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The Chloe Apartments
1408 E Union St
Seattle, WA | Capitol Hill
Studio
$1,497
619 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,108
847 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 02:49 AM
Pet-friendly community offering planned social activities, a dry cleaning service, on-site retail and a pet washing station. Located in Squire Park along the western border near Seattle University.
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6 Units Available
Seventh and James
600 7th Ave
Seattle, WA | First Hill
Studio
$1,361
500 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,558
663 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,202
925 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 02:49 AM
Walking distance to downtown Seattle. Tastefully decorated units feature all appliances, hardwood and carpet flooring and air conditioning. Business center, community garden, bike storage and 24-hour gym.
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16 Units Available
Packard Building
1530 12th Ave
Seattle, WA | Capitol Hill
Studio
$1,393
633 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,646
857 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 02:49 AM
Just a block from Cal Anderson Park. A smoke-free community with a rooftop dog park, fantastic Seattle skyline views, and an on-site hair salon, dental shop and gnocchi bar. Apartments feature stainless steel appliances.
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370 Units Available
Jackson
2401 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA | Atlantic
Studio
$1,530
504 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,581
686 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,890
1069 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
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17 Units Available
Ballard on the Park
2233 NW 58th St
Seattle, WA | Ballard
Studio
$1,235
573 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,911
832 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,024
1152 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
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27 Units Available
Cielo Apartments
800 Seneca St
Seattle, WA | First Hill
Studio
$1,470
518 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,350
697 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,460
1053 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Urban apartments with wood-style flooring, city views, quartz countertops, designer lighting and fixtures, and floating bathroom vanities. In First Hill, near Freeway Park and Seattle University. Gym for residents.
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24 Units Available
The Olivian
809 Olive Way
Seattle, WA | Seattle Central Business District
1 Bedroom
$2,104
963 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,271
1654 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Located in the Central Business District. Close to I-5 Express, Pacific Place Mall, Downtown Nordstrom, Westlake Center Mall, Washington State Convention Center, ACT Theatre, Amazon Campus, and Westlake Park. Pet-friendly apartments with on-floor recycling, walk-in closets, and oversized soaking tubs.
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31 Units Available
Luna
2745 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA | North Admiral
1 Bedroom
$1,843
636 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
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7 Units Available
Eleanor
800 NE 67th St
Seattle, WA | Roosevelt
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,862
1718 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,628
1265 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Destinations north and south only minutes away via I-5. Comfortable apartment homes include patio or balcony and in-unit laundry. Participate in sponsored activities with fellow residents. 24-hour gym, billiards and shuffleboard.
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12 Units Available
Cyrene
50 University Street
Seattle, WA | Seattle Central Business District
1 Bedroom
$1,680
659 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,085
974 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Cyrene symbolizes a new era on the Seattle waterfront - luxury downtown Seattle apartments that are elevated to match the talent, sophistication, and allure of the city.
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Marketside Flats
84 Union St
Seattle, WA | Pike Place Market
1 Bedroom
$1,235
597 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,135
924 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Exclusive enclave in downtown Seattle with historic Pike Place Market just minutes away. Views of the water from the rooftop deck. Sophisticated urban homes include hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.
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16 Units Available
Smith & Burns
4455 Interlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA | Wallingford
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,587
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,673
977 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
Smith & Burns apartments for rent in Seattle, is a well-crafted community in the heart of Washington. Conveniently located at 45th and Interlake Ave. N. you will experience real ease of living at Smith & Burns.
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4 Units Available
Kavela Apartments
845 NE 66th St
Seattle, WA | Roosevelt
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,720
626 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 01:43 AM
There is plenty to explore when you live in the heart of the Roosevelt District at Kavela Seattle Apartments. When you're done exploring, come home to relax at Kavela.
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7 Units Available
Parla Apartments
9176 Holman Rd NW
Seattle, WA | Crown Hill
Studio
$1,445
462 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,930
686 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,725
1018 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Conveniently located for easy access to I-5. Select homes boast Mount Rainier and Puget Sound views. Communal amenities include a multipurpose lounge, fitness center, clubhouse and rooftop deck. On-site bike storage and gated underground parking.
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44 Units Available
Valdok
1701 Northwest 56th Street
Seattle, WA | Ballard
Studio
$1,830
498 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,592
703 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,996
1096 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
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Helm
602 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA | South Lake Union
1 Bedroom
$2,530
890 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,485
1384 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$10,000
2449 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
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Mera
630 Boren Avenue North
Seattle, WA | South Lake Union
1 Bedroom
$3,230
835 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,230
1343 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$8,450
1896 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
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Sitka
1225 East Harrison Street
Seattle, WA | Capitol Hill
Studio
$1,549
626 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,780
739 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,026
1144 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! Sitka is an oasis in the city.
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22 Units Available
Axle
3230 16th Avenue West
Seattle, WA | Interbay
1 Bedroom
$1,404
657 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,953
1105 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
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Summit at Madison Park
1819 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA | Central District
Studio
$1,407
501 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,725
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
966 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Located right off of E. Madison St. for easy commuting. Trendy, vibrant decor with upgraded features such as granite countertops and fireplaces. On-site pool table, clubhouse and media room for the young at heart. Pet-friendly.
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14 Units Available
Boxcar
975 John St
Seattle, WA | South Lake Union
Studio
$1,288
393 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,649
555 sqft
Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Come home to a distinctive studio or one bedroom apartment at Boxcar and enjoy your own private slice of tranquility in Seattle's lively South Lake Union neighborhood.
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Ascent South Lake Union
1145 Republican St.
Seattle, WA | South Lake Union
1 Bedroom
$2,514
787 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,177
1193 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Luxury homes with several floor plans. Features include lake views, Nest thermostats, stainless steel appliances, and autonomic window shades. On-site rooftop deck, fitness center, and spa with a skyline view.
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13 Units Available
Beryl
1200 E Pike St
Seattle, WA | Capitol Hill
Studio
$1,379
452 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,628
687 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Providing an extraordinary level of privacy, convenience and peace of mind, Beryl Apartments homes is your link to lively Capitol Hill living.
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Monticello Apartment Homes
415 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA | Yesler Terrace
Studio
$1,077
292 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,197
451 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 29 at 01:42 AM
Conveniently located in the historic First Hill neighborhood, you'll find several buses nearby to whisk you into the downtown business district and towards the legendary sporting stadiums.
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How much is rent in Seattle?
In Seattle, the median rent is $1,166 for a studio, $1,335 for a 1-bedroom, $1,663 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,414 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Seattle, check out our monthly Seattle Rent Report.
How much is rent in Seattle?
In Seattle, the median rent is $1,166 for a studio, $1,335 for a 1-bedroom, $1,663 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,414 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Seattle, check out our monthly Seattle Rent Report.
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You can filter cheap apartments in Seattle by price: under $1,300, under $1,200, under $1,000, under $900, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Seattle apartments that allow pets.
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While some Seattle properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Seattle properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Seattle.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Seattle. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Seattle Campus, City University of Seattle, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and Seattle Pacific University.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Seattle. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include University of Washington-Seattle Campus, City University of Seattle, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and Seattle Pacific University.

Median Rent in Seattle

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Seattle is $1,335, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,663.
Studio
$1,166
1 Bed
$1,335
2 Beds
$1,663
3+ Beds
$2,414

City Guide

Seattle
The land of technology, beautiful views, clean air, and great seafood and tourist spots, Seattle tends to experience a high turnover rate due to its large tech industry. This means that there are more short-term leases available here than in some other cities, which can be convenient. Most properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll have little difficulty finding a home for you and your pet. And unless you’re living in Downtown or Capitol Hill, every apartment will probably come with a parking spa...
The land of technology, beautiful views, clean air, and great seafood and tourist spots, Seattle tends to experience a high turnover rate due to its large tech industry. This means that there are more short-term leases available here than in some other cities, which can be convenient. Most properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll have little difficulty finding a home for you and your pet. And unless you’re living in Downtown or Capitol Hill, every apartment will probably come with a parking spa...

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Hello, Seattle

Seattle is known for its rainy weather, Owl City, and the Space Needle. However, as can be imagined, there’s a lot more going on under the iconic surface of The Emerald City. Seattle and its residents have a healthy appreciation for the outdoors and tend to be very eco-conscious, which means that many of the apartment properties in Seattle (the newer ones especially) often take measures to be environmentally friendly. This means bigger windows, recycling programs, water-efficient faucets, etc. Seattle is also a place for many different kinds of people, from creative artists and musicians to sports junkies to tech geniuses. No matter the interest, no matter the lifestyle, Seattle probably has something to offer for the perfect fit.

When it comes to the best time for renting, Seattle is similar to most other cities: summer is the most popular time to move. This is because people don’t like moving in the rain, and there are a lot of students leaving (or coming in), so a lot of places open up. Finding an apartment in the winter increases your likelihood of having your move rained or snowed upon - which, combined with the hilly terrain of neighborhoods, can make things a bit more challenging.

Geographically, Central Seattle sits on an isthmus partitioning the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The prime living locations are on this isthmus (specifically the Eastside, which is anything on the isthmus east of Lake Union). The mid- and lower range occupy either the lower part of the isthmus or the upper peninsula above. Capitol Hill is a popular area, with its beautiful homes and access to Downtown as well as shopping and restaurants. Places like Downtown, Belltown, and Bellevue tend to attract young, tech-minded people and young families. Areas near Lake Union are very popular as well, such as Ballard, Wallingford, and Fremont, with Fremont being especially popular for young people who don’t want to drive.

No matter where you live, you’re sure to find something great. Check out some of the neighborhoods a little more in depth to help you with your apartment search!

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Seattle is known for its rainy weather, Owl City, and the Space Needle. However, as can be imagined, there’s a lot more going on under the iconic surface of The Emerald City. Seattle and its residents have a healthy appreciation for the outdoors and tend to be very eco-conscious, which means that many of the apartment properties in Seattle (the newer ones especially) often take measures to be environmentally friendly. This means bigger windows, recycling programs, water-efficient faucets, etc. Seattle is also a place for many different kinds of people, from creative artists and musicians to sports junkies to tech geniuses. No matter the interest, no matter the lifestyle, Seattle probably has something to offer for the perfect fit.

When it comes to the best time for renting, Seattle is similar to most other cities: summer is the most popular time to move. This is because people don’t like moving in the rain, and there are a lot of students leaving (or coming in), so a lot of places open up. Finding an apartment in the winter increases your likelihood of having your move rained or snowed upon - which, combined with the hilly terrain of neighborhoods, can make things a bit more challenging.

Geographically, Central Seattle sits on an isthmus partitioning the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The prime living locations are on this isthmus (specifically the Eastside, which is anything on the isthmus east of Lake Union). The mid- and lower range occupy either the lower part of the isthmus or the upper peninsula above. Capitol Hill is a popular area, with its beautiful homes and access to Downtown as well as shopping and restaurants. Places like Downtown, Belltown, and Bellevue tend to attract young, tech-minded people and young families. Areas near Lake Union are very popular as well, such as Ballard, Wallingford, and Fremont, with Fremont being especially popular for young people who don’t want to drive.

No matter where you live, you’re sure to find something great. Check out some of the neighborhoods a little more in depth to help you with your apartment search!

Seattle Neighborhoods

Downtown/International District: Love taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island on the weekend? Parking at the ferry landing can be a pain—but not if you live three blocks away! Safeco and Qwest Fields, the Seattle Aquarium, and the heaps of restaurants along the waterfront are some of the other perks you’ll be entitled to if you live Downtown. Not to mention there are tons of gorgeous, luxurious apartments in the area. Renting Downtown is the suite life for sure.

Capitol Hill: This neighborhood gets all the buzz for being the new bohemian enclave, though keep in mind there are quite a few other neighborhoods on the east side of the isthmus worth exploring as well. The area boasts some of Seattle’s best nightlife and entertainment, and hosts some of the city’s wealthiest homes. Smallish Capitol Hill apartments are pretty pricey, so if you want a larger apartment with a view of the water for the same price, check out the Madison Park neighborhood.

Queen Anne: Directly north of Downtown and the city’s first suburb, Seattle grew up rapidly around this gem. And it got its name from all of the Queen Anne style homes built there! Depending on who you’re talking to, the lower part of Queen Anne may or may not include the Seattle Center, but either way its residents are close to the Space Needle, Key Arena, Science Center...all that good stuff. This neighborhood is quite large and steep, so where you are “on the hill” will determine how quiet or exciting your immediate area will be.

North Seattle: These neighborhoods lie north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which is traversed via a series of drawbridges and truss bridges. The drawbridges are more convenient for communities west toward the Puget Sound to enter Downtown Seattle; as you can anticipate, this scenario creates some obvious commuting difficulties. Keep this in mind when choosing a particular neighborhood. Just a tip: Most of the properties in North Seattle are pet-friendly.

Wallingford and Fremont are the closest neighborhoods to central Seattle and therefore enjoy the shortest commute times (expect 15-20 minutes on a morning metro bus from the north end of Fremont; longer in the evenings). Fremont borders Lake Union and hosts Adobe’s Seattle offices and Google Seattle, amongst other businesses and organizations, hence the short commute times. Wallingford also borders Lake Union and sits right across the freeway from the University of Washington. It has been largely residential in the past but is beginning to attract businesses like Brooks Sports (who moved its headquarters there) and Tableau Software.

Ballard’s an old hipster stomping ground—now filled with young couples enjoying the unique restaurant and bar scene. But that’s not to say there aren’t singles here; they just might be a few years into their careers. In recent years Ballard has gained tons of live music venues and local shops, lending even more uniqueness to its character. Commute times are only slightly longer from here, and the rent is more affordable.

The University District, named after the University of Washington, hugs Portage and Union Bays on the other side of I-5 from Wallingford. Rent is cheaper here, if only due to the amount of competition UW students bring in. Speaking of which, the students make up a large force for the culture in this neighborhood, which makes the area perfect for those pursuing degrees or those who want to stay forever young.

Beacon Hill: The less expensive alternative to Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill is known for its historic Craftsman bungalow homes and rich cultural diversity. Commuting into the Central Business District, however, can be a bit of a pain, and the SeaTac air traffic may be heard on most nights (the flight path from the runway is directly above North Beacon Hill). The neighborhood offers great views of Downtown and surrounding mountains and is a great place for families, as the area is very community-involved and kid-friendly.

West Seattle: The commute from West Seattle is one of the least desirable in the metro area. This is both because the drive in to I-5 is along a viaduct that receives constant maintenance and because if you’re traveling anywhere other than the Central Business District (say, along I-405 out to Bellevue), the transfer from one freeway to another incurs heedless traffic control lights and confusing on-ramps. However, the benefits of West Seattle include getting to make your home in a relatively serene setting with awesome views.

Bellevue and Points East: Bellevue is a newer community residing on the east side of Lake Washington. It’s often disparaged for its cookie-cutter feel, but Bellevue-ians typically report a solid feeling of communality and a high quality of life. Plus, commuting from Bellevue isn’t as bad as it might seem: morning car trips to Seattle CBD usually range 30-35 minutes, with a few minutes longer in the evening/afternoon. But to residents it’s well worth the distance; Bellevue has a host of shopping options and restaurants, not to mention plenty of green space.

Seattle Neighborhoods
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Downtown/International District: Love taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island on the weekend? Parking at the ferry landing can be a pain—but not if you live three blocks away! Safeco and Qwest Fields, the Seattle Aquarium, and the heaps of restaurants along the waterfront are some of the other perks you’ll be entitled to if you live Downtown. Not to mention there are tons of gorgeous, luxurious apartments in the area. Renting Downtown is the suite life for sure.

Capitol Hill: This neighborhood gets all the buzz for being the new bohemian enclave, though keep in mind there are quite a few other neighborhoods on the east side of the isthmus worth exploring as well. The area boasts some of Seattle’s best nightlife and entertainment, and hosts some of the city’s wealthiest homes. Smallish Capitol Hill apartments are pretty pricey, so if you want a larger apartment with a view of the water for the same price, check out the Madison Park neighborhood.

Queen Anne: Directly north of Downtown and the city’s first suburb, Seattle grew up rapidly around this gem. And it got its name from all of the Queen Anne style homes built there! Depending on who you’re talking to, the lower part of Queen Anne may or may not include the Seattle Center, but either way its residents are close to the Space Needle, Key Arena, Science Center...all that good stuff. This neighborhood is quite large and steep, so where you are “on the hill” will determine how quiet or exciting your immediate area will be.

North Seattle: These neighborhoods lie north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which is traversed via a series of drawbridges and truss bridges. The drawbridges are more convenient for communities west toward the Puget Sound to enter Downtown Seattle; as you can anticipate, this scenario creates some obvious commuting difficulties. Keep this in mind when choosing a particular neighborhood. Just a tip: Most of the properties in North Seattle are pet-friendly.

Wallingford and Fremont are the closest neighborhoods to central Seattle and therefore enjoy the shortest commute times (expect 15-20 minutes on a morning metro bus from the north end of Fremont; longer in the evenings). Fremont borders Lake Union and hosts Adobe’s Seattle offices and Google Seattle, amongst other businesses and organizations, hence the short commute times. Wallingford also borders Lake Union and sits right across the freeway from the University of Washington. It has been largely residential in the past but is beginning to attract businesses like Brooks Sports (who moved its headquarters there) and Tableau Software.

Ballard’s an old hipster stomping ground—now filled with young couples enjoying the unique restaurant and bar scene. But that’s not to say there aren’t singles here; they just might be a few years into their careers. In recent years Ballard has gained tons of live music venues and local shops, lending even more uniqueness to its character. Commute times are only slightly longer from here, and the rent is more affordable.

The University District, named after the University of Washington, hugs Portage and Union Bays on the other side of I-5 from Wallingford. Rent is cheaper here, if only due to the amount of competition UW students bring in. Speaking of which, the students make up a large force for the culture in this neighborhood, which makes the area perfect for those pursuing degrees or those who want to stay forever young.

Beacon Hill: The less expensive alternative to Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill is known for its historic Craftsman bungalow homes and rich cultural diversity. Commuting into the Central Business District, however, can be a bit of a pain, and the SeaTac air traffic may be heard on most nights (the flight path from the runway is directly above North Beacon Hill). The neighborhood offers great views of Downtown and surrounding mountains and is a great place for families, as the area is very community-involved and kid-friendly.

West Seattle: The commute from West Seattle is one of the least desirable in the metro area. This is both because the drive in to I-5 is along a viaduct that receives constant maintenance and because if you’re traveling anywhere other than the Central Business District (say, along I-405 out to Bellevue), the transfer from one freeway to another incurs heedless traffic control lights and confusing on-ramps. However, the benefits of West Seattle include getting to make your home in a relatively serene setting with awesome views.

Bellevue and Points East: Bellevue is a newer community residing on the east side of Lake Washington. It’s often disparaged for its cookie-cutter feel, but Bellevue-ians typically report a solid feeling of communality and a high quality of life. Plus, commuting from Bellevue isn’t as bad as it might seem: morning car trips to Seattle CBD usually range 30-35 minutes, with a few minutes longer in the evening/afternoon. But to residents it’s well worth the distance; Bellevue has a host of shopping options and restaurants, not to mention plenty of green space.

Getting Around

Public transport in Seattle is making incredible strides with the creation of a new light rail (connecting Seattle to Everett and Tacoma) and streetcar (in the South Lake Union zone of the CBD), but the city is still one of the most car-congested cities in the U.S. But don’t lose hope, anxious car commuter! The Washington Department of Transportation maintains a great website delineating real travel times between Seattle and its many suburbs. Seattle recently pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030, a feat it hopes to achieve primarily by instituting new technology (unsurprising for the city that houses Microsoft and Amazon).

Getting Around
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Public transport in Seattle is making incredible strides with the creation of a new light rail (connecting Seattle to Everett and Tacoma) and streetcar (in the South Lake Union zone of the CBD), but the city is still one of the most car-congested cities in the U.S. But don’t lose hope, anxious car commuter! The Washington Department of Transportation maintains a great website delineating real travel times between Seattle and its many suburbs. Seattle recently pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030, a feat it hopes to achieve primarily by instituting new technology (unsurprising for the city that houses Microsoft and Amazon).

Seattle’s Vibe

Seattle is a great place to be, with lots of interesting and unique people. From tourist spots to the nearby mountains to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions within, it’s got a great vibe. With all of the water, mountains, parks, and trees around, most people love anything to do with the outdoors and enjoy getting out to participate in various activities. With tech as a thriving industry in Seattle, people of course love their technology, but real life face time is important here too, and people love getting together and fostering strong community bonds. In fact, there are all kinds of festivals going on especially during the summers, so there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and meet more friends! Also, Seattle has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, so if you’re looking for fellow book-lovers, great bookstores, and reading spots, this might be your place!

Seattle’s Vibe
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Seattle is a great place to be, with lots of interesting and unique people. From tourist spots to the nearby mountains to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions within, it’s got a great vibe. With all of the water, mountains, parks, and trees around, most people love anything to do with the outdoors and enjoy getting out to participate in various activities. With tech as a thriving industry in Seattle, people of course love their technology, but real life face time is important here too, and people love getting together and fostering strong community bonds. In fact, there are all kinds of festivals going on especially during the summers, so there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and meet more friends! Also, Seattle has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, so if you’re looking for fellow book-lovers, great bookstores, and reading spots, this might be your place!

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Seattle
The land of technology, beautiful views, clean air, and great seafood and tourist spots, Seattle tends to experience a high turnover rate due to its large tech industry. This means that there are more short-term leases available here than in some other cities, which can be convenient. Most properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll have little difficulty finding a home for you and your pet. And unless you’re living in Downtown or Capitol Hill, every apartment will probably come with a parking spa...
The land of technology, beautiful views, clean air, and great seafood and tourist spots, Seattle tends to experience a high turnover rate due to its large tech industry. This means that there are more short-term leases available here than in some other cities, which can be convenient. Most properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll have little difficulty finding a home for you and your pet. And unless you’re living in Downtown or Capitol Hill, every apartment will probably come with a parking spa...

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Hello, Seattle

Seattle is known for its rainy weather, Owl City, and the Space Needle. However, as can be imagined, there’s a lot more going on under the iconic surface of The Emerald City. Seattle and its residents have a healthy appreciation for the outdoors and tend to be very eco-conscious, which means that many of the apartment properties in Seattle (the newer ones especially) often take measures to be environmentally friendly. This means bigger windows, recycling programs, water-efficient faucets, etc. Seattle is also a place for many different kinds of people, from creative artists and musicians to sports junkies to tech geniuses. No matter the interest, no matter the lifestyle, Seattle probably has something to offer for the perfect fit.

When it comes to the best time for renting, Seattle is similar to most other cities: summer is the most popular time to move. This is because people don’t like moving in the rain, and there are a lot of students leaving (or coming in), so a lot of places open up. Finding an apartment in the winter increases your likelihood of having your move rained or snowed upon - which, combined with the hilly terrain of neighborhoods, can make things a bit more challenging.

Geographically, Central Seattle sits on an isthmus partitioning the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The prime living locations are on this isthmus (specifically the Eastside, which is anything on the isthmus east of Lake Union). The mid- and lower range occupy either the lower part of the isthmus or the upper peninsula above. Capitol Hill is a popular area, with its beautiful homes and access to Downtown as well as shopping and restaurants. Places like Downtown, Belltown, and Bellevue tend to attract young, tech-minded people and young families. Areas near Lake Union are very popular as well, such as Ballard, Wallingford, and Fremont, with Fremont being especially popular for young people who don’t want to drive.

No matter where you live, you’re sure to find something great. Check out some of the neighborhoods a little more in depth to help you with your apartment search!

Hello, Seattle
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Seattle is known for its rainy weather, Owl City, and the Space Needle. However, as can be imagined, there’s a lot more going on under the iconic surface of The Emerald City. Seattle and its residents have a healthy appreciation for the outdoors and tend to be very eco-conscious, which means that many of the apartment properties in Seattle (the newer ones especially) often take measures to be environmentally friendly. This means bigger windows, recycling programs, water-efficient faucets, etc. Seattle is also a place for many different kinds of people, from creative artists and musicians to sports junkies to tech geniuses. No matter the interest, no matter the lifestyle, Seattle probably has something to offer for the perfect fit.

When it comes to the best time for renting, Seattle is similar to most other cities: summer is the most popular time to move. This is because people don’t like moving in the rain, and there are a lot of students leaving (or coming in), so a lot of places open up. Finding an apartment in the winter increases your likelihood of having your move rained or snowed upon - which, combined with the hilly terrain of neighborhoods, can make things a bit more challenging.

Geographically, Central Seattle sits on an isthmus partitioning the Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The prime living locations are on this isthmus (specifically the Eastside, which is anything on the isthmus east of Lake Union). The mid- and lower range occupy either the lower part of the isthmus or the upper peninsula above. Capitol Hill is a popular area, with its beautiful homes and access to Downtown as well as shopping and restaurants. Places like Downtown, Belltown, and Bellevue tend to attract young, tech-minded people and young families. Areas near Lake Union are very popular as well, such as Ballard, Wallingford, and Fremont, with Fremont being especially popular for young people who don’t want to drive.

No matter where you live, you’re sure to find something great. Check out some of the neighborhoods a little more in depth to help you with your apartment search!

Seattle Neighborhoods

Downtown/International District: Love taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island on the weekend? Parking at the ferry landing can be a pain—but not if you live three blocks away! Safeco and Qwest Fields, the Seattle Aquarium, and the heaps of restaurants along the waterfront are some of the other perks you’ll be entitled to if you live Downtown. Not to mention there are tons of gorgeous, luxurious apartments in the area. Renting Downtown is the suite life for sure.

Capitol Hill: This neighborhood gets all the buzz for being the new bohemian enclave, though keep in mind there are quite a few other neighborhoods on the east side of the isthmus worth exploring as well. The area boasts some of Seattle’s best nightlife and entertainment, and hosts some of the city’s wealthiest homes. Smallish Capitol Hill apartments are pretty pricey, so if you want a larger apartment with a view of the water for the same price, check out the Madison Park neighborhood.

Queen Anne: Directly north of Downtown and the city’s first suburb, Seattle grew up rapidly around this gem. And it got its name from all of the Queen Anne style homes built there! Depending on who you’re talking to, the lower part of Queen Anne may or may not include the Seattle Center, but either way its residents are close to the Space Needle, Key Arena, Science Center...all that good stuff. This neighborhood is quite large and steep, so where you are “on the hill” will determine how quiet or exciting your immediate area will be.

North Seattle: These neighborhoods lie north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which is traversed via a series of drawbridges and truss bridges. The drawbridges are more convenient for communities west toward the Puget Sound to enter Downtown Seattle; as you can anticipate, this scenario creates some obvious commuting difficulties. Keep this in mind when choosing a particular neighborhood. Just a tip: Most of the properties in North Seattle are pet-friendly.

Wallingford and Fremont are the closest neighborhoods to central Seattle and therefore enjoy the shortest commute times (expect 15-20 minutes on a morning metro bus from the north end of Fremont; longer in the evenings). Fremont borders Lake Union and hosts Adobe’s Seattle offices and Google Seattle, amongst other businesses and organizations, hence the short commute times. Wallingford also borders Lake Union and sits right across the freeway from the University of Washington. It has been largely residential in the past but is beginning to attract businesses like Brooks Sports (who moved its headquarters there) and Tableau Software.

Ballard’s an old hipster stomping ground—now filled with young couples enjoying the unique restaurant and bar scene. But that’s not to say there aren’t singles here; they just might be a few years into their careers. In recent years Ballard has gained tons of live music venues and local shops, lending even more uniqueness to its character. Commute times are only slightly longer from here, and the rent is more affordable.

The University District, named after the University of Washington, hugs Portage and Union Bays on the other side of I-5 from Wallingford. Rent is cheaper here, if only due to the amount of competition UW students bring in. Speaking of which, the students make up a large force for the culture in this neighborhood, which makes the area perfect for those pursuing degrees or those who want to stay forever young.

Beacon Hill: The less expensive alternative to Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill is known for its historic Craftsman bungalow homes and rich cultural diversity. Commuting into the Central Business District, however, can be a bit of a pain, and the SeaTac air traffic may be heard on most nights (the flight path from the runway is directly above North Beacon Hill). The neighborhood offers great views of Downtown and surrounding mountains and is a great place for families, as the area is very community-involved and kid-friendly.

West Seattle: The commute from West Seattle is one of the least desirable in the metro area. This is both because the drive in to I-5 is along a viaduct that receives constant maintenance and because if you’re traveling anywhere other than the Central Business District (say, along I-405 out to Bellevue), the transfer from one freeway to another incurs heedless traffic control lights and confusing on-ramps. However, the benefits of West Seattle include getting to make your home in a relatively serene setting with awesome views.

Bellevue and Points East: Bellevue is a newer community residing on the east side of Lake Washington. It’s often disparaged for its cookie-cutter feel, but Bellevue-ians typically report a solid feeling of communality and a high quality of life. Plus, commuting from Bellevue isn’t as bad as it might seem: morning car trips to Seattle CBD usually range 30-35 minutes, with a few minutes longer in the evening/afternoon. But to residents it’s well worth the distance; Bellevue has a host of shopping options and restaurants, not to mention plenty of green space.

Seattle Neighborhoods
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Downtown/International District: Love taking the ferry to Bainbridge Island on the weekend? Parking at the ferry landing can be a pain—but not if you live three blocks away! Safeco and Qwest Fields, the Seattle Aquarium, and the heaps of restaurants along the waterfront are some of the other perks you’ll be entitled to if you live Downtown. Not to mention there are tons of gorgeous, luxurious apartments in the area. Renting Downtown is the suite life for sure.

Capitol Hill: This neighborhood gets all the buzz for being the new bohemian enclave, though keep in mind there are quite a few other neighborhoods on the east side of the isthmus worth exploring as well. The area boasts some of Seattle’s best nightlife and entertainment, and hosts some of the city’s wealthiest homes. Smallish Capitol Hill apartments are pretty pricey, so if you want a larger apartment with a view of the water for the same price, check out the Madison Park neighborhood.

Queen Anne: Directly north of Downtown and the city’s first suburb, Seattle grew up rapidly around this gem. And it got its name from all of the Queen Anne style homes built there! Depending on who you’re talking to, the lower part of Queen Anne may or may not include the Seattle Center, but either way its residents are close to the Space Needle, Key Arena, Science Center...all that good stuff. This neighborhood is quite large and steep, so where you are “on the hill” will determine how quiet or exciting your immediate area will be.

North Seattle: These neighborhoods lie north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal, which is traversed via a series of drawbridges and truss bridges. The drawbridges are more convenient for communities west toward the Puget Sound to enter Downtown Seattle; as you can anticipate, this scenario creates some obvious commuting difficulties. Keep this in mind when choosing a particular neighborhood. Just a tip: Most of the properties in North Seattle are pet-friendly.

Wallingford and Fremont are the closest neighborhoods to central Seattle and therefore enjoy the shortest commute times (expect 15-20 minutes on a morning metro bus from the north end of Fremont; longer in the evenings). Fremont borders Lake Union and hosts Adobe’s Seattle offices and Google Seattle, amongst other businesses and organizations, hence the short commute times. Wallingford also borders Lake Union and sits right across the freeway from the University of Washington. It has been largely residential in the past but is beginning to attract businesses like Brooks Sports (who moved its headquarters there) and Tableau Software.

Ballard’s an old hipster stomping ground—now filled with young couples enjoying the unique restaurant and bar scene. But that’s not to say there aren’t singles here; they just might be a few years into their careers. In recent years Ballard has gained tons of live music venues and local shops, lending even more uniqueness to its character. Commute times are only slightly longer from here, and the rent is more affordable.

The University District, named after the University of Washington, hugs Portage and Union Bays on the other side of I-5 from Wallingford. Rent is cheaper here, if only due to the amount of competition UW students bring in. Speaking of which, the students make up a large force for the culture in this neighborhood, which makes the area perfect for those pursuing degrees or those who want to stay forever young.

Beacon Hill: The less expensive alternative to Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill is known for its historic Craftsman bungalow homes and rich cultural diversity. Commuting into the Central Business District, however, can be a bit of a pain, and the SeaTac air traffic may be heard on most nights (the flight path from the runway is directly above North Beacon Hill). The neighborhood offers great views of Downtown and surrounding mountains and is a great place for families, as the area is very community-involved and kid-friendly.

West Seattle: The commute from West Seattle is one of the least desirable in the metro area. This is both because the drive in to I-5 is along a viaduct that receives constant maintenance and because if you’re traveling anywhere other than the Central Business District (say, along I-405 out to Bellevue), the transfer from one freeway to another incurs heedless traffic control lights and confusing on-ramps. However, the benefits of West Seattle include getting to make your home in a relatively serene setting with awesome views.

Bellevue and Points East: Bellevue is a newer community residing on the east side of Lake Washington. It’s often disparaged for its cookie-cutter feel, but Bellevue-ians typically report a solid feeling of communality and a high quality of life. Plus, commuting from Bellevue isn’t as bad as it might seem: morning car trips to Seattle CBD usually range 30-35 minutes, with a few minutes longer in the evening/afternoon. But to residents it’s well worth the distance; Bellevue has a host of shopping options and restaurants, not to mention plenty of green space.

Getting Around

Public transport in Seattle is making incredible strides with the creation of a new light rail (connecting Seattle to Everett and Tacoma) and streetcar (in the South Lake Union zone of the CBD), but the city is still one of the most car-congested cities in the U.S. But don’t lose hope, anxious car commuter! The Washington Department of Transportation maintains a great website delineating real travel times between Seattle and its many suburbs. Seattle recently pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030, a feat it hopes to achieve primarily by instituting new technology (unsurprising for the city that houses Microsoft and Amazon).

Getting Around
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Public transport in Seattle is making incredible strides with the creation of a new light rail (connecting Seattle to Everett and Tacoma) and streetcar (in the South Lake Union zone of the CBD), but the city is still one of the most car-congested cities in the U.S. But don’t lose hope, anxious car commuter! The Washington Department of Transportation maintains a great website delineating real travel times between Seattle and its many suburbs. Seattle recently pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2030, a feat it hopes to achieve primarily by instituting new technology (unsurprising for the city that houses Microsoft and Amazon).

Seattle’s Vibe

Seattle is a great place to be, with lots of interesting and unique people. From tourist spots to the nearby mountains to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions within, it’s got a great vibe. With all of the water, mountains, parks, and trees around, most people love anything to do with the outdoors and enjoy getting out to participate in various activities. With tech as a thriving industry in Seattle, people of course love their technology, but real life face time is important here too, and people love getting together and fostering strong community bonds. In fact, there are all kinds of festivals going on especially during the summers, so there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and meet more friends! Also, Seattle has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, so if you’re looking for fellow book-lovers, great bookstores, and reading spots, this might be your place!

Seattle’s Vibe
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Seattle is a great place to be, with lots of interesting and unique people. From tourist spots to the nearby mountains to shopping, dining, and cultural attractions within, it’s got a great vibe. With all of the water, mountains, parks, and trees around, most people love anything to do with the outdoors and enjoy getting out to participate in various activities. With tech as a thriving industry in Seattle, people of course love their technology, but real life face time is important here too, and people love getting together and fostering strong community bonds. In fact, there are all kinds of festivals going on especially during the summers, so there are plenty of opportunities to try new things and meet more friends! Also, Seattle has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, so if you’re looking for fellow book-lovers, great bookstores, and reading spots, this might be your place!

Rent Report
Seattle

October 2020 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2020 Seattle Rent Report. Seattle rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Seattle rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Seattle rents decline sharply over the past month

Seattle rents have declined 2.9% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 8.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,555 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,940 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -2.7%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    Rents falling across the Seattle Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Seattle over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,377; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%.
    • Over the past year, Seattle proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.8%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,940, while one-bedrooms go for $1,555.
    • Redmond has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,187; rents fell 1.7% over the past month and 6.0% over the past year.

    Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

    As rents have fallen sharply in Seattle, a few similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Seattle is less affordable for renters.

    • Washington as a whole has logged -2.7% year-over-year decline, while other cities across the state have seen rents moderately on the rise. For example, rents have grown by 4.3% in Spokane and 2.9% in Vancouver.
    • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,940 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 8.8% decline in Seattle.
    • While rents in Seattle fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.4%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $1,047, where Seattle is more than one-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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Seattle
    $1,560
    $1,940
    -2.9%
    -8.8%
    Tacoma
    $1,070
    $1,400
    1%
    0.5%
    Bellevue
    $1,980
    $2,110
    -2.5%
    -7.9%
    Everett
    $1,180
    $1,480
    -0.2%
    -0.9%
    Kent
    $1,280
    $1,640
    0.3%
    1.5%
    Renton
    $1,440
    $1,890
    0.4%
    -1.3%
    Federal Way
    $1,330
    $1,570
    0.9%
    -0.4%
    Auburn
    $1,260
    $1,540
    2%
    4.3%
    Lakewood
    $1,040
    $1,380
    1%
    4.4%
    Redmond
    $1,950
    $2,190
    -1.7%
    -6%
    Kirkland
    $1,840
    $2,130
    -0.4%
    -3.8%
    Lynnwood
    $1,190
    $1,470
    -1.5%
    -1.2%
    Bothell
    $1,690
    $1,940
    -0.1%
    -2%
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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.

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    October 2020 Seattle Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Seattle Rent Report. Seattle rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Seattle rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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    October 2020 Seattle Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 Seattle Rent Report. Seattle rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Seattle rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Seattle rents decline sharply over the past month

    Seattle rents have declined 2.9% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 8.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,555 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,940 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -2.7%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      Rents falling across the Seattle Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Seattle over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,377; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.4%.
      • Over the past year, Seattle proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.8%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,940, while one-bedrooms go for $1,555.
      • Redmond has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,187; rents fell 1.7% over the past month and 6.0% over the past year.

      Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

      As rents have fallen sharply in Seattle, a few similar cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Seattle is less affordable for renters.

      • Washington as a whole has logged -2.7% year-over-year decline, while other cities across the state have seen rents moderately on the rise. For example, rents have grown by 4.3% in Spokane and 2.9% in Vancouver.
      • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,940 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 8.8% decline in Seattle.
      • While rents in Seattle fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.4%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $1,047, where Seattle is more than one-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 Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Seattle
      $1,560
      $1,940
      -2.9%
      -8.8%
      Tacoma
      $1,070
      $1,400
      1%
      0.5%
      Bellevue
      $1,980
      $2,110
      -2.5%
      -7.9%
      Everett
      $1,180
      $1,480
      -0.2%
      -0.9%
      Kent
      $1,280
      $1,640
      0.3%
      1.5%
      Renton
      $1,440
      $1,890
      0.4%
      -1.3%
      Federal Way
      $1,330
      $1,570
      0.9%
      -0.4%
      Auburn
      $1,260
      $1,540
      2%
      4.3%
      Lakewood
      $1,040
      $1,380
      1%
      4.4%
      Redmond
      $1,950
      $2,190
      -1.7%
      -6%
      Kirkland
      $1,840
      $2,130
      -0.4%
      -3.8%
      Lynnwood
      $1,190
      $1,470
      -1.5%
      -1.2%
      Bothell
      $1,690
      $1,940
      -0.1%
      -2%
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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.

      Seattle Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Seattle ranks on:

      B+
      Overall satisfaction
      B+
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Quality of schools
      B
      Social Life
      C+
      Weather
      C
      Commute time
      B-
      State and local taxes
      A
      Public transit
      A
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Seattle’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Seattle renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal tech hubs, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Seattle."

      Key Findings in Seattle include the following:

      • Seattle renters gave their city a B+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Seattle were jobs and career opportunities, public transit, recreational activities and pet-friendliness, which all earned A grades.
      • The area of concern to Seattle renters is affordability, which received an F.
      • Seattle did relatively well compared to other cities in Washington, including Spokane (C+), Tacoma (C+) and Vancouver (D).
      • Seattle earned similar scores to other tech hubs, including Austin (A-), Denver (B+) and San Francisco (B+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities included Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I actually like the gray wet weather. The public transportation works for me and I feel safe in Seattle. I also like the library system." –Anon.
      • "There are several great parks to go to with your kids, pets, significant other or just for solo alone time. Lincoln park especially disconnects you from the city life." –Karli B.
      • "Weather in the winter is miserable and housing is super expensive. The sightseeing and touristy activities are fun and there are cool neighborhoods to explore." –Elizabeth M.
      • "I love that the city has access to lakes, mountains, and other outdoor activities nearby (when weather permits)." –Mary S

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Seattle’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Seattle renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List...

      View full Seattle Renter Survey

      Here’s how Seattle ranks on:

      B+
      Overall satisfaction
      B+
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Quality of schools
      B
      Social Life
      C+
      Weather
      C
      Commute time
      B-
      State and local taxes
      A
      Public transit
      A
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Seattle’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

      "Seattle renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "With expensive rents in coastal tech hubs, it comes as no surprise that cost of living is a source of dissatisfaction in Seattle."

      Key Findings in Seattle include the following:

      • Seattle renters gave their city a B+ overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Seattle were jobs and career opportunities, public transit, recreational activities and pet-friendliness, which all earned A grades.
      • The area of concern to Seattle renters is affordability, which received an F.
      • Seattle did relatively well compared to other cities in Washington, including Spokane (C+), Tacoma (C+) and Vancouver (D).
      • Seattle earned similar scores to other tech hubs, including Austin (A-), Denver (B+) and San Francisco (B+).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities included Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "I actually like the gray wet weather. The public transportation works for me and I feel safe in Seattle. I also like the library system." –Anon.
      • "There are several great parks to go to with your kids, pets, significant other or just for solo alone time. Lincoln park especially disconnects you from the city life." –Karli B.
      • "Weather in the winter is miserable and housing is super expensive. The sightseeing and touristy activities are fun and there are cool neighborhoods to explore." –Elizabeth M.
      • "I love that the city has access to lakes, mountains, and other outdoor activities nearby (when weather permits)." –Mary S

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.