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354 Apartments for rent in Royal Oak, MI

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Last updated February 21 at 8:30am UTC
3415 W 14 Mile Rd
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 21 at 1:35am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3344 Coolidge Highway
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 20 at 1:52am UTC
2 Bedrooms
516 N West St
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 20 at 1:38am UTC
2 Bedrooms
423 S Maple Ave
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 19 at 12:13pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 19 at 10:58am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1006 Donald
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 17 at 9:12am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1102 N KENWOOD Avenue
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 17 at 2:48am UTC
4 Bedrooms
217 W 13 Mile Rd
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 16 at 11:19am UTC
2 Bedrooms
708 S. Edgeworth
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 16 at 11:17am UTC
4 Bedrooms
904 N Maple Ave
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 16 at 1:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1210 MORSE Avenue
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 16 at 1:32am UTC
1 Bedroom
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 16 at 1:32am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2503 West 13 Mile Road
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 3:53pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
2907 N Alexander Ave
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 3:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
2611 N Connecticut Ave
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 3:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
516 Simon Ct
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1217 E 13 Mile Rd
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:55am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1308 Hartrick Ave
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:48am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3121 Ferncliff Ave
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
100 N CENTER Street
Downtown Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:11am UTC
2 Bedrooms
4910 BRIARWOOD Avenue
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 15 at 11:11am UTC
1 Bedroom
West 14 Mile Road
Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI
Updated February 21 at 8:30am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Royal Oak
The Neighborhoods of Royal Oak

Royal Oaks is close to metro Detroit and is teeming with life and culture. Do you want to be in the middle of things, or do you like to amble through parks and go to bed before midnight? There's no wrong answer, but your choice in neighborhood will make or break your experience. Here's a rundown to help you get your search off on the right foot:

Normandy Road / West 13 Mile Road:Welcome to Baby Boomer Land. Nearly all the homes in this urban neighborhood were built in the days following World War II. Like other residential areas in Royal Oak, the area feels stable and more than a little park-like. $$$

Beaumont / Woodward Avenue:The Beaumont Hospital takes up nearly half of the land in this retirement-friendly community and even owns the adjacent Northwood Shopping Center. The neighborhood is especially popular with executive types who evidently appreciate the nearness to stress clinics and cafeterias. You'll find a mix of hi rise apartments and smaller single-family homes, most of which are well established and well maintained. $$

City Center:Get ready to party! Downtown Royal Oak is one of the most happening places this side of Chicago. The nightlife and performance scene are world-class, and the restaurants are to die for. Toss on your chaps and hit a biker bar, or dress to the nines for a night of theater and haute cuisine. No one will look twice and most everybody will pound one back and dance right along with you.$$$

Catalpa Drive / West Farnum Avenue:If you ever wondered what those trees are with the big bean things hanging down, welcome to the source. When you aren't dodging splatted catalpa fruits, chances are you'll appreciate the historic row homes and architecture. There are lots of college kids around, so the area is predictably progressive, hip, and lively. If you're a fuddy duddy, look elsewhere. $$$

Coolidge Highway / Upton:The busy strip on Woodward Avenue offers all kinds of dining and shopping opportunities, but the side streets retain a quaint and comfortable feel. Grab some gluten-free pizza at Buddy's or head over to Bowlero Lanes to destroy some pins and relive your high school glory days. Life is nice and vacancies are low, so you'll have to search a bit to find a home rental here. $$$$

Cummingston / West 14th Mile Road:Relax and enjoy the sprawling beauty of Cummingston Nature Center, which meanders along Torquay Avenue. The forest and nature trails offer a wonderful reprieve from the city's hustle and bustle, and lend the neighborhood a more suburban feeling. $$

North Main Street / Tenhave Woods:Home to the main Royal Oak High School, this little community is a green wonderland. From Quickstead Park to Starr Jaycee Park to Worden Park, there are more places to hug trees and curb your dog than you'd believe possible. For a real winter treat, strap on some blades and try to stay upright at the John Lindell Ice Arena. Oh, but don't speed. The local fuzz will have you in leg irons faster than you can say, "speed trap." $$

West 13 Mile Road / Crooks Road:This affluent neighborhood delivers the goods: strollable, crime-free streets, stable residents, spacious homes, and awesome kielbasa. If you aren't into tube-shaped mystery meat, you've got to try the ciabatta over at Tania's on Crooks Road. The little community park offers tennis courts and hosts a variety of summertime shows and concerts. $$$

East Hudson Avenue / Mclean Avenue:You might have to spend less on beer and brats to live in this swank neighborhood, but the proximity and convenience are well worth it. Located within a few blocks of downtown Royal Oak, this upscale community offers a mix of luxurious city apartments and stately row homes. You do get the occasional kegger and all-night guerilla Frisbee matches, but the college kids are generally harmless otherwise. $$$$$


You can literally get anywhere in Detroit in about 20 minutes. I-75 and I696 connect nearby and offer super-slab convenience and HOV lanes. Other local arteries, such as Woodward Avenue and Rochester Road offer quick access to retail and industrial districts, with even less traffic. Or save yourself the driving and parking hassles, hop on one of the city's handy SMART buses, which link up to transport throughout the entire metro area.

Eat Here Often

Food's a personal pleasure, but there are restaurants here that just about anyone will love. Get out and try them. Savor them. And if you want to taste the absolute best of Royal Oak, don't miss out on these four taste bud-pleasing juggernauts:

Oak City Grille

The prices are good and the food is even better. You'll find a crazy good wine selection, a huge assortment of local brews, and local gems like "Potato Encrusted Whitefish" and "Bacon Wrapped Scallops." The crab cakes are divine and atmosphere is downright cheery.

D'Amato's Italian Restaurant

If there are any local wiseguys, they'll be at D'Amato's, scarfing down scaloppini just like the rest of us. This is a fabulous bistro with a varied menu and a stunning dcor. Bring a heat-resistant credit card, it's gonna get used.

Memphis Smoke

Not all good grub requires you to wear a suit or endure harpsichords.Dive into the area's best barbecue, jambalaya, and fried catfish while you listen to great live music at this authentic southern smokehouse. Sometimes it's nice to hang out with folks who'll just smile and nod knowingly when you schlop sauce all over your white polo shirt.

Tom's Oyster Bar

The reigning king of metro seafood restaurants, Tom's is a gustatory treasure. Really, it's that good. Try the oysters on the half-shell and you'll think you've died and gone to Maine.

Rent Report
Royal Oak

February 2018 Royal Oak Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2018 Royal Oak Rent Report. Royal Oak rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Royal Oak rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Royal Oak rents held steady over the past month

Royal Oak rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Royal Oak stand at $830 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,080 for a two-bedroom. Royal Oak's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.4%, as well as the national average of 2.6%.

Rents rising across the Detroit Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Royal Oak, 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.

  • Detroit proper has the least expensive rents in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $890; additionally, the city has seen rent growth of 0.3% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Troy has the most expensive rents in the Detroit metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,300; however, the city has also seen rents fall by 0.2% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro.

Royal Oak rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Royal Oak, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Royal Oak is still more affordable than most large 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 2.8% in Lansing and 1.1% in Grand Rapids.
  • Royal Oak's median two-bedroom rent of $1,080 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year compared to the 2.9% rise in Royal Oak.
  • While Royal Oak's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Fresno (+5.7%), Las Vegas (+4.9%), and Charlotte (+2.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Royal Oak than most large cities. For example, Chicago has a median 2BR rent of $1,250.

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 $890 0.3% 1.3%
Warren $760 $990 0.1% 9.0%
Sterling Heights $820 $1,060 0.2% 2.8%
Dearborn $1,000 $1,300 0.3% 6.2%
Livonia $910 $1,190 -0.1% 2.0%
Westland $730 $950 0.1% 2.6%
Troy $1,000 $1,300 -0.2% 2.6%
Southfield $890 $1,160 -0.1% 1.4%
Taylor $680 $890 0.1% 0.5%
Pontiac $720 $940 0.2% 2.2%
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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.


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.