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140 Apartments for rent in Des Moines, IA

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Last updated July 6 at 12:26pm
1 Unit Available
Fort Des Moines
810 Payton Avenue - 54
810 Payton Avenue, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$775
804 sqft
Large 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath Apartment with heat, water, trash paid. Plenty of off street parking and garages available for extra. Coin operated laundry facilities on site. Available immediately. $775 plus $450 deposit.
Last updated July 6 at 12:26pm
1 Unit Available
Fort Des Moines
810 Payton Avenue - 10
810 Payton Ave, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$775
804 sqft
Nice 2 BR, 1 BA apartment available immediately. Landlord pays heat, water, trash and sewer. $775 plus $450 deposit. Must have documented income of 3 times the rent. We check criminal background and rental history as well. $30 application fee.
Last updated July 6 at 07:35pm
1 Unit Available
Chesterfield
2544 Vale St
2544 Vale Street, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$850
688 sqft
Walk into the front door of this cozy house into the large open living. Off of the living room is the open kitchen with tons of storage and cupboards. The bedrooms are a good size and located right near the bathroom.
Last updated May 14 at 09:36am
1 Unit Available
Highland Park
4110 Columbia Street
4110 Columbia Street, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$995
784 sqft
4110 Columbia Street Available 06/01/20 COZY! 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Home in Des Moines - Call Today To Setup A 1-on-1 with Our Virtual Leasing Agent! We are fully virtual! In response to Covid-19 we have transitioned to virtual tours, video
Last updated July 6 at 07:35pm
1 Unit Available
Union Park
1804 E 14th St
1804 East 14th Street, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$950
1020 sqft
Come and enjoy this cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home for rent. You will enjoy the tall ceilings, open living room area, dining and large kitchen. Backyard is fenced in for privacy. Basement is open for storage and has washer/dryer hookup.
Last updated April 4 at 11:14am
1 Unit Available
Indianola Hills
503 Loomis Ave
503 Loomis Avenue, Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$895
796 sqft
503 Loomis Ave Available 04/13/20 Remodeled 2 Bed 1 Bath - Take a tour of this amazing home. Walk into the spacious living room, updated kitchen, two bedrooms and updated bathroom.
Last updated April 4 at 11:14am
1 Unit Available
Lower Beaver
4124 Lower Beaver Rd
4124 Lower Beaver Road, Des Moines, IA
3 Bedrooms
$1,295
1116 sqft
BRICK!! 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home in Beaverdale - CALL TODAY!! (515) 996-4488 https://my.matterport.
Last updated April 4 at 11:14am
1 Unit Available
Fairground
2337 E Grand Ave
2337 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA
3 Bedrooms
$995
1048 sqft
Cozy 3 bedroom 1 bath home- Pyramid Property Solutions - Cozy 3 bedroom 1 bath home available now. Has a one stall detached garage and partially fenced yard. To set up a showing please call or text Byron 515-707-0598 or Ryan 515-259-0622.
Last updated April 4 at 11:14am
1 Unit Available
Woodland Heights
648 26th St
648 26th Street, Des Moines, IA
3 Bedrooms
$1,475
864 sqft
Remodeled Centrally-located 3 BED HOUSE - Check out the virtual tour --> http://ow.
Last updated July 6 at 07:35pm
1 Unit Available
Mondamin Presidential
1321 Clark St
1321 Clark Street, Des Moines, IA
4 Bedrooms
$1,200
1496 sqft
Four Bedroom One Bathroom Home! Centrally located and minutes from Downtown, Drake University, Grocery, Grays Lake and the list goes on! Features wooden floors throughout, a walk out basement to the large backyard.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:45pm
11 Units Available
Plaza Manor
3821 66th St, Urbandale, IA
1 Bedroom
$675
561 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$690
634 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Located near I-35, schools and shopping. This community is only a half a mile from Merle Hay Mall. On-site amenities include ample storage and private laundry. Green space and kids area provided.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:44pm
3 Units Available
Windsor Heights
Windsor Square by Broadmoor
900 65th St, Windsor Heights, IA
1 Bedroom
$940
677 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
1031 sqft
Minutes from Drake and Des Moines University, Windsor Square Apartments offer spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes. Within each home, you will enjoy large walk in closets and washer and dryer.
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Last updated July 2 at 09:18pm
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Country Club Village
1200 Office Park Rd, West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$695
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$735
1034 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$990
900 sqft
Apartments and townhouse with full appliance packages, heat and air, fireplaces, and eat-in kitchens. Close to Sacred Heart and Dowling Catholic High School. Pool with sundeck for residents.
Last updated April 15 at 11:20am
1 Unit Available
828 12th Street
828 12th Street, West Des Moines, IA
2 Bedrooms
$795
900 sqft
2 Bedroom, 1.
Last updated April 4 at 11:14am
1 Unit Available
237 Gepke Parkway
237 Gepke Parkway, Warren County, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,095
1248 sqft
Beautiful Home with Finished Basement - Call this home today, beautifully remodeled home with finished basement and 2 stall garage. Features hardwood floors, 2 living rooms, finished basement, deck, and 2 stall garage.
Results within 5 miles of Des Moines
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Last updated July 6 at 06:47pm
11 Units Available
92 West
1770 92nd St., West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$851
830 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$907
1053 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,114
1262 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 92 West in West Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated July 6 at 06:45pm
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28 Units Available
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Cadence
6300 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA
1 Bedroom
$925
789 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,101
1072 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,395
1426 sqft
Cadence, located in Johnston, is an urban-style community with one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment homes. The community includes expanded amenities such as a pool, two-story community room, attached and detached garage stalls and more.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:45pm
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13 Units Available
The Flats Apartments
3000 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA
Studio
$640
414 sqft
1 Bedroom
$770
521 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$887
724 sqft
Great location close to Valley West Mall, I-235, I-80 and I-35, and plenty of great shopping and entertainment. On-site management and on-site maintenance to address any issues right away.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:45pm
9 Units Available
The Club at Washington Heights Apartments
4101 Woodland Plz, West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
$775
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$962
1153 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,108
1480 sqft
***At this time, we are conducting tours by appointment only. Please call/text or email to request a tour.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:02pm
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12 Units Available
Hamlet
2210 Ep True Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$718
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$827
1063 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Hamlet in West Des Moines. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated July 6 at 11:40am
3 Units Available
East
Johnston Gardens Apartment Homes
5719 NW 57th Ave, Johnston, IA
2 Bedrooms
$1,049
938 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Johnston Gardens Apartment Homes in Johnston. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated July 6 at 11:40am
1 Unit Available
Urban Green
7715 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$815
900 sqft
A unique community in a quiet location, this beautiful development features balconies or patios on each unit, complete appliance packages, cable connections, and granite countertops in some unit. Walk to nearby trails and public transit.
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Last updated July 6 at 06:12pm
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18 Units Available
Bristol Ridge
4435 86th St, Urbandale, IA
1 Bedroom
$685
579 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$693
841 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$943
1004 sqft
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Bristol Ridge in Urbandale. View photos, descriptions and more!
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Last updated July 6 at 06:26pm
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7 Units Available
Legacy Landing
2701 Cedar St, Norwalk, IA
1 Bedroom
$895
626 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$995
882 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$1,325
1139 sqft
Achieve a life of style and luxury at Legacy Landing. Open floor plans and state-of-the-art amenities define the contemporary lifestyle residents enjoy.

Median Rent in Des Moines

Last updated Jun. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Des Moines is $657, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $808.
Studio
$555
1 Bed
$657
2 Beds
$808
3+ Beds
$1,096
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 2020 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2020 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 cities throughout the state and nation.

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July 2020 Des Moines Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2020 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 cities throughout the state and nation.

Des Moines rent trends were flat over the past month

Des Moines rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, but have decreased moderately by 1.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Des Moines stand at $657 for a one-bedroom apartment and $809 for a two-bedroom. Des Moines' year-over-year rent growth lags the state and national averages, which both stand at 0.2%.

    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 0.2% 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 $1,129; of the 10 largest cities in Iowa that we have data for, Cedar Rapids, Urbandale, and Ankeny, where two-bedrooms go for $899, $946, and $793, respectively, are the three major cities in the state besides Des Moines to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.4%, -0.3%, and -0.1%).
    • Waterloo, Council Bluffs, and Davenport have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (2.3%, 2.1%, and 0.7%, respectively).

    Des Moines rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

    As rents have fallen moderately in Des Moines, a few 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 $809 is below the national average of $1,192. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Des Moines fell moderately over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.9%.
    • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Des Moines than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,035, 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How much is rent in Des Moines?
    In Des Moines, the median rent is $555 for a studio, $657 for a 1-bedroom, $808 for a 2-bedroom, and $1,096 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Des Moines, check out our monthly Des Moines Rent Report.
    What are the most popular neighborhoods in Des Moines?
    Some of the most popular neighborhoods in Des Moines include Downtown Des Moines, Drake, Southwestern Hills, East Village, and Watrous South.
    What colleges and universities are located in or around Des Moines?
    Some of the colleges located in the Des Moines area include Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center, Drake University, Grand View University, Des Moines Area Community College, and Iowa State University. If you are looking for off-campus housing near your school, follow the links above to see apartment listings in the area.
    What cities do people live in to commute to Des Moines?
    Some of the nearby cities that people commute to Des Moines from include West Des Moines, Ames, Urbandale, Ankeny, and Johnston.

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