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64 apartments for rent near Des Moines, IA

Last updated February 26 at 10:23AM
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 25 at 3:27PM
Studio
$1,157
1 Bedroom
$1,263
2 Bedrooms
$1,957
Equitable
604 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 25 at 3:39PM
1 Bedroom
$1,111
2 Bedrooms
$1,476
3 Bedrooms
$4,375
Park Place
615 Park St
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 25 at 3:32PM
Studio
$948
1 Bedroom
$845
2 Bedrooms
$1,051
2118 Lay St
Garton West
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 16 at 10:59AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
2413 47th St
Beaverdale
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 23 at 9:34AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,025
3705 University Ave
Drake
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 26 at 10:23AM
1 Bedroom
$610
632 39th St
North of Grand
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 26 at 10:22AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
1625 Oakland Ave
River Bend
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 26 at 10:23AM
1 Bedroom
$645
3304 Madison Ave
Beaverdale
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 23 at 12:54PM
2 Bedrooms
$1,095
721 Grandview Ave
Union Park
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 26 at 2:02AM
3 Bedrooms
$995
1050 21st St
Carpenter
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 23 at 9:30AM
1 Bedroom
$600
1429 E Madison Ave
Highland Park
Des Moines, IA
Updated October 27 at 1:42AM
Studio
$750
2709 Cornell St
Union Park
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 23 at 12:53PM
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
1135 28th St 1
Carpenter
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 23 at 12:55PM
1 Bedroom
$650
1431 E 19th St
Capitol East
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 10 at 11:08AM
3 Bedrooms
$925
6305 SW 12th St
Watrous South
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 24 at 10:25AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,100
3708 Village Run Drive
Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 10 at 11:08AM
5 Bedrooms
$2,095
810 East Lacona Avenue
Indianola Hills
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 16 at 10:58AM
2 Bedrooms
$715
2705 E 36th Ct
Douglas Acres
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 25 at 1:50AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,075
4605 Hubbell Ave
Des Moines
Des Moines, IA
Updated February 24 at 10:24AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,250
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City Guide
Des Moines
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.