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Denver Rentals: Is Now the Time to Move?

Summer is heating up, and you’d have to live in a bubble not to hear that the Denver rental market is alsohot. But exactly how hot is it, and what can we expect in the coming months? The Apartment GuyZ team looked at a variety of metrics including trending data from Zillow, Market Insights, Craigslist and our own property database to determine just where we are.

National Rental Market Averages

On average, rents in the U.S. remained flat or nearly flat for 1-4 bedrooms toward thebeginning of the year. However, when comparing 2017 to 2016, rents saw an average increase of .7% for rentals across the board.

Denver Rent Market Trends

In comparison, the Denver market for rentals rose .8% to an average of$1,976 per month according to Zillow. While that may seem like great news (and it is!),this average doesn’t tell the whole story.

The top neighborhoods in Denver, according to Zillow, actually had as high as a 10% increase year over year but were even outed by neighborhoods which actually fell in price due to growing inventory.

So as we’ve been seeing for the past year, the market continues to correct itself from the double digit increases we saw in 2013-2015, but we still have a ways to go to for full relief.

A lot of our clients right now are looking for 1 bedrooms, want to lock in 12 month leases, and prefer to be in walk-able, urban neighborhoods (Ballpark,Capitol Hill, LoHi, among others). These are the areas where there is demand, but also where the city is investing in communities.

That means that there are possible deals to be found, if you’re timing is right. So if youve been waiting to rent or lease your apartment, now is the time!

Five Tips to Simplify Your Denver Move

Moving is hard enough, but moving to a new city is even harder (something we hear from dozens of apartment searchers every day). Besides using Apartment GuyZ to ease the burden, there are a few handy tips to keep in mind when moving to Denver — whether it is from across the county or across the state.

Here’s what we’ve learned.

Get a lay of the land

Familiarize yourself with your new home town by reading the city’s neighborhood guide. Our experienced locators can also help find the right neighborhood for you.

When checking out neighborhoods keep in mind what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for, your commute, and what time of homes are available in that neighborhood. Not all neighborhoods have townhouses, for example. Is walking to the grocery store a must? Or what about street parking and your commute?

When it comes to packing, have a game plan

Check out this handy out-of-state moving checklistand tip sheet. Insider tip: try to boxes of similar size as they stack better and allow for easier packing.

Keep up the job hunt

Business is thriving in the metro area. If you are looking for a job, the Denver Post has a list of the top 100 employers in Colorado.

Denver = a home, but also a lifestyle

Go out and experience Denver! As exciting as moving to a whole new city sounds, the reality is daunting. Fortunately, organized social groups like MeetUp.com or aSport and Social Clubcan help. Kickball anyone?

Take it easy, relax and cut yourself some slack

You have more on your plate than usual with the move, take care of yourself along the way.

Once you do arrive, give yourself time to acclimate — not only to the altitude, but also to your surroundings. It can take many months to get into the swing of things and hey, that’s ok.

If you are already here, don’t forget to stay social and explore. Chances are there are a lot of new things in the city you haven’t seen or tried yet — and more new businesses are opening up every day!

 

 

Buying in CO? Test Drive by Renting First

If you’ve accepted a new job offer in Colorado, you’ve got a lot to consider outside of just accepting the offer. Where will you live? How long will the commute be? Is the neighborhood a gem or a dud? Why pile on the stress by adding a mortgage to an already hefty decision.

Now imagine if you can learn all those answers before you buy.

You can. Take your chosen neighborhood for a test drive by renting an apartment first.

Would I actually like living inCherry Creek, Denver, Highlands or LoDo? How will I know until its too late? Moving to a new city — especially a place like Denver, with mountains, nightlife, parks and tons of variety — is exciting. But it’s a little a scary too.

Well now, thanks to Apartment GuyZ, it doesn’t have to be!

Working withan apartment finder

As one of the longest-serving and most respected apartment finders, Apartment GuyZ works with more than 600 communities all across the Denver metro area. So whether you’re interested in Centennial to Boulder or specific Denver neighborhoods, give us a call.

Our agents not only know the properties and their communities, but also neighborhood information, schools, apartment restrictions and more. Looking for an attached garage? Have 50 lb dog (and two cats!). Have a panache for Dazbog coffee in walking distance to your new place? No problem.

We can help guide you to the right neighborhood at the right price.

Take stock of what really matters to you, in terms of where you live and choose accordingly — whether it is important that you are close to your job, shopping, schools or entertainment. By test driving your new home you’ll quickly become acquainted with the area, providing an opportunity to scout out potential new houses while taking stock of your surroundings and commute.

Denver’s Split Personality Market

The Denver real estate market could diverge in a big way in 2017, with apartment rental price increases plateauing or even decreasing, while home prices rising even higher.

Denver apartment market trends

A record number of new apartment communities means more vacancies and (potentially) falling rent prices or concessions for renters. But even steady prices means good news for a market that has seen double digit increases in the last few years.

According to Zillow, the media rental estimate for the Denver metro is $2,017 (no coincidence). This is more than $600 over the American average rental price of $1,411/month.

While Zillow doesn’t break down costs for average units in neighborhoods or with/without key amenities (in-unit washer/dryers, for example), those numbers seem fairly accurate for the large-scale, newer buildings coming to downtown and desirable neighborhoods.

Denver home price trends

In contrast, if too much supply is an issue with apartments, the opposite is true for Denver homes and condos, where new construction has failed to keep pace with gains in population and employment.

The median price of a home sold in Colorado last year rose 10 percent, with both new listings and the inventory of homes available for sale nearing historic lows. This news comes from the Colorado Association of Realtors.

This of course is a cautionary tale for renters. The low inventory, high demand and rising mortgage interest rates could drive more home searches back to apartments, boomeranging the rental market back to a more frenzied pace.

Best solution for home searchers

At the end of the day, we all need a safe place to lay our head. So, whether searching for a rental or a home the best advice is to plan early, evaluate all your options and stick to your budget.

Not sure what budget to keep in mind? Contact us for advice. We’re always here to help!

How Long Does it Take to Find an Apartment?

Apartment GuyZ tips for your next move timeline

Truth be told, finding an apartment begins long before you actually start hunting moving can be pricey, not to mention stressful and time-consuming so having plenty of lead time is a real advantage.

Lead Time for Finding an Apartment: Several Months (If Possible)

Whether looking for your first apartment or just ready to move on,planning can be essential to getting the best rental for your needs. Don’t have a lot of time? No problem. We can help with that too!

Plan your budget two or so months before your moving date. The amount of money you can afford to spend each month will determine where you look for a place and the type of apartments you view.

Once youve settled on your rent budget, look for apartments and neighborhoods in your price range. Compile a list of all the units you want to view. Staying organized now will help you stick to your apartment hunting timeline.

Two Months Before Moving

Apartments in Denver typically require 60-90 days notice to end a lease, which means you’ll be able to know exact units available long before you need to move. As you approach the two-month mark, start scheduling apartment tours. If you are a planner you can ever start a few weeks early!

With so many apartments out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. Make a list of needs, use our rental database or give us a call to understand your options.

Planning aheadgives you enough time to see multiple places, go through the paperwork process and pack (assuming you find a place you like). Shopping early also gets you the best deals and flexibility on unit availability.

On the chance that nothing is available to view and sign the day you search, youll still walk away understanding what you can expect within your budget as well as get a good feel for what neighborhoods and amenities you like.

A Month Before Moving

This is crunch time.

A worthwhile rental is not just an apartment, but a home. Considercommuting distance,budget, nearby grocery stores(or other priority amenities) and safety.

As soon as you find the right apartment for you, go ahead and start the paperwork process.Aside from the apartment application (which checks your credit score and eligibility), you’ll have to fill out the lease and other supporting documents.

Two to Three Weeks Before Move-In

Finish up any remaining paperwork at this time and schedule movers or friends to help on the big day. Your leasing agency or landlord may also need you to finalize rental details, submit a deposit andpick up keys.

How to Choose a Reliable Mover

Whenit’s time to make a move, selecting a trustworthy moving organization is critical for not only peace of mind but also for safety. Since movers are responsible for transporting all of your belongings and have access to your home it’s important to be aware of their track record and confirm their reliability.

While most renters have smooth experiences when using movers, there are others who have to deal with late arrivals, no shows, hidden fees or even lost or damage property. Worse yet, some consumers have even alleged that movers have stolen possessions or held their things hostage until fees are sorted out.

So how do you know if you are dealing with a reputable company? Learn the basic steps to verify companies although, it also wouldn’t hurt to get personal recommendations from trusted friends or family.

Step 1: Verify Business Licence

Every single moving company authorized in the US. should be registered with the Department of Transportation((DOT) and will receive a permit called a US DOT number. Movers permit numbers need to be renewed annually so checking the number’s legitimacy is vital.

To check a company’s DOT number, visit the DOTwebsite then enter the number where you’re prompted.

Checking the mover’s permit data will also declare any inspection results, reported accidents, among other issues.

Step 2: Check Better Business Bureau Status

BBB receives more than 7,700 complaints nationally against moving companies annually. So in addition to checking on a company’s permit looking up their BBB status is also a smart move. Any company accepted by the BBB is likely be a reputable company to use when moving — in order to be accepted a mover must meet the following eight criteria:

  • Build Trust
  • Advertise Honestly
  • Tell the Truth
  • Be Transparent
  • Honor Promises
  • Be Responsive
  • Safeguard Privacy
  • Embody Integrity

Step 3: Review Testimonials & Online Sites

Lastly, online testimonials and sites like Yelp.com can be extremely helpful by providing customer reviews of their experiences. Conversely, if you see a number of customer complaints, it’s likely a company you want to stay away from.

 

Winter Driving Tips

Tips for non-natives to survive (and thrive) Colorado’s ice and snowstorms

Denver was among the top cities for population growth in 2014, according to the Denver Post. That means a lot of newbie winter drivers this season. But no need to fret, Apartment GuyZ (and GirlZ) are here to provide some words of wisdom for getting through this winter wonderland.

Test your tires and breaks before you really need them

Before you get yourself in a bad situation, find an empty parking lot near your home on a winter day and take your car for a test-drive. That means turning radius, breaking and how far your car may (or may not) slide in snowy conditions. This will help you better understand your car’s handling and also how to react in a bad situation.

Slow down

It probably goes without saying but if there is snow on the ground, slow down. This is especially true on bridges and overpasses which freeze over quicker than normal roads.

Check your tires (and consider upgrades)

Having a good tread and winter tires can do wonders in the winter. At the very least, check your tire tread and get all-season tires. Chains or studs are not usually necessary for normal commuting. If you do opt in for chains, however, be sure to review Colorado’s chain laws.

Snow tires vs all-season tires

Speaking of tires… which are best?

Snow tires, aka winter tires, have the best traction and shortest stopping distances on snow and ice. If you need todrive no matter the conditions they will keep you safely on the road in the broadest spread of conditions. The down side is they aren’t meant for warm weather so you’ll need to switch them out during the Summer.

All-season tires are just that — tires that can get you through all sorts of weather. While they do offer more flexibility and ease, they don’t offer as much grip as winter tires. Stopping distance is also impaired (but better than other tires).

When in doubt, stick to major roadways

If you are worried about whether you can make it out and about, stick to major roadways and interstates. While accumulation is not as much of a problem as you get closer in to Denver, icy roads and hazardous white-outs can happen anywhere.

Major roadways are not only more traveled (if you need assistance) but are also frequently cleared by road crew.

AWD, four-wheel drive and SUVs are not impervious

Sometimes, all-wheel driver have a false sense of security when driving during snow, causing them to enter turns too quickly or be unprepared when they skid out. AWD can only aid acceleration. It doesn’t provide more grip in corners, or help drivers stop.

Steer into spins

If you catch yourself sliding or spinning, turn your wheelinto the spin. Once you get traction again, then straighten out. Most people’s initial reaction to jerk the wheel in the opposite direction or break hard. Unfortunately, both of these reactions will only cause the car to go further into a tailspin.

Practice in a parking lot until it becomes a habit.

Best Apartments in Denver

Finding your next apartment rental in Denver can be tough if you don’t know where to start (we know, we’ve been there!). But even if you have a good list to go from, how do you know if it’s the best for you?

Apartment GuyZ agents answers these questions every day, and after talking with thousands of rentals both during the process and after they move in we have a unique understanding of the best units available. More importantly, we’ve seen some common trends in what renters want when they think of the “best of the best” apartments on the market.

Best Apartment Amenities

When hunting for an apartment, most searchers hone in on just a few must haves: an affordable price in a convenient location that allows pets and has ________ (a garage, a dishwasher, A/C).

However, many apartments across the Denver metro are packing in the perks to get renters to take notice (includingpet-friendly ones). From rooftop dog walks to electric car charging stations to infinity pools, new complexes and old are redefining apartment living.

And renters are indeed taking note.

Depending on your specific community, there could be a whole world of unique amenities and features right outside your front door. Many of the upscale communities offer the convenience of having everything at your fingertips, so you’ll be able to have a good time without going far, no matter what neighborhood you’re in.

Best Rentals with Views

Denver’s mixture of urban and suburban communities means beautiful views can be seen atop most any apartment building whether it be of the bustling city streets, serene green spaces or beautiful mountain views.

Corner unit, penthouse floor, pool-side view? If you have a specific apartment request, speak up! We’ll do our best to find it.

Best Deals

For many renters, the best apartment doesn’t come with the largest closets or even an underground garage — it comes with a great price tag.

That’s where Apartment GuyZ locators really work their stuff. Since prices in Denver can often change by the day or even week, we’re in constant contact with communities to know who has a leasing sale, when a deal is really a steal and when a price is likely to move up or down.

Even better, some of these properties are brand new and coming out with lease-up deals to fill their units fast. For Denver, fast can mean an hour or a day. So we can call our renters to let them know their unit is on the market in their ideal range!

While prices vary depending upon neighborhood, unit size and community age, they can start as low as $1300s per month, while others may cost more than $4,000 a month.

Best Bet: Working with Apartment GuyZ

Not sure where to start or which communities offer the best mix of amenities for you? NO problem. Our agents visit every property and know every neighborhood so often the simplest way to cut through the field is to give us call.

We can give you as much or as little help as you need — often, just 15 minutes can match you with the best place for you.

Give us a call or contact us online — we’ll help you find your next apartment in Denverfast.

Denver’s Population Growth

Newdata from the U.S. Census Bureaushows that Denver area’spopulation continues to grow — reaching 682,545 by July 2015 (the last month tailed). That represents a nearly 3% increase from 2014 or18,582 additional residents. Moreover, the latest report shows a 13% increase in population since 2010.

Stats also showed that Broomfield County had the state’s fastest growth rate, making the top five in the country.

Population growth a mixed bag

The rise in population growth reflects the growing interest in Denver as a technology and small business hub, as well as the rise in marijuana-related industries. Along with the growing population, the city has seen soaring rent prices, a real-estate boom and rising costs of living.

Read more at the Denver Post.

Colorado Fun Facts

There is a lot that Colorado is known for, from everything from great skiing to national parks and a great football team. But whether you’re a newbie or a local, there’s always something to learn about our great state of Colorado.

How many of our fun facts do you know?

Colorado trivia

The highest paved road in North America is located just outside Idaho Springs: the road to Mt. Evans off of I-70 climbs up to 14,258 feet above sea level.

The world’s largest rodeo occurs in Denver ever year, the Western Stock Show.

More than 125,000 valentines are re-mailed each year from Loveland, CO.

Denver International Airport covers 53 square miles is nearly twice the size of Manhattan and the second largest airport in the world.

Colorado has the highest mean elevation of any state, with more than 1,000 Rocky Mountain peaks higher than 10,000 feet and 54 above 14,000 feet.

Colorado means colored red and is known as the Centennial State since it became a state in the 100th year after the United States Declaration of Independence.

It took 300 million years to create Red Rocks Amphitheater.

There are 52 “Fourteeners” in Colorado.

The 13th step of the state capital building in Denver is exactly 1 mile high above sea level.

Colorado loves beer.No, really.In fact, we’re home to more microbreweries per capita than any other state.

The world’s largest natural hot springs pool takes up two whole blocks and is located in Glenwood Springs.

Colorado is home to four National Parks Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison — along with nine national forests. If fact, half of the state is public land.

Then & Now: Time-Lapse View of Denver’s Skyline

Anyone with eyes or ears already knows that Denver is the place to be, and with the people come the real estate boom. Developers have been flocking to the city with gusto, turning once-barren parking lots into soaring skyscrapers, bars, and apartments.

Still, as the city creeps skyward we Denverites sometimes forget what our skyline was a few years ago. Fortunately, with the help of Google Street View and RentCafe.com to help us identify the most significant changes to our beloved city both.

So with no further ado, check out theseawe-inspiring buildings that popped up on Denver’s cityscape between 2008 and 2015.Tip: drag the arrow bar back-and-forth to view the old and the new images.

The Spire

Built in 2010

Four Seasons Hotel

Built in 2010

Embassy Suites

Built in 2010

Union Station & Davita HQ & Cadence Union Station

Built 2009-2015

1800 Larimer

Built in 2010

Judicial Center

Built in 2013

Why Apartment GuyZ Renter Service is Free

Apartment GuyZ rental service has and always will remain free for our searchers.

Our agents have been on the other side of the fence when looking for a new home, and we firmly believe that renting a new apartment should be hassle-free.

That’s why we pride ourselves on supplying great customer service, personalized apartment listings, and knowledgeable advice — free of charge, with no strings attached.

How does Apartment GuyZ offer free apartment locating?

Our locators are paid through property marketing budgets, keeping searching free for our users.

The prices our customers gain through the rental properties are the same as if they rented on their own, with the added benefit of our expertise and knowledge.

We work with more than 600 area properties — from rental apartments, condos and townhouses
throughout Denver and Colorado’s Front range — meaning we can often source clients to the property with the best deals, amenities or desired community “feel.”

Using our online database, clients can view recommended properties or search on their own. Our property match system allows users to filter search results by price, bedrooms, neighborhood, pets, community features, and more.

December 2015 Events

There’s more to Colorado winter’s than skiing and snow. Check out these events in the greater Denver area going down in December.

Olde Golden Christmas

Every Saturday throughout December in Old Town Golden
Experience small town, authentic holiday charm at Olde Golden Christmas in historic downtown Golden. The celebration features Victorian carolers, holiday art market, and  a holiday light display along Clear Creek. Don’t miss special fireworks on December 4th and Olde Golden Christmas parades on the 5th, 12th, and 19th.

Denver Christkindl Market

Throughout the month in Denver
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the 15th annual Denver Christkindl Market, a miniature German village created in Skyline Park.  Enjoy Bavarian musicians play classic carols and dance-worthy melodies, and vendors dish up specialties served at traditional German Christmas markets, including baked apples,  charcoal-grilled sausages spicy mulled wine, and gingerbread biscuits.

Skyline ice skating rink

Open daily until Feb. 15, 2016 in Denver
If you find yourself in downtown Denver checking out the market you may also want to head over to Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe Streets to enjoy the annual ice skating rink. The rink is open daily until Feb. 15, 2016 and is free if you bring your own skates. Otherwise, skate rental is $2.

Denver Parade of Lights

Dec. 4–5, 2015 in Denver
No other holiday bash in Denver can hold a candle to the grandeur that is the Denver Parade of Lights. Arrive early to watch the impressive floats, festive marching bands, dancing groups, and more take over the streets of downtown.

Lighting of Breckenridge

Dec. 5, 2015 in Breckenridge
The Summit Choral Society sings timeless holiday carols, the Race of the Santas starts on Breckenridge’s Main Street, cookies and hot cocoa are served, trees are lit, the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade knocks everyone’s socks off with its cuteness and Santa visits the Barney Ford Museum.

Festival of Lights Parade

Dec. 5, 2015 in Downtown Colorado Springs
Floats, high-school marching bands, groups on horseback and Santa Claus himself bring the holiday spirit at this family favorite outside Denver.

Vail Snow Daze

Dec. 11–13, 2015 in Vale
This celebration welcomes the skiing season with free concerts, a rockin’ street fair and a tree-lighting ceremony. This year’s headliners include The Wallflowers, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. and Rusted Root.

Denver Pavilions Carousel

Dec. 11-23 in Denver
Another beloved downtown holiday event is the opening of the Denver Pavillion’s holiday carousel. Rides cost $3 typically, but if you are patronizing the shops or donate a can for the Food Bank of the Rockies you can get a free ride.

12 Days of Aspen

Dec. 20–31, 2015 in Aspen
Downtown Aspen comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate (and much more!) to celebrate the holidays and the winter season.

November Events in Colorado

Fall is here, but things are heating up in the Denver metro area. Check out some of our favorite things to do this November.

Pumpkin Smash Festival

November 1, 2015 in Idaho Springs

Don’t Trash it – Smash it! Bring your pumpkins to this festival for fun for the whole family.

Denver Film Festival

November 4-15 throughout Denver
“Come Sit and Be Swept Away” at the 38th Denver Film Festival. With more than 55,000 attendees and 200+ films, it’s one of the larger events in the Rocky Mountain region.

Annual Colorado Hard Cider Festival

November 6, 2015 in Hotchkiss
Join us on November 2nd for the second annual Colorado Hard Cider festival.

Saturday Night at the Museums

November 7, 2015, various locations throughout Denver
Visiting Denver’s premier museums can’t get any easier: complimentary admission, free shuttle service and extended museum hours. Participating museums include theDenver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Scienceand theChildren’s Museum of Denver.

Deck the Mall

November 7 on the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Denver
Get holiday shopping done early, check out Deck the Mall: an annual holiday shopping spectacular. This year’s extravaganza features live music, unique gifts and food vendors.

Holiday Food and Gift Festival

November 20-22 at the Denver Convention Center

Boasting more than 100,000 square feet of shopping this festive event has become a Colorado holiday tradition! Featuring art and crafts, gourmet food, jewelry, clothing, toys, music, photography, toys, Christmas decor, and much more.

Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ Trail of Lights

November 27, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016 in Denver

Stroll or enjoy a hayride along winding paths filled with colorful lights. With a stunning countryside backdrop, seasonal drinks, and entertainment, this venue is sure hard to top.

Finding the Right Apartment Dog

Colorado is amazingly pet friendly, from happy hours and dog meet-up groups to dog parks and tons of accessible dog-friendly activities. So now that you’ve moved into your apartment getting a four-legged friend seems like a logic next step. But where to start?

Here’s ApartmentGuyZ’s advice on finding just the right apartment dog for you.

Criteria use for finding the best apartment dogs

Size

Whether you live in a cramped condo, an spacious apartment or closeted quarters, there’s a dog that will fit into your living space. But for each space, size matters.

Personality & temperament

Personality is also key to finding the right apartment dog. Many breeds require lots of attention, activity, and stimulation so might not be a good fit for an apartment dwelling or someone who isn’t able to give them a lot of exercise. In additions, some dogs are also easy to train while others, not so much.

Bark

Living in the close quarters of apartment living means that a dog’s bark can be worse than its bite. Finding a pet that rarely or occasionally barks is preferred.

Breed

Lastly, many apartments restrict the breed of dog based on size, temperament or other factors. Apartment GuyZ took this into consideration when putting together the best apartment dogs for Denver.

Best apartment dog breeds

Affenpinscher

Although Affenpinschers need to be groomed often to maintain their coats, they shed minimally, so you won’t have to worry about dog hair as much as other breads.

Basenji

This barkless dog is great for citydwellers but does require attentive training, so they might be a challenge for first-time dog owners. They’re also not recommended for those living in cold climates so they might be better suited for downtown urbanites where there is less snow.

Boston Terrier

This breed is ideal for apartment living because it doesn’t need much exercise. Add in low maintenance grooming and minimal shedding and the Boston Terrier is a very owner-friendly dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs love to cuddle. Owners are expected to deal with moderate shedding and grooming with this breed, and because it’s not hypoallergenic, it’s not recommended for those with allergies.

Coton de Tulear

Cotons are happy-go-lucky dogs that are well-fit for living in small apartments. This breed is small in size, have easy to care for coats, are exceedingly friendly and require less exercise than most breeds. The Coton loves to play fetch and go for walks, but won’t suffer from being inside for a day either.

English Springer

These dogs can adapt to basically any dwelling. While a family dog first and foremost, the English Springer has a happy and lively personality. They are best known for their versatility, making them popular for dog sports and  hunting.

English Cocker Spaniel

The English Cocker Spaniel is a relatively high maintenance pet, as it sheds regularly while needing consistent grooming and exercise.

Flat-Coated Retriever

These easily-trainable dogs are very friendly and sweet.  However, apartment dwellers should only adopt these retrievers if they can give him at least an hour to run every single day.

Havanese

Let’s just say there’s a reason why the Havanese breed is so popular with the general public. They’re affectionate and very friendly. These bouncy pups love to play, as long as their owners are near. Standing only about a foot tall, these dogs makes a great apartment pet for someone with plenty of energy.

Greyhounds

Greyhounds, though traditionally known for their high energy and lanky legs, make surprisingly great apartment pets. Their energy needs are well-satisfied with a daily brisk walk and their friendly, calm nature makes them a great choice even for smaller apartments.

Great Dane

Another surprise for the list is the Great Dane, but this  majestic animal is such a natural loafer so that while your sofa may be fully occupied, he’ll take up far less space than you might think. These dogs are also known for being easy to train, with a calm, friendly and quite nature.

Portuguese Water Dog

These dogs are require a lot of exercise, but if that is something you can provide they make great roommates. These energetic dogs are also friendly and highly intelligent. Originally bred to help Portuguese fisherman there is a reason “water dog” is in their name — they’ll love traipsing through the Colorado rivers and creeks.

Silky Terrier

A small dog with low exercise needs is an ideal candidate for young professionals looking to add a dog to the family. These dogs were bred to hunt snakes, so don’t be fooled by their cute façade. They’re more than capable of holding their own in sticky situations.

Whippet

Whippets  (which look like a small Greyhound) are also known for their sprinting abilities. But, like their bigger cousins, they  tend to tire out quickly due to a lack of endurance. Regular walks and occasional trips to the park to tire them out with games of fetch should be enough to satisfy their need to be active.