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39 Apartments for rent in Duluth, MN

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Les Chateaux
3800 London Rd
Duluth, MN | Congdon
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,240
788 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,625
1150 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 09:39 PM
A selection of one-, two and three bedrooms located right near downtown Duluth. Main features include air conditioner, dishwashers, large closets, ceiling fans, patios/balconies and more.
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2 Units Available
Ramsey Village II
5404 Ramsey St
Duluth, MN | Spirit Valley/Denfeld/Norton Park
1 Bedroom
$1,340
1017 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 19 at 09:36 PM
Enjoy an open floor plan with large windows and hardwood flooring. Spacious townhomes in West Duluth with easy access to I-35. Community offers detached garages and large front porches.
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8 Units Available
Ramsey Village
5402 Ramsey St
Duluth, MN | Spirit Valley/Denfeld/Norton Park
1 Bedroom
$1,335
1017 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,275
1150 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 19 at 09:36 PM
Charming townhouses with front porches, gorgeous master suites, open floor plans and gourmet kitchens with dishwasher. Laundry in-unit. Great location close to shopping, dining and entertainment.
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2 Units Available
Chesterwood
723 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN | Chester Park
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,255
850 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 09:36 PM
Fresh, functional apartments, not far from the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Hardwood floors, garbage disposals, air conditioning and walk-in closets. Lobby, parking and Internet access. Pet-friendly.
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6 Units Available
Lofts on Canal
20 Sutphin St
Duluth, MN | Downtown Duluth
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,100
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,118
1092 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 06:37 PM
Located in Duluth's Downtown Waterfront, within walking distance of Bayfront Festival Park. Refurbished one- and two-bedroom units with sweeping views of Lake Superior. Pet friendly.
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1 Unit Available
Highland Chateau
822 Baylis St
Duluth, MN | Duluth Heights
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,070
895 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 19 at 06:33 PM
Near Web woods and Downtown Duluth. Lots of interior updates including ample storage and controlled access entry. Onsite community room, 24-hour fitness room, and grilling area. Smoke-free community.
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1 Unit Available
Irving School Apartment Homes
101 N 56th Ave W
Duluth, MN | Spirit Valley/Denfeld/Norton Park
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$980
912 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 06:10 PM
Historic school renovated into residential apartments. Unique architectural features including built-in cases, chalkboards, and exposed brick walls. Units feature modern appliances and contemporary interior finishes.
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2 Units Available
Greysolon Plaza
231 E Superior St
Duluth, MN | Downtown Duluth
1 Bedroom
$1,039
653 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 06:05 PM
A landmark building that was once a historic hotel. Stunning Renaissance-style lobby. On-site amenities include new kitchens, community room and spacious layouts. Grand Lake Superior views. Near the downtown area.
1 Unit Available
120 West 3rd Street - 9
120 W 3rd St
Duluth, MN | Downtown Duluth
Studio
$725
400 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 02:48 PM
Very large studio apartment. Recently updated, clean, safe building. Laundry on site, off street parking. ALL utilities included! Safe downtown location with secure entrances. Off street parking and laundry on site.
1 Unit Available
814 E 2nd Street - 2
814 East 2nd Street
Duluth, MN | East End
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
900 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 02:48 PM
Large 2 bed room apartment in a historic brick duplex. Apartment was completely remodeled in 2014. Apartment features plenty of light, open floor plan, and modern appliances. There is a washer and dry included with the apartment as well.
1 Unit Available
621 N 58th Ave W
621 North 58th Avenue West
Duluth, MN | Spirit Valley/Denfeld/Norton Park
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
1200 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:28 AM
This recently renovated single-family home is located in West Duluth near the Spirit Valley neighborhood. The home offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second level.
1 Unit Available
1129 N 7th Ave E
1129 North 7th Avenue East
Duluth, MN | East End
4 Bedrooms
$1,200
1560 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:28 AM
This four bedroom home is located on the east side of Duluth. The location makes it very close to the local colleges and downtown area. The home offers a four bedroom layout with nice large rooms throughout.
1 Unit Available
3802 Trinity Rd
3802 Trinity Road
Duluth, MN | Duluth Heights
Studio
$3,500
3000 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:28 AM
Bachand Group is proud to offer this commercial space on one of the most highly traveled roads in Duluth. If you are looking for a high profile place to move or start your business this is the perfect location for you.
1 Unit Available
6202 Green St
6202 Green St
Duluth, MN | Spirit Valley/Denfeld/Norton Park
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
1408 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:28 AM
This well kept home was completely renovated in 2018 with new flooring throughout. The home gives you a touch of class with newer high end appliainces, new counter tops, solid wood doors and plank flooring.
1 Unit Available
Mount Royal Manor
100 Elizabeth Street
Duluth, MN | Congdon
2 Bedrooms
$1,330
730 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:05 AM
Mount Royal Manor Apartment Two-bed-one-bathroom Unit for rent. With an affordable price, the Apartment has comfortable access to the University of Minnesota - Duluth, within 8 mins of walking distance.
1 Unit Available
209 N 11th Ave W
209 North 11th Avenue West
Duluth, MN | Observation Hill
3 Bedrooms
$1,200
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
Unique 3 Bedroom Home Available Now! - A virtual walkthrough video is available here: https://youtu.be/mInmibRODFY Centrally located move-in ready home available today! Three bedrooms are located on the second floor, along with the full bathroom.
1 Unit Available
1313 N 20th Ave E
1313 North 20th Avenue East
Duluth, MN | Chester Park
4 Bedrooms
$1,700
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
1313 N 20th Ave E Available 06/01/20 AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST - 4 Bedroom Home Close to Campus! - Don't miss your opportunity to live in this great 4 bedroom house that is walking distance to UMD! This very clean, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home available June
1 Unit Available
110 Niagara St E
110 East Niagara Street
Duluth, MN | Kenwood
4 Bedrooms
$1,600
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
110 Niagara St E Available 06/01/20 AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST - 4 Bedroom Home Close to Campus! - TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING, PLEASE SELECT THE COSIGNER OPTION Be the first to see this beautiful home! This home has a great porch for hanging out on, off street
1 Unit Available
8 N 18th Ave W
8 N 18th Ave W
Duluth, MN | West End
2 Bedrooms
$825
Last updated April 4 at 11:15 AM
Cozy 2 Bedroom Apartment in Lincoln Park! - Property Id: 97547 2 Bedroom 1 bath apartment located at 8 N 18th Ave W available 4/1/20.
1 Unit Available
518 N 10th Ave E
518 North 10th Avenue East
Duluth, MN | East End
3 Bedrooms
$1,300
1236 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:36 AM
518 N 10th Ave E Available 06/01/20 AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST-Great 3 Bedroom just across from Portland Square - TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING, PLEASE SELECT THE COSIGNER OPTION Come in and check out this great 3 bedroom 1.
1 Unit Available
509 Spear Ave
509 Spear Avenue
Duluth, MN | Congdon
4 Bedrooms
$1,600
1221 sqft
Last updated April 7 at 10:59 AM
509 Spear Ave Available 06/01/20 AVAILABLE JUNE 1ST - Stunning Remodeled Home Close To Morley Heights Park! - TO SCHEDULE A SHOWING, PLEASE SELECT THE COSIGNER OPTION Be the first to see this beautiful home! This home has two great porches for
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1 Unit Available
44 Billings Dr
44 Billings Drive
Superior, WI
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
2080 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 09:56 PM
Available around November 15th this beautiful 2+ bedroom Colonial style home in billings park is sure to take your breath away.
1 Unit Available
2018 E 6th St
2018 East 6th Street
Superior, WI
3 Bedrooms
$1,045
1288 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 07:28 AM
This charming, single family home is located in Superior's East End neighborhood. The two-story home includes three bedrooms, all on the second level, and one bathroom.
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4 Units Available
Deerfield
4122 Meadow Pkwy
Hermantown, MN | Duluth Heights
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
1185 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,820
1600 sqft
Last updated October 19 at 09:39 PM
Welcome home to our slice of paradise here at Deerfield Townhomes in Hermantown, Minnesota. Our lovely community lies encompassed by the amazing landscape of the area which is richly blanketed with trees and greenery.
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How much is rent in Duluth?
In Duluth, the median rent is $740 for a studio, $749 for a 1-bedroom, $960 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,234 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Duluth, check out our monthly Duluth Rent Report.
How much is rent in Duluth?
In Duluth, the median rent is $740 for a studio, $749 for a 1-bedroom, $960 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,234 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Duluth, check out our monthly Duluth Rent Report.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Duluth apartments that allow pets.
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How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Duluth properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Duluth properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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How can I find off-campus housing in Duluth?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Duluth. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Duluth. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Median Rent in Duluth

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Duluth is $749, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.
Studio
$740
1 Bed
$749
2 Beds
$960
3+ Beds
$1,234

City Guide

Duluth
On a 700-foot knoll overlooking mighty Lake Superior, at the western tip of the picturesque North Shore Drive, lies a true American gem: Duluth, Minnesota, aka “the San Francisco of the Midwest.” Boasting apartments ranging from highly affordable, basic studio crash pads to lavish luxury units hugging the shoreline, Duluth offers a slew of viable renting options for residents. Sound like a good fit for you? Then what are you waiting for? Come along with us and we guarantee you’ll be living th...
On a 700-foot knoll overlooking mighty Lake Superior, at the western tip of the picturesque North Shore Drive, lies a true American gem: Duluth, Minnesota, aka “the San Francisco of the Midwest.” Boasting apartments ranging from highly affordable, basic studio crash pads to lavish luxury units hugging the shoreline, Duluth offers a slew of viable renting options for residents. Sound like a good fit for you? Then what are you waiting for? Come along with us and we guarantee you’ll be living th...
A Tale of Two Cities

From roughly early November until mid-April, Duluth is usually covered in ice and snow, with temperatures often refusing to climb above zero degrees for weeks at a time. Then Old Man Winter finally gives way to some well-needed sunlight, and Duluth transforms from a somewhat sparsely populated winterland of roughly 87,000 into a hustling, bustling tourist destination where roughly 3.5 million visitors pump more than 400 million greenbacks into the economy each year. Duluth features a number of tourist hotspots including the renowned Aerial Lift Bridge, a gigantic all-freshwater aquarium (the only one in the U.S.), and numerous shops, eateries, and resorts with scenic lake views. The city is also home to the annual Homegrown Music Festival, the celebrated Grandma’s Marathon, and numerous parks, golf courses, and trails, including a 39-mile hiking trail along Lake Michigan’s shoreline and a six-mile sand spit.

Being a “Tourist in Your Own Town”

Duluth also boasts a variety of attractions for not just the seasonal populace but for year-round residents as well, including numerous art museums, theaters, live music venues, a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, a ski resort, and a plethora of after-hours pubs and clubs. Despite popular misperception, there’s actually much more to do in certain nooks and crannies of the North Star State during the winter months than mope around your apartment hoping a blizzard doesn’t engulf you.

A Tale of Two Cities
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From roughly early November until mid-April, Duluth is usually covered in ice and snow, with temperatures often refusing to climb above zero degrees for weeks at a time. Then Old Man Winter finally gives way to some well-needed sunlight, and Duluth transforms from a somewhat sparsely populated winterland of roughly 87,000 into a hustling, bustling tourist destination where roughly 3.5 million visitors pump more than 400 million greenbacks into the economy each year. Duluth features a number of tourist hotspots including the renowned Aerial Lift Bridge, a gigantic all-freshwater aquarium (the only one in the U.S.), and numerous shops, eateries, and resorts with scenic lake views. The city is also home to the annual Homegrown Music Festival, the celebrated Grandma’s Marathon, and numerous parks, golf courses, and trails, including a 39-mile hiking trail along Lake Michigan’s shoreline and a six-mile sand spit.

Being a “Tourist in Your Own Town”

Duluth also boasts a variety of attractions for not just the seasonal populace but for year-round residents as well, including numerous art museums, theaters, live music venues, a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, a ski resort, and a plethora of after-hours pubs and clubs. Despite popular misperception, there’s actually much more to do in certain nooks and crannies of the North Star State during the winter months than mope around your apartment hoping a blizzard doesn’t engulf you.

Navigating the Town

The good old gas guzzler is still king of the road in Duluth, especially for those living in the more remote parts of town further from the lake. The Duluth Transit Authority does provide bus and trolley services, but we recommend having your own set of wheels if you want to work, play, dine, shop, and bank without having to coincide your activities with the somewhat limited bus schedule. Fortunately, traffic rarely backs up in Duluth and parking is more than ample. Many parts of town, meanwhile, have bike paths, but keep in mind that the streets of Duluth are notoriously hilly.

Navigating the Town
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The good old gas guzzler is still king of the road in Duluth, especially for those living in the more remote parts of town further from the lake. The Duluth Transit Authority does provide bus and trolley services, but we recommend having your own set of wheels if you want to work, play, dine, shop, and bank without having to coincide your activities with the somewhat limited bus schedule. Fortunately, traffic rarely backs up in Duluth and parking is more than ample. Many parts of town, meanwhile, have bike paths, but keep in mind that the streets of Duluth are notoriously hilly.

Choosing your Neighborhood

The first step in finding the perfect apartment is deciding which neighborhood is best for you. The easiest way to discover your dream ‘hood? Visit Duluth in advance and spend plenty of time in its various neighborhoods, getting a feel for their vibes and residents, before checking out the local apartment scene. Generally, the most modern and fashionable rental properties are situated along the coast of Lake Superior, although many of the outlying neighborhoods feature ultramodern lofts, condos, and rental houses as well. If you’re in the market for a sweet pad with a scenic view, check out the Bayview Heights, Goat Hill, or Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, which are perched atop steep hills and serve up plenty of panoramic views of both the city and the waterfront. The downtown area and Central Hillside are equipped with an array of brand-new lofts and condos that appeal to the more urban-minded leaser, while Congdon Park, Denfeld, and East Hillside, among others, are also popular choices.

Choosing your Neighborhood
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The first step in finding the perfect apartment is deciding which neighborhood is best for you. The easiest way to discover your dream ‘hood? Visit Duluth in advance and spend plenty of time in its various neighborhoods, getting a feel for their vibes and residents, before checking out the local apartment scene. Generally, the most modern and fashionable rental properties are situated along the coast of Lake Superior, although many of the outlying neighborhoods feature ultramodern lofts, condos, and rental houses as well. If you’re in the market for a sweet pad with a scenic view, check out the Bayview Heights, Goat Hill, or Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, which are perched atop steep hills and serve up plenty of panoramic views of both the city and the waterfront. The downtown area and Central Hillside are equipped with an array of brand-new lofts and condos that appeal to the more urban-minded leaser, while Congdon Park, Denfeld, and East Hillside, among others, are also popular choices.

Apartment Advice

Once you’ve established which neighborhood suits you best, it’s time for the fun part: picking a primo pad to call your own. A few things to keep in mind during your apartment hunting escapades: Rentals run the gamut in Duluth, from rustic “box units” for $600 or less all the way to newly-constructed, amenity-packed lofts and condos for a grand or more. Quite a few brand new complexes have sprouted up in recent years, many of which try to entice new tenants with amazing move-in specials (first month free, no move-in deposit, etc.). Fortunately, vacant units outnumber prospective leasers in Duluth, giving renters the luxury of scouring the market leisurely to find the best digs and the best deals. The apartment life isn’t for everyone, of course. For these people, the wide range of rental houses, many of which overlook Lake Michigan, may be a viable option. Just be sure if you go this route to give your new place a good inspection (better yet, hire a professional to do it) before moving in. Nearly half of all residences in Duluth are considered historic, meaning they were built prior to 1940.

Most property managers in Duluth require tenants sign a full one-year lease, although some offer 6-month and month-to-month leases (usually at a slightly higher price) as well. Landlords also have drastically different rules regarding roommates, smoking, subletting, and pets. Take your time and read your lease carefully before signing it, and examine your new place in-depth, making sure the appliances, pipes, sinks, windows, fans, and outlets function properly before moving in. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of utilities, especially heating, when determining your apartment budget. Because Lake Michigan has a cooling effect on the neighborhoods surrounding it (locals have dubbed Duluth “The Air-Conditioned City”), apartment dwellers along the lake often have to run their furnaces for nine or ten months of the year, especially at night.

And now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find you the apartment you’ve always dreamed of! Happy hunting and welcome to Duluth!

Apartment Advice
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Once you’ve established which neighborhood suits you best, it’s time for the fun part: picking a primo pad to call your own. A few things to keep in mind during your apartment hunting escapades: Rentals run the gamut in Duluth, from rustic “box units” for $600 or less all the way to newly-constructed, amenity-packed lofts and condos for a grand or more. Quite a few brand new complexes have sprouted up in recent years, many of which try to entice new tenants with amazing move-in specials (first month free, no move-in deposit, etc.). Fortunately, vacant units outnumber prospective leasers in Duluth, giving renters the luxury of scouring the market leisurely to find the best digs and the best deals. The apartment life isn’t for everyone, of course. For these people, the wide range of rental houses, many of which overlook Lake Michigan, may be a viable option. Just be sure if you go this route to give your new place a good inspection (better yet, hire a professional to do it) before moving in. Nearly half of all residences in Duluth are considered historic, meaning they were built prior to 1940.

Most property managers in Duluth require tenants sign a full one-year lease, although some offer 6-month and month-to-month leases (usually at a slightly higher price) as well. Landlords also have drastically different rules regarding roommates, smoking, subletting, and pets. Take your time and read your lease carefully before signing it, and examine your new place in-depth, making sure the appliances, pipes, sinks, windows, fans, and outlets function properly before moving in. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of utilities, especially heating, when determining your apartment budget. Because Lake Michigan has a cooling effect on the neighborhoods surrounding it (locals have dubbed Duluth “The Air-Conditioned City”), apartment dwellers along the lake often have to run their furnaces for nine or ten months of the year, especially at night.

And now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find you the apartment you’ve always dreamed of! Happy hunting and welcome to Duluth!

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City Guide

Duluth
On a 700-foot knoll overlooking mighty Lake Superior, at the western tip of the picturesque North Shore Drive, lies a true American gem: Duluth, Minnesota, aka “the San Francisco of the Midwest.” Boasting apartments ranging from highly affordable, basic studio crash pads to lavish luxury units hugging the shoreline, Duluth offers a slew of viable renting options for residents. Sound like a good fit for you? Then what are you waiting for? Come along with us and we guarantee you’ll be living th...
On a 700-foot knoll overlooking mighty Lake Superior, at the western tip of the picturesque North Shore Drive, lies a true American gem: Duluth, Minnesota, aka “the San Francisco of the Midwest.” Boasting apartments ranging from highly affordable, basic studio crash pads to lavish luxury units hugging the shoreline, Duluth offers a slew of viable renting options for residents. Sound like a good fit for you? Then what are you waiting for? Come along with us and we guarantee you’ll be living th...
A Tale of Two Cities

From roughly early November until mid-April, Duluth is usually covered in ice and snow, with temperatures often refusing to climb above zero degrees for weeks at a time. Then Old Man Winter finally gives way to some well-needed sunlight, and Duluth transforms from a somewhat sparsely populated winterland of roughly 87,000 into a hustling, bustling tourist destination where roughly 3.5 million visitors pump more than 400 million greenbacks into the economy each year. Duluth features a number of tourist hotspots including the renowned Aerial Lift Bridge, a gigantic all-freshwater aquarium (the only one in the U.S.), and numerous shops, eateries, and resorts with scenic lake views. The city is also home to the annual Homegrown Music Festival, the celebrated Grandma’s Marathon, and numerous parks, golf courses, and trails, including a 39-mile hiking trail along Lake Michigan’s shoreline and a six-mile sand spit.

Being a “Tourist in Your Own Town”

Duluth also boasts a variety of attractions for not just the seasonal populace but for year-round residents as well, including numerous art museums, theaters, live music venues, a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, a ski resort, and a plethora of after-hours pubs and clubs. Despite popular misperception, there’s actually much more to do in certain nooks and crannies of the North Star State during the winter months than mope around your apartment hoping a blizzard doesn’t engulf you.

A Tale of Two Cities
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From roughly early November until mid-April, Duluth is usually covered in ice and snow, with temperatures often refusing to climb above zero degrees for weeks at a time. Then Old Man Winter finally gives way to some well-needed sunlight, and Duluth transforms from a somewhat sparsely populated winterland of roughly 87,000 into a hustling, bustling tourist destination where roughly 3.5 million visitors pump more than 400 million greenbacks into the economy each year. Duluth features a number of tourist hotspots including the renowned Aerial Lift Bridge, a gigantic all-freshwater aquarium (the only one in the U.S.), and numerous shops, eateries, and resorts with scenic lake views. The city is also home to the annual Homegrown Music Festival, the celebrated Grandma’s Marathon, and numerous parks, golf courses, and trails, including a 39-mile hiking trail along Lake Michigan’s shoreline and a six-mile sand spit.

Being a “Tourist in Your Own Town”

Duluth also boasts a variety of attractions for not just the seasonal populace but for year-round residents as well, including numerous art museums, theaters, live music venues, a symphony orchestra, a ballet company, a ski resort, and a plethora of after-hours pubs and clubs. Despite popular misperception, there’s actually much more to do in certain nooks and crannies of the North Star State during the winter months than mope around your apartment hoping a blizzard doesn’t engulf you.

Navigating the Town

The good old gas guzzler is still king of the road in Duluth, especially for those living in the more remote parts of town further from the lake. The Duluth Transit Authority does provide bus and trolley services, but we recommend having your own set of wheels if you want to work, play, dine, shop, and bank without having to coincide your activities with the somewhat limited bus schedule. Fortunately, traffic rarely backs up in Duluth and parking is more than ample. Many parts of town, meanwhile, have bike paths, but keep in mind that the streets of Duluth are notoriously hilly.

Navigating the Town
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The good old gas guzzler is still king of the road in Duluth, especially for those living in the more remote parts of town further from the lake. The Duluth Transit Authority does provide bus and trolley services, but we recommend having your own set of wheels if you want to work, play, dine, shop, and bank without having to coincide your activities with the somewhat limited bus schedule. Fortunately, traffic rarely backs up in Duluth and parking is more than ample. Many parts of town, meanwhile, have bike paths, but keep in mind that the streets of Duluth are notoriously hilly.

Choosing your Neighborhood

The first step in finding the perfect apartment is deciding which neighborhood is best for you. The easiest way to discover your dream ‘hood? Visit Duluth in advance and spend plenty of time in its various neighborhoods, getting a feel for their vibes and residents, before checking out the local apartment scene. Generally, the most modern and fashionable rental properties are situated along the coast of Lake Superior, although many of the outlying neighborhoods feature ultramodern lofts, condos, and rental houses as well. If you’re in the market for a sweet pad with a scenic view, check out the Bayview Heights, Goat Hill, or Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, which are perched atop steep hills and serve up plenty of panoramic views of both the city and the waterfront. The downtown area and Central Hillside are equipped with an array of brand-new lofts and condos that appeal to the more urban-minded leaser, while Congdon Park, Denfeld, and East Hillside, among others, are also popular choices.

Choosing your Neighborhood
+

The first step in finding the perfect apartment is deciding which neighborhood is best for you. The easiest way to discover your dream ‘hood? Visit Duluth in advance and spend plenty of time in its various neighborhoods, getting a feel for their vibes and residents, before checking out the local apartment scene. Generally, the most modern and fashionable rental properties are situated along the coast of Lake Superior, although many of the outlying neighborhoods feature ultramodern lofts, condos, and rental houses as well. If you’re in the market for a sweet pad with a scenic view, check out the Bayview Heights, Goat Hill, or Piedmont Heights neighborhoods, which are perched atop steep hills and serve up plenty of panoramic views of both the city and the waterfront. The downtown area and Central Hillside are equipped with an array of brand-new lofts and condos that appeal to the more urban-minded leaser, while Congdon Park, Denfeld, and East Hillside, among others, are also popular choices.

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Once you’ve established which neighborhood suits you best, it’s time for the fun part: picking a primo pad to call your own. A few things to keep in mind during your apartment hunting escapades: Rentals run the gamut in Duluth, from rustic “box units” for $600 or less all the way to newly-constructed, amenity-packed lofts and condos for a grand or more. Quite a few brand new complexes have sprouted up in recent years, many of which try to entice new tenants with amazing move-in specials (first month free, no move-in deposit, etc.). Fortunately, vacant units outnumber prospective leasers in Duluth, giving renters the luxury of scouring the market leisurely to find the best digs and the best deals. The apartment life isn’t for everyone, of course. For these people, the wide range of rental houses, many of which overlook Lake Michigan, may be a viable option. Just be sure if you go this route to give your new place a good inspection (better yet, hire a professional to do it) before moving in. Nearly half of all residences in Duluth are considered historic, meaning they were built prior to 1940.

Most property managers in Duluth require tenants sign a full one-year lease, although some offer 6-month and month-to-month leases (usually at a slightly higher price) as well. Landlords also have drastically different rules regarding roommates, smoking, subletting, and pets. Take your time and read your lease carefully before signing it, and examine your new place in-depth, making sure the appliances, pipes, sinks, windows, fans, and outlets function properly before moving in. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of utilities, especially heating, when determining your apartment budget. Because Lake Michigan has a cooling effect on the neighborhoods surrounding it (locals have dubbed Duluth “The Air-Conditioned City”), apartment dwellers along the lake often have to run their furnaces for nine or ten months of the year, especially at night.

And now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find you the apartment you’ve always dreamed of! Happy hunting and welcome to Duluth!

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Once you’ve established which neighborhood suits you best, it’s time for the fun part: picking a primo pad to call your own. A few things to keep in mind during your apartment hunting escapades: Rentals run the gamut in Duluth, from rustic “box units” for $600 or less all the way to newly-constructed, amenity-packed lofts and condos for a grand or more. Quite a few brand new complexes have sprouted up in recent years, many of which try to entice new tenants with amazing move-in specials (first month free, no move-in deposit, etc.). Fortunately, vacant units outnumber prospective leasers in Duluth, giving renters the luxury of scouring the market leisurely to find the best digs and the best deals. The apartment life isn’t for everyone, of course. For these people, the wide range of rental houses, many of which overlook Lake Michigan, may be a viable option. Just be sure if you go this route to give your new place a good inspection (better yet, hire a professional to do it) before moving in. Nearly half of all residences in Duluth are considered historic, meaning they were built prior to 1940.

Most property managers in Duluth require tenants sign a full one-year lease, although some offer 6-month and month-to-month leases (usually at a slightly higher price) as well. Landlords also have drastically different rules regarding roommates, smoking, subletting, and pets. Take your time and read your lease carefully before signing it, and examine your new place in-depth, making sure the appliances, pipes, sinks, windows, fans, and outlets function properly before moving in. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of utilities, especially heating, when determining your apartment budget. Because Lake Michigan has a cooling effect on the neighborhoods surrounding it (locals have dubbed Duluth “The Air-Conditioned City”), apartment dwellers along the lake often have to run their furnaces for nine or ten months of the year, especially at night.

And now it’s time to get down to brass tacks and find you the apartment you’ve always dreamed of! Happy hunting and welcome to Duluth!