Downtown Ashland

A view of Ashland's downtown Main Street. 

ASHLAND — The City of Ashland has been shortlisted as one of the cheapest places to rent in the United States.

Apartment Guide listed Ashland as the 10th cheapest city when it comes to rent.

The average price for a one-bedroom apartment in Ashland is $640, according to Apartment Guide.

The website that allows users to find apartments and houses for rent examined rates and inventory to determine where consumers “can get the most bang for their buck with rent,” a press release about the finding said.

“Located in forest land halfway between Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland seems undistinctive,” reads an Apartment Guide article. “But with rent prices of just $640 for an average one-bedroom, the city is one of three in Ohio among the 10 cities with the cheapest rent in America.

The article mentions Ashland’s “quaint downtown along Main Street” and notes its 10-block stretch of restaurants, bars, a brewery and escape room.

“While not the bustling city others on this list are, it has a quaint charm,” reads the article.

The cheapest place in America when it comes to rent is Lawton, Oklahoma, with average rent prices at $550. Others on the list include Ohio’s Youngstown and Elyria, and cities in Texas, Kentucky, Indiana and Mississippi.

“Country foodies will enjoy Grandpa’s Cheesebarn & Sweeties Chocolates and Buckeye Country Creamery. Need even more quaint? Monthly bird walks are held at woodsy Byers Woods Park,” the article reads.

The city also recently welcomed some luxury apartments, whose rent prices start much higher.

Latitude 40 Flats, located on Commerce Parkway near I-71, was scheduled to open in June. Rent there starts at $1,350 for a one-bedroom apartment. The upscale complex offers a pool, dog washing station, an exercise area, detached garages, balconies, granite countertops and more.

The District at Ashland is taking applications for its studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Rent there starts at $795 for a studio. The apartment complex offers a pool, a fenced-in dog park, an outdoor recreation area and more.

Plans for additional apartment complexes in Ashland are underway.

The vacant Hess and Clark building — part of Ashland’s “Pump House District” — was demolished over the summer, with plans to develop the property into a 200-unit apartment building up next.

The city recently acquired property at the corner of Fourth and Union streets, which includes a planned urban meadow space and a building. The building, which sits vacant, was sold to a local company that plans on developing it into a 16-32 unit apartment building, Ashland Mayor Matt Miller has said.

The urban meadow, as Miller has explained, will include ultra-modern art, concrete walking pads, outdoor musical instruments and a sun dial. The city received $150,000 in state funds in late 2020 for the project.

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