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1208 apartments for rent near Washington, DC

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$2,015
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$2,975
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$1,930
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$2,110
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$3,480
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$1,788
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$1,915
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$2,860
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$1,893
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$3,297
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$2,955
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$1,692
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$1,857
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$2,666
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$1,787
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$1,854
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$2,565
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$1,399
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$1,770
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$3,000
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$2,117
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$2,071
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$2,934
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$1,649
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$1,699
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$1,777
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$2,045
2 Bed
$2,986
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$2,387
2 Bed
$2,883
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$1,508
1 Bed
$1,843
2 Bed
$2,466
1 Bed
$1,674
2 Bed
$2,709
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$1,925
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$2,372
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City Guide
Washington
Capitol City Specifics

The apartment market is fairly consistent in DC: there exists a set of criteria and stipulations that virtually every apartment manager and landlord will follow. Memorize these brief mnemonic tips to prevent an unhappy surprise.

Lease Me, Lease Me, Say That You’ll Lease Me: No landlord worth trusting will go for less than a six month lease and a deposit of two-thirds rent. That said, most of the more upscale units should be fully furnished, so you can count on cutting some costs in your move.

Utilitarianism: Most apartment contracts around the District don’t include utilities. If your college yearbook designated you “Frugal Freddy,” budget around $250/month for a 1BR/1BA. “Indulgent Ira” can expect to pay a bit more. Penny-pinch much? Consider a room in a house (or go in on a house with some friends)—there are lots of gems in DC that power-drunk Princeton grads don’t seek out because apartmenting is perceived as less stressful. Also if you want to save a few additional dollars on utilities forgo air conditioning, however many of the new apartments include central air conditioning at no additional charge.

Car Talk: Parking in a secure garage or lot runs about $100-$200/month, if it’s an option at all. Street parking is slightly less expensive (you may obtain a Residential Parking Permit for only $15/year) if you’re a comfortable risk-taker. Though spaces are often hard to find: if you take this route, don’t plan on using your car much unless your favorite pastime is playing sardines amongst the library stacks… Also, if you have friends in Virginia or Maryland, you may want to register your car there: DC insurance is bound to be double what you’ll pay if you’re “parking” outside the Beltway.

OK Commuter: If you plan to commute anywhere else in the city, study the transit map and live within a 15 minute walk of the station. Car commuters find the DC metro freeways a major headache, and if you’re working in Virginia you can bet on 45 minutes and a protracted morning bridge-cross. Parking in the DC area can be very limited so when signing a lease ensure that your apartment building offers either a parking garage or a dedicated parking space.

Milo & Otis: As a kid, I loved watching this squatty pug and his best friend (a yellow tabby; who else?) meander through the Ohio countryside. Unfortunately, it seems DC planners and landlords weren’t so keen. Dogs are hard to keep due to the scarcity of dog parks, however many buildings offer on property dog parks and proivde specifically pet friendly apartments. Also, expect a flat fee (up to $300) and monthly pet rent (around $30/month). Be sure to ask your landlord or management company about size and breed restrictions—Otis usually passes; Butch, maybe not. Cats are almost always allowed, and usually more practical, but cats still incur the fees mentioned above.

Laundry Service: Hunt down the apartment buildings that offers in unit washer and dryer accessibility at either no extra charge or at no extra travel. If you’re not this lucky, budget around $10-15/month as well as the time needed to tote your dirties to the laundromat.

Presidential Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods are like presidents. Some are old, some new—and some are known only by their flaws. Pay due notice to what you’ve heard, but also try to explore new areas with an open mind. After all, you may find the next “diamond in the rough” by stumbling into some hip forest no one else can see for the trees.

John F. Kennedy: Mr. Popularity. We all want to be his friend. No one can recount any of the great stuff he accomplished (some influential speeches concerning civil rights?), but dang!—that man carried himself well. Elegantly manicured, Northwest DC is best described this way. Apartment-seekers flock left, right, and cross-ways to get in on the action. (Doesn’t help that it’s the largest quadrant…) The reality is that you can find most of the same amenities in a less inflated market elsewhere. Nevertheless, here’s the skinny on some of the most popular spots:

Downtown Washington, DC borders some less fashionable but historic and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. If you can stand Convention Center parking headaches, you might find a 1BD/1BA for as little as $2100/month in Chinatown.

• Outside of Downtown, Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom are where it’s at in NW. In Dupont, be prepared to pay an average of $2800-$3500/month for 2BD/2BA; you’ll be jumping for joy if you find a studio or 1BR/1BA for two-thirds of that figure. Foggy’s the choice for commuters to Downtown and Rosslyn, Va. Mind you, this is still an expensive area—studios under $1400 are unheard of. But you get what you pay for, that’s for sure.

• Everyone and their mom who can’t afford the above neighborhoods want to be in AdMo (insider slang for Adams Morgan). The upper range for studios is $2200/month; add $600/month for one bedroom / one bath units in this area.

Georgetown’s aesthetic is impeccable, but don’t get your hopes up for living in a quaint two bedroom / one bath row house down a cobblestone lane unless you can drop $3150/month. Additionally, this area is fairly impractical: commuters to Virginia will need to walk across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn, and shopping around here may be described as exclusively boutique-y.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: FDR is like the inverse of JFK. Visually boring, he set the Union on a trajectory toward modernism few would question. Everything east of N Capitol St. and north of E Capitol St. encapsulates this spirit. Classic as well as diverse, Northeast DC boasts a few gems you simply must consider:

Capitol Hill isn’t just for politicians and lobbyists. (For one thing, the historic homes are too small for these jokers!) $1600/month for a 1BD/1BA near Eastern Market.

Atlas District and Trinidad name two grimy (but equally hip) areas. The range around H St. is $900-$1200/month for 1BD/1BA and $1000-$1500/month for 2BD/1BA. Trinidad is the less expensiveof the two areas: just be careful where you land.

Brookland/Catholic University of America is probably the most economical neighborhood in NE. You may feel marooned, but in all truth the Red Line in to Capitol Hill is 10 minutes max. One can usually find a 1BD/1BA for under $1000/month (under $1500/month for a second bedroom).

Grover Cleveland: Barely worth mention, the Southwest Waterfront is the smallest of DC’s quadrants. That’s not to say there aren’t some great apartments if you love that feeling of being stranded. (No Metro stops; but you could walk to Capitol Hill and Navy Yard if you absolutely had to.) Efficiency condos start at $1400/month and luxury 1BD/1BA average $1850/month. What, did you expect some fun facts about Cleveland’s tenure? There aren’t any.

James Polk: Plagued by controversy and overall messiness (need I mention the Trail of Tears?), Polk’s presidency was brief—but hugely influential. In other words, he’s the greatest president no one ever talks about. That’s Southeast DC. Folks who live here will regale its charms: Eastern Market, Anacostia Park, and on and on.

• Historically the industrial area, Navy Yard is currently enjoying revitalization along the lines of condos and high-rises. All this competition, though, doesn’t drive the price very low: look hard and you may find a 1BD for $1500/month or a 2BD for $2000/month.

Anacostia is the Brooklyn of DC. It’s where those Navy Yard dockworkers went home to. $800/month is an average price for a 1BD/1BA; and it’s not unusual to find a 2BD unit for less than $1000/month.

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s segment of “Lives of the Presidents”… However, the best way to get a handle on these neighborhoods is to walk a mile in their shoes. Make a commitment to spending five consecutive hours in a few of these areas. Grab a meal, walk the streets (in daylight, please). Chances are, one of ‘em will charm you more than the others. Then simply choose your house and paint it white!

Rental Price Monitor
Washington
May 2015: Washington, DC Rental Price Monitor

Rent Growth: Washington DC vs the US

A 1 bedroom in the city of Washington DC averaged $1940 in May, while 2 bedrooms were $2880. This puts Washington 2 bedroom prices at nearly three times the national average. Across the entire Washington DC metro area, rents averaged $2290 for a 2 bedroom, with renters paying 20% more to live in the city itself.

Rents in the DC metro area have continued their steady year over year decline, with May 2015 rents lower than the previous year by 4.0%. By contrast, the national average for a 2 bedroom unit increased 2.7% over that same period.

Rents in Top Washington DC Suburbs

Every major DC suburb has rent prices that remain well above national averages.

  • Bethesda has been alternating with Washington DC as the most expensive suburb over the past few months and has reclaimed it in May. 1 bedrooms average $2120 and 2 bedrooms average $2930.
  • Just across the Potomac River, Arlington, VA is the second priciest suburb, averaging $1890 for a 1 bedroom, and $2490 for a 2 bedroom.
  • Washington DC’s cheapest major suburb is Suitland, 10 miles to the southeast in Maryland. A 1 bedroom there averages $1000, while a 2 bedroom averages $1160.

Top 10 Most Expensive Washington DC Neighborhoods

  • Living near the White House doesn’t come cheap. In Logan Circle - Shaw, 1 bedroom units average $2380 while 2 bedrooms cost a staggering $3890—more than 3.5 times the national average.
  • Foggy Bottom - GWU outpaced Georgetown as the second most expensive neighborhood: 2 bedrooms cost $3870 in Foggy Bottom - GWU versus $3530 in Georgetown, a nearly 10 percent difference for the nearby neighborhoods and collegiate centers.
  • Kingman Park ranked as DC’s most affordable neighborhood. A 2 bedroom there averages $1440, or 50% below city averages.

Metro Data:

City Median Price (1BR) M/M Change (1BR) Y/Y Change (1BR) Median Price (2BR) M/M Change (2BR) Y/Y Change (2 BR)
Bethesda $2120 -2.0% 0.9% $2930 -0.5% 2.3%
Washington $1940 0.8% -3.2% $2880 0.2% -4.0%
Arlington $1890 -0.6% -2.7% $2490 0.8% -4.3%
Rockville $1590 0.7% -3.7% $1900 0.3% 0.4%
Alexandria $1530 1.3% -0.5% $1870 -0.3% -2.2%
Fair Oaks $1500 3.7% 2.9% $1870 4.1% -1.2%
Silver Spring $1500 -0.9% 0.0% $1850 0.0% 2.2%
Reston $1490 -1.0% -0.8% $1720 -0.2% 1.0%
Gaithersburg $1310 0.2% 1.0% $1500 0.3% 2.2%
Suitland $1000 3.9% 8.1% $1160 -0.2% 5.6%

Neighborhood Data:

Neighborhood Median Price (1BR) Median Price (2BR)
Logan Circle - Shaw $2380 $3890
Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End $2290 $3870
Georgetown $1700 $3530
Woodley Park $2100 $3400
Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens $1890 $3380
Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown $2460 $3370
Dupont Circle $2300 $3350
U Street - Cardozo $2370 $3290
Cleveland Park $1980 $3250
Mount Vernon Square $2310 $3140
H Street - NoMa $2170 $2970
Van Ness - Forest Hills $1900 $2850
Columbia Heights $1790 $2710
SW Ballpark - Navy Yard $2030 $2700
Adams Morgan $1850 $2630
Southwest - Waterfront $1750 $2580
Glover Park $1690 $2490
Capitol Hill $1700 $2350
Chevy Chase-DC $1590 $2310
Trinidad - Langston7 $1230 $2280
Eckington $1300 $2100
Mount Pleasant $1840 $2090
Brookland $1440 $1770
Kingman Park $1010 $1440

Methodology:

Apartment List RPM data is drawn from several hundred thousand monthly listings on our site. All average prices are calculated as the median for the specified size and time period. For top city rankings, we calculated median 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom rents in 100 top cities and then ranked them by 2 bedroom rents. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, and averages are not value weighted.

Washington Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Washington ranks on:
A Plans for homeownership
A+ City satisfaction
A Confidence in the local economy
C+ Safety and crime rate
A Access to recreational activities
D Quality of schools
C+ State and local taxes
A Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Washington DC's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"DC renters report an extremely high degree of satisfaction and are particularly optimistic about the local economy," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and while DC renters are overall very satisfied, they showed lower satisfaction with safety and and the quality of local schools."

Key findings in Washington DC include the following:

  • Washington renters give their city an A+ overall, with the 7th highest grade in the country.
  • DC renters were bullish about the local economy, which earned an A and ranked in the top quartile.
  • 69% of renters plan to purchase a house or apartment in the future which is the 15th highest proportion nationwide.
  • Renters gave DC an A for access to recreational activities, possibly driven by amenities such as the National Mall, the monuments, and running and biking trails along the Potomac river.
  • DC's lowest grade is a D for quality of schools, with only 39% of respondents reporting satisfaction with local schools - this ranks 84th in the country.
  • Among Washington, DC suburbs covered in our study, Arlington scored the best with an A+, followed by Silver Spring (A-), Alexandria (B+), and College Park (C+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.