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204 Apartments for rent in Fairfax, VA

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Last updated November 25 at 9:04am UTC
4100 John Trammell Court
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 9 at 12:20pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,595
4401 ROYAL COMMONS COURT
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 11 at 2:24am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
3778 CENTER WAY
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 25 at 2:13am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,000
5523 SIDEBURN ROAD
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 24 at 4:17am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,600
2975 STELLA BLUE LANE
Merrifield
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 25 at 2:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
12313 FOX LAKE PLACE
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 25 at 2:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$2,450
4041 QUIET CREEK DRIVE
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 11 at 2:28am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,150
10801 ADARE DRIVE
Fairfax
Fairfax, VA
Updated November 25 at 2:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
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City Guide
Fairfax
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
Fairfax

November 2017 Fairfax Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Fairfax Rent Report. Fairfax rents declined 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 declined over the past month

Fairfax rents have declined 0.6% over the past month, and are down moderately by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Fairfax stand at $1,800 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,080 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Fairfax's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the DC Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Fairfax over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 6 of the largest 10 cities in the DC metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Frederick has the least expensive rents in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,480; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.4%.
  • Over the past year, Waldorf has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,960, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Bethesda has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the DC metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,390; rents went down 0.5% over the past month and 0.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Fairfax

As rents have fallen moderately in Fairfax, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Fairfax is less affordable for renters.

  • Other cities across the state have seen rents moderately increase, with Virginia as a whole logging rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.8% in Virginia Beach and 1.6% in Norfolk.
  • Fairfax's median two-bedroom rent of $2,080 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.0% decline in Fairfax.
  • While rents in Fairfax fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Los Angeles (+3.9%), and San Francisco (+1.8%).
  • 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 $1,540 -0.5% -0.6%
Arlington $1,760 $2,030 -0.9% 0.6%
Alexandria $1,560 $1,800 -0.4% 0.1%
Germantown $1,640 $1,890 -0.8% 0.1%
Silver Spring $1,500 $1,740 -0.8% 0.4%
Centreville $1,590 $1,840 -1.5% -1.2%
Waldorf $1,700 $1,960 0.7% -1.3%
Frederick $1,290 $1,480 -0.1% 2.4%
Rockville $1,710 $1,970 -0.6% 1.3%
Bethesda $2,070 $2,390 -0.5% -0.4%
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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.