What You Should Know About Relocating to Denver

Many people, upon moving to Denver, Colorado, are immediately taken aback by the change in altitude. Denver is nestled in the base of the Rocky Mountains and sits approximately a mile above sea level (hence the nickname “Mile High City”). The rarified air can take a little getting used to but, as the folks in Denver will happily tell you, it ain’t all bad. Golf balls travel 10% farther and alcohol packs more of a punch. Denver’s location means gorgeous mountain views and, on average, 300 days of sunshine each year.

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Denver at a Glance

With nearly 3 million people, the Denver Metro Area currently ranks 19th largest in the United States and is actually home to an estimated 85% of Colorado’s population. The city still boasts a booming aerospace and tech scene, but has also seen considerable growth since its legalization of cannabis in 2014. The major breweries may have closed down or moved away, but Denver is home to 150 microbreweries (second only to Portland) and has been dubbed the “Napa Valley of Beer.”

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Best Places to Live in Denver

As the city continues to grow, competition for apartments and rentals can be fierce. Check out our Denver Neighborhoods page to learn a bit more about the city’s best-known neighborhoods. And if you’re looking to nail down a place to live before moving to Denver, Smart City Locating can definitely help you out.

Q : What do I do if I have to move in and start work by a certain date, but I’m not able to visit Denver beforehand?

A : No worries! All of our agents offer video/facetime tours so you can actually see where you’ll be living. Leasing a unit sight unseen can be stressful, we like to send videos so you know if that closet will fit all of your shoes, or if that particular unit has a wine rack. We love wine.

Q : I need to move to Denver 5 months from now, are you guys able to help?

A : This is a big one. We actually only know availability and pricing 60 days out, and while we can definitely start narrowing down potential neighborhoods and apartments, we won’t truly be able to start the search process until we’re 60 days away from move in!

Q : What if I am coming to Denver for only one or two days to look at apartments?

A : This is our full time job, and all of our agents work pretty much all the time. If you’re coming in on a Saturday, just let your agent know and we can have updated availability and pricing for you to look over before you come. We love touring out-of-towners because we get to show off how much we love this city. We can show you the different neighborhoods, best bars to meet new people, and definitely our favorite restaurants. We’re foodies around here!

Q : What neighborhood should I live in?

A : This one is actually tough because there are so many different neighborhoods that we love!! Some of our favorites include LoHi, RiNo and Wash Park. But ultimately there are a lot of other factors to consider when determining what area is right for you, including your budget, the location of your job, what you like to do and more!

Q : How do I set up electricity/utilities?

A : Denver properties require Xcel Electricity, however our concierge team is here to help with Internet + Renters Insurance – just another free service to thank you for choosing Smart City!

Q : What movers should I use?

A : We always tell people to check Yelp reviews for movers, and your specific agent can give you a couple of potential movers that we’ve had good experiences with in the past!

Q : What are my transportation options?

A : Denver has a pretty inclusive public transportation system, known as the RTD, with over 170 bus routes and 11 rail lines. We know of plenty Denver apartments within walking distance to bus stops and rail stations, if you’re not planning on bringing a car. Some higher end properties even have “Car to Go” rental options for those who choose the car payment free route!

Q : Are pets allowed?

A : Denver is SUUUUUPER dog friendly. There are tons of bars and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios and most apartments allow non-aggressive dogs as roommates (with a deposit), some even boasting dog parks, green areas, and even small yards. If you have an “aggressive” breed (we use quotations because we know your pit bull is sweet. Our office husky is the sweetest!) then your options will be more limited, but they still exist. Contact us and we can give you the details on what to expect and different options.

Q : What do deposits and upfront costs look like for renting in Denver?

A : Deposits usually range anywhere from $0-400, sometimes higher if there are credit issues; but no apartment requires first and last months rent, which is awesome! You can expect to also pay an application fee of $15-$25 and admin fee of $200-$300. We’re pretty good at finding deals though, so you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $500 for move in costs with good credit. As noted above, if you have a pet it’ll be a bit more.

Q : Do you offer short-term leases?

A : Our lease minimums start at 6 months or greater, however prepare for a $200-$300 premium when seeking a short term rental. Your agent can scout out the best apartments with the lowest short term premiums!

Q : Fridge, Microwave, Parking?

A : Depending on budget, most apartments in Denver come with a fridge and microwave – we won’t know until we’re diving head first into your apartment search however. Parking is almost always going to be an added fee, even if your spot is unreserved. Head out to the burbs’ if you’d like to cut those parking costs down!

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