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308 Apartments for rent in Fairfax, VA

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10700 Norman Avenue
Fairfax, VA
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10025 Mosby Woods Drive
Fairfax, VA
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Fairfax, VA
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2 Bedrooms
Fairfax, VA
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Fairfax, VA
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Fairfax, VA
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City Guide
Finding an Apartment in Fairfax

Being prepared well in advance of starting your search for places to rent in Fairfax will make the process go much more smoothly. Try going to meet with a landlord empty-handed, and you won't be signing any apartment lease. Instead, have a recent credit report, rental history, references, and proof of income available for prospective landlords. While housing in this region is more expensive than in most, the benefits of life in the productive and charming city of Fairfax is worth the price.

Property rentals here come in all shapes and sizes, including townhouses, condominiums, single homes, and apartments. You'll find everything from basic studio dwellings to premier apartments that come complete with furnishings and on-site swimming pools. This is a popular place to live and work, so start the search for a new home early. It's also not for the faint of wallet, with real estate being among the most expensive in the country. If you do find a suitable place within your budget, have all your papers and money in order--you may have to pounce!

Fairfax Neighborhoods

The city encompasses a number of neighborhoods with a wide range of places for rent. Here's a speedy insider's guide to the various 'hoods:

Fairfax Station: This is the largest area geographically and is also the priciest. Fairfax Station does include Piney Branch Stream Valley Park and the Country Club of Fairfax for recreational opportunities. $$$$$

Mantua: Found in the northeast corner of the city, the prices here are mid-range to high. Eakin Community Park offers trails and woodlands for hiking and outdoor fun. $$$$-$$$$$

City Center: This area is just what it says. It's located in the heart of the city, with Fairfax Boulevard running through its center. Housing for rent is more affordable than in some other areas of the city, and the central location offers easy access to dining and shops downtown. $$$$

Dixie Hill/Legato: This portion of the city offers rental apartments located within charming row homes. The real estate is newer than in other areas. The neighborhood attracts many college students in search of housing, so timing is everything if you want to avoid collegiate competition. $$$

Penderbrook/Fairfax Farms: This neighborhood offers some of the lowest priced rental apartments in Fairfax, so if your wallet is feeling light, start here. $$

Life in Fairfax

Travel into and out of Fairfax is very convenient, with US-50 and US-29 converging within city limits. Transportation around town is provided by bus service, and the Washington MetroBus also provides service to D.C. (call it "the city" to sound like a local). Redevelopment within Old Town Fairfax has provided more office space, retail opportunities, and a variety of places to live around town. This, coupled with a strong school system and a higher than average median income, makes Fairfax an appealing place to live and work. Workers in management and administrative support, as well as computer science professionals, gravitate to the city for its employment opportunities. History, nature, and culture are ready to welcome you to Fairfax!

Rent Report

January 2019 Fairfax Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Fairfax Rent Report. Fairfax rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Fairfax rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Fairfax rents increase sharply over the past month

Fairfax rents have increased 1.0% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fairfax stand at $1,890 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,180 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Fairfax's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.9%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Fairfax, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the DC 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.

  • Germantown has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,970, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 0.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,020, while one-bedrooms go for $1,750.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,440; rents increased 0.1% over the past month and 1.9% over the past year.
  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; rents went down 0.2% over the past month but rose 4.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Fairfax

As rents have increased significantly in Fairfax, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Fairfax is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Virginia as a whole logging rent growth of 1.9% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.8% in Virginia Beach.
  • Fairfax's median two-bedroom rent of $2,180 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 5.0% rise in Fairfax.
  • While Fairfax's rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Austin (+3.4%), New York (+2.7%), and San Francisco (+2.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Fairfax than most large cities. For example, Norfolk has a median 2BR rent of $950, where Fairfax is more than twice that price.

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
Washington, DC $1,340 $1,550 -0.1% 2.0%
Arlington $1,800 $2,070 -0.1% 4.3%
Alexandria $1,590 $1,840 0.2% 2.9%
Germantown $1,700 $1,970 0.4% 4.4%
Silver Spring $1,510 $1,740 -0.1% 0.4%
Centreville $1,610 $1,860 -0.3% 2.8%
Waldorf $1,750 $2,020 0.8% -0.9%
Frederick $1,330 $1,530 -0.2% 4.4%
Rockville $1,730 $2,000 -0.1% 3.8%
Bethesda $2,110 $2,440 0.1% 1.9%
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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.

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

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

"Fairfax renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Fairfax, some aspects can be better."

Key findings in Fairfax include the following:

  • Fairfax renters gave their city a B overall.
  • The highest-rated categories for Fairfax were jobs and career opportunities, safety and low crime rate and quality of local schools, which all received A+ grades.
  • The areas of concern to Fairfax renters are commute time and state and local taxes, which both received F grades.
  • Fairfax ranks high for renter satisfaction, as do Arlington, VA (A) and Alexandria (A).
  • Fairfax earned similar scores to other cities nationwide, including Portland, OR (B), Atlanta, GA (B) and Dallas, TX (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:

  • "Great place to start a family and live a comfortable life. Fairfax has tons of restaurants, theaters and events. If you want a more exciting life, Washington, DC is only 20 to 30 minutes away." – Anon.
  • "Love the schools, entertainment and career opportunities. Hate the cost of living and the traffic." – Tim W.
  • "Very expensive, but clean and safe." – Carolina A.
  • "The schools and parks are wonderful. There are plenty of trails to wander. The area and surrounding cities are not very affordable, but it beats commuting an hour or more to work." - Shannon

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