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278 Apartments for rent in West Haven, CT

Last updated December 16 at 7:52am UTC
156 Bull Hill Ln Apt B11
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 15 at 10:29am UTC
Studio
$900
15 Lettney Pl
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 13 at 11:23am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,700
113 Boston Post Road
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$950
10 Highland St Apt 1M
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 8 at 10:23am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,150
156 Bull Hill Ln Apt B10
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 8 at 10:18am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,100
5 Oak Place
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
82 Main Street
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$2,600
65 4Th Avenue
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
880 Campbell Avenue
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,000
330 Savin Avenue
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
27 Jones Street
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 16 at 5:28am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,900
118 Taft Ave
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 6 at 11:15am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
78 Homeside Ave Apt 101
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 1 at 11:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,195
92 Harding Ave
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated November 21 at 11:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
277 Park St
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated November 19 at 12:41pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
11 Scott St
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated November 15 at 11:56am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,400
39 Josephine Ave
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 15 at 10:27am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,400
139 Forest Rd
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 14 at 10:12am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$2,750
156 Park Street
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 9 at 10:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,650
12 newbern street 2nd Floor
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated December 7 at 11:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,050
837 Washington Ave. 2
West Haven
West Haven, CT
Updated November 22 at 11:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
City Guide
West Haven
West Haven, CT

Welcome to West Haven—I mean Orange—I mean New Haven. Though your new coastal Connecticut city has been known by a lot of different names, its rich history dates back to the settlement of the state. Now let’s get started on your apartment hunt so you can settle in before West Haven changes its name again.

Buckle down, West Haven

West Haven was settled in 1648 as part of the original New Haven colony. After a lot of struggle with borders of neighboring towns it underwent a series of differing incorporations until it finally became West Haven proper in 1961. It’s known as “Connecticut’s youngest city,” even though it was part of the state’s oldest settlement. Funny how these things work.

During the 1960s, West Haven developed as a bedroom community for the more industrial (and Yaley) New Haven. A buckle factory that provided the area with some of its largest industry closed, and suburban development built up in the inland areas. Though West Haven has always had financial difficulties with maintaining industries, it has always been considered relatively safe and desirable, especially when compared to New Haven.

Today in West Haven there is plenty to keep you busy. The City Center provides an urban area full of shops, bars and restaurants, while miles of beaches draw in tons of tourists and residents each year. Further inland, new development means a lot in the way of suburban living—including large box stores and malls.

Neighborhoods

Determining which West Haven neighborhood is right for you really depends on what you want. While overall the city has a more suburban feel than neighboring towns, the City Center does provide a shadow of urban living. If suburban rental homes are more your style, you’ll want to look away from the City Center and more inland.

Let’s start at the City Center. Since it’s located close to the beaches, shops, bars, and restaurants, apartments in this area can be quite pricey. There has, however, been a lot of development in downtown West Haven, so you’ll be getting a lot of bang for your buck. The closer you are to the beach, the more expensive the newer condominiums and developments will be, with two bedrooms generally ranging from $1300-1600. Further inland and just adjacent to the City Center, you’ll find older, well-maintained homes with two bedroom rentals for $1050-1300.

In general, one of the nicest sections of West Haven is considered the West Shore, which extends inland from the beaches at former amusement park Savin Rock. The West Shore also encompasses a wide swath of land up to Route 1. New condo construction along the beach has provided a variety of options for young, single renters and families alike, while older, established inland neighborhoods have several rental homes in even more suburban-feeling neighborhoods. Be aware, most West Shore residents have to go to the City Center or the east side for access to a wider variety of shopping and entertainment. Two bedrooms in West Shore can also be quite costly, generally ranging from $1400-1600.

The eastern portions of West Haven are generally considered less desirable. Because this area was not only primarily industrial, but borders on the industrial portions of New Haven as well, things can seem a bit less friendly out here. However, the neighborhoods around here are really in no way unsafe—just sort of rundown. Check for rentals just south of the University of New Haven (which paradoxically is in West Haven), and avoid the farthest east reaches of town along New Haven’s border. Two bedrooms in east West Haven are some of the most affordable in town, generally ranging from $1000-1250.

Rental Tips

In general, you’ll find West Haven’s rental market quite friendly, as there is a broad base of renters in town and a number of great apartments available. Start your apartment search 40 to 60 days before your move-in date to allow yourself plenty of time to see all the city has to offer.

You’ll most likely need to provide prospective landlords with proof of income and references, along with a small fee for background and credit checks. Deposits for most New Haven rentals are the typical first, last and security, so you’ll be paying a lot of money up front. However, many smaller apartment complexes offer move-in bonuses once you’ve signed your lease.

Getting Around

Because West Haven doesn’t have much in terms of industry, many residents commute to nearby cities for work, whether it be northeast to New Haven or southwest to Milford, Stratford and Bridgeport. Because of this, Interstate 95 can be a major pain in the butt during rush hour, which usually ranges from 6:30 to 9:00 in the morning and 4:00 to 6:30 in the evening. Try to take local routes to avoid the headache of the Interstate, especially on summer Friday evenings, as beach-seeking tourists will be flooding your route.

West Haven may not be the most convenient city in the central Connecticut coast region for public transportation. While bus service provided by Connecticut Transit will get you around town and into neighboring New Haven, the city has no Metro-North stop of its own. Instead, you’ll have to go into neighboring New Haven or Milford to catch a train to Penn Station.

So, welcome to New Haven, dear renter! Enjoy all that this Connecticut beach town has to offer!

December 2018 West Haven Rent Report

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

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Rent Report
West Haven

December 2018 West Haven Rent Report

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

West Haven rents declined significantly over the past month

West Haven rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in West Haven stand at $1,150 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,400 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. West Haven's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.6%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

Rents rising across cities in Connecticut

While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of West Haven over the past year, cities in the rest of the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in Connecticut for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.6% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Stamford is the most expensive of all Connecticut's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,910; of the 10 largest cities in Connecticut that we have data for, Meriden and Hartford, where two-bedrooms go for $1,240 and $1,090, are the two other major cities in the state besides West Haven to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.5% and -0.3%).
  • Norwalk, Middletown, and East Hartford have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.3%, 3.5%, and 3.1%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to West Haven

As rents have fallen slightly in West Haven, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, West Haven is less affordable for renters.

  • West Haven's median two-bedroom rent of $1,400 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in West Haven.
  • While rents in West Haven fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.2%), New York (+2.3%), and Denver (+1.9%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in West Haven than most large cities. For example, Detroit has a median 2BR rent of $890, where West Haven 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.

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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.