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Lake Charles, LA: 26 apartments available for rent

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Last updated June 29 at 3:24PM
Springs at Country Club
2130 Country Club Rd
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 8:03PM
Studio
$870
1 Bedroom
$1,050
2 Bedrooms
$1,255
3108 Aster St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 9:26AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,045
2400 Ryan Street
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 6:02PM
Studio
$3,600
1806 Knapp St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 9:23AM
1 Bedroom
$500
228 Eddy St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 20 at 9:23AM
2 Bedrooms
$950
1806 Knapp St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 9:23AM
2 Bedrooms
$600
Old Town Rd
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 21 at 7:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$850
13th St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 28 at 7:33AM
3 Bedrooms
$900
W McNeese St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 21 at 7:38AM
1 Bedroom
$700
Orchid St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 21 at 7:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$750
W Oak Ln
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 18 at 9:15AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,600
Tennessee St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 24 at 7:30AM
2 Bedrooms
$795
East St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 13 at 9:28AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
Vickie Ln
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 27 at 7:24AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
Pine St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 18 at 9:15AM
2 Bedrooms
$850
Tulip St
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 18 at 9:14AM
2 Bedrooms
$650
Perry Ln
Lake Charles
Lake Charles, LA
Updated June 22 at 12:42PM
2 Bedrooms
$995
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City Guide
Lake Charles
Lake Charles is Hip

It’s true, mes amis. As a Lake Charles resident, you’ll be able to enjoy and partake in more than 75 festivals each year, a vibrant nightlife scene, and live music playing at virtually every corner (hope you like rhythm and blues!). The city also boasts numerous Gulf beaches, trendy restaurants, quirky downtown shopping destinations, a legendary waterfront boardwalk, and arguably the coolest-named body of water on the planet, the Contraband Bayou. Besides, you know you’ve officially made it as a crazy-cool city when the Band, Steve Earle, and Lucinda Williams all name-drop you in song.

Featuring a variety of casinos, arts centers, theaters, historic shopping districts, pubs, clubs, resorts, and seemingly endless miles of natural habitat, Lake Charles truly has something to offer for everyone. Bottom line: Why not venture away from your apartment now and then and experience the various attractions your fair city has to offer?

Lake Charles is a Renter's Market

Rent specials pop up frequently and waiting lists are rare. Rental houses are difficult to come by in Lake Charles, and the few that become available are never on the market for long. If you’re hell-bent on scoring a freestanding house instead of a traditional apartment, you’ll have to target the more suburban, sprawling subdivisions further from the city center.

Lake Charles is the Big Easy

Actually, New Orleans, located a couple hundred miles to the east, is the Big Easy. It doesn’t get much easier, though, than renting an apartment in Lake Charles. You should be able to score your dream pad with nothing but the basics. Just bring along a list of previous residences and proof of income, and (as long as you have at least a semi-respectable renting/credit history) you’ll be living the dream in Festival City in no time.

Lake Charles is Sprawling

Most of it is, anyway. The downtown area is built for sidewalk surfers, pub crawlers, and all other types of foot traffickers, but the majority of Lake Charles is so spread out that you’ll need your own set of wheels to work, shop, bank, dine, play, and just plain live conveniently. The city does provide a public bus system, but it’s extremely limited and runs just five routes. Fortunately, traffic is minimal (the average commute to work takes barely 15 minutes) and parking is ample, even in the hopping downtown area.

Final Thoughts: Common Sense is King

We’ve said it about a googolplex number of times, but we’ll say it again: Use common sense before attaching your John Hancock to a lease and make sure you understand every last detail. Most Lake Charles apartments are pet-friendly, but many aren’t, and landlords have different rules regarding roommates, barbecue pits, smoking, and even visitors in some cases. Also, take your move-in checklist seriously and examine every last nook and cranny of your new domicile for even the most minor blemishes (which could affect whether or not you get your security deposit back).

And on that note, you’re all set to embark on your apartment hunting adventures, so welcome to Arcadia and happy hunting!

Rent Report
Lake Charles

June 2017 Lake Charles Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2017 Lake Charles Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Lake Charles rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Lake Charles rents increased moderately over the past month

Lake Charles rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Lake Charles stand at $690 for a one-bedroom apartment and $860 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. Lake Charles' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 2.6%.

Lake Charles rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

Rent growth in Lake Charles has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Lake Charles is still more affordable than most other large cities across the country.

  • Lake Charles' median two-bedroom rent of $860 is below the national average of $1,150. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year.
  • While rents in Lake Charles remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.2%), Phoenix (+4.9%), Dallas (+3.2%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,660, $1,020, and $1,090 respectively.

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.

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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.