In 1990, getting a rental property or buying land was simple as the population was about six times less than it is today. The surge in the number of people has changed the landscape of the market here.
Houses and Mobile Homes
Apartment complexes in Fresno are basically non-existent. Houses account for the majority the homes here, while mobile homes make up the rest. With a changing market, though, you could be able to rent an apartment or condo soon, but houses and mobile homes, for now, are your only options.
Info for Renters
City renters are not too common here, at least not compared to the average for the rest of Texas. However, open listings year-round ensure you can always grab a house to rent. You can look anytime, but spring sees the most listings. Regardless of when you move to Fresno, allot about 10 days to find what you need. One more piece of good news is that most homes are quite new (about 61% were constructed after 2000); that means most places are in great condition!
The Water Situation
A while ago, Fresno mostly used water wells and septic tanks. However, with the construction of a water plant and installation of water and sewer lines, the majority of Fresno now has standard water services. If having such services is important to you, make sure with the landlord that the property gets its water from such lines. Most do, but it's still important to be absolutely sure.
Completing the Deal
You must pay one month's rent and deposit, and should also prove you can afford rent. That's about it!
Within the 9 square miles, there are distinct sections. Choosing a neighborhood is a vital decision. Put on your sunglasses and cowboy boots and get to it.
Teal Run: The city's oldest neighborhood, Teal Run is mostly residential. Some homes have lots of land.
Fresno Gardens: Another mostly residential neighborhood that is located in the south part of town.
Niagara: This neighborhood is near Trammel-Fresno Road and stores.
Winfield Lakes: In the northwest part of town, this neighborhood is mostly new houses. It's near Highway 6.
Cambridge Falls: Right near the town center, Cambridge Falls showcases many fresh homes.
Unless you only plan to travel about town, get a car! Driving is a must, unless you can ride a bike like Lance Armstrong or a horse like Fred Archer. Fresno drifts at its own pace, and while this town is near Houston, it is entirely unique. That's where the town's beauty lies. You can chill and listen to your favorite Willie Nelson song as you sit at the Mustang Community Center or you can head to Houston to catch an Astros game. Fresno was built so its residents could live as they pleased. That live and let live tradition is as strong as ever today. Go and live the life you've dreamed.