Lots of people want the simplicity of a 1-bedroom apartment in southwest Florida.
Some of you are saving to buy homes, but aren't in a rush to give up the freedoms of apartment living. You want to spend your spare time and part of your income on experiences -- travel, concerts, sports, dining out and social life -- instead of yard work and housekeeping.
Maybe you're a first-time renter looking for a comfortable apartment community or a renter who no longer wants roommates.
Perhaps you're a retiree who is downsizing or spends the winter in Estero or Fort Myers to get away from cold, snowy weather. Although downsizing your space may be appealing, you don't want to downsize the amenities of your home and community.
Considering What You Need and Want
The first step in finding the right 1-bedroom apartment is to make a list of your needs and wants.
Among your needs, you might include:
A rental price range that fits your budget
Central heating and air conditioning
A pet-friendly policy, because getting rid of your dog or cat is out of the question
Easy access to freeway, airport and essential services, including supermarkets
A garage -- either attached or detached
Reasonable proximity to work and
Amenities you can't live without, such as high-speed Internet access.
The list of wants may encompass features such as:
Townhome styling, with a ground-floor, private entry
An open-floor plan and a roomy kitchen with excellent appliances
A washer and dryer in the apartment
Fitness facilities, including a swimming pool
A community clubhouse for get-togethers that won't fit in your apartment
A screened patio or balcony and
A fresh, up-to-date look with attractive finishes.
Researching Where to Find It
Friends, family and co-workers are among your best resources for identifying good places to live. Walking different apartment communities and their neighborhoods is a good idea as is contacting apartment managers to request facility tours.
You also need to invest time in online research to compare apartment basics and amenities. Examples of websites that help in comparing different rental complexes include Apartments.com, Rentcafe.com and Rentjungle.com. The online housing industry publication Curbed.com, which reports on housing choices and trends, includes all three of those websites and many others in a detailed article about top sources of apartment rental information.
Learning About Local Attractions
As you research possible locations for a 1 bedroom apartment in Fort Myers or Estero, keep track of local attractions you may want to add to your list to visit. In Estero, these may include state and regional parks, nature sanctuaries, historic sites as well as the Germain Arena, which hosts sports events and concerts.
Even if you don't want to live next to cultural or sports attractions, it's nice to have easy access to them. In Fort Myers, some favorites include JetBlue Park -- the site of Boston Red Sox spring training -- and the Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts, which hosts concerts, theatricals, outdoor movies and a weekly farmers' market.
Springs Apartment communities in Estero and Fort Myers are close to lots of fun experiences and fine dining. And we have 1-bedroom apartments to meet your needs and wants.
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