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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 th... Read Guide >
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Pike MotorWorks
714 E Pike St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$2,020
1 Bedroom
$2,234
2 Bedrooms
$3,550
Luxurious apartments in the heart of the historic community. Sleek interiors with spacious floor plans, vaulted ceilings, LED kitchen lighting and energy-efficient appliances. Gourmet kitchens and wood-style plank flooring throughout each home.
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4730 California
4730 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,730
2 Bedrooms
$3,148
Close to Ercolini Park, Seattle City Park, Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, Trader Joe's, ArtsWest, Jefferson Square Mall, and multiple bus stops. Pet-friendly apartments in a highly walkable location, with a rooftop deck with Puget Sound views, pet washing station, 24-hour fitness studio.
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708 Uptown
708 6th Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
$1,733
2 Bedrooms
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Convenient downtown community near Lake Union in the Westlake District. Handicapped-accessible green community has a 24-gym, electric-car charging station and pool. Stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors, and washers and dryers in units.
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Circa Green Lake
6900 E Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,692
1 Bedroom
$1,715
2 Bedrooms
$2,644
Modern, upscale living situated right on Green Lake Park. Waterfront views, on-site gym, lush greenery and proximity to dining and entertainment. Sustainable apartments with European-style cabinetry and quartz countertops.
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Aperture On Fifth
206 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:18pm
Studio
$1,141
1 Bedroom
$2,008
2 Bedrooms
$3,095
Stylish urban apartments located near Seattle's Space Needle. A green community with Energy Star appliances, walk-in closets and walnut-stained cabinets. Residents can enjoy a fantastic view of the city on the rooftop deck.
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Muriel's Landing
5240 University Way NE
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 12:12pm
Studio
$1,375
1 Bedroom
$1,475
Situated in the vibrant University District. Pet-friendly apartment community with Seattle skyline views. Ample recreational amenities, including a fully equipped fitness room and a landscaped rooftop deck. Residents enjoy access to convenient on-site retail stores.
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OK Hotel
212 Alaskan Way S
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 12:03pm
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1 Bedroom
$994
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Taylor Creek Apartments
7050 S 116th Pl
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 12:08pm
1 Bedroom
$1,480
2 Bedrooms
$1,730
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Summit at Madison Park
1819 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:26pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,900
2 Bedrooms
$2,460
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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Twenty20 Mad
2020 E Madison St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,636
1 Bedroom
$1,714
2 Bedrooms
$3,325
Luxury apartments in vibrant downtown Seattle featuring open floor plans, quartz counters, stainless steel appliances, and hardwood flooring. Community rooftop recreation area, 24-hour gym, and common lounge area available. Close to I-5.
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GreenHouse Apartments
3701 S Hudson St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$1,582
2 Bedrooms
$2,729
Convenient location within walking distance of popular bars, coffee shops and the Columbia Branch Library. Ample storage is available in the apartments' walk-in closets. Work out in the 24-hour gym.
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Origin
12311 32nd Ave NE
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,398
1 Bedroom
$1,499
2 Bedrooms
$2,073
Charming, mid-century-inspired apartments with huge living spaces. Perfect location just north of downtown Seattle. Complex features studio, 1, or 2-bedroom apartments close to all the buzz of the city.
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Broadstone Sky
4745 40th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$1,810
2 Bedrooms
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Stylish architecture meets comfort with these apartments featuring granite countertops, fully-fitted kitchen range, and walk-in closets. Just off Fauntleroy Way SW, community benefits include clubhouse, parking, gym, and BBQ/grill. Pet-friendly environment with elevator service.
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Oregon 42
4502 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,560
1 Bedroom
$2,130
2 Bedrooms
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Luxury one- and two-bed apartments just one block from West Seattle Junction business district. Close to shops, restaurants, farmers market and nightlife. Modern kitchens, gated secure car park, bike racks, fitness center, dog wash station.
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Soren Apartments
5711 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$1,810
2 Bedrooms
$3,050
Stunning community with high ceilings, incredible views and a rooftop plaza. LEED Gold-inspired design with recycling stations. On-site dog walk area, picnic area and lots of storage. Stunning views of the water.
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Cornelius Apartments
306 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,360
1 Bedroom
$1,548
2 Bedrooms
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An urban getaway, these apartments offer a vintage feel and modern amenities. Features include hardwood floors, on-site laundry, bathtubs, carpets, fireplaces and walk-in closets in most units.
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Pine & Minor
1551 Minor Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,670
1 Bedroom
$1,805
Close to I-5 Express, Seattle Children's Ben Towne Center for Cancer Research, Facebook Seattle, Cancer Research & Biostats, The Northwest School, Harvard Market, Seattle Central College, and Broadway Performance Hall. Pet-friendly apartments with rooftop deck, dog park, open layouts, bike storage.
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507 Northgate
507 NE Northgate Way
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,298
1 Bedroom
$1,491
2 Bedrooms
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Situated near Northgate Mall and Northgate Park. Convenient apartment amenities, including modern fitness center and garage parking for convenience. Units include hardwood floors and gourmet kitchen for upscale look.
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Noba Apartments
8022 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
1 Bedroom
$1,470
Brand-new apartments within steps of downtown Ballard. These units feature wood floors, a rooftop patio, fire pits and more! Enjoy the fitness center, open 24 hours.
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Dexter Lake Union
1215 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,435
1 Bedroom
$1,665
2 Bedrooms
$2,235
Oversized windows allow for ample natural light and waterfront views. Perfect location close to Pike Street Market and Belltown with an on-site gym, business center and bike storage. Spacious apartments, private patio or balcony.
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Axis
123 2nd Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,720
1 Bedroom
$3,250
2 Bedrooms
$3,180
Rated a Walker's Paradise with an equally great transit score, these homes offer the perfect location with premier amenities: breathtaking views, fully equipped gym and community garden. Modern interiors with hardwood floors and granite countertops.
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Arthouse
2334 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,675
1 Bedroom
$1,855
2 Bedrooms
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Seattle's newest luxury apartments, located in Belltown, offer waterfront living. Offering incredible views of the Seattle skyline, quartz countertops, hardwood flooring and so much more. Exclusive access to rooftop lounge and grilling area.
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Citizen
1222 E Madison St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,573
1 Bedroom
$1,575
Pet-friendly 1-bedroom apartments in Pike Pine area, just east of I-5. Neighborhood is walker's dream with night spots, shopping, dining, entertainment and public transit all around. Garage parking, car charging stations and bike storage available.
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Belay
6559 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,295
1 Bedroom
$1,480
2 Bedrooms
$2,595
Residents enjoy in-unit full size washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances, and European-style cabinetry. Community includes BBQ area, fire pit, resident lounge with Wi-Fi and fitness center. Conveniently located close to Salmon Bay Park.
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Verse Seattle
402 22nd Ave S
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$1,645
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,250
Walking distance from downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill, one and two-bedroom homes with 9-foot ceilings, open floor plans, and spacious closets. Residents have access to a yoga terrace, bike storage, and sky lounge.
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Galleria Apartments
10500 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,515
2 Bedrooms
$1,735
Located walking distance to Northgate Mall and minutes from Downtown Seattle, nature trails and shopping and dining. Units have modern fixtures, accented color walls and large closets. Swimming pool, fitness center and clubhouse.
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Addison on Fourth
308 4th Ave S
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:24pm
Studio
$924
1 Bedroom
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AMLI Wallingford
1850 N 34th St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 12:47pm
Studio
$1,823
1 Bedroom
$1,927
2 Bedrooms
$3,355
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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Union Park Apartments
1310 Minor Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,550
2 Bedrooms
$2,658
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The Martin
2105 5th Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$2,060
1 Bedroom
$2,805
2 Bedrooms
$3,160
Located in Midtown. Close to Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Westin Building Exchange, Bell Street Park, lightrail stations, Seafair, Freehold Theatre, and Westlake Park. Dog-friendly apartments with reservable guest quarters, roof deck with community pea patch.
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Jack Apartments
1427 11th Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,885
1 Bedroom
$2,100
2 Bedrooms
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Situated in a diverse and artsy neighborhood, this boutique building promises apartments featuring pared-down stainless steel finishings, in-unit laundry, and a patio and balcony. Boasting a walkscore of 99, amenities also include gym and clubhouse.
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Henry
24 Etruria Street
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$2,015
In Seattle's North Queen Anne in a residential setting. Interiors feature walk-in closets, high ceilings, private decks and upgraded bathrooms. Community amenities include rooftop decks, courtyards and murals by local artists.
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Session
1717 22nd Ave
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,820
2 Bedrooms
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Murray Central, Hidden Village Park and Columbia College are all nearby this property. Community features include a swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse and RV parking. Apartments have in-unit laundry, fireplaces and beautiful mountain views.
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Citywalk Apartments
1130 N 115th St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
1 Bedroom
$1,703
2 Bedrooms
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Lock Vista
3025 NW Market St
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,469
1 Bedroom
$1,400
2 Bedrooms
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Convenient location for commuters, just minutes from I-5 and Highway 99. Residents live in units with hardwood floors, walk-in closets and extra storage. Community amenities include pool, elevator and on-site laundry.
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Minnie Flats
3028 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA
Updated February 22 at 01:25pm
Studio
$1,325
Pedestrian-friendly living in Downtown Seattle. Contemporary interior designs with wood flooring, sleek kitchen appliances, and air conditioning. Excellent schools nearby, including Morningside Academy and Queen Anne Community School.
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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...

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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. Historically the African-American sector (Garfield Public High School saw the likes of both Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix waltz through its doors), this area was slowly gentrified throughout the 80s and 90s. 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!

February 2019 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the February 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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February 2019 Seattle Rent Report

Welcome to the February 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 increased over the past month

Seattle rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up slightly by 1.2% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Seattle stand at $1,320 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,650 for a two-bedroom. Seattle's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.5%, but exceeds the national average of 1.0%.

    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, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Bellevue has the most expensive rents in the Seattle metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,320; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.3% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Over the past year, Marysville is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 4.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,640, while one-bedrooms go for $1,320.

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Seattle

    As rents have increased slightly in Seattle, a few other large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most similar 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 1.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.0% in Vancouver and 1.4% in Spokane.
    • Seattle's median two-bedroom rent of $1,650 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 1.2% rise in Seattle.
    • While Seattle's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.6%), Austin (+3.3%), and San Francisco (+2.7%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Seattle than most other large cities. For example, Spokane has a median 2BR rent of $880, 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
    $1,320
    $1,650
    0.1%
    1.2%
    Tacoma
    $1,240
    $1,550
    0.2%
    1.9%
    Bellevue
    $1,860
    $2,320
    0.2%
    4.3%
    Everett
    $1,340
    $1,660
    -0.6%
    3%
    Kent
    $1,460
    $1,820
    -0.1%
    4.1%
    Renton
    $1,650
    $2,060
    0.1%
    3.9%
    Federal Way
    $1,390
    $1,730
    -0.1%
    2.7%
    Auburn
    $1,340
    $1,670
    0
    2.2%
    Marysville
    $1,320
    $1,640
    0.2%
    -4.1%
    Lakewood
    $1,160
    $1,450
    0.2%
    3.7%
    Redmond
    $1,780
    $2,220
    -0.6%
    5.8%
    Kirkland
    $1,680
    $2,100
    -0.7%
    7%
    Puyallup
    $1,530
    $1,910
    0.5%
    3.4%
    Lynnwood
    $1,550
    $1,930
    -0.6%
    3%
    Bothell
    $1,760
    $2,200
    -1.1%
    5.1%
    Mercer Island
    $2,020
    $2,510
    -0.3%
    7.1%
    Kenmore
    $1,670
    $2,080
    0
    -3%
    Mukilteo
    $1,790
    $2,230
    2.8%
    9.1%
    Mountlake Terrace
    $1,560
    $1,950
    0.5%
    7.2%
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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.

    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