May 26, 2023 - News

What $1,300 apartment rent gets you in three Charlotte neighborhoods

Rent has increased by hundreds of dollars at most Charlotte apartments in recent years. But there are a few hidden gems around the city that are still relatively affordable.

Why it matters: The average rent in Charlotte is $1,600, but some of the city’s more popular neighborhoods average about $1,900, according to RentCafe.

  • The average apartment rent in Dilworth is $1,999, $2,105 in South End and $2,126 in Uptown.

Flashback: We found a range of apartments — studios to two bedrooms — at an average rental rate of $1,200 in 2020 and some in the $1,000 price range in 2021

  • In 2022, we noticed most of the units on our best apartments list increased by as much as 65%.
  • It’s rare to find apartments these days for the rents we saw in 2020 and 2021.
  • Many of our readers shared how much cheaper it was to rent in Charlotte when they first moved here.

Yes, but: If you’re willing to compromise on location, size or certain amenities, there’s a chance you can find a few places below the average cost of rent.

Editor’s note: Apartment rates are subject to change depending on the move-in date, lease term and availability. These are the prices as of May 25, 2023.

Berkshire Dilworth | studio | $1,398+

Size: 480 square feet

Unit features: stainless steel appliances, wood plank flooring, granite countertops, white subway tile kitchen backsplash and spacious walk-in closets. 

Community amenities: rooftop lounge with a fireplace, 24-hour fitness center tech lounge with Mac stations, dog spa and grooming lounge.

Location: It’s in Dilworth, steps away from Little Sugar Creek Greenway at 1351 E Morehead St.

Model 1 bedroom unit and full dog spa community amenity. Photos: Alexis Clinton

ARIUM FreeMoreWest | 1 bedroom | $1,310+

Size: 661 square feet

Unit features: open floor plan, stainless steel appliances, hardwood-inspired flooring, high ceilings, 10-foot ceilings, in-unit washer and dryers.

Community amenities: rooftop lounge, dog park, location, yoga and pilates Studio and game room. 

Location: In Ashley Park at 2024 Millerton Ave.

A renovated studio unit at ARIUM FreeMoreWest. Photos: Alexis Clinton

Cedar Flats | 1 bedroom | $1,373+

Size: 674 square feet

Unit features: open floor plans, private balcony, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, views of Uptown and spacious walk-in closets.

Community amenities: secured bike storage with bike pump and repair station, game lounge, prep kitchen, grilling lounge, fitness center and a resort-inspired pool.

Location: In Fourth Ward at 225 N Cedar St.

Model 1-bedroom apartment at Cedar Flats. Photos: Alexis Clinton

Bottom line: It might be worth living farther away from the center city to snag a larger one-bedroom.

  • If you want to cut costs, a roommate could help you avoid an $8,000 yearly “single’s tax” from living alone. 

More apartments around $1,300:

Blu at Northline: 1 bedroom, 675 square feet, $1,303+

Belmont At Tryon Apartments:  1 bedroom, 784 square feet, $1,245+

Park 2300: 1 bedroom, 630-740 square feet, $1,167+

Retreat At McAlpine Creek: 2 bedroom, 1,038 square feet, $1,390+

Galleria Village: 1 bedroom, 609-667 square feet, $1,296+

If money is not an object, go deeper: 44 best apartments in Charlotte, sorted by neighborhood


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