Almost 90% of new metro Phoenix apartments are luxury, requiring hefty rents
Metro Phoenix’s apartment boom is a pricey one.
About 87 percent of all the new rental complexes to go up in the Valley in 2017 and this year are luxury apartments, according to new survey.
Renters looking for apartments they can afford in the Phoenix area won’t be surprised by that statistic. Many of the new complexes to dot central Phoenix and Scottsdale come with rents of higher than $1,500 a month — that’s a mortgage payment for many of us.
Metro Phoenix ranks in the top one-third of U.S. cities for the most luxury apartment construction in recent years, according national apartment research and listing firm RENTCafe.
Renters looking for new, affordable apartments do have it tougher in Las Vegas and St. Louis, where 100 percent of all the new complexes to go up since the end of 2016 have been luxury properties.
RENTCafe defines luxury as complexes considered class B+ properties or better. Rents at class A, the highest-end complexes, are typically much higher than an area’s average apartment rent.
Rents still climbing
Apartment rent increases slowed down a bit in the Valley this year, due to more competition from the new complexes.
But the average rent for a Phoenix two-bedroom apartment still climbed 2.6 percent over the past year. That’s almost three times the national average increase, according to another national researcher, ApartmentList.
And Valley apartment rents climbed rapidly at not only new complexes but also older ones during the past few years.
Valley rents by city
A look at median rents for a two-bedroom apartment, and how much costs have increased in the past year:
Catherine Reagor, Arizona Republic
- Gilbert: $1,420, up almost 3.5 percent.
- Peoria: $1,400, up 4.2 percent.
- Surprise: $1,360, up 1 percent.
- Chandler: $1,360, up 3.9 percent.
- Scottsdale: $1,300, up 2.6 percent.
- Avondale: $1,220, up 1.4 percent.
- Tempe: $1,160, up 3.5 percent.
- Glendale: $1,130, up 3 percent.
- Mesa: $1,080, up 2.7 percent.
- Phoenix: $1,050, up 2.6 percent.