Apartments for Rent in Fresno
If you're looking for big city life on a little city budget, Fresno may be just the town you're looking for. Apartments in Fresno are available and affordable, even by California standards, and the «Best Little City in America» doesn't disappoint on the benefits of living here. Finding an apartment in Fresno means you don't have to choose between bustling city life and the quiet of the outdoors. Fresno apartment rentals are available among a variety of Fresno's diverse neighborhoods, and choosing the right apartment for you can be a tough decision. This guide to things to consider when shopping for an apartment in Fresno should help you get to know the city a little, and will hopefully provide you with some insight as you search for the perfect Fresno apartment.
Life in Fresno
If you have a passion for the outdoors but want to be close to city amenities, Fresno is the perfect place for you to live. It's proximity to many mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests make it an outdoor lover's dream. The climate in Fresno could be considered odd for California, where we're used to hearing about places enjoying 72 degree days year round. Here, the temperature can be as high as 90 in the summers down to 30 or so in the winter, but it seldom gets too cold to enjoy the outdoors.
One oddity that you may find when visiting a city as large as Fresno is that it isn't linked to an interstate. In fact, it's the largest city in California whose residents rely on neighborhood roads and surface streets to get around town and connect to the interstate for commutes. Pubic transportation exists in the form on the Fresno Area Express (FAX), but most residents own cars and use them regularly to get around.
If New York is the Big Apple, Fresno is the Big Raisin, thanks to a group of dancing raisins in the 1980s, but its ample farmland grows many fruits, providing grapes to local wineries and other fresh fruits.
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Things to Consider when Renting an Apartment in Fresno
Neighborhoods: Deciding which Fresno neighborhood is right for you depends on your personality. With a bustling downtown, vibrant nightlife in the southern areas of town contrasting with the quieter, more suburban life of the northern areas, Fresno offers a style of living for almost any personality. Plus, Fresno apartments rent for a fraction of the cost of apartments elsewhere in California, without sacrificing availability of activities. Let's take a look at some of Fresno's neighborhoods to help you get started on your apartment hunt.
North Fresno: North Fresno is the «small town» part of the city. If you enjoy quiet, suburban living but want to remain close to shopping, restaurants, and outdoor activities, finding an apartment in North Fresno may be the place for you to begin. North Fresno is a charming, relaxed neighborhood with farmer's markets, holiday parades, and older ranch-style homes next to more modern apartment homes. Rental prices here are very affordable, generally ranging from $450-$900 per month.
Tower District: South of quiet, small-town North Fresno, but north of bustling downtown, is the unique little neighborhood of the Tower District. Bungalows and Craftsman style homes abound here, and while the style is still decidedly suburban, the proximity to nightlife, cafes, and the cultural attractions of downtown give the Tower District apartments a decidedly eccentric, quirky vibe. With rental rates on par with those in North Fresno, if you like quiet living with an eclectic edge, start in the Tower District.
Huntington Blvd: A large, ivory plaque announces this neighborhood, so it's hard to miss. This part of town is home to historic homes and wide, old fashioned streets. A very family friendly neighborhood, the large streets lend themselves well to biking, children's play, and make a perfect backdrop for the largest Christmas tree in town, a popular spot for tourists every winter. Huntington is the epitome of the «Americana» neighborhood, and rentals here are typically 2 bedroom or larger single family homes. It's a little more expensive than life in North Fresno or the Tower District, but still quite affordable.
Arts District: Stuck in between downtown and the Tower District, the newly emerging Arts District is the upscale, artsy community of Fresno apartment living. Gated apartments, lofts, and live/work spaces abound in this area, which thrives on the arts community and is home to the city's museum, theaters, and performing arts centers. Many of the rentals here offer either garage or covered parking, and most others have open parking spaces. A haven for young professionals who thrive on the arts and those who enjoy bustling downtown living, the Fresno Arts District can give you a taste of city living for a fraction of the cost.