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Last updated July 22 2019 at 3:41 AM

141 Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

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Downtown Des Moines
Beaverdale
Drake
Watrous South
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Woodland Heights
17 Units Available
Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$879
619 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Community has bike storage, electric car charging, and outdoor pool. Apartments feature large closets, quartz countertops, and nine-foot ceilings. Close to the Raccoon River and Chamberlain Park.
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Downtown Des Moines
5 Units Available
The Randolph
200 4th St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,182
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,464
1525 sqft
A restored historical building. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, WiFi community spaces, and a grand restored lobby. Apartments offer in-unit washer and dryers, black appliances, large historic windows, and designer cabinetry.
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Downtown Des Moines
16 Units Available
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,071
634 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,838
1080 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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Downtown Des Moines
4 Units Available
Flux
1400 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$1,105
370 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,037
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,675
919 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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Downtown Des Moines
10 Units Available
Equitable
604 Locust St, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,191
839 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,522
1197 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Excellent downtown location close to Cowles Commons. Luxurious apartments include laundry, patios or balconies, and granite counters. Community offers 24-hour maintenance, dog park, parking, gym and more.
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East Village
2 Units Available
Verve
225 E Center St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$1,100
515 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,125
771 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Industrial apartments constructed on the banks of the Des Moines River give residents the ability to deconstruct life and define how they want to live.
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East Village
1 Unit Available
Station 121
121 Southeast 12th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,100
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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NEW DOWNTOWN LIVING\nStation 121 showcases historic elements such as exposed brick, concrete floors, 2-story units, unique skylights and executive finishes throughout the 26 differing floorplans.
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Downtown Des Moines
3 Units Available
5Fifty5
555 Southwest 7th Street, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$2,020
1965 sqft
DOWNTOWN EXECUTIVE LIVING. When you live at 5Fifty5 Executive Townhomes, it is like bringing the energy of downtown right into your home.
Verified
7 Units Available
Cityville on 9th
550 Southwest 9th Street, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$905
471 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,105
708 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,555
1092 sqft
CITYVIEW readers voted Cityville on 9th as the best local apartment community in Des Moines to start 2018! Living in a downtown Des Moines apartment allows residents access to top attractions, entertainment and culture.
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Downtown Des Moines
3 Units Available
Rocket Transfer Lofts
320 Southwest 7th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$900
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,225
1103 sqft
HISTORIC LOFT LIVING IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES\nLive just minutes from your favorite downtown places at Rocket Transfer Lofts, a former warehouse that has been renovated into trendy lofts with amazing amenities. Urban living at its finest!
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East Village
1 Unit Available
Velocity
200 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,250
892 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Tailored to you. Standing on the banks of the Des Moines River, Velocity Apartments provide residents a chance to accelerate life and define how they want to live it.
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Downtown Des Moines
4 Units Available
Carbon 550
550 Watson Powell Jr Way, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,525
1061 sqft
COMING EARLY 2019 - CARBON 550 - A ONE-OF-A-KIND APARTMENT COMMUNITY LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DES MOINES RIGHT NEXT TO THE WELLMARK YMCA.
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Downtown Des Moines
2 Units Available
The Vue
922 8th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,195
856 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,475
1085 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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This is the VUE. Make This VUE Yours. We have one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments located just north of Downtown.
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Southwestern Hills
11 Units Available
Weston Park Apartments
4200 Park Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$825
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$825
920 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,105
1065 sqft
Welcome home to Weston Park Apartments in Des Moines, Iowa! Our ideal Southwest Des Moines location is perfect for people who enjoy a short commute to downtown Des Moines, but still treasure a quiet, comfortable atmosphere.
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Watrous South
7 Units Available
Wakonda
1800 Watrous Ave, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$705
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$790
765 sqft
Come home to Wakonda Village and Manor located in Des Moines, Iowa.
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East Village
17 Units Available
The Scott at East Village Apartments
700 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$681
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$873
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$836
723 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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Beaverdale
8 Units Available
Westchester Square
5528 Meredith Dr, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$820
753 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$910
982 sqft
Just a few minutes from dining and entertainment. Outstanding amenities including a pool and ample green space. Apartments feature a fireplace, closets and a private balcony. Appliance packages provided.
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Beaverdale
28 Units Available
The Village at Westchester
5413 Aurora Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$700
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$700
1074 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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Woodland Heights
6 Units Available
Four Seasons Apartments
3003 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$645
500 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$805
925 sqft
Four Seasons is located in the middle of Greater Des Moines which means we are about 10 minutes from anywhere in the Greater Des Moines area.
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Drake
20 Units Available
Royal Oaks
2400 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$725
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$845
720 sqft
The Hickman Flats Community features studio, 1 and 2 bedroom homes at an affordable price point; offering comfort, quality, and location that allows residents to settle in with ease.
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Downtown Des Moines
17 Units Available
R & T Lofts
717 Locust St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$875
670 sqft
1 Bedroom
$899
901 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,385
1165 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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Downtown Des Moines
1 Unit Available
Income Restricted - Rumely Lofts
104 SW 4th St, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$808
778 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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A historically charming building near area amenities. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, media center, and community room. Spacious, updated interiors with large windows, high ceilings, and stained concrete flooring.
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Downtown Des Moines
2 Units Available
Metro Lofts
100 2nd Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$896
970 sqft
In the Court Avenue District near the best dining and nightlife. On-site fitness center, underground parking and computer learning center. Close to the bus station, playgrounds and parks.
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Downtown Des Moines
29 Units Available
The Edge at Gray's Landing
406 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$800
456 sqft
1 Bedroom
$912
676 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,051
910 sqft
Located in the downtown area. Onsite amenities include a coffee bar, outdoor grill area, fitness center, and community garden. Homes offer large windows, beautiful cabinetry, low flow toilets, and energy efficiency throughout.

Average Rent in Des Moines

Last updated Jun. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Des Moines is $664, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $818.
Studio
$561
1 Bed
$664
2 Beds
$818
3+ Beds
$1,108
City GuideDes Moines
Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines and the surrounding 'burbs are home to 58 neighborhoods, each with its own set of assets. So where should you begin your apartment hunt?

The Neighborhoods

Downtown Des Moines sits squarely on the banks of the Des Moines River, it is home to the Des Moines Metro Opera and Civic Center, and, obviously, it is the major commercial center of the city. But downtown Des Moines contains some surprising housing options for the Midwestern urbanite. For instance, the historical neighborhood of East Village has a wide variety of mixed-use condominiums and lofts in both new construction and older, renovated buildings. East Village is no misnomer, as this trendy enclave is home to a strip of restaurants and bars along Court Avenue similar to ones found in its New York City counterpart.

Western Des Moines

Sherman Hill and Beaverdale may be the neighborhoods for you. These regions are full of older homes and apartment buildings, though there are various area bars and restaurants. Adjacent to Beaverdale, there's the neighborhood of Drake.

The 'Burbs and Far-flung Des Moines

Des Moines' many suburbs ring the city from all sides and provide alternatives to city living. The suburb of West Des Moines has an abundance of rentals close to the premier regional shopping center, Jordan Creek Town Center. Southside Des Moines is a developing area that has large, affordable rentals and a plethora of shopping centers.

Rental Tips

Let's get down to brass tacks, but don't worry, these brass tacks are probably the nicest ones you'll ever meet. Kiplinger has ranked Des Moines number seven in its best cities of 2010 guide. What does this mean for you? Well, renting in Des Moines is a process as friendly as the people you will encounter in your new hometown. Though most realtors recommend starting your apartment hunt 60 to 90 days before your move in date, the wide variety of housing options and extensive vacancies make it fairly easy to find an apartment that suits your needs.

What about cost?

Well, once you've left the downtown area--where rent is generally $100-200 above average--prices for rentals are pretty much standard across all neighborhoods. Expect to pay between $500-600 a month for a one bedroom and between $750-900 a month for a two bedroom. Larger and newly renovated apartments may cost slightly more, but overall Des Moines' apartment pricing system is pretty much the same.

Apartments and Duplexes and Condos, Oh My!

The type of rental you're looking for will determine whether or not you need to seek a realtor's services. No surprise, each neighborhood of Des Moines--with the exception of downtown--has rental opportunities in apartments, single-family homes, condos and duplexes. Real estate agents provide the best access to larger apartment buildings, condominiums and town houses. The high-end lofts and condominiums of downtown Des Moines are brokered by realtors and management companies. However, smaller apartment buildings, single-family home rentals and duplexes are frequently rented without the aid of a real estate agent, through rental websites and newspapers.

The Dotted Line

Before you can put your John Hancock on a lease agreement, most realtors and landlords require an apartment application, a processing fee of $20-$35 and a credit check. Be prepared to sign a lease of one year to 18 months and pay a security deposit, as well as first and last month's rent.

Commuting and Public Transportation

Des Moines is the home of the touted "19-minute commute," as locals claim that the drive time to downtown from almost anywhere in the metropolitan area can be done in 19 minutes or less. Great news for drivers, but the carless, too, can get around relatively easily. There are over 300-miles of bike trails and on-street bike lanes throughout the city. The extensive bus system, known to locals by the acronym DART, can get you to all of the major neighborhoods of metropolitan Des Moines for $1.75 one way. In addition to short drive times and an extensive bus route, the D-line bus--a free old timey trolley--services the downtown area weekdays every 10 minutes until 6:00 PM.

July 2019 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2019 Des Moines Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

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July 2019 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2019 Des Moines Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the state and nation.

Des Moines rents increase sharply over the past month

Des Moines rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, but are down slightly by 0.3% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Des Moines stand at $660 for a one-bedroom apartment and $820 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across cities in Iowa

    While rent decreases have been occurring in the city of Des Moines over the past year, cities in the rest of the state are seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 6 of the largest 10 cities in Iowa for which we have data. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.1% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the state.

    • Looking throughout the state, Iowa City is the most expensive of all Iowa's major cities, with a median two-bedroom rent of $1,130; of the 10 largest Iowa cities that we have data for, 4 have seen rents fall year-over-year, with Ames experiencing the fastest decline (-1.1%).
    • West Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa City have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.2%, 1.0%, and 0.3%, respectively).

    Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have fallen slightly in Des Moines, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Des Moines is also more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Des Moines' median two-bedroom rent of $820 is below the national average of $1,190. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 0.3% decline in Des Moines.
    • While rents in Des Moines fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Dallas (+1.9%), and Atlanta (+1.8%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,100, which is more than three-and-a-half times the price in Des Moines.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

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