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45 Units Available
Modena
815 N 52nd St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,010
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,215
937 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,635
1152 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Resort-style homes in sunny Phoenix, near Papago Golf Course and Papago Park. Six sparkling swimming pools, four relaxing spas and 24-hour fitness center. Ceiling fans and air conditioning in apartments.
Verified
35 Units Available
Camden North End
6800 East Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,329
587 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,459
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,739
1158 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
A new construction community with open concept floor plans. Luxury amenities including a chef-inspired kitchen, wood-style flooring, walk-in closets, and full-size washer and dryer. Pet-friendly. Fitness and yoga studio.
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22 Units Available
The Urban
3601 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$855
535 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,030
639 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,220
791 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Luxurious Phoenix apartment surrounded by attractions, shopping, schools and restaurants. Community features a fitness center with free weights, on-site maintenance and package center. Units have full-size washer/dryer, private balconies and ceiling fans.
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2 Units Available
San Paulo
14625 S Mountain Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ | Mountain Park Ranch
1 Bedroom
$1,177
806 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,540
1053 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Stunning views and luxury amenities make your new home perfect. Prime location, with easy access to freeways and entertainment with pool, hot tub, tennis court and more located right at home. Elegant, spacious interiors.
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13 Units Available
Santa Rosa
3425 E Chandler Blvd
Phoenix, AZ | Lakewood
1 Bedroom
$1,199
789 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,460
1115 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Recently renovated apartments with in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and fireplaces. Private balcony or patio. Furnished units available. Park-like setting with courtyard, swimming pool and grills.
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38 Units Available
Muse
1616 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ | Willo
Studio
$1,394
558 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,264
840 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,514
1092 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
The Muse in Phoenix offers the finest in urban resort-style living. A gorgeous pool lets you enjoy the sun on the weekends, and the apartments feature modern updates like new countertops, cabinetry and flooring.
Verified
9 Units Available
Altitude Sixteen 75
1675 E Morten Ave
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,250
869 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,735
1171 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Chic apartments near Piestewa Peak and Highway 51 feature fireplace and hardwood floors. Amenities include a 24-hour gym, pool, game room and more. Pet friendly. Concierge living in a green community.
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15 Units Available
Cactus Forty-2
4242 E Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,146
522 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,317
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,307
944 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Furnished apartments with in-unit laundry and fully equipped kitchens. Amenities include yoga studio, 24-hour gym, swimming pool and hot tub. Green community with beautiful outdoor area.
Verified
13 Units Available
Seven
19800 N 7th St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,278
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,307
930 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,867
1256 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Uniquely designed homes reminiscent of colorful modern art. Stunningly luxurious with impressive amenities: 24-hour gym, hot tub, refreshing pool, coffee bar and more. Interiors are spacious and include in-unit laundry and air conditioning.
Verified
14 Units Available
Greenspoint at Paradise Valley
4202 E Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,165
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,189
943 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Upscale, affordable accommodations with hardwood floors, washer/dryer hookups and patios or balconies in units. Community boasts a business center, courtyard, clubhouse, pool and hot tub. Next to Paradise Valley Mall and Stonecreek Golf Club.
Verified
12 Units Available
Renaissance Apartments
13421 N 43rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,120
757 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,119
964 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Beautiful 1-2 bedroom units with fireplace, walk-in closet, and in-unit washer and dryer. Onsite amenities include gym, pool and hot tub. Close to I-17 and just minutes from Arizona State University and the Thunderbird Marketplace.
Verified
5 Units Available
Hidden Cove
2001 W Union Hills Dr
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$729
504 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$960
840 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Convenient location on Union Hills Drive with easy access to downtown Phoenix. Quiet, secluded community with carport, on-site laundry and common areas. Spacious apartments with private patio or balcony.
Verified
16 Units Available
Pointe at South Mountain
8809 S Pointe Pkwy E
Phoenix, AZ | South Mountain Resort
1 Bedroom
$1,085
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,290
979 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Gorgeous location facing South Mountain Preserve, near I-10. Luxury one- to two-bedroom units with full-size W/D, central air/heat, wood-style flooring and large closets. Playground, covered parking. Short drive to Phoenix Airport and Zoo.
Verified
15 Units Available
Esteban Park
5611 S 32nd St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,143
1068 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Recently renovated apartments feature modern interiors with in-unit laundry, walk-in closets, and gourmet kitchens with granite counters. A gym, a dog park, and a pool keep residents satisfied. Near I-10 and PDX for easy commuting.
Verified
20 Units Available
Camden Copper Square
901 E Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ | Booker T. Washington
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,169
704 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,399
1115 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 07:39 AM
Camden Copper Square features 1 and 2-bedroom units with amenities like dishwashers, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, and stainless steel appliances. The community is pet-friendly and features a business center and clubhouse.
Verified
9 Units Available
San Pedregal by Mark-Taylor
16601 N 12th St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,160
1009 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,381
1176 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,888
1476 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:45 AM
Community has lighted sand volleyball courts, pool with waterfalls, and poolside cabanas. Apartments include ceramic tile floors, wiring for alarms, and walk-in closets. Great location, close to Bell Towne Plaza and Lookout Mountain Preserve.
Verified
27 Units Available
Shade at Desert Ridge
21150 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ | Desert Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,169
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,405
1174 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,980
1467 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:44 AM
Finding the perfect apartment can be a challenge, especially if you have a furry friend.
Verified
11 Units Available
The Met At 3rd at 3rd and Fillmore
200 E Fillmore St
Phoenix, AZ | Downtown Phoenix
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,319
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,499
1140 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:44 AM
Downtown Phoenix location near Symphony Hall, ASU, parks and numerous historical sites. Units with vaulted ceilings, travertine showers and slate flooring. The community features swimming pools and a hot tub.
Verified
24 Units Available
Proximity at Papago
1010 N 48th St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$899
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$999
720 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:44 AM
This community provides easy access to Papago Golf Course and Walmart Supercenter. It's also pet-friendly with covered parking and a swimming pool. Units have extra large closets and a full array of appliances.
Verified
15 Units Available
Portola at Grovers Park
17646 N Cave Creek Rd
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,025
700 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:43 AM
Ready to take on your new lifestyle at Portola at Grovers Park? Join our community, and experience better living. At our Phoenix apartments, we offer floor plans that are complete with stunning features, and finishes.
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1 Unit Available
Canyon Springs
14020 N Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,005
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 06:42 AM
Excellent location, off I-17. Residents enjoy in-unit laundry, dishwasher and ceiling fans. Community offers gym, pool, parking, courtyard, basketball court and car wash area. Pet friendly.
Verified
22 Units Available
Plaza 550
550 E Earll Dr
Phoenix, AZ | Central Avenue Corridor
1 Bedroom
$895
600 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:42 AM
Smoke-free units with walk-in closets, ceiling fans, carpet and balcony. Community amenities include pool, grilling area, on-site laundry and coffee bar. Located just minutes from restaurants, coffee shops, schools and shopping. Pet-friendly.
Verified
10 Units Available
Crystal Creek
10 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$775
440 sqft
1 Bedroom
$892
647 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$995
832 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 06:42 AM
Community features two pools, spa and fitness center. Luxurious units include laundry, garbage disposal, dishwasher and walk-in closets. Located in the heart of Phoenix, close to shopping, gym and Central Park.
Verified
5 Units Available
Retreat at the Raven by Mark-Taylor
3606 E Baseline Rd
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,210
879 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,399
1098 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 06:41 AM
Beautiful and convenient, this development features units with gourmet kitchens, oversized closets, 9-foot ceilings and open floor plans. The community provides a 24-hour fitness center, pet-friendly amenities and outdoor gazebos.
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In Phoenix, the median rent is $809 for a studio, $933 for a 1-bedroom, $1,140 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,458 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Phoenix, check out our monthly Phoenix Rent Report.
How much is rent in Phoenix?
In Phoenix, the median rent is $809 for a studio, $933 for a 1-bedroom, $1,140 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,458 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Phoenix, check out our monthly Phoenix Rent Report.
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Median Rent in Phoenix

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Phoenix is $933, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,140.
Studio
$809
1 Bed
$933
2 Beds
$1,140
3+ Beds
$1,458

City Guide

Phoenix
"Come to this land of sunshine, to this land where life is young. Where the wide, wide world is waiting, the songs that will now be sung. Where the golden sun is flaming tnto warm, white shining day, and the sons of men are blazing their priceless right of way." (Margaret Rowe Clifford - "Arizona").
"Come to this land of sunshine, to this land where life is young. Where the wide, wide world is waiting, the songs that will now be sung. Where the golden sun is flaming tnto warm, white shining day, and the sons of men are blazing their priceless right of way." (Margaret Rowe Clifford - "Arizona").

Phoenix is nestled in the low desert valley of Southern Arizona amongst saguaro cacti and a whole lotta mountains. In fact, nearly any which way you look from within Phoenix limits you’ll have a beautiful view of the mountains that ring the greater metropolitan area with some of the more local mountains spruced in between. Read: it’s pretty. Also read: you’ll probably want a room with a view and/or balcony, let’s help you navigate the apartment landscape shall we?

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Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phoenix Zoo is one of the top 5 zoos for families in the country.

The Sonoran Desert is one of the largest in North America.

You Don’t Even Need a Dune Buggy

In Phoenix, everything is “location, location, location.” The city has seven major (and very different) areas to call home, and each area contains multiple “urban villages,” which are like mega-neighborhoods with smaller neighborhoods inside them.

Luckily, no matter where you live, getting from place to place is simple because Phoenix was built for cars. The roads are arranged on a precise grid system with wide boulevards and well-planned freeways that make getting anywhere a breeze. Even during rush hour the average commute takes only forty minutes, but beware of Phoenix’s aggressive drivers and “snowbirds” (retirees) who drive a wee bit more cautiously. Speaking of snowbirds, these seasonal dwellers increase the city’s population by almost 400,000 between the months of November and April, and the best time to rent is when they’ve left, so plan to pay your first month’s rent between April and October.

So Many Valleys in the Valley: North Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $850) North Phoenix is one of the more mountainous areas of Phoenix, and it includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Moon Valley, Paradise Valley, and Desert View. Sunnyslope and North Mountain are high density areas closest to Midtown with the lowest ages, income levels, and rents in North Phoenix. These neighborhoods have affordable 2BR apartments ($$) with residents aged twenty to thirty-five on average.

The farther away you live from Midtown, the older the residents and their children. Rule of thumb in North Phoenix: if the “urban village” name ends in “Valley,” the area is likely upper-middle class with highly-educated residents over forty with teenaged children, and 2BR houses will be expensive. Desert View is one of the few areas in North Phoenix that has couples with young children, but it’s also in the foothills and is therefore one of the priciest areas for a 3BR. Snowbirds can find a lot of great housing options in North Phoenix, including active living communities like Central Park, Desert Skies, Sunrise Heights, and Whispering Palms.

Hella-Good Historic Haciendas: Midtown (Avg. Rent: $650) Midtown includes the neighborhood of Encanto, the La Hacienda Historic District, and the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District. The centralized location will keep your commute simple, no matter where you work, and the living options in this area range from 2BR apartments in Encanto to Spanish Colonial houses with no sidewalks in La Hacienda to Tudor-style gabled houses in the Encanto-Palmcroft area – which looks very much like an English suburb . Because Midtown is right next to Phoenix’s swanky Biltmore area, Midtown dwellers are close to all the fancy conveniences that upscale living affords – but they don’t necessarily have to pay upscale housing prices.

Ode to the Oasis: Biltmore Area (Avg. Rent: $900) The Biltmore Area comprises the far eastern side of Phoenix including the urban villages of Camelback East and Camelback Corridor, and the neighborhoods of Biltmore and Arcadia. This area is the closest in Phoenix to Scottsdale, which is known for its high-end shopping opportunities and upscale living. Biltmore’s lush, green landscaping with gorgeous historical and retro architecture can make you forget that you live in the desert, but a quick trip to Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Gardens will remind you that the desert is your home. Biltmore and Arcadia homes will run up the tab for every age group.

Be Wary of the Wild and Wily West: West Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $600) West Phoenix includes the areas of Maryvale and Estrella, which are home to very young couples with very young children. Maryvale has a great concert venue and many available 2BR houses and apartments, and Estrella has a lot of available mobile homes.. The recently created Laveen ranch suburbs, located in a previously agricultural area of Phoenix south of Estrella are still awaiting serious development, but would be good to keep an eye on.

CenPho, Yo!: Central Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $700) Central Phoenix, called “CenPho” by locals, includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Central City, Cooper Square, Roosevelt, and the Alhambra suburbs. If you’re under thirty-five with some young’uns, and you want to be in a pedestrian-friendly area filled with small, local boutiques and delicious mom and pop restaurants, CenPho is for you. Downtown’s nightlife is still in the making, but Downtown Phoenix is the place to see retro architecture, the opera, Broadway shows, museums, galleries, the ballet, concerts, boxing, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Rattlers. Downtown’s apartments, detached homes and multiplexes are inexpensive.

Roosevelt and Cooper Square are smaller areas that ring ASU’s Downtown Campus; these areas are perfect for single twenty-somethings who want to live in an older apartment building. Couples who are interested in affordable suburbs in CenPho should check out Alhambra, for a 2BR house with access to the light metro rail, which is eco-friendly, super-quiet, and drops you off right in the heart of Downtown.

Heat in the ‘Hood: South Mountain (Avg. Rent: $700) South Mountain, directly south of Downtown Phoenix, is a large and the most ethically diverse area in Phoenix. This area also contains the South Mountain Park, which is the largest municipal park in the entire world. Many young couples with young children live in this area, and although the prices for a 2BR are nearly unbeatable. If you love the diversity and the prices in this close-to-downtown area, finding a very home is possible if you rent anywhere on 30th up from Baseline. The Southbank area is especially nice, although pricier .

Saguaro Swank: Ahwatukee Foothills (Avg. Rent: $1200) Both Ahwatukee Foothills and South Mountain are south of Downtown Phoenix, and they could technically comprise South Phoenix if put together.Whereas, South Mountain has low-priced housing, Awatukee Foothills is a high-price, gated community nestled among the foothills of the South Mountains with big 3BR+ houses, and highly-educated middle-aged couples. Of course, the prices in this area rise even higher as the houses move higher into the foothills, but the views are spectacular.

You Don’t Even Need a Dune Buggy
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In Phoenix, everything is “location, location, location.” The city has seven major (and very different) areas to call home, and each area contains multiple “urban villages,” which are like mega-neighborhoods with smaller neighborhoods inside them.

Luckily, no matter where you live, getting from place to place is simple because Phoenix was built for cars. The roads are arranged on a precise grid system with wide boulevards and well-planned freeways that make getting anywhere a breeze. Even during rush hour the average commute takes only forty minutes, but beware of Phoenix’s aggressive drivers and “snowbirds” (retirees) who drive a wee bit more cautiously. Speaking of snowbirds, these seasonal dwellers increase the city’s population by almost 400,000 between the months of November and April, and the best time to rent is when they’ve left, so plan to pay your first month’s rent between April and October.

So Many Valleys in the Valley: North Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $850) North Phoenix is one of the more mountainous areas of Phoenix, and it includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Moon Valley, Paradise Valley, and Desert View. Sunnyslope and North Mountain are high density areas closest to Midtown with the lowest ages, income levels, and rents in North Phoenix. These neighborhoods have affordable 2BR apartments ($$) with residents aged twenty to thirty-five on average.

The farther away you live from Midtown, the older the residents and their children. Rule of thumb in North Phoenix: if the “urban village” name ends in “Valley,” the area is likely upper-middle class with highly-educated residents over forty with teenaged children, and 2BR houses will be expensive. Desert View is one of the few areas in North Phoenix that has couples with young children, but it’s also in the foothills and is therefore one of the priciest areas for a 3BR. Snowbirds can find a lot of great housing options in North Phoenix, including active living communities like Central Park, Desert Skies, Sunrise Heights, and Whispering Palms.

Hella-Good Historic Haciendas: Midtown (Avg. Rent: $650) Midtown includes the neighborhood of Encanto, the La Hacienda Historic District, and the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District. The centralized location will keep your commute simple, no matter where you work, and the living options in this area range from 2BR apartments in Encanto to Spanish Colonial houses with no sidewalks in La Hacienda to Tudor-style gabled houses in the Encanto-Palmcroft area – which looks very much like an English suburb . Because Midtown is right next to Phoenix’s swanky Biltmore area, Midtown dwellers are close to all the fancy conveniences that upscale living affords – but they don’t necessarily have to pay upscale housing prices.

Ode to the Oasis: Biltmore Area (Avg. Rent: $900) The Biltmore Area comprises the far eastern side of Phoenix including the urban villages of Camelback East and Camelback Corridor, and the neighborhoods of Biltmore and Arcadia. This area is the closest in Phoenix to Scottsdale, which is known for its high-end shopping opportunities and upscale living. Biltmore’s lush, green landscaping with gorgeous historical and retro architecture can make you forget that you live in the desert, but a quick trip to Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Gardens will remind you that the desert is your home. Biltmore and Arcadia homes will run up the tab for every age group.

Be Wary of the Wild and Wily West: West Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $600) West Phoenix includes the areas of Maryvale and Estrella, which are home to very young couples with very young children. Maryvale has a great concert venue and many available 2BR houses and apartments, and Estrella has a lot of available mobile homes.. The recently created Laveen ranch suburbs, located in a previously agricultural area of Phoenix south of Estrella are still awaiting serious development, but would be good to keep an eye on.

CenPho, Yo!: Central Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $700) Central Phoenix, called “CenPho” by locals, includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Central City, Cooper Square, Roosevelt, and the Alhambra suburbs. If you’re under thirty-five with some young’uns, and you want to be in a pedestrian-friendly area filled with small, local boutiques and delicious mom and pop restaurants, CenPho is for you. Downtown’s nightlife is still in the making, but Downtown Phoenix is the place to see retro architecture, the opera, Broadway shows, museums, galleries, the ballet, concerts, boxing, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Rattlers. Downtown’s apartments, detached homes and multiplexes are inexpensive.

Roosevelt and Cooper Square are smaller areas that ring ASU’s Downtown Campus; these areas are perfect for single twenty-somethings who want to live in an older apartment building. Couples who are interested in affordable suburbs in CenPho should check out Alhambra, for a 2BR house with access to the light metro rail, which is eco-friendly, super-quiet, and drops you off right in the heart of Downtown.

Heat in the ‘Hood: South Mountain (Avg. Rent: $700) South Mountain, directly south of Downtown Phoenix, is a large and the most ethically diverse area in Phoenix. This area also contains the South Mountain Park, which is the largest municipal park in the entire world. Many young couples with young children live in this area, and although the prices for a 2BR are nearly unbeatable. If you love the diversity and the prices in this close-to-downtown area, finding a very home is possible if you rent anywhere on 30th up from Baseline. The Southbank area is especially nice, although pricier .

Saguaro Swank: Ahwatukee Foothills (Avg. Rent: $1200) Both Ahwatukee Foothills and South Mountain are south of Downtown Phoenix, and they could technically comprise South Phoenix if put together.Whereas, South Mountain has low-priced housing, Awatukee Foothills is a high-price, gated community nestled among the foothills of the South Mountains with big 3BR+ houses, and highly-educated middle-aged couples. Of course, the prices in this area rise even higher as the houses move higher into the foothills, but the views are spectacular.

Not Always Sunny: Things You Should Know

Phoenicians have some strange hang-ups about cars. First thing to know is that they have a really high vehicle licensing tax of 16.8%, adjusting annually for depreciation. This means that if you buy a $25,000 car in Phoenix, you’ll pay $420 in taxes (plus registration fees). The next year you’ll pay $360 (plus registration fees), etc. Basically, it costs a lot to own a car in Phoenix, and unless you live in CenPho and never plan to leave the area, you’ll need a car to navigate the city and metro area.

Also, because Arizona is such a sunny state, Phoenix does not recognize Daylight Savings Time. This is awesome if you live in Phoenix, because you never have to remember to change your clocks, but every year you will have to re-train your friends Back East so they don’t wake you up by calling at 6:00 am in the summer.

One last tip about the weather in Phoenix: it’s gorgeous . . . most of the time. Phoenix locals, called “Phoenicians” (take that “Tucsonans”!) frequently spend Thanksgiving outside on the patio, and outdoor hikers, climbers, boaters, and bikers of all ages appreciate the ability to take a New Years Day hike. Hate snow? You’re in good company. Phoenicians never shovel snow; the last year a snowflake hit the ground in downtown Phoenix was in 1939. However, “The Valley’s” beautiful winter weather comes with a price: the summer weather. Summers in Phoenix are hot, hot, HOT, and temperatures regularly rise well into the hundreds, sometimes reaching a sweltering 120 degrees. Phoenix plans well for hot summers though and provides tons of cool activities (including waterparks) for its sun-loving residents, so don’t let the heat scare you away. Now, pack up your swimsuit and your industrial-strength sunscreen, throw your snow shovel in the trash, and cool-off in that perfect (air-conditioned) Phoenix apartment.

Not Always Sunny: Things You Should Know
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Phoenicians have some strange hang-ups about cars. First thing to know is that they have a really high vehicle licensing tax of 16.8%, adjusting annually for depreciation. This means that if you buy a $25,000 car in Phoenix, you’ll pay $420 in taxes (plus registration fees). The next year you’ll pay $360 (plus registration fees), etc. Basically, it costs a lot to own a car in Phoenix, and unless you live in CenPho and never plan to leave the area, you’ll need a car to navigate the city and metro area.

Also, because Arizona is such a sunny state, Phoenix does not recognize Daylight Savings Time. This is awesome if you live in Phoenix, because you never have to remember to change your clocks, but every year you will have to re-train your friends Back East so they don’t wake you up by calling at 6:00 am in the summer.

One last tip about the weather in Phoenix: it’s gorgeous . . . most of the time. Phoenix locals, called “Phoenicians” (take that “Tucsonans”!) frequently spend Thanksgiving outside on the patio, and outdoor hikers, climbers, boaters, and bikers of all ages appreciate the ability to take a New Years Day hike. Hate snow? You’re in good company. Phoenicians never shovel snow; the last year a snowflake hit the ground in downtown Phoenix was in 1939. However, “The Valley’s” beautiful winter weather comes with a price: the summer weather. Summers in Phoenix are hot, hot, HOT, and temperatures regularly rise well into the hundreds, sometimes reaching a sweltering 120 degrees. Phoenix plans well for hot summers though and provides tons of cool activities (including waterparks) for its sun-loving residents, so don’t let the heat scare you away. Now, pack up your swimsuit and your industrial-strength sunscreen, throw your snow shovel in the trash, and cool-off in that perfect (air-conditioned) Phoenix apartment.

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Phoenix
"Come to this land of sunshine, to this land where life is young. Where the wide, wide world is waiting, the songs that will now be sung. Where the golden sun is flaming tnto warm, white shining day, and the sons of men are blazing their priceless right of way." (Margaret Rowe Clifford - "Arizona").
"Come to this land of sunshine, to this land where life is young. Where the wide, wide world is waiting, the songs that will now be sung. Where the golden sun is flaming tnto warm, white shining day, and the sons of men are blazing their priceless right of way." (Margaret Rowe Clifford - "Arizona").

Phoenix is nestled in the low desert valley of Southern Arizona amongst saguaro cacti and a whole lotta mountains. In fact, nearly any which way you look from within Phoenix limits you’ll have a beautiful view of the mountains that ring the greater metropolitan area with some of the more local mountains spruced in between. Read: it’s pretty. Also read: you’ll probably want a room with a view and/or balcony, let’s help you navigate the apartment landscape shall we?

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Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Phoenix Zoo is one of the top 5 zoos for families in the country.

The Sonoran Desert is one of the largest in North America.

You Don’t Even Need a Dune Buggy

In Phoenix, everything is “location, location, location.” The city has seven major (and very different) areas to call home, and each area contains multiple “urban villages,” which are like mega-neighborhoods with smaller neighborhoods inside them.

Luckily, no matter where you live, getting from place to place is simple because Phoenix was built for cars. The roads are arranged on a precise grid system with wide boulevards and well-planned freeways that make getting anywhere a breeze. Even during rush hour the average commute takes only forty minutes, but beware of Phoenix’s aggressive drivers and “snowbirds” (retirees) who drive a wee bit more cautiously. Speaking of snowbirds, these seasonal dwellers increase the city’s population by almost 400,000 between the months of November and April, and the best time to rent is when they’ve left, so plan to pay your first month’s rent between April and October.

So Many Valleys in the Valley: North Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $850) North Phoenix is one of the more mountainous areas of Phoenix, and it includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Moon Valley, Paradise Valley, and Desert View. Sunnyslope and North Mountain are high density areas closest to Midtown with the lowest ages, income levels, and rents in North Phoenix. These neighborhoods have affordable 2BR apartments ($$) with residents aged twenty to thirty-five on average.

The farther away you live from Midtown, the older the residents and their children. Rule of thumb in North Phoenix: if the “urban village” name ends in “Valley,” the area is likely upper-middle class with highly-educated residents over forty with teenaged children, and 2BR houses will be expensive. Desert View is one of the few areas in North Phoenix that has couples with young children, but it’s also in the foothills and is therefore one of the priciest areas for a 3BR. Snowbirds can find a lot of great housing options in North Phoenix, including active living communities like Central Park, Desert Skies, Sunrise Heights, and Whispering Palms.

Hella-Good Historic Haciendas: Midtown (Avg. Rent: $650) Midtown includes the neighborhood of Encanto, the La Hacienda Historic District, and the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District. The centralized location will keep your commute simple, no matter where you work, and the living options in this area range from 2BR apartments in Encanto to Spanish Colonial houses with no sidewalks in La Hacienda to Tudor-style gabled houses in the Encanto-Palmcroft area – which looks very much like an English suburb . Because Midtown is right next to Phoenix’s swanky Biltmore area, Midtown dwellers are close to all the fancy conveniences that upscale living affords – but they don’t necessarily have to pay upscale housing prices.

Ode to the Oasis: Biltmore Area (Avg. Rent: $900) The Biltmore Area comprises the far eastern side of Phoenix including the urban villages of Camelback East and Camelback Corridor, and the neighborhoods of Biltmore and Arcadia. This area is the closest in Phoenix to Scottsdale, which is known for its high-end shopping opportunities and upscale living. Biltmore’s lush, green landscaping with gorgeous historical and retro architecture can make you forget that you live in the desert, but a quick trip to Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Gardens will remind you that the desert is your home. Biltmore and Arcadia homes will run up the tab for every age group.

Be Wary of the Wild and Wily West: West Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $600) West Phoenix includes the areas of Maryvale and Estrella, which are home to very young couples with very young children. Maryvale has a great concert venue and many available 2BR houses and apartments, and Estrella has a lot of available mobile homes.. The recently created Laveen ranch suburbs, located in a previously agricultural area of Phoenix south of Estrella are still awaiting serious development, but would be good to keep an eye on.

CenPho, Yo!: Central Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $700) Central Phoenix, called “CenPho” by locals, includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Central City, Cooper Square, Roosevelt, and the Alhambra suburbs. If you’re under thirty-five with some young’uns, and you want to be in a pedestrian-friendly area filled with small, local boutiques and delicious mom and pop restaurants, CenPho is for you. Downtown’s nightlife is still in the making, but Downtown Phoenix is the place to see retro architecture, the opera, Broadway shows, museums, galleries, the ballet, concerts, boxing, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Rattlers. Downtown’s apartments, detached homes and multiplexes are inexpensive.

Roosevelt and Cooper Square are smaller areas that ring ASU’s Downtown Campus; these areas are perfect for single twenty-somethings who want to live in an older apartment building. Couples who are interested in affordable suburbs in CenPho should check out Alhambra, for a 2BR house with access to the light metro rail, which is eco-friendly, super-quiet, and drops you off right in the heart of Downtown.

Heat in the ‘Hood: South Mountain (Avg. Rent: $700) South Mountain, directly south of Downtown Phoenix, is a large and the most ethically diverse area in Phoenix. This area also contains the South Mountain Park, which is the largest municipal park in the entire world. Many young couples with young children live in this area, and although the prices for a 2BR are nearly unbeatable. If you love the diversity and the prices in this close-to-downtown area, finding a very home is possible if you rent anywhere on 30th up from Baseline. The Southbank area is especially nice, although pricier .

Saguaro Swank: Ahwatukee Foothills (Avg. Rent: $1200) Both Ahwatukee Foothills and South Mountain are south of Downtown Phoenix, and they could technically comprise South Phoenix if put together.Whereas, South Mountain has low-priced housing, Awatukee Foothills is a high-price, gated community nestled among the foothills of the South Mountains with big 3BR+ houses, and highly-educated middle-aged couples. Of course, the prices in this area rise even higher as the houses move higher into the foothills, but the views are spectacular.

You Don’t Even Need a Dune Buggy
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In Phoenix, everything is “location, location, location.” The city has seven major (and very different) areas to call home, and each area contains multiple “urban villages,” which are like mega-neighborhoods with smaller neighborhoods inside them.

Luckily, no matter where you live, getting from place to place is simple because Phoenix was built for cars. The roads are arranged on a precise grid system with wide boulevards and well-planned freeways that make getting anywhere a breeze. Even during rush hour the average commute takes only forty minutes, but beware of Phoenix’s aggressive drivers and “snowbirds” (retirees) who drive a wee bit more cautiously. Speaking of snowbirds, these seasonal dwellers increase the city’s population by almost 400,000 between the months of November and April, and the best time to rent is when they’ve left, so plan to pay your first month’s rent between April and October.

So Many Valleys in the Valley: North Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $850) North Phoenix is one of the more mountainous areas of Phoenix, and it includes the neighborhoods of Sunnyslope, North Mountain, Deer Valley, Moon Valley, Paradise Valley, and Desert View. Sunnyslope and North Mountain are high density areas closest to Midtown with the lowest ages, income levels, and rents in North Phoenix. These neighborhoods have affordable 2BR apartments ($$) with residents aged twenty to thirty-five on average.

The farther away you live from Midtown, the older the residents and their children. Rule of thumb in North Phoenix: if the “urban village” name ends in “Valley,” the area is likely upper-middle class with highly-educated residents over forty with teenaged children, and 2BR houses will be expensive. Desert View is one of the few areas in North Phoenix that has couples with young children, but it’s also in the foothills and is therefore one of the priciest areas for a 3BR. Snowbirds can find a lot of great housing options in North Phoenix, including active living communities like Central Park, Desert Skies, Sunrise Heights, and Whispering Palms.

Hella-Good Historic Haciendas: Midtown (Avg. Rent: $650) Midtown includes the neighborhood of Encanto, the La Hacienda Historic District, and the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District. The centralized location will keep your commute simple, no matter where you work, and the living options in this area range from 2BR apartments in Encanto to Spanish Colonial houses with no sidewalks in La Hacienda to Tudor-style gabled houses in the Encanto-Palmcroft area – which looks very much like an English suburb . Because Midtown is right next to Phoenix’s swanky Biltmore area, Midtown dwellers are close to all the fancy conveniences that upscale living affords – but they don’t necessarily have to pay upscale housing prices.

Ode to the Oasis: Biltmore Area (Avg. Rent: $900) The Biltmore Area comprises the far eastern side of Phoenix including the urban villages of Camelback East and Camelback Corridor, and the neighborhoods of Biltmore and Arcadia. This area is the closest in Phoenix to Scottsdale, which is known for its high-end shopping opportunities and upscale living. Biltmore’s lush, green landscaping with gorgeous historical and retro architecture can make you forget that you live in the desert, but a quick trip to Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Desert Botanical Gardens will remind you that the desert is your home. Biltmore and Arcadia homes will run up the tab for every age group.

Be Wary of the Wild and Wily West: West Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $600) West Phoenix includes the areas of Maryvale and Estrella, which are home to very young couples with very young children. Maryvale has a great concert venue and many available 2BR houses and apartments, and Estrella has a lot of available mobile homes.. The recently created Laveen ranch suburbs, located in a previously agricultural area of Phoenix south of Estrella are still awaiting serious development, but would be good to keep an eye on.

CenPho, Yo!: Central Phoenix (Avg. Rent: $700) Central Phoenix, called “CenPho” by locals, includes the neighborhoods of Downtown, Central City, Cooper Square, Roosevelt, and the Alhambra suburbs. If you’re under thirty-five with some young’uns, and you want to be in a pedestrian-friendly area filled with small, local boutiques and delicious mom and pop restaurants, CenPho is for you. Downtown’s nightlife is still in the making, but Downtown Phoenix is the place to see retro architecture, the opera, Broadway shows, museums, galleries, the ballet, concerts, boxing, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Suns, and the Arizona Rattlers. Downtown’s apartments, detached homes and multiplexes are inexpensive.

Roosevelt and Cooper Square are smaller areas that ring ASU’s Downtown Campus; these areas are perfect for single twenty-somethings who want to live in an older apartment building. Couples who are interested in affordable suburbs in CenPho should check out Alhambra, for a 2BR house with access to the light metro rail, which is eco-friendly, super-quiet, and drops you off right in the heart of Downtown.

Heat in the ‘Hood: South Mountain (Avg. Rent: $700) South Mountain, directly south of Downtown Phoenix, is a large and the most ethically diverse area in Phoenix. This area also contains the South Mountain Park, which is the largest municipal park in the entire world. Many young couples with young children live in this area, and although the prices for a 2BR are nearly unbeatable. If you love the diversity and the prices in this close-to-downtown area, finding a very home is possible if you rent anywhere on 30th up from Baseline. The Southbank area is especially nice, although pricier .

Saguaro Swank: Ahwatukee Foothills (Avg. Rent: $1200) Both Ahwatukee Foothills and South Mountain are south of Downtown Phoenix, and they could technically comprise South Phoenix if put together.Whereas, South Mountain has low-priced housing, Awatukee Foothills is a high-price, gated community nestled among the foothills of the South Mountains with big 3BR+ houses, and highly-educated middle-aged couples. Of course, the prices in this area rise even higher as the houses move higher into the foothills, but the views are spectacular.

Not Always Sunny: Things You Should Know

Phoenicians have some strange hang-ups about cars. First thing to know is that they have a really high vehicle licensing tax of 16.8%, adjusting annually for depreciation. This means that if you buy a $25,000 car in Phoenix, you’ll pay $420 in taxes (plus registration fees). The next year you’ll pay $360 (plus registration fees), etc. Basically, it costs a lot to own a car in Phoenix, and unless you live in CenPho and never plan to leave the area, you’ll need a car to navigate the city and metro area.

Also, because Arizona is such a sunny state, Phoenix does not recognize Daylight Savings Time. This is awesome if you live in Phoenix, because you never have to remember to change your clocks, but every year you will have to re-train your friends Back East so they don’t wake you up by calling at 6:00 am in the summer.

One last tip about the weather in Phoenix: it’s gorgeous . . . most of the time. Phoenix locals, called “Phoenicians” (take that “Tucsonans”!) frequently spend Thanksgiving outside on the patio, and outdoor hikers, climbers, boaters, and bikers of all ages appreciate the ability to take a New Years Day hike. Hate snow? You’re in good company. Phoenicians never shovel snow; the last year a snowflake hit the ground in downtown Phoenix was in 1939. However, “The Valley’s” beautiful winter weather comes with a price: the summer weather. Summers in Phoenix are hot, hot, HOT, and temperatures regularly rise well into the hundreds, sometimes reaching a sweltering 120 degrees. Phoenix plans well for hot summers though and provides tons of cool activities (including waterparks) for its sun-loving residents, so don’t let the heat scare you away. Now, pack up your swimsuit and your industrial-strength sunscreen, throw your snow shovel in the trash, and cool-off in that perfect (air-conditioned) Phoenix apartment.

Not Always Sunny: Things You Should Know
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Phoenicians have some strange hang-ups about cars. First thing to know is that they have a really high vehicle licensing tax of 16.8%, adjusting annually for depreciation. This means that if you buy a $25,000 car in Phoenix, you’ll pay $420 in taxes (plus registration fees). The next year you’ll pay $360 (plus registration fees), etc. Basically, it costs a lot to own a car in Phoenix, and unless you live in CenPho and never plan to leave the area, you’ll need a car to navigate the city and metro area.

Also, because Arizona is such a sunny state, Phoenix does not recognize Daylight Savings Time. This is awesome if you live in Phoenix, because you never have to remember to change your clocks, but every year you will have to re-train your friends Back East so they don’t wake you up by calling at 6:00 am in the summer.

One last tip about the weather in Phoenix: it’s gorgeous . . . most of the time. Phoenix locals, called “Phoenicians” (take that “Tucsonans”!) frequently spend Thanksgiving outside on the patio, and outdoor hikers, climbers, boaters, and bikers of all ages appreciate the ability to take a New Years Day hike. Hate snow? You’re in good company. Phoenicians never shovel snow; the last year a snowflake hit the ground in downtown Phoenix was in 1939. However, “The Valley’s” beautiful winter weather comes with a price: the summer weather. Summers in Phoenix are hot, hot, HOT, and temperatures regularly rise well into the hundreds, sometimes reaching a sweltering 120 degrees. Phoenix plans well for hot summers though and provides tons of cool activities (including waterparks) for its sun-loving residents, so don’t let the heat scare you away. Now, pack up your swimsuit and your industrial-strength sunscreen, throw your snow shovel in the trash, and cool-off in that perfect (air-conditioned) Phoenix apartment.

Rent Report
Phoenix

October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report. Phoenix rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Phoenix rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Phoenix rents increase sharply over the past month

Phoenix rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Phoenix stand at $934 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,140 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Phoenix's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.3%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    Rents rising across the Phoenix Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Phoenix, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Phoenix metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Scottsdale has seen rents fall by 0.9% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Phoenix metro with a two-bedroom median of $1,479.
    • Avondale has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,372, while one-bedrooms go for $1,179.
    • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,140; rents grew 0.7% over the past month and 3.4% over the past year.

    Phoenix rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

    As rents have increased moderately in Phoenix, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Phoenix is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

    • Arizona as a whole has logged 3.3% year-over-year decline, while other cities across the state have seen rents significantly on the rise. For example, rents have grown by 6.0% in Tucson.
    • Phoenix's median two-bedroom rent of $1,140 is slightly above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 3.4% increase in Phoenix.
    • While Phoenix's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Albuquerque (+4.5%) and Las Vegas (+3.2%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Phoenix than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is more than twice the price in Phoenix.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Phoenix
    $930
    $1,140
    0.7%
    3.4%
    Mesa
    $1,060
    $1,220
    0.9%
    6%
    Chandler
    $1,260
    $1,430
    1.1%
    2.5%
    Glendale
    $910
    $1,150
    0.8%
    5.9%
    Scottsdale
    $1,250
    $1,480
    1.2%
    -0.9%
    Gilbert
    $1,220
    $1,420
    1.3%
    5.4%
    Tempe
    $1,100
    $1,310
    0.4%
    -0.5%
    Peoria
    $1,270
    $1,330
    2%
    4.5%
    Surprise
    $1,230
    $1,440
    2.1%
    5.6%
    Avondale
    $1,180
    $1,370
    1.9%
    9%
    Goodyear
    $1,180
    $1,490
    1.4%
    7.9%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report. Phoenix rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Phoenix rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Phoenix Rent Report. Phoenix rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Phoenix rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Phoenix rents increase sharply over the past month

    Phoenix rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Phoenix stand at $934 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,140 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Phoenix's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.3%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      Rents rising across the Phoenix Metro

      Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Phoenix, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Phoenix metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Scottsdale has seen rents fall by 0.9% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Phoenix metro with a two-bedroom median of $1,479.
      • Avondale has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,372, while one-bedrooms go for $1,179.
      • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,140; rents grew 0.7% over the past month and 3.4% over the past year.

      Phoenix rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

      As rents have increased moderately in Phoenix, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Phoenix is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

      • Arizona as a whole has logged 3.3% year-over-year decline, while other cities across the state have seen rents significantly on the rise. For example, rents have grown by 6.0% in Tucson.
      • Phoenix's median two-bedroom rent of $1,140 is slightly above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 3.4% increase in Phoenix.
      • While Phoenix's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Albuquerque (+4.5%) and Las Vegas (+3.2%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Phoenix than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is more than twice the price in Phoenix.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Phoenix
      $930
      $1,140
      0.7%
      3.4%
      Mesa
      $1,060
      $1,220
      0.9%
      6%
      Chandler
      $1,260
      $1,430
      1.1%
      2.5%
      Glendale
      $910
      $1,150
      0.8%
      5.9%
      Scottsdale
      $1,250
      $1,480
      1.2%
      -0.9%
      Gilbert
      $1,220
      $1,420
      1.3%
      5.4%
      Tempe
      $1,100
      $1,310
      0.4%
      -0.5%
      Peoria
      $1,270
      $1,330
      2%
      4.5%
      Surprise
      $1,230
      $1,440
      2.1%
      5.6%
      Avondale
      $1,180
      $1,370
      1.9%
      9%
      Goodyear
      $1,180
      $1,490
      1.4%
      7.9%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Phoenix Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Phoenix ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C+
      Recreational activities
      B+
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      B-
      Social Life
      B
      Weather
      B
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      B
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Phoenix’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Phoenix renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, there seems to be a discrepancy between millennial renters in Phoenix, who are unsatisfied (D), and renters who are parents (B-)."

      Key Findings in Phoenix include the following:

      • Phoenix renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Phoenix were public transit and affordability, which received A- and B+ grades, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Phoenix renters are quality of local schools (C+) and safety and low crime rate (C).
      • Phoenix millennials are unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of D, while renters who are parents are more satisfied, giving it a B-.
      • Phoenix did relatively well compared to other cities in Arizona, including Glendale (F), Tucson (D) and Mesa (C+).
      • Phoenix did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Las Vegas (C) and Miami (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love how easy it is to get to everything." -Jaxine C.
      • "Phoenix has great weather year-round, tons of available work, and friendly people." -Wendy B.
      • "In Phoenix, you’re never more than 15 minutes to great hiking or a few hours from national parks. Unfortunately, it’s not very bike friendly and the summers are miserably hot!" -Paula A.
      • "This city has access to everything and the cost of living is low compared to most states." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Phoenix’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Phoenix renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

      View full Phoenix Renter Survey

      Here’s how Phoenix ranks on:

      B-
      Overall satisfaction
      C
      Safety and crime rate
      B-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C+
      Recreational activities
      B+
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      B-
      Social Life
      B
      Weather
      B
      Commute time
      B
      State and local taxes
      A-
      Public transit
      B
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Phoenix’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Phoenix renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, there seems to be a discrepancy between millennial renters in Phoenix, who are unsatisfied (D), and renters who are parents (B-)."

      Key Findings in Phoenix include the following:

      • Phoenix renters gave their city a B- overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Phoenix were public transit and affordability, which received A- and B+ grades, respectively.
      • The areas of concern to Phoenix renters are quality of local schools (C+) and safety and low crime rate (C).
      • Phoenix millennials are unsatisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of D, while renters who are parents are more satisfied, giving it a B-.
      • Phoenix did relatively well compared to other cities in Arizona, including Glendale (F), Tucson (D) and Mesa (C+).
      • Phoenix did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Las Vegas (C) and Miami (C+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love how easy it is to get to everything." -Jaxine C.
      • "Phoenix has great weather year-round, tons of available work, and friendly people." -Wendy B.
      • "In Phoenix, you’re never more than 15 minutes to great hiking or a few hours from national parks. Unfortunately, it’s not very bike friendly and the summers are miserably hot!" -Paula A.
      • "This city has access to everything and the cost of living is low compared to most states." -Anon.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.