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Renaissance City Club Apartments
555 Brush St , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
1 Bedroom
$1,360
872 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,610
1289 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:01 AM
Renaissance City Club Apartments offers you the best choice for apartments and penthouses in Downtown Detroit.
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20 Units Available
City Club Apartments CBD Detroit
313 Park Ave , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,828
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,385
1064 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:01 AM
Brand New - Immediate Occupancy! City Club Apartments CBD Detroit is the new standard in mixed-use urban lifestyle living.
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17 Units Available
Detroit City Club Apartments
1431 Washington Blvd , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
1 Bedroom
$1,365
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,560
1120 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:01 AM
High-rise community minutes from I-75. A stunning community recently renovated to include hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. On-site pool, tennis courts, 24-hour concierge service and game room. Pet-friendly.
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2 Units Available
Village of Hyde Park
2 Lafayette Plaisance Street , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
2 Bedrooms
$1,699
1500 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:17 PM
Step inside The Village of Hyde Park and discover our beautiful two-bedroom townhomes.
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10 Units Available
The Boulevard
2911 West Grand Boulevard , Detroit, MI
Central
Studio
$1,285
534 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,640
806 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,945
1103 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:17 PM
This property is managed by Beztak, 2020 recipient of the US Best Managed Companies, sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal.
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3 Units Available
Baltimore Station
6402 Woodward Avenue , Detroit, MI
Central
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,395
719 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 03:17 PM
This property is managed by Beztak, 2020 recipient of the US Best Managed Companies, sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal.
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12 Units Available
DuCharme Place
1544 East Lafayette Street , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,499
802 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,698
1034 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:16 PM
Special: 1 MONTH'S RENT FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME! Plus, 6 months free parking on your second vehicle OR waived pet rent! *Restrictions Apply. Live within walking distance to Downtown Detroit.
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14 Units Available
Pavilion Apartments
1 Lafayette Plaisance St , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
Studio
$899
540 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,121
705 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,565
1140 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:16 PM
Large city apartments near I-375, right downtown. Recently renovated with large windows and views of Detroit skyline. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Community has pool and tennis court. Elevators.
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14 Units Available
Riverfront Towers
250 Riverfront Dr , Detroit, MI
Downtown Detroit
1 Bedroom
$1,243
777 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,631
1316 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 12:11 PM
Great location, close to Detroit Riverwalk, Hart Plaza, and West Riverfront Park. Units feature great views, spacious floor plans, and fully equipped kitchens. Community has grilling stations, onsite restaurant, and pool.
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8 Units Available
Cathedral Tower
80 E Hancock St , Detroit, MI
University
Studio
$675
338 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated March 30 at 06:13 PM
Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown, Cathedral Tower offers spacious and affordable studio and one-bedroom apartments for rent.
1 Unit Available
17159 bentler
17159 Bentler Street , Detroit, MI
Evergreen
5 Bedrooms
$1,200
2314 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
large house , 5 bedrooms with 2 full bath. new carpet. Tenant pay all utilities including water, electricity, gas.
1 Unit Available
7400 Edward Street
7400 Edward Street , Detroit, MI
Chadsey
5 Bedrooms
$1,300
1500 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Located in the heart of Southwest, Detroit. Newly Renovated 5 bedroom house with walk-in closet and 1.5 bathrooms. New windows, floors, walls, plumbing, and electrical. House comes with a backyard and parking garage.
1 Unit Available
5918 St. Antoine St., 101
5918 Saint Antoine St , Detroit, MI
Central
1 Bedroom
$1,137
550 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
One BedThe Edsel Ford Motor District apartment is a modern interpretation of a historic 1912 building with a building design that is respectful of the past but has a contemporary infusion of stunning design and repurposed elements.
1 Unit Available
6400 Seminole Street - 1R
6400 Seminole Street , Detroit, MI
Coleman A. Young International Airport
2 Bedrooms
$750
750 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Amazing 2 bedroom unit with stove and fridge included minutes from Downtown. Hardwood floors with private storage room and laundry hook up.
1 Unit Available
8039 Pitt Street - 1
8039 Pitt Street , Detroit, MI
Springwells
Studio
$800
1300 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
PARKING LOT WITH GATED FENCE FOR RENT........ Excelente oportunidad para local comercial en el medio del SouthWest Detroit ... taqueria, minimarket,oficina , mercadillo,salón de belleza, restorant.
1 Unit Available
2630 Richton Street - 1
2630 Richton St , Detroit, MI
Durfee
1 Bedroom
$750
650 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 2630 Richton Street - 1 in Detroit. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
11619 Belleterre Avenue - 1
11619 Belleterre Avenue , Detroit, MI
Winterhalter
1 Bedroom
$850
850 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 11619 Belleterre Avenue - 1 in Detroit. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
13641 Dexter Avenue - 101
13641 Dexter Avenue , Detroit, MI
Winterhalter
1 Bedroom
$850
400 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Newly renovated apartment - New floors and windows - appliances included - 24 hr building security and maintenance staff - laundry room in building - Parking included - Heat/ Hot water, Gas and Electric included Email to set up showing
1 Unit Available
3250 Wesson Street
3250 Wesson Avenue , Detroit, MI
Condon
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1000 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
ALL utilities included! Fully renovated 2 bedroom apartment with a bonus sunroom. Separate living room and dining room. Has an eat-in kitchen with a pantry room. Stove and fridge come with the unit. New bathroom with new fixtures. New windows.
1 Unit Available
10011 Balfour Road, FLIP
10011 Balfour Road , Detroit, MI
Denby
3 Bedrooms
$900
1462 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
A property management group we do not except section 8 requirements are as follows must make 2 1/2 to 3 times a month rent with proof of income able to hold all utilities including water in your name a $30 background and credit check to Trans Union
1 Unit Available
10772 Wayburn -1
10772 Wayburn Street , Detroit, MI
Denby
3 Bedrooms
$850
1178 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
A property management group we do not except section 8 requirements are as follows must make 2 1/2 to 3 times a month rent with proof of income able to hold all utilities including water in your name a $30 background and credit check to Trans Union
1 Unit Available
15388 Appoline St -5
15388 Appoline Avenue , Detroit, MI
Harmony Village
2 Bedrooms
$725
800 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Eight unit apartment complex the apartments are two bedrooms comes with refrigerator, stove, and water. Utilities are not included. Recommended for a single gentleman or single individuals. Not children friendly.
1 Unit Available
8518 Terry Street
8518 Terry Avenue , Detroit, MI
Brooks
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
$900
1200 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
CASH ONLY RENT 900.00 due at lease signing (1st months rent) money order only Security Deposit 1350.00 due upon application approval money order only Background check/application fee is $30.
1 Unit Available
2531 West McNichols
2531 W McNichols Rd , Detroit, MI
Mcnichols
1 Bedroom
$750
850 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 10:54 AM
Huge apartments, biggest in 6 mile area, newly renovated common area and units with professional hands on management.
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How much is rent in Detroit?
In Detroit, the median rent is $573 for a studio, $693 for a 1-bedroom, $902 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,198 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Detroit, check out our monthly Detroit Rent Report.
How much is rent in Detroit?
In Detroit, the median rent is $573 for a studio, $693 for a 1-bedroom, $902 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,198 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Detroit, check out our monthly Detroit Rent Report.
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You can find apartments in Detroit that match your maximum budget: under $700, under $800.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Detroit. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, Wayne County Community College District, Mott Community College, and Concordia University-Ann Arbor.
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Median Rent in Detroit

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Detroit is $693, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $902.
Studio
$573
1 Bed
$693
2 Beds
$902
3+ Beds
$1,198
City GuideDetroit
"There is a resilience that rises from somewhere deep within your streets. You can't define it, but you can feel it. You can feel it overflowing from the people who call you home, from people who are always proud to declare, 'I'm from Detroit'." (Eminem - "Letter To Detroit").
"There is a resilience that rises from somewhere deep within your streets. You can't define it, but you can feel it. You can feel it overflowing from the people who call you home, from people who are always proud to declare, 'I'm from Detroit'." (Eminem - "Letter To Detroit").

Welcome to Motor City! Detroit is the hard-working city that put the automotive industry on the map—and the one currently struggling to keep it there.

Due to population transition in recent years, Detroit is undergoing a sort of accommodation renovation. Thus, apartment hunting in Detroit may feel daunting. Perhaps it’s a bit like thrift-store shopping in Bolshevik Russia. There are some splendid gems—but you’ll have to sort through the torn coats and empty vodka bottles to find them. Fear not: that’s why we’ve crafted this guide. Heed our counsel and you’ll be enjoying that International Skyline in style and comfort. First, however, here are some questions you may be too embarrassed to ask.

Detroit Redwings win the Stanley Cup

Renaissance Center & new GM headquarters

Casino at Belle Isle

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.

Do people even live in Detroit anymore?
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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.

Isn’t it close to Canada or something?
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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!

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!

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City GuideDetroit
"There is a resilience that rises from somewhere deep within your streets. You can't define it, but you can feel it. You can feel it overflowing from the people who call you home, from people who are always proud to declare, 'I'm from Detroit'." (Eminem - "Letter To Detroit").
"There is a resilience that rises from somewhere deep within your streets. You can't define it, but you can feel it. You can feel it overflowing from the people who call you home, from people who are always proud to declare, 'I'm from Detroit'." (Eminem - "Letter To Detroit").

Welcome to Motor City! Detroit is the hard-working city that put the automotive industry on the map—and the one currently struggling to keep it there.

Due to population transition in recent years, Detroit is undergoing a sort of accommodation renovation. Thus, apartment hunting in Detroit may feel daunting. Perhaps it’s a bit like thrift-store shopping in Bolshevik Russia. There are some splendid gems—but you’ll have to sort through the torn coats and empty vodka bottles to find them. Fear not: that’s why we’ve crafted this guide. Heed our counsel and you’ll be enjoying that International Skyline in style and comfort. First, however, here are some questions you may be too embarrassed to ask.

Detroit Redwings win the Stanley Cup

Renaissance Center & new GM headquarters

Casino at Belle Isle

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.

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.

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!

It was a ’49, ’50, ’51 automobile…
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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

September 2020 Detroit Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Detroit Rent Report. Detroit rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Detroit rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Detroit rents held steady over the past month

Detroit rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up marginally by 0.8% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Detroit stand at $693 for a one-bedroom apartment and $902 for a two-bedroom. Detroit's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.9%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Detroit Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Detroit, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Detroit metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Warren has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,037, while one-bedrooms go for $797.
    • Dearborn has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,373; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 0.5% over the past year.
    • Taylor has the least expensive rents in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $898; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

    Detroit rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

    As rents have increased marginally in Detroit, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Detroit is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

    • Although rents across cities in Michigan have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.5% in Lansing and 0.2% in Grand Rapids.
    • Detroit's median two-bedroom rent of $902 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While Detroit's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Minneapolis (-1.2%), Charlotte (-0.6%), and Chicago (-0.3%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Detroit than most other large cities. For example, Chicago has a median 2BR rent of $1,282, which is nearly one-and-a-half times the price in Detroit.

    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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Detroit
    $690
    $900
    0
    0.8%
    Warren
    $800
    $1,040
    0.1%
    3%
    Sterling Heights
    $840
    $1,090
    0.1%
    1.3%
    Dearborn
    $1,050
    $1,370
    0.3%
    0.5%
    Livonia
    $940
    $1,220
    0
    0.8%
    Westland
    $750
    $980
    0.1%
    1.3%
    Troy
    $1,030
    $1,340
    1.7%
    1.4%
    Southfield
    $930
    $1,210
    0.3%
    1.4%
    Taylor
    $690
    $900
    0.1%
    1.7%
    Pontiac
    $730
    $950
    0
    0.3%
    Dearborn Heights
    $890
    $1,160
    0.5%
    -2.5%
    Royal Oak
    $830
    $1,080
    0
    -0.2%
    Novi
    $1,050
    $1,370
    0
    -0.6%
    Roseville
    $760
    $980
    0
    0.5%
    Lincoln Park
    $680
    $890
    0.1%
    -0.3%
    Port Huron
    $650
    $850
    0
    1%
    Southgate
    $780
    $1,020
    -0.1%
    -1%
    Madison Heights
    $840
    $1,100
    -0.2%
    -1.4%
    Oak Park
    $990
    $1,290
    0
    0.7%
    Auburn Hills
    $940
    $1,220
    0.3%
    0.3%
    Ferndale
    $720
    $930
    0
    -1%
    Mount Clemens
    $550
    $710
    0
    1.8%
    Rochester
    $990
    $1,290
    0.4%
    -3.6%
    Highland Park
    $600
    $780
    0
    8.6%
    Howell
    $940
    $1,230
    0
    2.2%
    Plymouth
    $810
    $1,010
    0
    1.5%
    Brighton
    $940
    $1,220
    0.4%
    2.7%
    Walled Lake
    $960
    $1,240
    0.5%
    -2.2%
    Belleville
    $940
    $1,200
    0.6%
    7.8%
    Clinton
    $770
    $930
    0.5%
    2.9%
    See More

    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.

    Read More

    September 2020 Detroit Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Detroit Rent Report. Detroit rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Detroit rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Detroit Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Detroit Rent Report. Detroit rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Detroit rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Detroit rents held steady over the past month

    Detroit rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up marginally by 0.8% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Detroit stand at $693 for a one-bedroom apartment and $902 for a two-bedroom. Detroit's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.9%, but exceeds the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Detroit Metro

      Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Detroit, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Detroit metro, all of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Warren has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,037, while one-bedrooms go for $797.
      • Dearborn has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,373; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 0.5% over the past year.
      • Taylor has the least expensive rents in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $898; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 1.7% over the past year.

      Detroit rents more affordable than many comparable cities nationwide

      As rents have increased marginally in Detroit, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Detroit is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

      • Although rents across cities in Michigan have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.5% in Lansing and 0.2% in Grand Rapids.
      • Detroit's median two-bedroom rent of $902 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While Detroit's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Minneapolis (-1.2%), Charlotte (-0.6%), and Chicago (-0.3%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Detroit than most other large cities. For example, Chicago has a median 2BR rent of $1,282, which is nearly one-and-a-half times the price in Detroit.

      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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Detroit
      $690
      $900
      0
      0.8%
      Warren
      $800
      $1,040
      0.1%
      3%
      Sterling Heights
      $840
      $1,090
      0.1%
      1.3%
      Dearborn
      $1,050
      $1,370
      0.3%
      0.5%
      Livonia
      $940
      $1,220
      0
      0.8%
      Westland
      $750
      $980
      0.1%
      1.3%
      Troy
      $1,030
      $1,340
      1.7%
      1.4%
      Southfield
      $930
      $1,210
      0.3%
      1.4%
      Taylor
      $690
      $900
      0.1%
      1.7%
      Pontiac
      $730
      $950
      0
      0.3%
      Dearborn Heights
      $890
      $1,160
      0.5%
      -2.5%
      Royal Oak
      $830
      $1,080
      0
      -0.2%
      Novi
      $1,050
      $1,370
      0
      -0.6%
      Roseville
      $760
      $980
      0
      0.5%
      Lincoln Park
      $680
      $890
      0.1%
      -0.3%
      Port Huron
      $650
      $850
      0
      1%
      Southgate
      $780
      $1,020
      -0.1%
      -1%
      Madison Heights
      $840
      $1,100
      -0.2%
      -1.4%
      Oak Park
      $990
      $1,290
      0
      0.7%
      Auburn Hills
      $940
      $1,220
      0.3%
      0.3%
      Ferndale
      $720
      $930
      0
      -1%
      Mount Clemens
      $550
      $710
      0
      1.8%
      Rochester
      $990
      $1,290
      0.4%
      -3.6%
      Highland Park
      $600
      $780
      0
      8.6%
      Howell
      $940
      $1,230
      0
      2.2%
      Plymouth
      $810
      $1,010
      0
      1.5%
      Brighton
      $940
      $1,220
      0.4%
      2.7%
      Walled Lake
      $960
      $1,240
      0.5%
      -2.2%
      Belleville
      $940
      $1,200
      0.6%
      7.8%
      Clinton
      $770
      $930
      0.5%
      2.9%
      See More

      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.

      Detroit Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Detroit ranks on:

      D
      Recreational activities
      C+
      Affordability
      D
      Social Life
      D
      Commute time
      C
      State and local taxes
      C
      Public transit

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Detroit’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Detroit renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories below average scores."

      Key Findings in Detroit include the following:

      • Detroit renters gave their city an F overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Detroit were affordability (C+), public transit (C) and state and local taxes (C).
      • The areas of concern to Detroit renters are quality of local schools, jobs and career opportunities, and safety and low crime rates, which all received scores of F.
        • Detroit did relatively poorly compared to other Rust Belt cities like Milwaukee (B-), Cleveland (C) and Pittsburgh (B+).
      • Detroit earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide like Reno (F), Newark (F), Tucson (D) and Tulsa (D).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love the new downtown." -Howard N.
      • "Crime rates are too high." -Anon.
      • "Detroit is on the up-and-up, but safety is still a concern. I like that I can walk to local shops, but unfortunately public transportation is unreliable." -Emelia M.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
      Read More

      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Detroit’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Detroit renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment L...

      View full Detroit Renter Survey

      Here’s how Detroit ranks on:

      D
      Recreational activities
      C+
      Affordability
      D
      Social Life
      D
      Commute time
      C
      State and local taxes
      C
      Public transit

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Detroit’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Detroit renters expressed general dissatisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories below average scores."

      Key Findings in Detroit include the following:

      • Detroit renters gave their city an F overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Detroit were affordability (C+), public transit (C) and state and local taxes (C).
      • The areas of concern to Detroit renters are quality of local schools, jobs and career opportunities, and safety and low crime rates, which all received scores of F.
        • Detroit did relatively poorly compared to other Rust Belt cities like Milwaukee (B-), Cleveland (C) and Pittsburgh (B+).
      • Detroit earned similar scores compared to other cities nationwide like Reno (F), Newark (F), Tucson (D) and Tulsa (D).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I love the new downtown." -Howard N.
      • "Crime rates are too high." -Anon.
      • "Detroit is on the up-and-up, but safety is still a concern. I like that I can walk to local shops, but unfortunately public transportation is unreliable." -Emelia M.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.