389 Apartments for rent in Norfolk, VA

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Last updated November 22 at 5:13am UTC
7532 Virginian Dr
Suburban Acres
Norfolk, VA
Updated October 11 at 10:42am UTC
3 Bedrooms
309 Ashlawn Dr. Unit #16
Oakdale Farms-Denby Park
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 22 at 5:13am UTC
1 Bedroom
4607 Kennebeck AVE
Norfolk, VA
Updated October 13 at 2:42am UTC
4 Bedrooms
Norfolk, VA
Updated September 14 at 10:11pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
421 Raleigh AVE
Ghent Square
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 21 at 1:50am UTC
4 Bedrooms
732 Virginia AVE
Colonial Place-Riverview
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 9 at 11:19am UTC
3 Bedrooms
8582 Chesapeake BLVD
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 15 at 10:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
3219 Brest Ave
Fairmont Park
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 22 at 5:12am UTC
2 Bedrooms
388 Boush St Unit 103
Downtown Norfolk
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 22 at 5:13am UTC
1 Bedroom
521 Forrest Avenue
Glenwood Park
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 3 at 9:37am UTC
2 Bedrooms
9517 5th Bay ST
East Ocean View
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 3 at 2:56am UTC
2 Bedrooms
8550 Tidewater Dr #C1
North Chesapeake Boulevard
Norfolk, VA
Updated November 16 at 12:17pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Renting in Norfolk

A city that’s possibly more patriotic than Washington D.C., the Old Dominion’s favorite town retains our capital’s professional air, pricey rents and beautiful historic setting, but moves at a slower pace. Here’s what to keep in mind when you start exploring the Tidewater’s (our term of endearment) rental-universe.

Room with a View: Water equals money. In real estate, views command a premium price. However, your budget-conscious side can meet your beachy-dreams side if you look for a spot a few blocks inshore: here you’ll find lower rents, beautiful homes and a 5 minute walk to the waves.

Board for the Brass: For all you military men and women either transferring to Norfolk or already hunkered down here, consider giving Pilot Online (http://pilotonline.com/) a whirl. Aside from classified ads, it has military-specific information about the community.

Naval Station Norfolk: If you’re going to work at the base, live by the base. The station is situated on a peninsula connected to the rest of the city by the Hampton Boulevard bridge (boring, but important geographic details, we know). And this bridge could quite possibly become the bane of your existence if you have to make this looonnnggg commute every day.

Community, Borough, Enclave, Area, Parish…You Get the Idea

Is it a college town? A navy town? A vacation town? It’s sort of all of the above, nestled together in chunks of residential areas separated by artsy boulevards and seriously old-skool apartments, all kept free from the Southern heat by an ocean breeze. Sounds nice, right? Right.

Let’s Take this Party Downtown

Shiny new lofts! Condos! Nightlife! People in expensive designer clothes! It’s the modern downtown and Nofolk’s (with the notable exception that our skyscrapers simmer at about 15 stories) is much like those found across the country.

  • Downtown/Freemason: The Freemason hood, with its quaint brick sidewalks, is the perfect place to make your 20’s, or 30’s (or 40’s—we’re not judging!) dreams of having a Sex And The City lifestyle a reality. Not a grocery store in sight and tons of bustling young urban professionals.

  • The Ghent District: We’re not exaggerating at all when we say that The Ghent is everyone’s favorite neighborhood. The new pads (other parts of Norfolk can be on the shabby side) walkability, views and delicious restaurants make this the most coveted ‘hood in town—not to mention one of the most expensive.

Old Dominion University Neighborhoods:

Old Dominion University is the major economic player (after the military) in Norfolk, and it’s generated a handful of interesting neighborhoods around it. Students, families, retirees and even some blocks of college kids make it a diverse place to live. And, naturally, you can scoop up something by the water.

  • Larchmont/Edgewater: The word you’ll hear thrown around most often when people talk about the Larchmont Edgewater area is “charming”, and even though it’s a word used to describe just about anything (“Isn’t that fun-size Snickers so charming?”), here it’s appropriate. Located North of ODU, these areas have a healthy mix of college kids, peaceful streets, families and a genuinely friendly atmosphere.

  • Colonial Place/Riverview: A little further from ODU—and a little more affordable—this residential area isn’t especially pedestrian friendly, but it’s home to many younger families in the area that like inexpensive rent.

All Things Considered

Last, but not least, a handful of useful information to arm yourself with before becoming native-Norfolk.

Retirees: Thanks to the amenities provided by the large military bases (commissaries, hospitals, etc.), Norfolk is home to a sizeable older population. When scoping out your new block and neighbors, consider things like: Could your get-togethers be considered particularly loud? Do you want children running around for your own kids to play with?

Don’t Hold Your Breath: There are hundreds of bridges, tunnels, and interstates connecting the Hampton Roads together (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News), but none will you come to dread more than the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT). This asphalt tangle is notorious for tacking on hours to trips and should be avoided like that monster it is.

Ride the Tide: Speaking of transit, the HRT Tide is brand spanking new, and makes areas that were previously only car-friendly, now easily accessible for bikers and pedestrians. Look up the proximity of stations to your potential home to see if service extends to you.

Now go discover your new favorite water sport, introduce yourself to one of the locals (who are incredibly friendly, by the way) and if you’re feeling really arty, check out the Chrysler Museum of Art and/or the Virginia Opera. Look at you, being all cultured. Bien!

Rent Report

November 2017 Norfolk Rent Report

Welcome to the November 2017 Norfolk Rent Report. Norfolk rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Norfolk rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Norfolk rents declined significantly over the past month

Norfolk rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Norfolk stand at $790 for a one-bedroom apartment and $950 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Norfolk's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, but trails the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across cities in Virginia

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Norfolk, but across the entire state. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Virginia, all of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

  • Looking throughout the state, Arlington is the most expensive of all Virginia's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $2,030; of the 10 largest Virginia cities that we have data for, all have seen rents rise year-over-year, with Newport News experiencing the fastest growth (+3.4%).
  • Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.3%, 2.0%, and 1.8%, respectively).

Norfolk rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

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

  • Norfolk's median two-bedroom rent of $950 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 1.6% increase in Norfolk.
  • While Norfolk's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Seattle (+4.2%), Phoenix (+4.1%), and Dallas (+2.6%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Norfolk than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,070, which is more than three times the price in Norfolk.

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
Virginia Beach $1,070 $1,290 -0.1% 1.8%
Norfolk $790 $950 -0.4% 1.6%
Chesapeake $980 $1,180 2.3%
Newport News $840 $1,010 0.6% 3.4%
Hampton $860 $1,040 0.3% 1.6%
Portsmouth $770 $930 0.1% 2.0%
Williamsburg $990 $1,170 0.8% -0.3%

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.

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