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Rockledge Fairways
13220 S 48th St
Phoenix, AZ | Ahwatukee
1 Bedroom
$1,174
726 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,121
1050 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 05:37 AM
Recently renovated units located in the foothills of South Mountain Range. One- and two-bedroom residences have walk-in closets, hardwood floors and cooking range. Community amenities include hot tub facility and a 24-hour gym.
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15 Units Available
Cortland Biltmore
4114 N 28th St
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,266
640 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,298
659 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,482
1057 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 05:37 AM
1-3 bedroom apartments near Los Olivos Park. Urban-style building with pool, gym, clubhouse and more. Dogs and cats welcome. Spacious apartments with stainless steel appliances.
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16 Units Available
Palm Court
20401 N 19th Ave
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,139
717 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,207
895 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 05:37 AM
Strategically located close to Loop 101 and the I-17 with easy access to freeways. Well-designed homes with in-unit laundry and fully operable kitchens. Lush landscaped grounds, pool, clubhouse and spa.
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13 Units Available
Pointe Metro
3221 W El Camino Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$697
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,051
900 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Conveniently located near Metro Center mall, public parks, grocery shopping and dining. Giant closets and extra storage space. Peaceful community with pool, spa and BBQ/entertainment area.
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1 Unit Available
8th and Row
818 East Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ | Garfield
2 Bedrooms
$2,050
1395 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 25 at 05:37 AM
8th & Row is the first 3-story townhome-style rental community in the Roosevelt Row neighborhood of Phoenix! Each apartment features unparalleled luxury without sacrificing comfort, with an attached 2-car garage, premium black quartz counters,
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17 Units Available
CIRQ 44
111 N Dupont Cir
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,060
563 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,200
762 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,530
1059 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 05:37 AM
Studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with open layouts and luxurious cabinetry, vinyl plank flooring, and stainless steel appliances. Private balconies, state-of-the-art gym, and pet playground.
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22 Units Available
Villas on 35th Apartments
8135 N 35th Ave
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$833
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,020
875 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Studios to two-bedroom apartments near public transportation in Phoenix. Short- and long-term leases available. Units are equipped with air conditioning and cable readiness. Community features include covered parking, pools, spas and a playground.
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37 Units Available
Courtney Village
4848 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,038
878 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,329
1172 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,897
1295 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Luxury apartments in a country village setting. Spacious units feature granite counters and in-unit laundry. Clubhouse, sauna and pool. Near Red Mountain Freeway access and local transit. Pet friendly.
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27 Units Available
San Melia
14435 S 48th St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,230
824 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,564
1004 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,941
1345 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
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5 Units Available
Citra Apartments
16804 N 42nd Ave
Phoenix, AZ
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
1068 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Lovely condos with laundry rooms, walk-in closets and large kitchens. Clubhouse with free Wi-Fi and coffee bar. Pool and spa access available 24/7 access to pool and spa. Located near I-17 and Greenway High School.
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29 Units Available
Monterra
1333 N 24th St
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$779
507 sqft
1 Bedroom
$980
687 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,148
1021 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
The pet-friendly apartment community features a 24-hour gym, a pool and Jacuzzi. Apartments within the gated community boast in-unit laundry. Excellent location near Arizona State University and all major freeways. Phoenix Light Rail is nearby.
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28 Units Available
Cordoba Apartments
4520 Baseline Rd
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,040
537 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,185
859 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,595
1070 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Open floor plans with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies or patios. Beautiful outdoor area with swimming pool, fire pit and playground. On-site fitness center and game room with billiards.
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3 Units Available
View 32 Apartments
10801 North 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,537
1050 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
A luxurious new apartment home is waiting for you at View 32 Apartments! Our one and two-bedroom apartments located in the Shea Boulevard neighborhood of Phoenix, AZ, truly provide everything you need to enjoy your home under one roof.
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9 Units Available
Vista Sureno
4727 Warner Road
Phoenix, AZ | Ahwatukee
1 Bedroom
$1,065
740 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,285
928 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 07:44 AM
Vista Sureno features beauty, convenience and style around every corner! From lush landscaping to spacious living spaces and an array of amenities, our apartments have everything you need to upgrade your lifestyle.
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201 Units Available
Montreux Apartments
5550 E Deer Valley Dr
Phoenix, AZ | Desert Ridge
1 Bedroom
$1,600
886 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,940
1212 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,126
1517 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Montreux is a warm and inviting community of one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury apartment residences located in the Northeast Phoenix/Scottsdale area, known as Desert Ridge.
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245 Units Available
The Ryan
188 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,459
628 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,699
821 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,610
1199 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
It Doesn’t Get More Downtown Than This At the intersection of creativity, energy, and daily life sits The Ryan, an artistically conceptualized Downtown Phoenix apartment community which will include an urban-style Fry’s Grocery, a new and welcome
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14 Units Available
Prados Apartments at Arcadia
4815 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$815
312 sqft
1 Bedroom
$915
541 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,335
785 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Phoenix, Arizona. Our stunning community is situated in Maricopa County and Creighton School District. We are just minutes from Biltmore Fashion Park, dining, and entertainment.
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30 Units Available
Arcadia Cove
2252 N 44th St
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,017
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,162
950 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,572
1200 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Luxury apartments with brushed nickel fixtures and energy-efficient appliances. Community includes a cafe and gym. By Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden. Close to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the Light Rail and I-10.
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17 Units Available
Sierra Pines
9410 N 31st Ave
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$780
461 sqft
1 Bedroom
$805
609 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,020
926 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Just a short drive to I-17 and Metro Center Mall. Recently remodeled apartments feature a private patio or balcony, in-unit washers and dryers, and walk-in closets.
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ELUX at Norterra
1717 W Happy Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ
1 Bedroom
$1,305
763 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,635
1146 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,890
1391 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Discover a new concept in rental living at ELUX at Norterra, where you can enjoy all the luxuries and offerings of private homeownership, in the hottest North Phoenix neighborhood, without any of the hassle.
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15 Units Available
Daybreak Place
815 E Bethany Home Rd
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$824
405 sqft
1 Bedroom
$869
559 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,139
790 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Convenient to everything Phoenix offers, while also located within a lushly landscaped community beside natural trails and parks. Amenities at the pet-friendly community include a pool and hot tub, carports, and picnic area.
Verified
13 Units Available
Daybreak Gardens
5225 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ | Arcadia
Studio
$799
422 sqft
1 Bedroom
$879
546 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$999
805 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Near downtown Phoenix, these garden apartment homes feature a lounging pool, outdoor dining and grilling areas, and carports. The interiors of the studio and one- to two-bedroom apartments offer the options of dens or patios.
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11 Units Available
Connect on Union
2311 E Union Hills Dr
Phoenix, AZ
Studio
$1,045
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,030
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,070
940 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
Under New Management! Connect on Union is proudly managed by Western Wealth Communities.
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8 Units Available
Serafina at South Mountain
11025 S 51st St
Phoenix, AZ | Ahwatukee
1 Bedroom
$1,065
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,205
966 sqft
Last updated September 25 at 03:41 AM
In-unit laundry. Recently renovated apartments. Private patio/balcony, fireplace and extra storage. On-site dog park. Swimming pool. Credit card and e-payments accepted. Conveniently located near Elliot Road and Maricopa Freeway.
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In Phoenix, the median rent is $731 for a studio, $888 for a 1-bedroom, $1,106 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,610 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 Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Phoenix is $888, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,106.
Studio
$731
1 Bed
$888
2 Beds
$1,106
3+ Beds
$1,610
City GuidePhoenix
"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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"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

September 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

Welcome to the September 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 increased moderately over the past month

Phoenix rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Phoenix stand at $888 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,107 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Phoenix's year-over-year rent growth is on par with the state average of 1.7%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

    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.

    • Gilbert has the most expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,558; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.7% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Over the past year, Surprise has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,364, while one-bedrooms go for $1,095.
    • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,107; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

    Phoenix rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

    As rents have increased slightly in Phoenix, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Phoenix is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

    • Phoenix's median two-bedroom rent of $1,107 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Phoenix's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Las Vegas (+1.6%) and Albuquerque (+0.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Phoenix than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times 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
    $890
    $1,110
    0.3%
    1.7%
    Mesa
    $930
    $1,160
    0.4%
    3.1%
    Chandler
    $1,170
    $1,460
    0.9%
    1.1%
    Glendale
    $950
    $1,190
    0.6%
    2.2%
    Scottsdale
    $1,090
    $1,360
    0.4%
    0.6%
    Gilbert
    $1,250
    $1,560
    0.8%
    4.7%
    Tempe
    $980
    $1,230
    0.8%
    -0.3%
    Peoria
    $1,190
    $1,480
    0.8%
    1.6%
    Surprise
    $1,090
    $1,360
    0.6%
    -1.5%
    Avondale
    $1,040
    $1,300
    0.7%
    3.3%
    Goodyear
    $1,200
    $1,490
    0.4%
    4.8%
    Buckeye
    $990
    $1,230
    0.1%
    1.9%
    Casa Grande
    $830
    $1,030
    0.8%
    2.6%
    Sun City
    $900
    $1,130
    1%
    0.3%
    Apache Junction
    $590
    $730
    0.1%
    1.4%
    El Mirage
    $780
    $970
    0
    0.1%
    Fountain Hills
    $1,070
    $1,330
    0.3%
    3.4%
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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

    September 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 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

    September 2020 Phoenix Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 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 increased moderately over the past month

    Phoenix rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Phoenix stand at $888 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,107 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in June. Phoenix's year-over-year rent growth is on par with the state average of 1.7%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

      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.

      • Gilbert has the most expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,558; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.7% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
      • Over the past year, Surprise has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,364, while one-bedrooms go for $1,095.
      • Phoenix proper has the least expensive rents in the Phoenix metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,107; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

      Phoenix rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

      As rents have increased slightly in Phoenix, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Phoenix is still more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

      • Phoenix's median two-bedroom rent of $1,107 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Phoenix's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Las Vegas (+1.6%) and Albuquerque (+0.8%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Phoenix than most other large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times 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
      $890
      $1,110
      0.3%
      1.7%
      Mesa
      $930
      $1,160
      0.4%
      3.1%
      Chandler
      $1,170
      $1,460
      0.9%
      1.1%
      Glendale
      $950
      $1,190
      0.6%
      2.2%
      Scottsdale
      $1,090
      $1,360
      0.4%
      0.6%
      Gilbert
      $1,250
      $1,560
      0.8%
      4.7%
      Tempe
      $980
      $1,230
      0.8%
      -0.3%
      Peoria
      $1,190
      $1,480
      0.8%
      1.6%
      Surprise
      $1,090
      $1,360
      0.6%
      -1.5%
      Avondale
      $1,040
      $1,300
      0.7%
      3.3%
      Goodyear
      $1,200
      $1,490
      0.4%
      4.8%
      Buckeye
      $990
      $1,230
      0.1%
      1.9%
      Casa Grande
      $830
      $1,030
      0.8%
      2.6%
      Sun City
      $900
      $1,130
      1%
      0.3%
      Apache Junction
      $590
      $730
      0.1%
      1.4%
      El Mirage
      $780
      $970
      0
      0.1%
      Fountain Hills
      $1,070
      $1,330
      0.3%
      3.4%
      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.