to ask. You don’t want to annoy your landlord, so be professional and have your arguments laid out ahead of time so you come prepared.

Review your lease

Before you take the chance and talk to your landlord about redoing the kitchen, you need to review your lease. It may already include language about renovations that you’ve already signed and agreed to. Make sure you check before bringing it up with your property manager.

Know the cost

Renovations can cost a lot of money, especially kitchen renovations. It’s expensive to replace appliances, cabinets, counter tops and floors. If you want quality products, it will cost even more. Someone has to pay for all of it and your landlord may not be so willing to foot the bill.

However, if they’re able to increase rent for tenants, they may be more willing. If you’re alright with paying a higher rent, this may be a good way to sell your landlord on the idea.

Be prepared

Renovations take time. It could take a week or two months, during which time you probably won’t have a fully functioning kitchen. Furthermore, it may be loud and dusty during the renovation process. Before you ask for a renovation, think about what that means for you on a day-to-day basis.

If you ask for a renovation, your landlord may expect you to do some of the work. Paying for labor can be pricey, so you might have to do some work to cut down on costs. If you’re handy and you’re willing to pitch in, this might be another selling point you can use.

Manage your expectations

While there may be exceptions, most landlords aren’t renting out a house or apartment out of the goodness of their heart. They do it to make money and more is always better. If a renovation doesn’t fatten their wallet in the end, it’s unlikely they’ll agree to it.

Remember that you signed a lease for your apartment as is. If you signed after seeing the kitchen, you’re stuck with it. If you signed the lease without seeing the kitchen, you’re still stuck with it. Either way, if your landlord doesn’t agree to a renovation and you signed a contract, you shouldn’t expect it.

But again, it doesn’t hurt to ask!

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7 Things Property Managers Aren’t Allowed to Ask

Tenants – and potential tenants – have rights, and discrimination by potential landlords is a big no-no. As such, property manager questions must be fair and there are laws on the books that mandate it.

The Fair Housing Act was put in place to ensure that anyone can rent or buy without fear of discriminatory practices. That means there are certain questions – some of which may even seem like harmless small talk – that no property manager should ever ask.

Here are seven topics that are always off the table.

1. Your age

While most applications will likely require you to list your date of birth, directly asking is not permitted. It’s illegal for landlords to cut potential tenants from consideration for being too young or old. Save senior housing communities, it’s a non-starter.

2. Your love and/or sex life

Are you married? Are you straight or gay? If the property manager questions you about this, he or she will be in direct violation of the Fair Housing Act, for which the penalties can be very serious.

Besides, it’s none of your landlord’s business, so even if it’s prompted by what looks like an engagement ring, be wary.

3. Your arrest records

If you’ve been convicted of a crime, it will show up on a standard and legal background check. But not all of those who are arrested are guilty, and a landlord or property manager isn’t entitled to this information.

4. Your children

Anything about them – from how many you have to where they attend school to whether you plan on having more – is off limits. Even if you find it on your application, you’re not required to answer.

While you might inquire about child-friendly venues in the neighborhood because you’re curious, if your property manager questions you about it – take note. It’s a direct violation of the Fair Housing Act.

5. Your birthplace

Perhaps you have an accent and get asked this sort of thing all the time. But it’s a big no-no for a property manager because it brushes up against a person’s nationality, something the Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from asking.

6. Your disabilities

Again, this could be an innocent question borne of concern. Perhaps the property isn’t well suited for someone who can’t walk or see, but the law clearly states that people with disabilities have the same renters’ rights as anyone else.

And pet policies do not apply to service animals. You may have to provide documentation to your landlord that they are, in fact, registered as a service animal, but they cannot inquire about you or your disability.

7. Your religion or lack thereof

The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from questioning religious practices. Even an offhand invitation to a church social could be constituted as a roundabout way of favoring one religion over another. Any questioning that brushes up against religion is illegal.

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7 Tips for Having Packages Sent to Your Apartment

Whether it’s the holiday season or just a normal week, getting packages delivered to your apartment often leads to stress. Living in a building with people coming in and out all day leads to the possibility that your package may be damaged or stolen.

Yet, online ordering is popular with the majority of people today. We order everything online, from books to clothes to complete kits to make dinner at home.

The question is how to keep your packages safe after they’re delivered to your apartment. Here are a few helpful tips.

1. Utilize package delivery services

No longer do we live in limbo waiting for a package to arrive. Companies today keep detailed tracking records, which you can easily access, in order to know when your package is coming.

Sites like UPS even let you register for notifications for packages coming to your address. You’ll get an email when a package is on its way and another when it’s delivered. These are independent of the shipper. Even if you can’t be home to receive the package, you’ll at least know when it has arrived.

2. Don’t leave your packages out too long

If you’re worried about packages sitting too long before you’re able to get home, you can require a signature for delivery. If you pick this option, a note left at your door tells you when a delivery attempt is made. The note may include when they’ll be back or give you instructions on how to schedule delivery.

Additionally, if packages have to sit for a while before you can collect them, but there’s an area near your door where a package can “hide,” include that information on the shipping instructions when you set up an item for delivery. Telling a delivery person to place your package behind a large hallway decoration like a plant or lamp can keep it out of sight.

If you’ll be away from home for a longer period of time, don’t forget to put a hold on your mail. Even taking a quick weekend vacation means mail can sit longer than you’d want. A simple hold ensures nothing is delivered until you’re back.

3. Check in with your management office

If you live in a building or complex with an on-site management office, verify their policy on receiving packages on your behalf. They might hold packages for you in a safe spot. Just be sure to pick them up in a timely manner.

You may also want to notify the office when you’re expecting something. Don’t forget to double check that they have good contact information for you to let you know when there’s mail waiting.

Living in a building with a doorman or concierge has quite a few perks, including having an on-site person to watch out for your deliveries. A typical part of their service, doormen will accept delivery of your packages and hold them until you’re able to pick them up.

4. Get to know your neighbors

Getting to know your neighbors not only gives you the added security of being more aware of who will be coming in and out of your building, but it can also introduce you to someone who’s home more frequently.

Asking a neighbor who works from home to grab any packages left at your door until you’re able to get home from work or school could save you from worrying about them. Just make sure you’re gracious that they’re doing this favor. Ask if there’s anything you do to reciprocate their generosity.

5. Enhance security

While not all apartment buildings allow you to improve security on your own, it never hurts to ask. Installing a camera at your door or a doorbell with a camera included allows you to see who’s knocking.

If it’s a delivery person, you can again ask them to leave your package in a discreet location (like behind a hallway plant.) If you see something shady going on, you can let them know they’re on camera and that you can’t come to the door at the moment, hopefully encouraging them to leave empty-handed.

If a camera isn’t an option in your apartment building, consider getting a secure lock box you can attach to your door or another hard-to-move item. These boxes won’t fit all packages, but they lock with a padlock and keep your items secure. You simply leave the padlock in the box for the delivery person to use once your package is safely inside. You may want to notify your landlord that you’ve installed the box so they don’t accidentally remove it.

6. Test out new technologies

At-home security is a big business, and this includes protecting your deliveries. Companies like Amazon are working to make package delivery more reliable through Amazon Key.

This service lets a delivery person gain access to your home to drop a package just inside the front door. Access could be granted to get inside your apartment or just past the secure entrance to your apartment building. This limits the amount of access others have to your packages.

There’s even an alarm system for packages. A disc, about the size of a frisbee, is set outside your apartment and is activated when a package is placed on it. You’re then notified there’s a package waiting. To remove the package, you have to disarm the alarm from your mobile device. If you don’t disarm it, a loud alarm goes off. If someone tries to grab your package without your knowledge, they’re in for a noisy surprise.

7. Deliver them elsewhere

You may live somewhere that you just don’t feel confident having packages delivered. When you find yourself in that situation, you can always:

  • Ship packages to the carrier’s local facilities or office. You’ll have to go to FedEx or UPS pick them up, but they’ll safely hold them for you.
  • Sign up for a service that allows you to send and receive packages elsewhere. Getting a mailbox at a retail outlet such as the UPS store ensures safe mail delivery. Other companies have locked boxes in convenient, public places where you can send packages for secure pickup.
  • Send packages to your office.
  • For frequent Amazon shoppers, Amazon Locker lets you pick up packages from a secure locker located in a shop or store you most likely already frequent.

Regardless of how you ship packages and where they’re delivered, if you’ve purchased something expensive, it’s a good rule of thumb to ensure the package. Not everything always gets to its final destination, and replacing a big ticket item can cost a lot. Insurance is usually not that expensive and it helps give you peace of mind.

By protecting your deliveries using these tips, you can feel confident that what you buy online arrives safely at your apartment.

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The 5 Most Popular Minneapolis Neighborhoods for Renters

Minneapolis is one of the fast-growing cities in the country. It’s filled with trendy restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and endless outdoor activities to take advantage of throughout the year. And, those are just a few reasons that make Minneapolis such an attractive place to live.

If you’re planning to move to the Twin Cities, we’re here to help you find the perfect neighborhood to call home.

We combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Minneapolis neighborhoods on ApartmentGuide.com to determine the five most popular Minneapolis neighborhoods with renters.

Most popular Minneapolis neighborhoods

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Here’s a quick overview of each neighborhood and what you’d expect to pay for rent in each area.

1. Uptown

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Uptown Minneapolis is a hip, centrally-located neighborhood with a burgeoning dining and bar scene that includes plenty of gastropubs. Independent fashion and vintage boutiques also call Uptown home and are situated among old buildings and plenty of apartments.

The area has slightly lower-than-average rental prices. Rent, plus easy access to the Light-rail Transit (LRT) and nearby outdoor amenities makes Uptown an attractive place to younger artists and professionals.

Property Size Uptown Average Minneapolis Average
1 BR $1,544 $1,698

2. Warehouse District

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The Warehouse District is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis where old warehouses have been transformed into modern urban lofts, boutiques and restaurants. It’s located on the outskirts of Downtown and lies next to North Loop (locals consider both the same area).

The area is known for its bustling nightlife and booming food scene that attracts professionals and singles looking to live near the action. It’s also home to the Target Center, which hosts concerts and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The rentals, here, are upscale and trendy with high price tags.

Property Size Warehouse District Average Minneapolis Average
1 BR $1,901 $1,698

3. North Loop

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North Loop is located next to the Warehouse District and is interchangeable with the area. Located adjacent to Downtown, North Loop is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Minneapolis due to its proximity to everything the city has to offer.

It’s full of trendy bars, eateries and shops that attract professionals who want to live in a walkable area. Parking is hit or miss in North Loop. But the LRT is nearby, so access to other parts of the city is easy if you don’t have a vehicle.

Property Size North Loop Average Minneapolis Average
1 BR $1,725 $1,698

4. Dinkytown

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Dinkytown serves as the fan favorite neighborhood for University of Minnesota students, trendsetters and hipsters. It’s a safe area centered around college living and includes plenty of small local businesses, inexpensive trendy bars and eateries and small music venues.

The neighborhood also has many affordable rentals that are well below the city average.

Property Size Dinkytown Average Minneapolis Average
1 BR $1,276 $1,698

5. Longfellow

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Longfellow is a beautiful historic neighborhood named after famed American writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This primarily residential area is a favorite spot for young families and professionals who want the urban feel of the city without being in the midst of the hustle and bustle.

The area features a variety of shops and dining and offers plenty of green space along the Mississippi River (yes, THAT Mississippi River) for hiking. Rentals are well below the city average.

Property Size Longfellow Average Minneapolis Average
1 BR $1,156 $1,698
The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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The 4 Compromises Renters Make Most

Finding an apartment that matches your budget and includes all the amenities and features you want in a home can sometimes be tough to do. The reality is that most people will need to compromise on something along the way in their rental search – according to an Apartment Guide survey, 67 percent of renters say they feel they have to sacrifice wants in order to keep things within their budget.

Though many people do have to make choices between various factors when searching for a rental, one-third of renters did say they were able to find a place that had most everything they wanted in a home such as location, price point, property type and property features or amenities.

Compromises renters make

Renters face a variety of choices as they’re searching for a home. Location and housing type are two items renters didn’t compromise on often when searching for a home.

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1. Housing type

Only 12 percent of those surveyed indicated they compromised on housing type, so it’s not a compromise many renters make. Narrowing down the housing type will also help you hone in on your search, as having too many variables can make it hard to compare options.

2. Location

Only 14 percent of renters surveyed said they compromised on the location of their rental home. This isn’t surprising since over half of those surveyed (54 percent) also said that location matters to them more than the actual unit itself.

3. Price

A few more people compromised on price than housing type and location, but still less than one-third of all U.S. renters. Only 20 percent of those surveyed said they compromised on price but were able to get the location, property type and features or amenities they wanted.

4. Amenities

When asked about it, 21 percent of those surveyed said they were able to find a place in the location they wanted in their price range yet had to give up some of the amenities and features they were looking for in a rental. Gated community access, hardwood floors and a rooftop terrace are some of the most popular amenities renters mentioned wanting.

Finding the right rental for you

How can you make sure you only compromise when you really need to do so? Do your research online and visit as many apartments as possible. You don’t want to make a snap decision or overlook something important to you.

Survey methodologies

The data referenced in this article include the results of surveys conducted by RentPath between 2017 and 2018:

  • An online, blind survey of 2,000 renters was conducted by Egg Strategy in conjunction with RentPath in 2017, with the final analysis completed in February 2018.
  • A blind online survey conducted by RentPath Research from October 8 – 10, 2018 of 1,044 consumers who have searched online for a place to rent as their primary residence. The national sample was sized proportionally by gender, age and ethnicity to align with the U.S. Census.
  • An online, blind survey of 750 renters conducted by RentPath Research between November 10 – December 4, 2017.

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How to Write a Holiday Thank You Note

The holidays have come and gone.

Dinner parties were had, gifts were given and everyone was merry.

But even after the last present has been unwrapped and the last piece of silverware washed and put away, there’s still something else that must be done.

You need to plan how you’ll show your gratitude to those who share in the holiday season with you.

The lost art of saying thanks

Long before text messages and Instagram posts conveyed the innermost thoughts of people, cards sharing best wishes and kind appreciation were handwritten and mailed as thank you notes.

Receiving an actual letter in the mail amidst all the junk that still comes through can bring more joy to someone than whatever you’re actually thanking them for doing. The importance of taking a few minutes to jot down a special message for the people you appreciate, especially during the holidays, isn’t as common anymore, but it’s an easy gesture with a big impact.

Where to start

Before you begin thinking about the message you want to write, you need to have the right materials. Put aside blank sheets of printer paper and ripped off pages from notepads. They only convey a lazy sentiment and that you rushed to get this note written.

Instead, invest in a pack of nice cards to have on hand when needed. You don’t have to spend a lot of money at a stationary store in order to be prepared – just about every drug store sells them. If you’re in a situation where you’ll be thanking the same person more than once in a short time period, consider getting a set of notecards with different designs on the front, for some variety.

The pen you use is important, too. No pencil and no typing. Stick with ink colors that are easy to read and ones that stand out against the color of the notecard. Dark blue, purple or green might be good choices, but stay away from black, especially if your notecard is white. According to color studies, the black and white combination of colors is the hardest to remember.

Pick your handwriting style that’s easiest to read as well. If you can pull off an elegant cursive, go for it. Otherwise, stick to print. Don’t worry if your handwriting isn’t perfect, either. The fact that you’re taking the time to physically write out a note will make a positive impression no matter how neat the handwriting.

Write the right message

A typical thank you note doesn’t have to be long. A short, heartfelt message will do the trick. What’s important is that you speak in your own voice, share a message that’s complimentary and kind, and personalize each note with specific details related to the recipient.

Your purpose is to express gratitude, so make sure that clearly comes across. It’s OK to say thank you more than once in your note, as well. It’s also a nice touch to add a line about when you’ll see them again, or that you hope to see them soon.

Mailing the thank you note

Once the note is complete, it’s time to pop it in the mail. Again, hand write the recipient’s address on the envelope. Don’t print out labels, even if you’re writing quite a few notes. Show off that you’ve put time into this special message.

Consider purchasing holiday themed stamps for a little something extra, and keep return address labels on hand, even if you’re not sending out that much mail these days. Stationary stores also offer return address stamps or embossers if you’re interested in adding a classier element to your mail.

What are you thankful for

Two of the most common reasons to write a thank you note are for gifts you’ve received or to show gratitude toward someone who came to an event you hosted. Sometimes these sentiments are combined in a single note, like at a birthday party, but during the holidays, they’re often separate.

Here are two sample thank you notes which convey the tips already shared.

1. Thank you for coming to my holiday party

Dear Jill,

Thank you for coming to my holiday party this past weekend. It was such a fun night, and I was happy you were able to join in the festivities. It was so thoughtful of you to bring cookies to share with everyone. I appreciated the extra dessert and they were so delicious. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and look forward to seeing you again.

Jane

2. Thank you for the lovely holiday gift

Dear Clark and Lois,

Thank you so much for the wine of the month club subscription. I love trying new wine and it’s exciting to know I’ll be sampling bottles from around the world. I really appreciate you thinking of us during the holidays with such a kind gift. You’ll have to come over one month for a wine tasting! Have a wonderful holiday.

Diana

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The 5 Most Popular Miami Neighborhoods for Renters

Year-round sunshine, tropical breezes, beaches, lush nature, diverse and exotic cultures, glittering nightlife and a world-class international art scene make Miami one of the most desirable locations in the U.S. It’s no wonder Miami’s population is growing about 65,000 people yearly, with some 5,400 new residents arriving into the city’s metropolitan area each month.

If you’re among the many adventurous souls looking to start a new life in the Magic City, we can help you find your ideal neighborhood to call home.

We searched through Google data to find the most popular Miami neighborhoods that appear on ApartmentGuide.com searches and came up with a list of the five most searched neighborhoods among Miami renters.

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Below is an overview of Miami’s top five neighborhoods and the average cost you can expect to pay for rent in each of these areas.

1. Brickell

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The upscale Brickell neighborhood attracts young professionals who love the convenience of living close to where they work. Residents can also enjoy being surrounded by a bevy of restaurants, shops, boutiques, yoga studios, cafés and art galleries immediately upon leaving the office or their loft with sun-filled views.

In a city known for its congested traffic, the benefit of not having to commute very far – maybe even living within walking distance of work – may easily compensate for the above-average cost of rent in this popular and chic neighborhood.

Property Size Brickell Average Miami Average
1 BR $2,645 $2,502

2. Downtown

Downtown Miami has been reborn thanks to the development of the popular Arts District. This area is popular among young professionals due to its walkability and ease of public transportation, with the Metro Rail providing a quick and convenient commute around town.

Access is also easy to the Arsht Center, Museum Park, shops, boutiques, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment averages around $2,400, making this neighborhood slightly less expensive than the city average.

Property Size Downtown Average Miami Average
1 BR $2,443 $2,502

3. Edgewater

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Edgewater is one of Miami’s hottest neighborhoods as new developments create a walkable community dotted with lush green spaces, such as Margaret Pace Park. Young professionals have access to cultural jewels, such as the Perez Art Museum and Frost Science Museum in nearby Museum Park.

Edgewater is also close to the Wynwood and Downtown Arts Districts and the Design District. Rents for a one bedroom average $2,200, making this one of the area’s more affordable new neighborhoods.

Property Size Edgewater Average Miami Average
1 BR $2,201 $2,502

4. Coral Way

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This shady tree-lined neighborhood is reminiscent of a laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle, with walkable access to shops, boutiques, restaurants and cultural amenities.

Coral Way rents are slightly steeper than other areas, largely due to the area’s upscale architecture and its history as an exclusive enclave for professionals. Rent for a one-bedroom in this family-friendly neighborhood averages around $2,600.

Property Size Coral Way Average Miami Average
1 BR $2,631 $2,502

5. Overtown

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Overtown is a historic neighborhood in the heart of Miami. It’s been recently redeveloped and renovated to accommodate a more upscale population. With walkable access to lush green spaces, such as Lummus Park and Gibson Park, the area is also close to the artsy happenings in Wynwood and Edgewater. It also has slightly lower rent prices than the Miami average at $2,303 for a one-bedroom.

Property Size Overtown Average Miami Average
1 BR $2,303 $2,502
The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.
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The 5 Most Popular Milwaukee Neighborhoods for Renters

Milwaukee, WI, sits upon the coast of Lake Michigan and provides access to many breweries and a vibrant and trendy restaurant and entertainment scene, making it attractive to locals and new residents alike.

If you’re interested in calling Milwaukee home, we’re here to help you find the best neighborhood for your needs.

We combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Milwaukee neighborhoods on ApartmentGuide.com to determine the five most popular Milwaukee neighborhoods with renters.

Most popular Milwaukee neighborhoods

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Here’s a quick overview of each neighborhood and what you’d expect to pay for rent in each area.

1. Downtown

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Downtown Milwaukee is a vibrant urban community that attracts young professionals seeking plenty of entertainment options outside their front door. The area is situated along the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan, providing residents with access to beaches, parks and museums, plus fine dining restaurants and shopping options.

Getting around town is easy. Residents can walk, ride the Hop streetcar or enjoy a bike ride to almost any destination in town. Apartment rental prices are slightly above the city’s average. But expect to pay even higher if you’re looking for a lake or river view.

Property Size Downtown Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,537 $1,550
2 BR $2,701 $2,568

2. Lower East Side

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Lower East Side draws a younger crowd of professionals likely due to its affordable housing and vibrant, bustling nightlife. Here, you’ll find a vintage movie theater, a couple of small entertainment complexes and plenty of shopping and ethnic dining options.

The neighborhood borders the Milwaukee River, providing residents with stunning water views. The area also boasts a variety of housing options, including condos and apartments. Its lower-than-city average rental prices have also made this neighborhood in demand for renters.

Property Size Lower East Side Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,472 $1,550
2 BR $2,268 $2,568

3. Walker’s Point

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Walker’s Point is one of the most diverse districts in Milwaukee. It’s known for its LGBT-friendly nightspots and its wide variety of Latin restaurants and clubs. New restaurants and craft breweries are always popping up in the area.

Stylish loft apartments are also becoming the norm among residences, making this up-and-coming neighborhood attractive to young professional renters.

Property Size Walker’s Point Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,764 $1,550
2 BR $1,991 $2,568

4. Historic Third Ward

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The Historic Third Ward draws young professionals, couples and even families looking for urban city living with amenities at their fingertips. Part of Downtown Milwaukee, this district is highly walkable and features access to just about anything via bike and the Hop streetcar.

Its former warehouses and industrial spaces are now home to galleries, boutique shops, trendy restaurants and big-box retailers. The area also features the famed Milwaukee Public Market and plenty of outdoor recreation and activities at The Henry W. Maier Festival Park.

Loft apartments with stunning city, river and lake views are popular residences but cost well above the city’s average rental prices.

Property Size Historic Third Ward Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $1,884 $1,550
2 BR $3,310 $2,568

5. Yankee Hill

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Yankee Hill is a popular neighborhood for those who want to be close enough to Downtown for work and entertainment but far enough from the hustle and bustle. The area includes a wide variety of affordable apartments, with many featuring lake and city views.

Yankee Hill is also home to plenty of dining and shopping options, mostly within walking distance to its residential areas. The Oak Leaf Trail runs through the district’s eastern border, making it easy for bicyclists to access other areas of the city.

Property Size Yankee Hill Average Milwaukee Average
1 BR $938 $1,550
2 BR $1,625 $2,568

The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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The 5 Most Popular Fargo Neighborhoods for Renters

Fargo has boomed over the last five years, and there’s no sign of this up-and-coming metropolis slowing down.

Located on the Red River, the area’s growing arts, culture and entertainment scenes, as well as its regional health care and education growth continue to make this an attractive place to live and work.

If you’re one of those people looking to live in Fargo, we’re here to help you find your perfect neighborhood to call home.

We combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Fargo neighborhoods on ApartmentGuide.com to determine the five most popular Fargo neighborhoods with renters.

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Below is an overview of Fargo’s top 5 neighborhoods and the average cost you can expect to pay for rent in each of these areas.

1. Downtown

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Downtown is the heart of Fargo. This central business district provides professionals and young families urban living with plenty of entertainment options, trendy restaurants and bars, plus green spaces and waterfront views.

The area is also very walkable and provides free transportation to and from the neighboring Moorhead, Minn., district. Modern lofts, condos and apartments will cost a pretty penny. Rental prices are well above the city’s average.

Property Size Downtown Average Fargo Average
1 BR $1,028 $712
2 BR $1,564 $885

2. Amber Valley

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Between the bustle of Veterans Boulevard and 45th Avenue lies the quiet and modern Amber Valley. This newer commercial district continues to add retail and restaurant options for its roughly 1,600 residents, many who work at the nearby Sanford Medical Center.

The area primarily includes apartments and townhomes at average rental prices. The small neighborhood also provides easy access to I-94 and outdoor activities at nearby Anderson Park.

Property Size Amber Valley Average Fargo Average
1 BR $719 $712
2 BR $869 $885

3. Willow Park

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Willow Park is a family-friendly neighborhood that provides residents with access to a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options. The area also features a small park of the same name that includes basketball courts and green space.

Those looking to call this district home can find a variety of multi-family apartment buildings and detached houses at just slightly above the city’s average rental prices.

Property Size Willow Park Average Fargo Average
1 BR $758 $712
2 BR $1,026 $885

4. Southpointe

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Southpointe is a small neighborhood attracting families and retirees looking for quiet living with access to recreation and entertainment. The Milwaukee Trail and mini-parks system bisect the neighborhood, so residents have plenty of outdoor activities at their fingertips.

Its commercial and residential areas feature a blend of classic and modern buildings that house old Fargo staple restaurants and business alongside new boutiques, salons and yoga studios. Housing includes single-family homes, townhomes and apartment buildings at or below the city’s average rental prices.

Property Size Southpointe Average Fargo Average
1 BR $658 $712
2 BR $874 $885

5. Prairiewood

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Prairiewood is the ideal neighborhood for professionals and families looking for quiet living still close to everything. This centrally located area is primarily residential and includes condos, apartments and single-family housing.

Residents have access to a variety of dining and entertainment options. But the main draw is the Prairiewood Golf Course. Quick access to I-94 and I-29 also makes getting anywhere in Fargo just a 15-minute drive.

Property Size Prairiewood Average Fargo Average
1 BR $708 $712
2 BR $936 $885

The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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