If you're still looking for a loft or apartment in Tempe, the clock is ticking. And while some of the more coveted complexes are already leased out it, it doesn't hurt to make a mental note for next time. From affluent ASU-adjacent digs to small-scale Sun Devil living, here are our picks for the five coolest apartments in Tempe.
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Cabana on McClintock caters to college students who want to break away from the mundane without breaking the piggy bank. At this five-building residence, residents can choose from a studio ($564), one-bedroom ($652), or two-bedroom ($779) floor plans with recently upgraded bamboo hardwood flooring, bright accent walls, and basic kitchen appliances. Featured exterior amenities include community laundry facilities, swimming pools, and pocketed parks for socializing, suntanning, and bocce balling. For details and availability, visit www.cabanaonmcclintock.com.
4. West Sixth
Wondering what luxury student living looks like? Take a peek inside the West Sixth apartments between Ash and Mill avenues. The two high-rise towers raise the bar for young adult accommodations with such over-the-top amenities as a heated infinity pool with an outdoor jumbotron TV, two private movie theaters, a gym with on-site personal trainers, and a tanning salon. Studios range from $1,099 to $1,229. One-bedrooms start at $1,489. Units with two, three, and four bedrooms are also available (but trust us, they're not cheap). The most expensive units range from $7,999 to $8,199. Interior amenities include granite countertops, floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer and dryer, bath tub, and outdoor balconies. Visit www.west6thtempe.com for more information.
3. The Vale
For Tempe urbanites seeking a more modern feel, The Vale condos and lofts look very appealing. This contemporary complex located along University Drive, between Beck Avenue and Hardy Drive, features both retail and residential spaces. Designed by architect Will Bruder, this "loft village" offers a lap pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, private balconies and patios, and industrial storage units ideal for keeping your minimalist space, well, minimal. Inside lofts are spacious with plenty of natural lighting and include private patios, a second story dwelling space, carpet, and first-floor kitchenette. Estimated leasing ranges $950 to $1050 for studios, $1,100 to $1,295 for a one-bedroom, and $1,300 to $1,600 for two bedrooms. For more information, visit www.valecondos.com.
For Sun Devils who do their fair share of socializing, the destination of choice is The District on Apache. The mega-complex offers a community atmosphere with shared amenities including a club room with pool table, kitchen, and wireless Internet; a pool area with an outdoor theater, hot tub, lazy river, and barbecue equipment; a golf simulator and fitness center. Apartments feature one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom floor plans with energy efficient appliances, private balconies, and security alarms. Rent prices ranging from $710 to $1,240. To check out The District on Apache, visit thedistrictonapache.com.
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Although this duplex is technically a fourplex, it's still fairly quaint when compared to the other rentable residences on this list. This renovated rental property stands out with sandblasted exterior, succulents, and artist/developer Bill Tonnesen's finishing touches. Community features include a vegetable garden and pet-friendly residences plus new appliances, in-unit washer and dryer, and complimentary cable TV and high-speed Internet. The one-bedroom unit is $650 per month and the three two-bedroom units are $750. For more information, including availability, check out the flyer at www.billtonnesen.com.
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