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Charlotte, NC: 487 apartments available for rent

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7304 Brice Knoll Lane
Charlotte, NC
Updated May 28 at 2:31PM
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City Guide
Things to Consider When Choosing your Charlotte Chateau:

Fool's Paradise. Be wary of seemingly lavish apartment complexes with low rent. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. Sure the complex has a rooftop fire place, a huge pool, and a movie theater. But, if the fireplace is broken, the pool adds an extra $50 to your water bill, and the movie theater smells like sweat, cigarettes, and desperation, then life won't be so luxurious.

Climate Control. In a city that experiences both freezing winters and the heat of southern summers, utility costs can become a burden. You can either find an apartment that is all bills paid, or expect to spend more than $150 a month on utilities during summer and winter peaks.

Uptown Security. On a similar note, be sure to ask apartment managers all about the security features of your potential home. Many apartment complexes around downtown and the arts district won't let you go anywhere without a card or key: the elevator, the parking garage, the pool, etc. With tight security like this, you will want to make sure your apartment has a system that allows you to buzz people in. Otherwise, you will have to take a hike downstairs every time you have visitors, or pizza.

Proof of Income. Many places in Charlotte do not accept bank statements as proof of income. This could make things complicated for trust fund babies, freelance workers, and people that just get by on odd jobs. If you make or have enough money to pay taxes on, then last year's tax statements should be sufficient.

Transportation. A car may be necessary unless you are moving into a place on the south side or close to downtown. Charlotte becomes a very sprawling city to the north, and bus routes can be few and far between. However, if you take a peak at the CATS map, then you will be able to find a few apartment complexes up north that are located near one of these bus routes. See: Lynx Blue Line Light Rail, Gold Rush, and Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS).

Charlotte Cityscape

There are nearly 200 neighborhoods sprawled in all directions from Charlotte's city center, creating enough space for urban socialites, suburban families, and even rural country folk that prefer a more small town vibe.

Uptown. Some cities have downtowns. Charlotte has uptown. Take a stroll along the backdrop of the center of the city, the eye of the storm, the epicenter of business, bar hopping, historic churches, global cuisine, cocktails, and live music.

First Ward: Mixed-income, high-demand apartments a stone's throw away from center city nightlife.

Second Ward. (Aka Brooklyn) Home to NASCAR events, government buildings, Zion Church, and dreams of revitalization... no actual homes, though.

Third Ward. Mostly just known for Bank of America Stadium, home of the North Carolina Panthers.

Fourth Ward. Trendy warehouse and old mill apartments, elaborate terra cotta apartments, and super luxurious condos for high paying fat cats.

Artsy East. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, and human tattoos receive especially warm welcomes just east of Uptown.

NoDa. (North of Davidson) Artists, art promoters, art galleries, art school, grass-roots art groups, and all the funky fixings of your typical art-centered artsy art district... plus pup-friendly pubs.

Plaza Midwood: Tattoo parlors and bakeries, galleries and pubs, antique shopping and fashion hubs, a paradoxical, yet harmonious neighborhood.

Southern 'Burbs. Just south of Uptown is the families' delight.

Myers Park: Super-exclusive, big money neighborhood.

Sedgefield: The neighborhood for professionals working downtown and families looking for an affordable home.

Elizabeth: Comic book stores, modern apartments among historic homes, and the annual 4th of July fireworks.

South Park: Symphonies in the park, international cuisine, high-end department shopping, and general upscale urban living.

Starmount: Practical and culturally diverse.

Northeast Country. Move to the outskirts if you prefer woodsy ranch-style living over urban high rises and suburban bland land.

Derita. Woodsy, neighborhood that's big on youth sports and picnics in the park. University City. Home to five colleges, three public libraries, parks, lakes, shopping, dining and entertainment, and a close-knit population of proud golfers.

West Side Swagger. Charlotte's west side is made up of deeply rooted African American communities, streetcar suburbs, and outskirts villages.

Biddleville: Affordable living one mile from uptown.

Southend: Old cotton mills and warehouses renovated into modern apartments.

Paw Creek: A "tank town" located far out west.

Mountain Island Village: Located far northwest near Mountain Island Lake.

And that my dear renters, is Charlotte in a nutshell. Now crack that shell and go nuts!

-By Katy Comal

Rent Report
May 2017 Charlotte Rent Report

Charlotte rents increased over the past month

Charlotte rent prices grew by 0.9% over the past month, bringing year-over-year growth to 4.9%. 1-bedrooms in Charlotte have a median rent of $1,110, while 2-bedrooms cost $1,260.

Charlotte is the most expensive city for renters

  • Durham: Having experienced a 1.3% increase in rents over the past month, Durham is now the 2nd most expensive city for renters in the state. Median rents in Durham are at $1,200 for 2-bedrooms and $960 for 1-bedrooms.
  • Raleigh: Raleigh is the 4th most expensive city for renters in North Carolina. 2-bedrooms in the state’s capital cost $1,100, while 1-beds rent for $1,020.
  • Greensboro: Greensboro has the 6th highest rents in North Carolina. 2-bedrooms in Greensboro rent for $800, while 1-beds run $680. Rents in Greensboro have grown by 2.8% in the past year, though rent growth was flat over the past month.

Wilmington shows the fastest-growing rents

  • Wilmington: With prices 5.9% higher than last year, Wilmington shows the fastest-growing rents in North Carolina. A 2-bedroom in Wilmington costs $1,020, and 1-bedrooms have a median rent of $850.
  • Cary: Cary shows the 2nd most year-over-year rent growth, at a 5.4% increase over last year. 2-bedrooms there rent for $1,200, while 1-bedrooms run $960.
  • Fayetteville: Rents in Fayetteville have grown by 5.3% in the past year, the 3rd highest increase of any city during that same period. 1- and 2-bedrooms in Fayetteville cost $770 and $710, respectively.

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 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Charlotte $1110 $1260 0.9% 4.9%
Durham $960 $1200 1.3% 2.2%
Cary $960 $1200 0.9% 5.4%
Raleigh $1020 $1100 1.0% 2.8%
Wilmington $850 $1020 1.8% 5.9%
Greensboro $680 $800 0.0% 2.8%
Winston-Salem $750 $800 0.3% 1.9%
High Point $710 $770 1.2% -2.8%
Greenville $450 $730 0.2% 4.5%
Fayetteville $770 $710 0.7% 5.3%


Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

Charlotte Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Charlotte ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
B Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
B Affordability
B Quality of schools
A- Weather
C+ Commute time
C+ State and local taxes
C+ Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Charlotte from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“According to our results, Charlotte renters are well satisfied with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They rated most categories with average or above average scores.”

Key findings in Charlotte include the following:

  • Charlotte renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Charlotte were local jobs and career opportunities (A) and weather (A-).
  • Renters here seem to be generally satisfied with the quality of local schools (B), safety (B), and access to major roadways (B+).
  • Charlotte renters seem to be the most dissatisfied with state and local taxes (C+), access to public transit (C+), and commute times (C+).
  • Millennial renters and renters who are parents are equally satisfied with Charlotte, with both groups giving the city an A-.
  • Charlotte renters were not quite as satisfied as other renters in nearby places like Raleigh (A). However, Charlotte did relatively well compared to other large cities like Atlanta (B+).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.