Renting in Denver
Finding the right Apartment, Loft or Condo
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Newcomers to the metro Denver area will discover a wealth of renting and leasing selections with amenities and special features to meet the needs of every lifestyle. In fact, the seven-county metro area boasts nearly 100,000 apartment units at complexes across the area, including a number of new luxury apartments.
In addition to apartment complexes, newcomers will find a variety of condominiums, townhouses, lofts, high-rises and single-family homes for rent or lease. Furnished and unfurnished apartments from efficiencies to units with three or more bedrooms are available across the region. Many complexes have amenities such as fitness centers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, video rental centers, spas, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, on-site laundry facilities, limited-access gates, lush landscaping, covered parking or garages, clubhouses, business centers and playgrounds.
Amenities to make you feel at home
Some standard features in most metro Denver apartment complexes include stoves and refrigerators. Other interior features may include basic cable service, dishwasher, microwave, icemaker, washer/dryer connections, multiple telephone lines, high-speed Internet access, alarm systems, fireplaces, patio or balcony, extra storage space and architectural accents.
Special amenities at some apartment complexes may include aerobic classes, a convenience store, concierges, maid service, shuttle service, valet trash pickup and bay windows. Monthly newsletters and events such as holiday parties, breakfast service or contests encourage a community environment and give residents an opportunity to get to know their neighbors.
Condominiums and townhouses often offer a more spacious or luxurious home and offer similar amenities as apartments. These properties may be leased or purchased, and a leasing agent is often assigned to a particular community.
There are a number of lofts and high-rises in downtown Denver. Lofts and high-rise homes can be purchased or leased and can offer a number of special amenities in addition to those offered at apartments, such as magnificent views, a variety of spacious floor plans, cafés, restaurants, concierges, maid and room service, game rooms, grocery or convenience stores, dry cleaners, heated pools and decks, day spas and covered parking. Interior features may include hardwood floors, exposed architectural elements, and ceilings up to 16-feet and large windows. Need more information? Please refer to our Urban Living article in this section.
Although less common, single-family homes are also available for rent in the Denver area, offering more privacy and space. Renters typically pay utilities and a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. Make sure you ask your leasing agent or the property owner for specific guidelines before you sign a lease. A local real estate agent can be a valuable resource if you’re considering leasing a home.
Renting and Leasing Resources
Before starting your search for an apartment or other rental home, make sure you know what you want and what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for in your new home. Consider questions like the type of housing best suits your lifestyle; which area of metro Denver do you want to live; price range; amenities and features that are most important; and what type of neighborhood you want.
Also think about how many bedrooms and baths you want; proximity to job and major employment centers; amenities for children, including schools; any applicable pet policies; proximity to retail outlets, grocery stores and other conveniences; whether there are washer/dryer connections; and amenities like fireplaces, fitness centers and covered parking.
Set your priorities and key criteria before you start your search, and you’ll save all kinds of valuable time finding your new home.