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1841 Columbia
1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,595
1 Bedroom
$1,930
2 Bedrooms
$2,699
Distinctive green community just blocks from Dupont Circle. Controlled access building with a concierge and elevator. Spacious units with large windows, custom cabinets, high ceilings, and natural stone countertops.
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Park Road Courts
1346 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
$1,950
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
Located just moments from the Target shopping center and Powell Recreation Center, this community offers green cleaning and recycling facilities. Units equipped with hardwood flooring, large carpets, and high ceilings.
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450K
450 K St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
Studio
$1,885
1 Bedroom
$2,165
2 Bedrooms
$3,285
Thoughtfully designed apartments in Mount Vernon Triangle, a trendy neighborhood in downtown Washington, D.C. Floor plans feature Washington Monument views. Amenities include a rooftop deck and lap pool, residents' lounge, fitness center, and zen garden.
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AdMo Heights
1777 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,999
1 Bedroom
$2,634
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The Palisades
1464 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,725
Located between Rhode Island Ave NW and N St NW near Thomas Circle Park. Experience granite counters, hardwood floors and dishwasher in every unit. Recently renovated pet-friendly property offers convenient amenities, including BBQ grill and parking.
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Park Meridian
2637 16th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,520
1 Bedroom
$1,995
Adams Morgan area, in walking distance to Meridian Hill Park. Unique studio and one-bedroom floor plans have hardwood floors, walk-in closets, patio/balcony and on-site laundry. Garage, parking and elevator. Pet-friendly residence.
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The Argonne
1629 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:04pm
Studio
$1,941
1 Bedroom
$2,429
2 Bedrooms
$3,824
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Calvert Woodley
2601 Woodley Pl NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 02:51pm
Studio
$1,797
1 Bedroom
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Experience life in the leafy Woodley Park neighborhood. Public transit access is nearby, with the Metro just a block away. Enjoy spacious apartments, complete with hardwood floors and a recently renovated kitchen.
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Frequency
4000 Brandywine St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 02:02pm
Studio
$1,599
1 Bedroom
$1,995
2 Bedrooms
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Just minutes from American University and public transportation. Select from several floor plans. Homes offer quartz countertops and keyless entry. A spacious rooftop deck with incredible views. Near Whole Foods and Starbucks.
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The Arbor
3230 7th St NE
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,915
University-adjacent apartments in Brookland, steps from Metro, shopping, dining and entertainment. Apartments have dishwashers, walk-in closets, lots of storage. On-site playground, pool, tennis, gym and media room. Pets are welcome.
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Brookland Ridge Apartments
400 Taylor St NE
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
$1,520
2 Bedrooms
$2,005
3 Bedrooms
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Located near educational institutions of all types, this community also provides easy access to Washington D.C.'s famous dining, shopping and entertainment venues. Tennis court and on-site gym make it easy to stay in shape.
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The Metropolitan
200 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 05:19pm
Studio
$1,570
1 Bedroom
$1,870
2 Bedrooms
$2,225
Located just minutes from the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. Art Deco-style 1- and 2-bedroom apartment homes featuring gourmet kitchens and private balconies or patios. Community amenities include a fitness center, courtyard and pet spa.
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Yale West
443 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
Studio
$1,891
1 Bedroom
$2,291
2 Bedrooms
$2,998
Washington D.C. atmosphere comes alive at Yale West on New York Avenue. Studio, one- and two-bedrooms with modern kitchens, granite counters, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Pet-friendly community with pool, fitness center and easy access to I-395.
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The Barclay
1616 16th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
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1 Bedroom
$2,150
2 Bedrooms
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This community features a classic look with white pillars and landscaped yards. Each unit features upscale decor. Located near historic Dupont Circle, apartment residents can enjoy local shopping and entertainment.
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The Parkway
3220 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,530
1 Bedroom
$1,799
The Parkway is located in Rock Creek Park, within walking distance of the Metro station and downtown. Units offer on-site laundry, granite counters and hardwood floors.
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3801 Connecticut Avenue
3801 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
Studio
$1,650
1 Bedroom
$1,999
Newly renovated with high-end interior features. Delight in designer plank floors and detailed backsplashes before taking advantage of the clubhouse, pool table or 24-hour gym. Internet access throughout the community.
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2000 Connecticut
2000 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 02:41am
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1 Bedroom
$2,075
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
Close to the Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW, the recently renovated 2000 Connecticut complex brings together stylish granite counters and walk-in closets with the benefits of a 24-hour gym and full valet service.
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The Harper
1919 14th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 02:40am
Studio
$1,925
1 Bedroom
$2,225
Fantastic location between T and U streets in the heart of Washington. Luxury apartments with in-unit laundry and patio/balcony. All utilities included. Community features parking garage, coffee bar and clubhouse for residents.
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Drake
1355 17th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 02:39am
Studio
$1,925
1 Bedroom
$2,075
2 Bedrooms
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Drake features efficient, luxurious apartments at more accessible rental prices than many other parts of the neighborhood. Close to downtown DC, these units offer dishwashers and hardwood floors.
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The Promenade
1884 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 03:35pm
Studio
$1,750
1 Bedroom
$1,800
2 Bedrooms
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Lencshire House
3140 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 19 at 12:51am
Studio
$1,495
1 Bedroom
$1,799
2 Bedrooms
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The Rittenhouse
6101 16th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,405
1 Bedroom
$1,629
2 Bedrooms
$2,114
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AME at Meridian Hill
2601 16th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
Studio
$1,975
1 Bedroom
$2,374
2 Bedrooms
$3,409
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Apartments at Westlight
1110 23rd Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$3,335
2 Bedrooms
$5,730
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13th and U
1310 U Street Northwest
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$3,225
2 Bedrooms
$11,075
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Monroe Towers
3501 13th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
$1,831
2 Bedrooms
$2,444
Conveniently located off the Yellow and Green Metro lines close to Howard University. Historic building with on-site laundry facilities, a recycling center, and a controlled access bicycle room.
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880 P at City Market at O
880 P St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
Studio
$1,997
1 Bedroom
$2,595
2 Bedrooms
$3,748
High-end living with exquisite views, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, infinity pools and lounging waterfalls. Conveniently located in Shaw, an energetic, walkable neighborhood with excellent restaurants and shopping.
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Ore 82
82 I St SE
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$2,193
2 Bedrooms
$3,280
Situated near Capitol Hill and the Southeast riverfront. Comes with floor-to-ceiling glass and modern industrial style in this pet-friendly community. Each unit offers extra storage, laundry and modern appliances along with luxe finishes.
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The Residences at Eastern Market
777 C St SE
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 10:39am
1 Bedroom
$3,608
2 Bedrooms
$4,420
3 Bedrooms
$7,010
Blending into its eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, this apartment community has Capitol views, gas stoves and walk-in laundry rooms. With a rooftop pool and a Trader Joe's on the ground level, these apartments shine.
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The York
532 20th St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,575
1 Bedroom
$1,885
Hardwood floors, walk-in closets and on-site laundry make The York a great place to call home. This pet-friendly community also has a 24-hour gym, parking and a location that puts it conveniently close to downtown D.C.
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2100 Connecticut
2100 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,989
2 Bedrooms
$2,935
Stylish 1-2 bedroom apartments in Kalorama, a vibrant neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Floor plans feature private patios or balconies. Residents have access to a fitness center, onsite laundry and rooftop deck with BBQ grills.
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Potomac Park Apartments
510 21st St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,595
1 Bedroom
$1,940
Pet-friendly Foggy Bottom property located near the Potomac River and the Lincoln Memorial Center. Features air conditioning, patio or balcony, dishwasher, and hardwood floors in units. Enjoy amenities including onsite gym, elevator and internet access.
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Cathedral Mansions
3000 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,532
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,882
Historical building with hardwood floors, granite counters, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Courtyard, bbq and gym available. Located close to Smithsonian National Zoological Park among many other restaurants and shops.
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Livingston
5437 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,365
1 Bedroom
$1,643
Enjoy the culture of D.C. while living in these studio and one-bedroom apartments. Updated kitchens, granite counters, hardwood floors and on-site laundry. Shop and dine in Friendship Heights and along the Connecticut Avenue Corridor.
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Park Pleasant Apartments I
3339 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,490
1 Bedroom
$1,700
Columbia Height's most pleasant living. Floor-to-ceiling windows in your new living room provide ample light. Gas and water included in these homes with ample storage space. Laundry centers and controlled access included.
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City GuideWashington
"Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm." (-John F. Kennedy).

This used to be a sleepy Southern town. But over the past few decades, DC has mushroomed into a vast and heterogeneous rival to its many metropolitan neighbors on the eastern seaboard. Whether you’re in DC because you’re passionate about lobbying the next climate change bill or because you’re hoping to break the Guinness World Record for “Longest Period Spent Staring at Abraham Lincoln’s Kneecaps.” we hope you find what you’re looking for—housing-wise, of course—in the District.

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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!

February 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the DC rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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February 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Washington, DC Rent Report. DC rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the DC rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

DC rents held steady over the past month

DC rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.2% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in DC stand at $1,340 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,550 for a two-bedroom. DC's year-over-year rent growth exceeds the national average of 1.0%.

    Rents rising across the DC Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of DC, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the DC metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Rockville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,020, while one-bedrooms go for $1,750.
    • Over the past year, Waldorf is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 1.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,020, while one-bedrooms go for $1,750.
    • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,430; rents fell 0.2% over the past month but rose 2.1% over the past year.
    • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; rents went down 0.4% over the past month but rose 4.8% over the past year.

    Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to DC

    As rents have increased moderately in DC, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, DC is less affordable for renters.

    • DC's median two-bedroom rent of $1,550 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 2.2% rise in DC.
    • While DC's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.3%), San Francisco (+2.7%), and Atlanta (+2.5%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in DC than most other large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170.

    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
    Washington, DC
    $1,340
    $1,550
    -0.1%
    2.2%
    Arlington
    $1,780
    $2,060
    -0.7%
    4.2%
    Alexandria
    $1,590
    $1,830
    -0.2%
    3.2%
    Germantown
    $1,700
    $1,960
    -0.3%
    3.9%
    Silver Spring
    $1,520
    $1,750
    0.7%
    1.3%
    Centreville
    $1,620
    $1,870
    0.5%
    2.7%
    Waldorf
    $1,750
    $2,020
    -0.4%
    -1.4%
    Frederick
    $1,320
    $1,530
    -0.4%
    4.8%
    Rockville
    $1,750
    $2,020
    1%
    5.5%
    Bethesda
    $2,100
    $2,430
    -0.2%
    2.1%
    Gaithersburg
    $1,530
    $1,770
    0.3%
    3.9%
    Reston
    $1,610
    $1,860
    -0.1%
    -0.1%
    Bowie
    $2,110
    $2,440
    -0.4%
    3.4%
    Ashburn
    $1,970
    $2,270
    -0.8%
    5.6%
    Leesburg
    $1,740
    $2,000
    -0.4%
    2.1%
    Manassas
    $1,510
    $1,740
    0.6%
    3.8%
    Oakton
    $1,880
    $2,170
    0.6%
    0.7%
    Montgomery Village
    $1,580
    $1,830
    -0.2%
    1.4%
    College Park
    $1,560
    $1,800
    -0.1%
    1.4%
    Suitland
    $1,330
    $1,540
    0.7%
    3.3%
    Laurel
    $1,360
    $1,610
    0.5%
    3.2%
    Fredericksburg
    $1,440
    $1,660
    0.3%
    2.7%
    Herndon
    $1,900
    $2,200
    0.2%
    0.4%
    Fairfax
    $1,870
    $2,160
    -0.9%
    3.4%
    Hyattsville
    $1,300
    $1,500
    -0.2%
    1.9%
    Falls Church
    $1,440
    $1,670
    -1.2%
    -1%
    Gainesville
    $2,050
    $2,370
    -1.1%
    -0.1%
    Temple Hills
    $1,250
    $1,450
    1%
    4.6%
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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.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Washington, DC’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "Washington, DC renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apart...

    View full Washington Renter Survey

    Here’s how Washington ranks on:

    A-
    Overall satisfaction
    B
    Safety and crime rate
    A+
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A
    Recreational activities
    D
    Affordability
    C+
    Quality of schools
    A
    Social Life
    C+
    Weather
    A-
    Commute time
    C
    State and local taxes
    A+
    Public transit
    B+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Washington, DC’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "Washington, DC renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Washington, DC, some aspects can be better."

    Key findings in Washington, DC include the following:

    • Washington, DC renters gave their city an A- overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Washington, DC were jobs and career opportunities and public transit, which both received A+ grades.
    • The areas of concern to Washington, DC renters are affordability (D) and state and local taxes (C).
    • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of A.
    • Washington, DC did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including New York, NY (C+), Los Angeles (C+) and Chicago, IL (B-).

    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "DC has the perfect balance of fun, historical museums and eclectic neighborhoods filled with young people. There’s so much to do, even though it’s a fraction the size of other cities." – Alison P.
    • "I love the options of things to do, from art to sports. But the high cost of living can make it hard to enjoy the amenities." – Jaryn E.
    • "DC is amazing because each neighborhood has its own vibe and you’re able to feel like you’re in a smaller city instead of a large metropolis." – Allison T.
    • "I love the free museums and that there’s always something to do. But the rent is too expensive for the quality of the apartments." – Kathryn C.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here