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Bakersfield Apartments For Rent
Snug between the Sequoia National Forest and the Los Padres National Forest in the San Joaquin Valley, Bakersfield is the ninth-largest city in California. This busy area has a uniquely diverse economy centered on oil, agriculture, aerospace, and manufacturing. The city was founded in 1862 and has become, among other things, California’s country music hub. The style of country music that developed here, the Bakersfield Sound, was developed by artists such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and Tommy Collins.
With its close proximity to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the spectacular Sequoia National Forest, Bakersfield is a fast-growing, popular location. If you want to be a part of it, here’s what you need to know about renting apartments in Bakersfield.
Things to Do in Bakersfield:
Bakersfield has long been used as an on-site movie and television filming location with the first movie being filmed here in 1913. The city has developed a strong arts scene, with music venues such as the Buck Owens Crystal Palace and the Fox Theater.
The Rabobank Theater and Convention Center is a fantastic venue. Built in 1960, the theater seats about 3,000 and includes exhibit halls, classrooms, and meeting space. It hosts the Bakersfield Symphony, Broadway shows, special performances, and concerts.
Museums include the oldest and largest in the area, the Kern County Museum, as well as the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. The Kern County Museum was established in 1941 and focuses on the area’s history. It includes Pioneer Village, a collection of 50 original buildings dating from the 19th century.
The Bakersfield Museum of art contains works by regional artists as well as traveling art exhibits. It was established in 1956 and contains four galleries, two classrooms, a banquet hall, and an outdoor sculpture garden.
Established in 1995, the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History is located downtown and is part of the Arts District. The museum contains the Mary Ernst Collection of Miocene Fossils from Sharktooth Hill, one of the world’s largest deposits of marine fossils. Sharktooth Hill is a protected national landmark, but the museum does offer paleontological digs for BVMNH members over the age of 12 at the time of the dig.
Outdoor adventurers will appreciate all of the activities available from their Bakersfield apartment. Hike through the Sequoias and, in addition to the world’s largest trees, you’ll find glacier-carved canyons and limestone caves. The Sequoia National Forest is the largest concentration of giant sequoias in the world and these majestic trees are protected as part of the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Recreation in the park includes horseback riding, camping, OHV riding, picnicking, climbing, bicycling, fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and even swimming – the lakes and rivers in the forest are amazing and many, such as Hume Lake and Lake Isabella, offer beaches and campgrounds.
And don’t think you can’t visit the forest during the winter! It’s just as exciting, with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and snowmobiling.
Once you’ve chosen your apartment in Bakersfield, get ready to enjoy the music (especially the unique country music), the restaurants (including the most Basque eateries than anywhere else in the country), the amazing museums, and shopping at the Valley Plaza Mall, the Marketplace, the Northwest Promenade, and the downtown Antiques District.
What to Consider When Moving to Bakersfield:
When selecting your Bakersfield apartment to rent, you’ll notice that the city is divided into regions: Central Bakersfield (Downtown), North Bakersfield, East Bakersfield, and South Bakersfield. Central Bakersfield, the downtown area, contains several popular neighborhoods.
The Arts District contains the historic Fox Theater, Spotlight Theater, and Stars Theater. It is also the location of several art galleries, and First Friday is an event that showcases local artists on the first Friday of each month.
The Civic Center District contains city, state, county, and federal government buildings. It is also the location of sports complexes, including the Bakersfield Ice Sports Center, and the Rabobank Theater and Convention Center.
The University of California-Bakersfield was founded in 1965 and is located on 375 acres. This fast-growing university enrolls about 8,700 students per year and offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The CSUB Roadrunners participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Western Athletic Conference. Sports teams include baseball, basketball, soccer, and golf.
Other nearby colleges and universities include Bakersfield College and San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield.
Why Bakersfield Apartments Are Hot:
Fantastic weather, the Sequoia National Forest, a gorgeous downtown, a unique music scene, and a strong economy – Bakersfield is one of the fastest-growing cities in California for good reason! Add in an ideal location – halfway between Fresno and Los Angeles with about 100 miles to each – and it’s easy to see why apartments in Bakersfield are hot! Have you found yours yet?
- Visiting the Bakersfield Sound Museum, Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace, and Kern County Museum.
- Nearby attractions include Silver City Ghost Town, the Kern River Preserve, and Fort Tejon State Park.
- Bakersfield’s Downtown Arts District includes the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and the Fox Theater.
- Catch a Bakersfield Condors ice hockey game, concerts, and other events at the Rabobank Arena.
- California State University, Bakersfield is located on a 375-acre campus and enrolls roughly 8,300 students a year.
- The 370-acre Hart Park features two lakes and three canals, a band stand, barbecue areas, and two 18-hole disc golf courses.
- Bakersfield College
- Cal State University Bakersfield
- Taft College
- Antelope Valley College
- Porterville College