Looking to rent a one-bedroom apartment? Well, be glad you don’t live in San Francisco, New York, Boston or San Jose.
The D.C.-area ranked as the fifth most expensive rental market in the country in May, with the median price for a one-bedroom apartment going for $2,100, according to Zumper, a national rental search site.
San Francisco came in as the most expensive for a one-bedroom rental, with a median rent of $3,500, followed by New York, Boston and San Jose. The median price for a two-bedroom apartment in the Washington area was $2,920.
Zumper aggregated the more than 3,000 active one-bedroom listings in the D.C. area in its database for May to determine the median price. It included only places with at least one bathroom and specifically designated as one bedroom. Bedrooms with shared facilities in a row house were not included. (Remember: This includes only apartments that are available for rent, so neighborhoods with many new upscale buildings looking to be filled could skew higher than they normally would.)
When broken down by neighborhood, Georgetown was the most expensive, with one-bedrooms going for $2,600 there. That’s not all that surprising, but prices for a one-bedroom in places such as Petworth, Brookland and Mount Vernon Square were also pretty steep.
In Petworth, the median price for a one-bedroom was $1,700, in Brookland it was $1,900, and in Mount Vernon Square it was $2,350. All three of these neighborhoods are home to new upscale apartment buildings.
The median price for a one-bedroom in Anacostia was $995. Mount Ranier, a neighborhood on the border of D.C. in Maryland, was comparable to that, with one-bedrooms there going for $980.
In February, Zumper ranked D.C. as the fourth most expensive market among the 50 largest cities in the country, with median one-bedroom rents going for $2,000 at the time.