108 Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

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Starting at $741
Updated 5 hrs ago
The Randolph
200 4th St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$741
1 Bedroom
$1,057
2 Bedrooms
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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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Starting at $810
Updated 4 hrs ago
Ashley Square Apartments
5501 Aurora Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$810
2 Bedrooms
$1,050
Located just minutes from I-35 and off Merle Hay Road, community features landscaping, outdoor pool, picnic area and clubhouse. Units have fully-equipped kitchens, private patio/balcony and large closets.
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Starting at $699
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The Scott at East Village Apartments
700 E 5th St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$699
1 Bedroom
$799
2 Bedrooms
$899
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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Starting at $1,156
Updated 4 hrs ago
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$1,156
1 Bedroom
$1,392
2 Bedrooms
$1,798
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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Starting at $915
Updated 4 hrs ago
Flux
1400 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$915
1 Bedroom
$1,005
2 Bedrooms
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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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Starting at $1,278
Updated 4 hrs ago
Equitable
604 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,278
2 Bedrooms
$1,413
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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Starting at $790
Updated 4 hrs ago
Westchester Square
5528 Meredith Dr
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$790
2 Bedrooms
$900
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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Starting at $709
Updated 4 hrs ago
The Village at Westchester
5413 Aurora Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$709
2 Bedrooms
$724
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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Starting at $810
Updated 6 hrs ago
The Edge at Gray's Landing
406 SW 9th St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$810
1 Bedroom
$980
2 Bedrooms
$1,020
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.
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Starting at $850
Updated 4 hrs ago
The 4220 Grand Apartments
4220 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$850
3 Bedrooms
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Near parks and the Des Moines Art Center. This community features a green area with ample space, a sun deck and a pool. Located near universities and dining. A patio or balcony provided.
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Starting at $1,100
Updated 4 hrs ago
Ingersoll Towers
3662 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,100
3 Bedrooms
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A beautiful community near the area's best dining and shopping. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, sundeck and clubhouse. Apartments feature a private balcony and patio, large kitchen and updated appliances.
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Starting at $875
Updated 6 hrs ago
R & T Lofts
717 Locust St
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$875
1 Bedroom
$1,000
2 Bedrooms
$1,400
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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Starting at $900
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The 31st Street Apartments
500 31st St
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$900
A charming home near the downtown area and several universities. Large balconies and spacious layouts provided. On-site parking and laundry facilities. Pet-friendly. Near entertainment and shops.
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Starting at $985
Updated 4 hrs ago
Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$985
2 Bedrooms
$1,585
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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Starting at $877
Updated 1 hr ago
Metro Lofts
100 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$877
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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Starting at $820
Updated 10 days ago
Vine Street Lofts
101 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$921
2 Bedrooms
$820
This charming community is near Principal Park, Downtown Farmers' Market and Court Avenue District. Updated interiors with large windows and carpet. Spacious layouts. Onsite amenities include a community courtyard and underground, heated flooring.
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Starting at $685
Updated 5 days ago
Gray's Lake Apartments
2800 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$685
2 Bedrooms
$770
3 Bedrooms
$935
A good location near I-235 and area restaurants. On-site amenities include a large gym, outdoor green space, pool, and playground. Spacious interiors with modern updates and ample storage.
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Starting at $750
Updated 1 hr ago
2600 Kingman Blvd
2600 Kingman Blvd
Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$750
Starting at $730
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3013 Woodland Ave
3013 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$730
Starting at $1,395
Updated 7 hrs ago
809 Thornton Ave
809 Thornton Ave
Des Moines, IA
4 Bedrooms
$1,395
Starting at $1,095
Updated 9 hrs ago
400 E Locust St
400 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,095
Starting at $1,500
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1900 High St
1900 High St
Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
Starting at $1,075
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1900 High St
1900 High St
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$1,075
Starting at $1,195
Updated 1 day ago
611 Park Ave
611 Park Ave
Des Moines, IA
3 Bedrooms
$1,195

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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.

June 2018 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2018 Des Moines Rent Report. Des Moines rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Des Moines rental market, including comparisons to similar cities nationwide.

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