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17 Units Available
Abbey at Champions
14101 Walters Rd, Houston, TX
1 Bedroom
$719
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$969
948 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Peaceful community with over-sized apartments, surrounded by woodland. Classy, contemporary units have granite-style countertops, stainless steel appliances, and air conditioning. Speedy transportation links via nearby I-45.
Verified
27 Units Available
IMT Uptown Post Oak
1111 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX
Great Uptown
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,145
825 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,670
1290 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 05:30 PM
High-end and roomy apartments in a luxuriously designed property. Lavish amenities include a resort-style pool, lounge plazas, kitchen with cooking classes, grilling area, and a lounge area. Near I-610, international consulates, Willie G's Seafood & Steakhouse, and much more.
Verified
9 Units Available
Myriad
1520 Enclave Pkwy, Houston, TX
Eldridge - West Oaks
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$699
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$960
1075 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 05:30 PM
Unique, private, and gated community offering the best in security and full amenities. Units include air conditioning, fireplace, hardwood floors, and laundry. Grounds are pet friendly and close to shopping and downtown metro activities.
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15 Units Available
Discovery at Mandolin
19401 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$915
642 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,325
1048 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 05:09 PM
Discovery at Mandolin offers an impressive collection of well-appointed floor plans and lifestyle amenities located in the sought-after neighborhood of Northwest Houston.
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7 Units Available
Abbey at Briargrove Park, The
1202 Seagler Rd, Houston, TX
Briarforest
1 Bedroom
$929
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,060
1064 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,495
1442 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Fair-priced complex north of Briar Forest Drive and east of the SHT. Includes in-unit laundry, patio/balcony, walk-in closets and kitchen with bar overlooking living rooms. Covered parking, pool and ice machine for convenience.
Verified
9 Units Available
Reserve at Creekbend
7600 Creekbend Dr, Houston, TX
Greater Fondren Southwest
1 Bedroom
$795
570 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$940
924 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 04:28 PM
Recently renovated community tucked into a wooded setting. On-site playground, ample parking and laundry services. Updated interiors with granite countertops, walk-in closets, and a patio or balcony.
Verified
16 Units Available
Lincoln Galleria
2100 Bering Dr, Houston, TX
Great Uptown
1 Bedroom
$1,089
854 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,374
1048 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 12:28 PM
Tropical pool with palm trees, rocky fountain. Web portal with community blog, online maintenance requests and rent payment. Two miles to the Galleria.
Verified
152 Units Available
Taylor Heights
2000 Taylor Street, Houston, TX
Washington Avenue - Memorial Park
Studio
$1,390
639 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,535
797 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,440
1200 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Taylor Heights is a place for those with a deep appreciation for everything well-crafted and curated.
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The Montrose at Buffalo Bayou
1320 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX
Neartown - Montrose
Studio
$1,783
1 Bedroom
$1,800
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,030
1391 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Discover all you need for a life of ease and distinction at The Montrose at Buffalo Bayou.
Verified
94 Units Available
Camden Highland Village
3939 W Alabama St, Houston, TX
Greenway - Upper Kirby
Studio
$1,389
539 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,309
1063 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,839
1540 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Unique, open floor plans with 10 - 14' ceilings and abundant natural light. Serenity courtyard and spa with two treatment rooms. Skybar on the sixth floor with views of the Galleria. Within two miles of the Galleria, I-610 and I-69/Southwest Freeway.
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113 Units Available
Opal at Barker Cypress
2926 Barker Cypress Road, Houston, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,055
699 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,440
1174 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,935
1424 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Opal at Barker Cypress fully embraces a carefree lifestyle while offering modern conveniences and high-end finishes that truly make you feel at home.
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111 Units Available
Village on Memorial Townhomes
15200 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX
Energy Corridor
1 Bedroom
$1,800
924 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
1396 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,100
1772 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Vaulted ceilings, red oak floors and gourmet kitchens. Townhomes sit on pristine grounds that offer poolside Wi-Fi and direct access to Terry Hershey Park. Located off I-10, close to shopping, dining and Houston City Centre.
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67 Units Available
Radius West
1721 Greenhouse Road, Houston, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,098
707 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
1100 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,809
1512 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Live carefree every day. At Radius West, coming home feels like you're on vacation. With impressive finishes and resort-quality amenities, our apartments make it possible to live beyond your expectations.
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165 Units Available
The Standard in the Heights
601 Waverly Street, Houston, TX
Greater Heights
Studio
$1,431
561 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,629
728 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,562
1133 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
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Verified
234 Units Available
Residence at La Colombe d'Or
3411 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, TX
Neartown - Montrose
Studio
$2,220
752 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,465
1118 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,390
1831 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! Elegance and timeless are essential elements of style that define living in the South of France.
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28 Units Available
Briar Forest Lofts
13202 Briar Forest Dr, Houston, TX
Eldridge - West Oaks
Studio
$1,035
540 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,150
817 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,290
1197 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Community amenities include upscale swimming pool and fully equipped fitness center. Stylish apartments designed with high-end finishes and materials. Upgraded, stainless steel appliances.
Verified
47 Units Available
Avondale Highline
214 Avondale Street, Houston, TX
Neartown - Montrose
1 Bedroom
$1,099
705 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
At Avondale Highline, brand new apartments on Westheimer Road offer everything you need to enjoy the Montrose lifestyle.
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168 Units Available
22Hundred
2200 North Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston, TX
1 Bedroom
$1,051
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,295
1058 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! Inspired style. Fresh design. High-end features.
Verified
66 Units Available
Latitude 2976
201 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX
Briarforest
1 Bedroom
$899
794 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,060
1247 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,625
1596 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Energy-efficient appliances and lights, plus water-conserving faucets. Grassy dog park with agility equipment. Just a half mile to Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail.
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147 Units Available
The Dacoma
3900 Dacoma Street, Houston, TX
Lazy Brook - Timbergrove
Studio
$1,075
605 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,224
808 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,733
1174 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
In-person Tours Available. We are now welcoming in-person, virtual and self-guided tours by appointment only. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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52 Units Available
Cortland Inkwell Greenhouse
2218 Greenhouse Road, Houston, TX
Addicks - Park Ten
1 Bedroom
$1,127
840 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,520
1212 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,867
1446 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Come Home to Cortland Inkwell Greenhouse Located minutes away from high-end shopping, dining, and entertainment options, our community offers a world of opportunity – just outside the heart of Houston, TX.
Verified
21 Units Available
The Edison
11770 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Briarforest
Studio
$698
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$820
767 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,076
926 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Spacious, open floor plans all include walk-in closets. Many apartments also have built-in shelving and designer light fixtures. Within an easy walk of numerous dining options.
Verified
62 Units Available
Apex at Royal Oaks
11212 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX
Briarforest
1 Bedroom
$999
784 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,299
1193 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,559
1496 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:45 PM
Located in prestigious Westchase, you can create a comfortable lifestyle & escape from the fast-paced city! Convenient & accessible to a broad of opportunities including fine dining, retail shopping near CITY CENTRE Houston & Galleria with easy
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210 Units Available
Orleans at Fannin Station
1818 Fannin Speedway, Houston, TX
Central Southwest
1 Bedroom
$1,194
712 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,619
1190 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:44 PM
Located just off Fannin Speedway, Orleans At Fannin Station features breathtaking 1- & 2-bedroom luxury apartment homes.
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How much is rent in Houston?
In Houston, the median rent is $737 for a studio, $835 for a 1-bedroom, $1,022 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,393 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Houston, check out our monthly Houston Rent Report.
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Median Rent in Houston

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Houston is $835, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,022.
Studio
$737
1 Bed
$835
2 Beds
$1,022
3+ Beds
$1,393
City GuideHouston
'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' (Neil Armstrong)
'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' (Neil Armstrong)

When then-President of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston incorporated the City of Houston in 1837, the prevailing industry was railroad construction. A lot has changed since then, but the city’s passion for modes of transportation has not (think NASA and oil tycoons). Too bad a mass transit system consistently fails to inspire our local legislators... So whether you travel via steam engine or shuttle rocket, you’re going to need somewhere to park your vessel in this city of over two million. It doesn’t take a regular Space Camp attendee to find a great apartment in Houston, but we hope this guide furnishes some enlightenment for your odyssey. Happy hunting!

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Summer in the City

Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge. 

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA.  You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops. 

Summer in the City
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Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge. 

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA.  You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops. 

Inside the Loop

Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail. 
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop.  The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.  
Inside the Loop
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Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail. 
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop.  The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.  
Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!

Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must. 

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers,  two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with. 

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig.  The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!
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Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must. 

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers,  two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with. 

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig.  The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

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'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' (Neil Armstrong)
'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' (Neil Armstrong)

When then-President of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston incorporated the City of Houston in 1837, the prevailing industry was railroad construction. A lot has changed since then, but the city’s passion for modes of transportation has not (think NASA and oil tycoons). Too bad a mass transit system consistently fails to inspire our local legislators... So whether you travel via steam engine or shuttle rocket, you’re going to need somewhere to park your vessel in this city of over two million. It doesn’t take a regular Space Camp attendee to find a great apartment in Houston, but we hope this guide furnishes some enlightenment for your odyssey. Happy hunting!

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Space shuttle at Houston Space Center

Williams Waterwall in Uptown Houston

Ducking around at Hermann Park

Summer in the City

Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge. 

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA.  You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops. 

Summer in the City
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Two must-knows for Houston apartment hunting concern the seasonal implications of 30 degrees latitude.

  • Garage Parking: Summers in Houston are consistently scorching. (This is Big Sky country, after all.) Regardless of what your car seats are made of—leather, cloth, old basketballs signed by Hakeem Olajuwon and the 1995 Rockets—you don’t want to traverse the gates of hell every time you need to drive somewhere. Seeking out that apartment complex with garage parking may save you this minor discomfort and only cost a $50/month more. However, if you can't get garage parking a lot of communities also offer covered parking for no additional charge. 

  • The Pool Scene: Houston is HOT, HOT, HOT. But don't worry, many of the apartments have invested in ways to help their residents stay cool or at least have fun in the heat. Pools at these apartments look more like resort pools than your local YMCA.  You'll find many that have invested in infinity pools and pools with built in lounge chairs (in the water!) or zero entry edges. Make sure to grab your towel and flip-flops. 

Inside the Loop

Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail. 
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop.  The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.  
Inside the Loop
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Houstonians who live inside the 610 Loop (“ITL” for your keyword searching convenience), which forms the inner web of commerce including Downtown, the Heights, the area around Rice University, and other such historic neighborhoods, can be notoriously arrogant. In a city where most of the population owns a personal vehicle, this provincialism can seem ridiculous. OTLers (those “outside the Loop”) consistently doubt the existence of good reasons to travel inside 610, claiming their lives are less stressful and just as exciting as ITLers. But there are good reasons to consider living ITL. Namely:

  • Proximity to Downtown, accessible from most points ITL via the newly constructed METRORail. 
  • Memorial Park, the largest urban greenspace in the Houston Metro area, containing a golf course, tennis courts, an aquatics center, and miles of running trails.
  • H.E.B. Central Market on Westheimer is the Mecca for Houston foodies. Sample new cheeses, pick out a specialty wine, and gain access to some of the best local produce at this Midtown gem.
  • Pet Friendliness, access to the outdoors in side the loop is a little more limited than outside the loop.  The savvy apartment communities know renters love their pets and have invested in dog parks and even in building dog washes to attract the pet friendly apartment searcher.  
Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!

Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must. 

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers,  two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with. 

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig.  The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

Alright, enough sidestepping. Let’s get to the neighborhoods!
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Downtown: Downtown Houston feels extremely corporate and business-like. If you aren’t comfortable seeing oil tycoons in suits hobnob it at Starbucks all day, then this might not be the district for you. Downtown also shuts down around 10pm—there aren’t too many late night or 24-hour spots for you party animals. If you want nightlife, you’ll have to head west to Midtown or Washington. That said, the area affectionately known as EaDo (“East Downtown”) has some wonderful surprises, including some of the best Chinese buffets in town… $550/month for an historic one-bedroom in EaDo. Compare that with studio lofts in the CBD: upwards of $1000/month!

The Eastern Wards: Residential development originally sprawled westward out from Downtown, the originally professional class settling in the Fourth Ward and leaving points east to industrial and shipping uses. That’s not to say there aren’t some decent neighborhoods: University of Houston sits smack in the middle of the Third Ward, which ensures some measure of stability. Don’t pay much over $600/month (utilities included) for a modest-sized two-bedroom condo near U of H. Checking out the Orange Show on Munger St. is a must. 

Midtown: Running west out from Downtown, this is the “it” area for young, artsy, professionals. West Alabama has the historic Angelika Theatre, and Washington Ave. is the new (moneyed) hipster location. This neighborhood still has that urban, commercial feel, but it’s that of a smaller city. Most folks who live here rarely find it necessary to head east of the Gulf Freeway. Seriously, all the culture and amenities one needs can be found on Westheimer St. Don’t go too far past Shepherd or you’ll land in River Oaks, one of the oldest in richest communities in the U.S. Luxury apartments and lofts on Washington go for around $1000/month and typically come with hardwood floors and in-unit washer and dryers,  two bedrooms start at $1500/month. Head south for more reasonable rates: $700-$800/month for one-bedrooms (Jacuzzi included?!) off Montrose.

The Heights: A wonderfully diverse and historic neighborhood (master-planned in 1891, it features Victorian mansions alongside quaint single-family homes), the Heights enjoys great access to major freeways: I-10, which will take you into the CBD or west to Katy; and I-45, which will take you north to the airport or the Woodlands. Professional folks who can’t afford to live in Midtown plus young families give the Heights a laid-back feel. Nicer one-bedroom apartments will top out at $1000/month. Look for a two- or three-bedroom Victorian and you’ll save $200-$300/month per head.

West University: Named for Rice University’s majestic presence, this area boasts an impressive number of museums (concentrated in the aptly named “Museum District”), Hermann Park (the only real rival to Memorial Park), and the Houston Zoo. The driftwood-framed Ginger Man in Rice Village shopping center is arguably the best beer bar in town. Two-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors run $1300/month and up; a little more than half that for only one bedroom. Expect covered parking in this neighborhood. (But if not, don’t fret: there are so many trees you’ll be fine on the street.)

Between 610 and the Beltway: The graphically tubular zone between the Loop and Beltway 8 (also called the Sam Houston Tollway) is the first legitimately “suburban” area after one leaves central Houston. These communities are oftentimes still historic—picture wide, oak-lined streets and large porches—but more spread out. The sacrifice one makes in moving OTL is that city feel: there are definitely highly-trafficked commercial districts (the Galleria in Woodway is a prime example), but they’re more likely to be massive malls amidst a moat of parking possibilities than ye olde main street. Here are a few neighborhoods OTL you’d best be acquainted with. 

Bellaire: Just outside the southwest corner of the Loop, Bellaire lives up to its California namesake. The Galleria shopping center (poodles, Versace, etc.) perches just north of Hwy. 59, South Rice Ave. linking it to Bellaire Blvd. (Wait, what??!)$700-$800/month for one-bedrooms, higher if you’d like to be closer to the Medical Center in case of an emergency.

Memorial: As you travel west along I-10, the communities on either side of the freeway are broken up into independent incorporated “villages”: Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunter’s Creek, Hedwig.  The Houston Country Club imparts an appropriate aura to this region. It’s where the “good ol’ boys” reside. $450-$600/month for efficiency one-bedrooms, higher for luxury apartments closer to the Galleria.

Aldine: A good choice if you’re going to be spending most of your weekends (or weekdays, for that matter) at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which stretches north of the Beltway but is easily accessed from Aldine. This very inexpensive area (you get what you pay for, remember) offers one-bedrooms for $500/month max. Add $100/month for another room.

Rent Report
Houston

September 2020 Houston Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Houston rents declined over the past month

Houston rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Houston stand at $835 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,022 for a two-bedroom. Houston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the Houston Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Houston over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Houston metro for which we have data, 8 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Sugar Land has seen rents fall by 2.2% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Houston metro with a two-bedroom median of $1,540.
    • Pasadena has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,028, while one-bedrooms go for $840.

    Houston rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

    As rents have fallen moderately in Houston, other large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Houston is also more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

    • Though Texas' growth as a whole has held steady over the past year, cities across the state have seen both increases and decreases. For example, rents have fallen by 0.4% in Dallas.
    • Houston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,022 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Houston fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Memphis (+1.2%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Houston than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Houston.

    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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Houston
    $840
    $1,020
    -0.1%
    -1%
    Pasadena
    $840
    $1,030
    0.3%
    1.6%
    Pearland
    $1,110
    $1,360
    0.6%
    -0.1%
    League City
    $1,230
    $1,500
    0.8%
    -0.6%
    Sugar Land
    $1,260
    $1,540
    0.6%
    -2.2%
    Baytown
    $880
    $1,070
    0.2%
    -0.3%
    Missouri City
    $1,180
    $1,440
    0.2%
    0.2%
    Conroe
    $900
    $1,100
    0.4%
    -0.6%
    Spring
    $1,120
    $1,370
    0.2%
    -0.4%
    Galveston
    $900
    $1,100
    0.6%
    -2.2%
    Texas City
    $900
    $1,110
    0.2%
    -0.9%
    Rosenberg
    $840
    $1,030
    0.3%
    -0.9%
    Lake Jackson
    $770
    $940
    0.2%
    -0.2%
    Stafford
    $1,010
    $1,240
    0.2%
    -1.3%
    Humble
    $1,050
    $1,280
    0.2%
    0.5%
    Richmond
    $1,020
    $1,250
    0.9%
    1.7%
    Tomball
    $1,010
    $1,230
    -0.1%
    0.8%
    Webster
    $1,020
    $1,250
    0.9%
    2.1%
    Magnolia
    $980
    $1,200
    0.9%
    1.2%
    See More

    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.

    Methodology:

    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.

    Read More

    September 2020 Houston Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Houston Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Houston Rent Report. Houston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Houston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Houston rents declined over the past month

    Houston rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Houston stand at $835 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,022 for a two-bedroom. Houston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the Houston Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Houston over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Houston metro for which we have data, 8 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Sugar Land has seen rents fall by 2.2% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Houston metro with a two-bedroom median of $1,540.
      • Pasadena has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,028, while one-bedrooms go for $840.

      Houston rents more affordable than many similar cities nationwide

      As rents have fallen moderately in Houston, other large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Houston is also more affordable than most comparable cities across the country.

      • Though Texas' growth as a whole has held steady over the past year, cities across the state have seen both increases and decreases. For example, rents have fallen by 0.4% in Dallas.
      • Houston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,022 is below the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Houston fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+1.7%) and Memphis (+1.2%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Houston than most similar cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,956, which is more than two-and-a-half times the price in Houston.

      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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Houston
      $840
      $1,020
      -0.1%
      -1%
      Pasadena
      $840
      $1,030
      0.3%
      1.6%
      Pearland
      $1,110
      $1,360
      0.6%
      -0.1%
      League City
      $1,230
      $1,500
      0.8%
      -0.6%
      Sugar Land
      $1,260
      $1,540
      0.6%
      -2.2%
      Baytown
      $880
      $1,070
      0.2%
      -0.3%
      Missouri City
      $1,180
      $1,440
      0.2%
      0.2%
      Conroe
      $900
      $1,100
      0.4%
      -0.6%
      Spring
      $1,120
      $1,370
      0.2%
      -0.4%
      Galveston
      $900
      $1,100
      0.6%
      -2.2%
      Texas City
      $900
      $1,110
      0.2%
      -0.9%
      Rosenberg
      $840
      $1,030
      0.3%
      -0.9%
      Lake Jackson
      $770
      $940
      0.2%
      -0.2%
      Stafford
      $1,010
      $1,240
      0.2%
      -1.3%
      Humble
      $1,050
      $1,280
      0.2%
      0.5%
      Richmond
      $1,020
      $1,250
      0.9%
      1.7%
      Tomball
      $1,010
      $1,230
      -0.1%
      0.8%
      Webster
      $1,020
      $1,250
      0.9%
      2.1%
      Magnolia
      $980
      $1,200
      0.9%
      1.2%
      See More

      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.

      Methodology:

      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.

      Houston Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Houston ranks on:

      B+
      Overall satisfaction
      B-
      Safety and crime rate
      A-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B
      Recreational activities
      A
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Social Life
      C
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      A
      State and local taxes
      B-
      Public transit
      B+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Houston’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.

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

      Key Findings in Houston include the following:

      • Houston renters gave their city a B+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Houston were affordability and state and local taxes, which both received A grades.
      • The areas of concern to Houston renters are weather (C) and public transit (B-).
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B+, while renters who are parents are equally satisfied, also scoring the city a B+.
      • Houston earned similar scores compared to other cities in Texas, including Austin (A-), Dallas (B) and San Antonio (A-).
      • Houston did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Atlanta (B) and Miami (C+).
      • 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:

      • "Houston is a great place to live! It’s family oriented but also has a booming nightlife that caters to all Houstonians. The traffic, at times, can be a headache, but there is always opportunity for either public transportation or expressways to get around the city." -Jessica
      • "Houston is a nice place to live. There are a lot of opportunities and it’s a great place if you are looking for a change. Transportation ins’t great if you don’t have a car." -Anon.
      • "I love the city because it’s very diverse; so many cultures mix in one place. But I hate that the weather is extremely hot!" -Mauricio
      • "Houston has good growth, great food, and a short winter." -Joe H.

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

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Houston’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.

      "Houston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

      View full Houston Renter Survey

      Here’s how Houston ranks on:

      B+
      Overall satisfaction
      B-
      Safety and crime rate
      A-
      Jobs and career opportunities
      B
      Recreational activities
      A
      Affordability
      B+
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Social Life
      C
      Weather
      B-
      Commute time
      A
      State and local taxes
      B-
      Public transit
      B+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Houston’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.

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

      Key Findings in Houston include the following:

      • Houston renters gave their city a B+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Houston were affordability and state and local taxes, which both received A grades.
      • The areas of concern to Houston renters are weather (C) and public transit (B-).
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B+, while renters who are parents are equally satisfied, also scoring the city a B+.
      • Houston earned similar scores compared to other cities in Texas, including Austin (A-), Dallas (B) and San Antonio (A-).
      • Houston did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Atlanta (B) and Miami (C+).
      • 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:

      • "Houston is a great place to live! It’s family oriented but also has a booming nightlife that caters to all Houstonians. The traffic, at times, can be a headache, but there is always opportunity for either public transportation or expressways to get around the city." -Jessica
      • "Houston is a nice place to live. There are a lot of opportunities and it’s a great place if you are looking for a change. Transportation ins’t great if you don’t have a car." -Anon.
      • "I love the city because it’s very diverse; so many cultures mix in one place. But I hate that the weather is extremely hot!" -Mauricio
      • "Houston has good growth, great food, and a short winter." -Joe H.

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

      View our national survey results here.