What Will it Cost?
U.S. census data reports the cost of living as lower than the national average. As a result, median prices for rental apartments are lower. But don't jump for joy just yet. Many residential areas are established with long-time residents, so property rentals are limited.
When to Start Looking
Because of a tight market, start searching for apartments or rental homes in Athens early -- weeks in advance if possible. Allow time to visit before making decisions about living arrangements.
What You Need
The process is quite typical. You'll need personal references and enough funds to cover a deposit and credit check.
There are some beautiful and affordable neighborhoods in Athens. Check out the list below to see what's in Athens.
Ingleside HIlls and Clearwater-Pond Hill: These areas are quiet, rural neighborhoods with a limited number of apartment rentals. Single family homes make up most of residential real estate.
Bohannon-Brewer and Tellico Hills-Hutsell: These neighborhoods are a bit more populated, with established owner-occupied residential property as the norm. Finding an apartment for rent in these neighborhoods will also be a challenge.
City Center: This neighborhood is another suburban community. Residential real estate consists of studio apartments as well as one- to four-bedroom single family homes and apartments. When you just can't stand to cook another meal, head to Mexi-Wing (bring some wet napkins).
Golfing, fishing, white water rafting and zero nightlife awaits newbie residents. Plus, a timely relocation guarantees a spot at MooFest--an annual summer event that pays tribute to the dairy and agriculture industry. Rumor has it that it's an educational and fun event for all ages.
Getting around Athens requires a car. Unless you are fast friends with a car owner, having a vehicle of your own makes small town living so much easier.
Even if forever sworn to small town living, there may come a time when you crave more adventure and excitement. Larger cities like Atlanta, Knoxville and Chattanooga are within comfortable driving distances. Day-tripping is allowed.