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55 1 Bedroom Apartments for rent in Brighton, CO

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Last updated December 17 at 12:19pm UTC
Results within 5 miles of Brighton, CO
Results within 10 miles of Brighton, CO
Highland Way
11310 Melody Dr
Northglenn, CO
Updated December 17 at 10:35am UTC
1 Bedroom
Sunset Peak Apartments
475 Russell Blvd
Thornton, CO
Updated December 17 at 10:35am UTC
1 Bedroom
Red Hawk Ranch
12150 Washington Center Pkwy
Thornton, CO
Updated December 16 at 6:12pm UTC
1 Bedroom

City Guide

Have you ever been swept off your feet? When you arrive in Brighton, you definitely will be. Founded in the 1870s, Brighton was originally a farming community and railroad depot. Located just over 20 miles northwest of Denver, the city has now grown into a bustling suburb area that still retains its old-town charm. Come to Brighton, by train preferably, and greet your new home.

Renting a Home in Brighton

Instead of getting all fancy with words, we'll get right to it. If you're i...

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December 2018 Brighton Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Brighton Rent Report. Brighton rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Brighton rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Renting a Home in Brighton

Instead of getting all fancy with words, we'll get right to it. If you're in the market for a one-bedroom rental home in Brighton, here are a few things to know:

  • Brighton physically covers 17.2 square miles, which is enough space to allow for growth.
  • Of all the housing units in Brighton, 16.3% are one-bedroom homes. This is relatively high and signifies that you'll have ample choices.
  • Brighton's population has been surging (it's at 37,585 people and counting). This is a testament to the town's popularity.

On top of that, you have more good news: 42.7% of the city's housing units are renter-occupied. So, even as more folks flock to this wonderful slice of paradise by the Rockies, you can still find a one-bedroom home that suits your needs. One-bedroom apartments in Brighton are typically in multi-family units and apartment buildings.

Now, let's talk about what you'll pay for a one-bedroom home in Brighton:

  • Low end: $800-$950
  • Middle range: $950-$1,200
  • High end: $1,200+

In comparison to other areas of the Denver metro region, these prices are about average. Of course, what you'll pay depends on the home's location, quality and amenities.

In general, one-bedroom homes in Brighton suit everyone from retirees looking to downsize to young professionals searching for a reasonably sized home. Know that you get more space with these units than you do in downtown Denver.

Note: Brighton isn't a small place in terms of size. So, you may want to narrow your search before you begin. Some neighborhoods to look in include:

  • City Center: Right by Canam Highway (U.S. Route 85), City Center puts you near shops, restaurants, banks and stores. There are both new and old developments with one-bedroom units here.
  • Platte Valley: You'll find some one-bedroom apartments near this southeast area of town. Living here puts you close to Platte Valley Medical Center, Prairie Center Shopping Center and Barr Lake State Park.
  • Carmichael Park: The area around this park offers quick access to schools, eateries, farmers markets and more.

Living the Good Life in Brighton

Sure, if you feel like it, you could go into Denver and explore sights like the Denver Art Museum and have a night out in the LoDo District. You can even go trek in the Rockies. But there's plenty to do in Brighton, too.

On any given day, you can have a few drinks at Copper Rail Bar and Grill, kayak on Barr Lake, relax at Benedict Park and more. Yes, Brighton knows how to show you a good time.

Making that Cash in Brighton

Those that live in Brighton find employment in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing and health care to tourism and retail. Obviously, since you're within the thriving Denver metro region, you have access to all the career opportunities here. Go out and see if you can't land the dream job.

If you already have a job in Denver or a nearby area, know you can take express public transit into Denver or buses to surrounding areas. You can also connect to the light rail system, which is super convenient for getting around town.

Rent Report

December 2018 Brighton Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2018 Brighton Rent Report. Brighton rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Brighton rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Brighton rents increase sharply over the past month

Brighton rents have increased 1.3% over the past month, and are up significantly by 4.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Brighton stand at $1,270 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,620 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Brighton's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.8%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across the Denver Metro

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

  • Broomfield has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,730, while one-bedrooms go for $1,380.
  • Over the past month, Parker has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,850, while one-bedrooms go for $1,460.
  • Denver proper has the least expensive rents in the Denver metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,340; rents fell 0.2% over the past month but rose 1.9% over the past year.
  • Thornton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Denver metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,880; rents grew 0.3% over the past month and 5.1% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brighton

As rents have increased significantly in Brighton, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Brighton is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Colorado as a whole logging rent growth of 1.8% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.5% in Fort Collins and 1.5% in Colorado Springs.
  • Brighton's median two-bedroom rent of $1,620 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 4.2% rise in Brighton.
  • While Brighton's rents rose significantly over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brighton than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, where Brighton is more than one-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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Denver $1,060 $1,340 -0.2% 1.9%
Aurora $1,230 $1,560 -0.3% 1.9%
Thornton $1,480 $1,880 0.3% 5.1%
Arvada $1,220 $1,540 0.4% 2.7%
Westminster $1,280 $1,620 0.1% 3.7%
Broomfield $1,380 $1,730 0.2% 5.5%
Parker $1,460 $1,850 -1.4% 1.2%
Littleton $1,470 $1,850 -0.0% 0.8%
Brighton $1,270 $1,620 1.3% 4.2%
Englewood $1,210 $1,530 0.7% 2.9%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

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

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


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.