Sprinkle in a few Frisbee golf-playing college students, a pretty darn good Pickin n Grinnin Festival, and an endless list of outdoors fun, and you've got the Ottumwa culture in a nutshell. It's a place where you can go hunting or fishing, and then catch a theater performance.
Finding ways to entertain yourself should not be a problem around here. Finding an apartment or rental home, on the other hand, can be difficult. Rental properties include plenty of interesting old houses for rent, small apartment buildings with lots of industrial character, as well as a few newer communities. However, to find these rentals may take a little legwork. Many properties don't have websites or online listings, so the best way to find rentals in Ottumwa is to pick up a local paper and look through the classifieds, or drive around town in search of FOR RENT signs.
A handful of Ottumwa's apartments for rent come with convenient amenities, such as laundry facilities, limited access entry, additional storage, and plenty of parking. There are also some more entertaining extras, such as basketball courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. However, the best amenity you can find in an apartment building here is the location. Many apartments boast locations within walking distance of shopping, dining, entertainment, major employers, and bus routes. With gas prices these days, the mantra "location, location, location" makes for sense than ever.
Those moving to town with pets will have their work cut out for them. Cat-friendly and dog-friendly apartments are basically nonexistent, though you could probably find an older property rental with a more laid back landlord in local listings.
Now it's time to take a nice country drive through the city of Ottumwa, because the best way to find a rental around here is to be here. Best of luck!