Commute to $ave Hundreds at Some Metro Stops
Washington DC’s Metro rail system is the third busiest in the nation, serving nearly 750,000 weekday riders. Serving parts of Virginia and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia, the sprawling Metrorail transit system provides a backbone for the metropolitan area while stimulating business and real estate development. It’s no wonder Metro proximity is one of the first things renters consider when looking for a new Washington DC apartment.
Here’s a few things we learned while making this handy DC rent map
- Overall, one-bedroom rent in Washington DC is up 2.6% year over year
- Rents increased near 61 of the 91 Metro stops, while dropping at 19 stops; 11 stops didn’t have enough data for year over year
- A development boom has been hitting Washington DC, with new luxury buildings popping up in Tyson’s Corner, NoMA, Southwest Waterfront, and Bethesda
- Across the Anacostia into southeast Washington, rents are rising drastically, although they are still among the lowest in the DC metropolitan area
Our Interactive DC Metrorail Map has Rental Data for all Metro Stops
To calculate the median rent for the map above, we used RentHop rental data for one bedroom apartments from 2016 & 2017 as well as WMATA GIS data for Metrorail stops from DC.gov. To get accurate prices near the Metro stops, we looked first at non-duplicated listings within one eighth of a mile (660 feet) of a WMATA stop and if there were at least 30 unique data points we calculated the median. If not, the radius from the stop was increased and the data was resampled to ensure enough unique listings were used when calculating the median.
Ride the Metro to Savings
Would you travel an extra stop to save a couple hundred dollars? How about for over $700? We dug deep into the data for the best single stop rent savings and found some very useful results.
The list below represents the largest price drops between a single stop. Sometimes this is because the stops are in different neighborhoods, rents fell at one stop, prices soared at the other, or all of the above. It’s also possible that apartments near a particular stop aren’t apples-to-apples with the apartments just one stop away. We may have left some out due to miles long stretches between stops.
Turn your commute into extra cash at these stops
- Save $728 between East Falls Church ($2,248) and West Falls Church ($1,520) – Orange/Silver Line
- Save $593 by living near Addison Road ($983) instead of Morgan Blvd ($1,575) – Blue/Silver Line
- Save $499 between Eastern Market ($2,320) and Potomac Ave ($1,821) – Orange/Blue/Silver Line
- Save $475 by moving from the U Street ($2,350) to Columbia Heights ($1,875) – Yellow/Green Line
- Save $453 between Georgia Ave ($1,828) and Fort Trotten ($1,375) – Yellow/Green Line
- Save $445 and live near the Waterfront ($2,050) instead of L’Enfant Plaza ($2,495) – Green Line
New Developments Add Supply While Some Raise Rents
The real estate boom sweeping Washington DC has added tons of new units to the market, albeit at higher prices than the older units. Tyson’s Corner is one such area where beautiful new buildings continue to pop up. Luxury high-rises like the Nouvelle, VITA, Adaire, and Highgate are adding nearly 2,000 new units to the market, with prices starting as low as $1,700.
The Southwest Waterfront area has seen some grand new developments lately as well. Luxury buildings like 525 Water are helping The Wharf take shape. The ‘Insignia on M’ near Navy Yard Station has just added 324 units starting at $2,300.
We’re even seeing development up in Bethesda, where the Hampden Row Condos add $3,000+ per month luxury units near the Bethesda Red Line station.
Does the Train of Rising Rents Stop?
With median rent on one-bedroom apartments up 2.6% from last year, there’s only a few places where rent has actually decreased. In areas like NoMa and Navy Yard, rent actually went down with the addition of the new developments there.
These Metro stops saw the biggest rent drops on one bedroom apartments
- Green Line – Navy Yard-Ballpark – (-8.9%) $2,095
- Red/Green/Yellow Line – Fort Trotten – (-8.3%) $1,375
- Red Line – Union Station – (-7.2%) $2,218
- Red Line – NoMa-Gallaudet – (-7.2%) $2,135
- Silver Line – Spring Hill – (-7.1%) $1,650
- Red Line – Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood – (-6.9%) $1,768
Here’s a few of the many stops where rent went up
- Blue/Yellow Line – Franconia-Springfield – (+11.4%) $1,671
- Blue/Orange/Silver Line – Foggy Bottom-GWU – (+10.2%) $2,425
- Green Line – Congress Heights – (+10%) $1,100
- Blue/Orange/Silver Line – McPherson Square – (+9.4%) $2,625
- Red Line – Cleveland Park – (+8.3%) $2,057.50
- Green/Yellow Line – Georgia Ave-Petworth – (+8.1%) $1,827.50
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Here’s a Full List of All 91 Stops and Median Rent
|Station Name||Metro Line(s)||One-Bedroom Median|
|Metro Center||Red, Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,700.00|
|McPherson Square||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,625.00|
|Federal Triangle||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,578.00|
|Smithsonian||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,525.00|
|Shaw-Howard U||Green, Yellow||$2,500.00|
|Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter||Green, Yellow||$2,500.00|
|Gallery Pl-Chinatown||Red, Green, Yellow||$2,500.00|
|Farragut West||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,500.00|
|L’Enfant Plaza||Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Silver||$2,495.00|
|Federal Center SW||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,495.00|
|Capitol South||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,458.00|
|Foggy Bottom-GWU||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,425.00|
|Mt Vernon Sq 7th St-Convention Center||Green, Yellow||$2,400.00|
|U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo||Green, Yellow||$2,350.00|
|Eastern Market||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,320.00|
|East Falls Church||Orange, Silver||$2,248.00|
|Rosslyn||Blue, Orange, Silver||$2,240.00|
|Pentagon City||Blue, Yellow||$2,142.00|
|Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan||Red||$2,115.00|
|Court House||Orange, Silver||$2,010.00|
|King St-Old Town||Blue, Yellow||$1,950.00|
|Virginia Square-GMU||Orange, Silver||$1,932.00|
|Braddock Road||Blue, Yellow||$1,910.00|
|Columbia Heights||Green, Yellow||$1,875.00|
|Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport||Blue, Yellow||$1,845.00|
|Georgia Ave-Petworth||Green, Yellow||$1,827.50|
|Crystal City||Blue, Yellow||$1,825.00|
|Potomac Ave||Blue, Orange, Silver||$1,820.50|
|Stadium-Armory||Blue, Orange, Silver||$1,790.00|
|Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood||Red||$1,768.00|
|Largo Town Center||Blue, Silver||$1,625.00|
|College Park-U of MD||Green, Yellow||$1,615.00|
|Morgan Boulevard||Blue, Silver||$1,575.00|
|West Falls Church-VT/UVA||Orange||$1,520.00|
|Van Dorn Street||Blue, Yellow||$1,495.00|
|Fort Totten||Red, Green,Yellow||$1,375.00|
|Prince George’s Plaza||Green, Yellow||$1,325.00|
|West Hyattsville||Green, Yellow||$1,220.00|
|Benning Road||Blue, Silver||$1,108.00|
|Capitol Heights||Blue, Silver||$1,054.50|
|Addison Road-Seat Pleasant||Blue, Silver||$982.50|
What Does This Mean for You?
Finding an apartment in Washington D.C. isn’t easy. Deciding where to live and starting your search is probably the most difficult step. By giving you as much information about the market as possible, RentHop hopes to point you in the right direction. Maps like this are just one of the data-backed insights we offer. All of our Washington DC apartments for rent are ranked using available data to ensure that renters always see the best quality apartments.