Situated just east of the Pisgah National Forest, your new city is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro. Because of the close proximity of these two cities (Hickory 22 miles east and Lenoir 16 miles northeast), you’ll find plenty of convenience in terms of shopping, dining, and entertainment. Don’t get me wrong—Morganton is by no means a bustling city. With a population of a little under 17,000, it’s got more of a sleepy small town vibe. If you’re looking for more “big city” excitement, you’ll have to take the 57-mile drive out to the nearby college town of Asheville.
With all these mountains and forests around, it’s no surprise that Morganton is a big outdoorsy city. In fact, Morganton’s economy relies on outdoor-loving tourists to sustain it throughout all four seasons. During the summer months, both you and the tourists will enjoy hiking, biking, and water activities at both the city and national parks, as well as nearby Lake James. During the winter months, you’re within an hour drive of several ski lodges up in the Blue Mountains.
I have more good news for you! Morganton has decently low instances of crime, a low cost of living, and tons of cheap apartments. Now, the question you may be asking is "Where exactly should I look for my new place?" Well, that's what we're here for:
Downtown Morganton may not be the easiest or cheapest place to find a rental, but there are a handful of newly renovated condominiums located in quaint historical buildings throughout the city center — particularly along Sterling Street. These luxury properties frequently come with built-in fireplaces and high-end décor. Two bedroom apartments for rent here range from $1,300 - $1,500.
If you’re looking for some cheap apartments for rent, check to the areas south of downtown, around both Western Piedmont Community College and Broughton Hospital. In these neighborhoods, you’ll find several apartment complexes that offer everything from studio apartments to three bedrooms. You can also find rental homes in this area. Two bedroom rental properties here range from $500 - $700.
Because there’s a tourist economy in Morganton, landlords and management companies anticipate travelers’ needs. That means if you’re looking for a short term lease or furnished apartments for rent, you shouldn’t have too hard a time negotiating a home in many Morganton rentals.
Good news for pet lovers! Morganton’s rental market is very pet friendly. Some furnished apartments for rent may have strict pet restrictions or require exorbitant deposits, but overall Morganton apartment rentals are both cat and dog friendly!
So welcome to Morganton! Enjoy all that your new scenic North Carolina city has to offer—regardless of the season!