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675 Apartments for rent in Detroit, MI

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Last updated December 13 at 3:16am UTC
12266 APPOLINE Street
Mackenzie
Detroit, MI
Updated December 11 at 1:56am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$650
15083 Minock St
Rosedale Park
Detroit, MI
Updated December 9 at 5:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$850
19950 Patton St
Evergreen
Detroit, MI
Updated December 7 at 10:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$850
10071 Joy Rd
Mackenzie
Detroit, MI
Updated December 1 at 12:09pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$500
16237 Cheyenne St
Harmony Village
Detroit, MI
Updated December 7 at 11:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$795
11644 Broadstreet Ave
Winterhalter
Detroit, MI
Updated November 9 at 12:18pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$600
19041 Tireman
Warrendale
Detroit, MI
Updated November 17 at 11:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$850
19741 Waltham St
Osborn
Detroit, MI
Updated November 7 at 11:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$800
8603 Westwood St
Warrendale
Detroit, MI
Updated December 12 at 2:08am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$750
16752 EVERGREEN
Rosedale Park
Detroit, MI
Updated December 7 at 11:55am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$850
12890 Archdale
Grandmont
Detroit, MI
Updated December 5 at 11:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,000
13815 Seymour St
Burbank
Detroit, MI
Updated September 26 at 3:45am UTC
4 Bedrooms
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11853 Lansdowne St
Denby
Detroit, MI
Updated November 22 at 12:11pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
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15852 Turner St
Harmony Village
Detroit, MI
Updated September 29 at 9:09am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$700
12667 Cloverlawn St
Mackenzie
Detroit, MI
Updated November 11 at 10:46am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$800
15716 Patton St
Brightmoor
Detroit, MI
Updated October 5 at 11:47am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$625
Fordham St
Burbank
Detroit, MI
Updated December 7 at 9:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$700
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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 2017 Detroit Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Detroit Rent Report. Detroit rents declined 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 declined marginally over the past month

Detroit rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Detroit stand at $680 for a one-bedroom apartment and $880 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in September. Detroit's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.4%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

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 8.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $990, while one-bedrooms go for $760.
  • Over the past month, Pontiac has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $930, while one-bedrooms go for $720.
  • Troy has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,280; rents increased 2.2% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Detroit proper has the least expensive rents in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $880; rents fell 0.1% over the past month but rose 1.1% over the past year.

Detroit rents more affordable than many other large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Detroit, a few comparable cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Detroit is still more affordable than most similar cities across the country.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Michigan as a whole logging rent growth of 2.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.6% in Lansing and 1.6% in Grand Rapids.
  • Detroit's median two-bedroom rent of $880 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.1% increase in Detroit.
  • While Detroit's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Fresno (+5.8%), Las Vegas (+4.3%), and Baltimore (+2.6%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Detroit than most other large cities. For example, Chicago has a median 2BR rent of $1,250, 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 price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Detroit $680 $880 -0.1% 1.1%
Warren $760 $990 0.5% 8.4%
Sterling Heights $810 $1,060 0.4% 2.4%
Westland $730 $950 -0.1% 2.4%
Troy $980 $1,280 0.3% 2.2%
Southfield $890 $1,160 0.1% 1.0%
Taylor $680 $890 0.0% 0.2%
Pontiac $720 $930 -0.5% 2.9%
Royal Oak $820 $1,070 -0.2% 3.1%
Auburn Hills $920 $1,190 0.1% 5.8%
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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 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
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
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.