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55 Apartments for rent in Asheville, NC

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Last updated November 24 at 1:09am UTC
61 Cumberland Circle
Historic Montford
Asheville, NC
Updated October 28 at 10:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
45 Pleasant Ridge Drive
Asheville, NC
Updated November 4 at 1:08pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
142 Liberty Street
Asheville, NC
Updated November 15 at 11:32am UTC
3 Bedrooms
32 Richie St
Historic Montford
Asheville, NC
Updated November 23 at 9:47am UTC
2 Bedrooms
84 Forest Hill Drive
Asheville, NC
Updated November 10 at 11:32am UTC
5 Bedrooms
135 Cherry Street
Historic Montford
Asheville, NC
Updated November 4 at 6:17pm UTC
1 Bedroom
42 Delaware Ave
Malvern Hills
Asheville, NC
Updated November 23 at 9:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
43 Ravenscroft Drive Apt 10
Downtown Asheville
Asheville, NC
Updated November 8 at 11:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
24 Delchester Lane
Asheville, NC
Updated November 17 at 11:09am UTC
4 Bedrooms
Wildflower Rd
Asheville, NC
Updated October 31 at 7:26am UTC
4 Bedrooms
Davenport Rd
Malvern Hills
Asheville, NC
Updated November 23 at 9:04am UTC
3 Bedrooms
Nebraska St
Pisgah View
Asheville, NC
Updated November 23 at 9:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy
Asheville, NC
Updated October 19 at 7:52am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
The Peeps of Asheville

The 80,000 residents of Asheville include a wide range of demographics, including:

  • Artists. Renowned around the leftist globe as one of the country’s most liberal and artsy cities, Asheville has become a popular stomping grounds for artists of all kinds. West Asheville is blooming with arts and crafts centers and full-blown artist communities, while the downtown area’s legendary Art Deco historic structures continue to attract hordes of architecture enthusiasts.

  • Retirees. It’s not just new age hippies, tree huggers (we use the term kindly), yoga aficionados, and drum circle fanatics living in Asheville, though. AARP has repeatedly singled out Asheville as one of the best places for retirees to enjoy their golden years, as the city boasts tons of attractions geared towards active seniors, including museums, parks, guided tours, scenic views, shopping hotspots, golf courses, and corner stores that sell crossword puzzles written in GIANT TEXT. Ample senior housing is available in the city as well, with several senior residences featuring high-quality amenities (washers and dryers in each room, multiple swimming pools, complementary shuttle service, etc) at prices hovering around only a grand.

  • Families. Many parts of Asheville, including southern neighborhoods like Biltmore Park, Skyland, and Ballantree, are dominated by young married couples and families with children. In many ways, Asheville is a growing suburban family’s dream come true: a city filled with tree-lined streets, safe neighborhoods, quality schools, boatloads of outdoors recreational activities, and a more than ample number of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

  • Students. As if the city’s population wasn’t already diverse enough, more than 5,000 students, many of whom are enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, call the city home. Some of the most affordable (yet often unremarkable) rentals are located within walking distance of UNCA, and the university provides free shuttle service back and forth from most of them. Obviously, some residents feel out of place in apartments inhabited largely by students, so make sure you know a little something about an apartment’s residents before signing a lease.

  • Tourists. Although not permanent fixtures in Asheville, the city is almost always crawling with visitors who’ve come to admire the mountain views, gape at the world-famous architecture, or visit the tons, tons, and more tons of art museums (they’re measured in tons, right) that dot the streets. Bed and breakfasts can be found in abundance in nearly every part of town, and many of them are at full capacity year-round, so you better get used to sharing the streets with camera-wielding out-of-towners.

Traversing the Mean Streets of Asheville

Actually, the streets of Asheville are as from “mean” as you’ll find anywhere, and you’re about ten times as likely to witness impromptu performance art demonstrations and street musician jam sessions than acts of violent crime. How, though, to travel through these hipster-filled streets? As much as the idea of emitting pollutants into the ozone courtesy of your own gas guzzler may disturb you, your best bet for working, living, shopping, and playing conveniently in Asheville is via your own set of wheels. The public buses do an adequate job hauling commuters around the downtown area but barely extend into the outlying areas. Although many parts of the city are walker/biker-friendly, many others are not, making the need for your own vehicle that much greater.

Tips for Tenants

Between the various museums, galleries, live music venues, pubs, clubs, and festival grounds that line the streets of Asheville, you’ll probably never run out of things to do in the city. First things first, though: Before you start making plans for how best to whoop it up in “the Land of the Sky” (yet another nickname for Asheville is the “City with Too Many Nicknames”), let’s review some pointers for finding the apartment of your wildest dreams (and we all know how wild dreams about apartments can be, right? Right.).

  • It’s all about the ‘hood. What lies outside your apartment walls is often just as important as your actual living quarters. Do you want to live in an uber-creative part of town surrounded by neighbors who look like they spend most of their waking hours preparing for the Burning Man festival? Then check out the eclectic, mid-range apartments and duplexes in West Asheville (most of which cost well under a grand). If you have the bankroll and the right urban mindset to live among the hustle and bustle of the inner city, perhaps there’s a refurbished Roaring 20s loft downtown with your name on it. Other popular neighborhoods include the woodsy Grove Park neighborhood just north of downtown, the Montford area near UNCA (an ideal living locale for students), and the eclectic River Arts District, where even luxury lofts and condos can be found in the $800 range.

  • The warts of old age. Only about seven percent of all residences in Asheville were built post-1995, while nearly a quarter of all homes/apartments sprouted up in before 1940. Especially if you’re living in/near downtown or in one of the many historic districts, make sure you give your new place a solid inspection before moving in. Most rentals in Asheville are well-kept, but it’s no secret that older buildings tend to have some infrastructural problems that newer places don’t. Take your move-in checklist seriously and mark down even the most minor blemishes to give yourself a better chance of recovering your security deposit when/if you eventually move out.

  • Understanding your lease. Leasing agreements, though generally about exciting as an all-expenses paid trip to Nowhere, Alaska, are also important legal documents that are worth reading carefully. Landlords have different rules regarding pets, roommates, visitors, smoking, and using your walls as giant canvasses on which to paint your masterpiece, so make sure you understand every last detail of your lease before attaching your John Hancock to it.

  • Bring the basics. You won’t have to jump through many hoops to score a sweet apartment in Asheville, but most landlords will want to see proof of income and a respectable renting/credit history. Apartments are generally always available in Asheville, meanwhile, so feel free to shop the market leisurely in search of your dream pad.

Think big, Big, BIG!!!

One last thought: Asheville is home of the legendary Biltmore Estate, which, at 135,000 square feet, stands as the country’s largest privately owned property. Is it up for rent? Not exactly. But why not scrape a couple hundred friends together, pool your greenbacks, and make the Vanderbilt family, who own the mansion, an offer they can’t refuse? Or, of course, you could do the sensible thing and just find a regular apartment in “the San Francisco of the East.” Your call. And now that we’re out of nicknames for Asheville, it’s time to sign off. So happy hunting and best of luck!

Rent Report

November 2017 Asheville Rent Report

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

Asheville rents increased significantly over the past month

Asheville rents have increased 0.5% over the past month, and are up moderately by 3.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Asheville stand at $860 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,070 for a two-bedroom. Asheville's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.6%, but exceeds the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Asheville, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in North Carolina, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 3.6% 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, Cary is the most expensive of all North Carolina's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,220; of the 10 largest North Carolina cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Fayetteville experiencing the fastest growth (+5.7%).
  • Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and Cary have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.6%, 4.3%, and 3.8%, respectively).

Asheville rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Asheville, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Asheville is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Asheville's median two-bedroom rent of $1,070 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 3.5% rise in Asheville.
  • While Asheville's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including New York (-0.2%) and Miami (-0.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Asheville than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Asheville.

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.


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.