Places to Move If You Hate Summer

Seattle skyline at night

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The first day of summer is upon us and that means the heat is also upon us. Temperatures are rising across the country and there’s no sign of it stopping! If you melt in the heat rather than flourish, you’re probably considering fleeing to the North Pole until October at the earliest. Instead, opt for some of these US cities where the sun doesn’t beat down quite as brutally. quite as brutally.

Seattle

No one appreciates summer more than Seattleites. With over 60% of their year covered in clouds, the moment the sun peeks out, they cheer and jump for joy. Most people are aware of Seattle’s reputation as one of the rainiest cities in the country. What you might not realize is that summer’s in Seattle are comfortable and mild. Temperatures don’t tend to reach the heights that they do in other parts of the country. The average high temperature over the summer months is a pleasant 72. The rain even lets up over the duration of the summer with an average of only 35 inches of rainfall throughout June, July, and August.

San Francisco
While most of California is bathed in sunshine and home to some of the world’s most stunning beaches, San Francisco prefers to keep it a bit more mild. Literally. The average high temperature over the summer months hovers around 56°F, making for a very comfortable season. San Francisco isn’t just a great place to live if you despise summer but also a great place to live if you can’t stand winter. The average temperature over the winter months is around 52°F. You can wear the same clothes practically all year!

Anchorage
This might seem obvious but Alaska’s summers are some of the most temperate in the country. With an average temperature over June, July, and August of 63°F, the summers in Anchorage are cooler than elsewhere in the country. You won’t be sweating bullets just walking from your vehicle into your apartment. Although be prepared for a small adjustment to your sleep schedule: Anchorage gets an average of 20.7 daylight hours per day over the summer months. We recommend investing in some blackout curtains so, you won’t miss out on any shut-eye.

 

Summer is certainly not for everyone. If that’s the case for you, consider packing up and moving to a city with a milder season. Sure, it gets warmer but not enough to make you sweaty and uncomfortable. Check out apartments in these cooler cities on Rent Jungle today.

Chicago Rent Comparison

As of April of this year, the city of Chicago’s average monthly rent was $1,856. While this might seem steep to those of us in areas with typically cheaper rental prices, this is actually a dip from where Chicago’s rent used to be. Over the last 6 months Chicago rent has decreased $102. So, what can you get for the median rent in Chicago?

1. Landmark West Loop - At Landmark West Loop, for $1,750, you’ll secure yourself a studio apartment with one bathroom in the 30-story luxury apartment complex. With amenities like a massive sundeck, swimming pool, hot tub, and a living library, you know that you’re paying for what you get.

The spacious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows give you a spectacular view from the top. Modern kitchens boast top-of-the-line appliances from Bosch as well as quartz countertops.

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2. 2850 N. Sheridan - For $1,925, you can snag yourself a 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment just steps from the gorgeous lakefront. While it has recently been restored to its former 1920’s glory, you’ll find that all of the modernity and creature comforts are still close at hand.

The newly redesigned fitness center is open to residents as well as the sundeck with views of the Chicago skyline. Enjoy hardwood floors, beautiful kitchen appliances, bike parking, and easy access to public transportation

3. 777 South State - For $1,900 you’ll find yourself with 748 square feet in Printer’s Row. Just a few blocks from Grant Park, 777 South State is a pet friendly apartment community boasting a gorgeous indoor pool and stunning hardwood floors in each apartment. Once student housing for nearby colleges, South State is now a luxury home calling your name. Bustling South Loop has everything you need all within a few blocks. Convenient and comfortable. screen-shot-2017-06-20-at-12-00-46-pm screen-shot-2017-06-20-at-12-01-05-pm

Do any of these strike your fancy? If not, check out Rent Jungle’s listings for more rentals in your area and across the country.

Gems of New York City

The Big Apple is a bustling city with a lot going on at all times. No matter the time of day, something is happening on every corner in New York City. It’s one of the most tourist-heavy cities in the world so it’s no secret that NYC is a special city. However, there are some things that make it special that aren’t necessarily obvious to the average tourist. We’ve rounded up a few of the reasons we think New York City is more than what it seems that you might not have thought of.

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Best Coffee = Everywhere

New Yorkers run on caffeine. Don’t talk to any of them until both you and they have had at least their first cup. You won’t find the best cup of coffee just anywhere, you’ll find it everywhere. Every neighborhood has their own best coffee shop, sometimes more than one. St. Kilda Coffee in Midtown has strong brews, delicious pastries, and even a book exchange. Chillhouse on the Lower East Side will give you a tasty beverage (Iced beet latte, anyone?) and a massage and manicure at the same time. Where else can you find that? In Little Italy, Cha Cha Matcha is shelling out trendy iced green tea lattes and soft serve. Weird combination? Try it and see! Everywhere you turn, there’s an amazing place to get coffee in NYC.

The High Line

Even though it stopped seeing trains back in 1980, the High Line still sees quite a bit of traffic just of a different sort. The old train tracks were converted into a walkway and garden in the early 2000’s. Now, it’s a secret gem for locals and tourists alike. Grab a coffee and just stroll.

Around the World in 60 Seconds

New York City is a literal melting pot for people of all kinds. They bring with them their own unique cultures and lifestyles that blend together to make for one exciting city. It’s possible to travel the entire world without leaving your block. There are even whole neighborhoods that play home to entire countries’ ways of life. Korean food is at your fingertips at Momofuku’s Ss?m Bar. Jet off to France at Amelie with a glass of Bordeaux and a plate of escargot. India finds its American home at Pippali where they serve dishes to please both the meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Free Performances

Sure, you’re not getting into Hamilton anytime soon. (None of us are. Give up now.) However, there are still a ton of other options on the stage that are spectacular too. AND some of them are free. One of the most popular, Shakespeare in the Park, is a yearly occurrence. Catch an opera performance outdoors or a kid-friendly Charlotte’s Web. The tourists come for the big names but the best-kept secrets are usually free.

Everyone knows that New York City is an extraordinary place to be but what makes it so amazing are the little things. These hidden gems are the secret sauce that makes it such a desirable place to call home.

Looking for your NYC pad? Check out the current Rent Jungle listings today to find your perfect place.

Weird and Wonderful Austin

If you didn’t already know, Austin, Texas is a weird place. We mean that in the best way possible. The slogan “Keep Austin Weird” was adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance to promote small business and to fight the surge of big business flooding the city. While there are still a ton of big name businesses that call Austin home today (Apple, HP, Google, etc.), the city at its core is still weird.

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1. Museum of the Weird

It doesn’t get any weirder than something called the Museum of the Weird. If you have an interest in the supernatural and the strange, you will adore this attraction. Home to “The Minnesota Iceman”, who may or may not be Bigfoot, the Museum of the Weird has all manner of weird and strangely wonderful exhibits to take in. Don’t miss the daily Weird Theatre Show!

2. Cathedral of Junk

Now, we know what this sounds like but hear us out first. Located in the backyard of a residential home in Austin, a cathedral crafted from well, junk. Vince Hannemann, the crafter of the Cathedral, started the project in 1988 and hasn’t stopped since. His neighbors have complained, inviting the city’s engineers to inspect the structure for safety and stability. The verdict: weird, but safe. Only one thing had to be removed from the assembly: a pyramid of TVs. One man’s trash is another man’s church. That’s the saying, right?

3. Weird Wednesdays @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Another one with the word “weird” in the name; we’re on a roll! Wednesdays at the Alamo get a little strange. These evenings are reserved for those movies that are a bit too much for regular theaters or as they like to put it, “Movies too outrageous for prime time.” Think apocalyptic barbarian queens, lesbian vampires, and pimp ghosts. On a regular day, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema plays your typical blockbuster movies and we recommend you stop by for those too.

4. Fa-la-la-Lala’s at Lala’s

It has been Christmas at Lala’s since the 70s and there are no signs of it ending anytime soon. While the dive bar recently received an update (mostly just a good scrub down), the ambiance and the festive feeling are still there. Stop by at any time to sip yuletide drinks from kitschy mugs and marvel at the ornaments and elves adorning the walls.

Was that all weird enough for you? If it was too much, you might be better suited for another city but if this sounds like your cup of weird, weird tea, check out Rent Jungle’s Austin listings to find the unusual pad of your bizarre dreams.

5 Things to Avoid in Los Angeles

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The City of Angels. The City of Stars. Tinseltown. The city of Los Angeles has a distinct personality separate from its on-screen persona that you might find surprising at first but once you dig down into it, you’ll see that it’s been there all along. A lot of folks, upon moving to LA, get lost in what they think they should be doing instead of looking for the real heart of the city. We’ve uncovered it and we’ve put together a list of some things you should avoid when moving to Los Angeles.

1. Santa Monica Pier
It might seem like a fun idea but you’ll end up regretting it immediately when you see the crowds. Not only is it one of the most touristy sights in the city but the restaurants and bars are pricey. You can do better!

2. Hiking Runyon Canyon
While the temptation of seeing a celebrity like Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift is strong, the deterrent of large crowds is stronger. Sure, you might see a few celebs on your hike but they’ll be sweaty, you’ll be sweaty, do you really want to talk to them in that state? Probably not. Instead, opt for Griffith Park. There’s more to see and the view from the top is infinitely better. Stop at the Griffith Observatory to catch a real view from the top.

3. Rodeo Drive
If you’ve got the money to be shopping on Rodeo Drive, more power to you! But on your way to those designer shops and boutiques, you’ll encounter more tourists window-shopping than there are stars in the sky. It’s not worth the trouble. Instead, try Robertson Boulevard for the same caliber of stores without the crush of the crowds. Plus, there’s still a chance that you’ll catch a glimpse of some celebrities.

4. The Same Old Food
Los Angeles is a thriving and diverse city full of people While it’s easy to feel claustrophobic when surrounded by the masses, it’s important to remember what everyone is bringing to the table. With so many different cultures meeting in one place, there is an outpouring of spectacular restaurants with authentic cuisine just like they make it back home. Don’t stick to the same boring dishes you’ve been eating at chain restaurants for years. Branch out and try something interesting.

5. Driving
Obviously, you won’t be able to avoid driving the entire time you’re living in LA but it’s best to avoid it if you can. Traffic in the city is notoriously horrendous. Public transportation isn’t much better but it will get you where you need to go.

Moving to Los Angeles is a strange experience but one that you won’t regret. The interesting culture and people that gather there makes the whole thing worth it.

When you’re looking for your star-studded Hollywood pad, check out Rent Jungle for the latest listings.

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