Submit Content

Rental Report: Bargain Apartments in Arlington

Rental Report header

Editor’s Note: This new biweekly sponsored column is written by Rick Gersten, founder and CEO of Urban Igloo, a rental real estate firm that matches up renters with their ideal apartments, condos or houses. Please submit any questions in the comments section or via email.

It is no surprise to Arlington residents that DC area apartment prices are some of the highest in the nation. However, there are some relative bargains in the Arlington rental market. The only catch is that renters may have to concede something to get the best deal.

Give something up? What? Yes, renters may have to sacrifice the dream of a luxury apartment in the heart of Clarendon if they want a 1 bedroom for $1600 per month. So what will renters give up to get a great bargain?

Location — Maybe living two blocks from the Orange Line in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor isn’t an absolute necessity. Many 1 bedroom units in the area are running right around $2000+ per month for buildings with ideal locations. Live just a mile away, take the metro ART bus or bike to the Metro and renters can save a bundle.

  • A beautifully renovated 1 bedroom apartment (530 sq. feet) just a little over a mile south of the Clarendon Metro station is priced around $1620 per month, and amenities include a pool and fitness center.
  • A well maintained, large 1 bedroom apartment (700 sq. feet) about a mile from Ballston Metro is priced around $1520 and includes parking.
  • Willing to take a shuttle to Metro on weekdays? A 1 bedroom apartment (640 sq. feet) in South Arlington is $1435 per month. The nicely finished apartments feature an in-unit washer/dryer, a parking space, and a pool and fitness center within the building.

Quality — When we talk about compromising on quality, we don’t mean living in a run down property. It just means giving up the high-end finishes, such as stainless steel appliances and granite counters. They look nice, no doubt, but at the end of the day a white refrigerator and Corian or laminate floor may be acceptable if they save a couple hundred bucks a month.

  • A large 1 bedroom (720 sq. feet), just a short walk from the Metro and shopping in Pentagon City, runs about $1685. Laundry is available on every floor. Parking is available, and many units have nice balconies with great views.
  • A large 1 bedroom (870 sq. feet), close to the Metro and restaurants in Crystal City, costs $1489 per month.  On-site amenities include a pool, fitness center, low cost parking and laundry.  Don’t forget Crystal City has that nice underground tunnel system that keeps people out of the heat, rain and cold.

While there is always going to be that one place that has it all, most people don’t have the luxury of time or patience to look and wait for it. So modifying expectations and opening yourself up to new possibilities may save a bundle, and give you more money in your pocket for a nice dinner out at one of the wonderful restaurants nearby.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of

Community discussion guidelines: Our sponsored columns are written by members of the local business community. While we encourage a robust and open discussion, we ask that all reviews of the businesses — good or bad — be directed to another venue, like Yelp. The comments section is intended for a conversation about the topic of the article.

Recent Stories

Tour Country Club Hills to discover its lush herbage, mature trees, and the Victorian and frame houses of the area in Neighborhood Spotlight.

A soggy weekend is on tap after an otherwise pretty nice final week of September. Obviously this week’s big story was the devastation in Florida, the huge scale of which…

Share your input on the Arlington Forestry and Natural Resources Plan by October 3.

A proposed bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians between Crystal City and the Southwest Waterfront area of D.C. has received $20 million in federal funding to move forward. When complete, the…

(This Community Post was written by 9th Street Chamber Music and underwritten by Embracing Arlington Arts .)

9th Street Chamber Music is back in business for its second season! 9SCM is disrupting the stereotypes of classical music as stuffy, dry, and elite through dynamic yet accessible performances and its one-of-a-kind String Quartet Intensive for young musicians in the DC Metro area.

[9th Street Quartet]( quartet)’s first concert is on Sunday, October 16 at 4:00 PM. The group will offer, for the first time, a ‘Playlist Shuffle’ themed concert featuring single movements of string quartet favorites. Tickets for this concert can be found here, and are $20 for adults and FREE for all students under 18.

Rehearsals began Monday, September 27 for the String Quartet Intensive, welcoming 32 new and returning members to the program. These talented musicians in grades 7 through 12 represent over fifteen area schools throughout Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland, and are an integral part of the growing 9SCM community. Their first performance will take place on Monday, November 28 at 7:30 PM.

Read More

Submit your own Community Post here.

Now you can have fun with your family and friends when deciding where to eat!

Just hop aboard The Lunch Train and set the destination for: breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or nightlife!

– No app necessary. Simply go to the website if you’d like!
– No account necessary
– Use your current location or a desired location
– Add restaurants you’re interested in, invite your friends, and play the game!

Submit your own Community Post here.

Vini Franchetti Wine Dinner

Join us as we explore Vini Franchetti & their two sister vineyards Passopisciaro (Sicily) and Vini Franchetti (Tuscany) for our Sicily/Tuscany Wine Dinner!

Sunday, Oct 9 @ 6pm

Special Guest: This wine dinner we will be hosting the wine maker

Homebuying 101: Steps to Getting Pre-Approved

Are you ready to jump into homeownership or started considering it but don’t know where to start? Financial preparation is key when thinking about purchasing your first home and the first step to getting pre-approved. Join ACFCU for our Homebuying


Subscribe to our mailing list