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City Guide
Baltimore
O Renter, Where Art Thou?

Baltimore landlords and apartment managers typically ask for a six-month lease and a deposit to match a month’s rent. Ask about utilities and expect to pay over $100/month for A/C in the summer and the same for heat in the winter (possibly more if your place is older and uses oil: talk about “historic features”!). Finally, expect to sit on a waiting list (up to a year, at longest) if you’re interested in a rowhouse in a popular area. If you simply can’t wait, consider the (newer, if possible) apartment complexes, which boast a higher turnover rate. Neighborhoods you should know about include the following:

Central: If you’re simply rollin’ in it and want to be able to taunt the crabs in Chesapeake Bay from your bathroom window, you won’t be satisfied with anything less than the Inner Harbor. Expect valet parking and all utilities included for $1600/month (1BR/1BA) or $1850/month (2BR/1BA). Second best in central Baltimore City is the Mount Vernon-Belvedere area. This area has an upscale (gorgeous old homes get friendly with blocks of apartments complexes), bohemian (hipster and artist central) vibe that mixes artsy quirk with higher education (JHU borders these hoods to the north). Bolton Hill is a collegiate-stunner with two universities, gilded statues, historic architecture and peaceful tree-lined streets. Lots of studios in this neighborhood, ranging from $650/month in some cases to $1100/month for all-inclusive units. Double-up and it gets even less expensive: 2BR/1BAs regularly go for less than $1000/month.

South: If you can’t afford a high rise in the Inner Harbor but need to be close to Downtown, look south. No, not that far—there, where the Ft. McHenry Tunnel hops over to Fells Point. That’s Locust Point; take a few steps to the left and you’re in West Federal Hill. These areas boast lots of working professionals, pubs and restaurants, but lack that yacht-crooning retirement crowd that too often characterizes South Baltimore in residents’ minds. You won’t pay under a thousand for anything out here, no matter how many (or few) bedrooms. But you might be able to snag a 2BR/1BA with a view for about $1600/month in Locust Point. Fed Hill will be slightly higher priced for the same.

North: On either side of Johns Hopkins University sit older, historic neighborhoods gentrified by young, artsy types. West of JH gets you into Wyman Park and the Hampden area; east are Abell and Charles Village (the even northerner expansion from North Charles). Things start to feel suburbany outside the expressway; but what one loses of urbanity, one gains in verdancy—it’s parks and greenspaces galore in north Balmer. Expect to pay a premium for the Abell experience (you’ll likely be fighting graduate students for the 1BRs, which run from $850 up to $1250/month). Hampden’s a little more doable: one can usually find both 1BR and 2BR/1BA apartments (sometimes even row homes!) for less than $1000/month. Johns Hopkins, Charles Village, Woodberry, if you actually like suburbia, check out Homeland: it’s a less creepy-feeling planned neighborhood a little farther north. Just be willing to drop at least a grand per month to drive past that fancy-pants sign to get to your 1BR.

Southeast: Second to North Baltimore for youngsters, Southeast has some fabulous neighborhoods. Fells Point is the choicest area: it would be unsurprising to pay over $1500/month for a 1BR (all utilities and parking in a garage included, of course). If you’re looking for parking anywhere besides the garage, you’re out of luck here. Thankfully, the area is fairly walkable and you can get all the perks of living in a major city: harbor views, posh nightlife, delicious food, luxury condos, chic shopping and even a charming Little Italy. If this is outside your budget, check out Brewer’s Hill or Canton, although these have less apartment complexes than rooms available in houses. Patterson Park is ideal for dog-owners and runners; 1BRs near the park start at $800/month, 2BRs go from $1250/month.

Sold on your new neighborhood? Wonderful. Round up the neighbors, make a peach cake, and put the O’s game on. Easy, wasn’t it?

Rent Report
Baltimore

December 2017 Baltimore Rent Report

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

Baltimore rents declined over the past month

Baltimore rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Baltimore stand at $960 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,200 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Baltimore's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, but trails the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in Maryland

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Baltimore, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Maryland, 8 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.4% 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, Bethesda is the most expensive of all Maryland's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,410; of the 10 largest cities in Maryland that we have data for, Germantown and Glen Burnie, where two-bedrooms go for $1,890 and $1,450, are the only two major cities in the state to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.0% and -0.5%).
  • Baltimore, Frederick, and Silver Spring have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.6%, 2.2%, and 1.6%, respectively).

Baltimore rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Baltimore, comparable cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Baltimore is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

  • Baltimore's median two-bedroom rent of $1,200 is slightly above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 2.6% increase in Baltimore.
  • While Baltimore's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.4%) and Nashville (-0.3%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Baltimore than most comparable cities. For example, Boston has a median 2BR rent of $2,060, which is more than one-and-a-half times the price in Baltimore.

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
Baltimore $960 $1,200 -0.1% 2.6%
Columbia $1,510 $1,900 -0.4% 0.1%
Glen Burnie $1,150 $1,450 -0.4% -0.5%
Towson $1,210 $1,520 0.2% -2.6%
Annapolis $1,430 $1,800 -0.1% -0.8%
Odenton $1,770 $2,230 0.0% 1.9%
Owings Mills $1,200 $1,500 0.3% 0.6%
Elkridge $1,400 $1,760 -1.8% 0.0%

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.

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

Apartment List has released results for Baltimore 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.

“Baltimore renters seem to be generally unsatisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave scores that were below average or substantially below average in most categories.”

Key findings in Baltimore include the following:

  • Baltimore renters give their city an F overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated category for Baltimore was access to public transportation, which received a B-.
  • Renters here seem to be somewhat satisfied with weather (C+), affordability/cost of living (C+), and local jobs and career opportunities (C).
  • Baltimore renters are most concerned with quality of local schools (D), state and local taxes (F), and safety (F).
  • Compared with ratings given to other cities like Washington DC (A-) and Philadelphia (B), Baltimore did not do so well for its renters.
  • 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.

Renters say:

  • “I like that the city is very metropolitan…You can get to A LOT of places somewhat effortlessly i.e. Uber, free buses (certain areas), public transit (light rail or subway). The job market isn't good, cost of living a little steep, crime is VERY HIGH.” —Veronica B.
  • “I love the fact that I have an affordable apartment. I hate the crime & murder rate.” —Angela C.
  • “The crime is quite bad in parts. There are few grocery stores within my neighborhood, and you need your own transportation to get to shopping centers and such.” —Tanya B.
  • “Resources and activities are limited and/or hard to find. The quality of schools is very poor. The crime rate is high, and overall cleanliness of city is horrible. However, this city is good for public transportation; but it’s dirty in the subway and on the buses.” —Nakiya D.