Shangri-la: Paradise on Earth in Pahoa, Hawaii

From the mainland, it takes just over five hours by air (four and a half if you catch a tailwind), but Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawaii, feels worlds away. Located in the lush, jungle-like Puna District, 30 minutes south of Hilo, this small town has a decidedly bohemian feel. From coffee farmers to computer engineers, artists to architects, young families to yogis, people from all walks of life congregate here.

Beyond acres of papayas and New Age shops interspersed with small galleries and cafes, kitschy Old-West storefronts occupy Pahoa. Wooden boardwalks connect strings of historic of buildings—more than any other town in Hawaii—including the Island’s oldest movie theater. It’s an eclectic mix, but it’s what gives this place its charm.

Pahoa, known for it’s laid-back New Age vibe, has the highest concentration of old buildings in Hawaii—and only 945 residents.

Closer to the coast on the east side of town, you’ll find Lava Tree state park, a forest of fossils created when lava flow swept through the wooded landscape in 1790. The trees themselves are gone now, leaving magma monuments as a stark reminder of the nearby Kilauea volcano, which serves as a backdrop to the area’s breathtaking native flora.

Centuries-old lava formations draw visitors to Lava Tree State Park.

In this verdant tropical wonderland, there’s another type of paradise to be found: Shangri-la, a one-of-a-kind, oceanfront oasis. Beyond the gates, volcanic rock walls give way to unparalleled natural beauty. Five thatched-roof structures, spread over half an acre, comprise this long-time luxury rental, now looking for a new owner. The cost of pure bliss? $1,895,000.

Lush tropical plants and lava stone walls greet guests and offer privacy at exclusive Shangri-la.

The property’s most prized amenity is its 90-degree therapeutic lagoon, refreshed daily by the tide. Buildings connected by footbridges sit atop beams, balancing above the water, providing views of the crystal-clear, aquarium-like ponds below. 

Three adjoining lots were consolidated to create a secluded sanctuary, complete with fresh and saltwater therapeutic baths.

But the open ocean isn’t far. Less than a minute’s walk from the property lies Kapoho beach and tide pools, purported to have the cleanest air on Earth.

Tide pools, renowned for clear waters and excellent snorkeling, extend up to 200 yards offshore at Kapoho beach.

After a swim, freshen up in one of the indoor/outdoor bathrooms. The master offers a sauna and soaking tub with a backdrop of greenery and palms. Much of the estate features open-air construction, embracing Pahoa’s balmy 74-degree year-round average temperature. 

In keeping with the home’s Asian style, the master bathroom features a luxurious Japanese soaking tub.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the property, the Balinese influence is in full effect in the romantic “Island Bedroom,” an al fresco suite accessible only by footbridge.

Wild orchids grow with abundance in Pahoa. Pink and white sprays add romance and a pop of color outside a bedroom suite.

The guest house impresses, with waterfall views and a swim-up hammock island.

Glassy tranquil waters shine in the Hawaiian sun. After dark, enjoy a night swim, thanks to underwater lighting in the compound’s lagoon.

And wrap-around porches provide respite: a vantage point for observation and quiet reflection.

The suspended lanai is a perfect perch for sipping locally-grown morning coffee.

It’s hard to believe a place like this exists.

It’s no wonder this Hawaiian hideaway has been ranked one of the best luxury villas in the world.

But Shangri-la is real: just steps from the ocean, this paradise is miles away from reality—and it could be yours.

 

Could you live here? Let us know in the comments below, or check out more homes for sale near Pahoa.

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How to Renovate Your Home This Year for Under $10,000

Finding a home requires trade-offs, whether in the house or neighborhood. And though it’s not easy to change your neighborhood, you can certainly change the way your home looks and feels. This is why we’re excited to showcase the Trulia Design Panel, an expert group of interior designers, home stagers and organizers from across the nation who will provide the advice and insights homeowners and renters need to make their house a home, wherever it is.

Everyone loves to personalize their digs. Trulia recently commissioned a survey, conducted online by Harris Poll of more than 2,000 Americans age 18 and older, about their home remodeling plans. We found 76 percent of Americans have plans to renovate or remodel their homes, with bathrooms (48%), kitchens (48%), and bedrooms (27%) top on their agendas. But budgeting is important: On average, Americans who plan to remodel or renovate their home are only willing to spend $8,879 on their projects. So we asked the Trulia Design Panel for their tips on renovating each of those rooms for less than $10,000.

Kitchen Renovation Tips

  • Replace countertops.

    “Nothing dates a kitchen more than an old countertop, and nothing updates a kitchen more than a fresh slab of marble or quartz,” says Hannah Crowell of Crowell & Co.

    To keep costs down, Jay Britto and David Charette of Britto Charette recommend contacting local stone suppliers to see if they’re liquidating any remnants at a low price.

  • Paint the cabinets.

    Skip a pricey custom cabinet installation and have your current cabinets professionally spray painted. You’ll get a fresh and flawless new look and, Crowell jokes, “you don’t have to sell a kidney.”

    Interior designer Becki Owens recommends “a fresh white to brighten your kitchen space and make it feel larger,” adding that if you’re dying to add color, “consider painting your island a different color for two-tone kitchen design.”

  • Replace cabinet hardware.

    Owens suggests brass hardware in clean, modern lines available from budget-friendly retail chains like Target, IKEA, and Lowe’s.

    “There are many affordable options that make a big impact on your kitchen,” Owens says.

  • Create custom pantry storage.

    Designing your own personalized pantry storage solution is a great way to not only improve your own kitchen experience, but to boost your home’s resale value. Layne Brookshire of Ms. Placed Professional Organizing recommends shopping around for companies that offer seasonal or annual discounts on storage solutions and installation.

Bathroom Renovation Tips

  • Integrate tile.

    “The best place to put your money in the bathroom is hands down on tile,” Crowell says.

    To keep your budget under control, try a classic white subway tile—or if you’re going for pricier marble, Jay Britto says, “tile only the floors and wet walls while painting the rest of the room.”

  • Replace plumbing fixtures.

    “I have purchased many an old home with dated, drippy faucets, and simply changing those out for a modern fixture makes a major difference!” Crowell says.

    For affordable and stylish replacements, Crowell suggests the Delta Vero line, and she and Owens both endorse the simple, clean look of Kohler’s Purist faucets.

  • Add storage for a streamlined look.

    Brookshire suggests adding a linen closet to store towels and other regularly used bathroom products. Those who don’t have space or budget to add a new closet can turn to durable, stylish floating shelves to store and display bathroom staples.

  • Replace the cabinets and vanity.

    You’ll redefine your bathroom’s look, and you can do it for surprisingly cheap. Britto and Charette suggest an affordable supplier like Fresca, which offers packages incorporating a vanity, sink, faucet, and mirror for around $1,000.

Bedroom Renovation Tips

  • Incorporate rugs.

    “Layering a new rug in a bedroom can distract the eye from undesirable carpet or tile flooring,” Owens says.

    Crowell recommends a vintage Moroccan or Turkish kilim rug from Etsy, or one from the stylish selection from Lulu and Georgia. Just make sure the rug is big enough to comfortably fit your bed and bedside table.

  • Invest in your bed.

    Crowell suggests treating yourself to professionally made decorative pillows and a great mattress while opting for simple and inexpensive duvet covers and euro shams. For high-quality but cost-effective beds and bedroom furniture, Britto and Charette recommend makers like Camerich, Mobenia Home, or Pianca Furniture.

  • Update lighting.

    Owens and Brookshire both recommend replacing traditional ceiling fixtures with a hanging light that makes a statement, and adding subtler fixtures to tie the room together on either side of the bed. For those who wish to add an affordable fan to their statement lighting, Britto and Charette suggest the Haiku L-Series from the memorably named Big Ass Fans.

  • Create an accent wall.

    You’ve gotten comfortable and you’ve gotten stylish; now it’s time to get bold with your bedroom. Britto and Charette suggest decorating all your walls but one in a neutral, then creating an attention-grabbing accent wall with a colorful or patterned vinyl covering.

BONUS: Find the right person for the job.

  • Now that you’ve got an affordable renovation plan in place, it’s time to execute it—the right way. Britto and Charette say the final and most important step is to find a qualified handyman or general contractor to do the work. If you have a condo or homeowner’s association, check to see if it requires licensed and insured contractors. Then sit back and get ready to enjoy your dream renovation.

Survey Methodology: This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Trulia from January 3rd – January 5th, 2018 among 2,105 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,567 plan to remodel or renovate their home. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact pr@trulia.com.

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How to Create Your Apartment Wish List

Before you set out to hunt for an apartment, it helps to make an apartment wish list of your must-haves and like-to-haves. Once you begin looking at units, you’ll probably shift your priorities as price and reality set in, but it’s better to go in with an idea of what you want than to let a building manager talk you into a lease you might regret. If you ask yourself the following questions as you begin your search, you’ll be better able to recognize right away whether a place is really right for you. This will save you time and land you in a place that’s truly a good fit for your lifestyle.

10 Questions to Help You Create a Personalized Apartment Wish List

  1. 1. How big a place do you need?

    Ask yourself if you really need two bedrooms, or if a roomy loft with an open floor plan would be just as good. Can you get by with just one bathroom? Can you fit a workspace into your living room, or do you require a more serious home office (maybe because you work from home full-time)? Most apartments are smaller than houses, but if properly designed they can offer lots of nooks and crannies for creative storage. Look at layouts and visit a few apartments before you set your space requirements in stone.

  2. 2. How well do you sleep?

    If you’re a light sleeper, give careful consideration to the bedroom: Does it share a wall with another apartment—one that could be home to a noisy night owl? Will sunlight pour in at an early hour? If so, can you fix these potential problems with proper furniture placement, heavy blinds or other work-arounds?

  3. 3. Do you entertain at home?

    Is the apartment’s layout conducive to the kind of entertaining you like to do? Or is it so small that you could only invite a couple of friends over at a time? Is the apartment near your friends? Are you working long hours and more likely to socialize outside the home than in it? If so, is your place near the kind of nightlife you like?

  4. 4. How do you feel about overnight guests?

    Do you host a lot? Or as little as possible? Where will guests sleep? If you’re considering a one-bedroom, can you fit a sleeper sofa in the living room? Will that setup work for your guests, or do you really need a second bedroom? Is there ample street parking or a paid lot your guests can use?

  5. 5. What kind of neighborhood suits you?

    Do you thrive on excitement and want to come home to a vibrant area full of restaurants and nightlife? Or do you like proximity to parks where you can calm down after a busy day? Maybe you fall somewhere between these two and would like to live near the retail hub of a residential area so you can walk to coffee shops and restaurants but still live in peace and quiet. Ask yourself whether the apartments you like are available in the type of neighborhood that suits you.

  6. 6. How much is an in-house gym worth to you?

    Is it worth something to you to live in a building with a gym, a pool and a bit of a social scene? Or would you rather live in a building with basic services and look elsewhere for your workout and social life? Many developers have created complexes packed with amenities—sports facilities, community rooms with big-screen TVs and kitchens, extra storage, covered parking, even wine storage. These upscale buildings typically cost more, so think through whether it’s worth it to you.

  7. 7. How safe is the apartment?

    If you’re concerned about safety, you may want to look for an apartment without easy exterior entry, like a balcony door or ground-floor windows. Or you may feel safer in a building with a 24-hour concierge or a gated entry that makes note of who is coming and going.

  8. 8. Are you free to decorate?

    Many rental apartments feature standard-issue white or beige paint and unobjectionable but uninteresting bathrooms. Are you allowed to paint, hang art and maybe even install carpeting so the place feels more like yours? Depending on your landlord, your handiwork may be seen as a voluntary upgrade—or a nuisance that’ll cost you your deposit.

  9. 9. Which appliances do you use most?

    If you like to host dinner parties, you may want to prioritize an apartment with a dishwasher. If you’re more a cereal-for-dinner type, you may not care so much. Similarly, think about your laundry habits. Will a couple of loads once a week take care of it, or do you tend to run a load of laundry more days than not? Considering your own rhythms will help you decide what’s really important to have in your own unit.

  10. 10. Would your stuff look at home here?

    You generally know you’ve found the right place when you start picturing where your couch would go and you can’t stop thinking about how cool your favorite poster will look above the mantel. If you’ve begun mentally decorating, then you may have found The One….

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Find Your Ideal School in a New Neighborhood

When looking for a new neighborhood to call home, school is often one of the most important deciding factors for a family. There’s no single solution to finding the right one, but there is more to consider than test scores alone. Things like commute times and the school’s PTA scene, in addition your child’s classroom experience, will shape your daily  existence in a neighborhoodSo how can you assess a school from a distance? And, really, what does it mean to find the “right” school for you?

6 Steps To Choosing a School That Fits Your Family

  1. 1. Ask yourself important questions

    Before beginning the process, it’s key to do a little soul searching about what matters most to you when it comes to your child’s education. Consider the values you want to come through not just at home, but in a school setting.

    Here are some questions to get you started:

    – What are some places where my child has thrived in the past? What unifies those experiences?

    – Do we prefer a traditional or alternative educational style?

    – How important are extracurricular enrichment opportunities?

    – What sort of contributions (time or money) are we interested in making as a family?

  2. 2. Use your network to get insight

    Whether you’re hoping to move five blocks away or you’re picking up and heading to another state, you have a useful network easily at your disposal. It’s worth a shot to reach out to everyone you know to start to do some research. “Just like you use your network online and off to find a job, you should make use of any and all contacts you have that may be able to advise you on the area you are looking in,” suggests Dana Points, former Editor in Chief of Parents magazine and mom of two school-aged kids.

    Post a question on Facebook letting everyone know that you are investigating schools in a certain area, and find out if they have any experience or insight to share. You can also ask your network to share your post so that it gains even more exposure. It could turn out that your uncle’s best friend or your daughter’s soccer coach grew up in your new town and would be able to give an insider’s perspective on a school you’re looking into — or perhaps point you to a school you might not have even considered.

  3. 3. Call schools directly for information

    Once you’ve found a few options in your new neighborhood, reach out the old school way: by phone. Use Trulia’s school directory to find school contact information. When you get someone one the line, you’ll have the opportunity to ask more nuanced, personalized questions. You can also request to have school catalogs sent by mail, along with any other printed material available, particularly about how this school or district compares to others in the area.

  4. 4. Surf schools’ websites

    Most schools and school districts have their own websites (many of which can be found on Trulia), and they can include a wealth of information. Spend some time reading newsletters or PTA meeting notes if they’re available. Look into what awards or certifications the schools have recently received. If you’re eager to dive even deeper into the school website, look for downloadable calendars, and sign up for a weekly newsletter, which can give you insight into any events or news at the school.

  5. 5. Visit in person, if possible

    It’s always ideal to visit a school in person. While it seems logical to visit during school hours, that may not be possible. You could be 1000 miles away—or a school may have restrictions on visiting hours for prospective families. If you’re local, ask about coming in after school hours to see classrooms and common areas. Look at the art in the hallways and any posters around the school to try to get a feel for the school’s values, teacher engagement, and what the administration prioritizes. Whether you encounter the crossing guard or the person at the front desk, try to engage people in conversation to ask them any questions you may have. If you get the chance, ask to meet with the principal. Among other things, you might want to find out how teachers are evaluated.

    Here are some other questions to ask:

    – What is the school’s approach to discipline and homework?

    – What does current parent involvement look like?

    – What are the rates of teacher turnover?

    – How is information shared with parents?

    – How does the school support children with any unique academic, social, or developmental needs?

  6. 6. Read reviews

    Parent reviews, like those from sites like GreatSchools and SchoolDigger, provide helpful additional insights. Families of children currently enrolled often share important details about things like class sizes, current events, and what the school is doing well (and what they believe needs work) in real time.

What’s most important to you when evaluating a school for your child? How have you gained access to information you found useful?

Originally published June 20, 2017. Updated January 25, 2018.

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Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs

Wherever tech companies go, higher rents follow. The opportunities for finding jobs, venture capital for your start-up, or just achieving the next level of your career can justify the increased cost of living when you’re apartment hunting. But it’s not all about price. One thing to think about when you’re moving to a tech hub is the overall vibe. Areas that don’t have a ton of entertainment options might be a better fit for those who are working 24/7, while those who want better work-life balance will thrive better in neighborhoods with nightlife.

Using data from the country’s most concentrated tech areas, median rents, and our insider knowledge of neighborhoods, we’ve found the top cities where STEM jobs—and relatively affordable apartments—are easier to find than an idea for the next industry-disrupting unicorn.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Rockville, Maryland

Great views in a thriving entertainment district

$1,604-1,719/month

Located about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Rockville is the center of the biohealth industry, with affiliated health and science research industries growing as a result. It’s also a city that feels like suburbia. Restaurants and shops are in strip malls, with one notable exception: Rockville Town Center. This neighborhood is a great choice for renters who want to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, and most importantly, the Metro. If you work from home, you’ll be happy the neighborhood isn’t deserted during the day, as the Social Security Administration and all of Rockville’s government offices are clustered here (time your visits to the Starbucks on East Middle Lane accordingly). At night, you can meet friends at The World of Beer gastropub, then walk across the street to the Regal Cinemas Rockville Center.

Located in Rockville Center is the modern apartment tower The Upton. Here, you’ll find a sleek studio for well under Rockville’s median rent of $2,600, and you’re high up enough to see the skyscrapers leading up to D.C. and miles of lush trees.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Jose, California

Colorful apartment in a food-lover’s paradise

$2,098-$2,474/month

It takes less time to name the tech giants who don’t have a presence near San Jose than the ones that do—this is Silicon Valley. But high rents almost overshadow the innovations that come from the HQs based here. (San Jose’s median rent is $3,495.) Yet, it’s still the most affordable city in this tech hub, and it also has a more down-to-earth feel compared to other Silicon Valley locales. Time is money in tech, an easy commute is important. The West Valley neighborhood is a standout, with its proximity to 280, San Tomas Expressway, and CA-85. Though it’s definitely a commuter neighborhood, Saratoga Avenue is restaurant heaven. Crave comfort food? Go to Harry’s Hofbrau, where carved turkey is the specialty. Mexican fare? Cross over 280 to Tacos Santiaguito, a beloved taco truck. Japanese? Look behind the taco truck for Shabuway (specializing in hot pots) and Tomisushi.

These are the restaurants you’ll know by heart when you live in this open one-bedroom at Park Kiely, just off Saratoga Avenue. Its high-end fitness center makes sure you won’t gain weight from all that good food around the corner (or the commute).

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Raleigh, North Carolina

Spacious loft near all the nightlife

$1,360-$1,860/month

Raleigh has a low cost of living compared to more famous tech centers—the median rent is $1,395. Maybe because of this, the city is one of the best places for startups to flourish (there are 500+ and counting). Citrux and Lulu have their HQs here, while IBM and Cisco have local branches. The wealth of well-paying jobs has led to a boom in trendy restaurants in downtown Raleigh, making it a particularly hot neighborhood for young professionals and ambitious creatives. It’s walkable and bikeable, whether you want a quick commute to jobs here—or the wonderland of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Most of the city’s best hangouts are on Fayetteville Street, including the popular bar The Haymaker. Bring friends and order the Get Rich or Rye Tryin’, one of the many punchbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

This contemporary one-bedroom at The Edison Lofts is near Fayetteville Street and makes the aforementioned bar a mere block-and-a-half walk away. You can also walk to City Plaza, a venue that hosts music festivals, in seconds.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Seattle, Washington

Gallery-like space near legendary tech companies

$1,675+/month

You’ve got Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft—and so many more start-ups we don’t have time to name. Seattle is quickly becoming San Francisco 2.0, though it still outranks the OG tech hub for affordability (the median rent is $2,895). The Eastlake neighborhood is one of Seattle’s fastest growing, particularly for millennials. Why? It might just be the casual vibe. Eastlake Avenue features comfy dive bars (Zoo Tavern), relaxed coffee shops (Voxx Coffee), and good pizza (Pazzo’s on Eastlake), all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Lake Union. And it’s a relatively easy commute from many of Amazon’s offices, as well as Microsoft’s in Redmond.

At the ultra-modern Waterton Apartments, you’re mere blocks away from both I-5 and 520—and a half-block away from coworking spot Vybe Hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows frame particularly nice views of Lake Union and the surrounding neighborhood, bringing plenty of light into your place even on Seattle’s many rainy days.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Austin, Texas

Pet-friendly studio in the heart of downtown

$1,604+/month

Just like SXSW, Austin’s vibe went from laid-back to kinda-Type-A in the past few years. Yet there’s still lots of culture here, and an indie spirit that makes this city different than other tech hubs. It’s also more affordable, with rents trending upward from the median of $1,950. Tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft located their offices in NW Austin, but the most exciting neighborhood for tech is downtown—it’s the most popular choice for young startups and mobile dev companies. The energy is all-business until evening, when things really pick up. There’s a great bar on every block, but 6th Street is downtown Austin’s most famous entertainment district, affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Here, you’ll find beloved venues like Maggie Mae’s, the famed Alamo Drafthouse dine-in theater, and cool speakeasies like Firehouse (you have to find a secret sliding bookcase door to get in).

If you want to walk everywhere, this studio at Whitley Apartments is ideal. When you need to leave downtown, you can hop on the light rail, just two blocks away.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Washington, D.C.

Sunny apartments directly on the Metro

$1,575+/month

D.C. isn’t just about government anymore. Every major tech company has a presence here, not to mention the many intelligence-based jobs in the city. The tech sector grew by 50 percent over 10 years and is still expanding. But getting in on it doesn’t come cheap: D.C.’s median rent is $3,250. Northwest Washington, D.C. is more affordable for techies, especially if you’re just opening shop. Tax credits have made it possible to find an address for your start-up in this area, particularly in the city’s new “Tech Corridor” along 7th St NW. When you find time to sleep, do it in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood one Metro stop away. You’ll find new construction, lower rents, and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, particularly the mom-and-pop kind that have all but disappeared elsewhere in D.C.

Highland Park at Columbia Heights Metro makes a commute from your studio as easy as walking out of the building’s front door. And there’s another rare benefit to living here: You’re right across the street from Target.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Diego, California

Luxe two-bedroom near all the highways

$2,307/month

If it’s sunshine you want, head to San Diego. Once primarily known for its tourist industry and military base, San Diego has invested in attracting startups. Want to work for a more established company? Qualcomm is also here. Since San Diego pretty much offers gorgeous weather no matter the time of year, rents can be high (the median is $2,775 per month). For maximum convenience, head to Kearny Mesa. A few corporate HQs are located here, turning this area into a business-retail district that’s informally known as Spectrum. The neighborhood is also bordered by the 52, 15, 805, and 163, so you can basically get anywhere with ease. This area is very popular with the 35-and-up crowd. It’s a quiet neighborhood that’s all about relaxed options like the Quantum Brewery, old-school steakhouse The Butchery, and sports bar Elbowroom.

You’ll be in the middle of it all in your apartment Avion at Spectrum, where you can get a two-bedroom for less than the median rent. Also notable? Many units have soaking tubs, a nice feature after a long day of meetings.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Belmont, Massachusetts

Stylish studio in the Boston ‘burbs

$2,208/month

Innovation starts on the campuses of MIT and Harvard. But like the universities, Cambridge is a neighborhood that’s hard to get into. (It’s not just because the median rent is $3,300, but because there just aren’t a ton of options due to demand.) Across the river in Boston, affordability is out the window. As a result, more and more professionals are moving to nearby suburbs and taking advantage of Boston’s robust public transportation system. Belmont is adjacent to Cambridge but offers way more rental options. Though the median rent is still high at $3,500, Belmont offers newer apartments in luxury communities rather than student flats. Though the Belmont is more residential, the city’s cultural offerings are as easy as getting on the Red Line at the Alewife T station to get to Harvard Square, Boston Common, and beyond.

Literally on the Belmont-Cambridge border is The Royal Belmont, a complex you’d easily mistake for a resort hotel. Studios are designed with grown-up tastes in mind, with high-end finishes and appliances. After all, you’ve worked too hard to live like a student.

Originally published July 10, 2017; updated January 17, 2018.

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Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs

Wherever tech companies go, higher rents follow. The opportunities for finding jobs, venture capital for your start-up, or just achieving the next level of your career can justify the increased cost of living when you’re apartment hunting. But it’s not all about price. One thing to think about when you’re moving to a tech hub is the overall vibe. Areas that don’t have a ton of entertainment options might be a better fit for those who are working 24/7, while those who want better work-life balance will thrive better in neighborhoods with nightlife.

Using data from the country’s most concentrated tech areas, median rents, and our insider knowledge of neighborhoods, we’ve found the top cities where STEM jobs—and relatively affordable apartments—are easier to find than an idea for the next industry-disrupting unicorn.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Rockville, Maryland

Great views in a thriving entertainment district

$1,604-1,719/month

Located about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Rockville is the center of the biohealth industry, with affiliated health and science research industries growing as a result. It’s also a city that feels like suburbia. Restaurants and shops are in strip malls, with one notable exception: Rockville Town Center. This neighborhood is a great choice for renters who want to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, and most importantly, the Metro. If you work from home, you’ll be happy the neighborhood isn’t deserted during the day, as the Social Security Administration and all of Rockville’s government offices are clustered here (time your visits to the Starbucks on East Middle Lane accordingly). At night, you can meet friends at The World of Beer gastropub, then walk across the street to the Regal Cinemas Rockville Center.

Located in Rockville Center is the modern apartment tower The Upton. Here, you’ll find a sleek studio for well under Rockville’s median rent of $2,600, and you’re high up enough to see the skyscrapers leading up to D.C. and miles of lush trees.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Jose, California

Colorful apartment in a food-lover’s paradise

$2,098-$2,474/month

It takes less time to name the tech giants who don’t have a presence near San Jose than the ones that do—this is Silicon Valley. But high rents almost overshadow the innovations that come from the HQs based here. (San Jose’s median rent is $3,495.) Yet, it’s still the most affordable city in this tech hub, and it also has a more down-to-earth feel compared to other Silicon Valley locales. Time is money in tech, an easy commute is important. The West Valley neighborhood is a standout, with its proximity to 280, San Tomas Expressway, and CA-85. Though it’s definitely a commuter neighborhood, Saratoga Avenue is restaurant heaven. Crave comfort food? Go to Harry’s Hofbrau, where carved turkey is the specialty. Mexican fare? Cross over 280 to Tacos Santiaguito, a beloved taco truck. Japanese? Look behind the taco truck for Shabuway (specializing in hot pots) and Tomisushi.

These are the restaurants you’ll know by heart when you live in this open one-bedroom at Park Kiely, just off Saratoga Avenue. Its high-end fitness center makes sure you won’t gain weight from all that good food around the corner (or the commute).

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Raleigh, North Carolina

Spacious loft near all the nightlife

$1,360-$1,860/month

Raleigh has a low cost of living compared to more famous tech centers—the median rent is $1,395. Maybe because of this, the city is one of the best places for startups to flourish (there are 500+ and counting). Citrux and Lulu have their HQs here, while IBM and Cisco have local branches. The wealth of well-paying jobs has led to a boom in trendy restaurants in downtown Raleigh, making it a particularly hot neighborhood for young professionals and ambitious creatives. It’s walkable and bikeable, whether you want a quick commute to jobs here—or the wonderland of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Most of the city’s best hangouts are on Fayetteville Street, including the popular bar The Haymaker. Bring friends and order the Get Rich or Rye Tryin’, one of the many punchbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

This contemporary one-bedroom at The Edison Lofts is near Fayetteville Street and makes the aforementioned bar a mere block-and-a-half walk away. You can also walk to City Plaza, a venue that hosts music festivals, in seconds.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Seattle, Washington

Gallery-like space near legendary tech companies

$1,675+/month

You’ve got Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft—and so many more start-ups we don’t have time to name. Seattle is quickly becoming San Francisco 2.0, though it still outranks the OG tech hub for affordability (the median rent is $2,895). The Eastlake neighborhood is one of Seattle’s fastest growing, particularly for millennials. Why? It might just be the casual vibe. Eastlake Avenue features comfy dive bars (Zoo Tavern), relaxed coffee shops (Voxx Coffee), and good pizza (Pazzo’s on Eastlake), all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Lake Union. And it’s a relatively easy commute from many of Amazon’s offices, as well as Microsoft’s in Redmond.

At the ultra-modern Waterton Apartments, you’re mere blocks away from both I-5 and 520—and a half-block away from coworking spot Vybe Hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows frame particularly nice views of Lake Union and the surrounding neighborhood, bringing plenty of light into your place even on Seattle’s many rainy days.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Austin, Texas

Pet-friendly studio in the heart of downtown

$1,604+/month

Just like SXSW, Austin’s vibe went from laid-back to kinda-Type-A in the past few years. Yet there’s still lots of culture here, and an indie spirit that makes this city different than other tech hubs. It’s also more affordable, with rents trending upward from the median of $1,950. Tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft located their offices in NW Austin, but the most exciting neighborhood for tech is downtown—it’s the most popular choice for young startups and mobile dev companies. The energy is all-business until evening, when things really pick up. There’s a great bar on every block, but 6th Street is downtown Austin’s most famous entertainment district, affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Here, you’ll find beloved venues like Maggie Mae’s, the famed Alamo Drafthouse dine-in theater, and cool speakeasies like Firehouse (you have to find a secret sliding bookcase door to get in).

If you want to walk everywhere, this studio at Whitley Apartments is ideal. When you need to leave downtown, you can hop on the light rail, just two blocks away.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Washington, D.C.

Sunny apartments directly on the Metro

$1,575+/month

D.C. isn’t just about government anymore. Every major tech company has a presence here, not to mention the many intelligence-based jobs in the city. The tech sector grew by 50 percent over 10 years and is still expanding. But getting in on it doesn’t come cheap: D.C.’s median rent is $3,250. Northwest Washington, D.C. is more affordable for techies, especially if you’re just opening shop. Tax credits have made it possible to find an address for your start-up in this area, particularly in the city’s new “Tech Corridor” along 7th St NW. When you find time to sleep, do it in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood one Metro stop away. You’ll find new construction, lower rents, and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, particularly the mom-and-pop kind that have all but disappeared elsewhere in D.C.

Highland Park at Columbia Heights Metro makes a commute from your studio as easy as walking out of the building’s front door. And there’s another rare benefit to living here: You’re right across the street from Target.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Diego, California

Luxe two-bedroom near all the highways

$2,307/month

If it’s sunshine you want, head to San Diego. Once primarily known for its tourist industry and military base, San Diego has invested in attracting startups. Want to work for a more established company? Qualcomm is also here. Since San Diego pretty much offers gorgeous weather no matter the time of year, rents can be high (the median is $2,775 per month). For maximum convenience, head to Kearny Mesa. A few corporate HQs are located here, turning this area into a business-retail district that’s informally known as Spectrum. The neighborhood is also bordered by the 52, 15, 805, and 163, so you can basically get anywhere with ease. This area is very popular with the 35-and-up crowd. It’s a quiet neighborhood that’s all about relaxed options like the Quantum Brewery, old-school steakhouse The Butchery, and sports bar Elbowroom.

You’ll be in the middle of it all in your apartment Avion at Spectrum, where you can get a two-bedroom for less than the median rent. Also notable? Many units have soaking tubs, a nice feature after a long day of meetings.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Belmont, Massachusetts

Stylish studio in the Boston ‘burbs

$2,208/month

Innovation starts on the campuses of MIT and Harvard. But like the universities, Cambridge is a neighborhood that’s hard to get into. (It’s not just because the median rent is $3,300, but because there just aren’t a ton of options due to demand.) Across the river in Boston, affordability is out the window. As a result, more and more professionals are moving to nearby suburbs and taking advantage of Boston’s robust public transportation system. Belmont is adjacent to Cambridge but offers way more rental options. Though the median rent is still high at $3,500, Belmont offers newer apartments in luxury communities rather than student flats. Though the Belmont is more residential, the city’s cultural offerings are as easy as getting on the Red Line at the Alewife T station to get to Harvard Square, Boston Common, and beyond.

Literally on the Belmont-Cambridge border is The Royal Belmont, a complex you’d easily mistake for a resort hotel. Studios are designed with grown-up tastes in mind, with high-end finishes and appliances. After all, you’ve worked too hard to live like a student.

Originally published July 10, 2017; updated January 17, 2018.

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These 9 Trendy and Affordable Rental Homes Deserve a Design Award

Style or affordability? We say you can find both. Proof that you needn’t sacrifice your top-shelf taste for a budget-friendly apartment, these nine rental homes with trendy interior design are as eye-catching as they are affordable. Each has a monthly rate that’s less than the median rent for their popular locations. Better still, for many of these you don’t even have to rely on your own good taste, as they come chicly furnished.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

Pretty, private cottage just blocks from Bourbon Street

$1,500/month

If you scooped up this furnished studio cottage in New Orleans, you’d be able to list Cafe Du Monde (renowned for its beignets and chicory coffee), the French Market (the oldest public market in the U.S.), Preservation Hall (a historic venue for live jazz), and countless other famous French Quarter attractions among your regular neighborhood stops. But this renovated cottage offers a stylish retreat from the hustle and bustle just blocks away. It’s slightly off the street and features a lushly landscaped courtyard enclosed by ivy-cloaked walls.

And it just gets better inside. French doors open into a recently renovated studio that features exposed wooden ceiling beams, hardwood floors, and even a rolling ladder leading to a sleeping loft. With the French Quarter’s median rent at $3,125, this charmer’s $1,500 rate is an affordability standout.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

2. Charleston, South Carolina

Light-filled loft convenient to downtown Charleston

$1,240/month

The floor-to-ceiling windows alone are enough to put this loft-style one-bedroom in Charleston on your must-check-out list. That blast of sunshine is the perfect complement to the unit’s long, narrow layout that has a distinctly urban feel. While you can expect to fork over $2,200 (the median monthly rent) for other apartments in Charleston’s North Central neighborhood, just $1,240 gets you a lease at East Central Lofts. That’ll leave a little cash in your wallet to enjoy the craft brews and free Friday night concerts at Palmetto Brewing right across the street.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

3. Chevy Chase, Maryland

Stylish subterranean space with a wood-burning fireplace

$1,950/month

Not only are utilities included in the rent of this one-bedroom apartment in Chevy Chase, Maryland, it’s listed for $1,950 per month, which is well below Chevy Chase’s median rent of $3,850. Also worth noting here is the fact that the rental is located on basement level—but you wouldn’t suspect it given the unit’s bright and cheery vibe. It’s also newly constructed, so the fresh look of those granite countertops, stainless appliances, and wood-burning fireplace is genuine.

Follow the private entry stairs up to street level, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Chevy Chase West, a quiet residential area that’s popular among commuters due to a location central to both Bethesda and D.C. From this one-bedroom apartment, the trendy shops, restaurants, and attractions of Bethesda Row can be reached in just five minutes by foot.

 rental homes with trendy interior design

4. Denver, Colorado

Artist-inspired lofts in a design-driven district

$1,396/month

Situated just north of downtown in the larger Five Points neighborhood, Denver’s River North Art District (“RiNo” for short) sports a high concentration of historic warehouses and factories. Nowadays, the buildings host art galleries, art studios, indie boutiques—and apartments that are fittingly artsy. Block 32 at RiNo features colorful, loft-style interiors with modern finishes and an industrial feel. Some even come equipped with dedicated studio space. One-bedroom, one-bathroom units start at $1,396, which is around half the median rent for Five Points.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

5. Seattle, Washington

Glass-walled apartment with contemporary flair

$1,300/month

With stark white walls and trim alongside dark cupboards and appliances, the monochrome look of this 283-square-foot studio is as modern as they come. And thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, residents of 1404 Boylston in Seattle can take in a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Central Business District.

Down below, they might spy locals heading toward Elliot Bay Bookstore, Garage (a swanky billiards hall-meets-bowling alley), the 48-acre Volunteer Park, and the dozens of restaurants, breweries, and after-hours clubs that form the framework of this cool and eclectic neighborhood. Rent at the on-trend 1404 Boylston starts at $1,300 for a studio, which is a steal compared to the neighborhood’s median rent of $1,950.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

6. Portland, Oregon

Bike-friendly micro studio with built-in furniture

$845/month

Sure, studios and “micro studios” at The Arthur in Downtown Portland are aesthetically delightful, but they feature another type of design genius as well: efficient use of space. The Murphy bed and built-in folding tables free up floor space and make the tiny units feel surprisingly roomy. The cleverly integrated furniture was added during the building’s transformation from a historic hotel into an apartment building.

Today, the rentals start at $845 per month—way less than the neighborhood’s median $3,495. Their petite size is a perfect fit with Portland’s walkable, bike-friendly culture, as residents can easily make pseudo-living rooms out of the many nearby coffee shops, bars, and other public spaces. The Arthur even features a bicycle parking garage, so you don’t have to figure out where to stash your bike in your efficient living space.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

7. Austin, Texas

Soothing, artsy aesthetic on 55 acres

$1,225-$1,695/month

You’d be forgiven for thinking Austin’s West Oak Hill neighborhood was 10 miles from downtown, rather than 10 minutes. Set on 55 rural acres, this 853-square-foot one-bedroom at the Lantana Ridge community is as rustic outside as it is modern inside. The furnished apartment blends mid-century-chic furnishings with contemporary features and colors in a way you’d probably never pull off on your own. And who doesn’t get a small thrill from built-in shelving? West Oak Hill is the home for Austinites who want to stay in touch with nature. Populated by many families, the growing area is one where you can easily find everything you need in nearby strip malls, but also hear the coyotes at night.

rental homes with trendy interior design

8. Saint Pete Beach, Florida

Lovely renovated bungalow just blocks from the beach

$1,900/month

If you’ve got your sights set on year-round beach living, do it in style with this two-bedroom bungalow in Saint Pete Beach, Florida. Situated on a barrier island about seven miles west of St. Petersburg, the resort city is revered for its sugar-white sand and turquoise Gulf waters. You’ll feel like you’re at the beach the moment you open your eyes in this bedroom that looks out onto a tropical backyard through two wall-sized windows. That yard includes a sit-here-all-day patio and a covered, wooden bike port, making the outdoors just another room of the beachy home. Plus, plenty of restaurants and tiki bars are accessible from this sunny spot, even though it costs far less than Saint Pete Beach’s median rent of $3,000.

 

rental homes with trendy interior design

9. Manchester, Connecticut

Converted mill apartments with exposed brick and beams

$985/month

Historical meets modern at the unique Lofts at the Mills in the quaint New England town of Manchester, Connecticut. Exposed brick and wooden beams are the norm for units inside this former-mill-turned-apartment-community. With 15-foot windows and large, arched windows to match, a studio for $985 per month is a steal in an area where the median rent is $1,400. If you love the classic feel of the building’s original architecture, you’re also going to enjoy the nearby historic Main Street shopping district in Manchester.

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Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs

Wherever tech companies go, higher rents follow. The opportunities for finding jobs, venture capital for your start-up, or just achieving the next level of your career can justify the increased cost of living when you’re apartment hunting. But it’s not all about price. One thing to think about when you’re moving to a tech hub is the overall vibe. Areas that don’t have a ton of entertainment options might be a better fit for those who are working 24/7, while those who want better work-life balance will thrive better in neighborhoods with nightlife.

Using data from the country’s most concentrated tech areas, median rents, and our insider knowledge of neighborhoods, we’ve found the top cities where STEM jobs—and relatively affordable apartments—are easier to find than an idea for the next industry-disrupting unicorn.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Rockville, Maryland

Great views in a thriving entertainment district

$1,604-1,719/month

Located about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Rockville is the center of the biohealth industry, with affiliated health and science research industries growing as a result. It’s also a city that feels like suburbia. Restaurants and shops are in strip malls, with one notable exception: Rockville Town Center. This neighborhood is a great choice for renters who want to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, and most importantly, the Metro. If you work from home, you’ll be happy the neighborhood isn’t deserted during the day, as the Social Security Administration and all of Rockville’s government offices are clustered here (time your visits to the Starbucks on East Middle Lane accordingly). At night, you can meet friends at The World of Beer gastropub, then walk across the street to the Regal Cinemas Rockville Center.

Located in Rockville Center is the modern apartment tower The Upton. Here, you’ll find a sleek studio for well under Rockville’s median rent of $2,600, and you’re high up enough to see the skyscrapers leading up to D.C. and miles of lush trees.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Jose, California

Colorful apartment in a food-lover’s paradise

$2,098-$2,474/month

It takes less time to name the tech giants who don’t have a presence near San Jose than the ones that do—this is Silicon Valley. But high rents almost overshadow the innovations that come from the HQs based here. (San Jose’s median rent is $3,495.) Yet, it’s still the most affordable city in this tech hub, and it also has a more down-to-earth feel compared to other Silicon Valley locales. Time is money in tech, an easy commute is important. The West Valley neighborhood is a standout, with its proximity to 280, San Tomas Expressway, and CA-85. Though it’s definitely a commuter neighborhood, Saratoga Avenue is restaurant heaven. Crave comfort food? Go to Harry’s Hofbrau, where carved turkey is the specialty. Mexican fare? Cross over 280 to Tacos Santiaguito, a beloved taco truck. Japanese? Look behind the taco truck for Shabuway (specializing in hot pots) and Tomisushi.

These are the restaurants you’ll know by heart when you live in this open one-bedroom at Park Kiely, just off Saratoga Avenue. Its high-end fitness center makes sure you won’t gain weight from all that good food around the corner (or the commute).

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Raleigh, North Carolina

Spacious loft near all the nightlife

$1,360-$1,860/month

Raleigh has a low cost of living compared to more famous tech centers—the median rent is $1,395. Maybe because of this, the city is one of the best places for startups to flourish (there are 500+ and counting). Citrux and Lulu have their HQs here, while IBM and Cisco have local branches. The wealth of well-paying jobs has led to a boom in trendy restaurants in downtown Raleigh, making it a particularly hot neighborhood for young professionals and ambitious creatives. It’s walkable and bikeable, whether you want a quick commute to jobs here—or the wonderland of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Most of the city’s best hangouts are on Fayetteville Street, including the popular bar The Haymaker. Bring friends and order the Get Rich or Rye Tryin’, one of the many punchbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

This contemporary one-bedroom at The Edison Lofts is near Fayetteville Street and makes the aforementioned bar a mere block-and-a-half walk away. You can also walk to City Plaza, a venue that hosts music festivals, in seconds.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Seattle, Washington

Gallery-like space near legendary tech companies

$1,675+/month

You’ve got Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft—and so many more start-ups we don’t have time to name. Seattle is quickly becoming San Francisco 2.0, though it still outranks the OG tech hub for affordability (the median rent is $2,895). The Eastlake neighborhood is one of Seattle’s fastest growing, particularly for millennials. Why? It might just be the casual vibe. Eastlake Avenue features comfy dive bars (Zoo Tavern), relaxed coffee shops (Voxx Coffee), and good pizza (Pazzo’s on Eastlake), all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Lake Union. And it’s a relatively easy commute from many of Amazon’s offices, as well as Microsoft’s in Redmond.

At the ultra-modern Waterton Apartments, you’re mere blocks away from both I-5 and 520—and a half-block away from coworking spot Vybe Hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows frame particularly nice views of Lake Union and the surrounding neighborhood, bringing plenty of light into your place even on Seattle’s many rainy days.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Austin, Texas

Pet-friendly studio in the heart of downtown

$1,604+/month

Just like SXSW, Austin’s vibe went from laid-back to kinda-Type-A in the past few years. Yet there’s still lots of culture here, and an indie spirit that makes this city different than other tech hubs. It’s also more affordable, with rents trending upward from the median of $1,950. Tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft located their offices in NW Austin, but the most exciting neighborhood for tech is downtown—it’s the most popular choice for young startups and mobile dev companies. The energy is all-business until evening, when things really pick up. There’s a great bar on every block, but 6th Street is downtown Austin’s most famous entertainment district, affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Here, you’ll find beloved venues like Maggie Mae’s, the famed Alamo Drafthouse dine-in theater, and cool speakeasies like Firehouse (you have to find a secret sliding bookcase door to get in).

If you want to walk everywhere, this studio at Whitley Apartments is ideal. When you need to leave downtown, you can hop on the light rail, just two blocks away.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Washington, D.C.

Sunny apartments directly on the Metro

$1,575+/month

D.C. isn’t just about government anymore. Every major tech company has a presence here, not to mention the many intelligence-based jobs in the city. The tech sector grew by 50 percent over 10 years and is still expanding. But getting in on it doesn’t come cheap: D.C.’s median rent is $3,250. Northwest Washington, D.C. is more affordable for techies, especially if you’re just opening shop. Tax credits have made it possible to find an address for your start-up in this area, particularly in the city’s new “Tech Corridor” along 7th St NW. When you find time to sleep, do it in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood one Metro stop away. You’ll find new construction, lower rents, and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, particularly the mom-and-pop kind that have all but disappeared elsewhere in D.C.

Highland Park at Columbia Heights Metro makes a commute from your studio as easy as walking out of the building’s front door. And there’s another rare benefit to living here: You’re right across the street from Target.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Diego, California

Luxe two-bedroom near all the highways

$2,307/month

If it’s sunshine you want, head to San Diego. Once primarily known for its tourist industry and military base, San Diego has invested in attracting startups. Want to work for a more established company? Qualcomm is also here. Since San Diego pretty much offers gorgeous weather no matter the time of year, rents can be high (the median is $2,775 per month). For maximum convenience, head to Kearny Mesa. A few corporate HQs are located here, turning this area into a business-retail district that’s informally known as Spectrum. The neighborhood is also bordered by the 52, 15, 805, and 163, so you can basically get anywhere with ease. This area is very popular with the 35-and-up crowd. It’s a quiet neighborhood that’s all about relaxed options like the Quantum Brewery, old-school steakhouse The Butchery, and sports bar Elbowroom.

You’ll be in the middle of it all in your apartment Avion at Spectrum, where you can get a two-bedroom for less than the median rent. Also notable? Many units have soaking tubs, a nice feature after a long day of meetings.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Belmont, Massachusetts

Stylish studio in the Boston ‘burbs

$2,208/month

Innovation starts on the campuses of MIT and Harvard. But like the universities, Cambridge is a neighborhood that’s hard to get into. (It’s not just because the median rent is $3,300, but because there just aren’t a ton of options due to demand.) Across the river in Boston, affordability is out the window. As a result, more and more professionals are moving to nearby suburbs and taking advantage of Boston’s robust public transportation system. Belmont is adjacent to Cambridge but offers way more rental options. Though the median rent is still high at $3,500, Belmont offers newer apartments in luxury communities rather than student flats. Though the Belmont is more residential, the city’s cultural offerings are as easy as getting on the Red Line at the Alewife T station to get to Harvard Square, Boston Common, and beyond.

Literally on the Belmont-Cambridge border is The Royal Belmont, a complex you’d easily mistake for a resort hotel. Studios are designed with grown-up tastes in mind, with high-end finishes and appliances. After all, you’ve worked too hard to live like a student.

Originally published July 10, 2017; updated January 17, 2018.

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Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs

Wherever tech companies go, higher rents follow. The opportunities for finding jobs, venture capital for your start-up, or just achieving the next level of your career can justify the increased cost of living when you’re apartment hunting. But it’s not all about price. One thing to think about when you’re moving to a tech hub is the overall vibe. Areas that don’t have a ton of entertainment options might be a better fit for those who are working 24/7, while those who want better work-life balance will thrive better in neighborhoods with nightlife.

Using data from the country’s most concentrated tech areas, median rents, and our insider knowledge of neighborhoods, we’ve found the top cities where STEM jobs—and relatively affordable apartments—are easier to find than an idea for the next industry-disrupting unicorn.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Rockville, Maryland

Great views in a thriving entertainment district

$1,604-1,719/month

Located about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Rockville is the center of the biohealth industry, with affiliated health and science research industries growing as a result. It’s also a city that feels like suburbia. Restaurants and shops are in strip malls, with one notable exception: Rockville Town Center. This neighborhood is a great choice for renters who want to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, and most importantly, the Metro. If you work from home, you’ll be happy the neighborhood isn’t deserted during the day, as the Social Security Administration and all of Rockville’s government offices are clustered here (time your visits to the Starbucks on East Middle Lane accordingly). At night, you can meet friends at The World of Beer gastropub, then walk across the street to the Regal Cinemas Rockville Center.

Located in Rockville Center is the modern apartment tower The Upton. Here, you’ll find a sleek studio for well under Rockville’s median rent of $2,600, and you’re high up enough to see the skyscrapers leading up to D.C. and miles of lush trees.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Jose, California

Colorful apartment in a food-lover’s paradise

$2,098-$2,474/month

It takes less time to name the tech giants who don’t have a presence near San Jose than the ones that do—this is Silicon Valley. But high rents almost overshadow the innovations that come from the HQs based here. (San Jose’s median rent is $3,495.) Yet, it’s still the most affordable city in this tech hub, and it also has a more down-to-earth feel compared to other Silicon Valley locales. Time is money in tech, an easy commute is important. The West Valley neighborhood is a standout, with its proximity to 280, San Tomas Expressway, and CA-85. Though it’s definitely a commuter neighborhood, Saratoga Avenue is restaurant heaven. Crave comfort food? Go to Harry’s Hofbrau, where carved turkey is the specialty. Mexican fare? Cross over 280 to Tacos Santiaguito, a beloved taco truck. Japanese? Look behind the taco truck for Shabuway (specializing in hot pots) and Tomisushi.

These are the restaurants you’ll know by heart when you live in this open one-bedroom at Park Kiely, just off Saratoga Avenue. Its high-end fitness center makes sure you won’t gain weight from all that good food around the corner (or the commute).

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Raleigh, North Carolina

Spacious loft near all the nightlife

$1,360-$1,860/month

Raleigh has a low cost of living compared to more famous tech centers—the median rent is $1,395. Maybe because of this, the city is one of the best places for startups to flourish (there are 500+ and counting). Citrux and Lulu have their HQs here, while IBM and Cisco have local branches. The wealth of well-paying jobs has led to a boom in trendy restaurants in downtown Raleigh, making it a particularly hot neighborhood for young professionals and ambitious creatives. It’s walkable and bikeable, whether you want a quick commute to jobs here—or the wonderland of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Most of the city’s best hangouts are on Fayetteville Street, including the popular bar The Haymaker. Bring friends and order the Get Rich or Rye Tryin’, one of the many punchbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

This contemporary one-bedroom at The Edison Lofts is near Fayetteville Street and makes the aforementioned bar a mere block-and-a-half walk away. You can also walk to City Plaza, a venue that hosts music festivals, in seconds.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Seattle, Washington

Gallery-like space near legendary tech companies

$1,675+/month

You’ve got Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft—and so many more start-ups we don’t have time to name. Seattle is quickly becoming San Francisco 2.0, though it still outranks the OG tech hub for affordability (the median rent is $2,895). The Eastlake neighborhood is one of Seattle’s fastest growing, particularly for millennials. Why? It might just be the casual vibe. Eastlake Avenue features comfy dive bars (Zoo Tavern), relaxed coffee shops (Voxx Coffee), and good pizza (Pazzo’s on Eastlake), all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Lake Union. And it’s a relatively easy commute from many of Amazon’s offices, as well as Microsoft’s in Redmond.

At the ultra-modern Waterton Apartments, you’re mere blocks away from both I-5 and 520—and a half-block away from coworking spot Vybe Hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows frame particularly nice views of Lake Union and the surrounding neighborhood, bringing plenty of light into your place even on Seattle’s many rainy days.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Austin, Texas

Pet-friendly studio in the heart of downtown

$1,604+/month

Just like SXSW, Austin’s vibe went from laid-back to kinda-Type-A in the past few years. Yet there’s still lots of culture here, and an indie spirit that makes this city different than other tech hubs. It’s also more affordable, with rents trending upward from the median of $1,950. Tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft located their offices in NW Austin, but the most exciting neighborhood for tech is downtown—it’s the most popular choice for young startups and mobile dev companies. The energy is all-business until evening, when things really pick up. There’s a great bar on every block, but 6th Street is downtown Austin’s most famous entertainment district, affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Here, you’ll find beloved venues like Maggie Mae’s, the famed Alamo Drafthouse dine-in theater, and cool speakeasies like Firehouse (you have to find a secret sliding bookcase door to get in).

If you want to walk everywhere, this studio at Whitley Apartments is ideal. When you need to leave downtown, you can hop on the light rail, just two blocks away.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Washington, D.C.

Sunny apartments directly on the Metro

$1,575+/month

D.C. isn’t just about government anymore. Every major tech company has a presence here, not to mention the many intelligence-based jobs in the city. The tech sector grew by 50 percent over 10 years and is still expanding. But getting in on it doesn’t come cheap: D.C.’s median rent is $3,250. Northwest Washington, D.C. is more affordable for techies, especially if you’re just opening shop. Tax credits have made it possible to find an address for your start-up in this area, particularly in the city’s new “Tech Corridor” along 7th St NW. When you find time to sleep, do it in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood one Metro stop away. You’ll find new construction, lower rents, and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, particularly the mom-and-pop kind that have all but disappeared elsewhere in D.C.

Highland Park at Columbia Heights Metro makes a commute from your studio as easy as walking out of the building’s front door. And there’s another rare benefit to living here: You’re right across the street from Target.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Diego, California

Luxe two-bedroom near all the highways

$2,307/month

If it’s sunshine you want, head to San Diego. Once primarily known for its tourist industry and military base, San Diego has invested in attracting startups. Want to work for a more established company? Qualcomm is also here. Since San Diego pretty much offers gorgeous weather no matter the time of year, rents can be high (the median is $2,775 per month). For maximum convenience, head to Kearny Mesa. A few corporate HQs are located here, turning this area into a business-retail district that’s informally known as Spectrum. The neighborhood is also bordered by the 52, 15, 805, and 163, so you can basically get anywhere with ease. This area is very popular with the 35-and-up crowd. It’s a quiet neighborhood that’s all about relaxed options like the Quantum Brewery, old-school steakhouse The Butchery, and sports bar Elbowroom.

You’ll be in the middle of it all in your apartment Avion at Spectrum, where you can get a two-bedroom for less than the median rent. Also notable? Many units have soaking tubs, a nice feature after a long day of meetings.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Belmont, Massachusetts

Stylish studio in the Boston ‘burbs

$2,208/month

Innovation starts on the campuses of MIT and Harvard. But like the universities, Cambridge is a neighborhood that’s hard to get into. (It’s not just because the median rent is $3,300, but because there just aren’t a ton of options due to demand.) Across the river in Boston, affordability is out the window. As a result, more and more professionals are moving to nearby suburbs and taking advantage of Boston’s robust public transportation system. Belmont is adjacent to Cambridge but offers way more rental options. Though the median rent is still high at $3,500, Belmont offers newer apartments in luxury communities rather than student flats. Though the Belmont is more residential, the city’s cultural offerings are as easy as getting on the Red Line at the Alewife T station to get to Harvard Square, Boston Common, and beyond.

Literally on the Belmont-Cambridge border is The Royal Belmont, a complex you’d easily mistake for a resort hotel. Studios are designed with grown-up tastes in mind, with high-end finishes and appliances. After all, you’ve worked too hard to live like a student.

Originally published July 10, 2017; updated January 17, 2018.

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Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs

Wherever tech companies go, higher rents follow. The opportunities for finding jobs, venture capital for your start-up, or just achieving the next level of your career can justify the increased cost of living when you’re apartment hunting. But it’s not all about price. One thing to think about when you’re moving to a tech hub is the overall vibe. Areas that don’t have a ton of entertainment options might be a better fit for those who are working 24/7, while those who want better work-life balance will thrive better in neighborhoods with nightlife.

Using data from the country’s most concentrated tech areas, median rents, and our insider knowledge of neighborhoods, we’ve found the top cities where STEM jobs—and relatively affordable apartments—are easier to find than an idea for the next industry-disrupting unicorn.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Rockville, Maryland

Great views in a thriving entertainment district

$1,604-1,719/month

Located about 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Rockville is the center of the biohealth industry, with affiliated health and science research industries growing as a result. It’s also a city that feels like suburbia. Restaurants and shops are in strip malls, with one notable exception: Rockville Town Center. This neighborhood is a great choice for renters who want to be able to walk to restaurants, cafes, and most importantly, the Metro. If you work from home, you’ll be happy the neighborhood isn’t deserted during the day, as the Social Security Administration and all of Rockville’s government offices are clustered here (time your visits to the Starbucks on East Middle Lane accordingly). At night, you can meet friends at The World of Beer gastropub, then walk across the street to the Regal Cinemas Rockville Center.

Located in Rockville Center is the modern apartment tower The Upton. Here, you’ll find a sleek studio for well under Rockville’s median rent of $2,600, and you’re high up enough to see the skyscrapers leading up to D.C. and miles of lush trees.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Jose, California

Colorful apartment in a food-lover’s paradise

$2,098-$2,474/month

It takes less time to name the tech giants who don’t have a presence near San Jose than the ones that do—this is Silicon Valley. But high rents almost overshadow the innovations that come from the HQs based here. (San Jose’s median rent is $3,495.) Yet, it’s still the most affordable city in this tech hub, and it also has a more down-to-earth feel compared to other Silicon Valley locales. Time is money in tech, an easy commute is important. The West Valley neighborhood is a standout, with its proximity to 280, San Tomas Expressway, and CA-85. Though it’s definitely a commuter neighborhood, Saratoga Avenue is restaurant heaven. Crave comfort food? Go to Harry’s Hofbrau, where carved turkey is the specialty. Mexican fare? Cross over 280 to Tacos Santiaguito, a beloved taco truck. Japanese? Look behind the taco truck for Shabuway (specializing in hot pots) and Tomisushi.

These are the restaurants you’ll know by heart when you live in this open one-bedroom at Park Kiely, just off Saratoga Avenue. Its high-end fitness center makes sure you won’t gain weight from all that good food around the corner (or the commute).

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Raleigh, North Carolina

Spacious loft near all the nightlife

$1,360-$1,860/month

Raleigh has a low cost of living compared to more famous tech centers—the median rent is $1,395. Maybe because of this, the city is one of the best places for startups to flourish (there are 500+ and counting). Citrux and Lulu have their HQs here, while IBM and Cisco have local branches. The wealth of well-paying jobs has led to a boom in trendy restaurants in downtown Raleigh, making it a particularly hot neighborhood for young professionals and ambitious creatives. It’s walkable and bikeable, whether you want a quick commute to jobs here—or the wonderland of bars, restaurants, and music venues. Most of the city’s best hangouts are on Fayetteville Street, including the popular bar The Haymaker. Bring friends and order the Get Rich or Rye Tryin’, one of the many punchbowl cocktails meant for sharing.

This contemporary one-bedroom at The Edison Lofts is near Fayetteville Street and makes the aforementioned bar a mere block-and-a-half walk away. You can also walk to City Plaza, a venue that hosts music festivals, in seconds.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Seattle, Washington

Gallery-like space near legendary tech companies

$1,675+/month

You’ve got Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft—and so many more start-ups we don’t have time to name. Seattle is quickly becoming San Francisco 2.0, though it still outranks the OG tech hub for affordability (the median rent is $2,895). The Eastlake neighborhood is one of Seattle’s fastest growing, particularly for millennials. Why? It might just be the casual vibe. Eastlake Avenue features comfy dive bars (Zoo Tavern), relaxed coffee shops (Voxx Coffee), and good pizza (Pazzo’s on Eastlake), all against the backdrop of the gorgeous Lake Union. And it’s a relatively easy commute from many of Amazon’s offices, as well as Microsoft’s in Redmond.

At the ultra-modern Waterton Apartments, you’re mere blocks away from both I-5 and 520—and a half-block away from coworking spot Vybe Hub. Its floor-to-ceiling windows frame particularly nice views of Lake Union and the surrounding neighborhood, bringing plenty of light into your place even on Seattle’s many rainy days.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Austin, Texas

Pet-friendly studio in the heart of downtown

$1,604+/month

Just like SXSW, Austin’s vibe went from laid-back to kinda-Type-A in the past few years. Yet there’s still lots of culture here, and an indie spirit that makes this city different than other tech hubs. It’s also more affordable, with rents trending upward from the median of $1,950. Tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM, Microsoft located their offices in NW Austin, but the most exciting neighborhood for tech is downtown—it’s the most popular choice for young startups and mobile dev companies. The energy is all-business until evening, when things really pick up. There’s a great bar on every block, but 6th Street is downtown Austin’s most famous entertainment district, affectionately called “Dirty Sixth.” Here, you’ll find beloved venues like Maggie Mae’s, the famed Alamo Drafthouse dine-in theater, and cool speakeasies like Firehouse (you have to find a secret sliding bookcase door to get in).

If you want to walk everywhere, this studio at Whitley Apartments is ideal. When you need to leave downtown, you can hop on the light rail, just two blocks away.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Washington, D.C.

Sunny apartments directly on the Metro

$1,575+/month

D.C. isn’t just about government anymore. Every major tech company has a presence here, not to mention the many intelligence-based jobs in the city. The tech sector grew by 50 percent over 10 years and is still expanding. But getting in on it doesn’t come cheap: D.C.’s median rent is $3,250. Northwest Washington, D.C. is more affordable for techies, especially if you’re just opening shop. Tax credits have made it possible to find an address for your start-up in this area, particularly in the city’s new “Tech Corridor” along 7th St NW. When you find time to sleep, do it in Columbia Heights, a neighborhood one Metro stop away. You’ll find new construction, lower rents, and a diverse mix of restaurants and bars, particularly the mom-and-pop kind that have all but disappeared elsewhere in D.C.

Highland Park at Columbia Heights Metro makes a commute from your studio as easy as walking out of the building’s front door. And there’s another rare benefit to living here: You’re right across the street from Target.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

San Diego, California

Luxe two-bedroom near all the highways

$2,307/month

If it’s sunshine you want, head to San Diego. Once primarily known for its tourist industry and military base, San Diego has invested in attracting startups. Want to work for a more established company? Qualcomm is also here. Since San Diego pretty much offers gorgeous weather no matter the time of year, rents can be high (the median is $2,775 per month). For maximum convenience, head to Kearny Mesa. A few corporate HQs are located here, turning this area into a business-retail district that’s informally known as Spectrum. The neighborhood is also bordered by the 52, 15, 805, and 163, so you can basically get anywhere with ease. This area is very popular with the 35-and-up crowd. It’s a quiet neighborhood that’s all about relaxed options like the Quantum Brewery, old-school steakhouse The Butchery, and sports bar Elbowroom.

You’ll be in the middle of it all in your apartment Avion at Spectrum, where you can get a two-bedroom for less than the median rent. Also notable? Many units have soaking tubs, a nice feature after a long day of meetings.

 

affordable homes for rent near tech hubs

Belmont, Massachusetts

Stylish studio in the Boston ‘burbs

$2,208/month

Innovation starts on the campuses of MIT and Harvard. But like the universities, Cambridge is a neighborhood that’s hard to get into. (It’s not just because the median rent is $3,300, but because there just aren’t a ton of options due to demand.) Across the river in Boston, affordability is out the window. As a result, more and more professionals are moving to nearby suburbs and taking advantage of Boston’s robust public transportation system. Belmont is adjacent to Cambridge but offers way more rental options. Though the median rent is still high at $3,500, Belmont offers newer apartments in luxury communities rather than student flats. Though the Belmont is more residential, the city’s cultural offerings are as easy as getting on the Red Line at the Alewife T station to get to Harvard Square, Boston Common, and beyond.

Literally on the Belmont-Cambridge border is The Royal Belmont, a complex you’d easily mistake for a resort hotel. Studios are designed with grown-up tastes in mind, with high-end finishes and appliances. After all, you’ve worked too hard to live like a student.

Originally published July 10, 2017; updated January 17, 2018.

Looking for your next apartment? Find affordable options in tech hubs and beyond right here on Trulia.

The post Eight Affordable Homes for Rent in Tech Hubs appeared first on Trulia's Blog.