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63 Apartments for rent in Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Last updated January 23 at 5:13am UTC
24 Robinwood Dr NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:57am UTC
3 Bedrooms
10 Viking Dr NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 1:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1808 Pointed Leaf Ln
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:57am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1826 Whispering Oaks Lane
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 23 at 5:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
423 Waterway Ln
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
210 Pelham
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 23 at 1:38am UTC
1 Bedroom
1863 Norwood Court
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 10 at 1:58am UTC
2 Bedrooms
250 Lafitte Cres
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:57am UTC
4 Bedrooms
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 10 at 2:01am UTC
3 Bedrooms
696 Tyner Street
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 23 at 1:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
6 Woodham Avenue
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 6 at 4:11am UTC
2 Bedrooms
308 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 23 at 2:05am UTC
2 Bedrooms
354 Billfish Avenue
Santa Rosa Island
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:14am UTC
2 Bedrooms
416 Gerold Street Unit A
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 23 at 5:13am UTC
2 Bedrooms
422 RHONDA KAY Court
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 6 at 4:11am UTC
3 Bedrooms
896 Silverwood
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 18 at 6:54pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
103 Pinewood Terrace
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 17 at 9:16am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1785 Old Ranch Road
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 22 at 9:14am UTC
3 Bedrooms
437 Waterway Ln.
Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 13 at 12:02pm UTC
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City Guide
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.

Rent Report
Fort Walton Beach

January 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report. Fort Walton Beach rents declined 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 declined over the past month

Fort Walton Beach rents have declined 1.0% over the past month, but are up sharply by 6.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fort Walton Beach stand at $850 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,000 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in October. Fort Walton Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.7%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

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 3.7% 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 $2,380; of the 10 largest Florida cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Port St. Lucie experiencing the fastest growth (+7.6%).
  • Orlando, Tampa, and St. Petersburg have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (6.8%, 6.2%, and 5.7%, respectively).

Fort Walton Beach rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased sharply 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 $1,000 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 6.8% rise in Fort Walton Beach.
  • While Fort Walton Beach's rents rose sharply over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.3%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Fort Walton Beach than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, which is more than three 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.


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.