265 Apartments for rent in Grand Rapids, MI

Last updated November 24 at 2:13pm UTC
814 Henry Ave SE
Madison Area
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 22 at 6:09pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$900
1767 Knapp St NE Apt 2
Creston
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated October 21 at 11:16am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,200
251 Dickinson St SW
Garfield Park
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated October 11 at 10:14am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$1,050
448 Highland St SE
Madison Area
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 23 at 5:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$895
611 Michigan St NE
Midtown
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 16 at 12:02pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$950
209 Prospect Avenue SE
Heritage Hill
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 4 at 9:06am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
932 Lake Michigan Dr NW
SWAN
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated October 7 at 9:19am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,700
1429 Quarry Avenue Northwest 1
West Grand
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 21 at 11:57am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
844 Franklin St SE
South East End
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 24 at 9:22am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$995
329 Hollister Avenue SE
East Hills
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 18 at 11:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$995
447 Barth Ave SE
Baxter
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 3 at 7:02pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$950
1726 Eastern Ave SE
Oakdale
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated November 24 at 9:21am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$695
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City Guide
Grand Rapids
The River City, In the Palm of Your Hand

On the classic Michigan Hand Map, Grand Rapids is located roughly in the middle of the right hand, between the ring finger and pinkie. If you don't know about the Hand Map, and you're considering a move to the great state of Michigan, we suggest you get to know it ASAP. Believe it or not, Michiganders really do often utilize these “handy” bodily maps as visual aids. So, what's so great about living in this part of the north paw? Plenty, actually. Cultural opportunities abound, commutes are a cinch, public spaces are ample, the beaches of that one really big lake are just 30 minutes away and, most importantly, the local beer is good. For a 10 minute tour of the city and a peek at nearly 3,000 of its inhabitants, just watch Rob Bliss' world record-breaking Lip Dub video.

Weather

With average winter low temps hovering around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, living in Grand Rapids pretty much requires a car. With snow tires. GR does offer reliable (and cheap) public transportation around downtown and between suburbs via The Rapid and Dash systems.

Finding Your Niche

Lifestyle considerations may prove to be a deal-breaker or maker for some house-hunters. While Grand Rapids is widely considered to be an 'up and coming' American community, it's not exactly a world capitol, so competition for vacant units is usually a non-issue. Investigate GR's neighborhoods, and take it from there.

A River Runs Through It

Grand Rapids is basically divided into four sections, NE, NW, SE and SW:

Southeast: This area has a variety of housing options.

Northeast: Includes the areas of Rockford and Kent county, and holds a plethora of hiking, biking and golfing opportunities.

Southwest: Composed of the suburbs of Wyoming, Grandville and Byron Center, this area is known fo– Hey! Look at that giant mall!

Northwest: A more rural area.

Breaking it Down

Eastown

Eastown, so hot right now . . . Eastown. GR's most happening 'hood offers everything you need to get through your day: art galleries, bookstores, a legendary breakfast spot, dive bars, coffee and hot yoga. Located just 5 minutes east of downtown Grand Rapids, snaggable rentals include townhomes, mid-rise apartments and second floor apartments.

Heritage Hill

Founded in 1848 (hence the name) Heritage Hills' rental inventory consists primarily of old, stately manors carved into apartments, and single-family homes. By the way, the whole freakin' neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Belknap Lookout

The Lookout has a diverse selection of rentals. The farther east you go, the nicer it gets.

Heartside

This neighborhood is smack in the center of town, and somewhat of an ongoing project. A recently opened farmers market and nightlife district and the assortment of LEED-certified apartment buildings.

Grand Rapids is, quite simply, an extremely friendly place to live, if you didn’t notice from the lip dub. It offer a vibrant downtown, cool neighborhood shopping districts, and green development plans. So here’s a final insider tip for you, go out and buy a jacket, you don’t want to miss the boat on this one. Hurry and find your rental – before global warming ruins your chances!

Rent Report
Grand Rapids

November 2017 Grand Rapids Rent Report

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

Grand Rapids rents increased slightly over the past month

Grand Rapids rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Grand Rapids stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $910 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. Grand Rapids' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.4%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in Michigan

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Grand Rapids, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Michigan, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.4% 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, Dearborn is the most expensive of all Michigan's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,340; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Flint, where a two-bedroom goes for $720, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.3%).
  • Warren, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (7.7%, 5.9%, and 4.5%, respectively).

Grand Rapids rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Grand Rapids, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Grand Rapids is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Grand Rapids' median two-bedroom rent of $910 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.7% rise in Grand Rapids.
  • While Grand Rapids' rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Dallas (+2.6%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Grand Rapids than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Grand Rapids.

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.

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.

Grand Rapids Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Grand Rapids ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
A+ Confidence in the local economy
A Plans for homeownership
C- Recreational activities
B Quality of schools
C+ Commute time
C- State and local taxes
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Grand Rapids's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Grand Rapids renters report an extremely high degree of satisfaction (9th happiest in the country) and are very confident in the local economy," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and Grand Rapids has a lot to offer this highly mobile demographic."

Key findings in Grand Rapids include the following:

  • Grand Rapids renters give their city an A+ overall, which is one of the highest grades in the country.
  • The Grand Rapids economy earned an A+, with 46% of renters saying the local economy is on the right track compared to just 18% who disagree. This was the 5th best score in the country.
  • Confidence in the local economy typically correlates to plans for homeownership, and Grand Rapids was no exception: 69% of renters plan to buy a home ranking 16th out of 100 cities in our study.
  • Grand Rapids renters give the city a B+ for safety, reflecting satisfaction levels that are slightly above the national average.
  • Renters gave Grand Rapids a C- for access to recreational activities, which is the lowest grade it received in any category and below the national average.
  • Three Michigan cities ranked, with Grand Rapids earning an A+, Lansing following with a B, and Detroit earning a F.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.