The percentage of owner-occupied housing in the city is well-above the national average and the average for the state of Texas, so it may be more difficult to find great rental homes in Watauga. However, harder doesn't mean impossible; you may just need to give yourself plenty of time to do a house or apartment search. Start looking for your new property around six to eight weeks before you want to move in. This should give you ample time to find places to live in Watauga. While there might not be a wealth of rental properties available, there's generally a good mix of property types. So, whether you're looking for a house or apartment or an older or newer property, you should find something right for you. Make sure that you have all the right documentation ready for when you find your dream home. Your landlord or realtor will usually ask to see some photo ID and proof of income, plus your credit history and rental history.
Although Watauga isn't the largest city (it covers just over 4 square miles), there are a number of fairly different neighborhoods. The one you choose to live in can make a difference in your life. For instance, some neighborhoods only contain larger rental properties and others may be closer to shops and other facilities.
Bursey: This is quite a mixed neighborhood, with a good number of both houses and apartment complexes. Many of the properties were built quite recently.
Starnes: Although this neighborhood is a little ways away from many of Watauga's amenities, it benefits from having more green space. Most of the properties are well established, but not exactly historic. You'll mostly find larger and medium-sized homes in this area.
City Center: The city center neighborhood is (surprise, surprise!) where you'll find many of Watauga's shops, bars and eateries. You'll generally find smaller properties in this area.
Denton: Most of the properties in this neighborhood are detached houses. They tend to have slightly larger plots, compared to some other areas of the city.
Those who love warm weather will enjoy the climate in Watauga. Summers are scorching, and while it can get cold in the winter, it's usually fairly mild. However, in exchange for these sunny days, you do have to live with the slight risk of serious storms, including tornadoes. Well, they say you don't get anything in life for free. You can enjoy the balmy days at any of Watauga's seven city parks, which have a range of facilities from football fields and basketball courts to walking trails and picnic areas. Since there's no public transit system in Watauga, most residents drive, so it's pretty imperative that you have some kind of vehicle if you ever want to leave. There are some great places to eat out in the city. Fresco's Cocina is rumored to have some of the best Tex-Mex food in town; or you could head to Ying Cafe for some tasty Chinese cuisine. There's no lack of community groups and events in the town, from the annual Wild West Watauga Fest in May to regular quilting groups.