20 apartments for rent in Sunset Heights, El Paso, TX
Guide to El Paso
El Paso Apartments For Rent
It’s the very edge of Texas, but it looks like an alien landscape. The rugged and wind-carved Franklin Mountains edge through the city, while desert sands are interspersed with palm trees and cacti. This is El Paso, a vibrant city along the banks of the Rio Grande. El Paso’s hot desert climate means the sun shines an average of 305 days a year. El Paso truly is the Sun City, but it is also the Fun City – it is on the border of Mexico, across the river from and sharing a metropolitan area with Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Spanish Conquistadors arrived to the area of El Paso in 1598. For the next 248 years, El Paso was fairly independent – the Texas Revolution barely caused a ripple, since the area was sparsely populated. El Paso finally came under Texas control in 1846. Many of El Paso’s oldest historic neighborhoods are located downtown. There’s plenty to see and do in this exciting city, so rent your El Paso apartment now and start seeing and doing!
Things to Do in El Paso:
The mountains and the Rio Grande – combined with endless sunny days – make El Paso the ideal outdoor playground. Start by exploring the massive Franklin Mountains State Park, the largest urban park in the country covering 24,247 acres. The park contains the remains of a tin mine, hiking trails, and primitive campgrounds. Popular activities include hiking and rock climbing.
Nearby Hueco Tanks State Historic Site features some spectacular ancient rock art. Take a guided or self-guided tour to view the pictographs and petroglyphs that date back 1,500 years. The park is also popular for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and picnicking.
Another great historic site is the Magoffin Home, an adobe built in 1877. The Magoffin Home is El Paso’s only house museum. The home is one of the area’s oldest adobe structures. After taking the guided tour, guests can enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
The El Paso Zoo is located on 35 acres and includes animals from around the world. Visitors can also ride the African Star train, cool off at the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature, and play in the Foster Tree House Playground.
After moving to your El Paso apartment, be sure to schedule some time for the El Paso Mission Trail. This trail highlights the city’s most historic area that starts with San Elizario, home of the San Elizario Presidio Chapel. The area also features art galleries, restaurants, and on the third Sunday of the month, the El Paso Mission Trail Art Market is held. The trail then leads to the Socorro Mission – on one of the country’s oldest roads. This area also features shops, boutiques, and restaurants.
Of course, El Paso isn’t just about spending time outdoors. The historic Plaza Theatre, which opened in 1930, is a beautiful location to enjoy Broadway plays, concerts, and special performances. Head to the Abraham Chavez Theatre to hear the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, or tour the El Paso Museum of Art.
El Paso offers terrific nightlife, as well. Downtown offers a variety of bars and nightclubs in its Union Plaza Entertainment District. Spend some time at the Sunland Park Casino and Racetrack, or enjoy one of El Paso’s terrific restaurants. The trail ends at Ysleta, where visiting the Ysleta Mission is just for starters – be sure to sample the delicious pastries from the Bowie Bakery.
What to Consider When Moving to El Paso:
El Paso is home to Fort Bliss and the University of Texas at El Paso. Fort Bliss is one of the nation’s largest army posts and is a major part of El Paso’s economy. The University of Texas at El Paso was founded in 1914 and enrolls about 23,000 students every year.
With a diverse economy based in international trade, military, government, health care, education, and oil and gas, El Paso has many opportunities. The city is also home to several major businesses, including ADP, Eureka, State Farm, and Boeing.
El Paso is the third fastest-growing city in the nation and the 22nd largest in population. But even though it is a large city, El Paso has consistently scored in the top five safest cities in the US.
Looking at apartments in El Paso will bring you to several different sections of the city. The heart of El Paso is Downtown and Central El Paso, home to historic districts and major landmarks. The West Side (or West El Paso) is on the west side of the Franklin Mountains. It contains several affluent neighborhoods as well as the Upper Valley, the greenest section in the county, thanks to its location on the Rio Grande.
West Central El Paso is also west of the mountains. This area contains the University of Texas at El Paso as well as the Cincinnati Entertainment District. The neighborhoods in West Central tend to cater to students. In West Central, you’ll find a vibrant entertainment district, several restaurants, bars, and a variety of coffee shops. Things are really hopping after a UTEP basketball game – especially in the Kern Place neighborhood.
Northeast El Paso has a large concentration of military families due to its proximity to Fort Bliss. East El Paso is filled with family-friendly neighborhoods and terrific views from its high ridges and cliffs.
Mission Valley is the oldest section of El Paso. This beautiful area dates back to the 17th century. It contains the Ysleta Mission (built around 1682), the Socorro Mission (built in 1759), and the San Elizario Chapel (built in 1789). This area is popular with tourists following the El Paso Mission Trail.
Why El Paso Apartments Are Hot:
Great year-round weather, low cost of living, beautiful landscape – El Paso has it all, including an international airport, recreational activities, and high-ranking schools. It consistently ranks number one for lowest crime rate, it was named the number one most affordable city in Texas, the second-best foreign trade zone, and the third-best city for raising a family.
The city offers diversity, great food, terrific shopping, plenty of museums and theaters, and a variety of festivals. After you’ve moved to your new apartment in El Paso, check out the Downtown Street Festival in June, the KLAQ International Balloonfest in May, the Neon Desert Music Festival in May, and the Sun City Beer Festival in September.
- Union Plaza
- Downtown El Paso
- Kern Place
- Highland Park
- Lomas Del Rey
- Military Heights
- Summit Place
- Mesa Hills
- Festival Hills
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The 25-foot-tall pickaxe head sculpture located at the University of Texas at El Paso.
A Church building in El Paso reflects the unique architecture of the area
The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park.
The viewing area atop Scenic Drive Park.
The Equestrian monument located at the El Paso International Airport.