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107 Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

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Last updated September 15 at 06:03pm
Somerset
56 Units Available
Somerset Apartments
6620 Southeast 5th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$700
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$775
857 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$975
1055 sqft
EXPERIENCE SOMERSET\nAN APARTMENT COMMUNITY OFFERING THE COMFORT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.\nMake Somerset Your Home.
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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Downtown Des Moines
29 Units Available
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St, Des Moines, IA
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1 Bedroom
$885
634 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,585
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Woodland Heights
5 Units Available
Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$853
619 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,690
954 sqft
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Downtown Des Moines
5 Units Available
Equitable
604 Locust St, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,283
839 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,543
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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Last updated September 15 at 06:58pm
Downtown Des Moines
6 Units Available
The Randolph
200 4th St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$719
381 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,259
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:27am
Downtown Des Moines
17 Units Available
R & T Lofts
717 Locust St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$925
670 sqft
1 Bedroom
$930
901 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:17am
Meredith
7 Units Available
Broadway Heights
4216 NE 50th St, Des Moines, IA
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1 Bedroom
$855
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$945
878 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Broadway Heights in Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated September 15 at 07:10pm
7 Units Available
Broadway Heights
4218 East 50th Street, Des Moines, IA
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1 Bedroom
$855
630 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$945
878 sqft
Broadway Heights has a wide array of floorplan options for you as you search for your next apartment home. We have one-, two-, and three-bedroom options which are sure to make you feel right at home.
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Last updated September 15 at 06:12pm
Downtown Des Moines
2 Units Available
5Fifty5
555 Southwest 7th Street, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$2,525
1965 sqft
DOWNTOWN EXECUTIVE LIVING. When you live at 5Fifty5 Executive Townhomes, it is like bringing the energy of downtown right into your home.
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Last updated September 15 at 06:22pm
Downtown Des Moines
6 Units Available
Rocket Transfer Lofts
320 Southwest 7th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$900
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,250
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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Last updated September 15 at 06:07pm
8 Units Available
Cityville on 9th
550 Southwest 9th Street, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$925
471 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,175
708 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,545
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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Last updated September 15 at 06:57pm
Downtown Des Moines
6 Units Available
The Vue
922 8th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,319
878 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,455
1099 sqft
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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Last updated September 15 at 07:06pm
Downtown Des Moines
4 Units Available
The Maxwell
915 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$975
457 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,340
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,777
1048 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at The Maxwell in Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated September 15 at 06:19pm
East Village
6 Units Available
Verve
225 E Center St, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,296
818 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,611
1154 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Verve in Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated September 16 at 12:26am
East Village
2 Units Available
Station 121
121 Southeast 12th Street, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,100
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,695
974 sqft
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
East Village
15 Units Available
The Scott at East Village Apartments
700 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$819
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$998
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$895
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Beaverdale
13 Units Available
Westchester Square
5528 Meredith Dr, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$905
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Beaverdale
16 Units Available
The Village at Westchester
5413 Aurora Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$740
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:21am
Watrous South
11 Units Available
Wakonda
1800 Watrous Ave, Des Moines, IA
Studio
$615
468 sqft
1 Bedroom
$715
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$780
765 sqft
Come home to Wakonda Village and Manor located in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Southwestern Hills
12 Units Available
Weston Park Apartments
4200 Park Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$755
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$798
920 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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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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Last updated September 16 at 12:16am
Downtown Des Moines
1 Unit Available
Income Restricted - Rumely Lofts
104 SW 4th St, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$820
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Drake
20 Units Available
Royal Oaks
2400 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$680
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$815
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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Last updated September 16 at 12:22am
Southwestern Hills
1 Unit Available
Park Avenue by Broadmoor
4400 Park Ave, Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$910
677 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Experience the best at Park Avenue by Broadmoor. Inside our spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes, you can make yourself at home and enjoy apartment living at its finest.
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Last updated September 13 at 02:58pm
Woodland Heights
5 Units Available
Four Seasons Apartments
3003 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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1 Bedroom
$730
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.

Average Rent in Des Moines

Last updated Aug. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Des Moines is $657, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $809.
Studio
$556
1 Bed
$657
2 Beds
$809
3+ Beds
$1,097
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.

September 2019 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2019 Des Moines Rent Report. Des Moines rents declined over the past month. 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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September 2019 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2019 Des Moines Rent Report. Des Moines rents declined over the past month. 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 decline sharply over the past month

Des Moines rents have declined 0.6% over the past month, but have been relatively flat in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Des Moines stand at $658 for a one-bedroom apartment and $810 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in June. Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.3%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

    Rents rising across cities in Iowa

    Throughout the past year, rents have remained steady in the city of Des Moines, but other cities across the entire state have seen rents increase. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in Iowa, 9 of them have seen prices rise. The state as a whole logged rent growth of 0.3% 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 $1,109; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, Ames, where a two-bedroom goes for $999, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.9%).
    • Ankeny, Urbandale, and West Des Moines have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (1.6%, 1.4%, and 1.2%, respectively).

    Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    Rent growth in Des Moines has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases. Des Moines is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

    • Des Moines' median two-bedroom rent of $810 is below the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Des Moines.
    • While rents in Des Moines remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Dallas (+2.0%), and New York (+1.7%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,089, $1,134, and $2,551 respectively.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,133, 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:

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    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.

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    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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