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123 Apartments for rent in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Last updated November 18 at 1:50am UTC
Holly Sands Apartments
5 Sandalwood Dr NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 16 at 3:08am UTC
Studio
$585
1 Bedroom
$750
354 Billfish Ave
Santa Rosa Island
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 18 at 1:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,075
210 Pelham Road
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 18 at 1:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$875
715 Greenwood Street
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 18 at 1:36am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$875
3005 Yorktown Cir
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 5:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
306 Bella Vista Rd
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 5:43pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
672 Denton Blvd NW
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 5:42pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,095
406 Adam Street
Oakland
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 9:06am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
406 Adam St
Oakland
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 8:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
204 Davenport Rd
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 1:34am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$795
155 Homewood Drive
Homewood
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 16 at 11:44am UTC
Studio
$1,595
10 SE Park Place
Beal Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 16 at 1:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,300
102 Dell Rd
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 15 at 12:01pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
320 Lula Belle Lane
Oakland
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 15 at 11:58am UTC
Studio
$1,250
509 Mooney Rd.
Kenwod
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 15 at 11:54am UTC
Studio
$1,595
1904 Mistral Ln W
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 13 at 5:53pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,595
117 Pinewood Terrace
Pinedale
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 9:13pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
116 SE Alder Avenue
Elliott's Point
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 1:42am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,950
109 Hudson Drive
Northwest
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 17 at 1:42am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,095
318 NE Kepner Drive
Ferry Park
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 16 at 9:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,075
811 Hayley Marie Court
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 12 at 1:18am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
113 Mississippi Ave NW
Northwest
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 10 at 6:13pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
136 Alder Avenue
Elliott's Point
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated November 15 at 12:02pm UTC
Studio
$895
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Fort Walton Beach
Moving to Fort Walton Beach: The Nitty Gritty

How Much Will it Cost?

Everyone knows that opening your search for apartments will eventually end with you opening up your wallet. In tourist hubs it's not unusual to see people pay through the nose for the "privilege" of living in a shoebox. So, financially speaking, future Fort Walton Beach residents are in for a pleasant surprise with median rent consistently remaining below state average.

Getting Started

When scouting for rental properties, it doesn't hurt to have your paperwork ready. References, proof of employment, a solid credit score or possibly a co-signor will likely be needed even if you start off applying online. That being said, all successful house rentals begin with money and whether or not you have enough. Many of the landlords in charge of these rental houses will ask for a deposit as well as possibly your first month of rent. If you want to get out of paying those deposits, you can join the military. No, seriously. Military discounts are a real thing in this city.

Know What You're Looking For

Is an all bills paid arrangement your personal non-negotiable? Does a lack of furniture have you more focused on finding furnished apartments in Fort Walton Beach? Answering these questions early can save you a lot of tears and heartache later on.

A Word on Timing

How well do you think the Red Hot Chili Peppers would have done if Chad Smith was unable to keep tempo? Imagine Michael Jackson's dance routines done by someone with no rhythm. Poor timing has ruined many a cover song and has singlehandedly ruined some politicians. With apartment hunting, coming in when everybody's busy could end with you settling for less.

According to oh well everyone, summer is the craziest time of year in Fort Walton Beach with Spring Break getting an honorable mention. As a general rule, you'll want to avoid apartment-hunting during these peak times.

Fort Walton Beach Neighborhoods

Fort Walton Beach is so easy to navigate that even the directionally-challenged will have a hard time getting lost. Basically, all you need are the names of 3 highways so that you can keep track of 3 neighborhoods. The US 98, SR 189, and SR85 highways not only make travelling faster in this city, they also define Fort Walton Beach's major areas.

Downtown Fort Walton Beach: You can find this part of the city by looking at the spot where the 85 and the 98 meet on the map. Everything to the south of that intersection is what people are talking about when they say "downtown this" or "downtown that". Here you'll discover all kinds of one-of-a-kind shops. Sporty types who have every intention of catching a wave can drop by the Fluid Surf Shop on Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast; meanwhile there are top-notch clothes to be bought at places like Shangri-La Vintage Boutique in the same area.

In addition, the food is excellent downtown. If you're still on Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, you can sit down to some Asian cuisine at China Taste or visit a historic family operation in Staff's Restaurant. At the same time, places like Luxe Sports Grill, Caffe Italia, and Momma Goldberg's Deli ensure that you're able to have a variety of food experiences.

Midtown Fort Walton Beach: If instead of going southward you opt to go above the aforementioned 85 and 98 intersection, you get into Midtown. This is another area that has a number of businesses operating from it. When all is said and done, chances are you'll know at least one person who has interviewed there. Places like Ferry Park provide an opening for residents who want to stretch their legs while spots like Attitudes Food & Spirits as well as Hungry Howie's Pizza and Subs do their part to keep things interesting.

Uptown Fort Walton Beach: When you keep going further north, you eventually run into what's known as Uptown Fort Walton Beach. The major draw for this area (other than the beaches of course) is the shopping and local events. Restaurants like Five Guys Burgers and Fries make it easy for visitors and residents alike to grab a bite while other places such as Kim's Korean & Sushi offer the type of variety that people are used to seeing downtown.

November 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report. Fort Walton Beach rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Fort Walton Beach rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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Fort Walton Beach

November 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report. Fort Walton Beach rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Fort Walton Beach rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Fort Walton Beach rents increase sharply over the past month

Fort Walton Beach rents have increased 3.9% over the past month, and are up significantly by 4.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fort Walton Beach stand at $910 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,070 for a two-bedroom. Fort Walton Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 1.1%.

Rents rising across cities in Florida

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Fort Walton Beach, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Florida, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.7% 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 $2,410; of the 10 largest Florida cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Orlando experiencing the fastest growth (+4.4%).
  • Port St. Lucie, Jacksonville, and Tampa have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.9%, 2.7%, and 2.6%, respectively).

Fort Walton Beach rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Fort Walton Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,070 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.1% over the past year compared to the 4.9% rise in Fort Walton Beach.
  • While Fort Walton Beach's rents rose significantly over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 1.3%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Fort Walton Beach than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Fort Walton Beach.

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.

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.