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Best Rental Finds in Seattle: Apartment Gems Right in the Center of the Emerald City

As the last big stop before Alaska on a contiguous U.S. line, beautiful Seattle has a variety of options when it comes to lifestyle. Seattleites enjoy the many advantages of this city: lush evergreen forests — hence the name of “Emerald City”–, ocean salty water in Puget Sound to the West, freshwater in Lake Washington to the East, mountainous national parks close by, and a booming job market with top internet and clean technology brands right in the city.

The same variety is found in the apartment market. In addition to the existing available apartments for rent in Seattle, 26 new large residential developments have opened their doors in 2015, awaiting their customers to take advantage of new renting spaces.

With so many options, a little apartment hunting help may come in handy, if you want to make sure you are getting a good deal. Here are our best finds in Seattle available right now, renting under the average market price for that unit type:

Addison on Fourth in Central Seattle (Check Availability)

Monthly rent for a studio: $824 (compare to $1,304 average price for studios for rent in Seattle)

Addison on Fourth 308 4th Ave S Seattle WA

Located within walking distance from the Stadiums, the Pioneer Square and the International District, this property allows you to enjoy a community feeling just a few blocks away from the waterfront. The studios at Addison on Fourth vary between 200 and 300 sq. ft. They include walk-in closets, wheelchair access, and boast beautiful views of the skyline out North and of the water toward the West. The best part is that you won’t really need a car to get around when you live so close to grocery stores, public transportation, shopping and urban nature.

Shangri-La in Central Seattle (Check Availability)

Monthly rent for a one-bedroom: $1,300 (compare to $1,411 average price for one-bedroom apartments for rent in Seattle)

Shangri-La 538 Lakeside Avenue South, Seattle WA

Everyone likes extra amenities, the reason why Shangri-La residents are offered balconies with a view, a community pool, a fitness center, outdoor grilling areas and a composting program. Located in the Rainier Valley, this exquisite community invites you to experience modern activities in the neighborhood, from art walks and sporting events to relaxed shopping. You can rent a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit of up to 700 square feet, or you can choose from a variety of layouts, and bring your pet along!

Park at Northgate in North Seattle (Check Availability)

Monthly rent for a two-bedroom/two-bath: $1,553 (compare to $1,789 average price for two-bedroom apartments for rent in Seattle)

Park at Northgate 10735 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle WA

Located in one of the Seattle’s vibrant neighborhoods, Northgate, in North Seattle, this urban retreat is your best choice for a 2-bedroom unit, with the city at your doorstep and the Metro close by. If you are more of an outdoor person, the courtyards or the seasonal pool are right there for you; but if you like relaxing with a view, there is a quiet area perfect for reading or barbecues by the pool. The units have ample size closets, oversized glass sliding doors to deck or patio, and wood burning fireplaces.

Linden Square in Ballard (Check Availability)

Monthly rent for a three-bedroom/two-bath: $1,437 (compare to $2,005 average price for three-bedroom apartments for rent in Seattle)

Linden Square 13530 Linden Ave North Seattle WA

If you would rather enjoy the city from a distance, but be close enough to check it out any time you want, take a look at the apartments at Linden Square. Close to Bitter Lake Park and the Community Center, in the vicinity of the Seattle Golf Club, this community offers 3-bedroom apartments starting at only $1,437, that combine the privacy of low-key living with the amenities like a fitness center, clubhouse, BBQ area, pool, or pet park.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Browse all apartments for rent in Seattle, WA on RentCafe right now!


Nadia Balint
Nadia Balint
Nadia Balint is a senior creative writer for RENTCafé. She covers news and trends in residential and commercial real estate and their impact on our everyday life, including rental housing, for-sale housing, real estate development, homeownership, market reports, insurance, landlord-tenant laws, personal finance, urban development, economy, sustainability, and social issues. Nadia holds a B.S. in Business Management from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. You can connect with Nadia via email. Nadia’s work and expertise have been quoted by major national and local media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, CBS News, Curbed, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post as well as industry publications, such as GlobeSt, Bisnow, Inman News, Multifamily Executive, and The Commercial Real Estate Show. Nadia also wrote for Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive, HubSpot, and more. Prior to entering the real estate industry, Nadia worked in the legal field, where she gained over 10 years of experience in business, corporate, and real estate law.

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