We are a nation of nomads and why not when the entire U.S. is open to us? But finding an apartment in the city or town of your choice at a price that you like can be difficult -- at first sight. Most real estate agents have vacancy statistics for each area and the average cost of rents for 1 bedroom-, 2 bedroom- and larger apartments or homes.
Moving to a new apartment can be daunting especially when you have found a whole bunch in the paper that you fancy but they are full of abbreviations that are undecipherable! However, here are a few tips to follow. When you drive by an apartment complex and see L&L or LNL - this means Look and Lease special; if you view the apartment and lease it the same day, you will receive a discount either on the deposit or the rent.
Important to consider as well is 'renters insurance.' The property manager will have the form for you to fill out but take note that this ONLY covers the property and NOT your goods inside. If you already hold insurance elsewhere, ask your broker if you can't put the renters insurance with it and you may receive a discount for the whole lot. You may feel it is not worth the extra few dollars, but believe me, if there is a flood, burst geyser or some such mishap, you will be glad to have paid for the insurance.
If you get an apartment for rent in Colesville (or even score one of those great all-utilities-paid apartments!), you'll be conveniently located to the heart of the United States. Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, is only about 30 minutes away by car, and Colesville is serviced by public transportation in the form of metro rail and buses. It only takes about an hour to get to D.C., which is not only the hub of politics in this country, but is on the forefront of world class entertainment and amazing museums.
Because it's so conveniently located to the nation's capital, the cost of living in Colesville is relatively high even for 1-bedroom apartments, but homes to buy in Silver Spring themselves are relatively reasonably priced. Like anywhere, if you have the time to search for apartments, you'll be able to find exactly what you need at a price that will suit you.
The houses in Colesville were mainly built in the 1960s and 1970s. Not particularly stylish but solid and well-loved. With very little crime in the area, taking strolls to the numerous parks or cycling to the shops is enjoyed. Here's a little info about the different neighborhoods in the area.
Argyle: This area on the west side of town is home to the Argyle Country Club and a few other small parks. You'll find a lot of subdivisions with single-family homes and few rentals here.
Cloverly: This area is a little bit off the beaten path but many folks like it for its peace and quiet. You'll have access to the nearby Cloverly Center and the barbershop here, but for everything else you'll have to drive a few miles.
Town Center: Colesville has a few different hubs but the main one is where the Intercounty Connector Toll Road and Route 29 intersect. Here you'll find all kinds of shopping, including a Safeway Grocery Store and lots of restaurants.
If you are thinking of moving to Colesville, you couldn't do better than this low-key, laid-back neighborhood. There is a strong sense of community here. They have a Giant, a Beer Wine, Deli, Ledo's Pizza as well as an ice cream parlor. It's a lovely place to walk around, although after dark, as with anywhere, it can be a bit dodgy.
The roads are easy to navigate, and if you drive down Randolph Road you will find a park trail called Wheaton Regional Park. The RT 29 will take you toward Columbia / Baltimore or Downtown Silver Spring. The other direction will take you to the Glenmont Metro Station and 20 minutes past the station will find you in close reach of Aspen Hill which is a good area. So Colesville is very central to most points on the compass and easy to reach.
Colesville's weather is fairly typical of the northeastern United States, though it tends to get less sunshine than the average U.S. city.