335 apartments for rent in Roanoke, VA
Guide to Roanoke
Roanoke Apartments For Rent
The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains surround the lush, peaceful Roanoke Valley and in the midst of that lies an amazing city, illuminated by a single star. Nicknamed The Star City of The South – not just because Wayne Newton spent his early childhood here – Roanoke is a beautiful city and one you are looking to call home. With only 43 square miles of land, Roanoke is home to a population of more than 97,000. Roanoke is also home to a wide variety of attractions and heritage as well.
Originally named Big Lick for a large outcropping of salt near the Roanoke River, the town was founded in 1852 and chartered in 1874. The town was renamed Roanoke in 1882 and was incorporated as a city in 1884. Through various annexations of land over the years, Roanoke grew rapidly and became a transportation hub for that portion of the state.
Since then, Roanoke has become a hub of not only transportation, but various other industries as well, including manufacturing, healthcare, and attractions. Roanoke has been named the “All-American City” three times. Not only is Roanoke the All-American city, but it is also “Festival City.” With so many amazing, annual festivals such as the Virginia Championship Chili Cook-Off and the Roanoke Festival in the Park, Roanoke has truly transformed from its humble beginnings.
Things to Do in Roanoke:
There are so many great things to do in Roanoke you’ll be wondering why you didn’t move here sooner. Everything from the attractions to the museums, from the recreation to the restaurants, Roanoke has everything you and your family could possibly want or need.
The attractions in Roanoke come in a wide variety, but rest assured that they are all worth seeing. You can’t live in Roanoke without seeing the 100-foot-tall Roanoke Star that is illuminated every night. Tour the collections of art at Southwestern Virginia’s best art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art. Spend a day with the family at the Mill Mountain Zoo and the 90 species of animals that live there. Explore all the wonderful exhibits in the seven-story Center in the Square which includes three museums, several theatres, and a 6,000-gallon living coral reef aquarium.
Just as there are many different attractions, the museums in Roanoke also provide a wide range of exploration. See the large collection of locomotives of all kinds, aviation exhibits, buggies, trollies and more at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The O. Winston Link Museum has more than 300 images on display that are meant to preserve and interpret the works of photographer Winston Link. Inside Center on the Square you’ll find three museums: the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the History Museum of Western Virginia, and the Science Museum of Western Virginia. You can tour the exhibits in all three of these fascinating museums in one trip – just get there early and plan on staying late.
The arts and culture in Roanoke are brimming with excitement and pizzazz, especially the performing arts. See the Roanoke Children’s Theatre perform at the Dumas Center as they provide high quality entertainment for the little ones. Hear the musical masterpieces performed by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they put on their many concerts. Marvel at the pure athleticism of the professionals and students of the Roanoke Ballet Theatre during their various productions. Combine fantastic acting with amazing vocal abilities and you’ll get the wonderful performances of Opera Roanoke.
Eateries and restaurants in Roanoke come in all shapes, sizes, and cuisines so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Head downtown to Leonore Restaurant for delicious Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, and more. Fall-off-the-bone BBQ and homemade sauce is waiting for you at Bad Wolf BarBQ. Try the best restaurant in downtown, Alexander’s, for a night of fine dining, great service, and delectable seafood. On a hot summer day, there’s no place better than Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar. Enjoy breakfast any time of the day at Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles.
What to Consider When Moving to Roanoke:
No matter where you move, there are always various things you should consider. When moving to Roanoke, you should consider a lot of different things such as which of the 48 neighborhoods you want to live in, what the school system is like, or how many breweries and wineries are there.
If you are a teacher or have young kids, then you need to know about the schools in Roanoke. Roanoke City Public Schools is the governing school system in the area. There are 17 elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools in this school system. There are also five private schools in Roanoke, two of which are non-parochial, that serve various grade levels.
For the fun stuff…There are eight breweries and 10 wineries in the whole Blue Ridge area. Of these, Roanoke has three breweries and one winery within its city limits. Big Lick Brewing Company is the only Nano Brewery and taproom in the city. They focus on making a variety of high-quality craft beers and it is open three days a week to the public. The Roanoke Railhouse Brewery is open daily. They produce four different craft beers and they love to serve seasoned beer lovers as well as new beer drinkers. Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers offers unique, new styles of brew while at times using non-traditional ingredients.
As the lone winery in Roanoke, Valhalla Vineyards has been located on a mountaintop since 1998. Valhalla specializes in French style wines such as merlot, cab franc, cabernet sauvignon, and more. Their 21-acre vineyard contains their winery as well as their barrel cave that is located 60 feet underground. Tours of the winery and barrel cave are held on the third Saturday of every month, 1-4pm.
Why Roanoke Apartments Are Hot:
Roanoke apartments are not only in the midst of the beautiful Roanoke Valley and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they are in a fantastic city. Gorgeous geography, fantastic attractions, palette-pleasing cuisine, and fresh wine and beer make Roanoke hot; therefore Roanoke apartments are hot by association. Come and experience all of the greatness that the city and the surrounding area have. There are so many wonderful things to do in Roanoke that you don’t want to go another day missing out on all the fun. Let the Roanoke Star guide you to your new home here in The Star City of The South.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Jefferson College of Health Science
- Virginia Western Community College
- ECPI Technical College Roanoke
- Hollins University
- National College of Business & Technology Salem
- Beautiful historic sites, such as Fincastle, a town chartered in 1772.
- Easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway’s views, trails, and campgrounds.
- A picturesque, historic, and walkable downtown with shops and restaurants.
- Downtown’s historic Farmer’s Market, Virginia’s oldest operating market.
- Exploring history at Thomas Jefferson’s plantation home, Poplar Forest.
- Concerts, events, and live performances at the Roanoke Civic Center.