The best thing to do first is find a realtor or agent who is a local and knows the area like the back of their hand. On the whole, this stunning little village has a vacancy rate of 0.8 percent, so it is imperative that you find someone with an inside track to what is available and what will be becoming available. Any edge you can manage to find will help!
Also, write down a list of things you want in your new place and send an email or fax to your agent. This list should include things like parking, how many bedrooms you would like, washer/dryer connections, central air conditioning and heat, pool,, etc... Don't be afraid to make a long list and then pare it down later, as flexibility demands.
When you actively go to look at prospective rental units and homes, bring all of your information with you, just in case it happens to be the exact one you want. Remember, wasted time is a lost apartment in this Village. Typically, you will need your identification, work history, rental history, and references. You will also need to be prepared to put down security deposits and a pet deposit if you happen to have any critters roaming around. The best time to begin this process is the moment you know you will be moving. Do not delay or drag your feet if you truly hope to find something in Tuckahoe!
As a popping small town, Tuckahoe has a variety of unique neighborhoods from which the prospective renter can choose.
Lauderdale Dr/John Rolfe Pkwy:Tucked into an area chock full of mature shade trees, this gorgeous little neighborhood is very reasonably priced by almost anyone's standards. Excellent for raising a family or just to find some serene peace and quiet, this is a very popular neighborhood with a very short commute to and from work each day. Most locals report traveling less than 30 minutes each day for their commute--not bad at all!
Patterson Ave/Lauderdale Dr:This neighborhood is easily walkable and close to Tuckahoe Village Shopping Center and Tuckahoe Village Merchants Square shopping center. The close proximity to these two shopping hubs makes it perfect for those who prefer a pedestrian lifestyle as much as the weather allows. There are many single family homes that are quite large in this neighborhood, but that doesn't mean the rent is exorbitant, in fact, it is very reasonable. The vacancy rate is extremely low though, at 0.8 percent, so it is quite difficult but not impossible to find a home to rent.if you want to be located in this area, starting the search early is a must!
Pump Rd/Gayton Rd:Located in the northeastern part of Tuckahoe Village, this adorable neighborhood is dense with tree-lined streets and well-kept yards. The average rental prices in this neighborhood are moderate to high end and once again, the vacancy rate is below 1 percent. Most of the homes in this neighborhood, whether they are stand-alone or row houses, were built between 1970and 1999 with a few more modern apartment buildings along the edges of the neighborhood.
Cloister Dr/Blendon Ln:This densely populated urban neighborhood is very popular for its large homes and row houses. Favored by families for its quiet atmosphere and easily walkable streets, this is another area that seems to be true for the money. The average rental payments in this neighborhood are very affordable, especially given the size of most of the homes. It is perfectly normal to see most people walking to the grocery store or riding their bicycles instead of driving their cars. Commuting to and from work is also pleasant for those who live here, amounting to no more than half an hour on average.
Orkney Rd/Willingham Rd:Located right between Tuckahoe Village and Canterbury, this is another exceptionally beautiful area to live in, but that is not abnormal here. You will find many large, 2-5 bedrooms homes in this neighborhood. When you have a village that has been around since the 1700s, things tend to feel a bit on the historic side. The homes, regardless of when they were built, are obviously well kept with lovingly tended lawns and landscaping. You might think this is the more expensive side of the village, but it is quite affordable. The average rents in this area aren’t as exorbitant as one might expect. Instead, middle of the road is what I would call the prices here. Happily, middle of the road.
Old Compton Rd/Brendonridge Ln: Although it is considered very urban, the neighborhood feels secluded, somewhat suburban, and peaceful. This neighborhood has a healthy representation of all age brackets living within its boundaries. This area of Tuckahoe Village is home to a vibrant group of residents. The vacancy rates are extremely low, just below 1 percent in this neighborhood, so finding a rental available might be quite a challenge.
Moving to the Village of Tuckahoe can be a bit of culture shock for anyone unaccustomed to an extremely well established community. Often times, people in this close knit community have known each others' families for generations. This can feel sort of strange to those who aren't familiar with living in an area that has been populated since the colonial times. Fear not! This is actually a good thing, and the people in Tuckahoe are actually very friendly and welcoming to most outsiders!