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233 Apartments for rent in Mercer Island, WA

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Last updated October 20 at 2:46am UTC
3278 80th Ave SE
Mercer Island
Mercer Island, WA
Updated October 20 at 1:45am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
2500 81st Ave SE #133
North Mercer
Mercer Island, WA
Updated October 19 at 11:23am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,695
2404 64th Ave SE
East Seattle
Mercer Island, WA
Updated October 18 at 9:15pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
5808 E. Mercer Way
Mercer Island
Mercer Island, WA
Updated October 10 at 9:39am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,700
3030 80th Ave SE #303
Downtown Mercer Island
Mercer Island, WA
Updated October 9 at 9:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,650
Results within 1 miles of Mercer Island, WA
10407 SE 30th St
Enatai
Bellevue, WA
Updated October 6 at 10:28am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$6,950
2540 104th Ave Se
Enatai
Bellevue, WA
Updated September 28 at 1:07pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,495
6607 109th Pl SE
Newcastle
Newcastle, WA
Updated September 1 at 10:04am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
Results within 5 miles of Mercer Island, WA
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1420 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA
Updated October 20 at 2:45am UTC
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,505
2 Bedrooms
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Modera Jackson
1801 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA
Updated October 20 at 1:31am UTC
Studio
$1,875
1 Bedroom
$1,463
2 Bedrooms
$2,785
Barclay Broadway
412 Broadway
Seattle, WA
Updated October 20 at 12:50am UTC
Studio
$1,749
1 Bedroom
$1,505
2 Bedrooms
$2,498
City Guide
Mercer Island
Finding an Apartment on Mercer Island

There are a lot of ways to find an apartment here, and little to none of them involve bribery! Okay, none of them do, we just wanted to sound tough. Sure, you can look online, but don't you want a great meet-cute for you and your new apartment?

Watch 'Em Go By

Take the bus when you have the time, and just sit and watch apartments go by with big "FOR RENT" signs acting as beacons. Don't worry, as long as you bring a book you won't look too creepy. If you see an amazing place, just get off the bus, grab the number for the listing, and give them a call. If it's a bust, just get back on the next bus!

Word of Mouth

When you see a great place, instead of keeping it a secret, let everyone know! It might not be the perfect place for you, and if it helps out a friend it'll inspire them to pay you back. Besides, who couldn't use a little good karma in their life? 

Preparation For Your Home

Have a copy of your credit report while preparing the applications forms. Seriously, if you wait too long, someone else might snag up your dream spot. Additionally, have at least the first month's and last month's rent available in your savings. Even if it's all you've got, you're going to need it to assure the landlord you're the right one for the apartment. After all, with the beautiful apartments you're going to have to choose from, you'll begin to truly understand why cash is king. 

This area is hot, so expect them to want a credit check. The nicer landlords may pay the cost themselves, otherwise expect a $30-40 dollar charge in addition to your application. Don't worry, this isn't a scam (unless it's a really lame one). To put the sugar on top, make sure to have a demonstration of your current employment. Whether it's current pay stubs or even a letter from your boss, you'll be glad you proved you're not a bum.

Parking

In most cases, apartments in Mercer Island would have parking within the property. On moments where there’s none, you could try to convince your landlord to open up a spot in your building (if it has any).

Finding Your Way Around

Ditch the Vehicle

The public transportation system in the King County is very reliable to ride on. There’s no need for a car unless you work in an occupation that require it or that involve transporting large items to more than one destination. You also have the bus, train or cab to rely on for traveling for work or personal reasons.

Cycling and Trails are FREE

Seriously, why spend money if you don't have to? Well, unless you like showing off. Mercer Island has some of the best parks in the state, though, so you'd be a fool not to take a moment to enjoy them from time to time. 

October 2018 Mercer Island Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Mercer Island Rent Report. Mercer Island rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Mercer Island rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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Rent Report
Mercer Island

October 2018 Mercer Island Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Mercer Island Rent Report. Mercer Island rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Mercer Island rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Mercer Island rents decline sharply over the past month

Mercer Island rents have declined 0.8% over the past month, but have increased slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Mercer Island stand at $1,990 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,480 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Mercer Island's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.0%, as well as the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Mercer Island, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Seattle metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Kent has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,810, while one-bedrooms go for $1,450.
  • Over the past year, Seattle proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,680, while one-bedrooms go for $1,350.
  • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,430; rents fell 0.1% over the past month but rose 3.0% over the past year.
  • Bellevue has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,370; rents were up 2.1% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Mercer Island

As rents have increased slightly in Mercer Island, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Mercer Island is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 1.0% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.8% in Spokane and 1.8% in Vancouver.
  • Mercer Island's median two-bedroom rent of $2,480 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 1.2% increase in Mercer Island.
  • While Mercer Island's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+2.6%), Austin (+1.2%), and San Francisco (+1.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Mercer Island than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $900, where Mercer Island is more than two-and-a-half times 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
Seattle $1,350 $1,680 0.1% -1.6%
Tacoma $1,250 $1,560 0.2% 1.6%
Bellevue $1,900 $2,370 -0.0% 2.1%
Everett $1,340 $1,670 -0.5% 2.5%
Kent $1,450 $1,810 -0.4% 3.5%
Renton $1,640 $2,050 -0.6% -0.1%
Federal Way $1,400 $1,750 0.3% 2.1%
Auburn $1,360 $1,690 0.6% 3.1%
Marysville $1,370 $1,710 0.0% 0.8%
Lakewood $1,150 $1,430 -0.1% 3.0%
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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.

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.