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How to Find a Denver Apartment

By Landing | Jul 11, 2020

Between deciding on amenities to picking the perfect neighborhood, finding a Denver apartment can seem like a challenging task.  With so many available rentals, how can you be sure that you’ve chosen  the perfect apartment? Do you consider floor plans or community amenities? What about easy access to dining, shopping, and outdoor activities? Plus, you have to factor in rent, furnishings, and the length of your lease.

If you’re struggling to make a personal connection with one of the apartments in Denver, CO, here’s how to narrow down the field a bit.

Start with the neighborhood.

Your neighborhood is going to matter a lot when it comes time to move. After all, it’s going to act as your home base, so you want to move somewhere with access to everything that Denver has to offer.  Since Denver is larger than Boulder, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Fort Collins, it’ll all come down to finding the right neighborhood. 

Do you move to a neighborhood closer to Aurora where you can get a two-bedroom apartment for less? Or do you get a one-bedroom apartment in the city center and stay close to downtown Denver? In bustling neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, a one-bedroom apartment will run you more than it would in Englewood, DTC, or Greenwood Village. LoDo, on the other hand, is much like Capitol Hill in this sense. With easy access to Coors Field, Union Station, and the Denver Art Museum, prices in the city center are at a premium.

If you’re looking to save money, a neighborhood like Englewood, Broomfield, or Greenwood Village might be ideal. Though you won’t exactly be located within walking distance of Union Station or Coors Field, you’re going to be closer to some of Colorado’s cultural amenities. These include mountain views and acres of parks. With incredible views of the mountains, you might not even worry that you’re not in the center of the Denver area. Plus, every neighborhood has tons of creative restaurants and independent shops for you to explore.

What activities matter most?

Do you love hitting up golf courses? Are you ready to hike the trails in Cherry Creek State Park? Do you need a nearby playground that’s not a large walk away? This can help determine your apartment location. If you want a quick drive to Red Rocks Park, the Denver Zoo, or the Denver Museum of Nature, you’ll want to be situated in a convenient location right near the center. If sporting teams like the NFL’s Denver Broncos, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, and the MLB’s Colorado Rockies are more your speed, you’ll want to be close to the venues.

More excited about great outdoor adventures? There are plenty of Colorado apartments near spacious suburbs that give you close access to world-class skiing in the Rocky Mountains. For some, the perfect place will be closer to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. For others, it’ll be near vibrant nightlife spots like the Ogden Theatre or activities like the Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park. Keep in mind that your average apartment rent could vary due to your location and nearby activities.

Should you choose a furnished apartment?

In many ways, available rental units that are furnished are an easier choice for your new home. From single-family rentals to condos and apartments, tenants often enjoy pre-furnished spaces. Plus, furnished apartments often include bonus amenities. If you want a fireplace, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, walk-in closets, a washer, dryer, fitness center, or a balcony, you may have a better time finding these in a furnished apartment.

On the other hand, if you don’t need a kitchen with stainless steel appliances, you’re not concerned about having a washer or dryer in your unit, and you don’t mind the lack of a fitness center, you may be fine. It all depends on your mindset. You can filter these options through your apartment finder or the web property of any complex. There are many furnished apartments in Denver that can give you exactly what you want in almost any neighborhood. Furthermore, you can also search “furnished rentals Denver” to find what you need.

Whether you’re looking in Lakewood, Wash Park, Congress Park, DTC, or Arvada, the largest city in Colorado has plenty to offer, finding a Denver apartment can take time, but it’s so worth the effort. 

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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.