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197 Apartments for rent in Renton, WA

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Last updated September 21 at 10:16AM
13426 156th Ave SE
Renton
Renton, WA
Updated September 16 at 10:48AM
6 Bedrooms
$3,500
15026 SE 171st St
Renton
Renton, WA
Updated September 16 at 9:20AM
4 Bedrooms
$2,495
3906 NE 3rd Pl
Leisure Estates
Renton, WA
Updated September 20 at 9:43AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,300
4200 Smithers Ave S
Renton
Renton, WA
Updated September 21 at 10:16AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
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City Guide
Renton
Even rock stars gotta pay rent.

Shh, can you hear that? That’s the sound of psychedelic guitar rifs blowing in on the Puget Sound breeze. You hear that because you’re moving to Renton, Washington, the birthplace (and final resting place, for all you pilgrims of rock) of Jimi Hendrix. Jimi may be long gone, but these days Renton is a bustling city of 90,000 situated a blessed eleven miles from the land of Starbucks and the Space Needle itself, Seattle. Renton may be a former dreary coal manufacturing hub, but believe you me - these days it’s known for its affordable rents and rising star in Washington’s West Coast scene. Whether you’re searching for yesterday’s Seattle grunge, a lucrative aviation job or just a really great cup of coffee and a rainy day, Renton has you covered on all fronts. Now let’s throw on your flannel shirt and Birkenstocks and get down to rocking out on your apartment hunt.

Rock-n-Roll Grows Up

Though Jimi Hendrix’s roots were in Renton, the city (particularly when he lived here) wasn’t really all that rock-n-roll. Dominated by industrial development until the 90s, Renton had a mixed safety record and a rural feel, which naturally would send any young, angsty teenager straight for a guitar. Recent development, however, has kept the downtown and urban areas from hollowing out like many post-industrial cities. Aviation industry giants Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration relocated their respective offices to downtown Renton and, in a spectacular gold star for not-evil corporations, rejuvenated the area in a big way with its flight-oriented pizzazz. Renton now has a tantalizing mix of safe, affordable urban neighborhoods serving up everything chic and cooler than cool, as well as farther-flung, family-friendly suburbs with plenty of space to get the kids all sugared up and running in circles till nap time.

Whether it’s shopping, restaurants or nightlife you’re after, the new Renton developments can provide. The downtown area has a number of increasingly funky bars and restaurants, as well as a charming farmer’s market (very West Coast). There is also a new northern shopping center, The Landing, providing mixed commercial facilities. Finally, lest we forget, there is also Renton’s proximity to Seattle with an even wider array of coffee shops and umbrellas located just a hop, skip and jump away.

Rentin’ in Renton. It rhymes!

Renton is fairly notorious for being both affordable and “up-and-coming.” This means a couple of things: first that rents in Renton are some of the lowest in the greater Seattle area, and secondly, that they probably won’t stay that way for long. It should be noted, however, that Renton has been in the process of redeveloping and weeding out some less desirable elements since the early 90s, so it doesn’t hurt to be selective when choosing your new neighborhood, as certain parts of town can be, we’ll just say it, pretty sketchy.

Have children, need peace and quiet

Some of the most desirable real estate in Renton lies along the eastern shores of Lake Washington. This area, frequently referred to by locals as “up the hill,” has a number of great, suburban neighborhoods like May Creek and Kennydale, all within decent public school districts so your progeny can fill their brains with the history of the Arabica coffee bean while you enjoy a cup on your balcony with a great view. Lake Washington is also a desirable spot, but new development in this area means that it’s becoming a bit TOO desirable and rents can skyrocket. Expect to pay between $800-1000 in north Renton. Just south of downtown, the neighborhood of Fairwood is also an attractive family-oriented area that feels slightly less suburban but boasts a good school district to attract large numbers of families.

I like to pretend I’m not ‘into’ appearances

Downtown Renton is perhaps the most actively revitalizing neighborhood in the city. Along the downtown corridor you can find several new apartment and condo buildings, as well as mixed-use commercial spaces, shopping centers, bars and restaurants. With the exception of the apartment buildings directly surrounding the downtown transit center, all of these rentals are great options for Renton singles on the prowl looking for easy access to Seattle, as well as a taste of Renton’s own nightlife. Two bedrooms downtown generally carry the highest price tag, frequently going for $1100-1400, but you can’t put a price on the perfect bachelor pad, now can you? If the price just isn’t right in downtown, check out the developments around The Landing in north central Renton. Two bedrooms in these areas generally go for slightly less at $1000-1200 and provide nearly the same amenities and wine-and-cheese party hosting space.

I just need something cheap–er, economical.

The eastern portion of Renton is generally considered nicer than the west, as proximity to Seattle makes western Renton fairly maligned in terms of its safety record. If you do need to live close to Seattle, whether for a shorter commute or just to be that much closer to the Space Needle, the western neighborhood of Earlington has a good safety record and affordable housing. On the quieter, eastern side, check out the Honey Creek neighborhood for some affordable options. Two bedrooms in these areas generally go for $800-1000, so while you may be a bit further from the action, you’ll be drinking fair-trade organic Arabica instead of freeze-dried imitation coffee as you laugh at those poor shmoes with higher rents.

Nitty Gritty

It’s a good idea to start your Renton apartment search 40-60 days before your move. Unless you’re dead set on moving into a downtown development, you’ll want to see all that Renton has to offer in terms of rental types, and this can take time. Most apartments are available without the aid of a real estate agent, as they are listed on online apartment databases. Be prepared to pay up to $50 for an application fee and credit check. Deposits in Renton generally cost one month’s rent.

Don’t we make airplanes here?

Renton is connected to Seattle proper by the I-5, which also happens to connect other Seattle suburbs to the city. This means you’ll experience plenty of delightful traffic coming into and out of Seattle during weekday rush hours and you should allow at least 30 to 45 painful minutes to make the 11-mile drive. As far as public transit goes, Renton is served by the King County Metro and Sound Transit Express Bus. The former provides bus service from the downtown transit center throughout many of Renton’s neighborhoods, as well as into Seattle. The STE bus provides quick transportation from downtown Renton into Seattle and Bellevue. With all the aviation industry based here, you’d think private planes to the grocery store would be more popular, but maybe that’s not a ‘green’ enough option?

Beat the crowd, love Renton now.

So welcome to Renton! You can say a lot about this small Seattle satellite, but what you definitely can’t say is that it isn’t cool as a cucumber in a rainy Washington garden. It’s got industry, economy, commerce and affordability to spare so rest assured you won’t be the only one migrating here. Whether you plan on living the rock-n-roll lifestyle downtown or prefer a quieter, suburban existence, you’ll be sure to find an apartment that’s right for you at a price you can’t top, so beat the crowds now!

Rent Report
Renton

September 2017 Renton Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Renton Rent Report. Renton rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Renton rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Renton rents increased significantly over the past month

Renton rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and are up sharply by 8.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Renton stand at $1,640 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,040 for a two-bedroom. This is the tenth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in October of last year. Renton's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 5.4%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

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

  • Puyallup has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,760, while one-bedrooms go for $1,420.
  • Over the past month, Kirkland has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,080, while one-bedrooms go for $1,670.
  • Bellevue has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,340; rents were up 2.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.
  • Tacoma has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,530; rents were up 0.2% over the past month and 6.6% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Renton

As rents have increased in Renton, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Renton is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents also increased in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 5.4% over the past year.
  • Renton's median two-bedroom rent of $2,040 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 8.0% increase in Renton.
  • While Renton's rents rose over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.5%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Renton than most large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $870, where Renton 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
Seattle $1,380 $1,710 0.5% 5.4%
Tacoma $1,230 $1,530 0.2% 6.6%
Bellevue $1,880 $2,340 0.0% 2.7%
Everett $1,320 $1,640 0.1% 5.9%
Kent $1,410 $1,760 -0.3% 9.4%
Renton $1,640 $2,040 0.4% 8.0%
Federal Way $1,360 $1,700 2.0% 7.3%
Redmond $1,850 $2,310 -1.4% 4.9%
Kirkland $1,670 $2,080 -1.5% 0.5%
Puyallup $1,420 $1,760 3.7% 9.9%
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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.

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.

Renton Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Renton ranks on:
A+ Overall satisfaction
A- Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
A Recreational activities
C+ Affordability
C+ Quality of schools
B- Weather
C+ Commute time
B- State and local taxes
B+ Public transit
A- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Renton from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Renters in Renton expressed overall high satisfaction with their city,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave high scores to many categories.”

Key findings in Renton include the following:

  • Renton renters give their city an A+ overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Renton were its local job and career opportunities and access to parks and community events, which both received an A.
  • Other well-rated categories include safety (A-), pet friendliness (A-), and access to public transit (B+).
  • Some areas of concern here were commute times, the quality of local schools, and affordability, which all received scores of C+ from renters.
  • Relative to other Washington cities like Bellevue (A-), Tacoma (B), and Kent (F), renters in Renton are very satisfied.
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.