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112 Apartments for rent in Cornelius, NC

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Last updated January 17 at 8:20am UTC
10318 Caldwell Depot Dr
Caldwell Station
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 11 at 11:41am UTC
3 Bedrooms
18709 Nautical Dr #202
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 13 at 11:49am UTC
2 Bedrooms
20105 Henderson Road Unit B
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 11 at 11:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
18741 Vineyard Point Ln #29
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 3 at 3:42pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
21269 Summerbrook Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 13 at 1:23am UTC
6 Bedrooms
17440 Tuscany Lane
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 3 at 11:20am UTC
3 Bedrooms
18701 Nautical Drive #301
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 16 at 11:10am UTC
3 Bedrooms
21233 Pine St.
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 13 at 11:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
21922 Torrence Chapel Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 9 at 4:27am UTC
5 Bedrooms
19010 Natalie Michelle Ln
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 11 at 11:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
17529 Tuscany Lane
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 3 at 3:48pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
20806 Rio Oro Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 9 at 4:27am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Looking for an Apartment in Cornelius

While there's not really a bad time of the year to look for an apartment in Cornelius, play it safe and give yourself a few weeks to really get your bearings in your new surroundings before locking yourself into a lease. When you do head out on your search for your new amazing abode, don't leave home without the right paperwork. You should be able to show that you can afford the rent, so take a few paycheck stubs or a letter from your employer stating your salary. References from previous landlords can also help. Have one or two furry four-legged members? Make them irresistible to your future landlord by showing up-to-date vet records. Budget wisely, as well. Be prepared to hand over security and possibly pet deposits once you find your perfect spot.

Neighborhoods in Cornelius

Even the cheapest places in Cornelius come with a hefty price tag when compared to other NC cities. Naturally, the closer to the water the more you'll pay. Here are some of the town's best neighborhoods for renters.

Peninsula Club/Jetton Rd Area: This is the most exclusive area in this exclusive town. Waterfront properties, luxury apartment complexes and rental homes reign here.

Torrence Chapel Rd Area: Also on the water, more rental homes (and smaller ones at that) and smaller apartment complexes can be found here. You'll realize what a steal property is in this neighborhood and snatch it up the first chance you get.

Main St: This strip of land is the closest you'll get to a true downtown area in Cornelius. More renters tend to land here, with rental homes, townhomes and apartments abound.

Statesville Rd/Colonial Grand: Grocery stores, restaurants, banks and pretty much anything else you want or need can be found here. Several apartment complexes, with Colonial Grand being the biggest and fanciest (and most expensive), can also be found in this neighborhood.

Statesville Rd/Birkdale Village: Prices vary widely here. You can find deals on rental homes and even apartment complexes.

Living in Cornelius

Everything -- weekend activities, community events -- revolves around the lake. Not into active pursuits? Then fill a cooler with beer and launch a pontoon boat into Lake Norman. You won't be the only resident enjoying a lazy day on the lake. A championship golf course gets plenty of action as well, and Charlotte is just a short drive away.

Rent Report

January 2018 Cornelius Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Cornelius Rent Report. Cornelius rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Cornelius rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Cornelius rents declined over the past month

Cornelius rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Cornelius stand at $840 for a one-bedroom apartment and $990 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Cornelius' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 3.0%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across cities in North Carolina

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Cornelius, 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 3.0% 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 $1,210; 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 (+4.7%).
  • Winston-Salem, Greenville, and Wilmington have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.1%, 3.6%, and 3.4%, respectively).

Cornelius rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Cornelius, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Cornelius is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Cornelius' median two-bedroom rent of $990 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 1.8% rise in Cornelius.
  • While Cornelius' rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Seattle (+3.0%), and Dallas (+2.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Cornelius 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 Cornelius.

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
Charlotte $940 $1,090 -0.5% 2.0%
Gastonia $670 $790 0.1% 1.1%
Rock Hill $820 $950 0.0% 5.6%
Huntersville $1,090 $1,270 0.9% 3.7%
Matthews $1,000 $1,160 -0.8% 5.9%
Cornelius $840 $990 -0.7% 1.8%

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.