90 Apartments for rent in Wilmington, NC

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Last updated October 22 at 2:08AM
6208 Sugar Pine Drive
Beau Rivage Plantation
Wilmington, NC
Updated October 12 at 1:47AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
211 Spargo Place
Pine Valley East
Wilmington, NC
Updated October 13 at 10:18AM UTC
3 Bedrooms
119 Nun Street
Downtown Wilmington
Wilmington, NC
Updated October 19 at 11:28AM UTC
2 Bedrooms
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October 2017 Wilmington Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2017 Wilmington Rent Report. Wilmington rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Wilmington rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

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October 2017 Wilmington Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2017 Wilmington Rent Report. Wilmington rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Wilmington rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Wilmington rent trends were flat over the past month

Wilmington rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased significantly by 5.1% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Wilmington stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $920 for a two-bedroom. Wilmington's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.9%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Wilmington rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Rents also increased moderately in other cities across the state, with North Carolina as a whole logging rent growth of 3.9% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.5% in Charlotte and 2.9% in Raleigh.
  • Wilmington's median two-bedroom rent of $920 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 5.1% increase in Wilmington.
  • While Wilmington's rents rose significantly over the past year, the city of New York saw a decrease of 0.1%.
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Wilmington than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,080, which is more than three times the price in Wilmington.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

City Guide
The Who, What, Where, and How Much of Wilmington Neighborhoods:

Ogden: A nautical neighborhood, Ogden has plenty of rental homes, apartments, and townhomes (one bedrooms run for around $700 - $900). Ogden is adored because of its proximity to the beach, as well as shopping and entertainment. There is also always something happening in Ogden, including community-wide festivals.

Silver Lake: This area is comprised of single family homes (often large three and four bedroom) and apartment buildings. The appeal of this area is that it is close enough to the water for quick access, but also inland enough to be considered suburbia. Many of the apartments around here offer short term lease options and great amenities (pool, deck, 24-hour gym, indoor pools, Wi-Fi, etc.). The area is also close enough to major highways (421, 117) to make your commute a bit easier. A two bedroom apartment in this area is typically priced around $700 - $800 a month.

Masonboro: This coastal neighborhood is made up of dwelling styles. Part nautical lifestyle, part urban lifestyle, Masonboro is an area coveted by many. Rental homes here tend to be larger, with multiple bedrooms and big, beautiful yards. One bedroom apartments are available for about $650, 2 bedroom apartments for $900.

Greenville Loop: In case you haven't noticed, Wilmington is much more than just a coastal city.There are many different apartment communities to choose from (in addition to single family homes). Its proximity to Empie Park, Highway I-40, and Wrightsville Beach is enough to make this neighborhood coveted, but it doesn’t hurt that the apartment living around here is chock full of amenities. Private patios, upgraded/gourmet kitchens, volleyball courts, washer and dryer units — you name it, the apartments for rent here provide it.

Downtown: This historic area is one of the largest in the country. Devoting a mile to the Riverwalk, Downtown Wimington has gone through a true resurgence. Old warehouses and buildings have been knocked down to make room for art museums, dining, and shopping. Living down here puts residents in the heart of the city’s cultural area. It also gives you prime access to the riverfront, holiday and art/music festivals, and proximity to downtown businesses. Residences here consist mainly of older homes, condos, and newer apartments. Living in the heart of downtown, you can expect to pay a bit more (about $1,000 a month for a one bedroom or studio apartment) but farther from the water prices tend to go down ($700 - $800 a month for a one bedroom).


Wilmington residents with their own set of wheels depend on a few local, state, and major highways to get around. US-17 runs from Wilmington, NC to Jacksonville, FL and is great for long road trips. Locally, folks tend to rely on US 74 & 76, which will connect you to the area beaches (Wrightsville, Carolina, Kure), as well as state highways 132/133. The major highway used to get in and around the city of Wilmington is I-40.

Wilmington is the type of town that beckons you to settle down and create your own Home Sweet Home. It may be a movie star, but there is no ego. It may be coastal, but it’s no seasonal beach town. It is home to five local theaters. It is riverfront property that makes for a fantastic morning view. You see, Wilmington is not one thing. It is everything. Wilmington welcomes you! Best of luck finding your new apartment to call home.

-By Katy Comal