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244 Apartments for rent in Grand Rapids, MI

Last updated January 23 at 4:33am UTC
1210 California St NW
John Ball Park
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 6 at 11:59am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$2,250
147 Page St NE
Creston
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 18 at 2:47pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,195
833 Lyon St NE
Midtown
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated December 12 at 11:34am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,300
14 Trowbridge NE
Belknap Lookout
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 6 at 12:07pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,275
223 Valley Ave NW
John Ball Park
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 9 at 11:44am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$2,150
951 Bridge St NW
West Grand
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 20 at 1:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$795
2311 Wealthy St SE Apt 30
Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 18 at 8:08pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,725
7431 Regal Ave
Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 17 at 8:04pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$900
259 Valley Ave NW
John Ball Park
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 9 at 11:44am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,800
1804 Richmond St NW
Westside Connection
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 7 at 12:19pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
836 Clancy NE #2
Belknap Lookout
Grand Rapids, MI
Updated January 3 at 3:36pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$850
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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

January 2018 Grand Rapids Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Grand Rapids Rent Report. Grand Rapids rents remained steady 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Grand Rapids rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.2% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Grand Rapids stand at $750 for a one-bedroom apartment and $910 for a two-bedroom. Grand Rapids' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.4%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

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, all 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 $1,300; of the 10 largest Michigan cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Warren experiencing the fastest growth (+9.0%).
  • Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Lansing have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.7%, 4.2%, and 2.8%, respectively).

Grand Rapids rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Grand Rapids, a few 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 2.8% over the past year compared to the 1.2% increase in Grand Rapids.
  • While Grand Rapids' rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Seattle (+3.0%), and Dallas (+2.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Grand Rapids than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, 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’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Grand Rapids ranks on:
B+ Overall satisfaction
B+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A Recreational activities
B+ Affordability
A- Quality of schools
A- Social Life
C Weather
A- Commute time
B State and local taxes
A Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

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

"Grand Rapids renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

Key findings in Grand Rapids include the following:

  • Grand Rapids renters gave their city a B+ overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Grand Rapids were jobs and career opportunities, public transit and recreational activities, which all received A grades.
  • The areas of concern to Grand Rapids renters are weather (C) and state and local taxes (B).
  • Grand Rapids did relatively well compared to other cities in Michigan, including Detroit (F), but worse than Ann Arbor (A+).
  • Grand Rapids did relatively well compared to other cities nationwide, including Chicago, IL (B-), Indianapolis, IN (C+) and New York, NY (C+).
  • 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:

  • "There is plenty to do and good nightlife, but the neighborhood you live in matters. I live downtown and it can be hard to find parking and safety can be a concern." – Rebecca H.
  • "Grand Rapids is a small city but has all the benefits of a larger one." – Anna L.
  • "Love the opportunity for local growth but hate the crime rate and dirty streets." – Tiffany H.
  • "I love that there’s lots to do in terms of activities and everything is no more than 20 minutes away. But there’s construction everywhere all year, and car insurance rates are unreasonably high for no reason." – Anon.

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.