Keene, NH Read Guide >
First of all, be wary of any apartment listings geared towards students. There are no official inspections for off-campus housing and it's not uncommon to find a sleazy landlord running property rentals unfit for a dog to live in. Make sure you visit your future home before signing any lease, and that means the actual apartment unit, not just the one nice model home they keep tidy for future residents. There are plenty of wonderful property rentals, from cheap apartments to historic townhomes to spacious rental homes, but you must first weed out the un-inhabitables.
The next big worry is energy costs. Rentals with paid utilities and/or good insulation can save a butt-load of money during those harsh winter nights and hot summer days. Dead winter temperatures drop to well below zero, snow sticks around through the end of April, and then 80-degree days begin in late march, leaving very few days where you can actually open the windows and turn off the climate control.
After you find an inhabitable, affordable, and well insulated home, it's all gravy. Enjoy a round of golf, a hike along the river, a night of live music, or just stroll down the widest Main Street in America. There are lots of local shops, eateries, and brewpubs, as well as a great lineup of independent films, plays, ballets, operas, and concerts at the Colonial Theatre. It's a life with big-city entertainment, a dash of college culture, and an historic backdrop. And, you can enjoy it all for as cheap as $500 or as pricey as $1,200. Or, if you're ready for the luxurious senior community, then be ready to pay around $4,000 a month.
Amenities are the name of the game around here. Things like covered parking, snow removal, and laundry facilities can really make life easier. Many rentals are in shared homes, where furnished living areas, paid utilities, and cable/internet ready rooms make the big move much easier.
If you're looking for a pet-friendly rental, then you have a long and weary journey ahead of you. Most apartments don't allow pets, especially dogs. Though it may be possible to peruse the local classifieds for pet-friendly rentals, don't hold your breath. It's a tough world for dogs up here in New Hampshire.
So, that's about all you need to know about the renter's life in Keene. It has its ups and downs, its ins and outs, and you will have a blast figuring them all out. Enjoy!