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646 apartments for rent in Washington, DC

Last updated September 24 at 10:07PM
5333 Connecticut
5333 Connecticut Ave NW
Updated September 24 at 5:05PM
Studio
$1,879
1 Bed
$2,150
2 Bed
$3,250
Dock 79
79 Potomac Ave SE
Updated September 24 at 7:22PM
Studio
$1,915
1 Bed
$1,995
2 Bed
$2,790
The Hepburn
1901 Connecticut Ave NW
Updated September 24 at 5:09PM
Studio
$2,610
1 Bed
$2,760
2 Bed
$4,660
The Apollo
600 H St NE
Updated September 24 at 5:08PM
Studio
$1,875
1 Bed
$2,220
2 Bed
$3,320
Meridian at Mt. Vernon Triangle
425 L St NW
Updated September 24 at 7:19PM
Studio
$1,965
1 Bed
$2,155
2 Bed
$3,220
The Hecht Warehouse at Ivy City
1401 New York Ave NE
Updated September 24 at 5:07PM
Studio
$1,825
1 Bed
$2,105
2 Bed
$2,400
The Berkshire
4201 Massachusetts Ave NW
Updated September 24 at 7:22PM
Studio
$1,450
1 Bed
$1,705
2 Bed
$3,000
Flats 130 At Constitution Square
130 M St NE
Updated September 24 at 5:06PM
Studio
$1,746
1 Bed
$1,852
2 Bed
$2,705
Willow & Maple
6918 Maple St NW
Updated September 24 at 5:08PM
Studio
$1,705
1 Bed
$1,880
2 Bed
$2,400
Flats at Atlas
1600 Maryland Ave NE
Updated September 24 at 7:25PM
Studio
$1,572
1 Bed
$1,658
2 Bed
$2,469
Avalon First + M
1160 1st St NE
Updated September 24 at 9:40PM
Studio
$1,815
1 Bed
$2,170
2 Bed
$2,495
1500 Mass
1500 Massachusetts Ave NW
Updated September 24 at 10:06PM
Studio
$1,580
1 Bed
$2,040
Monroe Street Market
716 Monroe St NE
Updated September 24 at 5:06PM
Studio
$2,109
1 Bed
$1,761
2 Bed
$3,088
Elevation at Washington Gateway
100 Florida Ave NE
Updated September 24 at 5:07PM
Studio
$1,732
1 Bed
$1,818
2 Bed
$2,648
425 Mass
425 Massachusetts Ave NW
Updated September 24 at 10:06PM
Studio
$1,880
1 Bed
$2,100
2 Bed
$3,805
City Market at O Street
880 P St NW
Updated September 24 at 5:05PM
Studio
$1,853
1 Bed
$2,135
2 Bed
$3,246
Quebec House
2800 Quebec St NW
Updated September 24 at 2:34PM
Studio
$1,620
1 Bed
$2,180
2 Bed
$3,215
70 Capitol Yards
70 I St SE
Updated September 22 at 5:47PM
Studio
$1,579
1 Bed
$2,193
2 Bed
$2,514
Onyx on First
1100 1st St SE
Updated September 24 at 5:08PM
Studio
$1,998
1 Bed
$1,772
2 Bed
$2,475
3003 Van Ness
3003 Van Ness St NW
Updated September 24 at 10:07PM
Studio
$1,630
1 Bed
$2,150
2 Bed
$2,585
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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!

Rent Report
Washington
September 2016 Washington, DC Rent Report

Washington DC rents decreased by 0.4%

DC rents decreased by 0.4% between July and August and are up 4.1% year-over-year. A 1-bedroom in DC has a median rent of $2,210, while 2-bedrooms cost $3,100.

Foggy Bottom is the most expensive neighborhood in DC for renters

  • Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End: Once again, Foggy Bottom is DC’s most expensive neighborhood for renters. 2-bedrooms here cost $4,500, and 1-bedrooms go for $2,750. Rents fell 0.8% between July and August.
  • Mount Vernon Square: Mount Vernon Square has the 3rd highest rents in DC. 2-bedrooms have a median rent of $3,600, while 1-bedrooms cost $2,530. Mount Vernon Square also shows the 3rd highest rent growth, up 7.1% over August 2015.
  • Dupont Circle: Dupont Circle takes 4th place for most expensive DC neighborhood for renters. 1- and 2-bedrooms have a median rent of $2,450 and $3,450, respectively.

Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens shows the most growth

  • Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens: Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens has the highest year-over-year rent increases of any DC neighborhood, up 8.1% over August 2015. A 2-bedroom there has a median rent of $3,300, while a 1-bed runs $2,020.
  • H Street - NoMa: H-Street takes 2nd place for most rent growth in DC, with rents up 7.7% over the past year. 2-bedrooms in H Street - NoMa rent for $2,970, and 1-bedrooms have a median price of $2,300.
  • U Street - Cardozo: U Street shows the 6th largest rent increases, up 4.1% year-over-year. U-Street 2-bedrooms have a median rent price of $3,340.

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.

Neighborhood Median 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Foggy Bottom - GWU $2750 $4500 -0.8% 4.4%
Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown $2680 $3800 0.5% 3.7%
Mount Vernon Square $2530 $3600 -0.5% 7.1%
Dupont Circle $2450 $3450 1.6% 0.9%
Woodley Park $2260 $3410 -1.3% 1.6%
U Street - Cardozo $2710 $3340 -1.3% 4.1%
Cathedral - Wesley Heights $2020 $3300 -1.5% 8.1%
H Street - NoMa $2300 $2970 -1.7% 7.7%
Columbia Heights $2100 $2880 0.0% 2.7%
Van Ness - Forest Hills $1980 $2830 0.7% 4.9%

Methodology:

Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

Washington Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Washington ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
C Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
D Affordability
C- Quality of schools
B- Weather
B Commute time
C- State and local taxes
A Public transit
D Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Washington DC from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in DC seem to be very satisfied with their city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave average or above average scores in many categories, though they would like to see some changes in others.”

Key findings in DC include the following:

  • DC renters gave their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Washington DC were its local jobs and career opportunities and access to public transit, which both received A’s.
  • Other well-rated categories included commute times (B), weather (B-), and access to parks (B+).
  • Some of the larger concerns for DC renters included quality of local schools (C-), state and local taxes (C-), safety (C), and affordability/cost of living (D).
  • Millennial renters seem to be relatively well satisfied with life in Washington DC, with this specific group giving the area a B+ overall.
  • Relative to other cities like New York (B) and Philadelphia (B), DC did quite well, and came in close behind other cities like Boston (A+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.