153 Apartments for rent in Portsmouth, VA

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Last updated November 23 at 3:10pm UTC
30 Bainbridge Ave
Cradock
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 23 at 12:24pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,350
454 Florida AVE
Port Norfolk
Portsmouth, VA
Updated October 29 at 5:51pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$695
311 Hanbury Avenue
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 23 at 12:20pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,500
528 Hampton PL
Olde Towne
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 8 at 1:54am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,150
1004 Christiana CIR
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 10 at 1:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,550
1821 Maple AVE
Prentis Park
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 7 at 9:45am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,100
3823 Caroline AVE
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated October 10 at 10:18am UTC
1 Bedroom
$695
817 Pacific AVE
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 16 at 1:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
5920 HAMPSHIRE GREEN
Bishops Green
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 9 at 12:22pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,795
1545 Mathews TER
West Park View
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 7 at 2:11am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
4709 Clifford Street ST
Westhaven
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 18 at 1:44am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,150
1929 Prentis Ave
Prentis Park
Portsmouth, VA
Updated October 13 at 10:33am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$950
1660 Darren Circle
Cavalier Manor
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 23 at 12:17pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$945
5416 LILAC CRES
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 18 at 1:48am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,795
84 Dahlgren Ave
Cradock
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 23 at 9:26am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$900
5606 Darby Close
Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 23 at 9:44am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$1,350
717 South Street A
Downtown Portsmouth
Portsmouth, VA
Updated November 17 at 5:15am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$695
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City Guide
Portsmouth
Moving to the City

Portsmouth is an outlying suburb of the major commercial centers of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The majority of residents live in the city and work across the river. Prices are cheaper than downtown and though public transit is improving, it is easier to drive than get around any other way since all areas are connected by I-64 and it's offshoots with little inconvenience.

Military Living

The entire area that surrounds Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is geared towards military personnel and their families. This is a huge boon to the community for a number of reasons. Crime is lower here than you would initially expect. Residents feel safe at night when walking downtown or through neighborhoods. Like any large city there are areas to avoid but they are few and everyone knows where they are. The economy has flourished in spite of difficult times due to the constant influx of government support. The bases located nearby, including Oceana Air Force Base, provide stability for local businesses that has encouraged growth on a persistent basis. The constant presence of battleships and carriers in the harbor are just part of the scenery here. A lot of the charm and personality that the city owns is a direct result of these subtle features.

The entire eastern seaboard is rich with history, for those who are into learning more about America’s past. Dating back to its beginnings in 1752, Porthsmouth has several neighborhoods in particular that will make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time. If American history is your thing, it might be worth your while to take the three-hour trek northwest to Washington DC with stops along the way to some amazing little towns that helped shape the future of the country.

Entertainment

For the most part, Portsmouths sister city of Norfolk is the happening place for nightlife. It may seem unusual but this area does not segregate one city from the other in the way most states do. Moreover each city seems to designate a purpose. Businessman and college students spend their time in Norfolk, professional workers and shoppers go to Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach is for tourists or locals looking to get away from it all. Portsmouth is where a large portion of over two million of the region's population resides. Just across the bridge on Granby street is downtown Norfolk. Bars, clubs and restaurants of every possible type line the strip marked by the presence of the battleship Wisconsin which practically overshadows Waterside Drive. On weekends it can get quite crowded. MacArthur mall butts up against the nightlife center, which offers a logical end to a long day of shopping. Ferries and taxis make it easy to travel back and forth between the two cities safely and legally. Public transportation is thankfully improving along with the continuing construction of a light rail connecting the oceanfront with the cities along the bay.

Weather or Not

Weather in Portsmouth is typical of the mid Atlantic. It can at times be turbulent but what can be assured is no one weather pattern will last very long. Rainstorms are intense but come in frequent short bursts. Typically a shower will last from fifteen minutes to an hour at most. All four seasons are represented including an occasional snowfall that will remain for a week or two in early February which is just long enough build a snowman, have a snowball fight and be ready for it all to melt away. Spring is full of flowers and life as the geese come out with their new hatchlings for the first time in the year (much to the despair of many locals waiting for the new families to cross the street). Summers are hot enough to urge most people to the beaches for a welcome cooling off in the ocean, but the the days give way to luxurious if slightly nippy autumns full of color changing leaves and pleasant evenings.

Neighborhoods

Olde Town: Located directly on the bay with stunning skyline view of downtown Norfolk, Olde Towne Portsmouth is home to colonial buildings, townhouses and cobblestone streets. An eclectic mix of restaurants pepper the community. If you focus your apartment search here you will find plenty of studios and one bedroom apartments. Prices are slightly higher due to the location and coveted scenery. $$$$

Downtown: Downtown is largely preserved as a historic monument. The majority of homes are two story turn of the century and colonial styles. Renovated for modern comforts the aesthetic sensibilities have been preserved throughout the ages. Many larger houses have been converted into multiplexes for singles and college students. $$$

Midtown: This area is the hub of suburbia in Portsmouth. I-264 across the river, route 58 to NC and route 17 from Fredericksburg to Florida all pass through here. This is also a large medical center for the city. Midtown offers architecture from across the centuries. Queen Anne inspired homes, turn of the century, waterfront colonials and Cape Cod style homes mingle together for an air of merican history unfolding before your eyes. $$$

Victory: Victory was a planned expansion to the city. This region is mixed in its development. The Elizabeth River like much of Portsmouth plays a major role in the residential layout of the area. Retail outlets and commercial developments are in abundance with the larger more modern homes being placed strategically along the river banks, often with their own piers. Fishing is a major pastime in this area due to easy access to the Chesapeake Bay. The harbor houses a full complement of private boats year round for enthusiasts. $$

Churchland: If youre going to call any place home, Churchland is probably going to be it. Spacious living areas with river views are plentiful here. Apartment complexes are replaced by townhomes and condos. Brick, ranch style homes and traditional partial brick homes are common. This is the most family friendly neighborhood in the area. The YMCA and several cultural centers provide a welcome boost to the local community spirit. Churchland was designed to encompass the needs of all of Portsmouths citizens. Large sections of luxury homes were constructed to attract economic improvement to the area as well as several fairly priced homes designed with first time buyers in mind to assist new families looking to move to the area. Anywhere in Hampton Roads enjoys a unique atmosphere that could not exist anywhere else. $$

Rent Report
Portsmouth

November 2017 Portsmouth Rent Report

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

Portsmouth rents held steady over the past month

Portsmouth rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up moderately by 2.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Portsmouth stand at $770 for a one-bedroom apartment and $930 for a two-bedroom. Portsmouth'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 Portsmouth, 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).

Portsmouth rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased moderately in Portsmouth, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Portsmouth is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Portsmouth's median two-bedroom rent of $930 is below the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 2.0% rise in Portsmouth.
  • While Portsmouth's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including New York (-0.2%) and Miami (-0.2%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth.

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.

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:

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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.