The Cowlitz River separates Longview from Kelso. The city center and industrial park are both located along the Cowlitz. As with many struggling cities, the downtown and surrounding industrial areas have higher crime rates than farther-flung suburban developments. However, some luxury townhomes and condominiums have recently gone up along the riverfront. These buildings frequently have studio apartments and furnished apartments for rent, as well as tons of amenities, such as a gym, swimming pool, and clubhouse. Two bedroom apartments for rent in these buildings are fairly expensive, typically going for $1,300 - $1,700.
Outside of the new development in the city center, you’ll find most of the safest and best housing in the northwest portion of town near the Coal Creek and Longview Heights communities. Here, there are many apartments for rent, as well as rental homes. The southwest portion of town also has some cheap apartments in safe, desirable neighborhoods, particularly in the area surrounding Lake Sacajawea. These neighborhoods tend to be quieter and more suburban in feel. Two bedroom rental properties here generally range from $500 - $700.
Pet friendly apartments will vary by owner and location. For instance, several of the new riverfront developments allow cats and small dogs, while rental homes in the northwest are less inclined to allow pets. It’s not impossible to secure a rental for you and your four-legged friend, just allow yourself plenty of time to find it.
Welcome to Longview! Enjoy all the outdoor recreation the city has to offer!
-By Kera Zacuto
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