A 2013 University of Michigan study asked 618 persons aged 18 to 39 without a driver’s license why they didn’t have one. Some of the answers included too busy to get a driver’s license; the expense of purchasing, maintaining, and insuring a vehicle; prefer to walk, bike, or use public transportation; and medical issues or disabilities.
Regardless of your reasons, when you don’t have a driver’s license, it’s imperative you give careful thought to your apartment rental options. The amenities an apartment offers and the neighborhood where the complex is located can greatly impact your quality of life. Here are key amenities non-drivers should look for in their next rental.
Obviously, if you don’t drive, your ideal apartment complex will have plenty of nearby shops, restaurants, and other businesses, such as a grocery store or library, that you can easily and walk to.
When you consider different housing options, be sure to check the walkability of the address before you schedule a showing. When you don’t drive, you want to live in a neighborhood that will allow you to do most or all your daily errands on foot.
Only about 14 percent of surveyed Americans ride their bike at least twice a week, but it stands to reason that if someone doesn’t own a vehicle, getting around on a bicycle is a convenient way to get where you need to go. It’s also great exercise and an environmentally friendly transportation option.
Unfortunately, owning a bicycle is often a huge hassle when you live in an apartment complex. You’re stuck either wheeling your bicycle in and out of your apartment or finding a pole to lock it to and hoping for the best.
Modern apartment complexes understand their tenants appreciate unique amenities that fit in with their lifestyle. Look for an apartment complex that recognizes this and offers a convenient bicycle storage and maintenance area.
Walking and biking are great options to get around when you don’t have a vehicle, but they aren’t always convenient. For example, biking can be difficult during the winter months. You’ll also probably want to stock up on groceries occasionally, which is not easily done on foot.
Whether it’s inclement weather, bulk purchases, or simply commuting to work, chances are you won’t always want to walk or bike. Carefully consider the types and locations of the public transportation options in the area before you sign the lease.
In-Unit Washer and Dryer
While you may be able to easily get where you need to go on foot, bike, or bus, lugging your laundry around with you is not so simple. Let’s face it – most people don’t enjoy doing laundry. This unpleasant chore is even less enjoyable when it’s a huge hassle.
Skip figuring out a way to haul your dirty clothes to the laundromat each week or waiting for a machine in the community laundry room and choose an apartment complex that has private full-sized washers and dryers in each unit instead. If your work dress code requires professional attire, you’ll want to find an apartment complex that offers dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up services as well.
Pet Washing Station
When you don’t drive but own a pet, transporting your dog to the puppy parlor can be problematic and expensive. While you can give your dog a bath in your tub, dog owners know how messy this can be. Look for a pet-friendly complex with deluxe amenities that make pet ownership in apartments easier. A pet washing station can keep your pet clean without the need for a car.
Are you a non-driver looking for the perfect apartment complex? Contact us today to schedule a showing and see everything Crossroads Westside Apartments has to offer.