101 Apartments for rent in Chattanooga, TN

Last updated November 24 at 3:57pm UTC
7440 Hamilton Run Dr
Westview - Mountain Shadows
Chattanooga, TN
Updated November 19 at 10:19am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
6727 Brianna Way
Hickory Valley - Hamilton Place
Chattanooga, TN
Updated November 1 at 1:53am UTC
Studio
$1,295
Northwind Dr
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN
Updated November 23 at 9:04am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,375
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City Guide
Chattanooga
Yes, like the Choo-Choo. Chattanooga, Tennessee (otherwise known as the location with the most double consonants and vowels in its name EVER) is precisely where you need to be. Chattanooga frankly has an absurd amount of natural beauty with mountains, lakes, rivers, gentle fawns in meadows serenely nibbling on grass or whatever it is they eat… you get it. It’s gorgeous in that “This land is your land” America song kind of way.

Even the downtown area of this small, industrial city of 169,000 is somehow woodsy and green. As charmingly country as this city is, however, its sophisticated offerings grow daily. Home prices are also fabulously low and the economy is trending upward–all of which translates into a rental bargain for you, and other would-be whittling enthusiasts.

Purple Mountain’s majesty ain’t cheap, fool.

Like many cities with natural attractions, prices in Chattanooga are mostly determined by proximity to the aforementioned mountains, lakes and rivers (the gentle fawns are too variable to price). The Tennessee River runs through downtown, making quasi-urban, riverfront living popular, and the Appalachian Mountains provide the sought-after views in the rest of the city. Living solidly in the country is also incredibly easy and, even with an acreage and cabin in the woods, you’re seldom more than 20 minutes from downtown. Let’s just say if you’re looking for a concrete jungle, this is seriously not it. The bottom line here is that the “view” is definitely a prized amenity when real estate shopping, so realize that you’ll pay more for it.

Not to be confused with Jersey Shore…

The NorthShore district is on the north shore of the Tennessee River (such a clever name) near downtown. It provides boutiques, bars, coffee shops, art gallerias and much of the city’s nightlife. A five- bedroom historical home is about $3000, mid-range, two bedroom townhouses and apartments are $700-$900 and room shares are typically $300-$500.

I want a loft, but with a mountain beside it.

Downtown living options are increasing now in Chattanooga, with about 11,000 people choosing to bunk down near work and play. Typical of many downtowns, Chattanooga’s living arrangements consist of older homes on the edges with both new and renovated lofts and condos in the heart of the business district. Living here can happen for a reasonable price too. If you want to be in the thick of nightlife and the growing arts community, an upscale one bed apartment in a historic building or loft will range from $750 - $950 with prices rising for riverfront properties.

Mansions most likely to be hiding moon shining enterprises

Lookout Mountain. Not to be confused with Space Mountain, which is a roller coaster at Disneyland, Lookout Mountain is a mountain from which you can look out onto the city of Chattanooga (I’m telling you, the names we come up with here slay me). You can rent a four-bedroom “cottage” for a mere $2000 a month. Perhaps a rustic three-bedroom “cabin” is more your style for $1000?

Southside Between Lookout Mountain and downtown Chattanooga is the Southside District– this neighborhood is undergoing a major overhaul. South Broad is the flagship community and is working hard to bring in more commerce and residential options. Living here is for those who are ahead of the curve, hoping to snag a chic address before the price goes up. Old factories have already been refurbished into swank lofts and a historic hotel made into apartments, so these are both good signs. Places here can be cheap. Saint Elmo is a popular neighborhood with beautiful vintage architecture, and a restored (the ‘restored’ part is key) three-bedroom house will rent for around $1000, while a new deluxe loft in the factory area will ring in at around $2000.

Suburbia The suburbs here are the easiest thing to find as they’re, well, everywhere. Chattanooga is certainly no urban megalopolis, so tree-lined streets are omnipresent. Popular choices include Signal Point, East Brainerd, Ooltewah, East Ridge, and Red Bank. All of these areas boast beautiful new houses and townhouses and an incredibly reasonable 10 minute commute to downtown. Most smaller homes here go for between $1000 and $1500 a month, a two-bedroom apartment in Signal Point can be had for as little as $600, an economy one bedroom apartment in Red Bank for $350-450 or a real, actual, mansion in Ooltewah for $3000. If you’re dreaming of a suburban country life, trust me when I say you won’t have any trouble finding it here.

Truck with bumper sticker mandatory

Chattanooga is fortunate to lie at the crossroads of three interstate highways and due to the number of inter-state commuters in this region; they can become very congested during rush hours. Chattanooga traffic itself is not too much of a mess and the city bus service (CARTA) maintains 16 fairly comprehensive fixed routes and a free electric shuttle service in the most highly-touristic areas. Cars remain a necessity for most people, however.

Now get out there and find yourself a place worth writing home about! Happy hunting!

Rent Report
Chattanooga

November 2017 Chattanooga Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Chattanooga Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Chattanooga rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

Chattanooga rents declined moderately over the past month

Chattanooga rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chattanooga stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $900 for a two-bedroom. Chattanooga's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.9%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Chattanooga rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Chattanooga's median two-bedroom rent of $900 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 3.0% increase in Chattanooga.
  • While Chattanooga's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including New York (-0.2%) and Miami (-0.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Chattanooga than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is nearly three-and-a-half times the price in Chattanooga.

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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