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Head just a few miles northeast of Dallas and you'll find yourself in Garland, Texas - a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that offers its own distinct flavor. One of Money Magazine's "Top 100 Places to Live", Garland is a city in the midst of a renaissance spurred by a collective effort in the early 2000s to revive and renew both the commercial and residential aspects of the city. The city continues to attract the region's best and brightest with new sports arenas, shopping destinations, and scores of new Garland rentals and home developments - so it also comes as little surprise that Garland has become home to high tech employers like General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Navistar International. With a salt-of-the-earth brand of Texan hospitality and a healthy dose of urban renewal in full swing, Garland is a city which embraces its heritage while always keeping its feet planted firmly in the present.
With a population of over 225,000, Garland is the twelfth most populated city in the state, yet apartments and houses for rent are easy to find and affordable. Incorporated in 1891, Garland was the result of a merger between the neighboring towns of Embree and Duck Creek, which shared a common post office named after U.S. Attorney General Augustus Hill Garland. In the suburban boom of post World War II, Garland saw its population expand rapidly, which coincided with the arrival of companies like Kraft Foods and Sears in the 1950s. These companies sought to acquire buildings that'd formerly been used as aircraft factories during the war and repurpose them for a variety of manufacturing roles, including foods, textiles, and electronics.
Today, Garland's vibrant economy and modern infrastructure found within the historic cityscapes of downtown is juxtaposed by the six recreation centers, 60 parks, and nearly 3000 acres of park land spread throughout the area, making the search for a rental apartment or home that can satisfy both the nature lover and the city slicker a cinch.
Garland is home to several institutions of higher learning, including Amberton University, a fully accredited private university with both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and Richland College, whose campus offers courses in computer/IT training, manufacturing/construction, and business management.
Garland has traditionally been a town where people make things, and the same still holds true today. From the Kraft Foods plant to the International Truck factory, Garland is home to a host of employers with a long history in the city. As a result, Garland has traditionally enjoyed one of the lowest poverty rates in the region. With three different rail systems serving the city, the robust transit system means that where ever you rent a Garland apartment or home, access to the rest of the area is a breeze.
With a cost of living at an amazing 96 on the national index, the expense of living in Garland is below the national average. A portion of that figure can certainly be attributed to rental costs: Amazing one- and two-bedroom Garland apartments can be had from $450-$900 per month, depending on size and location, while many beautiful, spacious homes for rent within city limits are also available for well under $1800 per month. With mixed-use commercial and residential units expanding in the downtown area and ample housing throughout the city, finding the perfect rental to fit your lifestyle is merely a few clicks away.
As part of the city's renewal efforts in the early 2000's, Garland now boasts a number of new attractions, shopping destinations, and cultural centers, including the Firewheel Town Center, an outdoor mall with more than 100 businesses. Garland hasn't overlooked arts and culture either, as facilities like The Atrium at the Granville Arts Center provide an elegant 6,500-square-foot ballroom encased in glass, which finds use in civic events, receptions, trade shows, and conventions, while the Garland Landmark Museum provides a look at historical artifacts and documents representing the history of the region from the 1850s to the present. Maybe some live music or theater is more your style? Be sure to check out events calendar for the Patty Granville Arts Center, a complex which plays host to a variety of different special events within its two separate theaters.
When you're ready to let your hair down, head over to the newly constructed Hawaiian Falls waterpark, or one of the 60 parks and half-dozen recreational centers throughout the city. And if you really want to get away from it all, Garland's vast hiking trails and nature preserves will allow you to truly leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind.
Whatever your speed is, come discover how Rent.com® can help you easily find the rental apartment or home in Garland, Texas that truly fits you.
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