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104 Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

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16 Units Available
Verve
225 E Center St
Des Moines, IA | East Village
Studio
$895
515 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,195
782 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,495
1162 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:02 PM
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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9 Units Available
Broadway Heights
4216 East 50th Street
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$860
629 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$950
901 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,160
1128 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:38 PM
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10 Units Available
The Vue
922 8th Street
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,295
856 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,493
1104 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,715
1396 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:26 PM
Welcome to Vue Apartments! Start exploring our community that is located in Des Moines by viewing our floor plans, amenites, photos & neighborhood!
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42 Units Available
LINC
210 Southwest 11th Street
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,299
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,595
1257 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,295
1445 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:38 PM
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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9 Units Available
Broadway Heights
4282 E. 50th St
Des Moines, IA | Meredith
1 Bedroom
$860
629 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$950
901 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,160
1128 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:23 PM
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12 Units Available
The Randolph
200 4th St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$734
381 sqft
1 Bedroom
$867
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 20 at 06:05 PM
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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18 Units Available
Des Moines Building
405 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$875
438 sqft
1 Bedroom
$938
676 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,635
1059 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:12 PM
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6 Units Available
Rocket Transfer Lofts
320 Southwest 7th Street
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$962
736 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 20 at 06:06 PM
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4 Units Available
Court Avenue Lofts
308 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$835
721 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$995
1005 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:03 PM
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11 Units Available
Somerset Apartments
6620 Southeast 5th Street
Des Moines, IA | Somerset
1 Bedroom
$725
674 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$760
894 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 20 at 06:08 PM
AN APARTMENT COMMUNITY OFFERING THE COMFORT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR.An apartment community in Des Moines offering the comfort you have been looking for.
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9 Units Available
14Forty
1440 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$926
639 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,179
926 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:07 PM
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4 Units Available
The Maxwell
915 Mulberry St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$833
477 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,530
1019 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:35 PM
Maxwell offers urban, modern luxury in the heart of Downtown Des Moines.
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5 Units Available
Station 121
121 Southeast 12th Street
Des Moines, IA | East Village
Studio
$980
526 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,322
645 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,262
989 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:23 PM
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201 Units Available
Flats on 5th
7109 Southeast 5th Street
Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$912
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,083
992 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 05:52 PM
Flats on 5th is West Des Moines' newest and best housing development. The Flats offers premium amenities and a convenient location to shopping, dining and nightlife without the premium price tag! We are now open and scheduling appointments!
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176 Units Available
District at 6th
201 Southeast 6th Street
Des Moines, IA | East Village
Studio
$925
578 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,100
887 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,615
1052 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 05:52 PM
In-person & virtual tour options now available! District @ 6th is Des Moines' newest and best apartment community.
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24 Units Available
R & T Lofts
717 Locust St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$875
676 sqft
1 Bedroom
$950
909 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,535
1246 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 05:52 PM
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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6 Units Available
Bici Flats
1405 Southeast 1st Street
Des Moines, IA | McKinley School - Columbus Park
1 Bedroom
$943
665 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,243
945 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:35 PM
Welcome to Bici Flats - a fabulous property offering urban living in downtown Des Moines.
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27 Units Available
Rowat Lofts
601 E Vine Street
Des Moines, IA
Studio
$854
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$930
612 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,080
846 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:35 PM
NOW OPEN—EAST VILLAGE! 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.
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35 Units Available
Confluence on 3rd
103 SW 3rd St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$930
634 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,405
1080 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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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14 Units Available
Hickman Flats
2400 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA | Drake
1 Bedroom
$725
575 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$825
720 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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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21 Units Available
Soll
2301 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA | Woodland Heights
1 Bedroom
$895
619 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,360
954 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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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8 Units Available
Flux
1400 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
Studio
$860
370 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,190
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,575
919 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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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10 Units Available
The Scott at East Village Apartments
700 E 5th St
Des Moines, IA | East Village
Studio
$811
357 sqft
1 Bedroom
$872
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$906
723 sqft
Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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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18 Units Available
Equitable
604 Locust St
Des Moines, IA | Downtown Des Moines
1 Bedroom
$1,097
839 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,333
1197 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated October 20 at 06:34 PM
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.

Median Rent in Des Moines

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Des Moines is $719, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $892.
Studio
$615
1 Bed
$719
2 Beds
$892
3+ Beds
$1,140
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Des Moines?
In Des Moines, the median rent is $615 for a studio, $719 for a 1-bedroom, $892 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,140 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Des Moines, check out our monthly Des Moines Rent Report.
How much is rent in Des Moines?
In Des Moines, the median rent is $615 for a studio, $719 for a 1-bedroom, $892 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,140 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Des Moines, check out our monthly Des Moines Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Des Moines?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in Des Moines.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Des Moines?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in Des Moines.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Des Moines?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Des Moines apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Des Moines?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Des Moines apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Des Moines properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Des Moines properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Des Moines?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Des Moines.
How much should I pay for rent in Des Moines?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Des Moines.
How can I find off-campus housing in Des Moines?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Des Moines. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center, Drake University, Grand View University, Des Moines Area Community College, and Iowa State University.
How can I find off-campus housing in Des Moines?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Des Moines. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center, Drake University, Grand View University, Des Moines Area Community College, and Iowa State University.

City Guide

Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
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.

The Neighborhoods
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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.

Rental Tips
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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.

What about cost?
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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.

Apartments and Duplexes and Condos, Oh My!
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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.

The Dotted Line
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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.

Commuting and Public Transportation
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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.

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City Guide

Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
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.

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.

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.

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.

Apartments and Duplexes and Condos, Oh My!
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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.

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.

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.

Rent Report
Des Moines

October 2020 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2020 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 similar cities nationwide.

Des Moines rents declined significantly over the past month

Des Moines rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, and are down moderately by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Des Moines stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $892 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.4%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

    Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have fallen moderately in Des Moines, 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 $892 is below the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 1.0% decline in Des Moines.
    • While rents in Des Moines fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.4%) and Detroit (+1.6%).
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is nearly three 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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    October 2020 Des Moines Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 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 similar cities nationwide.

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    October 2020 Des Moines Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 2020 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 similar cities nationwide.

    Des Moines rents declined significantly over the past month

    Des Moines rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, and are down moderately by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Des Moines stand at $720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $892 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in July. Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.4%, but exceeds the national average of -1.4%.

      Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

      As rents have fallen moderately in Des Moines, 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 $892 is below the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 1.0% decline in Des Moines.
      • While rents in Des Moines fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.4%) and Detroit (+1.6%).
      • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $2,592, which is nearly three 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.