Start your Fort Walton Beach apartment search!
Select how many bedrooms you want.
S
Studio
1
Bed
2
Beds
3+
Beds

103 Apartments for rent in Fort Walton Beach, FL

"A lifetime has come and gone measured by weekends / Visiting the place her heart has always been / One day she'll say goodbye to the life she knows / And live forever on th... Read Guide >
Featured
Royale
604 Colonial Dr
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:21pm
1 Bedroom
$795
2 Bedrooms
$895
Featured
Arium Emerald Isle
214 Racetrack Rd NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$962
2 Bedrooms
$1,245
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Arium Emerald Isle is a luxury apartment complex on the Emerald Coast near Elgin Air Force Base. Furnished corporate apartments available. Spacious floor plans and designer interiors.
more...
less...
Featured
Holly Sands Apartments
5 Sandalwood Dr NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 08:00am
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$750
2 Bedrooms
$870
Featured
Golflinks
5 Mooney Rd NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:21pm
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$795
3 Bedrooms
Ask
214 Miracle Strip Parkway B406
214 Miracle Strip Pkwy B406
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
Studio
$1,150
161 Scottwood
161 Scottwood Dr
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$895
3 Windsor Lane NE
3 Windsor Lane
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 08:33am
4 Bedrooms
$2,150
208 Oak St SE Unit E
208 Oak Street Southeast
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 08:33am
2 Bedrooms
$995
31 Park Cir SE Unit 16
31 Park Cir
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 08:33am
2 Bedrooms
$925
8 NW Deal Avenue
8 Deal Ave NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
3 Bedrooms
$1,350
31 SE Park Circle
31 Park Cir SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$925
339 SE Elliott Road
339 Elliott Rd
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
4 Bedrooms
$2,500
102 Church Avenue
102 Church Ave SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,095
3 NE WINDSOR Lane
3 Windsor Ln NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
4 Bedrooms
$2,150
19 SE Park Circle
19 Park Cir SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
19 Park Circle
19 Park Cir
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
1 Bedroom
$850
941 Ashley Lane
941 Ashley Lane
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,025
214 SW Miracle Strip Parkway
214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
Studio
$1,150
208 SE Oak Street
208 Oak St SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$995
14 NW Cape Drive
14 Cape Dr NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
1 Bedroom
$600
115 SE Beal Parkway
115 Beal Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,425
630 NE Golf Course Drive
630 Golf Course Dr NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:23pm
4 Bedrooms
$2,400
314 Miracle Strip Parkway SW - Unit 6
314 Miracle Strip Pkwy
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:46pm
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
Featured
Consul
119 Monahan Dr
Ocean City, FL
Updated January 21 at 05:21pm
1 Bedroom
$725
2 Bedrooms
$1,020
City GuideFort Walton Beach
"A lifetime has come and gone measured by weekends / Visiting the place her heart has always been / One day she'll say goodbye to the life she knows / And live forever on the Emerald Coast." - Gene Mitchell, "Forever on the Emerald Coast"

With a motto like "City on the Move!" being used alongside a name like "The Sonic City", it's clear that Fort Walton Beach is a place that's characterized by hustle and bustle. Finding an apartment in any city can sometimes bring to mind those classic cartoon scenes where the uber-competitive hero and 2-3 others pull a frontrunner backwards only to get dragged down after getting a hand on the treasure themselves. Since Fort Walton Beach is home to 19,000 while doubling as a vacation hotspot, apartment hunting here can get tricky. Don't worry! We'll tell you what you need to know as you search for accommodations. It's true. Spending Forever on the Emerald Coast is just a short read away.

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.

Navigating the Town

With an overall walkscore of 35, Fort Walton Beach just isn't very walkable. However, don't fret, you have a few options:

  • There's public transportation available through the Okaloosa County Transit.
  • To be even more eco-friendly, there are plenty of lovely bike paths around town.
  • When it doubt, take the car.

Fort Walton Beach is definitely an interesting place to live. The spring break crowd and the usual tourists will probably have you raising your eyebrow, but you'll take to it like a duck to water. Trust us on this.

January 2019 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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.

View full Rent Report

January 2019 Fort Walton Beach Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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 1.9% over the past month, and are up sharply by 12.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fort Walton Beach stand at $950 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,120 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Fort Walton Beach's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

    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, 9 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 cities in the state that we have data for, Cape Coral, where a two-bedroom goes for $1,110, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.9%).
    • Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (3.6%, 2.9%, and 2.6%, 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. Fort Walton Beach is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Fort Walton Beach's median two-bedroom rent of $1,120 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 12.4% rise in Fort Walton Beach.
    • While Fort Walton Beach's rents rose sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.3%), New York (+2.7%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Fort Walton Beach than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, 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.