Apartment Hunting in Northern VA? Brace Yourself.

Here's how much average leases are going for in 13 of our area's priciest ZIP codes.

Just how expensive is it to rent a place in our neck of the woods? Pretty expensive.

RENTCafe, a nationwide apartment and house listing website, ranked the 50 most expensive ZIP codes for renters in Virginia as of May 2017 and found that quite a few of them (including the Top 5) happen to be in Arlington, McLean or Falls Church. In fact, some apartments in our area go for almost $1,000 more than the national average of $1,354 per month, according to research provided by Yardi Matrix, RENTCafe’s sister data-analysis company.

Arlington’s priciest rental ZIP code of all, which has leases averaging $2,348 per month, is on par with cities like Austin ($2,555), Denver ($2,038) and Seattle ($2,565) — although if it’s any consolation, it’s less expensive than Manhattan ($6,157) and San Francisco ($4,799).

The average rents in this story were calculated from the actual fees charged in apartment buildings with at least 50 units. The prices are reflective of apartments only; single-family home rentals and townhomes were excluded. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers as they pertain to the places we call home.


Munson Hill Towers on Leesburg Pike (website photo)

22041 (Falls Church)

Average rent: $1,521

Difference from national average: +$167

Statewide ranking: #44

This area includes the neighborhoods surrounding Bailey’s Crossroads (where Route 7 meets Columbia Pike) and parts of Lake Barcroft.

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