Are you looking for homes for rent in Anthem, Arizona?
Whether you’re completely sold on Anthem and you’re just waiting for the right house to hit the market, or you want to test out life in Anthem before you commit, renting can be a great option.
In this post I’m going to be sharing the things you need to consider, what your options are, and three important tips to help you snag a rental in this hot market as quickly and easily as possible.
If this is your first time here, welcome! If you’ve been here before, thank you so much for spending your time with me. My name is Lindsay and I‘m a proud Anthem resident and your local REALTOR® with the Wise Move AZ Team at Realty ONE Group. On our blog and on our YouTube channel we have a lot of fun talking about all things Anthem and real estate every single Thursday, and we absolutely love having you along for the ride.
Reasons for Renting in Anthem, Arizona
As I mentioned at the top of this video there are many reasons you may consider renting a home in Anthem. You may be waiting for the right home to hit the market, you may be testing the waters, or you may just be in a season of life that’s better suited to renting. Truthfully, it doesn’t matter what the reason is, you just need to make sure you know all of your options so that you can make a well informed decision based on your personal circumstances.
First let’s chat about some of the important considerations that will impact the rental options available to you here in Anthem, Arizona:
You need to know how long you’re hoping to rent for and if you have any flexibility in your timeline. Anthem has both short term and long term rental options available, but it varies from property to property. Short term rentals would include fully-furnished vacation rentals as well as some unfurnished homes and apartments that are available on a month to month basis. Long term rentals in Anthem tend to require a minimum of a one year lease, and are typically unfurnished.
Do you or will you have pets when renting in Anthem?
I want to be completely honest with you, while I absolutely LOVE pets, many landlords don’t feel the same way. If you have a pet, or multiple pets, it can reduce the number of options available to you. It’s definitely not impossible, but something to be aware of.
I recommend that you create a document with the age, breed, size, etc. of your pets along with a couple of photos. In some cases the lease will say pets are permitted with “Lessor Approval”. If you have all of this information on hand it will make it easier when a possible rental hits the market to get it over to the landlord for review. You should also expect to pay a pet deposit and possibly a pet cleaning fee.
Please note that these same rules do not apply to assistive or service animals. If you have an assistive or service animal it will be permitted.
#3: Furnished or Unfurnished
You need to know if you are looking for a furnished or unfurnished rental home. Furnished will typically be more expensive and tends to be reserved for the shorter term rentals. Unfurnished is more common among long term rentals.
Rental Options in Anthem, Arizona
Okay, now that you’ve put some thought into the duration, pets, and furnishings, let’s talk about the options we have in Anthem.
Truthfully, when it comes to renting we have only a couple of options:
#1: Bela Rosa Apartments
The Bela Rosa Apartments are a great option. This is the only rental apartment complex in Anthem. They offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, with seven different floor plans. As a resident of Bela Rosa you’ll have access to their private amenities, including a huge swimming pool, fitness center, and clubhouse. The Bela Rosa Apartments are located at 3825 W Anthem Way. They offer both short term and long term rentals. They do allow approved pets, up to a maximum of two. Bela Rosa offers furnished and unfurnished apartments.
They seem to go a great job of updating their website to show exactly what’s available. In our experience, Bela Rosa has worked out well for our clients who are set on moving to Anthem but haven’t quite found the house they are looking for just yet. The ability to do shorter term rentals can make it easier to move when the house you want to buy comes up. That being said, we also have friends who live there with no intention of ever leaving.
If you’re looking to rent in Anthem I strongly encourage you to reach out to their leasing office and schedule a tour.
#2: Privately Owned Homes
Outside of the Bela Rosa apartments we don’t have any other neighborhoods or buildings that are exclusively rentals. Your only other option is to rent a privately owned home. This could be a single family detached home, a condominium, or a patio home, in Anthem. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to check out this video where we explain the different areas of Anthem and the types of homes that can be found in each. This will help to familiarize you with the area, especially if you’re shopping for a home remotely.
Point of Contact
When it comes to these privately owned homes you could be dealing directly with the owner or landlord, or they may have a property management company or real estate agent. It totally depends.
Typically these tend to be long term rentals although it’s definitely possible to find short term rentals, including vacation rentals in Anthem.
The ability to have pets in the home is at the discretion of the Landlord. It will need to be dealt with on a case by case basis if you have pets. Again, I recommend that you have information about your pets on hand that you can provide to the landlord for review.
With respect to furnished and unfurnished properties, you’ll be able to find both. Furnished properties tend to be the short term vacation rentals, while unfurnished properties tend to be long term rentals. Short term vacation rentals tend to carry a higher per month price tag than the long term unfurnished rentals.
Where to Search
If you’re looking for these rentals you have a couple of options. You could look on sites like AirBnB or VRBO if you are looking for a short term rental. These sites typically have fully furnished vacation rentals. You could also look on sites like Zillow and REALTOR.com for longer term rentals. Additionally, we have dropped links for vacation rentals and long terms rentals currently available in Anthem in the MLS in the below. Please feel free to save those links and check back on them anytime.
You can also enlist the help of a REALTOR® in finding a rental. While we typically specialize in the resale market in Anthem, i.e. people buying and selling their homes, we are able to assist with rentals in some cases. This is typically a service we make available to clients who are planning to buy or sell a home with us in the next year or so. If you fall into that category and would like to chat with us about your options you can email us directly at Team@WiseMoveAZ.com. We’ll set up a time to chat about your options and how we can best be of service.
Tips for Success
Alright, now that you know your options, I’d like to share a couple of tips about securing a rental in Anthem.
Tip #1: Act Quickly
The vast majority of homes in Anthem are owner occupied, which means that rentals don’t come up all that often. The demand for rentals in Anthem seems to far exceed the supply of rentals available. This means that you need to be ready to act quickly if a home comes available that would work for you. This may mean being willing to rent a home sight unseen. That may sound scary, but I encourage you to keep an open mind. With the ability to do virtual tours it may not be as daunting as you think. If you’re actively looking for a rental in Anthem I encourage you to watch the market daily and be ready to act quickly when you see a home you like or even a home you could live with!
Tip #2: Keep your Options Open
Renting is a completely different animal than buying a home. When you’re buying you want to narrow down an area and find a home that checks off all of your needs and maybe even some of the wants. When you’re buying a home you can and should be more picky. With the limited rental inventory in Anthem we often don’t have that luxury, unfortunately.
When looking for rentals I strongly encourage you to keep your search parameters as open as possible. You don’t want to unnecessarily restrict yourself to particular neighborhoods in Anthem or even restrict the size, number of bedrooms, and so on, unless you absolutely have to. The more flexible you can be the more options you’ll have available to you.
Tip #3: Get Involved in the Community
While renting may not spark pride of ownership or attachment in the same ways buying a home does, I strongly recommend that you fully immerse yourself in our community. As a tenant you’re typically still able to set up a membership at the Community Center, so I encourage you to do that early on. If you’re renting in hopes of buying in Anthem eventually, use this time to get really familiar with the different areas, floor plans, local businesses, local events, and so on. By the time you purchase a home you’ll be a seasoned local!
So, there you have it! What do you think? Will you be renting in Anthem? Hopefully you’re feeling clear on your options and how to approach the market.
Lastly, if you want to learn more about the different areas of Anthem and the types of housing in each, click to watch this video. Alternatively if you want an Anthem real estate market update, click to watch this video.
Enjoy those and I’ll see YOU next Thursday!