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170 Apartments for rent in Garland, TX

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Last updated October 23 at 4:31pm UTC
Pecan Knoll
1051 E Centerville Rd
Garland, TX
Updated October 23 at 12:23pm UTC
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2 Bedrooms
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5118 Broadway Blvd
Garland, TX
Updated October 23 at 12:03pm UTC
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City Guide
King of Your Own Hill

Despite the fact that Garland, Texas inspired craven comedy mastermind Mike Judge's animated series "King of the Hill," don't move here prepared to don an unfortunate buzzcut and charcoal-besmirched muscle tee. Although the citizens of Garland are notoriously friendly, looking like you hang out in a greasy vat of bad judgment might force your new neighbors' cookies and milk brigade to nervously unload their wares and to back away slowly.

Just northeast of Dallas proper, Garland maintains an adorably authentic small-town vibe despite a population of 220,000 complete with neighborhoods that date back from the 1850s and range from positively grimy to cinematically idyllic. It’s is home to a vast array of folks of all skin tones, ages, shapes, sizes, and net worth, so there’s really something for everyone, except people who hate football. Should you be anti-pigskin, know that high school football is a mainstay - nay, a requisite - of Garland community life. Be prepared to dust off your pom-poms for the Friday night lights.

For outdoorsy types, Garland is a veritable paradise. There's a ton of open space. Go par for the course at Oakridge Country Club, practice your sweet hacky sack skills at Audoban Park, cool off at Hawaiian Falls Water Park, or catch a delicious bass at Lake Ray Hubbard.

For night owls, it's reasonable to say you won't be table dancing till last call at some nouveau disco called DIVINIO, but you can trot off to Dallas when the itch to get freaky strikes, or you can hitch up your skirt to some fine country tunes at the Garland Opry. The Patty Granville Performing Arts center features a variety of theatrical and musical events yearlong. Across town you'll find a wide range of dining options whether you prefer your meat in a bun with fries or on fine china accompanied by potatoes au gratin. Vegetarians: welcome to Texas, you're on your own.

Where To Rest Your Weary Tush

Rent in Garland is pretty inexpensive. Across town you can find studios that go for about $500, one bedrooms for $650, and two bedrooms for $1000. Typically utilities will be included in the rent. A 12 month lease is standard, but often negotiable, and Garland maintains stringent rental inspection and enforcement of building codes, so it's highly unlikely that you'll get swindled into living in a pizza box with a toilet that constantly catches fire.

It's generally recommended that you stay to the north of downtown when considering an apartment rental. This is where you'll be able to incite the jealous rage of your out-of-town friends by throwing around terms such as "old-world charm" and "park-like setting" when describing your new environs. Most of the residential zoning in Garland is dedicated to single family homes occupied by good old fashioned nuclear family units. Apartments in Garland are often used by single folks and single-parent families, and employees of GISD, so here's a snazzy secret: if you work for the school district you'll typically get a small discount on rent. Who says working in education isn't lucrative?

You are going to need a car wherever you live in the city. Life is a bit spread out and not terribly walk-friendly, but the good news is that Garland has one of the best traffic situations in all of Texas and you'll never be stuck in gridlock. Garland has two DART stations, and these public transit trains can whisk you to Dallas within 45 minutes.

Nary a Tumbleweed: Downtown Garland

For an authentic small-town vibe, downtown will be your best bet. The historic downtown square, anchored by a bubbling fountain, teems with family-owned restaurants and quirky mom-and-pop boutiques peddling everything from pink flamingoes and ten-gallon hats to artisan balsa wood turtles. Every first Saturday of the month, downtown Garland holds an outdoor craft fair.

‘Blue Velvet’ Sans Existential Surrealist Nightmare Stuff: North and Northwest Garland

In the neighborhoods directly north and northwest of downtown – such as Walnut Creek Estates, Arapaho, Oakridge, and Holford – you can expect structures with an authentic vintage suburban feel. These neighborhoods are the spitting image of the American Dream; what you think of when you imagine the picturesque suburban communities of cinema, comprised mostly of single-family homes dating from the 1940s to the 1970s set on tree-lined streets, and probably someone's grandpa watering a lawn at all times. There are some apartment buildings in the area, but you can also rent one of the aforementioned single-family homes, which typically have 3-5 bedrooms, for around $1400. That's a laundry closet in San Francisco!

Le Crown Jewel: Firewheel

Firewheel, Garland's newest neighborhood, is also the most popular. Built up from the mid-1990s into today, you'll find upscale planned communities in this oasis surrounded by greenery just a few miles north of downtown. It's home to Firewheel Golf Club and Garland's 'crown jewel': the shopping mecca of Firewheel Acres shopping center, where department stores and restaurants abound. Homes in this area range from $200,000 to millions of dollars, and apartment rentals consist mostly of highly manicured modern developments. A studio will start at about $750 up here, but it's probably worth the price hike, as you'll definitely have a lot of modern amenities and appliances; the majority of these spaces were built with the contemporary tech-savvy adult in mind.

Now that you have more useful tips than you can shake a “Don’t Mess With Texas” knick-knack at, we’re confident you’ll have no trouble finding a good spot to settle in the lone star state. Good luck out there, not that you’ll need it.

Rent Report

October 2018 Garland Rent Report

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

Garland rents held steady over the past month

Garland rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but are up slightly by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Garland stand at $990 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,230 for a two-bedroom. Garland's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.6%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the Dallas Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Garland, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Dallas metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Carrollton has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,370, while one-bedrooms go for $1,100.
  • Over the past year, McKinney is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 2.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,390, while one-bedrooms go for $1,120.
  • Dallas proper has the least expensive rents in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents fell 0.1% over the past month but remained flat year-over-year.
  • Plano has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Dallas metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,430; rents went down 0.1% over the past month but rose 0.6% over the past year.

Garland rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased slightly in Garland, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Garland is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Texas as a whole logging rent growth of 1.6% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.8% in Houston, 1.2% in Austin, and 0.9% in San Antonio.
  • Garland's median two-bedroom rent of $1,230 is slightly above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 1.9% rise in Garland.
  • While Garland's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-1.6%) and Nashville (-0.9%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Garland than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,110, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Garland.

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
Dallas $890 $1,110 -0.1% 0.3%
Fort Worth $920 $1,140 -0.0% 0.6%
Arlington $980 $1,220 0.0% 2.0%
Plano $1,150 $1,430 -0.1% 0.6%
Garland $990 $1,230 -0.1% 1.9%
Irving $980 $1,220 0.1% 2.2%
Grand Prairie $1,000 $1,240 0.2% 1.5%
Mesquite $1,060 $1,320 -0.6% 2.5%
McKinney $1,120 $1,390 -0.5% -2.6%
Carrollton $1,100 $1,370 -0.1% 3.2%
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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.

Garland Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states
Here's how Garland ranks on:
A Overall satisfaction
A Safety and crime rate
C+ Jobs and career opportunities
A Recreational activities
A+ Affordability
A Quality of schools
C Social Life
A- Weather
B+ Commute time
A+ State and local taxes
B+ Public transit
B+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Garland’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

"Garland renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "They gave most categories above average scores."

Key Findings in Garland include the following:

  • Garland renters gave their city an A overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Garland were affordability and state and local taxes, which both received A+ scores.
  • The areas of concern to Garland renters are social life and jobs and career opportunities, which received C and C+ scores, respectively.
  • Garland earned similar scores compared to other nearby cities like Plano (A+) and Euless (A-), but earned higher marks than Fort Worth (B), Dallas (B) and Arlington (B+).
  • Garland did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Reno (F), Baton Rouge (C) and Rochester (B).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

Renters say:

  • "I love that Garland has a small town feel, but with the benefits of being in the heart of Dallas." -Jenna D.
  • "I love this city, but public transportation is not good here. We have to take our car for work and our daily activities." -Rakesh S.
  • "Garland is a close, friendly community with lots of growth and job opportunities coming up." -Robin B.

For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at