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1080 apartments for rent in Detroit, MI

Waterford West Apartments
7380 Arbor Trl
1 Bed
$775
2 Bed
$875
3 Bed
$1,059
Pavilion Apartments
1 Lafayette Plaisance St
Studio
$772
1 Bed
$955
2 Bed
$1,306
Detroit City Apartments
1431 Washington Blvd
1 Bed
$1,220
2 Bed
$1,675
Fenimore Court Apartments
1941 Chene Ct
1 Bed
Ask
2 Bed
$981
Elmwood Park Plaza
750 Chene St
1 Bed
$775
Renaissance City Club Apartments
555 Brush St
1 Bed
$1,360
2 Bed
Ask
2739 Ewald Cir
Winter Halter
2 Bed
$700
18421 FERGUSON Street
Greenfield
3 Bed
$850
3320 Spinnaker Ln Apt 15A
Downtown
1 Bed
$1,600
3320 SPINNAKER Lane
Downtown
2 Bed
$1,475
13601 Penrod St
Brightmoor
4 Bed
$775
2059 Hazelwood St
Rosa Parks
2 Bed
$600
11120 Nottingham Rd
Denby
2 Bed
$500
18831 Charest St
Pershing
3 Bed
$850
19155 Westphalia St
Osborn
3 Bed
$500
12510 Maiden St
Conner
3 Bed
$250
11463 Kennebec St
Conner
4 Bed
$750
15109 Linnhurst St
Burbank
3 Bed
$600
4085 Cortland St
Winter Halter
3 Bed
$1,050
11829 E Outer Dr
Finney
3 Bed
$900
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City Guide
Detroit
Do people even live in Detroit anymore?

One of the most staggering figures from Detroit’s much-reported population decline was the following: from 2000 to 2010, one person left Detroit every 22 minutes. This figure is slightly misleading, however. The zone considered Detroit proper by the census bureau is far smaller than the metropolitan area. And most of those “leavers” actually just moved a little further out to one of Detroit’s many suburbs.

What does this mean for you, erstwhile apartment hunter? You guessed it! The housing industry is pulling out all the stops to get folks like you into their units. If you play your cards right, you can snag a dream apartment in the perfect location for a fraction of what your friends in New York and Los Angeles are paying.

Isn’t it close to Canada or something?

The Detroit River forms the boundary line between the U.S. and Canada. Windsor, Ontario, is the Canadian doppelganger to Detroit—though the two are less similar than their skylines might suggest. Because of its two universities and diversified economy, Windsor attracts many immigrants, making it the fourth most cosmopolitan Canadian city.

Easy access to Canada equates to not a few perks for Detroit residents, and they don’t all have to do with vice. (Although it’s important to know where you can take your underage brother out for a drink or secure a year’s supply of absinthe and Cuban cigars.) For one, Ontario boasts an extensive parks service. In fact, Windsor’s nicknamed the “Rose City” for its many parks and sunken gardens. So if brick and mortar get you down, take a short swim and trade the Motor for the Rose for a day.

It was a ’49, ’50, ’51 automobile…

Now that we’ve covered some of the big-picture questions one has when considering a move to Detroit, let’s zero in on the specifics. This car model/neighborhood breakdown is not comprehensive, but will give you a solid basis on which to build: the distinctive lifestyle and price range that each section of Detroit has to offer.

2012 Cadillac XTS: Pure luxury. If you’re looking for the “I want you to feel uncomfortable about the level of comfort I enjoy” mode of Detroit lifestyle, look no further than Downtown. Live mere blocks from the Fox Theatre or Grand Circus Park. Public transport in Detroit is pretty slim; but living inside the Fisher Freeway affords serious walkability. Smaller single loft apartments in this highbrow’s heaven start at $700/month (add $100/month for waterfront units). Expect a 12-month lease.

1973 VW Beetle: Bohemian culture thrives in the margins. Between the luxury of Downtown and the (depending on your perspective) banality of the Northern Suburbs, Midtown looms not-so-largely as the alternative hipster haven. Like biking to the Majestic for late-night bowling, then to the Bronx Bar, Detroit’s original dive? Think that dilapidated house on the corner gives your street the benefit of authenticity? Then Midtown’s the district for you. There’s also a fabulous incentives program supported by a coalition of government authorities and private institutions. $500/month will get you an alcove studio on Woodward St.; for as little as $300/month, you can find a room in a student house near Wayne State University. Rental agreements are substantially less stringent in Midtown.

2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser: The east waterfront curves northward up around Grosse Pointe and Eastpointe, two highly attractive locations for commuters into Downtown Detroit. This area is known for its retirement community, so don’t be surprised if your neighbors frequently invite you to bingo or golf parties (at which they watch—not play—the Scottish sport). Commute time from the Pointes to the Renaissance Center is 15-20 minutes. $900/month for a two-bedroom condo near the Village shopping district in Grosse Pointe City is a steal—though check up on its renovation history, as this area catches a lot of inclement weather from Lake St. Clair.

2009 GM Minivan: Practical, spacious—the Northern Suburbs are white-collar bedroom communities. However, you don’t have to sacrifice decent food or nightlife to live here. Royal Oak is widely acknowledged to have one of the cutest Main Streets in the Midwest. $750/month will easily win you a two-bedroom duplex (add only $150/month more for another bedroom/office). Commute times from Oak Park and Ferndale range 20-25 minutes by car, 35-40 by bus. Birmingham, Southfield, and others further out will be longer and might not enjoy access to mass transit.

1990 Ford F150: Dearborn and the Eastern Burbs are typified as older, blue-collar communities. The general lack of full-time commuters into Detroit makes for stronger communities in these towns. Indeed, this is practically rural Michigan. Single apartments are sparse, but who needs ‘em when you can rent an entire two-bedroom house in Dearborn Heights for $650/month? Be sure to bring two personal references, though: out here, the opinion of a human matters more than your bank statements.

Whichever model you decide to drive out of the lot in, consider your basic needs and lifestyle. The affordability of Detroit is impressive; but ensure that wherever you land you’ll be able to ingest the harsh winters. What makes a true Detroiter? The good news is it doesn’t cost a lot to find out!

Rent Report
Detroit
December 2016 Detroit Rent Report

Detroit rents increased by 0.2% over the past month

In Detroit, rents grew by 0.2% over last month and are 2.3% higher than they were last year. 1-bedrooms in Detroit have a median rent of $600 while 2-bedrooms cost $700.

Detroit is the 9th most expensive city for renters

  • Troy: The highest rents in the Detroit metro are in Troy. A 2-bedroom there rents for $1,790, and 1-bedrooms run $930.
  • Sterling Heights: Sterling Heights is the 4th most expensive city for renters in the metro. Median rent prices there are at $1,170 for 2-bedrooms and $730 for 1-beds. Rents stayed flat over the past month.
  • Warren: Warren has the 7th highest rents in the Detroit metro. 2-bedrooms in Warren run $760, while 1-bedrooms cost $650.

Dearborn shows the most rent growth

  • Dearborn: Dearborn has the fastest-growing rents in the Detroit metro, with prices 5.6% higher than they were last year. 2-bedrooms there cost $1,390, while 1-bedrooms have a median rent of $1,150.
  • Farmington Hills: Having experienced a 4.7% increase in rents over the last year, Farmington Hills has the 2nd fastest-growing rents in the metro. 1- and 2-bedrooms there rent for $810 and $1,180, respectively.
  • Westland: Westland shows the 6th highest rent growth, at a 1.5% increase year-over-year. A 2-bedroom there goes for $750, while 1-bedrooms run $680.

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 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Troy $930 $1790 -0.3% 1.2%
Dearborn $1150 $1390 -0.5% 5.6%
Farmington Hills $810 $1180 0.5% 4.7%
Sterling Heights $730 $1170 0.0% 1.4%
Rochester Hills $940 $1100 0.3% 2.8%
Southfield $790 $1040 -1.0% 3.6%
Warren $650 $760 0.0% -0.5%
Westland $680 $750 0.3% 1.5%
Detroit $600 $700 0.2% 2.3%
Taylor $590 $680 0.0% -0.5%

Detroit Neighborhood Price Map

Methodology:

Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

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

Apartment List has released results for Detroit 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.

“Detroit renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Some categories received average scores, and many received below average.”

Key findings in Detroit include the following:

  • Detroit renters give their city a D overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Detroit included pet friendliness (B-), affordability/cost of living (C+), and access to public transit (C).
  • Renters are relatively dissatisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (D), safety (D), and state and local taxes (D).
  • The biggest source of dissatisfaction for renters here is the quality of local schools (F).
  • Renter satisfaction is much lower here compared to other similarly sized cities like Charlotte, NC (A-) and Seattle, WA (B+). However, it is relatively on par with other similarly sized cities such as Memphis, TN (D) and doing better than others such as Baltimore, MD (F).
  • 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:

  • “Living in Detroit, I can say that the negative stereotypes are completely downplayed by the city's extravagant revitalization. There's always something to do and places to go, and new projects are underway all the time to transform the city into something spectacular. I will never regret living in the D.” —Josh R.
  • “I love the attractions and historic buildings. I enjoy seeing older neighborhoods as well.” —Ataeya J.
  • “I love the spirit of my city; most people are striving for something. I don't like the high taxes, high car insurance, and the crime rate. I believe in my city and would love to be a part of Detroit being back on top! I would love to invest in either a business or property in my city.” —Monique G.
  • “What I hate mostly is the high crime rate. I loved growing up here, but I don't want to raise my children here.” —Anon.