How can I find a great, affordable apartment?

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Jacksonville is the largest city by area not only in the State of Florida but also in the United States! With over 500 neighborhoods in the area, several beaches, a state University, and its own NFL team its no wonder why this ever-expanding city continues to be a driving force of attraction. When relocating to such an enriching and multi-cultured city such as Jacksonville, deciding where to begin your apartment search can often be overwhelming and stressful.

Living in such a large city definitely has its benefits when it comes to finding a well- suited area that compliments your lifestyle. Try to keep an open mind when it comes to selecting an ideal location. There are hundreds are neighborhoods in the Jacksonville area that gives you the flexibility to establish preferences when looking for Jacksonville apartments. The neighborhoods vary from downtown metropolitan mesas to secluded and serene beach towns. There is plenty to do in between the social disparity of downtown digs and beach bungalows. From parks, to shopping, dinning and theatres, Jacksonville is sure to have it all!

In order to determine what area is best for you, will dependent on your preferences. If you are looking for a cozy temporary home, it is best to start your search by establishing your budget. Creating a budget is most important when beginning your hunt for your new home. Although there will be affordable communities throughout the city of Jacksonville, you may get more bang for your buck in specific areas. The most efficient and quickest way to narrow down your search in the big city is to use our apartment locator to help you discover the perfect place to call home.

Our custom-built locator allows you to create your own filters and search requests when looking for a possible living area within seconds! To search for communities that are within your desired budget all you have to do is click on the “Search Now” button to get started. This button will redirect you to our search page. At the top left hand side of the screen, you will see a number line titled “Rent Per Month.” Use the line bars on each side of the number line to create a budget range that you prefer to stick to. As soon as you select your range, all of the properties that fit your criteria will populate on the page. You can then click on each icon to see what each community has to offer. This is the best and quickest way to see what each area offers their residents under your specific price. In other words, you can see how much can you get for the number of dollars you choose to spend.

If you have already established what necessities your living unit must include, you can also narrow down your search by implementing those preferences as well. These can include wanting a balcony, fireplace, fitness center, gated entrance, coffee bars and more! Maybe you prefer to have a city view of the downtown area, or perhaps you prefer a scenic nature landscape outside of your home. Whatever you decide to choose, we can help you find! All you have to do is plug your preferences under our “Community Features” tab. Once again, our locator will narrow down your search and only show you which communities fit your needs.

If you have narrowed down your search to price and features and are still uncertain as to which area of Jacksonville you prefer to live in, try looking for apartments near Jacksonville by lease length. Because Jacksonville is such a vivacious town, you may want to have the option to move as you please in order to discover the roads of the town. Some communities offer yearly, nine-month and even month-to-month leases that enable you to test out the waters before heavily committing.

Another way to presume your search for an affordable apartment, is to search for furnished apartments. Furnished communities are convenient for those who wish to travel around or those who are relocating from another city. These type of properties can offer fully furnished living spaces to partially furnished quarters. Again, you can input this preference into our locator to help you find which areas come furnished.

When moving to such a large area, it is best to start your search with a budget in mind. Creating a budget will allow you to avoid financial discrepancies while still allowing you to enjoy the best of Jacksonville living. By establishing a burdget, you can then compare competing communities and decide how your money will be spent best!

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