Ride On: Renters Willing to Pay More for Metro Access

  • January 3rd 2012

by Shilpi Paul

Ride On: Renters Willing to Pay More for Metro Access: Figure 1

Renters in DC are willing to pay almost 30 percent more for an apartment that is within walking distance of a Metro station than one that is not, The Washington Post reported via the CoStar Group earlier this week.

Costar analyzed rents in the area, trying to find out exactly how much more people were willing to shell out to be within walking distance of the Metro. The company compared the prices of two sets of apartments in the region; one group was within a half mile of a station, and the other was more than a half mile from a station.

From The Post:

Washingtonians have consistently paid more in rent to live within walking distance of a Metro stop, even throughout the recent downturn. In the District, apartments within walking distance of Metro command 28 percent more in rent than those farther from transit stations. In the Northern Virginia, Inner Beltway and Montgomery County submarkets, the premiums are even higher, both near 40 percent in the third quarter of 2011.

The study didn’t control for all the other factors that affect rent, like maintenance, safety, and proximity to action, but it seems like residents are willing to pay a premium to avoid the wild rages that sometimes accompany our high ranking traffic congestion.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/renters_willing_to_pay_more_for_metro_access/4839.

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