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131 Apartments for rent in Walnut Creek, CA

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Check out 131 verified apartments for rent in Walnut Creek, CA with rents starting as low as $1700. Some apartments for rent in Walnut Creek might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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15Fifty5
1555 Riviera Ave
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,075
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,860
900 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 PM
Apartments in highly-walkable neighborhood. One- and two-bedroom floor plans. Community amenities include 24-hour gym, clubhouse, pool and hot tub, and package receiving service. Recently renovated units feature stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors.
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17 Units Available
Oak and Iron a Walnut Creek Collection
114 Sharene Ln
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,765
653 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,099
938 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 PM
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3 Units Available
Carmel House
1756 Carmel Dr
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
1 Bedroom
$1,975
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,275
800 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:32 PM
Boutique apartments with ceiling fans and walk-in closets. Cats and dogs allowed. On-site laundry available. Swim in the pool when free. Close to Civic Park. Near shops and restaurants downtown.
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6 Units Available
The Arroyo
1250 Arroyo Way
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
$2,305
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,540
737 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,690
1081 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Newly built homes with walk-in closets, private balconies, and quartz countertops. The pet-friendly community has bike storage, a pool, and a business center for residents. Only a mile from Mount Diablo Boulevard.
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1 Unit Available
Ygnacio Village
1295 Homestead Ave
Walnut Creek, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,005
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 23 at 09:19 AM
Modern apartments with expansive layouts and wood-burning fireplaces. Tenants get access to a pool. Run or cycle along Iron Horse Regional Trail during free time. Near Walnut Creek BART station.
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10 Units Available
Stoneridge Luxury Apartment Homes
101 Hogan Ct
Walnut Creek, CA | Diablo Hills
1 Bedroom
$2,232
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,467
958 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
An advanced and comfortable development, this complex offers a wide selection of unique amenities, including golf course views, open floor plans, pet-friendly amenities and covered onsite parking for both guests and residents.
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5 Units Available
AVE Walnut Creek
1960 N Main St
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
$2,363
630 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,822
760 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,991
1021 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
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6 Units Available
Ivy Hill
1700 Botelho Dr
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
1 Bedroom
$2,670
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,650
960 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Minutes from I-680 near restaurants and shops. This modern community offers a playground pool, gym, and hot tub. It is pet-friendly. Interior updates include hardwood floors and walk-in closets.
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18 Units Available
Lyric
1500 N California Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
$2,147
538 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,346
789 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,165
1120 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Located in Downtown Walnut Creek near Civic Park and Broadway Plaza. Interior features include kitchen islands, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and in-unit washers and dryers. Lounge, gym, and clubhouse for residents.
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9 Units Available
Park Lake at Walnut Creek
260 Park Lake Cir
Walnut Creek, CA | Bancroft Village
1 Bedroom
$2,661
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,899
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
We don't just rent apartments. From the moment you walk through the front door you'll feel the comfort and security that makes our residents happy to call us home.
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15 Units Available
The Bridge at Walnut Creek
1435 Creekside Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,999
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,395
1050 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Minutes from downtown and the Iron Horse Trail. Some of the largest units in the area. On-site amenities include a large pool, grilling area and dog park. Modern fitness center available.
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3 Units Available
Reserve at Walnut Creek
1011 Ygnacio Valley Rd
Walnut Creek, CA
Studio
$2,060
598 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,199
678 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Minutes from the BART stations and various employers. A community with a large pool and sundeck, fitness center and fantastic views. Pet-friendly. Spacious interiors with modern updates. Just a block from the Iron Horse Trail.
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7 Units Available
The Windsor
2383 N Main St
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
1 Bedroom
$2,275
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,920
1055 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Community features two roof deck lounges, landscaped grounds and easy access to Iron Horse Trail. Great location just minutes to San Francisco. Units feature granite countertops, washer and dryer, and abundant storage.
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8 Units Available
Creekside Terrace
1390 Creekside Dr
Walnut Creek, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,750
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
850 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
Come visit this garden style apartment community, we are located on the Creekside Drive of beautiful Walnut Creek.
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16 Units Available
The Retreat Apartments
1441 Creekside Dr
Walnut Creek, CA
Studio
$1,880
647 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,050
695 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,172
1008 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:31 PM
The Retreat wants to continue offering the same level of customer service, however due to the impact of COVID-19, we will be adjusting how apartment tours are conducted. We invite you to take a live virtual video tour with our leasing professionals.
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80 Units Available
Vaya
1800 Lacassie Ave
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
$2,595
638 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,695
784 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
1084 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:44 PM
Apartments have gourmet kitchens, quartz countertops, wine fridges and two-tone cabinets. Community features a resort-style pool, fitness center and sky deck. Prime location close to shopping and dining options.
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12 Units Available
The Boulders
530 N Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA
Studio
$1,865
505 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,013
628 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,376
799 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:43 PM
Bright apartments near I-680 with garden views. Recently renovated with air conditioning. Granite counters. Private balcony or patio with additional storage. Community has swimming pool and courtyard. Off-street parking.
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1 Unit Available
Mercer
1655 N California Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
1 Bedroom
$3,145
975 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:43 PM
Within walking distance to downtown Walnut Creek. Large condo-style apartments with expansive windows and in-unit laundry. Property offers a private landscaped courtyard and a 24/7 fitness center. Multiple on-site retail and dining options.
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Newell Vista Apartments
1200 Newell Hill Pl
Walnut Creek, CA | Downtown Walnut Creek
Studio
$1,700
498 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,800
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
1025 sqft
Last updated September 17 at 09:05 PM
Sun-drizzled apartments within walking distance of leafy Walnut Creek. Suites have garbage disposals, ceiling fans and air conditioning. Fitness center and high-speed internet access. Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments available.
1 Unit Available
1310 Creekside Drive
1310 Creekside Drive
Walnut Creek, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,850
1477 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:41 PM
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1 Unit Available
3072 Naranja Drive
3072 Naranja Drive
Walnut Creek, CA | Northgate
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
1946 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:41 PM
Beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home plus bonus room located in the Northgate area.One block to Foothill Middle. Three blocks to Walnut Acres Elementary. Quarter mile to Northgate High. Hardwood floors throughout the home.
1 Unit Available
2634 Baldwin Lane
2634 Baldwin Lane
Walnut Creek, CA | Larkey Park Area
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
760 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:41 PM
Wonderful remodeled 2 bedroom 1 bath ground floor unit in a small complex in Walnut Creek. This unit has been nicely updated and upgraded throughout with fresh paint and new carpet throughout. Laminate flooring in the common area.
1 Unit Available
2564 Walnut Blvd
2564 Walnut Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA | Lower Lakewood
1 Bedroom
$1,795
658 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 04:01 PM
Tae Hobson - Agt: 925-5757688 - Dream Location!!Welcome home to this updated lower unit at the highly desirable Walnut Park Community! This spacious 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom unit features gorgeous wood and tile flooring throughout.
1 Unit Available
1251 Homestead Ave
1251 Homestead Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA | Lower Lakewood
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,650
917 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 04:01 PM
Elin Matter - Agt: 925-6402717 - Highly upgraded upper floor condo offers a fantastic location! Upgraded nearly throughout! New kitchen with solid quartzite counter tops, subway stile backsplash, white cabinets, SS appliances, wood floors and

Median Rent in Walnut Creek

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Walnut Creek is $2,433, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,057.
Studio
$1,980
1 Bed
$2,433
2 Beds
$3,057
3+ Beds
$4,113
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Walnut Creek?
In Walnut Creek, the median rent is $1,980 for a studio, $2,433 for a 1-bedroom, $3,057 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,113 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Walnut Creek, check out our monthly Walnut Creek Rent Report.
How much is rent in Walnut Creek?
In Walnut Creek, the median rent is $1,980 for a studio, $2,433 for a 1-bedroom, $3,057 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,113 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Walnut Creek, check out our monthly Walnut Creek Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Walnut Creek?
You can filter cheap apartments in Walnut Creek by price: under $2,200, under $2,000, under $1,800, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Walnut Creek?
You can filter cheap apartments in Walnut Creek by price: under $2,200, under $2,000, under $1,800, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Walnut Creek?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Walnut Creek apartments that allow pets.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Walnut Creek apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Walnut Creek properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Walnut Creek properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Walnut Creek?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Walnut Creek.
How much should I pay for rent in Walnut Creek?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Walnut Creek.
How can I find off-campus housing in Walnut Creek?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Walnut Creek. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, University of California-Berkeley, and University of California-San Francisco.
How can I find off-campus housing in Walnut Creek?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Walnut Creek. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, University of California-Berkeley, and University of California-San Francisco.
City GuideWalnut Creek
This song goes out to a good friend of mine /He lives life to the fullest, (yeah) every single day /Down in Oakland /I'm gonna find them /I'm gonna get them -- From "Down in Oakland" by the Transplants
This song goes out to a good friend of mine /He lives life to the fullest, (yeah) every single day /Down in Oakland /I'm gonna find them /I'm gonna get them -- From "Down in Oakland" by the Transplants

Walnut Creek is in the East Bay part of the San Francisco Bay Area, just 15 minutes away from Oakland in Northern California. It serves its purpose as an Oakland suburb for those who want to work in a big city but live in a smaller area. If living life to the fullest sounds good to you, check out the rental options here before you decide whether you want to join the growing number of residents who call Walnut Creek home.

Moving to the Creek

In Walnut Creek, around 62% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 31% are rental homes. This is in line with the national average when it comes to the percentage of rental housing. But only about 7% of those homes are vacant, and that's well below the average in this country, which means this is a popular city to live in! Instead of dwelling on the competition you'll have as you look for homes, try thinking about how awesome this city must be to have that kind of vacancy rate. No, it might not help you find a home, but it could lift your spirits a bit during your length search for rental property, right?

The cost of living in this city is about two-thirds higher than anywhere else, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a rental. Actually, you'll pay thousands of pennies, so you might want to keep your coins and just pay in paper money, instead. Homes here cost a little more than double the national average, yet they tend to be a little older than the typical house in this country. This could bode well for you if you're a handyman who likes fixer-uppers, or if you just appreciate a good haunting in a historic house. If this isn't the case, be sure to find a home with a really responsive landlord who is willing to pay close attention to your maintenance requests! A well-kept, nicely remodeled home could work, too.

In a competitive rental market, you need all the help you can get. Focus on what you have to offer landlords. If it's not a great credit score or spotless rental history, make it your positive attitude and willingness to slap down a hefty deposit. Showing off your lack of destructive pets or equally destructive roommates might help your odds, as well. If you actually do have destructive pets or roommates who will be living with you, you might need to rely on your great attitude a bit more, or at least increase your deposit!

Moving to the Creek
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In Walnut Creek, around 62% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 31% are rental homes. This is in line with the national average when it comes to the percentage of rental housing. But only about 7% of those homes are vacant, and that's well below the average in this country, which means this is a popular city to live in! Instead of dwelling on the competition you'll have as you look for homes, try thinking about how awesome this city must be to have that kind of vacancy rate. No, it might not help you find a home, but it could lift your spirits a bit during your length search for rental property, right?

The cost of living in this city is about two-thirds higher than anywhere else, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a rental. Actually, you'll pay thousands of pennies, so you might want to keep your coins and just pay in paper money, instead. Homes here cost a little more than double the national average, yet they tend to be a little older than the typical house in this country. This could bode well for you if you're a handyman who likes fixer-uppers, or if you just appreciate a good haunting in a historic house. If this isn't the case, be sure to find a home with a really responsive landlord who is willing to pay close attention to your maintenance requests! A well-kept, nicely remodeled home could work, too.

In a competitive rental market, you need all the help you can get. Focus on what you have to offer landlords. If it's not a great credit score or spotless rental history, make it your positive attitude and willingness to slap down a hefty deposit. Showing off your lack of destructive pets or equally destructive roommates might help your odds, as well. If you actually do have destructive pets or roommates who will be living with you, you might need to rely on your great attitude a bit more, or at least increase your deposit!

Neighborhood Watch

This city has an interesting mix of new and historic neighborhoods, so practically anyone should find what they need when it comes to housing here. Check out some of the most popular areas in Walnut Creek.

Beacon Ridge: If you're looking for a townhome, check out this area, which is full of this type of housing. It is located in the northwestern part of the city near both Highways 24 and 680, and most of the townhomes here were built more than 20 years ago. Way before DVRs! This gated community features tennis courts, walking trails, a pool, and hiking trails that connect to the Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail System, so there's no excuse to avoid outdoor activities when you move here.$$$

Woodlands: If you want to live in affordable housing in the north area of the city, check out Woodlands. It is surrounded by lush hills and plenty of shade trees, with shopping centers and schools nearby. $$$

Diablo Hills: This subdivision near the center of the city has a mixture of houses and attached homes, some of which overlook the golf course located here. Watch out for flying golf clubs!$$$

Joaquin Ranch: If you want to live in the southern portion of the city, give Joaquin Ranch a look. The location is known for being picturesque, with the homes being nestled in the foothills here. $$$$

Lakewood: Located in Central Walnut Creek near the downtown area, this neighborhood is known for having plenty of trees, hills, and of course, a lake. It is also close to shopping centers, schools, and Highway 680. $$$$

Bancroft Village: This is another area made up of townhomes, so if you don't need much space to call your own and want to save some money, check out Bancroft Village. It is conveniently close to busy shopping plazas and peaceful parks. $$$

Blackwood Estates: If you want a slightly newer home to rent in South Walnut Creek, this area might be a perfect fit. This subdivision is fairly small, so be prepared to get to know your neighbors quite well.$$$$

Livorna Estates: This area is near lots of elements that Mother Nature used when she built Walnut Creek. She's resourceful like that. Just a few examples of what's close by include Sugarloaf Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Mount Diablo, and Iron Horse Trail. Clearly, open space is the name of the game, which makes sense because this city owns more of it per capita than any other place in California. But just in case the weather isn't great, you can still entertain yourself indoors with the many stores, restaurants, and large movie theater nearby. $$$

Almond-Shuey: No, this isn't a candy bar; it's actually the oldest neighborhood in this city. It is located downtown, with a good mix of townhomes, duplexes, apartments, and small houses. Most of them were built in the 1920s, though many have been remodeled since then. If you want to live in the middle of all the action and don't mind smaller, historic properties, check out this area. $$$

Neighborhood Watch
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This city has an interesting mix of new and historic neighborhoods, so practically anyone should find what they need when it comes to housing here. Check out some of the most popular areas in Walnut Creek.

Beacon Ridge: If you're looking for a townhome, check out this area, which is full of this type of housing. It is located in the northwestern part of the city near both Highways 24 and 680, and most of the townhomes here were built more than 20 years ago. Way before DVRs! This gated community features tennis courts, walking trails, a pool, and hiking trails that connect to the Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail System, so there's no excuse to avoid outdoor activities when you move here.$$$

Woodlands: If you want to live in affordable housing in the north area of the city, check out Woodlands. It is surrounded by lush hills and plenty of shade trees, with shopping centers and schools nearby. $$$

Diablo Hills: This subdivision near the center of the city has a mixture of houses and attached homes, some of which overlook the golf course located here. Watch out for flying golf clubs!$$$

Joaquin Ranch: If you want to live in the southern portion of the city, give Joaquin Ranch a look. The location is known for being picturesque, with the homes being nestled in the foothills here. $$$$

Lakewood: Located in Central Walnut Creek near the downtown area, this neighborhood is known for having plenty of trees, hills, and of course, a lake. It is also close to shopping centers, schools, and Highway 680. $$$$

Bancroft Village: This is another area made up of townhomes, so if you don't need much space to call your own and want to save some money, check out Bancroft Village. It is conveniently close to busy shopping plazas and peaceful parks. $$$

Blackwood Estates: If you want a slightly newer home to rent in South Walnut Creek, this area might be a perfect fit. This subdivision is fairly small, so be prepared to get to know your neighbors quite well.$$$$

Livorna Estates: This area is near lots of elements that Mother Nature used when she built Walnut Creek. She's resourceful like that. Just a few examples of what's close by include Sugarloaf Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Mount Diablo, and Iron Horse Trail. Clearly, open space is the name of the game, which makes sense because this city owns more of it per capita than any other place in California. But just in case the weather isn't great, you can still entertain yourself indoors with the many stores, restaurants, and large movie theater nearby. $$$

Almond-Shuey: No, this isn't a candy bar; it's actually the oldest neighborhood in this city. It is located downtown, with a good mix of townhomes, duplexes, apartments, and small houses. Most of them were built in the 1920s, though many have been remodeled since then. If you want to live in the middle of all the action and don't mind smaller, historic properties, check out this area. $$$

Living up Walnut Creek

The typical commute time here is 34 minutes, which is six minutes more than the national average. Okay, so you won't be living next door to your job. However, San Francisco has rubbed off on this suburb in one way: the public transportation is better than average. In fact, about 14% of residents take advantage of it, compared to about 5% in the rest of the country.

This means you can possibly get by without a car here, as long as you know where the two BART stations are. No, not Homer and Marge's son. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and there is a station in Walnut Creek and nearby Pleasant Hill. The rail system can take you around the city and to neighboring areas, including Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.

If you're looking for things to do here, take note that most of the attractions are outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. Heather Farm Park is one example of a popular attraction, since it has gardens, a swim center, a dog park, tennis courts, and even an equestrian center. Mount Diablo offers great views and hiking trails, while golf courses, museums, and shopping centers keep everyone else busy in this city. And then there's always the chance to take day trips to San Francisco, which is only about a half hour away!

Living up Walnut Creek
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The typical commute time here is 34 minutes, which is six minutes more than the national average. Okay, so you won't be living next door to your job. However, San Francisco has rubbed off on this suburb in one way: the public transportation is better than average. In fact, about 14% of residents take advantage of it, compared to about 5% in the rest of the country.

This means you can possibly get by without a car here, as long as you know where the two BART stations are. No, not Homer and Marge's son. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and there is a station in Walnut Creek and nearby Pleasant Hill. The rail system can take you around the city and to neighboring areas, including Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.

If you're looking for things to do here, take note that most of the attractions are outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. Heather Farm Park is one example of a popular attraction, since it has gardens, a swim center, a dog park, tennis courts, and even an equestrian center. Mount Diablo offers great views and hiking trails, while golf courses, museums, and shopping centers keep everyone else busy in this city. And then there's always the chance to take day trips to San Francisco, which is only about a half hour away!

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City GuideWalnut Creek
This song goes out to a good friend of mine /He lives life to the fullest, (yeah) every single day /Down in Oakland /I'm gonna find them /I'm gonna get them -- From "Down in Oakland" by the Transplants
This song goes out to a good friend of mine /He lives life to the fullest, (yeah) every single day /Down in Oakland /I'm gonna find them /I'm gonna get them -- From "Down in Oakland" by the Transplants

Walnut Creek is in the East Bay part of the San Francisco Bay Area, just 15 minutes away from Oakland in Northern California. It serves its purpose as an Oakland suburb for those who want to work in a big city but live in a smaller area. If living life to the fullest sounds good to you, check out the rental options here before you decide whether you want to join the growing number of residents who call Walnut Creek home.

Moving to the Creek

In Walnut Creek, around 62% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 31% are rental homes. This is in line with the national average when it comes to the percentage of rental housing. But only about 7% of those homes are vacant, and that's well below the average in this country, which means this is a popular city to live in! Instead of dwelling on the competition you'll have as you look for homes, try thinking about how awesome this city must be to have that kind of vacancy rate. No, it might not help you find a home, but it could lift your spirits a bit during your length search for rental property, right?

The cost of living in this city is about two-thirds higher than anywhere else, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a rental. Actually, you'll pay thousands of pennies, so you might want to keep your coins and just pay in paper money, instead. Homes here cost a little more than double the national average, yet they tend to be a little older than the typical house in this country. This could bode well for you if you're a handyman who likes fixer-uppers, or if you just appreciate a good haunting in a historic house. If this isn't the case, be sure to find a home with a really responsive landlord who is willing to pay close attention to your maintenance requests! A well-kept, nicely remodeled home could work, too.

In a competitive rental market, you need all the help you can get. Focus on what you have to offer landlords. If it's not a great credit score or spotless rental history, make it your positive attitude and willingness to slap down a hefty deposit. Showing off your lack of destructive pets or equally destructive roommates might help your odds, as well. If you actually do have destructive pets or roommates who will be living with you, you might need to rely on your great attitude a bit more, or at least increase your deposit!

Moving to the Creek
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In Walnut Creek, around 62% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 31% are rental homes. This is in line with the national average when it comes to the percentage of rental housing. But only about 7% of those homes are vacant, and that's well below the average in this country, which means this is a popular city to live in! Instead of dwelling on the competition you'll have as you look for homes, try thinking about how awesome this city must be to have that kind of vacancy rate. No, it might not help you find a home, but it could lift your spirits a bit during your length search for rental property, right?

The cost of living in this city is about two-thirds higher than anywhere else, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a rental. Actually, you'll pay thousands of pennies, so you might want to keep your coins and just pay in paper money, instead. Homes here cost a little more than double the national average, yet they tend to be a little older than the typical house in this country. This could bode well for you if you're a handyman who likes fixer-uppers, or if you just appreciate a good haunting in a historic house. If this isn't the case, be sure to find a home with a really responsive landlord who is willing to pay close attention to your maintenance requests! A well-kept, nicely remodeled home could work, too.

In a competitive rental market, you need all the help you can get. Focus on what you have to offer landlords. If it's not a great credit score or spotless rental history, make it your positive attitude and willingness to slap down a hefty deposit. Showing off your lack of destructive pets or equally destructive roommates might help your odds, as well. If you actually do have destructive pets or roommates who will be living with you, you might need to rely on your great attitude a bit more, or at least increase your deposit!

Neighborhood Watch

This city has an interesting mix of new and historic neighborhoods, so practically anyone should find what they need when it comes to housing here. Check out some of the most popular areas in Walnut Creek.

Beacon Ridge: If you're looking for a townhome, check out this area, which is full of this type of housing. It is located in the northwestern part of the city near both Highways 24 and 680, and most of the townhomes here were built more than 20 years ago. Way before DVRs! This gated community features tennis courts, walking trails, a pool, and hiking trails that connect to the Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail System, so there's no excuse to avoid outdoor activities when you move here.$$$

Woodlands: If you want to live in affordable housing in the north area of the city, check out Woodlands. It is surrounded by lush hills and plenty of shade trees, with shopping centers and schools nearby. $$$

Diablo Hills: This subdivision near the center of the city has a mixture of houses and attached homes, some of which overlook the golf course located here. Watch out for flying golf clubs!$$$

Joaquin Ranch: If you want to live in the southern portion of the city, give Joaquin Ranch a look. The location is known for being picturesque, with the homes being nestled in the foothills here. $$$$

Lakewood: Located in Central Walnut Creek near the downtown area, this neighborhood is known for having plenty of trees, hills, and of course, a lake. It is also close to shopping centers, schools, and Highway 680. $$$$

Bancroft Village: This is another area made up of townhomes, so if you don't need much space to call your own and want to save some money, check out Bancroft Village. It is conveniently close to busy shopping plazas and peaceful parks. $$$

Blackwood Estates: If you want a slightly newer home to rent in South Walnut Creek, this area might be a perfect fit. This subdivision is fairly small, so be prepared to get to know your neighbors quite well.$$$$

Livorna Estates: This area is near lots of elements that Mother Nature used when she built Walnut Creek. She's resourceful like that. Just a few examples of what's close by include Sugarloaf Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Mount Diablo, and Iron Horse Trail. Clearly, open space is the name of the game, which makes sense because this city owns more of it per capita than any other place in California. But just in case the weather isn't great, you can still entertain yourself indoors with the many stores, restaurants, and large movie theater nearby. $$$

Almond-Shuey: No, this isn't a candy bar; it's actually the oldest neighborhood in this city. It is located downtown, with a good mix of townhomes, duplexes, apartments, and small houses. Most of them were built in the 1920s, though many have been remodeled since then. If you want to live in the middle of all the action and don't mind smaller, historic properties, check out this area. $$$

Neighborhood Watch
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This city has an interesting mix of new and historic neighborhoods, so practically anyone should find what they need when it comes to housing here. Check out some of the most popular areas in Walnut Creek.

Beacon Ridge: If you're looking for a townhome, check out this area, which is full of this type of housing. It is located in the northwestern part of the city near both Highways 24 and 680, and most of the townhomes here were built more than 20 years ago. Way before DVRs! This gated community features tennis courts, walking trails, a pool, and hiking trails that connect to the Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail System, so there's no excuse to avoid outdoor activities when you move here.$$$

Woodlands: If you want to live in affordable housing in the north area of the city, check out Woodlands. It is surrounded by lush hills and plenty of shade trees, with shopping centers and schools nearby. $$$

Diablo Hills: This subdivision near the center of the city has a mixture of houses and attached homes, some of which overlook the golf course located here. Watch out for flying golf clubs!$$$

Joaquin Ranch: If you want to live in the southern portion of the city, give Joaquin Ranch a look. The location is known for being picturesque, with the homes being nestled in the foothills here. $$$$

Lakewood: Located in Central Walnut Creek near the downtown area, this neighborhood is known for having plenty of trees, hills, and of course, a lake. It is also close to shopping centers, schools, and Highway 680. $$$$

Bancroft Village: This is another area made up of townhomes, so if you don't need much space to call your own and want to save some money, check out Bancroft Village. It is conveniently close to busy shopping plazas and peaceful parks. $$$

Blackwood Estates: If you want a slightly newer home to rent in South Walnut Creek, this area might be a perfect fit. This subdivision is fairly small, so be prepared to get to know your neighbors quite well.$$$$

Livorna Estates: This area is near lots of elements that Mother Nature used when she built Walnut Creek. She's resourceful like that. Just a few examples of what's close by include Sugarloaf Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Mount Diablo, and Iron Horse Trail. Clearly, open space is the name of the game, which makes sense because this city owns more of it per capita than any other place in California. But just in case the weather isn't great, you can still entertain yourself indoors with the many stores, restaurants, and large movie theater nearby. $$$

Almond-Shuey: No, this isn't a candy bar; it's actually the oldest neighborhood in this city. It is located downtown, with a good mix of townhomes, duplexes, apartments, and small houses. Most of them were built in the 1920s, though many have been remodeled since then. If you want to live in the middle of all the action and don't mind smaller, historic properties, check out this area. $$$

Living up Walnut Creek

The typical commute time here is 34 minutes, which is six minutes more than the national average. Okay, so you won't be living next door to your job. However, San Francisco has rubbed off on this suburb in one way: the public transportation is better than average. In fact, about 14% of residents take advantage of it, compared to about 5% in the rest of the country.

This means you can possibly get by without a car here, as long as you know where the two BART stations are. No, not Homer and Marge's son. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and there is a station in Walnut Creek and nearby Pleasant Hill. The rail system can take you around the city and to neighboring areas, including Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.

If you're looking for things to do here, take note that most of the attractions are outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. Heather Farm Park is one example of a popular attraction, since it has gardens, a swim center, a dog park, tennis courts, and even an equestrian center. Mount Diablo offers great views and hiking trails, while golf courses, museums, and shopping centers keep everyone else busy in this city. And then there's always the chance to take day trips to San Francisco, which is only about a half hour away!

Living up Walnut Creek
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The typical commute time here is 34 minutes, which is six minutes more than the national average. Okay, so you won't be living next door to your job. However, San Francisco has rubbed off on this suburb in one way: the public transportation is better than average. In fact, about 14% of residents take advantage of it, compared to about 5% in the rest of the country.

This means you can possibly get by without a car here, as long as you know where the two BART stations are. No, not Homer and Marge's son. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and there is a station in Walnut Creek and nearby Pleasant Hill. The rail system can take you around the city and to neighboring areas, including Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.

If you're looking for things to do here, take note that most of the attractions are outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. Heather Farm Park is one example of a popular attraction, since it has gardens, a swim center, a dog park, tennis courts, and even an equestrian center. Mount Diablo offers great views and hiking trails, while golf courses, museums, and shopping centers keep everyone else busy in this city. And then there's always the chance to take day trips to San Francisco, which is only about a half hour away!

Rent Report
Walnut Creek

September 2020 Walnut Creek Rent Report

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

Walnut Creek rents declined significantly over the past month

Walnut Creek rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Walnut Creek stand at $2,434 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,057 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Walnut Creek's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Walnut Creek over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 5.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,956, while one-bedrooms go for $2,353.
    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,767, while one-bedrooms go for $2,202.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,362; rents went down 1.0% over the past month and 2.6% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,181; rents decreased 0.4% over the past month and 3.2% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Walnut Creek

    As rents have fallen significantly in Walnut Creek, a few large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Walnut Creek is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
    • Walnut Creek's median two-bedroom rent of $3,057 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Walnut Creek fell significantly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Walnut Creek than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, where Walnut Creek is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

    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
    San Francisco
    $2,350
    $2,960
    -1.5%
    -5.6%
    Oakland
    $1,740
    $2,180
    -0.4%
    -3.2%
    Fremont
    $2,960
    $3,720
    -0.4%
    -1.5%
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,800
    -0.1%
    1.7%
    Concord
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.3%
    -2.9%
    Berkeley
    $2,080
    $2,610
    -0.7%
    0.2%
    Richmond
    $2,200
    $2,770
    0.2%
    3.4%
    Antioch
    $2,600
    $3,270
    0
    1.1%
    Daly City
    $2,610
    $3,280
    -0.6%
    -1.1%
    San Mateo
    $3,470
    $4,360
    -1%
    -2.6%
    Livermore
    $2,270
    $2,850
    -0.3%
    -2.4%
    Redwood City
    $2,730
    $3,430
    -1.1%
    -3.7%
    San Ramon
    $3,010
    $3,780
    0.2%
    -1.4%
    Pleasanton
    $2,870
    $3,610
    0
    -3.8%
    Union City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -1.1%
    -2.8%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,430
    $3,060
    -0.5%
    -1.9%
    South San Francisco
    $2,560
    $3,210
    -1.8%
    -5.4%
    Pittsburg
    $2,570
    $3,230
    0.4%
    -0.9%
    San Rafael
    $2,540
    $3,190
    0.3%
    0.4%
    Novato
    $2,630
    $3,310
    0.6%
    -2.5%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,800
    -0.3%
    -0.8%
    San Bruno
    $2,710
    $3,410
    -1.4%
    1%
    Pacifica
    $3,020
    $3,800
    -0.6%
    0.2%
    Martinez
    $2,490
    $3,120
    0.3%
    1%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,750
    $3,460
    0.1%
    3.1%
    Burlingame
    $2,660
    $3,340
    -1.3%
    2.3%
    Belmont
    $2,780
    $3,490
    -1.1%
    -1.1%
    Emeryville
    $2,320
    $2,910
    -1.3%
    -5%
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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 Walnut Creek Rent Report

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

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Walnut Creek Rent Report

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

    Walnut Creek rents declined significantly over the past month

    Walnut Creek rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Walnut Creek stand at $2,434 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,057 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Walnut Creek's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Walnut Creek over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 5.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,956, while one-bedrooms go for $2,353.
      • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,767, while one-bedrooms go for $2,202.
      • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,362; rents went down 1.0% over the past month and 2.6% over the past year.
      • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,181; rents decreased 0.4% over the past month and 3.2% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Walnut Creek

      As rents have fallen significantly in Walnut Creek, a few large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Walnut Creek is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
      • Walnut Creek's median two-bedroom rent of $3,057 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Walnut Creek fell significantly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Walnut Creek than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, where Walnut Creek is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

      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
      San Francisco
      $2,350
      $2,960
      -1.5%
      -5.6%
      Oakland
      $1,740
      $2,180
      -0.4%
      -3.2%
      Fremont
      $2,960
      $3,720
      -0.4%
      -1.5%
      Hayward
      $2,230
      $2,800
      -0.1%
      1.7%
      Concord
      $2,420
      $3,040
      0.3%
      -2.9%
      Berkeley
      $2,080
      $2,610
      -0.7%
      0.2%
      Richmond
      $2,200
      $2,770
      0.2%
      3.4%
      Antioch
      $2,600
      $3,270
      0
      1.1%
      Daly City
      $2,610
      $3,280
      -0.6%
      -1.1%
      San Mateo
      $3,470
      $4,360
      -1%
      -2.6%
      Livermore
      $2,270
      $2,850
      -0.3%
      -2.4%
      Redwood City
      $2,730
      $3,430
      -1.1%
      -3.7%
      San Ramon
      $3,010
      $3,780
      0.2%
      -1.4%
      Pleasanton
      $2,870
      $3,610
      0
      -3.8%
      Union City
      $2,750
      $3,450
      -1.1%
      -2.8%
      Walnut Creek
      $2,430
      $3,060
      -0.5%
      -1.9%
      South San Francisco
      $2,560
      $3,210
      -1.8%
      -5.4%
      Pittsburg
      $2,570
      $3,230
      0.4%
      -0.9%
      San Rafael
      $2,540
      $3,190
      0.3%
      0.4%
      Novato
      $2,630
      $3,310
      0.6%
      -2.5%
      Dublin
      $3,030
      $3,800
      -0.3%
      -0.8%
      San Bruno
      $2,710
      $3,410
      -1.4%
      1%
      Pacifica
      $3,020
      $3,800
      -0.6%
      0.2%
      Martinez
      $2,490
      $3,120
      0.3%
      1%
      Pleasant Hill
      $2,750
      $3,460
      0.1%
      3.1%
      Burlingame
      $2,660
      $3,340
      -1.3%
      2.3%
      Belmont
      $2,780
      $3,490
      -1.1%
      -1.1%
      Emeryville
      $2,320
      $2,910
      -1.3%
      -5%
      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.