Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and was the first state capital. The port city played an important role in the American Revolution and today serves as a key Atlantic seaport and industrial center.
One of the best things about renting an apartment in Savannah is feeling connected to its history. From sprawling mansions and park-like squares to historic churches and museums, living in Savannah is like going back in time to a gentler, more refined era.
When seeking apartments for rent in Savannah, top neighborhoods to consider include the Historic Downtown District, which includes stately old homes that are pricey but gorgeous. Even the downtown area offers a peaceful, suburban feel, with ancient oak trees and a mix of mansions and Craftsman-style bungalows. Families will enjoy Habersham Woods, an enclave of modern ranch houses in the heart of the city, with great schools and a surprisingly quiet vibe. If you want to be right on the waterfront, Isle of Hope is a beautiful, remote and unpretentious neighborhood with a small-community feel.
Savannah isn't close to another major city, so many residents both live and work here. The nearest employment hub is Hilton Head Island, a busy tourist destination. The 30-mile commute from Savannah to Hilton Head Island is along state routes (rather than interstate routes) and takes about 40 minutes without traffic. Savannah residents who need to commute farther out-of-town use I-95 and I-16.
Renting in Savannah, GA
Apartments for rent in Savannah are priced lower than the national median and can be quite affordable. However, prices can climb higher in popular neighborhoods, such as the Historic District. Competition for housing is tight around River Street and the Historic District, so act quickly if you spot a place you like.
City Market ? A fascinating multi-use facility in the northwest corner of the Historic District, City Market features everything from entertainment and dining to retail spaces and artist studios.
Forsyth Park ? Surrounded by quaint B&Bs, this large public park with a picturesque fountain and dripping Spanish moss is a great place for a leisurely stroll.
Bonaventure Cemetery ? Johnny Mercer and Conrad Aiken are buried here; interesting sculptures, Spanish Moss and folklore lend it a deliciously spooky vibe; and it was the garden in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil).
River Street ? Located along the south bank of the Savannah River, this cobblestone street is lined with great shops and restaurants.
The iconic Forsyth Fountain, located in 30-acre Forsyth Park, was modeled after the fountains in Place de la Concorde in Paris. Photo credit: Rex Babiera / Flickr
Savannah is filled with parks, many dotted with statues, art and fountains. Photo credit: Ron Cogswell / Flickr