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Cornelius sits on the shore of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. The 34 mile-long lake offers 520 miles of shoreline. Read Guide >
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Legacy Cornelius
8335 Lake Pines Dr
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:34am
1 Bedroom
$1,190
2 Bedrooms
$1,255
3 Bedrooms
$1,440
A resident lounge, business center and clubhouse are a few of the amenities this property offers. Apartments have open chef kitchens, wood-inspired flooring and garden soaking tubs. Magnolia Plaza and Birkdale Village are easily accessible.
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The Junction at Antiquity
22415 Market St
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$905
2 Bedrooms
$1,280
3 Bedrooms
$1,605
This community offers luxurious features like recycling center, trash valet, outdoor grilling area and complimentary coffee bar. Units feature modern amenities with a variety of floor plans. Located in the heart of historic Cornelius, NC.
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Colonial Grand at Cornelius
19401 Carrington Club Dr
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$933
2 Bedrooms
$1,033
3 Bedrooms
$1,288
Magnolia Plaza and The Shops at Fresh Market are just a short drive from this community. Amenities include picnic areas, auto detailing center, pool and gym. Apartments feature alarm systems, walk-in closets and in-unit laundry.
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Sailpointe at Lake Norman Apartment Homes
21222 Nautique Blvd
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 04:25am
1 Bedroom
$824
2 Bedrooms
$972
3 Bedrooms
$1,558
Prime location just minutes from town with easy access to public transit and I-77. Enjoy the pool, tennis court, volleyball court and private fire pit. Recently renovated apartments have laundry in-unit and private patio/balcony.
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Redcliffe At Kenton Place
8101 Dunmore Dr
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 05:18am
1 Bedroom
$904
2 Bedrooms
$1,089
3 Bedrooms
$1,474
Residents enjoy units with washer-dryer hookup, patio or balcony, hardwood floors and garbage disposal. Community offers 24-hour gym, pool and clubhouse. Great location in walking distance from the shops Kenton Place and Birkdale Village.
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One Norman Square
19532 One Norman Blvd
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 04:24am
1 Bedroom
$800
2 Bedrooms
$990
3 Bedrooms
$1,090
Conveniently situated for commuters, close to I-77, NC Route 73 and I-485. Community offers residents access to parking, pool, tennis court and putting green. Residents live in units with granite counters, washer/dryer hookup and dishwasher.
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Reserve at Kenton Place
17110 Kenton Dr
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 07:57am
1 Bedroom
$935
2 Bedrooms
$1,128
3 Bedrooms
$1,447
Spacious apartments feature stainless steel appliances, mahogany cabinets, pendant lighting and granite countertops. Pool, fire pit, fitness center and valet trash are among the amenities included. Located near Lake Norman.
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20116 Walter Henderson Rd
20116 Walter Henderson Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:01am
3 Bedrooms
$1,575
21908 Torrence Chapel Road
21908 Torrence Chapel Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:01am
5 Bedrooms
$2,850
10322 Caldwell Depot Road
10322 Caldwell Depot Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:01am
3 Bedrooms
$1,440
19021 Kanawha Drive
19021 Kanawha Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:00am
3 Bedrooms
$1,549
17237 Doe Valley
17237 Doe Valley Court
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:00am
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
Heritage Green Dr 10954
10954 Heritage Green Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 11:00am
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
10322 Caldwell Depot Road
10322 Caldwell Depot Rd
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 08:41am
3 Bedrooms
$1,440
19721 Feriba Place
19721 Feriba Place
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:49am
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
10220 Footsman Place
10220 Footsman Place
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:49am
3 Bedrooms
$1,695
11242 Heritage Green Drive
11242 Heritage Green Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:49am
3 Bedrooms
$1,645
9000 Mapledale Court
9000 Mapledale Court
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:49am
4 Bedrooms
$2,125
11048 Heritage Green Drive
11048 Heritage Green Drive
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:48am
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
11210 Suunto Lane
11210 Suunto Lane
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:48am
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
9262 Washam Potts Road
9262 Washam Potts Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:48am
3 Bedrooms
$1,450
19827 Henderson Road
19827 Henderson Road
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 10:48am
2 Bedrooms
$1,350
19737 Playwrights Way
19737 Playwrights Way
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 08:41am
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
19904 Lamp Lighters Way
19904 Lamp Lighters Way
Cornelius, NC
Updated January 24 at 08:41am
2 Bedrooms
$1,425
3 Bedrooms
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City GuideCornelius
Cornelius sits on the shore of Lake Norman, the largest man-made lake in North Carolina. The 34 mile-long lake offers 520 miles of shoreline.

Located along the southeastern shore of mammoth Lake Norman, the town of Cornelius is a northern neighbor of North Carolina's metropolis, Charlotte. The 1963 damming of the Catawba River by power conglomerate Duke Power (now Duke Energy) formed Lake Norman and created 70 miles of lakeside property in Cornelius alone. Today, not only does the lake provide the entire region with hydroelectric power, but it is also a popular spot for boating and other recreational activities.

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.

January 2019 Cornelius Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Cornelius Rent Report. Cornelius rents increased 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.

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January 2019 Cornelius Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Cornelius Rent Report. Cornelius rents increased 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 increase sharply over the past month

Cornelius rents have increased 0.8% over the past month, and have increased significantly by 5.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Cornelius stand at $890 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,040 for a two-bedroom. Cornelius' year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.0%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

    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 2.0% 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 $1,240; of the 10 largest North Carolina cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Wilmington experiencing the fastest growth (+5.3%).
    • High Point, Durham, and Cary have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (5.3%, 3.6%, and 2.9%, respectively).

    Cornelius rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

    • Cornelius' median two-bedroom rent of $1,040 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 5.5% increase in Cornelius.
    • While Cornelius' rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.3%), New York (+2.7%), and Denver (+2.5%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Cornelius than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, which is nearly 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
    $960
    $1,120
    0.2%
    2.7%
    Gastonia
    $680
    $790
    -0.3%
    1.2%
    Rock Hill
    $840
    $980
    0.5%
    3%
    Huntersville
    $1,130
    $1,320
    0.4%
    4.3%
    Matthews
    $1,170
    $1,360
    16.2%
    17.1%
    Cornelius
    $890
    $1,040
    0.8%
    5.5%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

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    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    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.

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    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.