Meridian is located in eastern Mississippi, just a brief drive from the Alabama border. The city is located close to a lot of other things as well, being a short day trip from Jackson, Birmingham, New Orleans and Memphis. Nearly all of the south’s major metropolitan areas will be at your fingertips!
Originally established at the important junction of several major railroad lines, Meridian has remained committed to preserving its history while bringing in infallible new industry that has kept the economy strong (primarily military and health care). This means that Meridian has several lovely historical districts that are currently in the process of being renovated, as many residents seek out entertainment, dining and shopping in the suburbs.
The term “sleepy Southern town” may have been coined to describe Meridian. Though the MSU Riley Center brings in arts and performance events and there’s surely a plethora of dining and shopping options available, you’ll be hard pressed to find any semblance of a scene after sundown. So make the best of your days by enjoying proximity to great outdoor recreational areas.
If you’re looking for luxury apartment rentals, townhomes or condominiums, look to the north of town. As the northern area is the closest to the Naval Air Station, new housing developments here cater to military professionals and families. Many of the rental apartments here have great amenities including gyms, clubhouses and pools, all of which will help you get through those long, hot, humid Meridian summers. Because military families and officers may have some special needs, short-term leases studio apartments for rent are frequently available in these developments. For the best rentals north of town check out the developments along Highway 39 North and North Hills Road.
The area south of town has also seen some new apartment development, particularly in the neighborhoods around the Bonita Lakes Mall. Settling in this area has the added benefit of putting your close to both shopping and Bonita Lakes Park, where you can easily enjoy the nearby trails and recreational activities.
You’ll find great, inexpensive apartments scattered throughout the rest of town. Generally, the neighborhoods farthest from the city center tend to be the nicest, though certain portions of the historical districts are well regarded by residents. You’ll also find the odd rental home available in suburban neighborhoods outside of town. Overall, rents in Meridian are very low, with three bedrooms generally ranging from $600 to $800.
Many Meridian rentals welcome all kinds of creatures, so finding a pet-friendly apartment in town shouldn’t be too difficult. That said, you may have to pay an additional deposit for large dogs.
So welcome to Meridian! Enjoy the laid back Southern vibe in this thriving town!
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