If you’re a sucker for the furniture and textile businesses (and who isn’t?!), you’ll fit in nicely in High Point, whose semi-annual High Point Market typically draws up to 100,000 exhibitors and shoppers from all over the globe. The city has also transformed in recent years into a hub for the banking, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries, while the 3,000-plus students at High Point University add a touch of ethnic diversity and excitement to the city’s otherwise mellow vibe.
Mostly, though, High Point is a city geared towards families with kids. The streets are dotted with outdoors attractions like parks (Triangle Park, most notably), playgrounds, and a cornfield maze that zigs and zags for more than ten acres. Have you ever wanted to see the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers? Of course you have! Luckily for you, that’s in High Point, too, as is the renowned Angela Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum (and we all know there ain’t no party like a cornfield/giant dresser/porcelain doll party!)
You should know, though, that if you’re relocating to High Point expecting a city buzzing with culture and nightlife, you might be a wee bit let down. Bar hoppers are better off hitting up Greensboro or Winston-Salem for their after-hours kicks, as the pubs, clubs, and hotspots in High Point are few and far between. Bottom line: High Point may be a great place to raise a family and save a buck in the process, but it isn’t exactly nirvana for night owls.
The Lay of the Land
As always, we recommend you visit a city in advance to gauge its atmospherics before you sign the dotted line. It’s important to realize that pretty much every neighborhood in High Point is middle-class, suburban, and quiet as a church mouse on most nights. The closer you get to High Point University, though, the more likely you are to come across apartment complexes filled with a younger, more diverse tenant population. There are also some low-income, bargain bin-style units situated closer to the downtown area, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and the cheaper a crash pad is, the less likely it is to offer attractive amenities.
If you’re looking for an apartment with flash and dazzle, meanwhile, your best bet might be the increasingly popular North High Point area, which features a variety of newly constructed homes and modernized, spacious apartment complexes (usually for less than $700).
Tips for Tenants
Don’t let the numbers fool you: Even though nearly 70 percent of the city’s housing units are single-family detached homes, a wide range of affordable apartments are available throughout High Point. The average unit goes for only around $550, while even multi-BR luxury pads can easily be found for less than $800. A few things to keep in mind before sealing an apartment deal...
Shop the market. You can afford to be choosy during your High Point apartment hunting adventures. Waiting lists are practically unheard of and move-in specials pop up frequently, so don’t let a landlord talk you into a lease unless you’re 100 percent sold on the property.
Bring the basics. You’ll need a list of previous residences, proof of income, and banking information to score a lease in High Point. You’ll also need a solid credit history, since many landlords run background checks on prospective tenants. If you lack any of the above, a reputable co-signer will do just fine.
Bring a friend. Before you officially take up residence, you’ll have a chance to give your new digs an in-depth inspection to make sure everything is up to par. Check for obvious issues like weak water pressure, inadequate water temperature, malfunctioning appliances, or noticeable blemishes on the walls, floors, and ceilings. And bring an unbiased buddy along to check the place out, as he or she is likely to notice some imperfections that your super-stoked eyes are too excited to see.
Prepare for a tale of two cities. Twice a year (during April and October) for a six-day span, the normally un-tussled streets of High Points are flooded with furniture dealers and enthusiasts. Prepare for increased traffic during these weeks and give yourself extra time for your morning commute. Parking (which is otherwise ample in High Point) can also be a challenge during Market weeks, so plan your schedule accordingly.
And now you’re all set to commence your hunt for the perfect pad! So welcome to sofa-bed seventh heaven, and best of luck!
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