While there's no shortage of amazing places to live, actually choosing one is difficult. Luckily, the best neighborhoods in Detroit have great rental opportunities to fit just about every lifestyle. And you'll be deeply invested in your new neighborhood — like a true Detroiter should — before you know it.
Here are the 15 best neighborhoods in Detroit.
- Walk Score: 62/100
Bagley is a neighborhood that offers the best of many worlds. Located near University Park, along Livernois, you'll have access to amenities on the vibrant Avenue of Fashion, one of Detroit's top commercial strips. McNichols Road is another commercial center with bars and coffee shops. Local restaurants also abound, ranging from casual Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles to fine dining at Table No. 2.
Perfect for people who enjoy living and breathing Detroit's energy while paying reasonable prices, living in Bagley means quality amenities, a great location and no shortage of activities.
- Walk Score: 73/100
As the oldest Detroit neighborhood, Corktown has apartments with charm, character and an assortment of price points. Though a popular tourist destination for the shops, bars and restaurants located right on Michigan Avenue, this one strip is just a part of Corktown's appeal.
Leave Michigan Avenue behind and explore the cutest collection of mixed-era buildings as you make your way to Mudgie's for the tastiest sandwich in town. Other gathering spots locals flock to are Trumbull & Porter, a local and tourist hangout, and Batch Brewing Co., where they make elevated bar food and beer on site.
- Median 1-BR rent: $2,097
- Median 2-BR rent: $2,587
- Walk Score: 94/100
Almost overnight it seems as if Downtown Detroit transformed from a sleepy retail and business area to a thriving city center with new apartments steadily being developed, in both new and vintage buildings.
Some of the best parks are home to Downtown Detroit. That includes Spirit Plaza and Cadillac, and most museums like the Detroit Institute of Arts. With event spaces, restaurants and pubs on every street and the riverfront, there's no better place to live for those who move with the beat of the urban landscape (and who don't like to drive).
- Walk Score: 59/100
Warren Avenue bisects East English Village, a major street providing access to key bus lines that will easily take you into the downtown area and bike lanes aplenty. While community-strengthening redevelopment efforts are in progress, you can still visit the historic Alger Theatre and the classic Detroit bar Cadieux Café — the only place in the entire country where they offer feather bowling.
Heralded as one of the best neighborhoods in Detroit for years, East English Village has apartments for rent that are modest, well-maintained and affordable.
5. Gold Coast
- Median 1-BR rent: $699
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,652
- Walk Score: 62/100
Home to large apartment buildings, the Gold Coast sits along Detroit's riverfront outside of Downtown. Located next to everything, you have your pick of the best food, bars, venues and entertainment Detroit has to offer.
Along with amenities and activities, there are great schools and tons of parks so kids will always have something to keep them interested. In this densely populated area, you'll get the true urban experience and some amazing views from your living room window.
- Walk Score: 48/100
Jefferson-Chalmers is officially recognized as a National Treasure, which pretty much means it's one of the best neighborhoods in Detroit. A waterfront neighborhood, blocks of apartments line riverfront streets and even have backyard access to waterways that lead to the Detroit River and Lake Saint Clair.
A great place to hang out, Jefferson-Chalmers has a yacht club, amazing architecture, a fishing park, great shopping and more. Known for its business investment and community development, Jefferson-Chalmers is continually evolving and will remain a wonderful place to settle into.
- Walk Score: 84/100
East of Downtown, Lafayette Park is a historic neighborhood with the largest collection of buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe in the world. It's hailed for its progressive architecture and rare stability. It's one of the most important and successful urban renewal zones in the entire country.
Located near many activities, it's a short walk to Eastern Market and Downtown and a quick bike ride to the Riverfront. The area is dedicated to its residents, with some living there since its founding and newcomers who actively participate in the care of Lafayette Park.
- Walk Score: 93/100
Just outside of Downtown Detroit, Midtown is a neighborhood anchored by Wayne State University, nearby hospitals and the Detroit Institute of Arts. This is an ideal place to live if you relish having the ability to walk everywhere. You'll be near Comerica Park and Little Caesars Arena, venues for major sports teams and entertainment.
Adjacent to major areas of shopping and fine dining, it will be impossible to stay inside when Grey Ghost, City Bird and Bottom Line Coffee House are all within walking distance. A cultural district connecting major libraries and museums will also call Midtown home.
9. New Center
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,762
- Median 2-BR rent: $2,225
- Walk Score: 91/100
A lively neighborhood and business district, New Center is full of vibrancy and diversity, as well as first-rate shopping, dining and entertainment. Dominated by Fisher and Cadillac Place, formerly the General Motors building, it's an ideal place to work, play and live.
Living in New Center will also give you a special treat every Fourth of July weekend when Comerica TestFest occurs, a premier music and food festival. The streets of New Center transform completely as the music takes and good times take over.
10. Palmer Park
- Median 2-BR rent: $800
- Walk Score: 54/100
The apartment district in Palmer Park is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. This neighborhood is one of the few that's close to the action without breaking the bank. Apartments have eclectic architecture and many sit around Palmer Park, a gorgeous green space with walking paths, picnic areas and a fountain.
State Fairgrounds provides Palmer Park residents with a wide range of amenities and there are many bars, restaurants and brunch places springing up all the time to fall in love with.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,250
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,800
- Walk Score: 75/100
When living in Rivertown Warehouse District, you'll see freighters, kayaks and boats cruising on the Detroit River regularly. A neighborhood with mostly apartments and condos, the river is the backyard of most residents.
Adding to Rivertown Warehouse District's natural beauty are parks, outdoor spaces, greenways and the Riverwalk — Detroit's crowning achievement. The Riverwalk is three and a half miles long, offering incredible views of the skyline and river. It connects neighborhoods and an island, taking you through splash pads, fishing areas, beaches and parks.
- Median 1-BR rent: $725
- Median 2-BR rent: $825
- Walk Score: 59/100
Schulze is a strong neighborhood full of residents that know what makes their community great. It's perfect for young families and professionals who don't need proximity to the city. The Northwest Activities Center is the heart of Schulze, providing programming, events, activities and services to more than 300,000 visitors every year.
When living in this area, residents are serious about their block clubs as they keep residents in the know of everything happening in the area. Another Detroit neighborhood that aims to build and improve together, Schulze continues trending up.
- Walk Score: 70/100
A sprawling neighborhood, Southwest Detroit is a growing and very active area united by Mexicantown, a strip of businesses lined with bakeries, shops and restaurants so popular they constructed a shared street.
Vibrant murals cover the buildings and the streets spill over with people during the holidays, enhancing the neighborhood's already infectious vibe. Clark Park is also located in Southwest Detroit. It's one of the cleanest and most fun parks in the city and the city is planning additional park amenities.
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,160
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,725
- Walk Score: 59/100
Diverse, friendly and teeming with pride, Detroit's University District is a neighborhood of buildings with lavish architecture and elaborate marble and stone facades. Bound by Livernois Avenue, called The Avenue of Fashion by locals, there are boutiques,. But you'll see more art galleries and creatives spaces, with some even dubbing it Gallery Row.
Though near premier greenspaces, restaurants, parks, libraries and the Detroit Golf Club, University District is ideal for students, retirees and other residents who enjoy a quieter city lifestyle and enjoy access to high-quality amenities.
15. West Village
- Median 1-BR rent: $1,095
- Median 2-BR rent: $1,395
- Walk Score: 75/100
If you've never cared for walking the beaten path, West Village, located on the east side of the city, is the best neighborhood in Detroit for you. Primarily a residential area, West Village has apartments constructed from 1890 to 1920. And the stylings are Colonial, Mediterranean Revival and Tutor architecture.
Packed with local businesses, bars and restaurants for such a small area, West Village is where Detroit Vegan Soul, Belle Isle Pizza, Marrow Detroit and Sister Pie can all be found. Ripe for development, grabbing an apartment in this ever-evolving neighborhood is a good idea.
Find the Best Detroit Neighborhood for You
A special city in the country and the world, it's nearly impossible to choose where to move to when looking for apartments to rent in Detroit.
One thing is sure, when you do choose the best neighborhood in Detroit to make your new home, you'll be alongside some of the friendliest, most caring neighbors.