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All Seattle renters want is an affordable 1-BR in Capitol Hill

Zumper analyzed “several thousand calls and emails sent to Seattle listings this May” to determine the most popular neighborhoods and bedroom types desired by renters

Real estate site Zumper, who usually provides us with a city-wide median rent number each month, decided to figure out where exactly within Seattle people are most likely to try to rent and what kind of place they’re looking for.

Zumper analyzed “several thousand calls and emails sent to Seattle listings this May” to determine the most popular neighborhoods and bedroom types desired by renters.

With a median 1-BR rent of $1,790 right now, it looks like people are doing their best to find opportunities that are out there below that line. Understandably.

As far as where they’re looking, it’s a lot of the usual suspects.

1. Capitol Hill

2. Belltown

3. Lower Queen Anne

4. University District

5. South Lake Union

6. Ballard

7. Downtown

8. Wallingford

9. Central District

10. First Hill

When we asked Zumper what the difference was between the neighborhood interest, they said it was Capitol Hill and then everyone else. In fact, it was 11 percent higher than second-place Belltown in terms of inquiries.

We’re a little surprised not to see Fremont, Green Lake, or The Junction on the list but then again all of the neighborhoods on there also make a lot of sense. Many of the apartments listings we see, old and new, are located in one of these ten places.