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Guide to Short-Term Housing in Denver

By Landing | Oct 14, 2020

If you’re one of many business travelers who are increasingly growing sick and tired of hotels and navigating complex fixed-term leased, then you might want to consider pursuing a short term rental for your next business trip.  Compared to a traditional lease, short-term (also called temporary housing)  leases are a useful way for you to either explore a city as a traveler, set up a base between more permanent primary residences, or work an extended contract for business.

For many, short-term rentals take them to the beautiful city of Denver, CO. While there’s plenty of business in Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins, the city of Denver takes the cake as the largest city in the state. Corporate housing is on the rise, and many individuals are considering short-term rentals over more traditional rental properties. To know how short term housing works in the Mile High City, here are a few helpful pointers.

What is a short-term rental?

In many ways, a short term housing option is fairly self-explanatory. Compared to a six-month or one-year lease, short term housing is often on a month-to-month lease or only for a few months at a time. However, there is  still the option to re-sign at the end of a term, but this depends on your real estate agent and your short-term property owners.

If you’re looking for some more detailed information, there are a few things to consider about temporary housing. First, you may have to work directly with a property owner yourself. While your real estate company or corporate housing provider can help, it’s important for the owner of the primary residence to know their tenants. Also, compared to AirBnb and VRBO, it’s a bit more secure and easier to find solid listings. While AirBnb is a great option for vacation rentals, it isn’t the best fit for executive housing and rental homes.

Once you’ve found short term rental hosts, you’ll want to make sure the condos, one or two-bedroom apartments, or townhouses are within your price range. One drawback of temporary housing is that the average rent is sometimes higher. Luckily, you can negotiate your average rent with your landlord to keep it within your price range.

How do you find temporary housing?

Typically, you’ll work with a corporate housing team within the professional corporate housing industry. Other individuals will use housing helpers, an apartment list, or a relocation company. You can also rely on a free rental locator or online real estate listings to browse a diverse selection of properties. An apartment locator can help you filter through different types of properties including investment properties, lofts, multi-bedroom apartments, and other floor plans.

You’ll want to choose a listing platform with a high level of customer service because it is the best way to find the right utilities and amenities for your needs. If you’re working with housing helpers and looking at condos, for example, you may have a list of key features you desire. These might include a full-service kitchen with stainless steel appliances, easy access to downtown Denver, and nearby parks like Cheesman Park.

Can you bring pets?

When you’re living in a corporate apartment, the average rent isn’t the only thing to keep in mind. While your apartment list can help you search an online database between primary residences or corporate housing, it’s sometimes harder to know a building’s pet policy. If you want to bring your furry friends along with you, you’ll need to let your helpers or real estate agents know.

Otherwise, you could face warnings and fines from your building, which could cause a major hassle. Discuss pet policies with your relocation professionals beforehand to make sure that you find executive homes that fit your precise needs. You can also talk with insurance companies about pet insurance before your relocation. It’s a smart idea for any corporate traveler or visitor. Make sure you keep this in mind when you search “month-to-month apartments in Denver.”

Which neighborhoods in Denver are the best?

The right neighborhood in Denver will depend on your wants and needs. If you need easy access to office locations, you’ll want to consider being near the Denver Tech Center (DTC). If the Denver Tech Center seems a bit too corporate, you may want to think about more suburban areas like Greenwood Village, Congress Park, Englewood, Cherry Creek, or Broomfield. If you’d like to be just outside the action, Aurora is a great place, though Aurora is technically its own city. And naturally, if you want to be where the action is, you’ll consider downtown Denver, where there’s easy access to Speer Boulevard, which is full of shopping, dining, and entertainment

You can discuss neighborhoods like Longmont, Englewood, and Greenwood Village with your real estate helpers too, so you can choose the perfect location for your temporary home. Whether you’re traveling in from Las Vegas or you’re from New York City, there’s bound to be short-term rentals in Denver, CO. that will fit your needs.

What is there to do?

Denver is full of sights, sounds, and outdoor activities. You can take day trips to a gold rush mining town, Boulder, Colorado, or even Louisville, CO. to see all that Colorado has to offer. If you’re in the mood for a road trip, Nevada isn’t too far away. You could take a long weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada too. If you’d rather stay local, Denver is home to a bustling food and art scene. There are always  festivals, activities, and tastings going on throughout the city.

In particular, the annual food truck rally is a popular option for the locals and is a great way to sample both international and American fare. For those that are a fan of the outdoors, there are plenty of trails, hikes, and mountains to see. Just make sure to pack your suitcase with the right essentials so you don’t have to go shopping the second you get settled.

No matter your needs, you can find something that will fit your needs if you search “short-term housing in Denver.” Make sure to work with some housing helpers, especially if you want those stainless steel appliances. Whether you’re in the heart of downtown or you’re in DTC, you’re bound to enjoy your extended stay in Denver. 

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About the author

Landing

Fred may be the world's slowest typist and struggle to hold a pen, but he has mastered how to pursue a more flexible lifestyle throughout his airborne adventures around the U.S. Whether you're looking for more information before migrating to a new city or want to find an easier way to rent a nest—erm, apartment—Fred will always be here to share his best advice for where to live and how to thrive.