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15 Apartments for rent in New Bern, NC

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Last updated January 18 at 2:32pm UTC
Results within 1 miles of New Bern, NC
105 Westerly Rd
Craven County
Craven County, NC
Updated January 18 at 10:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
104 Sweet Bay Drive
James City
James City, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
Results within 5 miles of New Bern, NC
183 Crooked Run
Craven County
Craven County, NC
Updated January 18 at 10:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
140 Rock Creek Drive
Jones County
Jones County, NC
Updated January 18 at 10:12am UTC
3 Bedrooms
912 Stately Pines Road Road
Neuse Forest
Neuse Forest, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
5122 Bucco Reef Road
Fairfield Harbour
Fairfield Harbour, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
1310 Harbourside Drive
Fairfield Harbour
Fairfield Harbour, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
1 Bedroom
1218 Mona Passage Court
Fairfield Harbour
Fairfield Harbour, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
Results within 10 miles of New Bern, NC
206 Little John Lane
Havelock, NC
Updated January 18 at 10:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
229 Venturi Dr.
Carolina Pines
Neuse Forest, NC
Updated January 18 at 10:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
110 Woodland Drive
Havelock, NC
Updated January 18 at 1:21pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
215 Nottingham Dr
Havelock, NC
Updated January 18 at 2:32pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
City Guide
New Bern
Moving to New Bern

Many of the historic homes are situated close to the waterfront, with more than 150 homes on the National Register of Historic Places. The downtown area is made up of several walkable historic districts, with plenty of crape myrtle bushes--the city's official flower--and mini parks, pedestrian areas and quaint shops. New Bern is a popular spot for retirees and home to lots of Northern transplants. So if you don't like a Long Island accent or can't live without a 3am rave, you might not enjoy New Bern that much.

Neighborhoods in New Bern

Like much of the South, there's really not a distinct area of town you can categorize as bad. In New Bern, sometimes the best spots are one street away from the worst. Try to visit areas you're interested in at different times of the day to get a better feel for how the neighborhood really is.

James City: There are no waterfront properties here. This newer area on the south side of town is known for its large homes on larger lots, but you can find a few rentals if you look hard enough. If you're looking for a convenient spot close to, well, anything, you may want to look to the north or west.

Fairfield Harbour: On the northeast side of town across the Neuse River, you have waterfront property, plenty of space and plenty of rental homes. The drawbacks? There aren't a lot of apartment complexes, and it has higher rents than other areas.

Rhems: The southwest corner of New Bern is a popular spot for rentals, including townhomes, apartments and homes. Trendy (and expensive) gated community Trent Woods is just south of Rhems, so you can enjoy the upscale grocery stores and nice roads without having to sell your first-born to afford it.

Downtown Historic District: The Persimmons Waterfront, with its grand historic homes and picturesque streets, is the selling point for this 'burb. Rental prices here are hit-or-miss, as is the space you'll be renting. You might hit it out of the park (and pay through the nose) for a rehabbed loft, or save serious money and score a serious fixer-upper.

Living in New Bern

Because of the pleasant (yet humid) subtropical climate and the waterfront areas, most of New Bern's social life revolves around outdoor activities, especially those on the water such as fishing and boating. Yes, summers tend to be hot and humid (there's that word again), and July temperatures regularly reach the high 80s, but spring, fall and especially winter tend to be much milder here. Summer afternoon thunderstorms happen almost daily, and you can easily separate the locals from newcomers by how they handle this weather (Hint: it doesn't storm for long, so there's really no need to cancel all your plans for the day because of a little rain.).

You can be at the beach in less than an hour and to the state capital of Raleigh in about two hours. New Bern has some of the highest gas prices in the area, so try to drive slightly out of town to fill up.

January 2019 New Bern Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 New Bern Rent Report. New Bern rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the New Bern rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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New Bern

January 2019 New Bern Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 New Bern Rent Report. New Bern rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the New Bern rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

New Bern rents increase sharply over the past month

New Bern rents have increased 2.0% over the past month, and have increased sharply by 7.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in New Bern stand at $590 for a one-bedroom apartment and $780 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. New Bern's 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 New Bern, 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).

New Bern rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • New Bern's median two-bedroom rent of $780 is below the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 7.0% increase in New Bern.
  • While New Bern's rents rose sharply 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 New Bern than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,090, which is nearly four times the price in New Bern.

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.