Having European historical roots that date before the Revolutionary War, Forest has maintained a large area of woodlands and boasts violent crime statistics that are over 35 times lower than the national median.
Though relatively large for a community that's not even designated as a town or city, Forest remains relatively sparsely populated. With a population of just over 9,100 and a total area of nearly 14 square miles, this census-designated place has a population density of only 660 residents per square mile. When compared to smaller Virginian towns, such as Accomac, which has a population density of 1,300 people per square mile, it becomes obvious just how much room everyone has to live in Forest.
Moving to Forest
Moving to Forest will undoubtedly be one of the best moves you've ever made if you're into the whole "peaceful living" sort of thing. The small population, low crime rate and beautiful scenery is enough to give a person cavities. Because it's sweet. Get it? If you are ready to find apartments for rent in Forest, though, you're going to need a little bit of prep work. You're going to need to put in a little elbow grease to make it work, because after all, this isn't UNICEF. Trust us, though; it'll be well worth it.
When to Start Looking
Although Forest isn't densely populated by any translation of the word, it doesn't mean that you'll be able to find rental homes at a moment's notice. Nearly one out of five residents are renters, and that basically means that 80 percent of the people who move here love it so much that they quickly take out a mortgage. What this means for you is that you'll need to put in some time, one to two months, if you're going to get a great place. For those who start their research two months in advance, it's highly likely that they'll manage to find a place in a neighborhood that they love without much difficulty. We can't do the reading for you, though, so keep reading!
When to Make the Move
The only thing you'll really have to worry about when planning your apartment search is the temperature. The average lows barely push above freezing, if not lower, for five months of the year. Outside of these months, though, it's relatively pleasant. You may also want to avoid the traffic associated with the Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival in September since it can bring 8,000 additional people to the nearby city. Or, you could ignore all of this advice and either get frostbite or get heavily inebriated.
What to Bring Along
Make sure that you show up with your rental application fully filled out. This is unless, of course, you've already submitted it to the landlord. Since you're so proactive and want to live in Forest so much, you did that already, right? Also, it wouldn't hurt to bring along a credit check, and having proof of income available is also essential. Make sure you dress up nicely as well. This place is so nice, you might as well pretend it's a job interview. Oh, and a criminal background check wouldn't hurt either. With crime rates this low, you'd think that Forest landlords were psychic and excluded any bad guys before ever offering a home for rent.
Look, we're sorry to have to do this to you, but you're on your own on this one. We looked far and wide trying to figure out how to select which area of Forest would be best to live in, and we simply couldn't do it. There wasn't a single aspect of any of the following areas that would make it any less desirable to live in. If you move in and discover that wild hedgehogs are terrorizing the locals, please let us know. Until that point, maybe you could just throw a dart at a map of Forest and call wherever it lands home?
Northwestern Forest: Much like the rest of Forest, the northwestern area has plenty of greenery, and this even applies to the beautiful homes which make up this particularly luxurious area. If your search for apartments brings you here, you did well. You can enjoy high-end perks like Ivy Creek and the Ivy Hill Golf Club.
Southern Forest: The northwest area of Forest isn't the only classy place around. Southern Forest also has its own golf course in Poplar Forest Golf Course. It's even got Poplar Forest Lake. Add this to the fact that you can even avoid paying high rent for largely upscale homes by opting for apartment complexes like Hunter Ridge Apartments and nearby Timber East Apartments, and you can get the best of all worlds.
Northeastern Forest: It seems to be getting a bit redundant, but the northeastern area of Forest also has its own, you guessed it, golf course. We're starting to think that there's not a non-affluent area in this place. Colonial Hills Golf Course and easy access to Walgreens and other businesses along Forest Road make this area ideal for many.
Central Forest: This entire area is adjacent to Forest Road, so you'll find plenty of businesses around. This is where you'll also find the Forest Library and the immaculate homes and luxury apartments in neighborhoods like Forestdale, Kenwood Hills, and Tomahawk Village.
Living in Forest
With neighborhoods as pleasant as those in Forest, you'd likely think that there was absolutely nothing going on in the community. Well stop assuming stuff, because you know what they say about assuming. There are actually a variety of great places, attractions and events in Forest to keep you entertained and your mind working. You've just got to know where to look. Well, you don't have to know where to look, because we're about to tell you.
Inside the Head of a Founding Father
If you've ever wanted to get into the head of one of the Founding Fathers, you can head over to Poplar Forest. This is a home designed by Thomas Jefferson and referred to him as the 'most valuable' of his possessions. You can't really beat that.
Like Living in Lynchburg
Okay, it's far different than living in Lynchburg, but its close proximity means all of the great things about the larger city are easily accessible. Go play a round at Putt-Putt, or head over to Williams Stadium to catch a football game.
Nearby Route 221 and US Route 460 allow residents of Forest to get just about anywhere they need to go. Additionally, the Crescent train of Amtrak and Lynchburg Regional Airport aren't far off either. Of course, there's no real reason you should ever want to leave this place, but if you do, you're good to go.