What about entertainment? Is there anything to do there?
The biggest and most obvious attraction is the manmade Clearwater Beach, whose coastline extends for about two miles. Every Thursday through Monday beginning a couple hours before sunset, flock to the “Sunsets at Pier 60” festival, which features live entertainment, and themed cruises. Other parts of the city are dotted with a variety of pubs and clubs.
I bet apartments are crazy expensive, aren’t they?
Surprisingly, no. The average apartment costs only around $900 a month and even bayside crash pads can easily be found in the $700-$1100 range. Whether you’re in the market for a basic 1BR unit, a pre-furnished luxury unit with all the bells and whistles or anything in between, you’ll find a variety of affordable options in Clearwater.
Anything special I need to know about scoring my dream dwellings?
Most apartment managers will conduct a background check on you (at your expense, usually), so be prepared to fork over a non-refundable fee of $50 or more when submitting an application. Other documents you should bring along include a list of previous residences, proof of income, and banking account statements.
What about life outside the beach?
Downtown, aka the “Cleveland Street District,” has received a major facelift in recent years and now boasts an assortment of retail, entertainment, and residential options. New high-rise condominiums and ultramodern loft spaces continue to sprout up, most of which are available for $800 or less. Located a mere five minutes from the beach but exuding a decidedly urban vibe, downtown Clearwater has become a popular living locale.
Anything else I need to know?
Just remember to bring along plenty of that sky-high SPF lotion and leave your cold weather gear behind. Even in the most “frigid” months of the year, temperatures rarely drop below the mid-50s at night and the low-70s during the day. So be sure to enjoy your Mai Tai on the beach in February while the rest of us are freezing our behinds off!
And now you’re all set to begin your search for the perfect apartment. Welcome to Clearwater and happy hunting!
-By Kera Zacuto
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