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46 apartments for rent near Lake Charles, LA

Watervue
1225 Country Club Rd
1 Bed
$1,149
2 Bed
$1,349
3 Bed
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Evergreen at River Oaks Apartments
4650 Nelson Rd
1 Bed
$1,025
2 Bed
$1,185
3 Bed
$1,485
West M Apartments
1330 W McNeese St
1 Bed
$1,033
2 Bed
$1,117
3 Bed
$2,031
The Charlestonian at Lake Charles
1531 Country Club Rd
1 Bed
$1,062
2 Bed
$1,168
3 Bed
$1,520
4141 Benoit Ln
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$1,250
Deaton St
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$800
S Perkins Ferry Rd
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$950
2951 Flora Rd
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$1,800
3108 Aster St
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$1,025
Lake St
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$1,250
W McNeese St
Lake Charles
4 Bed
$1,750
Deaton St
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$900
Oaklawn St
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$1,400
Lake St
Lake Charles
2 Bed
$1,225
W Oak Ln
Lake Charles
5 Bed
$1,980
S Constance Ln
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$1,600
2465 LA-397
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$795
2465 LA-397
Lake Charles
Studio
$725
8559 Gulf Hwy
Lake Charles
3 Bed
$800
8559 Gulf Hwy
Lake Charles
Studio
$800
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City Guide
Lake Charles
Lake Charles is Hip

It’s true, mes amis. As a Lake Charles resident, you’ll be able to enjoy and partake in more than 75 festivals each year, a vibrant nightlife scene, and live music playing at virtually every corner (hope you like rhythm and blues!). The city also boasts numerous Gulf beaches, trendy restaurants, quirky downtown shopping destinations, a legendary waterfront boardwalk, and arguably the coolest-named body of water on the planet, the Contraband Bayou. Besides, you know you’ve officially made it as a crazy-cool city when the Band, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Williams all name-drop you in song.

Featuring a variety of casinos, arts centers, theaters, historic shopping districts, pubs, clubs, resorts, and seemingly endless miles of natural habitat, Lake Charles truly has something to offer for everyone. Bottom line: Why not venture away from your apartment now and then and experience the various attractions your fair city has to offer?

Lake Charles is a Renter's Market

Rent specials pop up frequently and waiting lists are rare. Rental houses are difficult to come by in Lake Charles, and the few that become available are never on the market for long. If you’re hell-bent on scoring a freestanding house instead of a traditional apartment, you’ll have to target the more suburban, sprawling subdivisions further from the city center.

Lake Charles is the Big Easy

Actually, New Orleans, located a couple hundred miles to the east, is the Big Easy. It doesn’t get much easier, though, than renting an apartment in Lake Charles. You should be able to score your dream pad with nothing but the basics. Just bring along a list of previous residences and proof of income, and (as long as you have at least a semi-respectable renting/credit history) you’ll be living the dream in Festival City in no time.

Lake Charles is Sprawling

Most of it is, anyway. The downtown area is built for sidewalk surfers, pub crawlers, and all other types of foot traffickers, but the majority of Lake Charles is so spread out that you’ll need your own set of wheels to work, shop, bank, dine, play, and just plain live conveniently. The city does provide a public bus system, but it’s extremely limited and runs just five routes. Fortunately, traffic is minimal (the average commute to work takes barely 15 minutes) and parking is ample, even in the hopping downtown area.

Final Thoughts: Common Sense is King

We’ve said it about a googolplex number of times, but we’ll say it again: Use common sense before attaching your John Hancock to a lease and make sure you understand every last detail. Most Lake Charles apartments are pet-friendly, but many aren’t, and landlords have different rules regarding roommates, barbecue pits, smoking, and even visitors in some cases. Also, take your move-in checklist seriously and examine every last nook and cranny of your new domicile for even the most minor blemishes (which could affect whether or not you get your security deposit back).

And on that note, you’re all set to embark on your apartment hunting adventures, so welcome to Arcadia and happy hunting!