You’ve found a great apartment: The view is unbeatable, the rooms are spacious, and better yet, there is a washer and dryer in-unit — but you’re miles from any type of food scene, with nary a pizza place in sight. Womp, womp. We certainly wouldn’t blame you if you decide to pass on that perfect apartment for one with better proximity to the city’s culinary epicenter. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about being close to the food scene with the apartments in these six cities, voted as some of Trulia’s top food-focused places to live.
Beyond barbecue in Texas: $1,162–$2,211/month, Olympus at Ross in Dallas, TX
Dallas offers far more than barbecue in its dining repertoire, and its apartment scene is just as vast. This apartment building has modern studios (think stained concrete or wood-style flooring and quartz countertops) and one- and two-bedroom units. Residents have access to amenities like a salon and blow-out studio, pet grooming station and dog runs, and 24-hour fitness center. The building puts you in proximity to restaurants that make up Dallas’ vibrant food scene, including Public School 214 (an upscale classroom setting without a lunch lady in sight) and Urban Taco.
Lunching in LA: $2,018–$6,928/month, PE Lofts in Los Angeles, CA
Get back to LA’s pre-Hollywood roots with the units at the former Pacific Electric Building, built in 1905. The revamped apartment building offers spacious industrial studio lofts with access to a dog park, rooftop pool, and media room. The PE Lofts are within walking distance to the electric, diverse dining scene in Los Angeles, CA, from the Nickel Diner and Syrup Desserts to sushi at Kaya Street Kitchen, Hae Ha Heng Thai Bistro, and Vietnamese at Nong La Cafe. Don’t miss the Mexican cuisine at Taqueria Los Anaya or the pizza at DeSano Pizza Bakery.
Vital pancake proximity: $2,995/month, 1535 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA
Skip Disneyland for the burgeoning food scene in Anaheim, CA, when you live at this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom townhouse on Lincoln Avenue. The building is located next to the original House of Pancakes location and is walking distance to vegan restaurant Healthy Junk. Foodies will love the top-notch stainless steel kitchen at the just-built 1,800-square-foot home.
Another Cali culinary delight: $2,431–$6,810/month, Centerra in San Jose, CA
Ranked sixth behind San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anaheim in Trulia’s study, the vibrant culinary scene in San Jose, CA, only continues to grow. The units at Centerra, ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments with one to two and a half bathrooms, are close to the San Pedro Square Market, with a dozen-plus restaurant options including a noodle spot and pizza and burger bars. There are also weekly farmers markets nearby so you can also cook in your own apartment with smart technology and floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents have access to a communal lounge and rooftop pool, complete with awesome views of downtown San Jose.
Dining at every corner: $2,870–$4,805/month, SoMa Square in San Francisco, CA
Voted #1 in Trulia’s foodie meccas study, San Francisco, CA, offers various living opportunities, including these newly renovated apartments between SoMA and Union Square. SoMa Square Apartments (ranging from studios to three bedrooms and one to two full bathrooms) is close to the Bay Bridge, major highways, and in walking distance of the Metreon BART station. The units have outdoor space with skyline views, as well as granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and residents have access to a rooftop deck, fitness center, and swimming pool along with on-site restaurants including Café Du Soleil and ThirstBear Brewing Company. When you want to stretch your tastes, classic haunts like Red Dog Restaurant and Anchor & Hope are close as well.
The cuisine capital: $3,400–$3,600/month, The Mission in Washington, DC
Politics may be the main game in Washington, DC, but its food scene has developed into a multicultural taste fest thanks to the District’s far-ranging visitors and residents. You’ll have your pick of the city’s tastiest offerings when you take up residency in the 51-unit Mission apartment building constructed from three 1880s townhouses and a 1920s Studebaker car dealership. The building offers a unique marriage of history and contemporary design while being located in the heart of Logan Circle and close to restaurants such as Barcelona Wine Bar and Le Diplomate. Fancy yourself a chef? Whole Foods Market is only a seven-minute walk from the one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, so creating your own edible masterpieces will be a breeze.