Moving, whether to a new city or just a new home within the same city, can be an arduous process if you are not properly prepared. There are a few things to consider before you begin this process that will help streamline the entire experience. For example, are you a total do-it-yourself personality, or would you prefer to hire professionals to assist with the process? Maybe a little of both? This encompasses the decisions of hiring a moving company to come pack your things up and deliver them to your new home, engaging a realtor or broker to help you locate and sign a lease on your next rental condo or home or by doing it all yourself.
As you begin your search, you will want to have a list of needs that pertain to your new home rental. This is a list of how many bedrooms you require, if a washer/dryer connection is a must, ground level versus the second level, if they allow pets and how long your lease needs to be. Having a realtor or broker that is local to Dickinson would be a real help for speeding up the process and finding you exactly what you are looking for. Also, you will want to have a few documents ready to share with prospective landlords. Personal identification, rental history, employment and credit references are typically necessary when applying for a lease. It is also a good idea to have a pet deposit (if applicable), application fees and first/last month's deposit ready, just in case you find that perfect place and you don't want to risk losing it to another prospective renter!
What are you looking for in a neighborhood? Green spaces? Suburban feel? Nearby amenities? Whatever it is, Dickinson has it! Check out the list below of popular areas to start your search in.
Gulf Fwy/Deats Rd: If you are looking for apartments to rent in this scenic suburban neighborhood, you are in luck! Surrounded by little tributaries flowing off of Geisler Bayou, this area offers medium to large-sized single-unit homes and a few apartments, as well as some mobile homes. Another bonus for calling this area home is Essential Espresso Inc. on Deats Rd., which will have your brain cells dragging you out of bed each morning for a delectable cup of their rich brew!
Gill Rd/16th St: Cozied up next to the Beacon Lakes Golf Club to the west and a brisk walk from Elva Lobit Park a mile or two to the east, this charming and often breezy neighborhood is just close enough to the city center to consider yourself in downtown Dickinson! There are mature, well-established homes that were built between 1940-1970 gracing much of the area, as well as more modern buildings that host 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment rentals. However, if you love historic homes that are full of charm (and no, that's not code for decrepit), then this is the neighborhood for you. If the charm isn't enough to draw you in, maybe a trip to Galactic Coast Brewing Company on Dickinson Ave. will seal the deal!
San Leon Rd/Nicholas Ave: This spectacular neighborhood is located just to the east of the city center with Dickinson Country Club to the south and Green Caye Golf Course to the north. Filled with Loblolly Pines, Eastern Red Cedar, Live Oaks and Green Ash trees, this neighborhood is shady and stunning year round. Whether you are looking for a home, a condo or an apartment to rent, this area of Dickinson is an excellent choice. It is close to I-45 for a quick commute to and from work, and features the Herb Cafe and Market on FM 517! Try the Grilled Shrimp La' Bacia... your taste buds will applaud your decision!
Living on the Gulf Coast is a beautiful existence for all who have the good fortune or foresight to live here. The climate is tropical, the seafood is flat out incredible, the fishing can be extreme or leisurely (usually your choice) and the sunrises and sunsets are breathtakingly awe inspiring. Oasis Park on Hwy 146 is a great spot for getting some amazing photos of the sunrise if you are an early riser! Dickinson is the perfect blend of small town comfort, familiarity and friendliness all rolled up with a perfect location that puts the residents close to all Houston has to offer, as well as the slower pace of coastal living. However, living in paradise does have its obstacles every now and again, like hurricanes, water-bugs and mosquitoes the size of horseflies, to name just a few. These are just a few of the realities of coastal life and worth knowing about in advance so you can prepare and make sure your apartment search turns up exactly the right new home for your needs.
Just as one last reminder, bring your critter repellent, your shades, flip-flops, umbrellas and patience! The weather changes on a dime (It's the Texas coast... gotta deal with it) and there are the occasional storms, such as hurricanes, to deal with. The best you can do is just go with the flow, apply sunscreen with abandon and enjoy living in one of the most beautiful cities along the Gulf Coast of Texas!