Let’s be truthful, we all love conveniences, so looking at homes for rent near convenient small businesses is not that unusual, right? In fact, it makes perfect sense considering our hectic lifestyles and our need to save time. Country living is all wonderful sounding, out there on some acreage, away from the noise and hustle of the city, but it’s a pain in the patoote when you need to take the kid to the dentist and you have to drive ten miles to do so, or you run out of milk while cooking dinner and the nearest convenience store is five miles away.
If we are being totally honest here, the best homes for rent are the ones located a stone’s throw away from a convenience store, a fast-food restaurant, and a gas station. The year is 2017 and although we all want to believe we are more altruistic than that, the reality of our situation states that those three businesses are the most important in our lives.
The ideal location for a modern city-dweller is in some apartment downtown within walking distance to everything, but we never promised you ideal in this article; we only promised you realistic, and finding homes for rent, or a duplex for rent, in the downtown area of any city is not going to happen.
So you look at the best your situation allows. You weight your financial situation (least expensive home possible is probably $1000), you look at your specific needs, and you look at location. After all of the searching you make the best decision you can based on all of those factors.
More and more cities are planning based on this need to be near conveniences. What was once considered tacky, residential areas butting shoulders with commercial areas, is not being considered, not only not tacky, but just plain practical. In a go-go society, we need to have everything we need within quick reach.
If you want to see how this all works, take a look at the Alliance commercial real estate area of Fort Worth, or take a look at areas like Torrance in Southern California. There the city planners understood the need of home owners to be near conveniences, and residential areas are nestled into pockets between commercial areas.
Take the Golden Triangle Exit off Interstate 35 in Fort Worth, and you’ll be right in the middle of a huge population explosion. It is one of the fastest-growing areas in Texas . . . heck, it’s one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. Take a look around and you’ll see new construction going on in every direction, new apartments, new homes for rent, new homes to buy, a new IKEA, a new outlet mall, and new business parks like Box Office Warehouse Suites, the first and only business park in the area made entirely from shipping containers.
So it can happen! It is possible to find homes for rent in commercial areas. You just need to be diligent in your search, concentrate on your wish list, and find something within your price range.