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231 Apartments for rent in Clearwater, FL

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Last updated September 21 at 1:24AM
380 N BAYSHORE BOULEVARD
Clearwater
Clearwater, FL
Updated September 20 at 10:12AM
1 Bedroom
$1,100
2717 VIA CIPRIANI
Clearwater
Clearwater, FL
Updated September 18 at 1:26AM
1 Bedroom
$1,200
1216 S MISSOURI AVENUE
Clearwater
Clearwater, FL
Updated September 7 at 10:31AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
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City Guide
Clearwater
What about entertainment? Is there anything to do there?

The biggest and most obvious attraction is the manmade Clearwater Beach, whose coastline extends for about two miles. Every Thursday through Monday beginning a couple hours before sunset, flock to the “Sunsets at Pier 60” festival, which features live entertainment, and themed cruises. Other parts of the city are dotted with a variety of pubs and clubs.

I bet apartments are crazy expensive, aren’t they?

Surprisingly, no. The average apartment costs only around $900 a month and even bayside crash pads can easily be found in the $700-$1100 range. Whether you’re in the market for a basic 1BR unit, a pre-furnished luxury unit with all the bells and whistles or anything in between, you’ll find a variety of affordable options in Clearwater.

Anything special I need to know about scoring my dream dwellings?

Most apartment managers will conduct a background check on you (at your expense, usually), so be prepared to fork over a non-refundable fee of $50 or more when submitting an application. Other documents you should bring along include a list of previous residences, proof of income, and banking account statements.

What about life outside the beach?

Downtown, aka the “Cleveland Street District,” has received a major facelift in recent years and now boasts an assortment of retail, entertainment, and residential options. New high-rise condominiums and ultramodern loft spaces continue to sprout up, most of which are available for $800 or less. Located a mere five minutes from the beach but exuding a decidedly urban vibe, downtown Clearwater has become a popular living locale.

Anything else I need to know?

Just remember to bring along plenty of that sky-high SPF lotion and leave your cold weather gear behind. Even in the most “frigid” months of the year, temperatures rarely drop below the mid-50s at night and the low-70s during the day. So be sure to enjoy your Mai Tai on the beach in February while the rest of us are freezing our behinds off!

And now you’re all set to begin your search for the perfect apartment. Welcome to Clearwater and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Clearwater

September 2017 Clearwater Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Clearwater Rent Report. Clearwater rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Clearwater rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Clearwater rents increased over the past month

Clearwater rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Clearwater stand at $920 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,150 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Clearwater's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.6%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across cities in Florida

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Clearwater, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Florida, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 3.6% 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, Pembroke Pines is the most expensive of all Florida's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,390; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Miami, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,350, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.4%).
  • Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.4%, 4.5%, and 4.3%, respectively).

Clearwater rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased in Clearwater, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Clearwater is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Clearwater's median two-bedroom rent of $1,150 is slightly below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 3.7% rise in Clearwater.
  • While Clearwater's rents rose over the past year, the city of Houston saw a decrease of 2.4%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Clearwater than most large cities. For example, Los Angeles has a median 2BR rent of $1,740, which is more than one-and-a-half times the price in Clearwater.

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
Tampa $980 $1,220 1.1% 5.6%
St. Petersburg $920 $1,150 0.6% 4.6%
Clearwater $920 $1,150 0.6% 3.7%
Brandon $1,000 $1,250 0.3% 4.1%
Largo $890 $1,110 0.6% 5.5%
Riverview $1,030 $1,280 0.5% 2.0%
Palm Harbor $1,050 $1,310 0.2% 3.9%
New Port Richey $810 $1,010 1.0% 8.9%

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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Clearwater 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.

“Overall, Clearwater renters expressed slight dissatisfaction with the city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave a mix of above- and below-average scores.”

Key findings in Clearwater include the following:

  • Clearwater renters give their city a C- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Clearwater was its state and local taxes, which received an A.
  • Other highly-rated categories were pet friendliness (A-), the quality of local schools (A-), and weather (B+).
  • Clearwater renters were mostly satisfied with affordability and cost of living (B).
  • Renters gave below-average scores to Clearwater’s local job and career opportunities (C+), safety (C+), and commute times (C-).
  • Comparatively speaking, Clearwater renters seem to be less satisfied than those in other nearby Florida cities like Lakeland (A), Sarasota (A), and Largo (B+)
  • 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.