With a pleasant climate and close proximity to major Florida cities, Hollywood is a very desirable place to live in; but you probably couldn't tell just by looking at rental prices. Median rental prices were ridiculously low in 2011. Even with such great prices, though, it's important to be prepared when trying to move there. Everyone loves surprises, but come on, not when searching for a place to live.
There is a great range of different potential rental prices that a person could pay in Hoollywood. And as everyone knows, you get what you pay for. New residents should keep in mind, though, that they're getting a really good price considering the value of the homes in the area. This means that, while still paying decent rental prices in Hollywood, residents were able to live in homes worth more than the ones other Florida residents resided in. Come on... that's what being Hollywood is all about, right?
When should you start looking for your new home? Well... this is Florida. You absolutely know that it's going to be busy during the summer. This doesn't mean, however, that summer isn't a great time to find rental homes. In fact, it may be one of the best times. The rainiest months of the year in Hollywood fall right smack dab in the middle of summer. In fact, the rainiest month of the year happens to be June; right at the beginning of summer weather. This means many onlookers will bypass the city to head out to Fort Lauderdale instead.
Now don't get it twisted. If you're ready to get a great place in a nice area at a good price, it's time to bring your A-game. Many landlords will charge an application fee that will include a credit check, but you can show how awesome you are by already having this information prepared. Sure, they'll probably still charge you the application fee. Don't be surprised if you have to pay an additional pet deposit in some areas. Bring in proof of income or something saying you're currently employed in the area.
There is no shortage of neighborhoods to live in within the Hollywood area, but you need to make your choice wisely. Seriously, why live somewhere you're not going to like when there are other places right across town that still fit into your budget. Go ahead; pick a neighborhood. Make our day.
Royal Poinciana: This is densely populated neighborhood while the rent is cheaper in this area.
Oak Point: This neighborhood might just be the spot for those looking for a great property.
Estates of Fort Lauderdale: Within12 miles of this neighborhood, Estates of Fort Lauderdale provides a great opportunity.
Liberia: Liberia has a population density lower than that of the rest of Hollywood. On top of that, a huge percentage of the homes in the area were built after 1990. If you're looking for a low-cost place to stay, Liberia offers that.
Don't you just hate living places where there's not many food choices? This is never a problem in Hollywood. There are literally over 5,000 restaurants within a 15 mile radius of the city center. Come on! CNN ranked it one of the best places to live in 2011, and even the greatest areas had fewer than 3,000.
What's one thing that people think about when they think of Hollywood, CA? Smog in the air, right? Well that's a no-go here. A full 91 percent of all days in Hollywood, FL are ranked as "good" on the Air Quality Index (AQI). This is unheard of! Especially since the average in CNN's list of greatest places to live only tops out at 78.5 percent. In the fresh air, at least 3 percent of the population chooses to walk or bike to work. Looking back at CNN's "top list", Hollywood, FL beats out the best places to live again.
Hollywood has an amazing transit system, and if you even look at their buses, you'll think "Wow... that's an awesome looking bus." Seriously, that's what we thought. Brace yourself. There's also a trolley service. Seriously. From Wednesday to Sunday, a trolley departs from various locations around the city every 30 minutes. Hold on; brace yourself again. Each ride is only one dollar. Hollywood, FL is calling your name. Loudly.