Easy-going, laid-back, and some of the friendliest people you will ever know, local Ashland-ers are a strange mix of small-townsfolk and not-so-plain Jane's. Here, you can find yourself a perfectly peaceful and pleasantly boring suburban neighborhood, a secluded woodsy area, or an entertaining downtown neighborhood. For arts, the Paramount Players put on some great shows at the haunted Paramount Arts Center. For the kids, there are plenty of places to play around Central Park, with several baseball diamonds, playgrounds, a traditional bandstand, as well as the annual Winter Wonderland of Lights. And, for all you general renters, Ashland has an extremely wide variety of rental properties to consider.
There are $150 per month RV rentals, $300-$600 mobile home rentals, very affordable ranchers and colonial-style rental homes in the $300-$900 range, as well as plenty of cheap apartments. For apartment living, you can find a studio for about $350, or rent something big and beautiful in the $500-$600 range. Ashland brings in a lot of temporary out-of-town workers, so finding a short-term lease and a furnished apartment or rental home is pretty easy.
When it comes to amenities, don't expect much out of Ashland's rental properties. There are no luxury apartments with hot tubs and sauna's. However, with quick drive through town, you’ll see people enjoying some of the simpler amenities in Ashland life, such as sitting on a nice, big country porch, playing ball on a grassy lawn, or getting together for a BBQ with the neighbors. With many apartments housed in old, converted homes, the apartment life in Ashland is much closer to life in a duplex or rental home than anything you would imagine at a typical metropolitan apartment community.
Looking for a pet friendly apartment or rental home? Well, you’re in luck because Ashland is full of pet friendly property rentals. Most places have a 2-pet limit and charge about $100 per pet. Always remember to ask your landlord about pet policies to avoid any hairy (yeah, we went there) situations.
There's much more to Ashland than meets the eye, and after spending a little time here you’ll see just how much the locals make this community unique. People have very strong values, beautiful character, and a light that shines from the inside out. However, there are also some "bad seeds" in town, with a few self-described “pillbillies” and plenty of hard drinkers. So, finding a family friendly neighborhood in Ashland, like any industrial city, might take a little bit of legwork. However, good neighborhoods and bad neighborhoods are pretty easy to spot with a quick drive around town. The areas around Skyline Drive and Boy Scout Road are really nice. There are also some quiet, secluded wooded areas where neighbors are few and far between.
So, that's Ashland life in a nutshell. Now, you can hit the town armed with local knowledge and find the perfect new place to call home. Best of luck!