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603 Apartments for rent in Seattle, WA

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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Belltown
10 Units Available
Moda
2312 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,584
363 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,791
553 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,461
581 sqft
Luxurious units offer laundry, patio/balcony and granite counters. Resident enjoy community with gym, coffee bar and dog park. Convenient for commuters with easy access to I-5 and SR 99.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
North Admiral
3 Units Available
Springline
3220 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,895
645 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,890
835 sqft
Pet-friendly 1-2 bedroom apartments in West Seattle's Admiral District. Puget Sound and mountain views, walk-in closets, private patio/balcony. Community offers fitness center, fire pit, bbq/grill area, clubhouse and community garden. Close to schools.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
South Lake Union
7 Units Available
Alcyone
301 Minor Ave N, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,069
544 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,094
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,215
943 sqft
Close to Cascade Playground, Amazon Campus, REI Seattle, I-5 Express, bus stops, Light Rail 98, LO-FI Performance Gallery, Whole Foods, Cascade Farmers Market, Hutch School, Cornish College of the Arts, Denny Park. Pet-friendly apartments with in-unit laundry, floor-to-ceiling windows, and rooftop garden.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Belltown
20 Units Available
Centennial Tower and Court
2515 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,819
536 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,126
674 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,560
962 sqft
Excellent location in the heart of Seattle, close to parks, dining and shopping. Units feature laundry, patio/balcony, granite counters and hardwood floors. Luxury community includes pool, pool table, sauna, clubhouse, and more.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Capitol Hill
2 Units Available
The Pearl Apartments
1530 15th Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,272
703 sqft
Conveniently located between E Madison Street and E Pine Street near yoga and shopping venues. Units feature walk-in closets and carpet flooring for extra space and comfort. Fire pit and courtyard amenities.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
South Lake Union
2 Units Available
Mark on 8th
285 8th Ave N, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,165
501 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,550
651 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Centrally located apartments with stainless steel appliances and a patio/balcony. Community highlights include a dog park, pool and barbecue area. Within minutes of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden of Glass and Pacific Science Center.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Ballard
10 Units Available
Odin
5398 Russell Ave NW, Seattle, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,864
617 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,863
990 sqft
An architecturally impressive apartment complex in one of Seattle's most desirable districts. You'll find hardwood floors, fitted fireplace, and walk-in closets alongside amenities such as lobby service and parking, all situated within a pet-friendly environment.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Lower Queen Anne
2 Units Available
Metro on First
215 1st Ave W, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,072
459 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,538
1144 sqft
Metro living with stunning waterfront views and world-class amenities. Walker's paradise, recently renovated and in-home features like laundry, granite counters and unique hardwood flooring. Relax at the pool, the theater or the 24-hour gym.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Pike Place Market
23 Units Available
Helios
1600 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,915
471 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,215
781 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,840
1145 sqft
Enjoy an urban lifestyle in the heart of Seattle. Luxury apartments just steps from Pike Place Market. Homes feature quartz counters and private washer and dryer. Community amenities include rooftop lounge and yoga room.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:47pm
Roosevelt
5 Units Available
Square One Apartments
1020 NE 63rd St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,610
408 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,915
642 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Situated in the tree-lined Roosevelt neighborhood. Apartments feature oversized windows, quartz counters, barn-style bedroom doors and private balconies. On-site clubhouse, laundry and rooftop deck with mountain views. Bike storage and scooter parking available.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:44pm
Belltown
7 Units Available
Verve Apartments
2720 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,750
470 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,085
651 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,395
944 sqft
Close to Highway 99, Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, PACCAR IMAX Theater, Seattle Center, Key Arena, and Myrtle Edwards Park. Amenities include outdoor yoga terrace, rooftop dog lounge, solarium, vibe room, rooftop terrace, resident happy hours, noise-cancelling windows, and open layouts.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:44pm
South Lake Union
16 Units Available
Modera South Lake Union
435 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,103
464 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,138
718 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,563
1039 sqft
Brand-new apartments in South Lake Union with all the modern amenities. Quartz counters, balconies for entertaining, and spacious living areas with open plan kitchens. In-unit laundry. Common space includes gym and community social space.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:42pm
Wallingford
14 Units Available
AMLI Wallingford
1850 N 34th St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,050
564 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,150
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,325
1034 sqft
Wonderfully situated community just a block north of Gas Works Park. Invite friends for a rooftop deck BBQ. Homes feature gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. Controlled-access garage.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Capitol Hill
8 Units Available
Sunset Electric Apartments
1111 E Pine St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,875
358 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,140
756 sqft
Prime Capitol Hill location. Tenants enjoy an open-air courtyard and convenient parking. Units have a patio or balcony, along with upscale touches like stainless steel appliances and dishwashers.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Belltown
6 Units Available
Joseph Arnold Lofts
62 Cedar St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$3,296
501 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,186
686 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$6,947
1186 sqft
Envious location in Belltown. Close to Belltown Cottage Park, Elliott Bay Trail (Terminal 91 Bike Path), Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, Highway 99, Pier 70, and Centennial Park. Pet-friendly apartments with private guest suite, rooftop deck, community herb garden.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Belltown
8 Units Available
206 Bell Apartments
206 Bell St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,076
476 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,111
613 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,591
860 sqft
Close to Bell Street Park, Highway 99, Belltown Cottage Park, the Art Institute of Seattle, Freehold Theatre, Foundation Nightclub, Patagonia Seattle, Bell Harbor Marina, and Pier 66. Pet-friendly apartments in a highly walkable location, with free covered bike storage, rooftop terrace.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Fremont
13 Units Available
Velo
3635 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle, WA
1 Bedroom
$2,155
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,248
769 sqft
One- and two-bedroom apartments designed for bikers in the center of Fremont. Enjoy sky terrace, fitness center, lounge with wet bar, bike storage. Pet-friendly, hardwood floors, modern kitchen, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Near Hwy. 99.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Eastlake
11 Units Available
Eastlake 2851 on Lake Union
2851 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA
Studio
$2,380
460 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,502
640 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,697
828 sqft
Close to the I-5 Express, University of Washington Dept. of Psychiatry&Behavioral Sciences, College Club of Seattle, and Sound Earth Strategies. Right next to Fairview Park and Lake Union. Pet-friendly apartments with restaurant onsite, outdoor deck, lake views, and granite bar tops.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
South Lake Union
5 Units Available
Alley 24
241 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,890
442 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,287
776 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Spacious kitchens with modern appliances and chic wood cabinetry. Berber carpets in bedrooms and large windows add to the elegance. Residents can pay through the community's online portal.
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Last updated August 19 at 04:31pm
Wallingford
8 Units Available
Ray
3636 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,445
659 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,284
923 sqft
Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the Fremont neighborhood put you near public transit, shopping, dining, health care and entertainment. Modern kitchens, hardwoods, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Enjoy pool, fitness center. Easy access to Hwy. 99.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:30pm
First Hill
1 Unit Available
Zig Apartments
550 Broadway, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,797
412 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Apartments feature plank flooring, steel appliances, and private balconies or patios. Fitness studio, lobby lounge, pet wash and roof top dog run on-site. Located in a walkable area, near to the I-5.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:35pm
Ballard
23 Units Available
AMLI Mark24
2428 NW Market St, Seattle, WA
Studio
$1,811
539 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,965
731 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,924
1013 sqft
Schools nearby: Ballard High, Whitman Middle School, Adams Elementary, and Whittier Elementary. Close to Ballard Commons Park, Quality Food Center, Majestic Bay Theatres, Salmon Bay, and Ballard Public Library. Pet-friendly apartments with off leash area, yoga studio, sky deck, and 9' ceilings.
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Last updated August 19 at 12:21pm
Yesler Terrace
1 Unit Available
Star Apartments
167 11th Ave, Seattle, WA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$2,515
930 sqft
Located just minutes from Capitol Hill, Seattle Central Community College and Seattle University. Community offers controlled access, underground parking and amazing views. Apartments have balcony or patio, extra storage and dishwasher.
Verified
Last updated August 19 at 12:13pm
Yesler Terrace
3 Units Available
Clearwater and Star Apartments
167 11th Ave, Seattle, WA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,500
532 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Located just minutes from Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College. Residents enjoy units with washer/dryer, large living space and bathtubs. Community offers amazing views, gated entry and manicured landscaping.

Average Rent in Seattle

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Seattle is $1,354, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,686.
Studio
$1,182
1 Bed
$1,354
2 Beds
$1,686
3+ Beds
$2,447
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...

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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!

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!

August 2019 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 Seattle Rent Report. Seattle rents increased 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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August 2019 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 Seattle Rent Report. Seattle rents increased 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 increase sharply over the past month

Seattle rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,354 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,686 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.7%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the Seattle Metro

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

    • Lakewood has the least expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,482; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.8%.
    • Over the past month, Kent has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,850, while one-bedrooms go for $1,486.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

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

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Washington as a whole logging rent growth of 1.7% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.8% in Vancouver and 1.3% in Spokane.
    • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,686 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 1.3% increase in Seattle.
    • While Seattle's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Austin (+3.3%), and Boston (+2.4%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most similar cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $896, 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 price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Seattle
    $1,350
    $1,690
    0.7%
    1.3%
    Tacoma
    $1,260
    $1,570
    0.5%
    1.4%
    Bellevue
    $1,940
    $2,410
    1.1%
    2.3%
    Everett
    $1,380
    $1,720
    0
    2.2%
    Kent
    $1,490
    $1,850
    -0.3%
    1.6%
    Renton
    $1,710
    $2,140
    0.3%
    3.4%
    Federal Way
    $1,410
    $1,760
    0.3%
    1.4%
    Auburn
    $1,370
    $1,710
    0.5%
    1.6%
    Marysville
    $1,330
    $1,650
    0.2%
    1%
    Lakewood
    $1,190
    $1,480
    0.4%
    3.8%
    Redmond
    $1,870
    $2,320
    0.1%
    1.8%
    Kirkland
    $1,750
    $2,170
    -0.3%
    3.1%
    Sammamish
    $2,780
    $3,470
    0.6%
    2.2%
    Puyallup
    $1,570
    $1,960
    0.7%
    2.6%
    Lynnwood
    $1,610
    $2,000
    -0.9%
    3%
    Bothell
    $1,840
    $2,290
    -0.1%
    1.5%
    Spanaway
    $1,320
    $1,640
    0.2%
    1%
    Mercer Island
    $2,080
    $2,600
    -0.3%
    2.7%
    Kenmore
    $1,710
    $2,130
    0.6%
    1.4%
    Mukilteo
    $1,850
    $2,310
    2.5%
    5.9%
    Mountlake Terrace
    $1,590
    $1,980
    1.8%
    -0.7%
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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.

    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.

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