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Last updated February 5 2023 at 5:17 AM

549 Short-term Apartments for rent in Ankeny, IA

Finding a short-term apartment in Ankeny takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job... Read Guide >
The Sterling at Prairie Trail Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,006
553 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,042
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,325
1098 sqft
Welcome home. You’re going to love it here. The Sterling at Prairie Trail is a community unlike any other neighborhood in Ankeny, Iowa and is right down the road from the community’s vibrant new development known as The District at Prairie Trail. If you’ve never been to The District, it’s “hip urban vibe” meets “small town, Iowa nice.” We’re different than other communities. We put our people first – our residents, our employees and our commitment to be the best. At The Sterling, you’ll find everything is delivered with a personal touch because we want you to enjoy living here, all while feeling safe and a part of a big family. We offer quality amenities and regular activity options, so there is always an opportunity to try new things, get involved in the community and meet new people.
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Redwood Ankeny Photo Gallery 1
1 of 4
2 Bedrooms
$1,653
1294 sqft
Apartments just off State Street near Westside Park and Saylorville Lake. Pet-friendly units with attached garages, full-size washer and dryer connections, and large walk-in closets.
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Woodland Reserve Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$981
796 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,170
1171 sqft
APARTMENTS OF MODERN LUXURY Your new home is waiting for you at Woodland Reserve. With one, two, and three bedroom apartments for rent in a bustling neighborhood of Ankeny, IA, we have the perfect option for you. Each of our pet-friendly apartments is stacked with modern luxuries to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. Our excellent shared amenities give you ways to engage with your community and create a routine that helps you thrive.
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Lake Shore Photo Gallery 1
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Studio
$1,004
665 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,087
705 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,355
1110 sqft
Welcome to Lake Shore apartment homes! We offer spacious studios, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom apartment homes located in Ankeny. We provide quality and comfort with an unbeatable location. And we have a variety of amenities you'll love! Lake Shore is the perfect place to call home! Call today to schedule a tour, we'd love to show you around our beautiful community.
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Results within 5 miles of Ankeny
The Scott at East Village Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 51
Studio
$786
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$887
525 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,073
891 sqft
A charming community near I-235 and Downtown Des Moines. Open-concept apartments with larger kitchens and on-site laundry. Newly renovated. Walk to area shopping and dining. Smart home tech packages available.
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Mansions at Hemingway Photo Gallery 1
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2 Bedrooms
$1,470
1070 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,715
1370 sqft
Mansions at Hemingway offers all the comforts of home in a pristine setting that can't be beaten. It's time you pampered yourself with the lifestyle you have always deserved. Our warm and inviting apartments for rent are nestled in beautiful Johnston, Iowa, where everything you love is just a short drive away. We are conveniently located near local shopping, dining, and recreational parks. We offer six floor plans with one, two, and three bedroom options that are creatively designed with luxurious amenities to enhance your style of living. Our fully-equipped kitchens, breakfast bar, central air and heating, fireplace, personal balcony or patio, in-home washer and dryer, and walk-in closets are just some of the fantastic features you will find at Mansions at Hemingway. These residences are sure to inspire and delight, and we are a pet-friendly environment, so bring the whole family! Become a resident and gain access to all the wonderful community amenities and services we provide. Enjoy some fun on the basketball court, shimmering swimming pool, tanning salon, on-site dog park, clubhouse, and fitness center. We also offer online rent payments, business center, corporate housing, attached garages, on-site management, and beautiful landscaping. Call us today and see why Mansions at Hemingway apartments is the best-kept secret in Johnston, IA!
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Cadence Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
15 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,118
737 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,375
1040 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,721
1347 sqft
With 30 different floor plans to choose from, you're bound to find just what you're looking for in Cadence apartments. Whether you're looking for a one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartment, we have something for everyone. Come browse our photo gallery and see our contemporary, open-concept apartments or book a tour so that you can get a better feel of how our community and apartment amenities will fit your lifestyle.
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Golf View Apartment Homes Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$870
668 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,053
1129 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,228
1268 sqft
Make your way through the photo gallery of our 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments at Golf View. Our affordable homes are thoughtfully crafted to provide you with the best that Pleasant Hill, IA, has to offer. Enjoy in-home features like Walk-In Closets and convenient community amenities such as a Swimming Pool. Each Golf View Apartment unit has hardwood laminate flooring, a gas fireplace, a full-size washer and dryer, walk-in closets, a private balcony or deck and more. They are available in one, two and three-bedroom units and are ready for move-in. Reserve your apartment today!
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The Emory Altoona Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,190
756 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,410
1019 sqft
Welcome to The Emory, a modern community of Altoona apartments located conveniently near Des Moines. Each of our one, two and three bedroom apartments feature stylish finishes and convenient features that make The Emory your ideal place to call home. Along with our impressive homes, our residents enjoy unbeatable amenities. Dive into our sparkling pool, head to our 24-hour fitness center or achieve a sun-kissed glow in one of our tanning beds. Our clubhouse also includes a resident lounge where you can relax with friends and neighbors around your schedule. Conveniently located near major highways, including US Route 65 and I-235, its easy to explore the neighborhood. Whether you want to go fishing at Prairie Heritage Park, head to the racetrack at Prairie Meadows or make your way to downtown Des Moines, you're sure to find entertainment. Call us to learn more information about The Emory today.
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The Village at Westchester Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$770
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$780
748 sqft
A unique space on 23 acres of park-like land. Onsite amenities include a pool and sundeck. Fireplaces available. Within the Johnston School District. Apartments offer large closets and spacious layouts.
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Riverwood Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$895
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$963
880 sqft
This community is ideally located near University Avenue in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. It is within walking distance of Hy-Vee and a scenic bike trail! Residents of Riverwood will enjoy beautiful hardwood laminate flooring, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and other amenities! Make your way through the photo gallery of our 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments at Riverwood. Our affordable homes are thoughtfully crafted to provide you with the best that Pleasant Hill, IA, has to offer. Enjoy in-home features like a fireplace and convenient community amenities such as a clubhouse. See our beautiful apartment community near Walmart for yourself. Schedule an in-person tour today.
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Results within 10 miles of Ankeny
Affordable Housing - Prairie Winds Photo Gallery 1
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Affordable Housing
2 Bedrooms
$915
800 sqft
Prairie Winds participates in an affordable housing program. Household income & student status limitations apply. The household income is based on GROSS annual income (before any deductions) earned from all sources including; wages, social security payments, public assistance, pensions, annuities, interest income, dividends, stocks, bonds, insurance settlements, recurring gifts from family/friends, lottery winnings, etc. The property has a minimum household income requirement of 2.5 times the monthly rent amount to qualify. Third-party verification will be required of all income and copies of tax returns and pay stubs may be required. Total household income must be UNDER the following limits based on household size: - 1 Occupant: $41,400 - 2 Occupants: $47,280 - 3 Occupants: $53,220 - 4 Occupants: $59,100 A beautiful community with a great management team, only minutes away from Downtown at a fraction of the price! Our 2 bedroom apartments feature walk-in closets, spacious living areas, an in-home washer & dryer (select homes), a walkout patio or balcony & more. All of our apartment homes include free heat and Wi-Fi. Our location can't be beat as we are conveniently located on the South East side of Des Moines, within walking distance of River Woods Elementary School! Prairie Winds (Affordable Housing) is the place you'll love to call home. *Prairie Winds participates in an affordable housing program. Household income & student status limitations apply. Please call for more details.
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R & T Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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Verified
30 Units Available
Studio
$875
590 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,075
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,420
1166 sqft
Loft-style apartments with 18- to 20-foot ceilings in historic Register and Tribune building. Walking distance to the Des Moines Civic Center or Iowa Events Center in Downtown Des Moines, with nearby public transit options.
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Velocity Photo Gallery 1
1 of 22
Verified
13 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,324
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,685
1110 sqft
Welcome to Velocity, our community of gorgeous apartments in the East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, IA. Between our studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, there’s a floor plan tailored just for you. We’ve designed our apartments with large windows - perfect for checking out the city views and letting in a plethora of natural light.
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The Residences at River View Photo Gallery 1
1 of 39
Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,022
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,419
910 sqft
Welcome to The Residences at River View, an apartment community where you can take in the beauty of nature and the beauty of the downtown Des Moines, all in the same breath. Whether you're riding your bike along the iconic Des Moines River Trail, sipping a cocktail along Locust Street or grilling out on our gorgeous rooftop deck, you will find the life you deserve at The Residences at River View! Our modern apartment homes offer sleek lines and cozy finishes. From the wood-plank flooring to the black stainless apliances and oversized closets, each of our 1- and 2-bedrom apartments was created with you in mind! Find your perfect fit today, and apply online to start living your life at River View.
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SaddleBrook Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,070
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,320
1035 sqft
Modern apartments in a friendly residential community. Located between the Urbandale Public Library and North Karen Acres Park. Furnished homes have ovens, laundry facilities and garbage disposals. Media room, parking and swimming pool. Near I-80.
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Flux Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
Verified
17 Units Available
Studio
$1,067
380 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,164
542 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,779
952 sqft
This newly constructed community features open layouts, nine-foot ceilings, and lots of storage. Cool, modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances. On-site rooftop lounge, outdoor courtyard, and stunning views of the city.
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Rocket Transfer Lofts Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$995
721 sqft
Rocket Transfer Lofts is a former Hawkeye Transfer Company warehouse that was constructed in 1902 and converted into renovated loft apartments in 2013. All 1 and 2-bedroom floor plans feature modern finishes, walk-in closets, and original architectural elements such as exposed brick and duct work to create a unique reminder of the buildings warehouse roots. Our convenient location is only moments away from several downtown Des Moines employers, Principal Park, and a variety of local shops and eateries. Our community amenities include a fitness center, business center, and rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the Des Moines skyline and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a personalized tour!
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Canary Lofts Photo Gallery 1
1 of 35
Studio
$875
330 sqft
Experience modern living in the brand new Canary Lofts, located at the heart of the energetic Drake neighborhood. Based on a design-led aesthetic and commitment to modern simplicity, our apartments are functional, luxurious and bathed in natural light. Surrounded by great bars, restaurants and retail, Canary Lofts is more than a place to call home. Our convenient location has something for everyone, with dining, unique shops and entertainment just a short walk away.
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Allure at 141 Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$1,020
870 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,175
932 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,400
1175 sqft
Special! $300 off of the first 3 months of a 3rd-floor unit! Apply today! Discover exceptional apartment living at The Allure at 141. Our luxury apartments are now open in Grimes, Iowa. Our ideal location will put you in the heart of everything you need, with shopping, eateries, and local parks just minutes away. With easy access to IA-141, The Allure at 141 will provide limitless opportunities to experience the history and excitement of Polk County. Our apartments are being designed with contemporary features to enhance your lifestyle. Residents will be able to choose from a selection of studio to three bedroom floor plans. A modern touch will distinguish every home with sleek plank flooring, energy-efficient layouts, walk-in closets, and elegant kitchens complete with black appliances. A unique blend of refined style and quality will make The Allure at 141 the perfect place to call home. Indulge in the riches of life at The Allure at 141 apartments in Grimes, IA. We are crafting our community to be a place of relaxation and enjoyment. Our team is dedicated to catering to all of your needs. Your furry friends will be welcome, so be sure to bring them along to our pet-friendly community. Be a part of the excitement and join our interest list today! Your new home will be waiting at The Allure at 141.
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LINC Photo Gallery 1
1 of 36
Verified
25 Units Available
Studio
$968
505 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,265
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
1100 sqft
Welcome to LINC at Gray's Station, the beautiful apartment community in downtown Des Moines' newest neighborhood. Connected to everything the city has to offer, our 1-3 bedroom floor plans will make you feel right at home!
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Rowat Lofts Photo Gallery 1
1 of 80
Verified
12 Units Available
Studio
$915
483 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,335
752 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,520
982 sqft
Housed on the former site of the Rowat Cut Stone and Marble Factory, Rowat Lofts celebrates the tradition and innovation unique to Des Moines' East Village. Here, ambitious trendsetters enjoy bright open-concept apartments. Modern-industrial common spaces include rooftop decks, a fitness center, and an outdoor courtyard. Rowat's central location offers walkable access to entertainment and nightlife, award-winning restaurants, and riverfront events. Come dwell on the edge at Rowat Lofts.
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Confluence on 3rd Photo Gallery 1
1 of 40
Verified
6 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$1,337
596 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,764
1018 sqft
Conveniently located next to Des Moines passenger depot. Luxurious resort-style community features 24-hour gym, car wash area, parking, and pool. Well-appointed units include dishwasher, garbage disposal, and hardwood floors.
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Somerset Apartments Photo Gallery 1
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1 Bedroom
$805
672 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$890
806 sqft
With one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available, we have a layout perfect for both individuals and families of all sizes. Enjoy an abundance of natural light and new appliances in select units. Take some time to relax or exercise in our swimming pool and 24/7 fitness center. You’ll also love the benefit of having laundry facilities on every floor and a playground for the kids to enjoy.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent for a short-term apartment in Ankeny?

Rental prices for short-term apartments in Ankeny range from $950 to $2,050 per month.

How many short-term apartments are available for rent in Ankeny?

Currently, there are 4 short-term apartments available for rent in Ankeny.

How can I find a cheap apartment in Ankeny?

You can find the lowest-priced apartments in Ankeny by using the cheap apartments filter.
City Guide for Ankeny, IA

Welcome to Ankeny, a friendly Iowa town with a lot to offer in terms of apartments rental options. Now let’s start sifting through these classifieds so we can find you the home of your dreams!

Ankeny is located about 10 miles north of Des Moines and is largely considered a suburb of the city. Ankeny’s primary industry is centered on the John Deere plant located in the southwest portion of town. Additionally, many Ankeny residents commute to the economic center of Des Moines for work.

Ankeny is very suburban in the sense that it has seen a lot of development in the past 50 or so years. There’s a small historical district located in the city center, with a few mom and pop type shops and older homes, but the majority of the city has been developed since the 1960s. This means that there are plenty of newer apartment complexes, condominiums and townhomes for your renting pleasure. It also means that most of your shopping, dining and nightlife will happen in big box stores and chain restaurants located in the malls and shopping centers of Ankeny. Don’t fret, though! If you’re looking for independently owned shops and restaurants, you’re just a 15-minute drive from Des Moines.

The center of town is located at the intersection of Ankeny Boulevard and 1st Street. These two roads divide the town into quadrants, with each quadrant having its own unique character. The type of rental you want will probably determine which section of town you end up in.

The southern portions of town are where you’ll see some of the older 1960s development. Affordable apartment complexes and the occasional rental home are typically what you’ll find available. The southeastern portion of town generally has more rentals, but you can find the odd apartment on the west side, as well. Two bedroom properties in this area tend to range from $500-$700 per month.

There’s plenty of newer development in the northern part of town. Here, you’ll find a lot of townhomes, newer apartment complexes and condominiums, particularly in the area around Saylorville Lake. Many of these newer apartments offer great amenities, including swimming pools, gyms and clubhouses. Additionally, these developments will usually offer more in the way of flexible leases, studio apartments and furnished apartments for rent. Two bedrooms in the north skew on the slightly more expensive side than southern rentals, generally ranging from $600-$800.

You shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a pet-friendly apartment in Ankeny, either. Though some rentals may have limitations on the number or size of pets, you can frequently find apartments that will accept furry friends of all kinds. Remember to ask your landlord prior to signing the lease to avoid any hairy situations (sorry, we couldn’t resist).

So welcome to Ankeny, dear Internet renter! Enjoy all the suburban comforts this Des Moines area city has to offer! See more

What to keep in mind when looking for short-term apartments in Ankeny, IA

Finding a short-term apartment in Ankeny takes some leg work to find the right location, price point, and lease terms. You may need to rent a short-term apartment due to a new job, a relationship change, or to explore a new city before committing to staying. Whatever the reason, short-term apartments can provide the flexibility that traditional leases don’t.

Before signing a rental agreement or short-term apartment lease, study all of the details thoroughly. Renters usually have more restrictions and rules to follow when renting a short-term apartment. For starters, you usually can’t make modifications like painting or hanging pictures.

Short-term apartments are ideal for flexibility, but also don’t protect the renter long-term. You could face the possibility of rent increases on a monthly basis. The landlord could also decline to renew your lease and leave you looking for another short-term rental.

If your main priority is flexibility, a short-term apartment is an ideal situation. However, ensure that you fully understand the rental agreement terms before signing.