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143 Apartments for rent in Lakewood, OH

Last updated January 20 at 8:27pm UTC
15519 Delaware Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 4 at 2:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
15613 Detroit Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 7 at 4:37am UTC
11850 Edgewater Dr
Gold Coast
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 9 at 12:00pm UTC
15644 Madison Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 20 at 11:39am UTC
1675 Woodward Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:51am UTC
1 Bedroom
1236 Brockley Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 15 at 12:44pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
1618 Cohassett
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:50am UTC
1 Bedroom
1063 Cove Ave
Gold Coast
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 18 at 8:05pm UTC
1 Bedroom
1298 Saint Charles Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
2080 Lark St
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 20 at 1:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
11850 Edgewater Dr
Gold Coast
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 19 at 9:28am UTC
2 Bedrooms
12520 Edgewater Dr
Gold Coast
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 20 at 5:26pm UTC
1 Bedroom
1373 Thoreau Rd
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:50am UTC
3 Bedrooms
1618 Cohassett
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
1481 Robinwood Ave
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 3 at 11:50am UTC
2 Bedrooms
Hopkins Ave
Rockport Square
Lakewood, OH
Updated January 4 at 8:34am UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Lakewood, OH

Luck you! You’re moving to Lakewood, Ohio, which—if you’re in the unfortunate situation of relocating to economically depressed Cuyahoga County—is one of the best options around! Now, let’s get started on your apartment hunt.

Suck It, Cleveland

Though Lakewood is a quaint little city in its own right, most people consider it a part of the great Cleveland area. However, the suburban flight that made Cleveland a declining Rust Belt city maligned with the Detroits and Buffalos of America, created your new home! Don’t feel bad, though. It’s not your fault that Cleveland kind of sucks.

Lakewood doesn’t feel like other Cleveland suburbs. For one, it has a good mix of people from all walks of life—from families to recent college grads—so there’s plenty to do for everyone. Secondly, Lakewood’s population density closely resembles that of larger cities, placing it in the oxymoronic position of being an “urban suburb.”

It is perhaps this unique environment that has made Lakewood one of Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “Top 10 Suburbs in the USA” and Business Week’s “Best Places to Raise Your Kids: 2010.” The newly constructed YMCA facility provides fitness and recreation activities for area residents, while shopping, dining and barhopping are easy breezy along many of the city’s commercial streets.

Lakewood is also on Lake Erie – no duh. Lakewood Park is right on the lake and has all sorts of activity areas in the form of outdoor sports fields, a concert stage, picnic spots and a promenade with breathtaking panoramic views of Cleveland’s declining skyline!

Little Lakewood’s Little Neighborhoods

Perhaps its Lakewood’s suburban origins, but the city has a great safety record and generally middle class vibe throughout town. Lakewood is also hemmed in by the lake and lacks a lot of the sprawl characteristic of other suburbs, so you can pretty much settle comfortably in any portion of town.

Neighborhood safety in Lakewood is generally synonymous with a quiet, suburban, family-oriented lifestyle. For this reason, northwestern Lakewood is generally thought of as the safest place in a city of safe neighborhoods. Here, you’ll find great rentals in larger apartment complexes and even some single-family rental homes. Two bedrooms in this area generally range from $550-750.

The heart of Lakewood nightlife—which is surprisingly lively—is in the eastern portion of town, primarily along Detroit and Madison Avenues. Here you’ll find a number of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops, along with a younger vibe. Lakewood may not be the hippest place in the world, but the eastern neighborhoods definitely have a fun, young vibe.

In the eastern portions of town you’ll find the largest distinction between rentals being with newer construction in condos and high rises on the waterfront and close to downtown, and the older, more established buildings in the Gold Coast and Edgewater sections of town. When it comes to preferences between these types of rentals, it really depends on personal taste. Gold Coast/Edgewater apartments are just as well maintained as newer developments. Though older buildings may lack amenities like fitness centers and 24-hour security, they have plenty in the way of character. Two bedrooms in east Lakewood generally range from $600-800.

Rental Tips

Again, Lakewood is an oxymoron of a suburb, as there are plenty of rentals available in all types of buildings—from newly constructed high rises to small, historic apartment buildings to suburban single-family homes. Because of availability, the Lakewood rental market is friendly and welcoming. Still, you should start your apartment hunt 45 days before your move-in date to allow plenty of time for evaluating all the city has to offer.

One-year leases are the norm, but certain properties will allow flexibility. Most rentals can be found via online apartment searches, but if you’re looking for a rental home, you may want to enlist the help of a real estate agent. Upfront costs associated with securing your rental are generally around $30 for a credit check and one-month rent for your deposit.

Getting Around Town

Lakewood is located just seven miles from downtown Cleveland, so if you’ve somehow managed to locate a job there, you’ll be in close proximity. The greater Cleveland area has some strange traffic patterns, so your commute, particularly if you’re traveling during rush hour on Interstate 90, could be subject to some delays. Overall, these delays are minimal and your commute should be no big deal.

Lakewood is serviced by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, which your neighbors will simply call the “Rapid.” There are Rapid stops throughout Lakewood, and these buses will get you into Cleveland—be it for work or play—in about 30-minutes.

So welcome to Lakewood, Cleveland’s prettier sister. Settle in and enjoy the culture and nightlife of this special suburb. And when you see Cleveland brooding over there across the lake, don’t act too smug, okay?

Rent Report

January 2018 Lakewood Rent Report

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

Lakewood rents held steady over the past month

Lakewood rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Lakewood stand at $650 for a one-bedroom apartment and $810 for a two-bedroom. Lakewood's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.5%, as well as the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across cities in Ohio

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Lakewood, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Ohio, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 2.5% 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, Dublin is the most expensive of all Ohio's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,130; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Dublin, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.2%).
  • Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (4.0%, 3.8%, and 3.5%, respectively).

Lakewood rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Lakewood's median two-bedroom rent of $810 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 2.0% rise in Lakewood.
  • While Lakewood's 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 Lakewood than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,010, which is more than three-and-a-half times the price in Lakewood.

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.