In Fort Madison 32.0% of homes are renter-occupied, and it typically has more available rental homes than other Iowa towns. These trends may have you jumping for joy as you can find a place in roughly 10 to 15 days during any month. Don't jump too high just yet. Before you flavor up that corn, you must do a little homework.
When it comes to places to live in Fort Madison you have options, but detached houses are the majority of homes found here. If you seek one bedroom apartments for rent, though, know the town has several complexes. You can even get a mobile home.
Life along the Mississippi is sweet for reading Mark Twain novels, but flooding does occur. When the water rises, take precautions if you live near the river! When you look at homes, check to see if the place leaks, especially if it has a basement level. Ask the landlord or staff about the possibility of flooding, and get renters insurance if flooding is a threat. You don't want to have to swim through your basement to retrieve your Xbox.
If you find an all utilities paid deal, praise the skies! Most complexes in Fort Madison at most may offer some bills paid, while landlords typically only include water. Be sure to budget the added bills.
Write a check for the security deposit in case the glow-in-the-dark paint from your Halloween party can't be removed. One month's rent and proof that you can afford it are generally needed. A credit report is worth having in case requested.
Your choice of neighborhood in this city of 13.23 square miles can impact your home's chances of flooding and whether or not you can have a drum circle without people staring. You see. This is important!
Downtown Fort Madison: Somewhat walkable and near Fort Madison Amtrak station, this neighborhood is the town's most convenient. Riverview Park is a nice, scenic spot. Living here puts you near stores and restaurants, but a car is needed for going outside the area.
Bluff Road / 48th Street: If you want a 1 bedroom apartment for rent, this neighborhood has good selection. The area is car dependent, but you can walk to Nowhere Bar and Grill, Ivanhoe Park, and shops on Avenue O.
Hillcrest Memorial Park: Decently walkable, this area has all sorts of housing, from studio apartments for rent to mobile homes. Have a meal at Wild Whisk Bistro, read at Fort Madison Public Library, and explore Hillcrest Memorial Park.
While many folks like to have a car to get in and out of town, Fort Madison is quite walkable and easily accessible on bike. When you aren't on the move, take some time to get to know Fort Madison.
Landmarks like the Enos H. Harrison House, the Old Fort Madison military post, and Lee County Courthouse can shed light on the town's history.
Watching the trains dart by and the barges float along the Mississippi lets you see into the town's soul.
When you want action, a show at Tri-State Rodeo, beverage at Captain Kirk's Marina, downtown niche shopping and a meal at 10th Street Station await.
So come in via car, boat, bus, plane, or train, and have a ball living in the unique and charming town of Fort Madison, Iowa!