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Everything to Know About Finding Apartments for Rent in Chattanooga, TN

Even a short visit to Chattanooga will reveal it's a city like no other in the country. It has all the charms of a small Southern town, all the cultural attractions of a much larger city and all the scenic beauty you could ask for. Built on both sides of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga residents get incredible water views from every angle.
For great food, a laid-back lifestyle and plenty of employment opportunities, look for apartments for rent in this alluring city.

The Best Neighborhoods to Find Apartments for Rent in Chattanooga

With a lot of opportunities to get outside, most of Chattanooga gives residents a down-home country feel with plenty to do and see. You won't forget you're living in a modern city though. New construction and well-maintained historic buildings combine to show off the city's past and present. Here are some of the best spots to consider when finding apartments for rent in Chattanooga.

  • Downtown: Plenty of different housing options mix together in Chattanooga's Downtown. Both new, modern options and revitalized historic buildings mean a home at any budget. Living in this neighborhood puts you close to everything by foot, bike or free bus, and offers up plenty of options for dining, shopping and activity. Most of the action starts around 4th Street and continues toward the riverfront.
  • Bonny Oaks/Highway 58: The cafe capital of Chattanooga, Bonny Oaks/Highway 58 is a perfect place for foodies to hang their hats. Situated in the eastern part of town, the area has a country feel with easy access to highways for commuters.
  • East Brainerd: Sitting right at the Georgia/Tennessee border, East Brainerd is full of tree-lined hilltops and spectacular mountain views. It's also close to Enterprise South Nature Park which consists of 2,800 acres of outdoor beauty.
  • Brainerd: A quiet neighborhood, Brainerd's main area includes a variety of casual restaurants and shops to keep people busy. There's plenty of affordable housing in this park-like area which is also situated to make commuting into the busier parts of town, or hopping a flight at Lovell Field Airport a breeze.
  • St. Elmo: Another neighborhood close to the Georgia border, St. Elmo is a friendly place with eclectic, older homes. You can easily walk to shops and restaurants. Located at the base of Lookout Mountain, you can also hop on the Incline Railway for a fun adventure.
  • Lookout Valley: A perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts! Lookout Valley provides ample space for camping, kayaking, hiking and more. Within the neighborhood itself, you'll even find an urban farm. This area is a great spot to live in if you make frequent trips to Lookout Mountain, which is right at the corner of the neighborhood.
  • North Chattanooga: Situated close to downtown, North Chattanooga attracts residents who prefer to walk and bike to work each day. When your busy day is through, enjoy unique boutique shops and restaurants or take a relaxing walk through any number of local parks.
  • Martin Luther King: Just a few city blocks in size, Martin Luther King is a small neighborhood with affordable housing and plenty of options for activities. Its proximity to transit along East Martin Luther King Blvd. also makes the area a good place to live for those working in the central business part of town.
  • East Lake: An older neighborhood, East Lake is a large community with a diverse population. You'll find a few restaurants and cafes throughout the area to partake in as well as easy access to highways to help you get around town.
  • Highland Park: Another local spot where it's easy to enjoy the outdoors, in Highland Park, you can spend the day playing disc golf or laze about in local parks. There are also plenty of local, small businesses to sample along East Main Street -- just two miles from downtown if you're looking for a little more action.

Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga

Chattanooga delivers access to a range of fun and cultural attractions, indoor and out. They spread across the city itself into the beautiful surrounding areas. You can get a dose of nature on the same day you take advantage of in-town activities.

  • Head to St. Elmo Station to start a truly exciting and beautiful experience. This is the lower station to catch the incline railway which heads up Lookout Mountain. While you're there, check out Ruby Falls and Rock City. Combine all three activities for a full and active day.
  • Visit the Tennessee Aquarium and explore not one, but two different buildings. Start with the animals you'll find in rivers, then move over to the Ocean Journey building to expand your aquatic reach. You'll see jellyfish, snakes, crabs and more. And, of course, there's plenty of fish. This exciting experience is right along the riverfront.
  • A 13-acre park, the Chattanooga Zoo works to inspire visitors to understand and preserve wildlife. Here you can get up close to the animals and really observe them. You'll also find the largest indoor red panda exhibit in the world among habitats for snow leopards, chimpanzees, tamarins and more.
  • If you fancy yourself a college sports fan, catch a football game at Finley Stadium. This is home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga team, but you can also see the Chattanooga FC play soccer here.
  • To get into the Tennessee River without getting wet, head to Riverfront Parkway and hop on a Duck Tour. You'll learn the history of the city in a fun and interesting way as you ride your duck boat by land and "sea."
  • If you're in the mood to do some walking, take a stroll on the Walnut Street Bridge. Connecting downtown to North Chattanooga, this is a popular spot for locals to wander and soak up both sides of the city.

Getaways from Chattanooga

Chattanooga rests right between Nashville and Atlanta, so you're only two hours away from fun and unique cities when it's time to get away. Venture a little bit further and you're up in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here you can enjoy the cute city center of Gatlinburg or hit up Dollywood in Pigeon Forge.

Find Apartments for Rent in Chattanooga

Finding a new place to live can be a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find apartments for rent in Chattanooga that match your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chattanooga

What is the average rent in Chattanooga?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Chattanooga is $1,220 per month. For a one-bedroom apartment it's $1,397 per month. For a two-bedroom apartment the average rent is $1,667 per month.

What is the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom in Chattanooga?

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Chattanooga is $1,397

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