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6970 California Ave SW #B405
6970 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA
Gatewood
1 Bedroom
$1,450
598 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Welcome to THE WESTWATER... - Welcome to Westwater Condominiums! This updated 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom condominium features comfortable living space & a secure parking garage with convenient elevator access.
1 Unit Available
905 30th Ave unit B
905 30th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Madrona
2 Bedrooms
$1,875
900 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Charming 2 Bedroom Duplex with Yard (Leschi) - Charming 2 Bedroom Duplex in Leschi This spacious 900 SF 2 bedroom/1 Bath lower level duplex is located on a quiet residential street. Easy access to downtown, public transportation, and I-90.
1 Unit Available
7750 31st Ave NE
7750 31st Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA
Wedgwood
3 Bedrooms
$2,495
1300 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Ravenna - Ravenna - 3 bedrooms, 1 bath Rambler. Large family room, hardwood floors/carpet, wood fireplace, gas heat, large single-car garage, back yard, 1,400 square feet, No Smoking / No Dogs, $2,495/mo. + utilities.
1 Unit Available
6527 35th Avenue NE #B
6527 35th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA
Ravenna
3 Bedrooms
$2,950
1460 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Awesome 3bed/2.5bath Townhome in Wedgewood - This great townhome is located in a quiet residential area a few blocks from downtown Wedgewood and UW.
1 Unit Available
3228 21st Ave W, #201
3228 21st Avenue West, Seattle, WA
Magnolia
2 Bedrooms
$1,796
783 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Quiet Garden Magnolia Condo near Downtown for Commuter - Quiet Garden Magnolia 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom condo near downtown Seattle, great for commuters! AVAILABLE August 5th 2020! FLEXIBLE lease terms for 6+ months Take advantage of city living
1 Unit Available
321 E Thomas St. #401
321 East Thomas Street, Seattle, WA
Capitol Hill
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
922 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Modern 2 bed 1.5 bath with VIEWS on Capitol Hill! - Immaculate 2 bed 1.5 Bath on with VIEWS in the heart of Capitol Hill! Enjoy secured entry, garage, extra storage, fireplace & deck with views of downtown.
1 Unit Available
The Parc
76 Cedar St, Seattle, WA
Belltown
1 Bedroom
$2,200
765 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 19 at 09:38 AM
Beautiful spacious (919 sq ft) 1 bedroom, 1.
1 Unit Available
2440 Western Avenue
2440 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA
Belltown
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,900
580 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Impressive condo in the heart of Belltown! You'll be impressed w/ the wide open living, new cabs, counters, backsplash, flooring, and more.
1 Unit Available
1327 14th Avenue South #B
1327 14th Avenue South, Seattle, WA
North Beacon Hill
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
1138 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
A beautiful modern FULLY FURNISHED 2016-built 2 bed/1.5 bath townhome on a **PRIME North Beacon Hill location!** AMAZING ROOFTOP DECK with gorgeous view of Rainier, Puget Sound, and Seattle Skyline.
1 Unit Available
2202 East Olive Street - 205
2202 East Olive Street, Seattle, WA
Central District
Studio
$1,150
230 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
WE ARE NOW LEASING A STUDIO LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF CAPITOL HILL, MADISON VALLEY & THE CENTRAL DISTRICT NEIGHBORHOODS. THIS APARTMENT IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND LEVEL, A QUIET CORNER UNIT.
1 Unit Available
10343 Midvale Avenue North - 4
10343 Midvale Avenue North, Seattle, WA
North College Park
1 Bedroom
$1,695
550 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Spacious Greenwood 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment with a huge walk closet. The open floor plan, kissed with natural light makes this apartment very welcoming. A large closet in the hallway is perfect for skis, boards, golf clubs, etc.
1 Unit Available
Prexy
4737 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA
University District
Studio
$1,640
417 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
h2>Description Beautiful studio on the 6th floor with a balcony! Prexy Apartments has parking available, and our pet-friendly building allows to bring your furry friend.
1 Unit Available
609 Thomas Street - 5
609 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA
South Lake Union
Studio
$1,150
500 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 609 Thomas Street - 5 in Seattle. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
2355 48th Avenue Southwest - 3
2355 48th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA
North Admiral
2 Bedrooms
$1,795
730 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
20 minutes bus to Pioneer Square/Downtown! Door to door! 2355 48th Ave SW #3 grass level. Freshly restored mid-century triplex in the North Admiral district of West Seattle near Alki Beach. Walk Score 80.
1 Unit Available
2359 48th Avenue Southwest - 2
2359 48th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA
North Admiral
1 Bedroom
$1,500
590 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
2359 48th Ave SW #2 grass level. Freshly restored mid-century triplex in the North Admiral district of West Seattle near Alki Beach. Walk Score 80.
1 Unit Available
402 South Lucile Street
402 South Lucile Street, Seattle, WA
Georgetown
Studio
$2,000
800 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Single building commercial space at 4th & Lucile. 402 S Lucile St is the address. Space has 4 full parking spaces with street parking available near by. Single building commercial space at 4th & Lucile. 402 S Lucile St is the address.
1 Unit Available
802 Northeast 43rd Street - 204
802 Northeast 43rd Street, Seattle, WA
University District
Studio
$1,249
281 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
A new community NOW OPEN in the University District! Please find information below and feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Enjoy the University District with convenient access to I-5 and local restaurants, shops and parks.
1 Unit Available
5001 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast - 407
5001 Brooklyn Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA
University District
Studio
$1,295
244 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
We are NOW pre-leasing for Fall 2020! Ask us about units coming available. A walker's paradise with a near-perfect WalkScore of 98.
1 Unit Available
8318 Wabash Avenue South
8318 Wabash Avenue South, Seattle, WA
Dunlap
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
840 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Just REDUCED!! We welcome Section 8. Please call and ask about qualifications for Section 8 applicants.
1 Unit Available
2528 Queen Anne Avenue North - 1
2528 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Queen Anne
1 Bedroom
$1,895
650 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
** Six Weeks Free if You Start Your Lease by 10/15/20!!** **Photos shown are of a similar unit in the building.
1 Unit Available
321 Boylston Avenue East - 408, #321
321 Boylston Avenue East, Seattle, WA
Capitol Hill
Studio
$1,295
325 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Just REDUCED!! Capitol Hill -- Don't miss out on this large, light and bright, top floor studio condominium unit (not an apartment) in The Homborness, located in the heart of Capitol Hill.
1 Unit Available
155 17th Avenue - 207
155 17th Avenue, Seattle, WA
Central District
Studio
$999
227 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Jupiter Studio Apartments 155 17th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122 Call 206 403 1467 to book your tour today! APPLY NOW at keystonepropertiesnw.com.
1 Unit Available
4229 7th Ave NE - 1B
4229 7th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA
University District
Studio
$949
223 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
7th Avenue Place located at 4229 7th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 Offering contemporary, upscale, fully equipped, Built Green, efficiency studio apartments with private living, kitchen, and bath in unit.
1 Unit Available
1235 Taylor Ave N - 1235-1
1235 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Queen Anne
1 Bedroom
$1,795
600 sqft
Last updated September 19 at 09:04 AM
Unit #1235-1 Prime location: Naturally well-lit 1 bedroom apartment home located in Queen Anne. Conveniently situated on Taylor Ave, you are a minute's walk from restaurants, parks and Downtown Seattle.
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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 GuideSeattle
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...

Kayaks in Union Bay, Seattle

Seattle's hotspot for farmer's market shoppers

Downtown Seattle

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!

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.

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).

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!

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City GuideSeattle
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...

Kayaks in Union Bay, Seattle

Seattle's hotspot for farmer's market shoppers

Downtown Seattle

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!

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.

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).

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!

Rent Report
Seattle

September 2020 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the September 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 declined significantly over the past month

Seattle rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,336 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,663 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.6%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

    While rent prices have decreased in Seattle over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data. 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 $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.
    • Bellevue has seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Seattle metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,368.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

    As rents have fallen significantly 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.

    • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
    • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,663 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Seattle fell significantly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, 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
    $1,340
    $1,660
    -0.5%
    -1.9%
    Tacoma
    $1,270
    $1,580
    0.3%
    0
    Bellevue
    $1,900
    $2,370
    -0.7%
    -2.3%
    Everett
    $1,390
    $1,740
    0.3%
    1.1%
    Kent
    $1,510
    $1,870
    0.2%
    1.8%
    Renton
    $1,720
    $2,140
    0.3%
    0.7%
    Federal Way
    $1,420
    $1,760
    0.6%
    -0.3%
    Auburn
    $1,390
    $1,730
    0.6%
    1.1%
    Marysville
    $1,340
    $1,660
    0.2%
    0.5%
    Lakewood
    $1,220
    $1,520
    0.6%
    1.8%
    Redmond
    $1,810
    $2,260
    -0.8%
    -2.1%
    Kirkland
    $1,750
    $2,180
    -0.4%
    1.2%
    Sammamish
    $2,780
    $3,460
    -0.4%
    -0.8%
    Puyallup
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0
    0.3%
    Lynnwood
    $1,590
    $1,980
    0.1%
    0.3%
    Bothell
    $1,820
    $2,270
    0.3%
    -0.3%
    Spanaway
    $1,330
    $1,660
    0.1%
    0.7%
    Mercer Island
    $2,010
    $2,500
    0.1%
    -3.3%
    Kenmore
    $1,680
    $2,100
    0.1%
    -1.4%
    Mukilteo
    $1,720
    $2,150
    0.2%
    -8.6%
    Mountlake Terrace
    $1,630
    $2,020
    0.7%
    0.3%
    Snoqualmie
    $1,910
    $2,380
    -0.4%
    0.8%
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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.

    Read More

    September 2020 Seattle Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 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.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Seattle Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 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 declined significantly over the past month

    Seattle rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, and have decreased moderately by 1.9% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,336 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,663 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -0.6%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

      While rent prices have decreased in Seattle over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the Seattle metro for which we have data. 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 $1,521; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 1.8%.
      • Bellevue has seen rents fall by 2.3% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Seattle metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,368.

      Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

      As rents have fallen significantly 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.

      • Although rents across cities in Washington have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.6% in Vancouver and 0.5% in Spokane.
      • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,663 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Seattle fell significantly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $910, 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
      $1,340
      $1,660
      -0.5%
      -1.9%
      Tacoma
      $1,270
      $1,580
      0.3%
      0
      Bellevue
      $1,900
      $2,370
      -0.7%
      -2.3%
      Everett
      $1,390
      $1,740
      0.3%
      1.1%
      Kent
      $1,510
      $1,870
      0.2%
      1.8%
      Renton
      $1,720
      $2,140
      0.3%
      0.7%
      Federal Way
      $1,420
      $1,760
      0.6%
      -0.3%
      Auburn
      $1,390
      $1,730
      0.6%
      1.1%
      Marysville
      $1,340
      $1,660
      0.2%
      0.5%
      Lakewood
      $1,220
      $1,520
      0.6%
      1.8%
      Redmond
      $1,810
      $2,260
      -0.8%
      -2.1%
      Kirkland
      $1,750
      $2,180
      -0.4%
      1.2%
      Sammamish
      $2,780
      $3,460
      -0.4%
      -0.8%
      Puyallup
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0
      0.3%
      Lynnwood
      $1,590
      $1,980
      0.1%
      0.3%
      Bothell
      $1,820
      $2,270
      0.3%
      -0.3%
      Spanaway
      $1,330
      $1,660
      0.1%
      0.7%
      Mercer Island
      $2,010
      $2,500
      0.1%
      -3.3%
      Kenmore
      $1,680
      $2,100
      0.1%
      -1.4%
      Mukilteo
      $1,720
      $2,150
      0.2%
      -8.6%
      Mountlake Terrace
      $1,630
      $2,020
      0.7%
      0.3%
      Snoqualmie
      $1,910
      $2,380
      -0.4%
      0.8%
      See More

      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.