Roanoke is one of those nice, medium-sized cities that you never hear bad stuff about. With a population of just over 92 thousand, Roanoke oozes southern charm and boasts of a big, beautiful mountain range that you may have heard of: The Blue Ridge Mountains. The cost of living is lower than other parts of the state.
Roanoke could use somebody like you so it’s a darn good thing you’re planning on renting an apartment and settling in. Let’s get your apartment search up and running.
The ‘Hoods of Roanoke Virginny
Like lots of cities nowadays, Roanoke is split up into the usual four quadrants of “never eat soggy waffles.” Well, wait a sec, that’s not truly accurate. It’s northeast, southeast, southwest and northwest. Within the quadrants are small communities, each with their own unique flavor. Real estate agents usually have the best info on a locale’s neighborhoods, so let’s use their lingo.
Although there are lots of apartments here, it’s a fair hike to the freeway if you need to commute.
Located on the southeast side of Roanoke, this is one of the city’s older ‘hoods and city mothers and fathers have spent a lot of money on revitalization projects. If you’re into architecture from the 1890s to 1950 you may enjoy living here. To help you narrow down your search,
the zip code for this ‘hood is 24013.
Although the name of this hood may bring up images of New Mexico and salsa, it’s actually a very great neighborhood in Roanoke, VA. Just five minutes of driving from here puts you downtown. The Tower Shopping Center is located here.
Grandin Village/Raleigh Court
The Grandin area is located in the southwest part of the city. Mainly, rentals consist primarily of single-family homes and condos. It’s a perfect fit for you if you like sidewalk restaurants and boutique shopping. There are a lot of smaller apartment complexes in this area.
Gilmer is an older neighborhood in the northwest part of Roanoke. Here you’ll find some rather large apartment buildings as well as smaller complexes.
Not many cities can boast that their downtown area is not only the ideal location for entertainment but living as well, but Roanoke most certainly can. Shop in cute little boutiques, have a dinner at a restaurant, listen to live blues and then head home to your loft, flat, walk-up or penthouse apartment.
Things to Know to Become a Local Really Quick
If you land in town without a car, the Valley Metro bus system is happy to haul you around. If you live or work downtown, you may want to take the Starline Trolley, which runs along Jefferson Street to Carilon Memorial Hospital, with lots of stops along the way.
Look for hot and humid weather from May through October and get ready to really cook in mid-summer when temps can reach 110 degrees. There’s lots of sunshine but also plenty of rain and wind.
Roanokers love their city for the very low cost of living, the fact that you can get to anywhere in the city within 15 minutes, and the mountain views.
Welcome home to Roanoke. Settle into your apartment and discover your new hometown. We hear the southern charm is contagious. Happy hunting!