If you’ve ever wanted to live large, this might be the time to start. Vacancy rates in Spokane are highest in units with three or more bedrooms and, frankly, it’s getting to the point where some landlords not only want, but need to move people in. Play your cards right, you might get a three bed for just a whisper more than a two.
North and Northwest
Spokane is divided into north and south by the Spokane River. The North is almost entirely residential to one degree or another. Chances are good you’ll find your new neighborhood up here, especially if you’re on any kind of budget. Here are some tips for this half of town.
Logan’s Run…By Students
Gonzaga University adds a lot to the culture of Spokane, as do the city’s other schools of higher learning. If a kegger in the apartment upstairs is not the part of that culture you desire, however, be advised that Logan is a neighborhood comprised largely of student renters. One plus of this area is that landlords are used to renters turning over quickly and leaving apartments considerably worse for wear. Make an impression that you may prove otherwise, and you could find yourself with favorable terms.
Garland is a Rose
Locals and visitors alike often complain that the North side of Spokane is not particularly walkable. Garland is an exception, and only seems to be gaining momentum as a hub for pubs, entertainment, food, and people watching. You’ll pay 10% more than elsewhere on the north side to live here, but may find it worth the cost.
Don’t Go West, Young Man?
If you’re coming from Los Angeles or New York, you may not perceive that crime exists in Spokane. If you’re coming from elsewhere, however, the patch to look out for is West Central. Fairly or not, the area and its surrounds have acquired the handle, “Felony Flats.” So, if a deal to the far west of Division seems too good to be true, there may be some reason. Hillyard, on the far east of the north side does not have the most sterling of reputations, either.
Neva Say Neva
Nevada/Lidgerwood, or NevaWood, is a good example of what you can expect the further north you go from the center of town and fan out towards the edges of town. There is an absolutely titanic mall and the scale of the city becomes much more based on driving. Apartment complexes are your best bet up here. The price can be right, but your digs will lack a little originality, if that is something you covet.
Like many American cities, Spokane experienced growing pains in the second half of the twentieth century when city center dwellers migrated to the suburbs and I-90 was plunked through the middle of downtown. Business and entertainment options on the south side, the half of the city considered “downtown,” have picked up in recent years, but there are fewer renting options than the north and you will consequently end up paying a little more for what you find. But this is the part of the city locals are most proud of, so if you can carve out your corner, you’ll be glad you did.
Rolling on the River
South Hill, Browne’s Addition, and Rockwood have the tony, old money reputations, but if you want to rent something fancy downtown, you won’t get your money’s worth in those places. Try Riverside. This is where Spokane is reinventing itself with some of the biggest construction projects the city has undertaken in decades. Some of the bigger projects are in need of new tenants.
The Creamy Middle
Lots of middle class, lots of middle schools. If this sounds like you, try Manito/Cannon Hill. Craftsman bungalows and Victorian flats are amongst the available rental stock here. No word on if you’re actually required to have a middle school aged child to live here. For now, we assume not.
Peaceful Valley is exactly what it sounds like. And, you can easily walk to some of the more exciting, newer developments downtown. Until recently, some of the surrounding areas weren’t highly regarded, which may explain how Peaceful Valley has remained a relative secret. Now that the area is considered “up and coming” be sure to shop around as rents for comparable units fluctuate more than in other neighborhoods.
Hey, Ho! Idaho!
Not afraid of a little commute? It’s not unheard of to trade some time on the road for the chance to rent a house with a yard and some room to spread out. Spokane Valley is just a few miles east on I-90 and lots of folks range as far as Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, thirty three miles to the east, to find what they’re looking for.